That's me in India by the Ganges River, the body of water also referred to as the sacred "Mother Ganga".
My mom and me two weeks before she passed away.
Here's the story behind Flow Into Grace:
It all began with my mom's passing, a breakup, a career change and a move to a new home--all around the same time. That's where I was in 2012.
My mom, who was my best friend and soulmate, was diagnosed with metastatic cancer and given 6 months to live.
Knowing my heart for helping others and my passion for dance and fitness, my mom suggested I get certified in yoga. I'd been practicing yoga off and on since 1999 for the strength and flexibility it gave me but it wasn't until 2012 that yoga became my lifeline, helping me navigate through the depths of my grief.
In 2014, after 2 years of intense study, I earned my certification as a yoga therapist, C-IAYT, and a y4c (yoga for cancer) teacher to help people recover from injury and illness using yoga therapy as a means to heal mind, body and spirit.
I created Flow Into Grace because I wish I'd had this to help me shorten the number of years I was stuck in grieving the loss of my beloved mom.
You see, I had many tools and was blessed with a wonderful support system of God, family and friends to help me through my darkest days. I even went to India on a mission to serve others and to search within myself how to heal from my pain. (Amazing story how that trip came to be which I share about in my book!)
I prayed, journaled, practiced yoga and meditation and I dedicated myself to self-improvement through books and transformational seminars.
While these tools were all instrumental towards my healing, there was one key element missing...
And that was shifting my mindset. I didn't realize how stuck in my past I'd been, how much I'd wished for things to be the way they used to be when my sweet Mami was still alive.
Meanwhile I was losing out on the precious time I still have here in this life, in which I could live with joy and purpose. I looked ok on the outside but, inside, I saw no more point in my life. I secretly wished for death to take me from the pain I still had buried deep inside.
Being stuck cost me relationships, business and my happiness. It took a giant leap of faith and consistently practicing new thoughts and habits to break out of old unhealthy patterns that had kept me stuck for so many years. But I broke through and I want to help you break through too.
This is how I felt after letting go--not letting go of my mom but letting go of my suffering in grief.
This is why I created the G.R.A.C.E. method to help you move through your grief with grace, end the suffering that comes with grief and step into your life with joy and renewed purpose.
You deserve to live a happy, fulfilling, successful, beautiful life. Yes, life will throw you some curveballs and some may seem so painful you don't want to go on but, by living with G.R.A.C.E., you can learn to connect back to your joy and ultimately turn your deepest pain into your greatest gift.