Heidi Fisher

Home City: West Bend, WI

Department: Retreat Center

Q: Tell us about yourself.

A: I was a single mother of one child at the young age of 17 but finished high school on time and went straight to college to find a stable job as an accountant. When my stepfather died, I began to question my direction. Life is so short, what did I really want to do? I wanted to be a yoga teacher and provide a positive environment for all who were seeking it. I didn’t know how to pursue that at the time, so I continued on with my college studies and started my career in accounting. As I got settled into my career I knew something was missing so I began my search within. I received my yoga teacher certification and learned about ayurveda. I saw this as a way to achieve my dream.

Q: How did you find the Himalayan Institute?

A: Right around that time of searching for more, I received an email from an old theology professor that his son was coming to our area to provide yoga teacher training. This sparked the memory of stories in class about the Himalayan Institute and my forgotten dream of teaching yoga. I thought this had to be a sign so I registered right away! As I went through the yoga teacher training I heard more amazing stories of the impact the Himalayan Institute and its tradition had on people’s lives so I decided to find out directly for myself.

Q: What inspired you to join the community?

A: In my journey to find meaning and purpose in life I felt pulled to learn about ayurveda to better myself physically and mentally. My intention was to find a way to be happier and healthier in this world of long hours at the office, processed foods, and prescription drugs.

If one has a healthy mind, the body can follow.
Q: What have you learned during your time here?

A: I relearned some of my most valuable attributes and that we are all human beings who have struggles however it helps to have a supportive and non-judgmental environment to be in when you go deep inside to explore. If one has a healthy mind, the body can follow.

Q: If there was one thing you could share about the Himalayan Institute, what would it be?

A: It’s a beautiful place to visit or call home, where one can retreat from the city into nature and learn more about themselves, be reminded that the simple human natures that may drive us crazy are really normal, learn how to reflect, let go, and move forward.