Here is a link to the video podcast I did with Kelsey from the She Will Rise podcast this summer!
This is one of the most raw and revealing interviews I've done to date about my personal journey with mental health , chronic pain and HD. Hopefully it will inspire people who are suffering to begin their own healing journey.
Hope this helps : ) #mentalhealthsupport
"If you have a dream, don’t just sit there. Gather courage to believe that you can succeed and leave no stone unturned to make it a reality."
It's been a dream come true to become the newest Clubbell Yoga teacher in Toronto 👊🏼
After years of trying to heal chronic pain, I've finally healed and rebuilt my body to become stronger, agile and more resilient to be able to practice with clubbels!
Thank you Summer Huntington for your teachings , support and encouragement ❤️ thanks to Scott Sonnon for the incredible body of work you've created . I'm looking forward to continuing my studies of intuflow, flowfit and using heavy clubs.
Thanks to Horizons For Youth for having me teach and I hope we get funding to run this on a weekly basis !
Special thanks to my support system , videographer and photographer Rea in Focus for always having my back🙏🏼.
Classes and workshops coming soon to a studio near you! Stay tuned !
Meditation with chanting can help trigger our rest & digest function of our nervous system faster than simple meditation alone .
Why ? Because chanting better stimulates the vagus nerve (your literal mind-body connecter) that stretches from deep within the brain stem and innervates all your internal organs . When we chant it creates a vibration that stimulates the vagus nerve and helps switch from the 'fight , flight & freeze' (SNS) to our 'rest & digest' (PNS) allowing our bodies and mind to function on optimal levels .
Try it for yourselves the next time you are sitting in meditation. Inhale - long & smooth
Exhale- 'Om' or 'Ma' sound 🔊
Be well : )
Thanks to Vincenzo Scaturchio for finding this pic from the @lolewomen White Tour ❤️🙏🏼
I'm now Certified with the International Association of Yoga Therapists ❤️
It's taken me many years of training (1000+hours) , and with over 150 hours of client contact hours , plus the accumulation of 7 years of experience teaching yoga to get here.
It's been a long journey, yet I feel like it's only just begun. Thank you to all of my students , studios , teachers , friends and supporters for being a part of my life. I hope that I continue to serve you well!
Thank you ❤️
Empathy and compassion for people's suffering is key to helping them survive and heal.
I'm particularly committed to easing the suffering of people with chronic pain , mental health issues and Huntington Disease. These are things I know well . There is no amount of study that can help someone truly understand the pain people go through. True empathy and understanding comes only from lived experience.
I'm not apart of the "positive thinking " and "everything happens for a reason" divine intervention camp of people , especially in my industry who use fluffy quotes to mask human suffering .
Furthermore I think that it is irresponsible to preach such things to people who have had severe traumas , chronic illnesses, physical , sexual and emotional abuses, have watched family members die horribly of a brain disorder and live in fear for themselves.
Instead , offer them tools and practical approaches to living better. Give them resources to help them regulate their nervous systems , focus their minds , regulate emotions and build stronger and healthier bodies to carry them through whatever comers there way in life. That's powerful. I have committed myself to the community to do just that...
My approach to life , this is the hand you were dealt for better or worse. You can choose to be a victim of circumstances or choose to live the best you can despite it.
Stay strong ❤️
Health body = healthy mind .
Whether I'm at home or on the road there are no days off when it comes to my training regiment. When you're living with chronic conditions such as chronic pain, depression and other mental health issues one cannot afford the luxury of a "day off".
developing a self practice is a way that you can ensure you have the necessary resources at all times to live well. Contact me to learn more about how yoga therapy and personal practice can help you live your best life! Now, time for HDSA's National Youth Alliance - NYA conference :-)
#livewell #hdstrong #hdawareness #HDfamily #HDSAconvention
Post @clubbellyoga seminar with Summer Huntington ❤️
Today I achieved one of my biggest goals. I'm not quite sure how to process it at the moment it feels very surreal. I'm very grateful to have the opportunity to bring clubbell yoga practices to my students and my #teamhd community❤️
This is just the start...thank you to all the incredible people who supported me along the way!
Young People Affected by Huntington's Disease
Huntington Society of Canada & HDYO (Huntington's Disease Youth Organisation)
Looks aren't always what they seem...most people with mental health issues do not seek help or talk about their issues openly.
If you are suffering , know that despite feeling alone in your struggles there are hundreds of people dealing with similar issues.
Psychotherapy, mindfulness meditation and yoga therapy applied intelligently can improve the symptoms of suffering .
Soon I will be releasing some online resources on beginning a meditation practice and movement for depression and anxiety.
Healing is possible ✌🏼
Thank you to everyone who supported our first annual Mindfulness in the Park event! Such a gorgeous day surrounded by nature and lovely people. Bhante Saranapala and I thank you so much for donating to the Young People Affected by Huntington's Disease !
Special thanks to Rea in Focus for shooting our event, to the The Fix + Co for our delicious snacks and to all of our other volunteers and sponsors!
Interested in starting yoga? It can sometimes be overwhelming to decide what class to go to, what style to try and generally what practice will serve you best. Watch the video below to see my top 3 tips on starting a yoga practice.
Hopefully this will motivate and help you make an informed decision. Please share this with your friends, family and anyone else that might benefit from beginning a practice.
Natalie Marnica is a passionate advocate of holistic health and the founder of Sacred Mountain Yoga.