Heather Solimini, ERYT-200, first became utterly hooked on vinyasa yoga in the fall of 2009, after a maddening brush with cabin fever and self-imposed isolation sent her scurrying from her hidey-hole in search of something new. Having recently returned to her native NEPA to regroup after several disappointing life changes, she happened into yoga while most in need of its many rewards — empowerment to liberate preconceived notions of one’s capabilities and limitations, fortified self-confidence through building one’s strength, balance, and focus, and the comfort of learning to make peace with the moment, to remain calm no matter how uncomfortable the circumstances, to just be and breathe. Heather’s background in Pilates, strength-training, nutritional wellness, ballet, and equestrian activities served her well but none of those pursuits compared to the unique solace she found, almost instantly, on the mat; the same solace that would slowly but certainly change her life.
Less than a year later, desiring to further honor that change and expand the role of yoga in her journey, Heather was certified by the Always-At-Aum Yoga School as an RYT-200 in vinyasa yoga. In the time since November 2010, she’s trained under Sadie Nardini, Shiva Rea, Matthew Sanford, and Seane Corn, and is presently studying the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali at the Himalayan Institute under Pandit Rajmani Tigunait Ph.D. An enduring interest in restorative yoga led her to augment class offerings – to great success — with both a rejuvenating combination of vinyasa and restorative, and sessions dedicated solely to deep relaxation through restorative yoga, having received additional training in restorative yoga with Nadya Matychak. Heather regularly teaches an assortment of vinyasa, restorative, and chair yoga classes, as well as workshops on a variety of topics throughout Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, surpassing over 1000 hours of teaching in early 2014 to gain the designation of Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. She is greatly inspired by the opportunity to introduce students to and increase her expertise with the subtle influence and beauty of essential oils aromatherapy. To supplement her yogic pursuits, Heather has been attuned to the 2nd degree of Reiki and is an ordained minister with the Lightwing Center.