I have over 15 years of personally experiencing the power of yoga, mood and stress management, holistic and functional medicine, lifestyle change, and nutrition to reverse the devastating effects of depression and substance abuse. My own recovery began with a move to the desert in my mid-20's accompanied by a wholehearted commitment to saving a sinking ship: Me.
My 'self-imposed intervention' led to me creating, what I later realized, was basically my own 'out-patient program.' I sought out the best holistic medicine and mental health professionals, dove into the study and practice of yoga and nutritional healing, explored the 12-step world, tried an array of alternative therapies, found new people/places/things that fed my soul, and hiked a ton. My life began to turn around. Along my journey, I discovered I had a passion for mind-body medicine
(psychoneuroimmunology) and helping others and began delving deeper into my primary interests via formal study and training.
I began to truly see that we are all on our individual path of recovery because we are ALL recovering from something. Whether it is substance abuse, a break-up, a move, or any other destabilizing life change - all of the same principals of holistic (mind/body/spirit) health apply; the path to restoring balance is simply a matter of personalizing. I thrive on helping those who long to improve their quality of life and have the courage to face their rawest self in order to create the life they desire.
I continue to pursue specialized training and certifications so I can help others move forward with structure and confidence.
About my coaching
My approach to guiding clients toward their goal is practical, results-oriented and empowering
I am a strong proponent of the power of addition over subtraction when it comes to making life changes. The more positive aspects we bring in, the more easily the negative ones fall away.
I believe that black-and-white thinking is not helpful and that everyone's experience is unique and needs to be treated as such.
Fun, a sense of purpose, community, support, balanced body chemistry, and exercise are essential and I am here to help get them established.
A trained therapist can help delve into the past, getting to the root of and processing emotional trauma. I am not a therapist, I am a coach. My job is to focus on the present goals, strategize the creation of a magnificent future, and help you bring it to fruition.
Education and certifications - Bachelor of Fine Arts CU Denver, E-RYT 500 Certified Yoga Teacher, WCI Certified Wellness and Addiction Coach
Specialized training - Yoga Nidra, Yoga for Anxiety and Depression, Yoga for Addiction, Trauma-Informed Yoga, Individualized Yoga Therapy, Positive Psychology, and Ayurveda - the Indian science of health and wellness.
Over the past twelve years, I have worked with private clients, at yoga studios, private clubs, and in various addiction treatment centers and sober living homes. I have been a part of outreach programs for at-risk teens and and passionate about prevention, education and empowerment.
I currently teach group and private classes out of my home studio in south Denver, So Hum Yoga & Wellness Bungalow, and am the Yoga & Wellness Director at WorkAbility. I am also a member of Nurture - Denver's Premier Wellcare Marketplace
WCI Certified Wellness Coach
WCI Certified Addiction Coach
Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor