Heather’s self healing Journey
My yoga journey began in 2001, in my early 30’s. I immersed myself into Vinyasa and realized
that yoga always left me with a deep feeling of peace. I knew that one day, I too would be teaching in
order to help pass on that amazing feeling of peace and contentment to others. It was around this time
that my sister was first diagnosed with cancer and I knew that I needed to take a deeper look into my
own health and happiness. I had heard a lot about Dr. Andrew Weil on holistic health and integrative
medicine and decided to read some of his books such as, Spontaneous Happiness and Spontaneous
Healing. I quickly learned that there were ingredients in everything, not just our food, which could be
causing many ailments. For example, High Fructose Corn Syrup, dyes, and sugar has been linked to many
diseases, including cancer, so I decided that this was a good place to start eliminating. This began a new awareness of what was going in, on, and around my body, and what could potentially be causing harm.
Throughout the next decade, stress and pain seemed to plague my body with no relief in sight.
Everything I ate made me sick. What I realized was that I had this reaction to these foods my whole life
however I never had any clarity as to why. Raising kids, moving away from family, and life itself began to
take a toll on me. I internalize everything and seem to focus all my energy and emotions on my family. I
began to back off of yoga because of the chronic pain, knowing all along yoga was the one thing that
made me happy in body, mind and soul. Spending months finally seeing every Doctor possible, and
having every test known to man, the Doctors seemed just as perplexed as to why I was in so much pain. I
was losing a lot of weight and finally came to the conclusion one day to take my own health and
happiness into my own hands and deal with it head on.
I began by slowly getting back to my yoga practice in 2011. I also began eliminating all processed
foods and slowly re-introducing only good, clean, and truly healthy foods. I then began to research food
and the impact food has on our health as a whole. I watched many documentaries and I made a decision
to eliminate all dairy, meat and anything living. In August 2011, I went Vegan. This was super hard at
first but what I slowly realized was that I was feeling so much better day by day. It was a process and my
family at the time found this challenging. However, it was through this self-reflection journey that I
realized the only person responsible for my health and happiness was ME. I learned that we tend to
store stress, worry, and fear in our chests, shoulders and hips. These were all the places I was having
such severe pain.
The last almost 9 years has been a journey to say the least. Trials and tribulations, good and bad,
ups and downs. Learning to accept my sister’s ongoing diagnosis and truly understanding what
mindfulness, breath, and living in the present looks like, and how it is possible to heal myself through it
2018 I was finally diagnosed with an autoimmune disease having super high levels of
inflammation. Once again, I had to look within and heal myself. Thanks to a friend who also had similar
health complications, I was told it would be beneficial to go Gluten Free to eliminate my inflammation.
This was going to be a challenge. By August 19, 2018 I eliminated all gluten from my diet. It actually
wasn’t as difficult as I perceived it would be. Within 6 months, my inflammation was not only normal it
was on the low side! I incorporated Cucurmin (Tumeric), CBD, and a Chinese herbal anti-inflammatory
called Zyflamend daily.
I have always been determined to heal myself because I know myself better than anyone else.
All of these decisions, along with a mindful yoga practice has allowed my body to begin to heal one
breath at a time. I am beyond grateful for the Yogic philosophy and will continue my journey healing
myself from the inside out in hopes to help anyone along the way struggling to heal themselves. I have
learned to honor myself, my body, and most importantly learned to listen to what my body is telling me.
Every day may look different but I choose to look at each day as optimistically as possible and help
myself to be as present as I can be.
Life is a journey. “Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.”