warrior tradition & perspective
Our nervous system contains the wisdom of our life experiences. When the nervous system is strong and healthy, it is adaptable and we can digest food, emotions, information, and experiences easily. When the nervous system is overloaded, stressed, and compromised, we become overly vulnerable to our environment, and can experience chronic stress and major disruptions in our health. Ancient Warriors knew that possessing the sharpest reflexes and having a keen ability to process and digest emotions and experiences, was vital to survival. Conditioning the nervous system to promote alertness and improve the capacity to take on pressure prior to battle was just as important as pulling stress out of the nervous system post battle.
Ancient Warriors were masterful at self care because they had to be. Their core mission and function in society was to provide protection from threats to peace. Their brains, bellies, and bodies, needed to work flawlessly in order to fulfill their task. They were also the most at risk of enduring injury and trauma to their brains, bellies, and bodies due to battle. The practices and philosophies that are offered here are rooted in the traditions that the ancient warriors of India relied on for protection, balance, and strength.
I often joke that I sang before I spoke. Music and sound have been my therapy and my solace since I could remember. I was involved in community musical theatre from 6 years old, led a student run a cappella group in high school, and studied voice 1:1 with talented teachers throughout my teens and early adulthood.
I also grew up with chronic undiagnosed digestive and reproductive pain, a sensitive immune system, persistent anxiety and bouts of depression. When conventional healthcare failed to lend relief, I coped with the pain through self destructive behavior leading to a serious eating disorder. When I turned 20, these negative coping mechanisms caught up with me. It was obvious that these behaviors were causing me more pain and that I needed to "change my tune."
It was at this time that I started seeking alternative healing modalities to manage my physical pain and mental health. In 2011, my desire to heal myself naturally, landed me in a rare apprenticeship to learn a tribal warrior tradition of Ayurveda (ancient science of life and longevity) and Marma Chikitsa (acupressure therapy). During my training, it was imparted to me that each Marma pressure point on the body was associated with a note/sound/frequency. By pressing these vital points, any dissonance in the nervous system could be restored to resonance, creating harmony in the brain, belly, and body.
Although I found some relief and healthier ways to cope, by 2017, I still had no diagnosis and I continued to experience imbalances and pain. I was finally surgically diagnosed with Endometriosis, Intersticial Cystitis and ovarian cysts. This diagnosis inspired me to find healing in new and unconventional ways. I began to dig deeper into my roots - mentally, emotionally, and energetically - to draw clearer connections about how my nervous system and physical body were and are impacted by my experiences, environment, ancestry, relationships, thoughts, patterns, and beliefs.
As I continue growing and learning on my healing journey, my work becomes informed by my experiences and my ability to help others expands.
education & training
I obtained my Bachelors degree in Social Work, certification in Healing Touch (Energy Medicine), certification in Yoga 200 RYT, and completed my certification in Level 1, 2, and 3 of Usui Reiki.
Since 2010, I have worked, studied, practiced and apprenticed in the healing arts. I received extensive (10,000+ hrs) field practice and training in a tribal warrior tradition of Ayurveda (ancient science of metabolism), Marma Chikitsa (acupressure therapy), and pranic healing in America and India. I have conducted workshops, lectures, mentorships, and supported private clients, in NY, Los Angeles, Northern California, Oregon and internationally. I studied voice and musical theatre with three private teachers for 8 years. I am a singer/songwriter, poet, and student of life.