My purpose on this planet is to empower people to step into their greatest strength, courage, health, and resiliency. I don’t have all the answers, but I do know this: there is a light within you. My job is simply to help remind you (and myself) that it’s there.
I know my light by way of my darkness. Trauma began shaping me at an early age, slowly grooming me into a person I didn’t like or recognize. My trauma was a masterful shape-shifter that cloaked itself in many disguises: a devastating natural disaster when I was five years old; bullying when I was a teenager; and domestic violence when I was an adult. I thought that posttraumatic stress only came with war, and since I had no combat experience to my name, I declared myself the enemy. I blamed myself for my failed relationships, my debilitating panic attacks, my anxiety, my rage, my grief, and my shame.
My path to healing has not been easy or linear. I fell into the same dark hole over and over again before I finally realized I could walk around the hole altogether. But it took falling to learn how to rise. I earned my resiliency from adversity and learned my courage from my fear.
Today, I’m a yoga teacher, martial artist, author, mom, and the creator of Primal Yoga, a yoga/martial arts fusion class focused on empowerment and self-healing. I am also a certified Domestic Violence Advocate Counselor and the West Coast Director of the nonprofit organization Purple Dot Yoga Project, which uses yoga as a healing tool to support individuals impacted by domestic violence and trauma. I lead trauma-informed yoga teacher trainings, workshops, and retreats around the world.
I believe in hope. I believe in transformation. I believe that our biggest breakdowns can lead to our biggest breakthroughs and if we allow it, our pain can guide us to our purpose. Above all, I believe that we are our own greatest teachers and healers and our job is to simply remember to look within.