I lost my mother to cancer when I was 21. Losing a parent at that age was a huge initiation into realizing how fragile and temporary life is. The loss of my mother very quickly diverted me onto a spiritual path of seeking what was meaningful in this life. I had a lot of questions and it was a great time of disorientation for me. A year or so later, I came to Boulder and I found healthy food, yoga and outdoor lifestyle. When I first landed in the foothills of the rockies,, I felt like I had come home. I was an avid skier, climber and mountain biker at the time. I soon found yoga which allowed me to settle into my body in a whole new way. Syncing my breath with movement and letting go of the armor and resistance I had put up around me, allowed me to feel what was really present. I not only begin to heal the grief I was holding but I was able to feel gratitude, touching into the sacred grounds of my body and heart and trusting it was all going to be okay. I started to understand that something so much bigger was moving and holding me.
I share this story with you because my life profoundly shifted when I discovered the impact yoga, nutrition and ample time in nature had on my life. Before I found yoga, it was easy for me to detach and disembody. It was how I coped as a sensitive being when I was a child. Regular practice, meditation, spending time in nature and feeding my body high vibrational foods and herbs empowered me to be in connection and relationship with all of life. The practice of embodiment showed me that it’s okay to feel, in fact allowing ourselves to feel keeps us from getting stuck. My commitment to my practice on a regular basis has lead me to teach and share these gifts with others.
Teaching embodiment and educating people about how to live in and care for their bodies wholeheartedly has become a huge part of my vocation. This continually unfolding path is a part of my soul’s creative expression as well as a path of learning to stand my ground and be in the flow amidst the complexities of my life. Practicing yoga and my commitment to my healing and empowering journey has given me a sense of Inner authority, where I acknowledge I have choice and choice creates my reality.
My offering is an invitation for you to let go of everything you think you need to change about yourself and realize who you are, in your truth, your strength and your vulnerability, held in a container of love. Then from there, allowing the transformation to occur. What if everything you seek, you already are? What if the raw and tender side that we try to push away, hide and ignore, is actually our power? I can tell you from my own experience, it is.
You don’t have to do it alone. We actually can’t do it alone. None of us are perfect. It has taken me many years to drop that story. I invite you to do the same, get real and honest, allow your vulnerabilities to become your greatest strengths and face your deepest fears with courage and love. Through connection, honoring our bodies on every level and slowing down enough to see what’s really going on, we will uplift and create more healthy, joyful and inspired lives!