∞ About My Journey ∞
Yoga became a part of my life as a child. My mother was my first teacher; showing me the power of the breath to calm and heal.
In 2007, after unsuccessful physical therapy for a shoulder injury, it was suggested I try yoga. The experiences in that first class were more than I ever expected.
Self-healing through yoga continued to emerge again and again as I grew older and experienced life’s inevitable ups and downs. For me, a deep love of travel and scuba diving, a corporate and then acting career, marriage, injury, and a tremendous opportunity borne from intense suffering.
I’m continuously awed by the powerful effects of yoga. In 2012, I woke up one day to find my body in excruciating pain from head to toe. I was even unable to walk and had to re-teach myself how to walk again. Nine months later I received a diagnosis of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Today I view this moment as a gift. With no cure and no answers from top medical experts, I knew I had to become an advocate for myself and my recovery.
I shifted my attention to a more positive route. I spent the next five years at home, implementing and experimenting with the basic techniques I learned in a Boston yoga studio and from what my partner and I both could learn in books. We read a lot of books. And I tried all different types of holistic healing techniques. As my body and mind began to slowly heal, I caught a glimpse of my true self and began to feel a sense of being more fully alive. Although my efforts were paying off and still weakened by the condition, I wanted to know more.
In 2017, I committed to fully immersing myself as a student of yoga and began learning the techniques of Kripalu yoga. I completed my first teacher training through the world renowned Kripalu Schools of Yoga. During this time I also experienced the powerful effects of Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra, created by Kripalu Faculty Member Jennifer Reis. Shortly after graduating, I studied with Jennifer directly, and completed the Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra Teacher Training program.
Time after time, I am called to explore and understand yoga on ever deepening levels. I now realize yoga is instrumental in healing more than just the physical body. For me, the path all along has been, and is, a spiritual one.
All of these life experiences fuel my love for serving others and teaching yoga and meditation in an empowering way. I serve with an open heart. My hope is to allow students the space to transform their own lives and realize their full potential. My hope is that students will live a life more calm, connected and joyful.
I appreciate all of the teachers everywhere who continue to inspire and guide me. It is a blessing to study with master level teachers and visionaries Yoganand Michael Carroll, Cristie Newhart, Janna Delgado, Michelle Dalbec, Jennifer Reis, David Vendetti and Todd Skoglund.
Trainings & Certifications
E-RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance, Kripalu School of Yoga
Kripalu Yoga Teacher
Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra Teacher
First Aid, CPR & AED Certified
300-hour Advanced-Level Teacher certification through Kripalu School of Yoga (expected 2020)
© copyright Kimberly Giardino 2018