Colleen Hieber

Colleen Hieber
500-hour certified | 375 hours continued education
Colleen first started taking yoga as a way to heal her body and mind from the rigors of a professional dance career. She was introduced to Anusara yoga through fellow dancers and fell in love with the elegant system of alignment and the philosophy of inherent goodness. With the support and guidance of several exceptional teachers including Tony Guiliano, Kenny Graham, Scott Lewicki, Tara Judelle, she decided to pursue the path of service as a yoga teacher. She has refined her practice and teaching skills with such notable teachers as Noah Maze, Christina Sell, Amy Ippoliti, Sianna Sherman, and John Friend. She has also studied tantric philosophy extensively with Dr. Douglas Brooks. She has been a lead teacher trainer in 200 hour and prenatal teacher trainings. She now focuses most of her time teaching the habits of yogis off the mat. Her classes move slowly, precisely, and hope to offer some healing if not some humor!

Favorite Yoga Move: 

If I HAD to choose, I'd say uttanasana (standing forward bend) because it opens the hamstrings, stretches the low back, grounds the legs, and releases the neck and shoulders.

How Has Yoga Benefited You The Most: 

Nothing short of complete transformation. I am a better human being because I practice yoga.

Reason Started Doing Yoga: 

I heard it was the thing to do ;)

5 Words That Describe Your Teaching Style: 

Precise. Personal. Playful. Dynamic. Inspired.

Classes I Teach

I really enjoy teaching the technique of yoga alignment so that we can get to play with the advanced poses - this is where those poses are explored! In this class there is usually 20-30 minutes of flow followed by strength building drills and precise core work. There is an increased amount of time in inversions and/or backbending poses. It is assumed that you already know the basics of where to place your hands and feet in the usual poses (i.e., downdog, warrior 1,2, etc.), and you can utilize ujayii breath. The subtleties of how to link heart/mind with the physical body are emphasized as, by this point, you are probably aware of the effects of your yoga off the mat. In my Level 2 Vinyasa, we work to strengthen the grace of your yoga.

I teach technique. So, for a Level 1 Vinyasa class, in the beginning of class I will break down key poses within the flow so that you know where to put your feet, hands, attention, etc. and then you can move through the poses with clarity and optimal alignment. In the second half, we will explore variations of a variety of poses. I always introduce students to some kind of inversion - encouraging safety and a light-hearted attitude. If you are more advanced, I will offer options to help you find your edge. Throughout class, I want you to feel confident enough in the poses that you can drop into the breath. Ra(w) beginners should set up in the back of the class so as to be able to watch and see what to do.

This pre-natal yoga class is strong on alignment to keep you safe while we build strong arms and legs. Focusing on using alignment while we use our muscles is the key to releasing back pain and the general discomfort of pregnancy. There is a strong focus on trusting your body and learning to ride the wave of the breath to better prepare you for childbirth and motherhood. All levels are strongly encouraged!

This class is all the yoga you need! I strive to teach a well-rounded class. What that means is I teach strength and flexibility – in the mind as well as the body. I want to hit on every class of poses: Sun salutes, standing poses, inversions, hip-openers, arm-balances, front body, back body, back bends and restoratives! I want you to leave with that yoga glow. I want to teach you how to breathe. I want you to work hard and rest efficiently. Your level of experience does not matter. I will take advanced students to their edge and beginners through the details of a safe foundation. I want your yoga to be part of your routine. Like brushing your teeth,. My training is in alignment-based, heart-centered Anusara yoga, with one toe dipped in Ashtanga.