Possessing nearly a decade of experience as a bodywork practitioner, Heather Linkenheimer serves as a freelance yoga instructor and massage therapist. Understanding the many benefits of yoga, which range from improved health and lower levels of stress to greater self-confidence, Heather Linkenheimer provides support to Yoga Across America. This organization works to bring yoga to communities with limited access to instructors or without the means to afford classes. Through Yoga Across America, instructors offer classes at schools, public parks, military bases, and homeless shelters, among other venues. On the yoga mat, participants gain a deeper connection between mind and body while learning that anything is achievable with determination.
As a teacher, Heather Linkenheimer brings similar lessons to her students. She encourages students to engage in moving meditation by concentrating on their breathing as they shift postures. In addition, she helps her students understand the importance of loving and appreciating the bodies they have. In this regard, Ms. Linkenheimer draws inspiration from a well-known yoga instructor, Mandy Ingber, who discusses a positive body image as the key to achieving fitness goals in Yogalosophy: 28 Days to the Ultimate Mind-Body Makeover. She also utilizes the wisdom of other respected yogis, such as Stephen Cope, the author of Yoga and the Quest for the True Self.
Heather Linkenheimer became a certified massage therapist in 2006 and offers massage services to her students to help them relieve tension and achieve higher levels of physical and mental well-being. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new types of vegetarian cuisine and practicing different forms of meditation. An outdoor enthusiast, Ms. Linkenheimer also spends a significant amount of time exploring the local landscape through hikes and bike rides.