My fascination with holistic health started, ironically, in a shopping trip at the mall with my little sister. I was 14 years old.
In a small gift shop, I somehow found a deck of cards with inspirational quotes for people who “did yoga”. At that time, I did not really know what yoga was. Some kind of esoteric exercise, I imagined.
The woman on the deck of cards wore a full-body white leotard, which I found slightly intimidating, in contrast with my own shy, developing body.
As if selecting my fortune, I pulled a card from the deck. It read:
“In the science of yoga, any imbalance or disease in the physical body is seen as a disconnection between the mind, body and spirit.”
It was a very simple sutra, but it really struck a chord.
From childhood, I had always sensed that something was off balance within my body.
Was I disconnected from spirit? I certainly didn’t feel that way.
So what was this feeling off-balance about?
On that day, I decided that I would grow up to be “the type of person who did yoga.” I still didn’t know what yoga was, but there was a serenity and a wisdom that intrigued me.
A Sense of Being Off Balance
The sense that I had that my health “out of balance” actually went as far back as my early childhood. By the time I reached my teen years, the problems became more obvious. My periods were irregular, and I always lacked energy. I tried to fuel myself with extra food and sugar, which of course made me feel worse. I would sometimes have intense dizzy spells and nearly faint.
I was also the captain of my women’s basketball team, and a very healthy looking kid. So everyone thought I was normal, just a little sensitive.
Was I normal?
By 16, my suspicions of being “off-balance” were finally confirmed. My doctor told me that I was growing cysts on my ovaries, and that my hormones were out of balance. She called the condition “polycystic ovarian disorder (PCOs)” and warned that I might not be able to have children. My grandmother had recently passed away from ovarian cancer, and I should be closely monitored. She suggested I should start taking birth control pills to normalize my cycle.
This was harsh news to receive at 16 years old. Fortunately, I had already started investigating natural health, and I knew it was possible to heal my body. I just didn’t know where to start.
I took the doctor’s advice and took the pill, perhaps, trying to normalize the parts of myself that I could not yet understand. But I also went relentlessly into an exploration of women’s health.
My Journey Into Women’s Health
Like any woman in pursuit of her passion, I began to explore healing through a variety of modalities — yoga, ayurveda, meditation, Traditional Chinese Medicine and consciousness-based and earth-based traditions.
I was quickly learned that I could regulate my cycle through yoga and attention to diet, and went off the pill. Because all aspects of your body are interrelated, I learned to care for myself in several dimensions at once, learning meditation, nourishing skin care routines, the principles of good digestion, menstruation and sexual health and most importantly — the importance of knowing exactly who you are in the midst of all my bodily changes.
It was a difficult passage for me, but, all of a sudden, people started telling me that I looked different. Healthier. Softer. Happy.
The Bloom Project
I developed The Bloom Project because I have met so many women seeking to improve their health, but who are uncertain about where to start.
Through my experiences, I have learned that — like me — most women know when they are out of balance (emotionally, physically, mentally, sexually), but sometimes, we do not know what to do about it.
In this course, we will focus on exploring principles & self-care practices from the timeless science of ayurveda, to improve digestion, reproductive health, skin care and overall energy levels & inspiration.
We’ll also place a special emphasis on empowering feminine ways of knowing (e.g. intuition, self-connection, what makes you unique) through guided exercises and meditations.
There is also something really powerful that happens when women come together for the common purpose of healing, and I am really looking forward to it. You can find out more about the Bloom Project here.
We launch in May, I really hope you can join us.