Heeki is a Korean born in Japan and educated in both Korea and the U.S. It was natural for her to step into the world of yoga with her multicultural back ground as her next stage of journey in 1998 while she was studying at UCLA. Her interest in yoga has brought her to explore its path in India and to study many types of yoga & spiritual practices including Ashtanga Yoga, Sivananda Yoga, and Reiki.
In 2007, as an extension of spiritual journey, she opened one of the most influential yoga studios, YOGABREEZE in Fukuoka, Japan. In the same year, she finally met her gurus who totally changed her life style - the creators of Jivamukti Yoga, Sharon Gannon & David Life - who emphasize enlightenment through having compassion to all beings.
She was inspired by the powerful and practical method of Jivamukti Yoga that she became the first Jivamukti Certified Teacher living in Japan in 2008. Since then she has been continuing to teach the method with passion and become an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher in 2012. With her Gurus' blessings and under their guidance, she has been empowered to convey the method in Japan and internationally teaches workshops and invited to conferences in Asia and Europe.
She joyfully assisted Sharon Gannon & David Life at the 2009 Asia Yoga Conference in Hong Kong and hosted them for the Jivamukti Japan Tour in both 2009 & 2010 and was translator for the 2010 Jivamukti tour and 300-hour TT in New York. Off the mat, Heeki launched the 'Happy Animal Project' in order to awake public about animal abuse & abandon in Fukuoka in 2009 as inspired by her Gurus' spiritual activism. In 2012 March, she published Sharon Gannon’s book 'Yoga and Vegetarianism' in Japanese.
Heeki is actively teaching Jivamukti Yoga at major yoga conferences in Asia and Europe to spread the peaceful message of her teachers.
"I am honored to be an ambassador for Yoga Gives Back. As a yogi, I truly agree with the idea of how YGB started, and without hesitation, I wanted to support YGB mission with compassion. I really liked YGB’s system which is essential and practical to support our sisters and their children in India by giving them not a one time gift but a financial tool that can eventually using the tool to support themselves live better and happier life. My dear teachers Sharon Gannon and David Life always said being a yogi means, being an activist. Meaning not just sitting in the cave and waiting for some change to happen, but take a closer look of what is happening in the world and take action in someway to make changes for happiness, peace, and better lives for all beings which will bring true joy and happiness back to our own life eventually but inevitably. Now as I become the YGB ambassador, I am so looking forward to share things we can do with our conscious yoga practice with my students to make some good changes in someones life, especially for women and children's in India, where our precious teaching came from. Last of all, I’d love to share this sacred mantra that all yogis should remember at all times. ‘Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.’ May all beings everywhere, be happy and free, and may the thoughts words and actions of my own life, contribute in someway, to that happiness and to that freedom for all."
(translation by Sharon Gannon)