A BIT ABOUT ME
Spreading Kindness and Joy like Glitter
200 HR E-RYT, Reiki || Practitioner, Aerial Yoga Teacher, Dance Instructor, LTSOOY Creator, Co Creator of Sol Harmony Fest
I have always found it a little odd to talk about myself and my accomplishments, but I do want you to know a little about me & why I am so passionate about what I do.
At the age of 3 I began dance lessons, and was hooked! I loved the movement, the music, and the ability to perform! I continued down that path and eventually became a teacher.
Teaching dance gave me the ability to share this love, and I was so grateful. My early 20's however, I was not so kind to my body. I was a full time bartender (at Coyote Ugly LOL and some other fun places), competitive dance teacher, as well as quite the socialite. Lots of moving and not a whole lot of self care.
By the time I was 24 I had 3 cortisone shots in my knee and 2 in my back for severe sciatica pain. The last shot I had gotten left a huge dent in my bum. Like bigger than a golf ball, and when I called panicking about this side effect. They told me it was totally normal and may or may not go away over time.
Baffled that I had never heard about this crazy side effect I began to change my idea about quick fixes. In all honesty I didn't think I would ever not be in pain. I only began hot yoga as a way to stay somewhat fit since I couldn't really dance anymore. Sometimes I was on crutches or in a wheelchair because the pain was so bad.
But after a few months of yoga I realized I was not in pain anymore. It was like a miracle and this was fascinating to me. So I began my 200 HR teacher training to learn more about the healing practices of yoga, and my mind was blown!
Don't get me wrong, I loved dance, but I am quite sure we did not train to maintain a healthy life, or a physically balanced body, but more of a push through the pain and you might win a trophy mindset.
Yoga on the other hand taught me to listen to the subtle hints of my body and learn to heal myself. This journey was a long one, as I didn't fully trust that I could maintain this progress until I was 32.
My yoga teaching was injury prevention based and all about alignment. I loved teaching this way to my new student base as well as my dance students. I really felt I was helping people learn how to care for their selves physically. Through that journey I also became Aerial YTT certified at the Circus Center in Boulder CO. which was a whole other way to alleviate pain while building strength and flexibility. Plus soooo FUN!
But it wasn't until I had my daughter in 2017 that I realized I was still missing something. I went through a dark period of my life feeling very unworthy. Feeling extremely less than. Overall just full of self hate. I began to dive deep to figure out why I was feeling this way or why I was having to go through something like this.
Then one day it dawned on me. I needed REAL SELF LOVE.
Not the version marketed to us, but real deep, connected, messy self love. After moths of applying some self love techniques (I had often spoke about, but never applied to myself because I wasn't worth it) I began to notice BIG changes. Changes in the way I viewed myself and others. Changes in habits, that honestly I never thought I could change. Habits that just fell away because they were no longer in alignment with this more authentic version of myself.
I now realize how important true self love is. It gives us a safe space to be vulnerable enough to heal the deep wounds we have all acquired on our journeys. To expand my tool bag of Self healing knowledge. I dove deeper into my fascination of Reiki and energy healing. Fast forward to current day and I am now offering these amazing healing techniques as a Reiki || Practitioner and couldn't be more thrilled & grateful for the opportunity to share this beautiful practice with so many people. So to sum this all up. My journey so far has been amazing. It's been filled with so many lessons that have shown me over and over again how important it is to take care of myself from a place of love. And I would love the opportunity to share this gift with all of you!