Where to begin...
I have always been a wild soul: an independent thinker, a creative spirit, and a change-maker incredibly passionate about making a positive impact on the world.
But somewhere in the midst of a childhood rampant with bullying, a confusing and at times volatile home life, and a booze and drug fueled adolescence and young adulthood, I had lost myself. I remember waking up one day, at the ripe old age of 23, sick, depressed, anxious, and emotionally unstable. I didn´t know who I was anymore. I had disconnected completely from my emotions, my intuition, and my heart's meaning.
I was ingesting the highest dosage of antidepressant medication a doctor can legally prescribe. I was also constantly self medicating with booze, drugs, and cigarettes. I believed my value rested in how much attraction I recieved from men, and was involved in a string of unhealthy relationships. I struggled with eating disorders, flip flopping between overeating, binge eating, purging, and restricting my food intake. I was in a constant battle with myself on all fronts.
However, throughout this time, I was also a high-preforming student, educator, and activist. I remember continually justifying my hard partying lifestyle and self-destructive behavior by the good work I was accomplishing. I was studying towards receiving my master´s degree. I was working for a number of environmental and community development organizations. I was teaching outdoor education to kids. I was participating in student demonstrations, boycotts, and protests. But I was hiding my unhappiness beneath an exterior of busyness, over-achievement, and a carefree party girl lifestyle.
Yoga was a huge turning point in my journey towards healing. Within three months of committing myself to a 3-4x a week practice, I was completely weaned off my prescription antidepressants. I began feeling happier than I had in years. I was actually looking forward to my morning yoga classes so much, I cut down partying. Yoga began opening me to my own spiritual nature. I was hooked. And soon I became totally obsessed with spiritual literature, inspirational reading, and books on personal development.
During my final semester in graduate school, I worked at a public elementary school teaching inner-city school children a blend of nutrition and garden education. This internship turned into my master´s thesis, and I was launched into the wild world of holistic health and nutrition. Health and nutrition quickly became a personal passion. I began using my own life as a grand experiment to see what worked for my body, mind, and spirit, and what didn´t.
I worked for a few years in the field of communuity development and environmental education, but I slowly became disillusioned by the inaction of my students and the inauthenticity within the organizations with which I was working. Around this time, I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training. Teaching gigs started flowing in. Seeing it as a sign, I decided to take a break from teaching environmental education. Instead,. my time and energy became focused entirely on yoga.
In the words of former Vice President of the United States Al Gore...
During my experiences as a yoga teacher, holistic healer, and world traveler, I awakened to this manifestation myself. I began to understand the importance of a global revolution of consciousness, not just simply a global environmental movement. Most recently, I have begun training in the systems-based field of Deep Ecology. The Deep Ecology movement calls for not only a restructuring of our systems of living, but a whole new paradigm, a new set of eyes to experience the world. I see it as my life's work to help connect people to the incredible power we have as unique individuals. To help heal the deep divide: that separation that people perceive between themselves and other humans, as well as with the whole living being called Earth. To unconver the infinite wisdom we contain in our hearts and our bodies. And to call attention to the beauty of our wholeness as spiritual and physical creatures.
I hold a Master of Arts in Environmental Conservation Education, a harmonious blend of life science, psychology, philosophy, public service, and education, I am a Registered Yoga Teacher, having trained extensively in various forms of yoga and meditation. A lifelong artist and performer, I have had the thrill of teaching creative writing, dance, and art therapy. And the university of life has trained me extensively in understanding the functions of human nature and the ingredients to a fulfilled existence.
A gypsy at heart, my travels have taken me around the world and back again. The experiences I have been blessed with have enriched my life in countless ways. From couchsurfing across Australia and South America, to teaching yoga at a Hare Krishna temple in Argentina and at a healing center in the Amazon, to working with shamans and indigenous plant medicine in Peru, and sharing the healing power of art and nature with orphans in Mexico, my teaching and learning is never ending..
I have spent the past several years completely immersed in the juiciness of my spirituality.
Now, everything I do is a spiritual experience. I know how to walk my talk. I feel connected, alive, and present.
I feel like a WILD SOUL again.