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I Feel Present. Not just in the moment right now but here in my body. Moving without thinking and believing that I can move any way I want to, in a physical version of myself that is undoubtedly the strongest, fastest, most versatile, mobile and balanced it has ever been. I listen to it, I give it what it asks for… and in turn, my body repays me with resilience, adaptability and an understanding of the self at a highly intuitive level. Forming this connection has taken a lifetime and will continue to require mindfulness as well as nutritional movement, which feeds growth, mastery of skill and confidence to move without the restriction of our own doubts and fears. This process goes far past learning how to correctly kneel down to pick something up and pressing it over my head- it involves the eyes, ears, breath, nose and so much more. Movement to me has become play- truly a sense of awakening my inner child and holding onto that sensation not only in movement but in life.
Operating in autopilot, with a constantly distracted mind, I lived many years “outside” of my body and the pain I felt was the result of how I was moving. Reconnecting to my body has drastically changed my life and has given me the tools to help others’ through the same process. Not only did I eliminate chronic joint pain and dysfunction, but I also became stronger, faster, more coordinated and mobile than I ever was at the peak of my athletic career. The greatest bounty of all was discovering my body all over again and learning to love every part of it with a deeper understanding of how the mind, body, and spirit operate as a whole. Ultimately, giving me confidence in who I am as a person as well as the confidence in how I move in the present, here and now.
Ever since I can remember I loved being outside and living an active life. From competitive cycling to physical professions, to obstacle course racing, I loved to push my mind and my body. I approached my activities and the way I treated my body with extreme mindsets. I had to push harder, endure more, shut my mind off and go. I was truly of the belief that pain meant to gain. I viewed my physique the same way, need more of ‘this’ and less of ‘that’. As time went on and I continued ever forward with this view of fitness, the pains and imbalances in my body become more and more taxing, more confusing. Why does movement on one side of my body feel completely unbalanced and different than the other? How is it that every morning I have debilitating pain in various parts of my body? Why isn’t there symmetry in my physique when its something I work on 2-3 hours a day every day? Almost worst of all was the mentally draining frustration of why at 29 years old, at the peak of my physical fitness, I felt this way? The short answer? I’d become completely disconnected from my body and how it had evolved to move. This realization, coupled with a radical course shift in how I approach fitness and movement, has given me a new body. I feel better, stronger, and more in tune with myself than I ever have. I train not only for strength and physique now but longevity and health 10, 20, 30 years from now. My passion is learning how the body moves and helping other people to realize better, healthier lives. Whether you can relate or simply want the best for your physical health, come check us out and let us help you Connect to your body.
From a young age, playing sports was my favorite thing to do. I played competitive sports into young adulthood and was regularly plagued with injuries. My injuries were never really properly rehabbed, so I kept reinjuring myself. This was very discouraging because I worked so hard and did everything my coaches and trainers asked of me. To add to that, my most challenging health crisis began when I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease at the age of 25. The following 4 years of recovery laid the groundwork for my self-transformation process. I experienced terrible daily symptoms of chronic fatigue, joint/muscle pain, crippling anxiety, and chronic depression. I also lost about 50 lbs. of mostly muscle, due to my inability to properly digest food. I knew I needed a major lifestyle change and the most important change I made was in the way I approached exercise. Early in my recovery I rarely had enough energy to do any exercise at all. But as I progressed, I began to learn more about corrective exercise. I started focusing more on using exercise as a means to promote muscle balance and good posture in order to reduce joint pain and improve my quality of life. Most of my training included using self-massage and flexibility techniques, along with targeted strengthening exercises using mostly resistance bands. Over time, and with persistence, I restored balance to my body. These results have been sustained because I have made it part of my lifestyle to include corrective exercise as part of my daily routine. My weight is back to normal, and best of all, I feel great! I’m happy to say my lifestyle changes have paid off in so many ways!
In much the same way that a snowstorm is made up of millions of individual snowflakes, my life is an accumulation of hundreds of decisions, some major and others seemingly minor. I have learned over the course of my life that each decision I make has one central thing in common: intuition. I am driven by instinct and how certain things make me feel. I live in tune with my body; I listen, wait, nurture, and crave the connection not only mind to body, but body to surroundings. Intuition has led me to many different aspects of fitness, but a life-altering change I made was in nourishing my body with real food. Unprocessed, made-from-scratch, whole food. The food that we eat is the foundation of our health. I believe in its power to heal, because I have experienced it firsthand. When I began to eat more mindfully, I noticed how much more energy I had to move. And I wanted to move. I felt incredible, and I was not the only one to notice. People responded to me differently and I soon realized that not everyone felt this amazing. In that realization, I developed a fierce need to help others become their most healthful self. I believe that everyone has the power to feel incredible. Everyone has the power to lead a pain-free (or pain-minimal) life. I’m excited to be a part of this journey for my clients and leading others to a healthful life is something that truly feels right. Health isn’t just what you put in your body or how much weight you lift. It’s a culmination of awareness, love, community, comedy, and connection. It’s a collection of snowflakes gathering together towards one singular purpose.
For so long I thought in order to be happy I needed to look a certain way, work out a certain way, live a certain way… Little did I know, those thought patterns completely clouded my judgment. I was spending tireless hours at the gym striving for a superficial acceptance of myself. And the worst part…i felt awful. it wasn’t until I started practicing yoga when I truly started to understand it’s not about what I look like or what others think of me, it’s about how I FEEL. Yoga taught me how to breathe, how to slow down, and how to connect with myself. It has and continues to guide me on my journey to live my best life and be the best version of ME.
Once I became a certified Yoga instructor I realized my calling was to help those around me find the same path that I had found. I want people to feel what it’s like to connect with themselves, be present, and teach the importance of taking time for themselves.
Our mobility is a gift that we have to consistently work at and never take for granted. When you learn how to truly move efficiently and effortlessly the possibilities are endless. You don’t need to walk around constantly in pain, you don’t need to “just deal with” that nagging back injury you’ve been dealing with forever. With some direction and a commitment to change, you can improve your quality of life and I’m here to help you on that journey. In the busy lives that we all live, it is crucial that we take time for ourselves and realize that we deserve to focus on our individual needs as well as those around us. Namaste.