We’re all looking for a life of contentment, manageability and joy. Traumatic experiences and prolonged stress can weaken our immune systems, re-wire neural pathways in the brain and convince our nervous systems that we are constantly living under threat, which can lead to a host of illnesses, pain and unwanted behaviors.
Daily Dose Wellness is a healing practice in the Berkshires that offers trauma-informed mind-body tools and nature-based practices. These wellness techniques enable people to self-regulate and empower them to combat debilitating symptoms and the lasting impact of negative life experiences.
My background is diverse. To list just a few of my roles, have taught wellness-related classes, lectures, workshops and retreats around the globe—at the New York Open Center, Canyon Ranch, Omega Institute, Kripalu Center, Miraval, Findhorn Foundation, the American Holistic Medical Association and many others. I am the creator of Lunarhythms Yoga™, a blend of flowing hatha yoga that combines influences of therapeutic, trauma-informed yoga, Ayurveda, chakras, poetry and lunar cycles. I have been a survival instructor in the U.S. Air Force, and an actor in New York City.
I apply the learnings I have taken from each of my life’s experiences to my practice in helping people heal.
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I am excited about my forthcoming book,
Years of Posing: A Yoga Teacher's Struggle with Trauma and Addiction.
Common Symptoms Treated
Anxiety: overwhelming feelings are usually accompanied by physical symptoms (such as sweating, a racing heart, tense muscles, etc.) and changes in behavior (also known as avoidance behavior).These intense symptoms coupled with avoidant behavior move beyond “normal” feelings of anxiety and into an anxiety disorder when they begin to interfere with a person’s life. This can lead to further anxiety disorders like Social and Panic.
Depression: Depressive disorders are characterized by persistent feelings of sadness and worthlessness and a lack of desire to engage in formerly pleasurable activities. Depression is not a passing blue mood, which almost everyone experiences from time to time, but a complex mind/body illness that interferes with everyday functioning. It not only darkens one's outlook, it is commonly marked by sleep problems and changes in energy levels and appetite.
Insomnia: Stress from a traumatic event can often lead to a variety of sleep problems. When the body is overstimulated, the brain is flooded with neurochemicals that keep us awake, such as epinephrine and adrenaline, making it difficult to wind down at the end of the day. The neurochemicals remain present in the brain and can interrupt your normal sleep cycle. The result can be insomnia, bad dreams, and daytime fatigue caused by sleep disturbance.
Pain: Studies have shown that chronic pain might not only be caused by physical injury but also by stress and emotional issues. In particular, people who have experienced trauma and suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD) are often at a higher risk to develop chronic pain. Chronic pain is defined as prolonged physical pain that lasts for longer than the natural healing process should allow. This pain might stem from injuries, inflammation, and neuropathies (disorders of the nerves), but some people suffer in the absence of any of these conditions. Chronic pain can debilitate one's ability to move with ease, may hinder their normal functioning, and the search for relief can lead to pain medication, addictions, which compound the problem. Chronic pain is also often accompanied by feelings of hopelessness, depression and anxiety.
PTSD: can happen to anyone. It’s not a sign of weakness. In many ways, it’s a normal part of the traumatic healing process. Post-traumatic stress disorder can occur after you’ve experienced any type of trauma. A trauma is defined by a shocking or a dangerous event that you see or experience.
These services include other tools like Yoga, Meditation, Breathing techniques, EFT tapping and more...