Kyle Leia Heyesen, MSW, RYT 200
Kyle Heyesen is the Co-Owner of Yara Yoga and a lead teacher at House of the Gathering Yoga School. Her specialty within the HGYS YTT is Trauma-Informed Yoga.
Kyle began teaching yoga in 2002. She has two 200 hour level teacher training certifications. The first, from Sun Moon Studios in Mankato, MN, which focused on a variety of traditions, including Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, Kundalini and Hatha, and focused heavily on the asana component of yoga. The second, was at Yoga North in Duluth, which focused on the Himalayan Tradition of Hatha Yoga and was rich in yogic philosophy.
Kyle is passionate about learning and has taken many workshops, including with world renowned teachers David Swensen of Ashtanga, and Desiree Rumbaugh of Anusara. She is also a lover of writing and published poet of the book Grace Intoxicated. She weaves poetry into her yoga classes as a way to open consciousness and connect individuals with something greater than themselves. She believes both yoga and poetry can be instrumental in healing and transformation. As the poet Hafiz says, “Write a thousand luminous secrets upon the walls of existence so even a blind person knows where we are and joins us in this love.” She believes in humanity and our ability to know & love ourselves more deeply in order to connect with and love others profoundly. For what greater gift is there in this life than that!!
She has training in trauma-informed yoga from Firefly Yoga International and the Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY). Kyle has taught at Yoga North, the Duluth Area YMCA, UMD Psychology Department, trauma-informed yoga at the Human Development Center, at the Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault, Yoga for Runners at the Duluth Running Company, Yoga for Kids, and a variety of open classes in the community. Additionally, she has partnered with the 6th Judicial DWI Court to develop a 12 week healing-centered, trauma informed curriculum aimed at equipping people with addictions with an understanding of factors that may contribute to addiction: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma, secondary trauma exposure, stress, brain science, epigenetics, and inherited family trauma. The program embeds yoga and mindfulness practices as practical ways to transform trauma and experience well-being amidst the difficulties of life.
Kyle has further training in Mindfulness Based Stressed Reduction. She has a Master's in Social Work and work full-time at St. Louis County Public Health & Human Services as the supervisor of the Planning Resource & Organizational Development (PROD) unit leading in the development, implementation and coordination of effective cross-departmental and interagency systems approach to achieve agency goals and effective service delivery