My own personal journey into wellness has been a long, windy road; and what I have found along the way is that there really is no exact destination. Just like the ocean, I ebb and flow; and just like the Earth I am always shifting through seasons. There are days when my digestion is great and I stand tall in my power, and then there are days when I am ridden with anxiety and constipation. What has grown steadily within me though, over the years, is this capacity to be present with whatever arises, as it is, without judgement or condition; and to wake up in the morning with gratitude in my heart no matter how joyful or sorrowful I may feel.
Like many healers, I discovered this path because I had a deep need for healing myself. My journey has brought so much to be grateful for but it is not without battle scars. I grew up in an environment of alcoholism and abuse. I have struggled with anxiety, depression, and PTSD for most of my life. I’ve struggled with digestive issues for years. I spent years trying to escape my wounds, self medicating with alcohol and sex in very destructive ways. I carry stories of my own mistakes that would make some people cringe. But I now chose to wear my battle scars with grace and courage, and this is what the practice of Ayurveda has shifted in my life.
While I have been seeking healing since a very young age, it was Cannabis that really initiated me on the journey. I started working with Cannabis in 2014, when I first discovered that this plant was useful for a variety of ailments, ranging from pain management to cancer. I discovered that I was passionate about working with plants and turning them into medicine. It was Cannabis that moved me from the desert of Arizona to the lush forest of the Pacific Northwest, and this was my ‘gateway’ back to myself and the natural world. It was here that I discovered my true connection to Mother Earth and started to hear the subtle whispers of the plant spirits and the rhythm of the Earth. This way of engaging with Earth as Teacher is ultimately what led me to the ancient healing art + science of Ayurveda.
Since this healing initiation began I have studied with herbalist Sajah Popham of The School of Evolutionary Herbalism, completing the Vitalist Herbalist Practitioner Program in 2017, and also underwent a Plant Medicine Apprenticeship with herbalist Darcey Blue of Sacred Wildness in 2021. In 2019 I began to pursue a more formal education in Ayurveda. I had been looking over a variety of Ayurvedic courses when I stumbled upon the work of Katie Silcox and The Shakti School, and it is through this work that I have been forever changed. If the name ‘Shakti School’ didn’t give it away, Katie’s approach is very feminine and Tantric in nature. While I have learned so much Ayurvedic science and philosophy, diet/lifestyle practices in the last two years of study towards becoming an Ayurvedic Health Counselor, what has influenced my work both with myself and my clients the most is this feminine form approach.
What is this feminine form approach to Ayurveda, you may ask? To me, it is ultimately seeing the ‘body as Guru.’ It is honoring the light and dark equally, and finding balance between the two. It is trusting the intuition of your own heart and the power of your own womb, beyond all else. It is meditating on the bones and regulating the nervous system to experience your full capacity of pleasure and the true meaning of embodiment. This is the unique approach that I take to Ayurveda. So while in a session with me we will absolutely talk about what to eat for your dosha and what herbs to take to help alleviate your symptoms, first and foremost we will be working together to develop your capacity to listen to your own body and to trust the wisdom it provides.
I currently reside in Phoenix, Arizona where I work with clients 1 on 1 both in person and virtually. In my spare time I enjoy reading, traveling, dancing, praying, hiking, connecting with my community, and cooking. If you are interested in working together, click the link below to schedule a free 15 minute discovery call with me.
I wish you many blessings on your path.