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Heidi SormazNew Haven, Connecticut, United States
Forrest Yoga Guardian


About Heidi:
Heidi Sormaz, Ph.D., E-RYT 500, is the founder, owner and director of Fresh Yoga. She has studied yoga for 19 years and taught for 12. Heidi is a Forrest Yoga Mentor Teacher and has assisted Ana Forrest in her national workshops and teacher trainings. She currently teaches the Forrest Yoga 200-hr Foundation Teacher Training, the Forrest Yoga Advanced Teacher Training, teaches and designed the Fresh Yoga 200-hr Teacher Training, travels nationally to present workshops and teacher training, has taught at Kripalu, Esalan and in the Windhorse Forrest Yoga Conference. Heidi has been featured in Yoga Journal and was selected by The Great Course to design their first course on yoga; Yoga for a Healthy Mind and Body.

For many years Heidi's focus was academic, studying the unwinding of cognitive habits (habitual thinking) with specific attention, focus and meditation. She brings these principles to her classroom, encouraging students to work with their minds as specifically as they work with their bodies creating a mindful yet dynamic class. Working this way helps you understand the emotional walls you have created from your life experience and break the habits that keep you stuck in your body and life. This way of working helped her move through her own challenges of dealing with severe social anxiety and recovering from an eating disorder.

Heidi is a certified Forrest Yoga teacher and Forrest Yoga Mentor. She has also studied Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga. In addition, she has extensive training in the martial art Taijiquan and the internal art Qigong. She is a senior student of Master Steven Bennett and has taught Taijiquan and Qigong at Yale University.

Heidi received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Psychology from Yale University. She is an expert on the influence of arousal and attention on performance, how anxiety affects thinking, stress management, and performance in pressure situations. She has been an educator, speaker, and corporate trainer with over 10 years experience in designing and leading seminars on stress management, meditation, and educator training. HDR Press published her book Performing Under Pressure, and Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine published her article "Meditation can Reduce Habitual Responding."

In 2008, Yoga Journal selected Heidi as one of their "Next Generation of Yoga Teachers".