I was born in South Korea, raised in Virginia, and now live in Maui, Hawaii.
When I was a kid my dream was to become an actress, and later I dreamed of being a writer. In high school I was involved in theater, and I began several novels. After I graduated I never pursued those dreams. My priority was to get out on my own. For six years I worked as a bank teller, until I decided to quit and pursue a dream I didn’t realize I had.
I was living with my boyfriend, now husband, and his brother’s family when I had the conversation that would propell me into teaching yoga. At that point I had practiced yoga on and off for several years. My now brother in law practiced Kung fu, and was in the early stages of teaching it, when he asked me if I had ever considered teaching yoga. He pointed out that I loved to practice, and since I seemed directionless it could be a positive path to follow.
It’s silly how I first came to practice yoga. I was in a bookstore, waiting in line to buy a book, when I noticed a beginners yoga DVD pack. It was just a simple 30 minute DVD and a little booklet on beginner yoga. A friend I was with suggested I buy it, that he had heard it helped relax people, and I could benefit from it. At that point in my life I was severely depressed, and self mutilating. So I thought, what could it hurt?
It wasn’t until my yoga teacher training when yoga truly became a part of my life. Up until that moment I had merely practiced to be more physically fit. Halfway through the month intensive teacher training, after back to back classes, I was in savasana when I felt my whole heart center open. In that moment, not only was I connected to God, but I was healed. I forgave myself for all the harm I caused physically and mentally to myself. I forgave myself for trying to kill myself, for not believing that I was worth life itself.
I had been teaching yoga for two years when I came upon a book that would change the direction my path was taking me. At the time I was suffering from severe cystic acne and was on the search for a natural, holistic approach to healing. It was Rosemary Gladstar’s book Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health. I took one of her recipes, went to my local herb shop, and blended my first tea.
A healer was never something I considered myself to be, I just knew that I wanted to make a change in this world. For years I always thought that to create change it had to be on a massive scale. My husband reminded me that many small acts of love and kindness creates change on a larger scale. The ripple effect. At this point in my life I know that I am a healer. I find passion in what I do, and this path that I pursue.
A person can have more than one dream. In fact, I think a person should have many different dreams, and find a way to pursue them all. Throughout the years I find myself still dreaming about being a writer. What better way to combine all my passions into one beautiful package, then blogging?
Above all else, I am a dreamer. It is my imagination that carried me through the pain as a pre-teen and teenager. It is my dream to create beauty, and to shine my inner light on the world in the hope that I can inspire.
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