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Simple Wild Free is my offering to help others live in balance and harmony with themselves.
Life is rich when it’s simple. Our hearts are full when we let ourselves be wild.
When we’re in harmony with our health, our values, and our environment, we’re free.
The ten habits I share in my course are the same habits I use in my own life.
They have been a cornerstone for me to come into myself with joy and vitality, and they can be for you, too.
For me, Simple Wild Free is a way of life.
It started when I was a little girl when I experienced a sense of suspended time and complete immersion whenever I engaged in creative play.
It was during these periods that I felt no separation between myself, my playmates, my environment, and my creative landscape.
I’ve found I am not alone in this. Nearly everyone reports experiencing something similar in their lifetime: a sense of complete presence in their play, in which past and future cease—however briefly—to exist.
It is this “state of play” that is home to the most authentic versions of ourselves, free of labels, roles, judgments, and the binary value assignments of good or bad.
It is in this unselfconscious state that we experience real freedom: freedom from the conceptual designations of the mind.
Simple Wild Free is the culmination of my commitment to live this freedom in my day-to-day life, and to ultimately help others experience the freedom of complete immersion in the simple bliss of being alive.
This is our birthright as human beings.
Through learning simple habits for a healthy body, mind, and spirit, I help others follow their own path of self-discovery that leads them back to their most playful, grounded, and creative selves.
I had an interest in perennial wisdom traditions as long as I can remember, and always felt at home with the mystical and esoteric.
At fourteen, I attended my first yoga class. Immediately drawn to this beautiful science of self-realization, I continued to practice and underwent a rigorous 10-month yoga, dharma, and Ayurveda training at seventeen.
I have since taught at private studios, retreats, gyms, corporate settings, hospitals, and one-on-one in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Thailand.
At 19, began graduate studies in philosophy with the goal of becoming a university professor. I was ambitious, over-achieving, and in control–or so I thought.
At the same time, I was frustrated that despite my yogic training, I was experiencing debilitating anxiety and depression. Life felt like a constant struggle, and I couldn’t understand why. As the years went on, the anxiety worsened.
When my son was born, I let go of academia and began deepening my knowledge of Ayurveda. I started to learn the basics of how to ground myself and create a sense of stability, cohesion, and integrity in my body, mind, and spirit.
After a move to Bangkok, I became a preschool teacher and rediscovered my love for play and the deep presence that comes from it. It was the perfect antidote to my former control-freak, intellectual self.
Eventually, I was able to meet myself with the same compassion I developed for the children I taught. I began to let go—slowly and painfully—of my fearful need for control.
The children were constantly coaxing me out of my own conceptual framework, challenging me to show up and be present with them in their messy, wild, uncontrollable world.
This reintroduced play into my life in a big and lasting way.
I started to realize that my anxious need to be in control kept me from experiencing my life fully. Through working with several incredible teachers, I’ve come to understand that anxious energy is simply creative energy being repressed.
I discovered that when I let go of the ‘shoulds’ and ‘shouldn’ts’ of life and combine gentle, compassionate discipline with my wild, creative nature, I’m an unstoppable force.
So are you.
It’s a lifelong journey to live out my love of embodied creativity, passionate presence, and the pursuit of living life in a constant state of play.
I hope you’ll join me in the shared experience of enraptured living, reverent irreverence, and remembering the joy in the simplicity of being human.
I’d like to thank my many teachers for sharing their unconditional love, support, and wisdom with me on my journey:
Rene Urbanovich, Mike Harutunian, Emily Kosloski, ERYT, Blaire Chodor, ERYT, Linda Wismath, ERYT, Narayan S. Champawat, PhD, Dharman Rice, PhD, Francisco Vasquez, PhD, Mary Gomes, PhD, Sean Kelly, PhD, Susan Fauman, ERYT, CAHC, Jagadamba Macaraeg, Dharma Bodhi, Sukhalaya Yogini, Claudia Anfuso, Radhe Lesney, MFT, Rita Harrison, Cate Stillman, and Saktí Caterina Maggi.
May all beings everywhere be free from suffering.