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Heidi Michel Fokine Redefines the Experience of Yoga

By Tracey Toomey | March 28, 2017 | People

In a charming barn on Shelter Island, Heidi Michel Fokine brings invigorating yoga to an idyllic setting.


“It’s refreshing to do yoga in a space that’s not meant for yoga but that’s big and open and has another history,” says Heidi Michel Fokine. “It feels uniquely East End.”

Heidi Michel Fokine has been a year-round resident of Shelter Island for 21 years. The barn where she leads her class (appropriately called Yoga in the Barn) every Saturday from 9 to 10:30 am is part of the Shelter Island Historical Society. As if doing down dog in an old barn isn’t unusual enough, taking class with Fokine is itself an extraordinary experience. She was a professional modern dancer and has been a student of the human form and the moving arts for more than 40 years. Her curiosity about movement and the overall human experience is intense—but don’t be intimidated! She’s also fun and funny, like a favorite aunt who happens to know a lot about your hip joints. So why Shelter Island? “Growing up in Southold, I could see Shelter Island from my window, and I always thought, That’s the place to be.” For us, Yoga in the Barn on Saturdays is definitely the place to be. 16 South Ferry Road, Shelter Island

Photography by: PhotograPhy by Zev Starr-tambor