Holistic by Otis
I'm a yoga teacher in deep healing, cultivating a holistic lifestyle. My yoga is a feel-good fusion of many types with some Qi Gong influence, led by the rhythm of your breath. I study shamanism, and I offer lomi lomi style massage, ayurveda and herbs. My intention is to share this healthy gooodness!Contact Me
Journey to Whole-Ness
I came to yoga, like so many others, full of dis-ease (auto-immune illness, depressed) and making unhealthy choices. One day I decided to try a yoga class with a friend. That class is when an awakening moved through my mind and body. I always thought of Yoga as something I would never be able to do and to my amazement, I could actually do it.
I continued to practice for a while, fell off briefly and quickly found my way back. This practice became the essential part of my life. The connection you feel when your on the mat; the mind, the body, and the soul trifecta. This ultimately led me onto a much deeper, spiritual and holistic path. I have been practicing yoga for 8 years now, becoming a certified instructor in the spring of 2015. Since then, I’ve been teaching in group, private and corporate settings. I continue to be in deep healing. I’m still disabled and there’s still good and bad days. What I’ve learned through this practice is that even among Dis-Ease there is growth. Wellness is not perfection but a perfect balance between Ease, unrest and who we are in our Sacred Spirituality.
The yoga I guide is a holistic fusion of different styles to explore, learn and listen to your body’s needs and apply what you already know, in healing it. Breath work and meditation to allow open flow in the mind creates soft gentle transitions through postures and connection to your highest self. Teaching is my way of honoring our Source and lineage of teachers before me.
My intention is to always be a student and guide each person divinely placed on my path, to hold sacred space, to honor their light, nurture their spirit and to teach peace on the path to total mind/body/soul health.
I began studying herbalism to take myself off of prescription pharmaceutical drugs, and I began growing and making my own tinctures when I had a positive Lyme test and was introduced to Healing Lyme by Stephen Harrod Buhner. I’ve since tested negative for Lyme, and been without pharmaceuticals for nearing a decade.
A large piece of my healing journey was accepting my responsibilities in the shadow work. After nearly eighteen years I realized the impact that my breast implants had made on my being, physically, mentally, emotionally. I felt it absolutely necessary to have them removed as soon as possible.
I brought breast implant illness awareness to my family practice physician, and quickly received support and even Medicare/Medicaid coverage for the explant surgery in 2017. I am still detoxing their effects on my body, primarily with heavy metal and silicone poisoning.
Yoga Shala holds monthly events, like yoga with singing bowl sound therapy meditation, and educational workshops for holistic health on a variety of topics. If you have any creative ideas for collaborations, please reach out!