When I started jazz ballet and folk dance at a very young age, it brought me so much joy! It was the catalyst that led me to study many forms of movement including Pilates, kickboxing, body sculpting, yoga, and functional training (training for movements that are part of everyday life and your core sports or favorite physical activities).
In all my studies and work as a personal trainer, a truth I’ve seen again and again is that the connection between mind and body has incredible power, if and when it’s discovered. This is a key to finding joy in your life!
Seeing people discover this early-on is one of the greatest rewards of my work with Loud Teenz, a health education and self-esteem program I created for pre-teens and teens. My Loud Teenz are discovering that strengthening their mind-body connection can truly change their lives and put them in the driver’s seat even when they feel like they have no control over what happens in their world.
The young people I have the privilege of working with through Loud Teenz have shown me that change is possible through raised awareness and the right combination of physical movement. Whether it is dance or just running as fast as you ca, and finishing the race, it gives a sense of completion, accomplishment, and just a joy of being you — doing what you love, for that brief moment. Add these moments up and create a string of positive events that heightens your sense of self!
Welcome to my corner of the Gaiam experts blog, where I hope to inspire you to make this connection that is changing these young people’s lives. I’ll give you tips for training, healthy living and finding balance. And I’ll share my experiences as a trainer that show how these practices are improving people’s lives — and improve yours. Most of all, I hope to inspire you to find the true you inside — the you who can experience and create the joy of living we are all aspiring to reach!