I found yoga at a time when I was very sick, mentally and physically. I could say that yoga saved me, but I like to think I saved myself. After years of thinking I treated my body (mind and soul) like a temple, my world was rocked by doing 90 days straight of committed asana practice. My Joy and peace in life was amplified, and my disease (HHT) had majorly decreased in daily symptoms.
I have always been on a journey to help others, being a personal trainer, doing forensic anthropology research for identification of human remains, becoming a yoga teacher, working in wilderness therapy, and doing several medical trips to Mexico over the years. It felt incomplete until I did my time (90 days of tender love, sweat, and care for my body in becoming serious in my practice) in yoga, and a little wilderness therapy of my own. It then felt complete, because I had done the personal healing work myself, I could now offer help to others in a wholesome and holistic way, I knew this was my part of my path.
“Yoga believes in transforming the individual before transforming the world.” -Sri Swami Satchidananda
I have many years of studying the human body mentally and physically, going through so many certifications it’s almost scary; Bachelors in Biological Anthropology, National Academy of Sports medicine, Wilderness First Responder, Emergency Medical Technician, Nutrition Specialist, and even delved into a masters program in health care management. While sitting in one of my masters degree classes, I looked around and realized I was not in the right place, so I headed back to the wilderness, to work at Open Sky Wilderness Therapy.
So here I am today, teaching yoga and anatomy in india, working with adolescents and adults with severe drug addiction, depression, etc. with no plans but to live presently and with the intention of leaving this world around me a little better than I came into it. If there is one goal I have in life, it is to pass on the sacred knowledge of Yoga which I have been so blessed to have been given, and create a safe and nurturing environment for anyone who seeks to better themselves.
May your days be filled with joy, happiness, love, music, and nature.