Tami Heaton (she/they) is a certified breathwork and meditation facilitator in St. Louis, MO.
Tami is currently studying polyvagal theory and therapeutic yoga with Arielle Schwartz at the Embody Lab. She will begin with the second cohort of the polyvagal certificate program at Dr. Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal Institute in January 2024.
In 2020 – so early that only three people in St. Louis were on record with it – Tami got sick from COVID-19. While the actual illness was short, the Long Covid was brutal and left her unable to stand long enough to cook or shower most days. Leaving the house was nearly impossible. She was unable to work due to unrelenting fatigue. Her hair fell out. Later that year, a complication from gallbladder surgery nearly killed her.
After almost a year of trying to rebuild enough physical strength to start over, Tami began a regular breathwork and sound healing practice. She quickly regained strength – and her hair started growing back. Beyond that, though, she started to notice a sense of emotional regulation that had been missing previously. Her executive function improved. The cyclical nervous system crashes she had always suffered were more noticeable in this new physical terrain – but the more somatic work she did, the more the crashes were held at bay. Then she started to let go of years worth of trauma, and to feel a new sense of mindfulness day-to-day. Shortly thereafter, she began studying breathwork and polyvagal theory – the science of nervous system regulation.
Tami has done breathwork with a large number of the local St. Louis facilitators, as well as facilitators all over the U.S. (She always finds at least one class when she’s traveling.) She cherishes having a strong ongoing personal practice as part of the honor of holding space for others as a breathwork facilitator.
Tami is queer, nonbinary, autistic and ADHD. In addition to her somatic training, she has extensive certification in neurodivergence, intersectionality, trauma-informed care, and DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion). She has spent most of her career working as a digital project manager in some capacity or another. She owned a very small digital marketing agency from 2012-2022. She was a founding skater and marketing director for Gotham Girls Roller Derby in NYC in another lifetime, and has extensive event production experience in entertainment and live music.
Tami is also currently studying sound healing with Dr. Aria Thome. She has been accepted into the Somatic Studies certificate program at Washington University starting in summer 2024.
- Breathwork Teacher Training – Loka Yoga School – November 2023
- Meditation Teacher Training – Loka Yoga School – December 2024
- Applied Polyvagal Theory in Therapeutic Yoga [includes breathwork] – The Embody Lab – January 2024
- Shamanic Breathwork, level 1 – March 2024
- NASM Certified Personal Trainer – April 2024
- Second cohort of Polyvagal Institute’s certificate program with Dr. Stephen Porges – May 2024
- Holotropic Breathwork – will complete facilitator certification in 2025 or 2026 (it’s a very long process!)