Since becoming certified in 2010 at Zuda Yoga, Sacramento, CA, Heather Foat has taught not only in yoga studios, churches, and corporate offices but recovery programs, The Men's Salvation Army and Community Addiction and Recovery Association. She has served as an Ambassador for Yoga Across America, a non-profit that brought yoga to under-served communities and high schools throughout the United States as well as started Girls Yoga Academy, Sacramento to incorporate movement with play therapy for girls ages 9-11.
Yoga is not just for the body, it has many healing capabilities which is why Heather strives to share the practice with every body. Helping patients that are suicidal, depressed, anxious and suffering from mental illness, Heather for 2+ years taught chair yoga at UCSD Hospital in the Psychiatric Ward and Senior Behavioral Unit as well as off-site long-term care, Crestwood Behavioral Health, Inc. Presently, Heather volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House Newcastle, NSW to support parents and families mental health and well-being through meditation and movement.
For 8 years, Heather has been threading personal development into the practice of yoga to help people wherever they are in life. She leads chair yoga, gentle yoga, power yoga, yin, prenatal, mommy and me, and kids/teen yoga.
"I wish the whole world could have the opportunity to experience her teaching."
-David, yoga student
"Our community culture here has changed for the better in so many positive ways with patients and their families as well as staff and their families as well. You spend time with each individual, allowing them to be heard, seen as well as loved and understood even if for just a moment from one person. That is what you do and the effect of you, your energy, your words, your wisdom and teachings, they reverberate well past after you leave us for the day.
You are an amazing person who changes our world by way of your yoga teachings, your therapeutic use of self, your music, your knowledge, your love and light spirit, and understanding/willingness to transform others as you have transformed yourself. You are not only a yoga teacher, but also a life coach.
Personally, I went through my toughest losses and some of my toughest times over the past several years. And personally I am so grateful to have had you in my life to see me, love me, understand me, and encourage me through those times. "
-David, Registered Nurse UCSD In-patient Psychiatric Unit (NBMU)
“Class was seriously uplifting and so rewarding. Heather Foat you are seriously an angel and a blessing. Definitely was more than a yoga class almost like therapy. I can’t tell you how many times I felt joy and a release of emotion.”
-Monica, yoga student, NYE Event
"Dropped in to Pura Vida for a Monday morning Gentle class with Heather. Just what I needed...Heather is clearly a well-trained instructor, attentive to each student's needs. Really enjoyed the class."
- Donna, YELP Review
"Thanks for all you've done for my broken down body."
-Kevin, yoga student
"As a registered nurse at UCSD, I am so impressed with the work you have done with the patients. Not only have you helped them learn important life skills, but you have also helped the staff learn stress management techniques. You are an important part of their therapy!"
-Heather, RN UCSD In-patient Psychiatric Unit (NBMU)
"I never felt such acceptance, & comfort taking any type of class before, because of my social anxiety. Which is so extreme..
You have a incredible way to make a new student or a seasoned student feel like “they are special” doesn’t matter, how experienced you are. (I only knew, you so shortly).
At, my old age of 60, here is this beautiful, young soul, with the most brilliant smile, with enthusiasm of 4 people and with deep wisdom of someone who has lived many lives..showing me the path, I have searched for all my life, and still looking for just a small piece of......'inner peace.'
You left such a imprint here."
-Barbara, yoga student
"I want to thank you for being there for us and for teaching us how to be a better version of us through our practices. It was wonderful knowing you and learning from you in many ways. I feel grateful I had the opportunity to be part of your classes."
-Evelyn, yoga student
"You will leave her class sweating and feeling like you have been cleansed of all negative energy."
-Karen, yoga student
"Heather is a fabulous yoga teacher; open, nonjudgmental and full of wisdom. She has changed my life and I will always be grateful for her and for the power of yoga. "
-Elaine, yoga student
“Heather is a wonderful person with great energy and powerful voice; a true professional and at the same time very personable. The weekly classes are never the same and Heather makes the effort to cater sessions to specific issues/stressors/aches that we might have.”
–Mynor, corporate yoga
"Heather Foat's classes feel like a giant hug."
-Zeli, yoga student
"I have been taking yoga from Heather for the past three years at San Diego Tennis and Racquet Club. I am a tried and true Iyengar student and was reluctant to try a new style of yoga. What I have found with Heather’s style is a blend of flow, Iyengar poses, and a true all over body workout. We begin with a gentle welcome to the yoga community, and wake up our muscles slowly, then BAM! We are in intense standing poses holding the pose and feeling our bodies respond. All the while, music is luring us into the present and a peaceful state. Heather shares exerts from various books she is studying while we are holding poses and winding down, it gives me the chance to reflect on my inner self and look at life from a different perspective. By the time our 90 minute class is over, I am awake, all muscles are stimulated and my brain is calm and receptive to the new day."
-Leigh, yoga student
“Before I began doing yoga I was a lot more judgmental of others and was quick to make an assumption of someone. Now I think of others as just other human beings who are living in the same world as I am and I think before I act. I also was physically not as stretched out and flexible. When I do yoga I feel as if I’m just floating on air. I feel happy and beautiful in my own skin. After yoga I feel more relaxed and stretched out. I feel tired in a good way and I also feel I’m kinder to others after yoga. I am beautiful.”
-Emma, age 11
“Before yoga I could barely move when I woke up in the mornings. During yoga I can feel parts of my body waking up with the stretching and pulling on parts of myself that haven’t been used in many years and it hurts, but as the class progresses I can feel things start to get blood flow that haven’t been asked to work for me in a long time. Since yoga I feel a little younger, and I find it is a little easier to get up each day and it doesn’t take as long to get moving, so in that I am grateful. It seems to be some kind of fountain of youth.”
-Gerard, Community Addiction Recovery Association (CARA), yoga student
"It has been a true honor to practice yoga with one of the most selfless, compassionate, inspiring, beautiful, hilarious, endearing, joyful, grateful, cheerful, intelligent yogi and life teachers, I have ever met!! Heather THANK YOU for your time spent with us at Hapa! You are by far one of the greatest teachers to ever cross my path in life. In the short time I've known you you've touched my soul in ways that no other has! Your story and journey have been a compete inspiration to me and so many others. Thank you for all you do in this world. You are truly a gift from the universe."
-Megan, yoga student
"You will always have a special place in my heart. Thank you for being a comfort during a rough patch in my life, even if you were unaware of it. You have a beautiful spirit, and I’m so grateful our paths crossed for a moment."
-Diantha, yoga student
"Heather's happiness and wisdom touches all she meets. She greets us with love and kindness always and all ways."
-Michelle, yoga student
"Every class is a gift."
-Mona, yoga student
"Heather is skilled at connecting with the people we serve and has a client centered approach in her classes. She meets them where they are at with appropriate yoga exercises."
-Jill, Director of Recreation and Activities, Crestwood Behavioral Health
“Without yoga…I felt negative, always mad at people. With yoga…happy, friendly, positive, helping others, eating healthy and loving to others. After yoga…hungry, happy, relaxed and laid back. I am beautiful, I am peace, I am light, I am amazing.”
-Emily, age 9, Girls Urban Yoga Academy, yoga student
“Heather’s synergistic approach of various styles of yoga with mindful meditation provide a reprieve from the bustle of busy work days. Her classes always inspire introspection and thoughtful reflection which continues throughout my week.”
-Raven, corporate yoga student
“Before yoga I felt…like I would never be involved in a yoga class. During yoga I felt...kinda awkward but I just went with it. After yoga I felt…like I was lucky to have participated in the yoga experience.”
-Jesse, Community Addiction Recovery Association yoga student
"Heather's chair yoga has helped me a lot. I was homeless sitting outdoors and I incorporated yoga into my routine while thinking of my next thing to go do be it eat or finding more ways to survive. I fit into my surroundings better in the park and gained health."
-UCSD Hospital re-admitted psychiatric patient, Michael, yoga student
"It was through Heather that I fell in love with yoga. Her "Book Club on the Yoga Mat"style of teaching, poured personal development into my heart as my body opened and strengthened on my mat. I was in love with getting better in all areas of my life. She sparked a flame in me. I enrolled in 200 hour teacher training as I was on my path of awakening and graduated to go continue spreading the love and light she awakened in me. When you are ready, a teacher appears. Thank you Heather for being the right teacher, at the right time."
-Christi Silbaugh, 3-Time Published Author, yoga student
"I have been taking classes from Heather in San Diego for four years. She is a wonderful teacher. I consistently attend her classes on an average of twice a week over a four year period. Heather is so passionate about not only her yoga practice but a balanced educated life style. She incorporates journaling, books and personal stories into her classes. She is truly embracing a varied lifestyle for her students and helping them include education, life experiences and healthy habits into their daily lives. As someone who takes multiple classes a week, Heather does a wonderful job of keeping the classes varied with different sequences, poses and themes each day. She has quite a following of students who consistently come each week to her classes."
-Julie, yoga student
"I am a nurse at UCSD on the psychiatric unit where I had the extreme pleasure of meeting Heather. She has lead yoga classes with our patients on a regular basis. I was so impressed with Heather from the moment I met her. She is the type of person who lights up a room from the moment they enter. She has a peaceful, loving demeanor that attracts others to her.
Our patients are so receptive to her and often express how much they benefit from their yoga sessions with her. I have witnessed their anxiety significantly decrease and their ability to sleep improve after their session with her."
-Melissa, RN UCSD Hospital
"I started going to Hapa when I was pregnant. I took my prenatal yoga with Heather & it was awesome! She is an amazing teacher that really fosters such a special bond between you & baby throughout the practice."
-Heather, Yelp Review
"POWER: "ability to do or act"
...There are many other clarifying definitions in the dictionary, but none more fitting to the particular style of Yoga you will receive by practicing with Heather.
I started practicing yoga at a difficult stage in my life, and one of the instrumental teachers I've had has been Heather. She will guide you through a demanding practice, while at the same time send your mind and heart on a voyage of transformation."
-Aldolfo, yoga student
"It is an honor and privilege to let you know that Heather is an inspirational, heartfelt teacher. She is an old soul who touches everyone she teaches to in a very individual, loving way. I am a 67 year old woman who has been practicing yoga since I was 12 (on and off!). Heather brings it all together on the mat every time in the most moving way. Heather is a teacher's teacher. "
-Andi, yoga student
"She's been a real inspiration."
-Brad, yoga student
"I cannot explain the difference in my life since I began Yoga in January of 2014. My father had just passed away and I needed to heal my broken heart. The love and community you have built in San Diego is far beyond comprehension and belief. You embraced me into the yoga community, even though my practice was so dusty and full of cobwebs. You have gently pushed me further than I would ever believe this grandmother of four could bend, twist, or relax into savasana. It is with pure love for you as a person and Yoga instructor that I return to Pura Vida Yoga every Monday and Wednesday to partake in your classes. You have the ability to draw people towards you, like a ray of light. I am so grateful you are in my life, I feel as if my heart has a place to go when I am practicing with you."
-Helene, yoga student
Crestwood serving adults with mental health needs in a long term inpatient setting.
"Heather is passionate about what she does and delivers her teaching in a very loving and compassionate way. She is engaging and able to meet the individual student where he or she is at. At times our clients present special challenges and it can be difficult to get them involved in activities we offer. However, Heather gently encourages many residents into her classes and they leave with healthier minds and bodies. Her enthusiasm results in students returning to her classes. Heather gently urges these returning people to go a little further each time to work on their fitness and spirituality. "
-Jill, Activity Director at Crestwood Behavioral
"When I started getting back into yoga, I was going for a little stretch and exercise. I was going through a difficult time and needed gentle movement. I went to Heather's class that became more of a life changing experience. Every time I went, I got to know my mind, body and soul a little bit better. Her class gave me peace and freedom as I felt like I was dancing through her yoga flow. It gave me one hour to escape life's chaos that waited for me off my mat.
But when I got off my mat, her practice and lessons stayed with me. Heather's words brought me back to my body and breathe during difficult times. Her yoga practice changed my life and I will forever be grateful."
-Gina, yoga student
"Thank you for getting my heart into yoga. I haven't met an instructor as lovely and graceful as you teach."
-LaMonica, yoga student
Participants at Crestwood Behavioral Health in San Diego:
“Heather is a great person. She moves and grooves and teaches a great class. She makes me laugh and smile. The classes make me feel happy.”
“Heather is very nice and has a really nice singing voice. I like when she sings for us in class.”
“Her classes soothe my brain, heart, and soul.”
“I thought Heather had much experience and her classes were always enjoyable and well lead. They made me feel more relaxed.”
"Just started going to Gentle yoga with Heather and I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to meet her and learn from her."
-Anonymous, yoga student
"Just completed a power yoga 90 with Heather Foat. You have to experience it to believe it. It's not just the work out, the flow into and out of poses but the way she delivers the practice. One session and you will be hooked!"
-Ian, yoga student
"You have been a constant light in our world. We have been very blessed to have you guide us...Please know we all love you and are grateful for your care and attention always."
-ASPM Property Management, corporate yoga
"Thank you very much for introducing me to yoga! I definitely feel better, stronger and wiser. I love your openness and wisdom and kind thoughts."
-Nicole, yoga student