“UZIT practices allow me to fill myself up, and I have never felt better in my life. My current self-care practice flows out to those for whom I provide care, including my family and friends.”
Q: How do you find balance in your daily life?
A: I find balance by spending time with my husband Paul and my 2 sons, Matthew and Brendan. My sons make me laugh, and I love to laugh. Humor has always been something that I find balancing. I also find comfort in the companionship of my dogs, Lily and Chance. Upon waking, I find them nestled at the the foot of my bed, preparing my feet to take on the day with warmth and grounding. I also enjoy time in nature, and I especially love walking meditation. I am fortunate to have beautiful walking paths just outside my door. I find solace in my home yoga space lying on my Biomat, surrounded by my oils and props. I discovered tuning forks when my physician introduced them to me last year. I love them so much that I enrolled in a training on the use of tuning forks as a healing modality. The various vibrations bring me into balance, as they are both soothing and comforting.
Q: What motivates you? Your mission?
A: My passion is developing new programs for UZIT. The excitement I feel when I create a program that is so rich and full in experience is the most rewarding thing I have ever done. Witnessing the positive effects on the patients is the motivation that keeps me on my path, my mission. I love getting in the space, rolling up my sleeves and finding out what works in order to create programs that support these populations.
Q: Which modality are you more drawn to in the UZIT model?
A: That is a really hard question, and it totally depends on the day. I have found restorative poses and essential oils make me feel just plain yummy. My days are quite full, so I often find a quiet spot, put my legs up on a chair, and practice self-reiki. I have a deep appreciation for reiki as it has supported me throughout many seasons and years. Reiki allows me to become more grounded so that I am fully prepared and present for my next group or individual session.
Q: What is your meditation practice?
A: I like to start my day off spending a few moments in stillness. I often hold a warm cup of coffee while sitting in my favorite chair, gazing outside and bringing awareness to my breath. For a longer meditation practice, I spend my time in front of my altar facing belongings that feed and nourish my soul.
Q: How has your UZIT training changed your life?
A: Specifically, UZIT has changed my life by teaching me more integrated practices. I truly practice what I teach. The layering of these relaxation techniques has a tremendous impact on my every day life. UZIT practices allow me to fill myself up, and I have never felt better in my life. My current self-care practice flows out to those for whom I provide care, including my family and friends.
Q: How do you UZIT?
A: I have implemented UZIT programs for Columbus Springs Dublin and Columbus Springs East Hospitals, two hospitals focusing on mental health and addiction, where I work with inpatients, outpatients and staff. I have also developed a program for the Ronald McDonald House at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. In addition, I teach public UZIT classes at Yoga on High and the Ohio State University Center for Integrative Health and Wellness and Healthy New Albany.
Q: How do you live the UZIT modalities in your day- to day life?
A: Upon waking, I diffuse an essential oil. Currently, Abundance is my favorite. I find the simple yet gentle movements of UZ to be supportive in awakening my body. My days are long with blocks of time where I can fit in some restorative practices. My favorite pose of late is resting my legs up on a chair. I give myself reiki every night and it is a beautiful way to end my day. I find that layering these modalities throughout the day allows me to find calm in the fullness of my days.