31, yoga instructor, New York, NY
Fitness philosophy: 1. Do what you want. Do what makes you come alive. Do what inspires you. Do what makes you happy. Do what makes you feel amazing. Connect inward every day to see what will make you feel that way, and do that. 2. Don’t forget to have fun! If it’s not fun for you, you won’t stick with it (and, plus, what’s the point if you aren’t having fun?), so make sure you have a blast doing your activity of choice—and remember it is a choice. 3. Work with your body, not against it. If you move with ease through any activity, you will grow and get stronger than you could ever imagine. Pushing and forcing lead to injury. Bend, don’t break—ease is where it’s at.
Biggest gym pet peeve: People invading others’ space. Your workout should be your experience, and your experience alone. When people do things to take away from that, that is uncool. When you are working out in a community, you should do your best to allow everyone to have his or her own experience. Treat others as you wish to be treated.
Hidden talent: Singing. I used to be in musical theatre, and I love to sing along (and maybe dance a little jig!) to every song on my playlist.
Celebrity crush: Channing Tatum: He’s got moooves, now he surfs, and he does yoga with his pregnant wife? Yes, please!
Relationship status: Married
To learn more: heidiyoga.com