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    Founder and Teacher 

 

Heather Morton is one of the most authentic teachers today by being a perennial student of Yoga and a dedicated teacher. Having made 17 trips to India over 17 years she regularly studies with her teachers. She has received her training directly under Shri K. Pattabhi Jois, Yogacharya Venkatesha and Vinay Kumar in Mysore, India. Her committment to the path of yoga is the seed of her teachings in which she embraces the needs and abilites of each student; making their progress her main aim.                                   

Heather's path in yoga has been a natural progression from Sivananda-yoga to Ashtanga to Classical Vinyasa-yoga. She completed all the Sivananda teacher training courses leading her to India in 1999. This journey marked the beginning of an annual pilgrimage that has continued to the present day. Being as equally committed to the student´s path has also been the impetus behind the 6-week programs offered at  TYW (The Yoga Way).                    

To further augment her teaching and personal study, Heather holds a Masters of Education with a published thesis on Yoga in the Indian educational system. She also has a Bachelor of Education (Honors) in Dramatic Arts and a degree in Theatre Performance. As a regular meditator, she was recently initiated into the Himalayan Tradition of meditation, a lineage of over 5,000 year old. Her practice includes silent retreats under the late Swami Veda in Rishikesh, North India. 

The most pivtotal shift in her practice was studying under Shri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore. This was a rare privilege by learning the primary series directly under him. It forever changed her practice having studied at a time when there were only seven other students in the room. During her 2nd trip to India, she spent 3 months where she also met Yogacharya V. Venkatesha, a national champion of backbending. Heather studied under him from 2000 to 2013; becoming one of his most senior students. Of late, her training has taken her to study under Vinay Kumar; the founder and teacher of the Prana Vashya; a system of 61 postures that focuses on the pranic flow as the force of the practice. As an extention of her practice, Heather has produced Stilling the Mind CD and 2 DVDs.  Freedom of the Body: the primary elements of the back is the first of its kind as the bedrock to the practice of backbending.                                          

Heather 's teaching career began quite surprisingly much like her practice in which she was working and lving in South Korea as an English instructor. With now over 16 years of experience, she has taught yoga in community centres, hospitals and corporations as well as private and public schools. She has also taught yoga to seniors and people with special needs. Her teaching approach truly reflects the context in which she learned Yoga by adhering to the spiritual tenets of the practice than merely physical exercise.   

In 1997, Heather founded The Yoga Way; a niche school with the mandate of progressive teaching and individual attention; putting the needs of the student first. While running the school she returned to univeristy and worked as a drama teacher. She also teamed up with a medical doctor and physiotherapist in a rehabilitation clinic using the exercises of yoga to treat injuries. Heather´s post-graduate work was a thesis on Yoga in the Indian school system; a 2-year ethnographic project in Mysore. It has been a resource for graduate students, teachers and fellow educators. As a guest speaker, she has presented her work in Ontario universities and private schools. She is also a regular contributor to on-line resources and has been featured in the Globe & Mail as well as the Toronto Life Magazine. as 'the real deal'.   

Before yoga, Heather started a promising modelling and acting career. Feeling estranged from the modelling world, however, she changed the direction of her life by moving to Korea. She travelled extensively and alone to the DMZ (North Korea), China, Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Hawaii and more. And now being true to life as is yoga, Heather recently decided to take a hiatus from running TYW after 15 successful years. Read her open letter here. Currently, she is travelling and offering on-line offering classes workshops. Her 3rd annual 2016 retreat will be held at Shreyas Resort in India.                   

Loka Samastaha Sukhino Bhavantu ~ May all beings be well and peaceful

   
 

Yoga & Teacher Certifications  

 

(2012 - 2001) Ontario College of Teachers (OCT)
(2005) AtmaVikasa Secondary Series, Mysore, South India
(2002) AtmaVikasa Primary Series, Mysore, South India
(1999) Sivananda Sadhana Intensive, Ney-yar Dam, South India
(1997) Sivananda Advanced Teacher Training, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada
(1997) Sivananda Teacher Training, Grass Valley, California, United States

   
 

Posture Demos, Presentations & Workshops

 

(2012) Vedic Cultural Centre, Markham, Toronto, Ontario 

(2011) The Living Wellness Kitchen, Toronto, Ontario

(2009) Greenwood College, Toronto, Ontario

(2009) SYTAR, Symposium on Yoga Therapy, LA, California

(2007, 2005) Holistic Learning, Univerisity of Toronto, (O.I.S.E.)

(2006) Engaging Social Justice, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec

(2005) Post-Graduate Conference, York University, North York, Ontario  

(2003) Minute-Maid Corporation, Head Office, Toronto, Canada              

(1999 - 1997) Benefit Now Rehabilitation Clinic, Toronto, Ontario   

 

 

Academic Work (published writing)

Yoga Comes to School, (2009, Volume 19, Issue 2), The Newsletter for the Holistic Learning & Spirituality
in Education Network of ASCD,
O.I.S.E., University of Toronto.

Ethnographic Research on Yoga as a Mandatory Subject in School, (2009, Supplement, Abstract 27),
The International Journal of Yoga Therapy, International Association of Yoga Therapists.

Yoga as a Curriculum Subject: Teaching and Learning of Yoga in a South India School, (2005, Faculty
of Graduate Studies), Libraries or Library and Archives Canada,
York Unversity.                              

   
 

Yoga Training & Study 

 

AtmaVikasa Centre of Yogic Sciences, Mysore, South India
AYRI (Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute), Mysore, South India
Sadhana Mandir, Rishikesh, North India
Mysore Mandala Shala, Mysore, South India.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers (Gangotri, Trivadrum), India
Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, South India

   
 

Teaching Experiences ~ Yoga & Curriculum Subjects

 

The Yoga Conference, T.O. Metro Convention Centre (2006)
William Olser Centre (Etobicoke General Hospital)
Baycrest Geriatric Hospital, Toronto
The Riverdale Hospital, Toronto
WoodGreen Community Centre, Toronto
Montcrest Private School, Toronto
Winchester Public School, Toronto
Sommerville Manor School, Mississauga