We all have a story. What brought you to where you are today? What’s your story?
You probably know I’m a yoga teacher and a health coach. But you might not know why.
The journey began over 30 years ago and as is often the case in life, my struggles and obstacles became my greatest teachers.
For me, yoga, nutrition, self-care and essential oils helped me heal from the pain and fatigue that came with having Lyme disease and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis….❤️
For years, I felt like crap. I really struggled on all levels. And even though I was in the fitness industry , my self-care and diet were seriously lacking. I worked out hard but never stretched or recovered. I was a stressed, Type A over-achiever (well, honestly I still am, but as they say we teach what we most need to learn)…
That’s where yoga entered my life. While I was recovering from Lyme and Hashimoto’s, I gave up hard core fitness and started practicing yoga.
Finding the balance between Willpower and Chillpower is why I founded Flexible Warrior yoga, health & wellness….☯️
But I was still missing the element of nutrition. Funny thing, I THOUGHT I was eating healthy at the time (I ate toxic foods like diet soda and processed “all natural” protein bars with long ingredient lists of stuff like soy lecithin, xanthum gum, soy protein isolate)…
I was constantly exhausted and had digestive issues, muscle pain, acne and migraines.
The winter of 2012, the pain and fatigue was so bad, as a last ditch effort, I booked a session with a health coach (after literally seeing dozens of doctors over a 15 year span). The health coach took one look at my diet and suggested lots of changes.
Within weeks I started to feel better (this was after 15 years of struggling and suffering).
That was almost 5 years ago… and today, I do private one-on-one coaching and online yoga, superfood and self-care challenges and programs so that others can experience similar positive health benefits.
Whether you have an autoimmune disease like me, are an athlete looking to improve flexibility and recovery, a busy stay-at-home mom or a stressed-out corporate executive, we all deserve to look, feel and be our best…. So we can live our lives to the fullest.
We are all a warrior at some level.
I love helping people find a better balance balance between WILLPOWER (doing hard things) vs CHILLPOWER (resting and practicing self-care).
I had to learn about the power of chill the hard way. It wasn’t pretty. If you’ve read my book, you already know the story and my tips for creating a more balanced and resilient mind, body and life (and if you don’t have my book yet, you can get a free chapter when you sign up for my enewsletter).
It took my YEARS to learn the dozens of things I now incorporate into my daily life to help keep me healthier and happier. As a business owner, I can still tend to over work and get stressed (OMG you didn’t think I was stress-free did you…? Quite the opposite 🙂
I once heard, that we teach what we most need to learn ourselves, and I can definitely say that holds true for me. When I’m not careful and skip my self-care, I still have major flare ups of muscle pain, fatigue, migraine headaches (leftover from the Lyme disease I had years ago and an autoimmune condition that demands my self-care).
This is why I’m hosting the CHILLPOWER CHALLENGE!… To share what I’ve learned and to hold myself accountable to my own self-care while I challenge YOU to do the same. The challenge is FREE and includes yoga segments, superfood-based recipes and self-care techniques.
I don’t know about you, but fall leading into the holiday season can be such a busy, hectic, stressful time of year for me. I tend to skip my self-care and rest time for parties, shopping and long to-do lists. I drop my usual healthy diet for holiday treats. And even though it’s a joyful season, I can tend to get run-down, feel bloated, tired and stressed… and that’s when I’m most prone to have a flare-up of pain or get sick with a cold or flu.
We we ingnore the little messages our body is sending us, the aches and pains get louder and louder until we’re forced to listen.
“If you listen to your body when it whispers, you won’t have to hear it scream.”
My immune system may be a little more sensitive since I have an autoimmune condition, but what I have found is that everyone benefits from better nutrition and more self-care. Whether you’re an athlete, a busy mom, a have a disease or obstacle you’re battling, we ALL deserve and need to feel our best!