Full Name: Heather Lindsay Phillips
When did you start teaching Yoga?
What does Yoga mean to you?
It saved me physically and mentally. Yoga is a part of my daily life on and off the matt.
What is your favorite thing about Yoga?
My favorite thing about Yoga is I always get something different out of a class.
What is your favorite thing about CrossFit Max Kane?
What is your favorite style of Yoga?
SUP Yoga (Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga) I love the challenge of being on an unstable surface. You can work hard or just chillax. Either way you can’t beat being outside on the water.
What certification do you currently hold?
*RYT 200: Yoga Alliance
*Yoga Fit: Level 1-5, Therapeutic Back, Yogafit Lean, Yogafit
Seniors, Anatomy & Alignment, Prenatal & Postpartum
*AEA: Aquatic Fitness Professional Certifications
*AFAA: Group Exercise Instructor Certification & Personal Trainer certification
*American Red Cross: First Aid, CPR / AED (Adult, Child, Infant)
Tell us an interesting fact about you?
The first time I took Yoga I hated it but I knew it was supposed to be good for your body, so I made myself try another Yoga class. I took a different style Yoga class from a different teacher and…I hated it and snuck out halfway through the class!
More about Heather
Heather moved from Clemson, South Carolina to Georgia to play collegiate soccer at Georgia State with a partial scholarship. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Interpersonal, Nonverbal, Organizational, and Cultural Communication). For the past six years Heather has been teaching group fitness classes at the J.A. Walters Family YMCA. She has taught a wide variety of class including Restorative Yoga, Total Body, Deep Water, Pilates Core & More, Senior Water, Spin, Vinyasa Yoga, Bootcamp, Power Yoga, Y-Chair and Y-Fit (Low impact cardio). Heather is also the J.A. Walters Family YMCA Active Older Adult Coordinator providing health and wellness education by lining up speakers for Lunch-N-Learns. Taking her seniors on outing such as zip lines, rafting, and boat cruises. Pushing her seniors to do things out of their comfort zone participating in triathlons.
Heather has been married for 13 years and has a 9 year old son. They have lived in Flowery Branch for the past 13 years.
What got you started in Yoga?
I had a mountain biking accident in which I had compounded injuries that reeked havoc on my body. I already had recent injuries that I had been blowing off along with a chronic respiratory problem. There were other injures I had never dealt with since childhood. I was tired of being in pain and could not ignore my body anymore. The majority of doctors wanted to give me pain medication or perform surgery. My quality of life was getting worse when I was unexpectedly asked to teach a Yoga class. The only two Yoga classes I had ever taken I did not like. I also could not touch my toes. I told the group, who asked me to teach Yoga, what my experience was but they still wanted me to teach. I took a Level 1 Yogafit class and loved it! I have 200 hours of Yoga training and I have logged over 400 hours of teaching. My body and mind are happier and I can touch my toes!