∞ 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 as a way to continue to heal. 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 and found 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. 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 yoga and meditation. 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 healing 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 study yoga on ever deepening levels. I now realize yoga is instrumental in healing more than just the physical body, and 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 in a transformational way. My intention is to awaken others to their fullest potential by serving with an open heart; inspiring, supporting, holding safe space, and meeting students wherever they are in their journey of self-discovery.
My mission is to create positive changes in the world by shifting perspectives and opening the hearts of others to the transformational and healing power of yoga. My hope is that you too will find more inner calm and connection to live a life more fully awake and alive.
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, Dr. Claudia Welch, David Vendetti and Todd Skoglund.
Trainings & Certifications
RYT-200 with Yoga Alliance, Kripalu Schools 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