Hi there. I’m sitting in the hills in Hollywood, California, feeling pretty spectacular and inspired by the beauty and nature that surrounds me here...living the dream. But backtrack about a half decade ago, every day was an uphill battle against my body and I was not at all satisfied with my life. And I’m here to share my story to inspire you to reach this beautiful place inside you - and in the world.

 

My journey began when I was 16 years old, a very heavy sweater, just thinking about having to give a presentation and the armpits of my shirt would be soaked through. Bumps on my arms and legs. Feeling so sluggish, especially when I came down with Mono, the whole next year I felt chronically fatigued and skipped homecoming and senior events because I barely had energy to get out of bed. Thought I was depressed. Instead, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and given a large dose of Synthroid to take every morning on an empty stomach. I was told that would solve all the symptoms I was experiencing.


Fast forward a few years later to college. Always getting sinus infections and sore throats. Would go to the health center and be given antibiotics just to hush me. I’d be on antibiotics a few times a year. Z-pack was my homeboy. These magic pills would be a quick fix to the congestion, puffiness and brain fog that I would feel almost every day, especially around my biomedical engineering finals - so convenient.


When I’d travel, I carried a supply of Lactase, Pepto and Ex-Lax with me - all which I would take daily to deal with bloating, constipation, and post-meal nausea. On one particular spring break with my girlfriends, I went through an entire box of Ex-Lax because I went a week without elimination. I told myself this was “no big deal” because that is just what happens when “someone with Hypothyroid experiences” when traveling because constipation was just one of the symptoms I was stuck with for life. I never questioned.


Then along came NYC. After graduation, traded my Syracuse University lab coats for designer suits to complement my swanky desk job at Morgan Stanley, a prestigious investment bank. 14 hour days of staring at a computer screen, creating databases and coding macros that made Excel look archaic. I thought this was the American Dream. But it felt like anything but that. Staring at a computer screen made my head spin and I often experienced vertigo. To deal with the migraines, I took Excedrin nearly every day and to curb the stuffy and runny noses from the office air, I’d pop a Zyrtec with my Synthroid before I ate a box of cereal with soy milk. I thought I was doing all the right things, because no one told me any differently. I still felt awful, but every time I’d go to my endocrinologist - and I tried the best ones in New York - I was told the same thing - my levels looked fine, no nodules, the symptoms I was feeling were “normal” for those with hypothyoridism. And that was it.


I finally became fed up cabbing to work from the Upper East Side to Brooklyn everyday, spending $20 just to sit under florescent lights at a miserable job, just to cab back home after the sun set, to lay in my room in complete silence and darkness with an eye pillow over my eyes because I was so sensitive to light and sound. This couldn’t be “normal.”


So I kept seeking out New York City’s best and brightest endocrinologists. Finally, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Hypothyoriditis, which is the autoimmune form of hypothyroidism. Simply put, an autoimmune disorder is a condition where the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue. In Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, the immune system attacks and kills thyroid cells. This “attack and destroy” can cause wild symptom swings from hypothyroid to hyperthyroid, and back. Each attack destroys more and more thyroid cells, until ultimately the patient becomes hypothyroid and starts a lifelong dependence on thyroid hormone medication.

 

Again, I was told that I would always have these symptoms and would just have to “deal with them.”

 

I thought to myself, “I studied Biomedical Engineering. Why can’t I be my own doctor? Why do I need to depend on thyroid medication? Clearly, this ‘dealing with it’ thing wasn’t working.”

 

I HAD ENOUGH. I was finally fed up with this band-aid approach to my own health. I would no longer live like a zombie walking around feeling awful, unfulfilled, and suppressed.

 

On a particularly stressful day at the office, I slipped out on my lunch break to a yoga studio down the street, one I had always passed, but on this day, felt called to check it out. I took my first class, expecting it to be a nice “break” in between my very intense (and very draining) spinning, running, and bootcamp routine that I had been doing every night to clear my head and numb my pain. Oh, but yoga was so much more than a “break” and felt completely different from anything else I was doing. After my first class, I was hooked. I didn’t quite know why, but I knew that I needed to keep going. The more I went, the more I began being introspective. Why was I always nauseous and dizzy after I ate something at work? Why would I experience sharp stomach pains after certain meals and have to unbutton my pants at my desk? Why were my migraines worse on certain days? Why was I able to take the train to work on some mornings instead of taking a cab? Why did I feel puffy and foggy on some days, while other days light and graceful on my yoga mat?

 

I began seeing patterns, and getting really excited about what this all meant. I began to take the first steps of being my own healer, instead of relying on test results and no clear direction. One of my teachers at the studio, Donnalynn Civello, was especially inspirational - her classes spoke to me and her nurturing touch provided me with this feeling I was lacking in my life - the feeling of being safe, comforted, and deeply loved. I felt very connected to this woman, and saw her as a role model, and she naturally became my mentor. I joined her cooking and nutritional classes and became very excited with the knowledge she provided. Instead of warming up prepared meals in the microwave, I began to experiment with blending soups and smoothies and instead of making pasta every night, I began spiralizing vegetables and creating creamy sauces with nuts and seeds. This was a whole new world to me, and as I began to feel better, I began to see that what I was putting in my body - and how I was treating it - was making a huge difference on how I felt.

 

This was only the beginning. But all major transformations must begin with a first step.

 

 

My teacher empowered me in a way that no medical doctors had done. This was the game-changer. And as I begin to experiment with food - cutting out dairy, gluten and soy, processed food, sugar, caffeine and alcohol, I began to realize their effects.

 

I began tapping into my former engineer. I began researching. What I found would change my life forever.

 

The shift begins when we begin to feel empowered.
— Fern Olivia

As I deepened my practice of yoga, pranayama (breath work), meditation, ayurveda, and self-care rituals, I tapped into my own inner healer and found my own inner goddess again. Through my studies with my teacher and mentor Elena Brower, and my teachers Abbie Galvin and Nevine Michaan at Katonah Yoga, I have gained a deeper understanding of my own practice and continue to refine my teaching.

Along the way, I have created a beautiful wellness company and lead international yoga and holistic health retreats with Sarah Anne Stewart. Together, we also empower yoga and wellness entrepreneurs to create soul-nourishing careers and become retreat leaders. {Learn more about what we do at Bliss Out Wellness.}

 

I am finally glowing, and you will be, too.

 

I want to give you a taste of my mission and introduce you to YOUR inner healer. Because, while I’m living proof that it’s possible. My story is not extraordinary. I’m no different than you. I simply CHOOSE to make a DECISION and EMPOWER my health and TRUST my own body.

 

My mission:

My mission is to empower women who have experienced the discomfort and struggle of trying to understand how to align their thyroid health with the vibrant health they wish to achieve. Women who desire to find balance and vibrancy in their bodies, who have tried everything, who are sick of taking tests upon tests and receiving lack of clarity, who still feel frequent puffiness and fogginess and want to feel home in their bodies again. Women who may fear speaking their truth or demanding self-respect in their relationships and careers. Women who know that deep within their hearts, there is a voice and a light that must be expressed. Women who are willing to invest in their own healing to live the vibrant, luminous, healthy life that is their birthright.

It is your time to be HEARD.

 

Working together will give you ANSWERS unlike any doctor’s visit or lab test.

 

I'm delighted to offer you a Clarity Session where we will talk about what you’re going through and how my unique Thyroid.Yoga™ method will help you.

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So if you want to feel brand new and stop fighting your body so that you can look gorgeous, have energy and restful sleep, and feel confident, healthy, and happy in your relationships, career, and in your skin, put in your information right in here and I’ll see you on the other side.

 

 

 

 

 

PS: Have you recieved your copy "Activate Your Thyroid" {my gift to you}? Download yours here

I’d love to hear how practicing this sequence daily has helped you. Please share with me: love@thyroid.yoga and while you’re at it, learn how to truly integrate these poses so that you can experience the healing you’ve been dreaming about. Apply now to for a complimentary Clarity Session with me here.

 

 

 

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