Mind Shift Yoga’s mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment to empower clients to heal their body, mind, and spirit.
* Yoga as exercise is just the beginning of the healing journey.
*Every person/being is unique, has value, and a purpose.
* The body, if given the correct stimuli, will heal itself.
* 80% of all disease has a root cause in the psyche.
*Practicing yoga will bring you closer to God.
* Clients trust that the teacher will “do-no-harm.”
* Clients feel successful because poses are achievable and explained in a manner that is easily understood.
* Clients understand how to practice yoga and meditation during off-mat activities.
* Clients listen to their bodies first, teachers second.
My commitment to wellness began in 2006, shortly after turning 40 years old. I found that I have a natural desire to learn how to keep my body healthy & saw notable results with adherence to a plan. I also noticed that a few of my coworkers were just as committed as I and did not achieve the same results. After achieving my 200 RYT Alignment Yoga certification in 2016, I decided to concentrate my practice on helping individuals learn what worked for their physical bodies, minds, and souls. Knowing that a significant portion of a person's health is emotional & spiritual, I sought Reiki & Mindfulness Meditation certifications. In 2019, I went to the source of holistic health & studied in Rishikesh, India. At the Vedansha Institute of Vedic Science and Alternative Medicine, I earned a 300 RYT certification in Yoga Therapy. It was there that I learned the answer to "Why could two people eat & exercise in the same way and each has two different results?". Armed with the answer, I now seek to share how to Eat Well, Sleep Well, Think Well, and Age Well! Note: "RYT" = Registered Yoga Training by Yoga Alliance. The governing agency for "yoga trainers in the USA." In total, I have received over 750 hours of training from Registered Yoga Trainers. Mind Shift Yoga’s mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment to empower clients to heal their bodies, mind, and spirit.
I struggled with sciatica since becoming pregnant with my first child at age 20. After her birth, the pain went away but would reoccur whenever I would lift or carry something too heavy. Once I became committed to running a marathon in every state, my low back pain would rear its ugly head after my training took me over 8 miles. I then began seeing a chiropractor, getting regular massages, and performing yoga stretches that would alleviate the pain. Once the run was over, I would stop all rehab until the next run commitment. During my yoga teacher training, I tore a ligament off my sacrum and started a true commitment to rehab my low back. During this same time, I had an MRI of my spine and was diagnosed with a bulging disc. I had a cortisone injection in my spine and went into physical therapy for 90 days. The rehab allowed me to function at about 70%, but I could live life using intense pain medication.
I have always been the type of person who enjoyed learning. For me, learning is physically experiencing the new activity, understanding the various perspectives on how the activity should be done from textbooks or scholars, and finally gaining insight from people who actually are currently performing the task under the direction of scholars. I then take this information and ruminate over all the knowledge. I then try to perfect the activity so that it is most beneficial to workers and end-users. I have applied these same principles to my yoga wellness programs. Eat, Sleep, Think Well Naturally.
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