Heidi E. Spear

Heidi E. Spear, MA, ABD, is a Kripalu Yoga teacher who has been on the R&R Retreat faculty at Kripalu since 2009. From 2013–2015 she also served as the relaxation specialist at The UltraWellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts. Heidi now coaches businesses and individuals in stress management, meditation, and mindful leadership. She holds graduate degrees in comparative literature and performing arts from New York University and Washington University in St. Louis, and she studied and worked at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. She is author of The Everything Guide to Chakra Healing and The Everything Guide to Ayurveda, and coauthor of 5-Minute Mindfulness: Simple Daily Shortcuts to Transform Your Life.


  • Camping in the Dark

    I have never slept outside. I’ve had a fear of camping since childhood. But since I’ve begun studying Ayurveda—the health system that is the sister science to yoga—I’ve become fascinated with my relationship to nature.

  • The Yoga of Shakespeare

    Why has William Shakespeare’s work remained popular throughout centuries and across continents? It’s because his plays reflect the human condition.