Heather Lynne Newman BA, D. Phyt, CYT

Medical Herbalist, Yoga teacher, Reiki M‚Äčaster

As a child I was always cooking or making some other kind of potion. Today I am blessed to be making herbal medicines professionally, and I never did stop cooking.

In 2005 I began working at the Pointe-Claire Holistic Centre where I first became acquainted with the field of natural medicine. There I learned about plant medicine, homeopathics, supplements, nutrition, cooking and yoga. I spent a few years managing the Centre and writing articles about healthy living.

In university I chose to study the mind, beginning with a major in Linguistics and completing a second major specialization in Psychology. My focus was on language processing and behavioural neurobiology. After graduating with distinction from Concordia University in 2011, I came to Vancouver for its majestic natural beauty. I began to work for a medical herbalist and was inspired to return to the path of natural medicine.

In 2013 I left to study botanical medicine at Pacific Rim College, which offered one of the most comprehensive herbal medicine programs in the Western world. I graduated summa cum laude (highest honours) from their Phytotherapy program in the fall of 2016 with over 500 hours of clinical practice. Since then I have returned to Vancouver to work at Maya Natural Health with Bev Maya, a medical herbalist who is a leading expert in women's health.

Photo credit: Alexis Hennig

Energy Medicine

For as long as I can recall I have been drawn to energy work. When I received my first Reiki treatment in 2012 it was subtle and yet somehow incredibly powerful. My experience during the session was then confirmed by an energetic testing device and I have since become trained in both Reiki and energetic testing with the REBA device. In 2012 I did my Usui reiki level 1 training with Myorei healing and subsequent levels through Reiki master Nicole Langille. Finally I became a Reiki master in January of 2018. I have been practicing Reiki hands on and via distance method since 2014. It is an absolute joy to practice and recipients have reported deep relaxation, relief from anxiety, insomnia, nausea, pain and grief.

Yoga

My beloved aunt introduced me to yoga in my single digits. I took to it immediately. At age 11 I was one of two students doing yoga as an extracurricular, back when the practice was considered very strange. Eventually I discovered Ayurveda as well and it quickly became a second language to me. I did my yoga teacher training at Ashtanga Yoga Montreal in 2011 and have continued to study Ayurveda formally and informally. The spiritual and therapeutic elements of yoga have always interested me more than the physical benefits. I went on to teach yoga to people with substance abuse disorders and to older adults in assisted living. Since leaving Montreal I have been teaching private lessons to students of all levels, including people with injuries and other limitations. As with herbal medicine, I take particular joy in tailoring methods to meet my clients' unique needs.