Hello, my name is Heidi Dore. I am a yoga teacher, Shiatsu practitioner and journalist based in Brighton and Newport On Tay in Scotland.
Yoga puts a big smile on my face. I am hooked on the alive feeling it gives me – some people use the words Prana, Chi or Energy to describe this. The irreverent but inimitable yogi Tom Waits simply calls it – ‘That Feel’.
“There is one thing you can’t lose – and it’s ‘that feel’. Your shirt, your pants, your shoes – but not that feel,” says Waits.
I like to follow the feelings in yoga. For me, this is much more important than the ideals of perfect form or precise alignment.
I have been practising since 1998 and explored many different styles before qualifying with the Vajrasati School in 2013. I have a 500 hour teaching certificate accredited by Yoga Alliance, UK. I teach a range of groups and abilities – including autistic adults and one-to-one sessions for people with disabilities. My goal is to make people contented, confident and strong.
I discovered Shiatsu in 2005 after breaking my knee in a hit-and-run accident. On the one hand it was gentle, dreamy and soothing – on the other hand it got under my skin and woke me up to what was going on in my body and mind. This sparked a fascination for Oriental medicine. Shiatsu master Shizuto Masunaga‘s ideas about ‘sharing pain’ and establishing a ‘life echo’ with others made a big impression on me. Life can be a painful and confusing business – Shiatsu seemed to be worthwhile thing to be doing.
I began practising Shiatsu in 2009 and set up a weekly low cost clinic for Brighton’s charity and voluntary sector at Community Base in 2011, completing my 3-year training with Brighton Shiatsu College in 2013. Since then have helped develop wellbeing at work programs for financial services firms Legal & General and Metlife. In Scotland I have worked at the James Hutton Institute and NHS Tayside. I work with people with disabilities and chronic health problems at the Sussex MS Treatment Centre as well as adults with Asperger’s and Autism for the charity Assert and with mental health problems for the Dundee charity Art Angel.
My yoga and Shiatsu habit has been funded by journalism. I am a trained news reporter working for national newspapers, international magazines and press agencies since 2003. I began my career at the digital art site Culture 24 and went on to regional newspapers and the world’s oldest newspaper Lloyd’s List and the Daily Express. I spent four amazing years living and working in the Gulf, with a stint working for the Sultan of Oman teaching journalism workshops during the Arab Spring.
The pressured environment of a newsroom is a million miles away from the Shiatsu and yoga scene – but my pleasure in the inspiring people I meet is continuity between these worlds.