Awaken Your Heart
Sometimes it can be just one little thing that will make you want to get back up again and for me that was YOGA.
This is my story. The healing power of yoga in my struggle with binge-eating disorder and my journey to self-acceptance.
I’ve accepted who I am. I’ve accepted where I’ve come from. Then, it was time to forgive.
Yoga is a journey back to our centre. The practice awakens our hearts so that we can feel connected and open to all that is.
It shows us how to listen to our body and respond in a way that supports and nourishes, allowing us to heal and restore. It teaches us to witness the movements of our mind so that we can break free from negative habit patterns, renew our perspective and bring greater balance to our state of being. Yoga shows us the grace and strength of presence and its power to ripple into the spaces beyond us so that we may serve this life more fully.
Yoga invites us to actively participate in the process of transformation and open to our fullest potential.
I started yoga simply when I didn’t know what else to do. On a journey to recover from an eating disorder I felt like I had no where else to turn. I felt like I was alone and was going to have obsessions and compulsions around food forever. I committed to just one class. That’s it with no expectation beyond a commitment to one class. Then, it became another. And another. And another.
It wasn’t long before I knew something inside me had changed, and that’s when I knew yoga was the next path to be taken on the road to recovering from an eating disorder. I started meditating daily and diving deeper into the philosophy of yoga, on and off the mat. In my mind, my goal, LIVE YOUR YOGA. Saying good-bye to my all or nothing personality and constant striving for perfection.
I began using the Five Pillars of Yoga to reveal how much of an effect disordered eating was having on me in body, mind and spirit, it taught me how to feel in order to heal. Yoga led me to reflect more on how I was treating my body- the ways I accepted and did not accept myself -and it began to transform me. Years of yoga and practice of karma and ahimsa (non-violence) brought me closer to my spiritual self. I became more loving toward myself.
I now use yoga for the physical practice, but even more so, I use yoga to uncover and understand the layers of experiences I encounter in my life, including those that threaten to undermine my confidence and self worth.
Understanding our self-worth- living intentionally, being our best selves, maintaining impeccable health- this gives us the capacity to transform our lives and the lives of the people we love.
I am a wife, mother of 2, and psychologist. I completed my National Academy of Sports Medicine Personal Trainer Certification in 2015 and Yoga Teacher Training in 2016. I am a passionate advocate for wellness, whole living and making time for self-care. I share actionable insight on everyday wellness while empowering you to invest in your wellbeing, and tap into your highest self to design your most fulfilling life.
Like many of you I have been on a journey that has involved health issues, disordered eating and struggles with the pressures of life. In this space I will share with you the tips, tricks, solutions and answers that I learned along the way to getting my health and wellness back on track, to calm my mind amidst chaos, and to silence the negative inner dialogue that sometimes played on a constant loop. I will share with you how I have learned to find balance and maintain a happy outlook on life.
My yoga journey began about 8 years ago and slowly began to weave its way through my life; I am continually humbled and inspired by the potential of yoga to transform, expand and heal and devoted to sharing the practice with others.
I teach a heartfelt practice with creative sequencing, a deep focus on breath and alignment and a combination of strong steady flow and longer holds to both uplift and tap into the stillness. I draw my understanding from a number of styles and traditions, inspired by yoga philosophy. My classes are woven with philosophy and stories and often include music, pranayama and meditation. My teaching is passionate and knowledgeable, my intention is to both challenge and restore, holding a space for you to open, reflect and absorb. I will take you on a joyful journey of self inquiry and unfolding. I maintain a commitment to my own study and practice as the foundation of my teaching.
I am dedicated to continuing my study, practice and professional development and is indebted and eternally grateful to each and every teacher with whom I have and continues to learn with.