As a kid I suffered from many ailments: digestive issues, debilitating migraines, heart pain and yes anxiety. Western medicals tests never revealed anything wrong with me. I was told I was fine, but knew I wasn’t. Eating healthy and exercising were not helping much. Intuitively I began sensing that the cause of my physical symptoms was deeper, emotional and spiritual in nature. I did have big questions. What the heck was this life for? What was I here to do? I became fascinated with understanding the mind-body connection and later the mind-body-spirit connection. My passion for root-cause healing was born.
Since then, my studies in Ayurvedic medicine confirmed what I had inferred all along: the root cause of most (if not all) physical symptoms is in the subtle body. This means that our thoughts/beliefs inform the totality of our life experience and that includes of course our overall health. When left unaddressed for too long imbalances in the subtle body fester and begin to show up in the most dense body, the physical. Somehow I always knew that and understanding (if not quieting!) my mind became central to my healing journey early on. I read tons of books on psychology and began a psychoanalysis. I was 15 and trying hard to make sense of my life. So when I came to New York at 17 to continue my dance training and yoga got a hold of me I dived right in. What a blessing!
Aside from soothing my dis-regulated nervous system, yoga as a practice and a philosophy gave me a new paradigm through which I could understand myself and my place in the world. It confirmed that I was always creating my life from the inside out. After two years of quasi daily practice under the tutelage of my first teacher, Gordon Sharpe, I began teaching and soon had a full schedule. That was 1996. From there on I knew that my best offering was to help others switch off their stress response. In my experience that is the single most important thing someone can do to maximize their health and life enjoyment.
Stress gets in the way of our physical, mental, emotional and of course spiritual well-being. Without the latter especially sooner or later life starts to feel blah. Our capacity to live out our soul potential depends so much on our capacity to stay relaxed and receptive amidst life’s challenges. Knowing this at a young age has helped me to stay open, go with the flow and consistently challenge myself to grow. From performance-based dance to yoga and meditation, from massage therapy to Ayurvedic medicine and coaching, and back to dance again, this time feeling-based, I have developed a solid, integrated knowledge of the mind-body-spirit connection, anchored in my real-life experience.
25 + years later the journey continues, more rewarding than ever. After navigating recurring bouts of anxiety in my 30’s, I felt the call to help women prone to anxiety as well. My hope is that as more of us achieve emotional freedom and reconnect to our heart’s deepest longings, we’ll channel into the world a more balanced feminine, equally wild and wise, for the benefit of all. It is with this larger vision in mind that I humbly offer my services.
YOGA – Gordon Sharpe 1994-1996, Certified Yoga Teacher 1999 – World Yoga Center, Yoga for Anxiety and Depression – Amy Weintraub.
COACHING – Certified Professional Coach, graduate of iPEC trained in Core Energy Coaching™ process, Certified Awakening Coach (Arjuna Ardagh)
MEDITATION – Certified Ananda Meditation® Teacher
AYURVEDA – Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner – Kripalu School of Ayurveda, New World Ayurveda, Dr. Vasant Lad, John Douillard, Claudia Welch, among others.
DANCE – Certified Shake Your Soul® teacher, Alvin Ailey – NY, Rosella Hightower International Dance School – Cannes, France.
REIKI – Practitioner level 1 (Pamela Miles)
EASTERN PHILOSOPHY + TRANSPERSONAL PSYCHOLOGY influence – Paramahansa Yogananda, Adyashanti, Eckhart Tolle, Jiddu Krishnamurthi, Swami Rama, John Welwood, the Pathwork, Core Energetics…
NY Licensed Massage Therapist – Associate from the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences