"Live to love and love to live"
Like many things in life, my journey into the world of health of wellness has been long and winding. I've always been physically active, and actually made my first workout video when I was just 6 years old! I took my parents gigantic tape recorder and went to work. In the background, my hound dog was sleeping and my Dad was pumping iron in some amazing 80's style shorty shorts. It was epic! So as you can see, I've always had a love for health.
After college, I bounced around trying to make a living in ways that weren't true to my nature and slowing realized that life is much more enjoyable if you follow what you love, and focus on what truly inspires you.
I'm a self-help junkie, and love listening to Podcasts and reading books on spiritual, and personal development. Life is one giant learning curve, but I continue to learn, and work towards love and happiness. I value good conversation, great food, different cultures, meeting new people and family and friends. I really enjoy traveling and spending time with those I care about.
I began doing yoga simply as a form of exercise. I had recently stopped dancing, and I was hoping yoga would keep me flexible! After two years of infrequent practice at the gym, I decided to delve deeper and see if yoga had something more to offer. I was also beginning to explore my spiritual side, and yoga became a place for me to tune in and quiet down my "monkey-mind". I got hooked on the good vibes, and I received my Yoga Certification in 2009. Since then I've instructed in England, Colorado, and California. I believe that yoga has something different to offer for everybody. I find value in many different styles, teachers, branches and philosophies of yoga. I encourage students to stay curious about their bodies and minds and to take what works for them from my teachings. To me, yoga is a very individualized and personal experience, but shines brilliantly when those experiences come together in a group setting. One of my favorite moments in a yoga class is were I can literally feel the vibe flowing (for me, its often when a group chants together). It can feel much bigger than the voices creating it! My personal practice varies considerably according to my needs at the time. I might do a nice long meditation, or a more vigorous sweat sesh. I may do it in my living or feel the need to be around others in a studio. To me, Yoga is about enhancing the relationship to oneself, and amplifying your connection to the life around you.
Once upon a time I was a vitamin/supplement junkie. If it was featured on Dr. Oz or in Health magazine it was likely on my shelf. It was definitely not a holistic approach to health. However, those early years of willy nilly vita-popping turned out to be my jumping off point into the world of natural medicine. It is also when I started taking control of my own health. My skills in Research as a Psychology Undergraduate began to take shape and I stopped believing everything I read or heard. I began doing in depth research into my own ailments, and those of friends and family. From here, I started tapping into potential root causes, and natural healing. I believe that Western Medicine has its place in health care, and I am so grateful for many of things that advanced techniques, like surgery, and emergency care can offer. But my own experience has shown me that many ailments respond well to nature's medicine cabinet. The first herb I recall falling in love with was Lavender. I lived in England from 2009-2012, where lavender grows abundantly. The smell is magnificent, and makes me feel calm and happy. I usually carry lavender essential oil in my purse just to smell it when things get a little hectic, or I feel out of balance. When I moved to Colorado in 2012, I discovered a wonderful apothecary right down the road from my house. I'd go in there and walk around taking in the unique smells and enjoying the good vibes of the plants around me. I'd pick up an herb or two to try out on myself. I went on to earn my Certification in the Foundations of Herbal Medicine in 2014 from that apothecary (Sage Consulting and Apothecary, with Valerie Blakenship). I enjoy making herbal beauty products, healing ointments and salves, and tinctures (extracts in a dropper). Consulting with others on how natural remedies may help really excites me. I love to share my knowledge with others, and guide them on their own healing path.
- Bachelors Degree in Psychology, Minor in Business - Florida State University, Tallahassee FL
- Masters Degree in Sustainable Development and Global Leadership - Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu HI
- Performance Management Certification - Florida State University, Tallahassee FL
- Registered Yoga Instructor, 200 hour. Mercedes Ngoh Yoga - Devon, England
- Foundations of Herbal Medicine Certification - Sage Consulting and Apothecary, Valerie Blakenship, Colorado Springs CO