20 Questions with Heather Seagraves

We met Heather via one of our favorite Charleston yogini’s (Jo Yates.) The sea that is yoga in NYC is dense, but with Heather Seagraves on the scene, well, those are some lucky yogis to say the least. Yogworks is on the CV, but the biomechanical approach to a playful and dynamic practice is just a few reasons that we were so excited to have Heather join the Local Collective of videos!

Check her out- She is mega-inspiration and a force to be reckoned with on a yoga mat.

 Heather Seagraves

GY: What is your go-to yoga pose when you’ve only got a few minutes to practice? Why do you think it’s so appealing?

HS: Adho mukha svanasana – I have tight everything… Hips, hamstrings, shoulders. This pose helps to open these with steadiness, focus, and ease.

Adho mukha vrksasana – I love the freedom, strength, and energy that comes from going upside down.

Urdhva Dhanurasana – I love backbending to open my chest, hip flexors, and arms!

GY: Early morning routine? What’s yours? Coffee? Tea?

HS: Coffee, greens and fruit smoothieHeather Seagraves

GY: What is one song you never get tired of hearing?

HS: Pale Blue Eyes by The Velvet Underground

GY: Do you have a favorite quote, affirmation, or saying that gets you through the tough times? What is it?

HS: “I am conscious and courageous!”

“Courage is the quality most essential in understanding the language of the world.” -Coelho

GY:  How would you describe your yoga teaching style?

HS: Dynamic, fun, playful, vinyasa krama (step by step), biomechanical 

GY: How old were you when you fell in love with the practice of yoga? What was so appealing about it to you? 

HS: 15 

The clarity, effort, and breath needed to make the being sing…Screen Shot 2015-07-16 at 09.41.00

GY: What made you want to become a yoga teacher?

My teachers! 

8. Describe yourself at 21.

HS: Kicking ass and taking names. I was running around the country dancing at music festivals and shooting photos for fun, music magazines, and interning as a photojournalist. I was also dancing on a pre-professional level preparing to move to NYC and “live the dream” of an artist.

GY: What would you say has been one of the best parts of growing up, getting older?

HS: Finding balance.

GY: Snack wise, what is your greatest weakness, what can you simply not pass up?

HS: Tacos, cheese dip, and pizza

GY:  What are a couple of traits of your own that you hope your kids (or future kids) may inherit. Maybe a couple you hope they don’t?

HS: Happiness, awareness, compassion, humor, coordination

I would love to save all future beings from impatience and negativity of self.

Screen Shot 2015-07-16 at 10.08.23GY: Describe your first love, in six words or less.

HS: Musical, adventurous, happy, free

GY:  A Sunday all to yourself, how do you spend it?

HS: Doing nothing. Cleaning my house. Riding my bike. Cooking for my guy.

GY:  What about a night out on the town? Who would you spend it with? What would you do?

HS: I would spend it with my love and partner, Chris. We would definitely go out for delicious food!!! 

GY: Who have you been friends with the longest and how did you meet? 

HS: Traci & Carla and Sarah

My best friend Sarah and I met as kids at a mutual friends birthday party and remained best friends through high school and today.

Traci & Carla were our childhood neighbors and I love them like the day is long. 

GY:  What yoga teacher has most influenced your practice and teaching? 

HS: Carrie Owerko

GY: Can you name three traits you cherish most in this teacher?

HS: Clarity, austerity, adaptation of “the mold”Screen Shot 2015-07-16 at 10.11.47

GY: What do you love most about your home space?

HS: EVERYTHING, we call our quaint and loving home “The Treehouse”. 

19. What was the last thing you binge watched on Netflix?

HS: WWII In Color

GY: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

HS: Stop Talking


You can catch up with Heather via her video on GatherYoga HERE.

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(photo credit: Sam Hollenshead-2009)