Navigating Life Gracefully
As a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) & Empath I have struggled most of my life with my emotions. I wore my emotions on my sleeve and what lightly touched other people, to me felt like being deeply wounded.
I knew I had to push myself to get out of my comfort zone in order to build my resilience and confidence. So I summoned all my courage and decided to cross the Atlantic and move to Canada, then to NYC, then to Moscow, Paris and finally to Monaco.
I knew I needed to learn how to deal with extreme anxiety and stress, coming from my own mind but also stemming from 3 major unforeseen traumatic circumstances.
The first was when I was 11 years old and my father had left my family. My mother was toying with the notion of committing suicide, and my job at such a young age was to prevent her from actually doing it. This led me to later struggle with anxiety attacks and an eating disorder. The second trauma occurred in my twenties when I was in NYC during 9/11. The devastation from this horrific event resulted in my developing PTSD which lasted for years. And the third event was in 2009 when I was three months pregnant and the father of my child left me. Heavy.. I know.
More recently though, I went through burnout and fibromyalgia which led me to discover that I had osteoarthritis in both my hip joints, lumber spine and calcification of the tendon in my right shoulder. Ironically, I realized that as I was dedicating my life helping others to feel better through my yoga studio, I had forgotten to take care of myself. Thankfully our bodies and souls remind us when we are out of balance and I received that signal loud and clear.
In spite of all these emotionally charged life events, I discovered the gifts of strength, resilience, forgiveness and gratitude through my yoga and Buddhist based practices. I am grateful for all of them because they made me the person I am today.
It is not because of my life experiences that qualifies me to help you but rather what I learned about them, and the tools that I relentlessly practiced to be genuinely happy and healthy inside and out.
My biggest achievement is that I now have a beautiful, peaceful and loving relationship with all the people I care about: my family (including my son's father), friends, as well as with myself and people in general.
At 47, I have never been as happy as I am today. Wrinkled and raw.
Let me share my tools with you so that you can also enjoy the happiness of being at ease in your skin, in your body, in your mind and in your heart.