The Power of Surrender
At the age of 19, I was in a terrible car accident that left me with debilitating back and neck pain. At 23, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and 2 herniated discs in my low back. I was in so much pain that I couldn’t bend over to touch my toes. I was told by doctors that I needed surgery and was prescribed medications to ease the pain. Thankfully, I didn’t have the surgery but I grew dependent on drugs and alcohol to numb the pain. Exercise was out of the question. I had never been one to exercise, but the thought of trying to move my body more than sitting on the couch was overwhelming.
At 27, I found yoga and Pilates and began to change my life. At age 33 with my husband and two baby boys (just 18 months apart), I moved to Florida and started Beach Yoga with Kerri. I ran local yoga classes at the beach for just $5. Everything seemed perfect except my marriage was falling apart. My husband and I separated due to his alcoholism and my son was diagnosed with Autism. My world was devastated. I began searching for healing, not only for my fibromyalgia, but in my marriage and for my son.
It took many years of prayer, therapy, marriage counseling, 12 step recovery, and faith in God to restore what was lost. In those years, I found a deep relationship with God on my yoga mat. I began to understand how God speaks to us through our bodies and our minds and how it is possible to surrender and trust that everything is exactly the way that it is supposed to be.
Today, my husband and I have the relationship I have always dreamed of and both my children are doing amazing. No, it hasn’t been easy, but it has been worth it. I am living a life I never thought possible. I can do things with my body that doctors told me was impossible. My desire is to help others also discover that they too can change and find freedom in their mind, body, and spirit. I’m here to tell you change can happen for anyone. All it takes is a willing spirit and the courage to take the first step.
Level up your core work with this awesome class! We will work on strengthening the pelvic floor and the deep abs. You will want two yoga blocks for this class.
All levels, beginner-friendly and great for post-pregnancy; some exercises in this class are not recommended if you have diastasis recti. For DR safe classes, please head over to the class directory.
If you are wanting a slow pace amazing restorative practice, this is for you! This class is perfect for anyone with low back pain or those that feel stressed. This practice is designed to comfort the nervous system.
Feeling a little tight? Are you a runner or maybe you have been stressed and need a class that will help you loosen through the hips, hamstrings, and upper body? This class has it all! You will want two yoga blocks, and a pillow or bolster for this class.
Get ready for a new kind of burn! This class uses socks and a hard floor to slide your way into strength! This is an all-level class however it is not recommended for beginners. I do give options but beginners may find some of the movements difficult. You may want two yoga blocks under your wrists if you have carpal tunnel and a blanket or rolled up yoga mat to pad knees/elbows.
This free-flowing yoga class is an amazing practice to work both strength and flexibility. You will want available wall space for the end of this class to work some inversions. Enjoy!
This class will make your legs burn! 🙂 Using the stability ball, we will work inner & outer thighs as well as glutes! We will also get the deep core and obliques in this short quick core workout!
This is another amazing Pilates Magic Circle class that will work your entire body in 30 minutes. We will use the ring in a fun and dynamic way to help you gain flexibility and strength in both the upper body and the lower body. All levels are welcome to take this class.
This class combines weights with Yoga to give you an amazing toning and lengthening practice. You will want two light hand weights for this class and maybe two yoga blocks. All levels are welcome to join this practice!