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 HEALTHY MAYS journey

I was once a very different person to who I am today.  It was 2011 and I had built a successful career in advertising, whilst, numbing myself to the stresses of life with a typical London hedonistic lifestyle.  I was unaware that what I was really seeking was what yogis call ‘samadhi’ - a state of eternal bliss deep inside us all.  The joy I was looking for was already inside me, I just had to learn how to access it.

 

I was always into yoga but had never committed to  a daily regular practise.  One day, however, I was lying in savasna, at the end of a gruelling bikram class, when I heard a voice inside my head.  It told me that yoga was my entry point to the joy I had been seeking, and I needed to go to India to pursue it seriously.

I immediately enrolled in a beginners ashtanga course at Gingi Li’s Ashtanga Shala, in Clapham North, learning the fundamentals from my first of many inspiring teachers. I woke up at 6am every  

day to practise mysore style ashtanga and six months later, I quit my advertising job and flew to Goa, India to take part in a month long Ashtanga Yoga teacher training course. In India I felt reborn.  I graduated from my class, and was immediately offered a job teaching yoga in Goa. The universe was giving me clear signs! Over the next five years I spent my summers in London and winters in India and Thailand - gaining my 500 hour advanced TTC in ashtanga as well as my Reiki Master whilst teaching & learning esoteric practises in the east.

 

My life changed when I listened to that little voice in my head, which I now see as my higher power guiding me and I realised that you can find the peace you are seeking internally through meditation and spiritual practises, a very valuable and healing lesson. I learnt the meaning of self-care and self-love and slowly yet steadily I grew, physically, emotionally, spiritually into the person I am today. I was always an avid cook but through my winters in Asia, my interests grew massively in health and nutrition dabbling in veganism and raw veganism for many years. A huge part of my healing journey was related to food and diet, removing gluten, diary, processed foods & meat to heal severe digestive issues including IBS as well as skin issues like urticaria & attending many fasting/detox retreats. This avid interest in the healing powers of nature led me to 3 years of diploma study at College of Naturopathic Nutrition (CNM) graduating as a Naturopathic Nutritionist.

 

The nutrition course also made me investigate my own nutrition, realising after 6 years of veganism that this diet was not working for me. I found that I was deficient in many micronutrients, along with thyroid and adrenal issues exacerbated by large amounts of stress. Using epigenetics finally helped me to realise that veganism did not serve me and led me to the genuine realisation that there is no one diet that works for everyone, we are all unique individuals with different nutritional needs based on our ancestry, environment and experiences. My experiences and experimentations with different dietary models means that I can help both vegans and non-vegans alike make their way to optimum health and nutrition. As well as that this year I have lost 11 kilos in weight so I am personally experienced in weight loss in a way that doesn't sacrifice healthy eating allowing me to help my clients reach their weight loss goals.

 

I passionately believe in the healing power of nature and now work with an integrative approach to nutrition and healthcare, incorporating the whole person and providing an overall holistic wellness offering. I believe that you must heal the mind alongside diet & lifestyle changes, you cannot fix one without the other. Through my experiences and studies i can help individuals heal holistically through one to one naturopathic nutrition consultations, guided meditations, yoga lessons, pranayama or reiki healing. There's nothing i love more than sharing my knowledge and positive energy to help my clients heal.

 

Healthy Mays.