[…] the real beauty of the UZIT model is in the layering of all of the modalities. Together they create a holistic package that offers a powerful remedy to the stress, anxiety, and illness that plague our busy, modern life.”

 

Q:  How do you find balance in your daily life?

A:   I find balance in my life through a daily meditation practice. Even on days when I can only sit for 10 minutes, I notice so much more ease in everything I do. Those minutes of quiet offer me a chance to really hear what is inside, to separate from external influences and connect with my intuition – something that is otherwise challenging when I am trying to balance work and family and all of my other interests.

 

Q:  What motivates you? Your mission?

A:  In my work as a UZIT, as well as a wellness advocate and yoga instructor, I am dedicated to helping people be physically, mentally, and emotionally present in their daily lives, regardless of the challenges or circumstances they face. I am an eternal student and I am motivated by the study of contemplative practices and the peace it brings to my life and those with whom I work. I am constantly learning from the patients and students that I work with and this helps to enrich my own practice as well as the teachings that I share with others.

 

Q:  Which modality are you more drawn to in the UZIT model?

A:  Hmm, that’s a tough question. Playing with the healing properties of essentials oils is endless fun. I also love the sense of peace, security, and relaxation from Reiki. I am drawn to mindful movements because any chance to link breath and movement always makes me feel better and I see the same thing in the patients and students I work with. But the real beauty of the UZIT model is in the layering of all of the modalities. Together they create a holistic package that offers a powerful remedy to the stress, anxiety, and illness that plague our busy, modern life.

 

Q:  In what population are you currently using your UZIT skills?

A:  I am working at two CareRite communities in and around New York City, where I serve staff to reduce stress, exhaustion, and prevent burn-out, as well as with patients and their families. Working one-on-one with patients is an amazing opportunity to see how well mindfulness can support the healing process. I also teach community classes allowing me to share these practices with a wider audience and spread the important message that only when we care for ourselves can we truly be able to care for others. I also work with private and corporate clients in my own practice, mostly with people seeking techniques to cope with exhaustion and to reduce stress.

 

Q:  What is your meditation practice?

A:  When I can, I sit for 20 minutes, twice a day – once early in the morning before anyone else in my house is awake, and once later in the afternoon to give myself a boost of energy to finish off the day. However, life is what it is and on any given day, finding 40 minutes for mediation feels like a major challenge. I try to at least sit quietly for ten minutes a day no matter what, because this helps me maintain balance among the chaos of busy days as a working mother of three young children.

 

Q:  How has your UZIT training changed your life?

A:  UZIT training has certainly helped me develop better self-care practices. The training taught me how to notice what is going on within myself – so that I quickly recognize when I feel exhausted, or anxious, etc., and has given me a whole set of effective tools to manage whatever is going on. I know I cannot always control the external factors that may be causing what I feel, but I have tools to change how my body, mind and spirit react to what’s going on around me.  That is a true gift. The training also led me to work with CareRite where I have learned so much about the healthcare system, patient care, and healing.

 

Q:  How do you UZIT?

A:  I UZIT at work, with patients and students. I UZIT it at home, for myself and my family.  I offer my support as a UZIT for friends who have recently faced illness or challenges. I did a session recently for two friends right after the birth of their baby – allowing them a chance for some much-needed restoration, breathing, and quiet.  

 

Q:  How do you live the UZIT modalities in your day- to day life?

A:  I use essential oils daily, especially with my children – for colds, tummy aches and almost anything that arises at home.  We have diffusers in our bedrooms and my kids each have their favorite go-to oils. When I am not using the modalities at work, I incorporate them into my own self care practice, for example – using restorative positions and yoga therapy to heal back aches from a long commute or exhaustion from being on my feet all day. When I am wound up and anxious, breath work always brings me back to the present moment. The body awareness mediations are an extremely useful tool at home as well. I have shared breathing exercises and led mindful movements with my husband, mother and friends to help them improve circulation, digestion and respiration. The list of ways that I blend the UZIT modalities into my daily life is endless. But the overarching theme always boils down to this: If I use these tools to consistently care for myself, I am more present with the people in my world, and thus better able to serve them and share with them these sacred lessons and practices. Using these modalities helps me to be more compassionate and that’s a lesson I love sharing with others. I see a cascading effect of compassion and mindfulness through this work, and one of my greatest joys in life is being able to keep that going.

 

Q:  Anything else you’d care to share?

A:   Sometimes it feels hard to stick to the ideal version of a full UZIT self-care practice, a practice where I would include all of the modalities and rest in restorative poses for at least 10 minutes. Some days feel like a whirlwind and self-care becomes a much smaller act, like smelling my favorite oil for a moment while I am on the subway, placing Reiki hands on my heart for a few minutes as I fall asleep to sooth my worries, or doing a few minutes of mindful movements and stretches at my desk to keep the blood flowing. Any of these small acts has a big impact. I like that I am doing my best to set a good example for those around me – to care for themselves, to listen to others with compassion and above all, notice the present moment as much as possible.