Hello! I’m Heidi! In 2019, I merged my passion for wellness and my skills in facilitation to birth my unique business. After years of cultivating my own mindfulness practices and experiencing the impacts they made on my life, my heart-led intention is to share them with others.
I obtained my Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher qualifications through Brown University’s School of Public Health. MBSR is a program that was started in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn that involves paying attention, on purpose to our lives as it unfolds, in a nonjudgemental manner. It is a practice that invites us to become aware when we are operating on autopilot and wake up to the vividness of our lives!
I am recognized through Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT500), taking training through Asheville Yoga Center in North Carolina. I have taken advanced training in the areas of children and family yoga as well as intensives in yoga for those with Autism, ADHD and differently-abled, yoga for cancer and yoga for back care and anatomy. I am also trained in trauma-informed practices.
I am a licensed teacher in the State of Ohio. I have Bachelor’s Degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. It has been a true honor to serve as a lead classroom teacher, intervention specialist, itinerant teacher, adjunct professor, mentor teacher and intake coordinator in school settings.
With my business, H. .J. Stark Wellness and Consulting, I am guiding these practices with the intent to impact businesses, schools and individuals in big ways. When I’m not teaching or facilitating trainings, I can hopefully be found with my family and dear friends, in the sunshine, by a body of water, with a book in hand.