In my teens I danced for love and modelled for money. In my early twenties I crashed. My insides felt as if my outsides were separated from each other. I numbed myself through addictive patterns of behaviour and substance abuse to relieve the pain of deep-rooted transgenerational trauma. Rehab and 12 step recovery reconnected me to hope and I began the quest for whole authentic living.
This led me to somatic and explorative dance practices. I exchanged my competitive ballet and contemporary dancing for contact Improvisation, 5 rhythms and meditation. I learned to love my body and yoga finally clicked for me as a practice of devotion and self love.
Throughout my journey of recovery I found kindness to be the most profound and transformational tool. After returning from India in 2011, I started teaching in my home studio in east London which drew students from across the city. I saw the ripples of kindness reaching far and wide and this was how the KIND community was born!
Through teaching yoga, my offerings branched to include meditation, cacao ceremonies, sound healing, sharing circles, ecstatic dancing and 1-2-1 coaching. KIND spiralled, allowing me to work with thousands of people in a series of sell-out events and retreats both in the UK and abroad. It was beautiful.
However, there was one underlying area of my life that still called for radical self-healing….
For 7 years my periods were a source of increasing pain, disorientation and fear. My life would grind to a halt for 7-10 days of every month and it was then that I was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome. All the medical profession could offer was the contraceptive pill and warnings around compromised fertility.
I felt hopeless but I knew there must be a better way.
I committed to finding a way to support and better understand my body. My monthly cycle gave me a framework to integrate my research. I combined lifestyle changes with physical and spiritual practices that, with time, magnetized the health, vitality and wellbeing I was seeking. Flow began to enter all areas of my life as I flowed with my flow and my periods became something I genuinely look forward to.
Through these understandings, I created two KIND Courses. They share my simple monthly practice with sisterly wisdom so you can enjoy your period and make peace with your hormones too.
This is a vital part of the female experience. We have been taught to disassociate from the miracle of menstruation. But if we turn towards it we will find the beauty and wonder that is our birthright through our wombs.
I know that you too can come into a new relationship with your body. Our periods are a time of potent, power and passion where we can come to know ourselves anew and hear our bodies speak.
We will become more authentic.
We will become more empowered.
And we will heal.
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KIND Love letters, from me to you
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