Foundations Program Graduate
Registered Nurse, Yoga Therapist, Yoga Teacher
Location: Waterford, Michigan
“I have loved yoga since I took my first class, and as much as I enjoy teaching yoga, the thought of working one-on-one with people for specific purposes appeals to me so much more. As I near the end of my career in nursing, my plan has been to start a profession as a Yoga Therapist, that I can take with me beyond retirement age. The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Program encompassed every step to get me there.
Since starting the program, I have a much deeper knowledge of yoga and how to personalize it for individuals. I have learned how to effectively combine the Koshas and Doshas together with asana to help to make the yoga practice even more beneficial and though I have worked with only a few clients since starting this program, the biggest shift I have noticed is this overwhelming feeling that I have helped them in ways that their other healthcare professionals could not.
Learning how to make the body, mind, spirit connection has been the most rewarding and valuable part of the program for me. No other health profession will come close to that. By connecting meditation, mindfulness, pranayama practices, and asanas, yoga therapy is the most complete holistic health practice I know.
This program has prepared me to be an effective and confident yoga therapist. Every client I have worked with since starting the program has told me how they have benefited from the practice. The program’s flexibility has exceeded my expectations, allowing me to take time off when I needed it and come back to it when I was able.
On a personal level, I find myself taking deeper breaths regularly and being much more mindful in my everyday life thanks in part to the Breathing Deeply teachings and philosophies. I have learned to enjoy life more, stand up straighter, have a more positive attitude, and better overall health.
As a registered nurse, I plan to implement the Breathing Deeply philosophies and teachings in order to better serve my clients by offering a more balanced, natural, and holistic approach to conventional medical treatment and healing.
I am so proud to have been able to help a couple of clients in particular. One client had suffered a stroke and through our work together, I could see a dramatic improvement not only in this individual’s general health but also their outlook on life. The other success story is of a client who has been battling cancer. We worked together to enable her to better tolerate regular chemo treatments.
To anyone considering enrolling in the Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Program, I would recommend they take a deep breath and enjoy the learning!”
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