I was a mover all my life, fell in love with the incredible mastery of the Shaolin monks and Eastern philosophies at the age of 12 and began practicing martial arts thereafter. The undeniable power of body and mind united. Just two years later, I was introduced to Tibetan Buddhism, initiating me into meditation and spiritual practice.
Both stayed with me in different forms throughout. My path took me from living in Japan, via studying in the Netherlands, to traveling the US and Nepal while at Uni. In my mid-twenties, a degree in social sciences and design research richer, I decided to dedicate more time to practice and grow. I moved into a Dojo for 15 months training daily Aikido, yoga, meditation and self inquiry. The black belt I received during this time represents a transformation and shedding of old conditioned behaviours and beliefs. Proving once again how powerful the body is in shifting state, mindset, emotions, and also long term patterns.
Just before leaving for the dojo, I spent a year in struggling – emotionally and for purpose. For me talk therapy was not helping as my mind was too clever and I had gone through all the theory already. It required an embodied, experiential shift to reconnected me to joy, aliveness and myself.