Rewind to six years ago and my life & my health looked very different. I was living in Los Angeles managing for an international clothing brand, living what I thought was my dream job, at least what my bachelors degree had prepared me for. I managed a multi-million dollar store with a team of 70+ employees, and working with celebrities was just another Monday. I was living in the fast lane, my idea of relaxation was being able to take a lunch, fitting in a kickboxing class, or dancing the night away with my girlfriends. Life in my twenties was seemingly falling into place yet I couldn't help but feel a void in the work that I did, like something was missing, something deeper.
My health, from the outside, looked good however I was struggling with what doctors diagnosed as IBS- their solution, take Miralax. As my digestive struggles continued I begun to have heart issues. I was experiencing pains in my chest, an irregular heart beat with palpitations, followed by overwhelming anxiety, as you may imagine. I went to doctor after doctor trying to find out what was wrong with me, why I was feeling the way I was and how to fix it, to no resolve. I was prescribed numerous drugs including anxiety medication and beta blockers, all just to mask the symptoms. The frustration and fear grew and I was fed up.
Looking back this was The cataclysmic event that changed the course of my life. I begun to take my health into my own hands. I eagerly jumped down the rabbit hole of nutrition and wellness. It became my mission to seek the truth. Along the way I met an interesting cardiologist from India who introduced a whole new perspective. He asked me- What is going on in your life? What is going on in your relationships? What is it that your heart wants to do in this world that you are not listening to? It was at that point where I begun to think of my body not just as a vessel to live in but as a messenger, an innate intelligence that expressed its imbalances in the form of dysfunction within the body. This was not a realization I had overnight, rather a slow unraveling of the intricate web of who I was and what made my heart truly happy.
With the direction of my heart doctor I was told to stop high intensity workouts and focus more on restorative practices. This was new to me, as I was always told to go hard, that results came from intensity and sweat. So I traded in the treadmill for a yoga mat. This was a pivitol moment in my journey to wellness, I still say today that yoga saved me. It slowed me down, it allowed me space to connect to my inner self and learn how to listen to and honor my body. It was a transformative, healing practice that provided me the opportunity to shift my mindset.
I spent the next few years dedicated to the practice of yoga and the study of nutrition, mindfulness and all things wellness. I learned how powerful & healing real food can be. I felt enormous improvement in my digestion and my heart issues disappeared. I experienced positive changes in my energy and mood, my relationships and my outlook on life. I made the personal decision not to take prescription drugs. I wanted to get to the ROOT of my issues and address the cause, not the symptoms. I dedicated myself to feeling better and trusting my own inner guidance.
Fast forward to 2015 when I made the decision to leave my lucrative, but stressful, retail management job and Los Angeles. I had a burning desire to pursue my passion in helping others overcome health challenges and discover how to use the power of yoga & nutrition to tap into their own healing abilities. To live a life from the heart.
Today, I am so thankful for the health challenges I've had, the journey it has taken me on and the process of waking up to my true self. Discovering the ability we all have within us to heal. I am now a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, a Yoga teacher and an advocate for safe skincare and beauty as a partner with Beautycounter.
I share my personal story with you because I know how it feels to not find relief from the traditional healthcare system, and I felt very lost at times as I was going through these challenges & changes. I felt frustrated by answers I got (or didn't get) and the reliance on the prescription drug industry to mask the symptoms. I was shocked that the majority of doctors never once asked me what I was putting in my body or what my diet and lifestyle looked like. I believe doctors have an invaluable place in the treatment of pathalogical disease and acute health crisis. However there is a big gap for preventative care and nutritional education. I do believe pharmaceuticals have their place in treating disease, however we must always look for the reason why illness has occurred. It isn't enough to supress the symptoms. In order to truly heal we must find the root causes and restore balance. Eating nourishing food supports the body in the process of healing itself. I've seen and felt it in myself and in many others.
If your tired of getting nowhere with your health concerns, not seeing the results you desire or confused by all the fad diets and one-size-fits-all approach, then you've come to the right place. Health challenges can be completely overwhelming. It can be a lonely road full of frustration, guilt and uncertainty. I understand firsthand, and am here to help you write a different story.
It is my mission to help you discover the healing powers of real nutrition and discover the right foods to support your individual body. It is my passion to share the magic of yoga and to support the foundations of the body while helping you identify and remove the stressors that may be holding you back from cultivating real wellness. You deserve to feel great, overcome illness and live a happy, healthy, elevated life!
We are only given one, magnificant body- that will be with us till our last breath- how do you want to enjoy it?
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