The dream of who I could be and what that could look like was revealed to me a little at a time through the practice of Yoga and Ayurveda. These teachings created fertile ground for my dreams to break through the darkness, and to see the light of day.
As a child, I grew up on soy baby formula, vaccines, antibiotics, allergy shots and processed food. My life was a constant stream of allergic reactions, ear infections and stomach aches. My digestion had been seriously impaired by the toxins in these modern day "conveniences" and "remedies."
There were so many of us like this in the South where I was raised, it was considered normal. But, I knew it was not normal. My skin was red and irritated, my stomach was torn up, and my nerves were frayed. I felt allergic to the world around me; felt like a canary in the coalmine. I was incapable of having the energy to do anything, let alone act on a dream that lived inside my soul. What dream? I only wanted to end my suffering.
In 1999, I did my first Ayurvedic cleanse. For 12 days, I gave my body soothing foods based on my body type and the season. I also incorporated time tested daily practices from this ancient system for the purpose of improving overall health and well being. I breathed deeply and soaked up nature. I relaxed and gave my trust to the wisdom of the oldest continuously practiced health care system in the world, Ayurveda. For the first time ever, my body came alive. I saw life with a new pair eyes.
Next thing I knew, I was fearlessly leaving my position at The Wall Street Journal to study Yoga and to become an Ayurvedic Practitioner, Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist & Ayurvedic Nutritional Consultant. Ayurveda had given me hope, inspiration and awakened me to my dream, my dream to be part of a process that nurtures others in transforming their entire existence.
I had searched so long for a way to heal my body, mind and soul and I had finally found it. All I wanted was to share it with others… I HAD to!
I studied at The Kripalu School of Ayurveda, The Ayurvedic Institute and The Institute of Digestive Health, as well as, worked as the Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist in a Panchakarma clinic to complete over three thousand hours of study in Ayurveda, Yoga and Nutritional Consulting. Since then, I've led hundreds of motivated souls to explore what it feels like to have a body/mind/soul that isn't raging war against itself.
Ayurveda is a time tested science that helps us heal ourselves by reconnecting with nature, inside and out. It peels off layers of trauma, removes doubt and builds our stamina when we need it most. Those are just a few emotional benefits… the physical rewards are amazing--vibrant hair, glowing skin, heightened senses, weight loss, less pain, etc. Ayurveda and Yoga are ancient, sacred healing paths that help people connect to their internal source of power.
In the last 10 years, I've had the privilege of spreading this knowledge in several different ways:
- Guided hundreds of people through the Ayurvedic cleanse
- Taught Ayurveda in the Integrative Medicine Series at OHSU Medical School and the University of Portland, School of Nursing
- Founded The Institute of Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy
- Teaching at the Institute of Digestive Health, Clark College & Joyful Belly
- Activism for chemical-free foods, clean environment & animal rights
Although I don't struggle like before, I vividly recall what it's like to feel sad, anxious and uncomfortable. My dream is to be here now, to share the wisdom, light and compassion of these ancient arts with those who are drawn to this healing path.
The Italian artist, Modigliani said,
"You have one real duty in life… to save your dream."
- Is there enough room for YOU in your life?
- Want to give YOUR dream the space to unfold?
Take a look at my offerings and let's get started on YOU!