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I've been a passionate entrepeneur since my early 20’s. In my LBY (Life-Before-Yoga) I graduated with a degree in Marketing and Sales Management, running my own Events Management company before finding my way to my yoga mat in 2001.
In 2004 I graduated with my first 200hr Yoga Teacher Training certification and promptly opened my own small studio in Cape Town. A deep fascination for the human body and functional movement led me to study Personal Training to better serve my students on their fitness and health journey.
Moving to Maui in 2007 led to marriage, and my love of learning led to many more trainings in yoga, corrective exercise and ultimately Nutrition & Health Coaching and the opportunity to work and practice with students from all around the world.
But before arriving in the "Rainbow State" (Hawaii) I called the "Rainbow Nation" (South Africa) home.
Living on the magical island of Maui I get to live my dream life running my small but purpose driven business......
Its January 2019 and I'm living my dream. My beautiful new yoga studio on the North Shore of Maui had been open 6 months, and I had signed the lease on the space next door to build out a wellness center.
I was busy - maybe a bit too busy - but loving life. Opportunities abounded and I was so excited for what life was bringing.
And then one sunny Friday afternoon, driving home, I exited a blind corner and found a large school bus barreling headlong into my lane. In a split second, my life changed and my dream turned into, what felt like for many years, a nightmare.
The thing about curveballs is we don't see them coming. But having a foundation of GOOD HEALTH, A GROWTH MINDSET, being willing to learn new skills, and cultivating loving relationships played a key role in bouncing back....
FROM LEMONS TO LEMONADE - How the worst 3 years of my life set the stage for the best to follow....
Trying to get support from doctors and specialists during a global pandemic meant missteps and mistakes. Shunted and shuttled from 1 doctor to another, one test after another, one medication after another. it was a roller coaster that took a toll on my body...
Medications, which worked in the short term, led to complications, which led to more medications.
The timing couldn't have been worse. Deep in debt just having built out and launched 2 brand new businesses, I was working 15 hr days, 7 days a week teaching, managing, and wearing every kind of "small business owner" hats you can imagine. With no way to take time off and in constant pain from my injuries and complications, I was struggling to show up the way I needed to.
EACH DOCTOR AND SPECIALIST PRESCRIBED ANOTHER MEDICATION UNTIL ONE DAY I FOUND MYSELF MYSELF AT THE KITCHEN TABLE MISERABLE, SICK, SURROUNDED BY BOTTLES OF MEDS AND UNABLE TO RECOGNISE THE PERSON I'D BECOME.
I turned to my yoga practice, to Ayurvedic Principles and Practices, to deep rest, to self care.
I made the heart breaking decision to close my businesses and focus on my health. I chose to "lose" one battle in order to win the "war". I spent a year getting as strong and healthy as possible.
In the end I still had to have the (life saving) surgery but I had set myself up for a successful procedure and recovery. Having a great foundation of health prior to my accident and all my health and wellness training meant within 1 year post surgery I was back to teaching part time, expanding my wellness business , wiser and ready to rock!
My takeaway? We can't always predict or plan for life's ups and downs but we can set ourselves up to recover and rise up again by having in place a good foundation of health, with daily habits for rest, relaxation, self care and wellbeing, eating well, moving regularly, cultivating a positive mindset and supported with strong relationships.
Vata Pacifying Daily Massage Oil,
Epsom Salt Baths, Tongue Scraper, Foot rubs, a heating pad, morning beach walks
HUGGING! humans, animals, trees... hugging styles are a thing you know!
Yoga Mat, resistance bands, pilates Ball, Nutrition Apps, my home gym, my spotify playlists
My husband and 5 fur babies!
Good Coffee! slow mornings and a big cuppa joe are my jam.
Coming from a family of teachers, and with a love of learning, I have a natural affinity for teaching, guiding, supporting and inspiring people in the process of learning and change.
Years of leading group classes, running yoga teacher trainings, progressing clients in the gym and coaching has allowed me to refine the skill of being able to meet people where they are, helping them connect to their deepest desires and priorities, envisioning their healthiest and best lives and then guiding, supporting and motivating them to take action on making their goals and dreams a reality....
and doing it in a ways that feel authentic, doable, empowering and if possible, even fun!