When my awakening into the embodied feminine happened, I was completely blindsided & literally at a loss of words. It took some time for this somatic & energetic shift to settle in. You can read a little more about this here.
Regarding yoga & spirituality - It never sat right with me that we are born into sin, or that we are here, in these remarkable bodies, on this stunning earth, only to transcend and leave. I'd had so many experiences throughout my life that were brushed off as imagination, fantasy or outright crazy... until I was introduced to the teachings of Nondual Saiva Tantra - it was as if I had found a home I had been searching for my entire life. (a more detailed article will be coming soon)
Welcoming the feminine awakening happening within my body, and landing in a tradition that I could rest in, my own dharma started unfolding in front of me.
This is not to say it has been easy - anyone on a true spiritual path knows the process of alchemizing one's shadow, ego-deaths, digesting and releasing samskaras (old programming), experiencing the 'dark night of the soul' (and there can be many of these!)... is rough for so many.
But it has been real and I am evermore alive.
In the day-to-day this has looked like learning how to move from...
* disordered eating
* staying in situations far past their expiration
* frozen/collapsed nervous-system states
* unconscious self-blaming & self-punishing
...and moving toward...
* connections with refreshingly honest & open communication
* deeply caring for this body I reside in
* spending time truly doing what I love - even if it's absolutely nothing.
I am here to help you map, and walk your own true path - no one else's.
What I Specialize In
Processing & releasing trapped emotions
Exiting unhealthy / dysfunctional cycles
Nervous system regulation
Somatic release & somatic awareness
Embodying healthy communication
Getting in touch with one's intuition & authentic 'yes' vs 'no'
Career changes, going back to school & other big transitions
Processing & releasing childhood & ancestral trauma
Recovery from people-pleasing
Uncovering & expressing your authentic voice
Relaxing into & trusting your dharma & true self
Consistently, my clients leave their sessions feeling lighter, uplifted, clearer, grounded, hopeful, liberated, stronger & more aligned.
This is not by way of bypassing what is 'wrong' or doesn't feel good.
This is by truly diving into the body, alchemizing your shadow & digesting samskaras / releasing old programming.
BA in Psychology & Ethnobotany | Evergreen State College
Certified Embodiment & Trauma Coach (est'd July 2023 completion)
Certified Applied Polyvagal Theory in Yoga | Dr. Arielle Schwarts & Dr. Stephen Porges
Certified Feminine Embodiment Coach | School of Embodied Arts
Non-Linear Movement Method® Teacher | Michaela Boehm
Certified Hypnotherapist | Hypnotherapy University
Certified Herbalist | Australasian College of Health Sciences
Reiki Practitioner | Reiki of San Diego
200hr RYT | True Self Yoga
100hr Embodied Yin & Yoga Nidra | Authentic Flow
Nondual Śaiva Tantra Immersion | Christopher Wallis
Embody Your True Self.
A Little More About My History...
I grew up in a quite 'disembodied' way - i.e. I was out of touch with my emotions & inner sensations.
I could tell you how I wanted to feel but not how I actually felt. I easily & readily dissociated from my body and emotions, particularly when it was unpleasant, or I didn't know how to handle what was going on.
I would get overwhelmed, confused and lose my sense of self often.
I went through my share of unhealthy, even 'toxic' relationships. And I consider myself a recovered people-pleaser.
In my younger years, I lived much of my life from the neck up - I could impress with my intellect, artistic skill, organizing & care-taking people & events - but I couldn't authentically tell you if I was actually happy to see you or would rather spend the evening alone reading a book.
I was a good 'worker', for many years, however I lacked connection to my inner sense of direction & purpose in life.
Over time, this left me quite flat, numb, depleted, uninspired and wondering what the hell was this life for, if this is what it's gonna be like.
Through searching for my own truth over the years, I worked through many self-help programs, therapy sessions, motivational memes and anything else I could find to point me in the 'right' direction.
Through a series of beautiful coincidences (synchronicities for my Jungian peers), I discovered embodiment work - and I fell in love.
I knew this is what I had been searching for all along. In a short time, I was able to navigate my emotional world with confidence, 'hear' the wisdom inherent in my body, and begin directing my life in a way that has given me genuine joy & fulfillment.
This has given me purpose now, and that is the greatest gift.
How I was living is a symptom of our modern times - I know this work can help so many others as well.
A Little About Me Personally...
I adore the nature where I've lived most of my life, in the lush Pacific Northwest. I honor this place I call home is traditional land of the Salish people.
My heritage is mainly from Scotland, Ireland & England - it's no wonder I can handle the weather here!
I currently live in Tacoma, WA (USA), where I also teach yoga & offer Reiki at Tuladhara Yoga.
I love to write, draw, dance, sing (even badly!), laugh daily, stand-up shows, spend time in reverent awe of nature, skiing, camping, mushroom foraging, deep conversations, pondering, traveling (I've been to over 25 countries - I cook better Thai green curry than most restaurants here!).
I love linguistics & languages, speak basic Spanish and learned Arabic in college, but now can't read/write any of it since I never used it!
I'm learning Flamenco dance - which I fell in love with on a trip to Barcelona in 2014.
I'm a devotee of Nondual Śaiva Tantra Yoga (aka Kashmir Saivism - if you know Rumi, this was his tradition.)
I've grown to embrace my humanity & quirks, and let go of rigidity & perfectionism.
And, I love you.