After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.
[Philip Pullman]

Dear Reader,

Thank you for taking the time to stop by my personal website. If you explore more about me, you will find that there are many sides to who I am, many stories that make up my life…below you will find my personal story and the intention behind this particular blog/website. Then, if you’re curious, my professional background is related below as well.

My Personal Story of Grief and Healing from Loss

In 2011, I began blogging to tell my own raw story of grief and healing. In 2012, I lost my best and dearest life-long friend inside an abusive marriage and community that had become a cult. (This story has received a lot of media attention, and a 48 Hours episode was filmed about this situation.) In 2013, I shared my story of grief and healing from this traumatic loss through post after post—and eventually, I went viral. My blog has received over 1,400,000 hits.

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My dearest Kindred Spirit and I when we were in college (we met in high school). Little did I know that even in this picture she was already sucked into an abusive relationship and toxic cult that would destroy her years later.

More grief and deep heartbreak has come since my dear Kindred Spirit’s death, and I also have had some very intense issues with Lyme Disease and other health-related problems, which has been a painful journey for me. You can watch a video where I talk about this struggle, if you’re interested.

Personally, my deepest desire is to see people heal from traumatic and painful circumstances. Because of my own struggles emotionally, physically, and spiritually, I’ve sought healing in a variety of ways. Over the past few years, I’ve begun the study of how one heals from grief, wounds, and trauma. Healing is possible.

My Professional Journey As A Yoga Teacher/Healer

Since beginning this blog, I have changed a LOT. In some strange way, this blog documents the changes. I used to be a conservative fundamentalist, and now I’m much more open to the mysteries of the Universe and have a deep respect for all backgrounds. I deeply believe in the Divine, and that God’s core is Love. I am a mystic by all accounts, and while that might mean some want to burn me at the stake, I’m quite okay with that (mystics have always been pretty controversial no matter what religious background they come from).

I had a career in communications and freelance in my 20s (I’m just entering my 30s), but things have begun shifting, and I’m on a path of yoga teacher, therapist, healer…

I love how things like creativity, yoga, and meditation can help people learn to thrive despite circumstances. I’m a creative and have used things like art therapy, journaling, poetry, and novel writing to help me process my own wounds. I also began doing yoga in 2015, which has been a rich and meaningful journey. I graduated from a yoga teacher training with the Colorado School of Yoga in May 2017, and I’m now a registered RYT 200 with the Yoga Alliance. My yoga website is here.

In the beginning of 2018, I moved to New York to help start a yoga studio. I taught over 200 classes in about 1.5 years as I began to learn how to navigate teaching people of all levels. I met some truly inspiring students who believed in me and helped me become a true teacher, and I will forever be grateful for this time in my journey.

In the summer of 2018, I was able to take a course at Salve Regina University in Rhode Island called The Expressive Arts Institute to become an Expressive Arts Facilitator. At this institute, they showed us how movement, art, and sound all are profoundly healing and can help us express our deepest emotions and reconnect with the joy of creativity even as an adult. This Institute gave me some of the deepest hope and joy I have experienced in some time, and it confirmed the path I want to be on for the rest of my life.

In December of 2018, I was hired by The Lodge at Woodloch as an Advanced Yoga Teacher, one of the top 10 destination spas in the country. Their goal is to revitalize and refresh people despite the modern chaos and business of life by offering a hidden oasis in the beautiful forests and mountains of Hawley, PA. I teach Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin, and Restorative Yoga, along with other Meditation/Pranayama classes. It is truly an honor to serve the people who walk into this spa and need time away to destress, process, heal, and reconnect with themselves. I’m honored to be part of that process with our guests.

In 2019, I begin my 300-Hour Foundations in Yoga Therapy training with Inner Peace Yoga Therapy, which is a step into the IAYT-accredited 800-Hour yoga therapy certification program. I hope to become a yoga therapist as well as eventually get a master’s degree in holistic mental health counseling at Salve Regina University in Rhode Island so I can blend both Eastern and Western modules for healing for people who want to find hope. 

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Photo by Free Spirit Colorado

I hope this website is a place of honesty and a place where you may find hope and healing through tough circumstances.circlelogo_black

Photos on this page by Krystal Anita Studios unless noted.