I wanted to share my story with you all because I believe in the power of sharing our stories. Vulnerability and honestly right?
I was born in Ukraine, and when I was 7 yrs old, my family immigrated to the US in 1991. We lived in NJ for 2 years then took a greyhound bus across America to the PNW where I’ve lived since ’93.
Growing up I’ve always felt like I was meant to do something great. To help, to nurture, restore, heal and awaken. I always felt like the black sheep in my family and consistently saw the injustice and mistreatment of women by the men around me. This outraged me and I grew up arguing and questioning everything around me, especially religion (Christianity.At age 13, my parents divorced, and that took me into a new spiral of a chapter in my youth. I never realized it then, but I see that everything is always working out for the best.I married at age 19 to someone I meet at a rock climbing gym… shortly after that (1.5 yrs later) I filed for divorce because not only did I not feel ready to be a wife, I felt stifled, small, and grossly dependant on him (I learned about codependency later in my early 30s).After divorce I enjoyed my early 20s, like most of us did, and lived the single life until I got pregnant and gave birth to my beautiful daughter at age 25. Life with my daughter’s dad was brutal, really the lowest point of my life. I felt like I was trapped. I didn’t see this then, but being with someone who was a compulsive liar, manipulative, and narcissistic was debilitating. Nonetheless, the entire time we were together, I knew at some point I was going to free myself.That day did come, it wasn’t pretty but it was liberating. We split up, and I began my journey of single-momhood, self discovery, awakening, and yoga.
I began going to drop in classes here and there, and in those moments felt at peace, calm, and home with myself. I loved the feeling of spending time with self. It felt good and needed. In my early 30s I began following yoga videos on YouTube and little by little, I got better. I was having such an enjoyable time doing yoga that I started inviting my friends and neighbors to pop in and do a 15min yoga class together. I began correcting there poses and encouraging their progress. One of my friends said I should be a yoga teacher. I listed and began researching YTT programs in my area. None seemed to call to me but I didn’t give up. I trusted and knew that if this path was for me, it would unfold.I found a YTT program/retreat taught in Costa Rica and signed right up! I put the deposit down on a credit card and trusted that somehow I’d be able to bring in the rest of 10K. The following 10 months after applying for the program, I worked two jobs, taught 1:1 yoga sessions, taught a few backyard classes, and raised money through a Gofund me acct. A month before the trip, my program organizer offered a scholarship and encouraged me to apply. I applied, and I received 5k off of my tuition and made my trip a reality. I was in CR Jan/Feb 2019. My almost 6 weeks in Costa Rica were a dream come true, it was life changing!When I flew home I immediately began teaching a few classes both from my garage and worked with Yoga + Beer as a Beer Yogi Instructor for the Vancouver, WA area. In June 2019 I taught my first class at a brewery and in less than a year was set to teach at 10 different locations until Covid hit and brought everything to a halt.Fast forward to October 2020, I’m teaching all my classes virtually through my online platform, I’m in the middle of my 2nd program for women- Time to Flourish, and continue to offer a sold out Tue night class from home.
I’m so grateful to be here today, telling you all about this journey. Throughout my 20/30s I’ve held SO MANY JOBS and none ever seemed to fulfill me. I now feel that we are all here to serve others. We are here to uplift, and shine our light so that others will feel safe to shine theirs.