I believe when one learns and applies the universal yoga principles of aligning the body, mind, and spirit, one can consciously connect with one's core self and create their well-being.
After practicing yoga for several years, I became a Kali Ray TriYoga certified instructor in September of 2000. But that was only the beginning of my journey, as I wanted to learn about the other disciplines in holistic health.
I started with the oldest health care system in the world, Ayurveda. I was curious about the holistic approach of balancing the body, mind, and spirit through lifestyle practices, natural therapies, and herbal remedies this traditional Indian medicine method had to offer.
Ayurveda Wellness Counselor & Yoga Nidra
So I enrolled in the Kerala Ayurveda Academy and became an Ayurveda Wellness counselor, which encompasses a focus on preventative health care and the recommended diet and lifestyle for each individual. A year after completing the course, I signed up for Yoga Nidra, which is also known as "yoga sleep," or a state of deep conscious sleep. This inspired me to write meditation scripts and incorporate guided meditation in my classes.
Yoga for Cancer Survivors & people with Multiple Sclerosis
In 2014 Melissa Smith, SLCSW and I started the Yoga for Cancer Survivors Program at Oschner Hospital. Shortly after, I was asked to put together a special Yoga class for those with Multiple Sclerosis by Bridget Bagert, M.D., the section head of Neurology at Oschner.
Eleven Eleven Wellness Centre
I also started a private studio, the Eleven Eleven Wellness Centre designed specifically for my client's needs. Along the way, I have also introduced Yoga to professional sports figures (including NFL players) who now include yoga to complement their regular exercise regimen.