In 2006, I had an experience that truly changed the course of my life.
I can still vividly remember sitting in the circle with a group of women, many of who I had just shared a community dance class with, and most of who I had never met before. My body was so awake from the dancing, I was a little nervous about what the heck I was doing there, but my heart was ready to open as I was longing for connection.
Together in our circle we were safely led to connect into our bodies, quiet our thinking, and feel open to share our personal stories of pain, joy, fear, and resilience. As each woman courageously shared with the group it felt like my soul began burst wide open. I too offered some of my own story and just let the tears that had been held in openly roll down my face. It was the first time in a long time that remembered feeling fully alive, witnessed, and that I could come home to myself.
The experience moved me so deeply that I knew I wanted more, but I was also immensely scared of what being fully awake and alive in my life meant. At the time I had been stuck in my own depression, numbing out with alcohol and drug use, and staying in unhealthy relationships that enveloped me in further toxic situations. Eventually it all brought me to a breaking point where I had to get honest and really choose how I wanted to continue to live and show up.
Fortunately, I had tasted what connection to my true self could feel like , and with the help of some beautiful people and opportunities I began to navigate how life could be different and gloriously more wonderful.
I explored movement as a way to heal and connect, and took up dance again which I had loved growing up. I started a regular yoga practice as well, and for the first time I felt I was able to use my physical presence to feel and witness everything in my life rather than feel riddled with shame, or self judgement.
When I came to my mat I felt as if I was becoming aware of every muscle, every thought that was passing through, every emotions rising to the surface of my being. To be honest, all of this new awareness scared the crap out of me, but eventually with time and practice the fear began to soften and instead I recognized the safety, joy, and freedom that it held.
Through conscious movement and mindfulness practices I shed the confusion and false beliefs about myself that I held for so long. It was like a spotlight was shining on the crap that had weighed me down, and I could finally step away from it and arrive at a loving connection with myself, and my to spirituality.
It was then that I decided to continue on a path of further opening up to who I truly was. I quit my corporate sales job which wasn't a right fit for me, and cut ties with more unhealthy behaviors, patterns, and relationships. I trained as a yoga and Pilates teacher, somatic educator with True Body Project , and life and wellness coach. I began to dedicate my life to helping others connect to themselves through movement and mindful awareness of their own truth and for the last 5 years it has been some of the greatest joys of my life.
True Body Project, Lead Teacher
Prism Pilates 130hr Reformer + Mat
Mentor Master Class Life Coaching
IIN, Holistic Wellness Coach
Bija Yoga School 200hr RYT
Reiki Trained Level I + II
NKU, BA International Relations