Hadley Corpus is a Movement + Mindfulness Teacher, Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist (in progress ), ERYT 200 Ashtanga-Vinyasa Teacher, Prism Pilates + Balanced Body Trained Pilates Teacher.
She is also a leader, speaker, and trainer with the True Body Project which is a nationally awarding winning organization whose mission is to empower individuals to identify and connect to their true selves, honor their bodies, and grow their authentic voices.
Hadley has been successfully teaching movement classes for 6 years, as well as working with clients 1:1, leading workshops, and training's both nationally and internationally.
Over her career, she has also received many hours of complimentary training and continuing education covering topics including pelvic floor health, nutrition, women’s health + wellness, NLP, trauma-informed movement, breath work, meditation, strength training, Pilates, yoga, mindfulness, restorative movement, and anatomy.
Her mission is to help women connect to their minds and bodies through movement, mindfulness, and breath work, where they can then cultivate greater resilience, develop emotional intelligence, and learn how to trust the wisdom held within.
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 deeper parts of who we were. 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 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.
With the help of some beautiful people and opportunities I began to navigate how life could be different, connected, and gloriously more wonderful.
I explored movement as a way to heal and find meaningful connection, and took up dance again which I had loved growing up. I started a regular yoga and meditation practice, 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, guilt, or self judgement.
When I came to my mat I was becoming aware of every muscle, beat of my heart, breath, and emotion rising to the surface. 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 also began to release 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.