About Me

I have been practicing yoga for more than 16 years.... initially an injury brought me to yoga but the wonderful benefits that transcend my body have kept me practicing and continue to inform & enhance my yoga. I had been aware of yoga for a long time watching my mom practice yoga. When I was pregnant with my 2nd child, I managed to "flip" the baby out of her breech position using appropriate poses and also used breathing techniques to avoid the epidural during delivery.

Throughout the years I have taken countless workshops and classes, read, listened to, and absorbed as much about yoga as possible. Education is an ongoing journey and we learn from the most amazing and varied sources. So when I finally felt ready to begin my formal teacher training with YogaFit, I was more than ready to enter the next phase. Since my training, I have embraced teaching wholeheartedly and continue to learn on a daily basis. Actually, I don't think of myself as a teacher, per se... but more of a guide, perhaps a mentor.... each of us knows our own body best, although we can use guidance and motivation and at times an objective view from a mentor.

I am now stepping out and challenging myself by expanding my yoga practice to include private sessions. It is all about finding that balance between EFFORT and EASE, both on and off the mat. One on one or in small groups, it is possible to give your attention fully to the student(s), to adjust or guide in self adjusting... to tailor a practice to that particular body & mind...

To me, yoga is a way of life... I often think of how it seeps way beyond the mat and into our lives; our relationships with others and indeed how we live our lives, the choices we make and how we approach the challenges that life presents us. That doesn't always mean I am successful at it... after all it is called yoga PRACTICE...

I am fortunate to live in an area where we can get out and enjoy all manner of sports. Some of my favourites are SUP (stand-up paddling), sailing, hiking, running, road biking, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding.... hmmm, have I forgotten anything?

The most important part of my life is my family, without whom I would not be who I am:
My parents, sister and brothers (and nieces and nephews) are all more precious to me as I get.... errr, older! My husband Mark likes to play more than I do, and supports me in more ways than I can say. My kids, Matt and Jess constantly amaze & delight me as I watch them grow and develop into wonderful people. Motherhood is an adventure I am thrilled to have been able to embark on.

Not only my own nuclear family but also my extended family and friends support me in so many ways. Especially as we all have children and we see the next generation growing and developing. It is exciting and inspiring.

I love them all so much...

Life is a wonderful journey!
Heidi Ribkoff

BTW: I would love to hear from you, please