"It's not the life that matters, it's the courage you bring to it" -Yogi Bhajan.
This process of showing up has wonderfully woven Kerry into our community fabric - as a student, fellow yoga seeker, and now special guest instructor. Kerry integrates her Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C) background, Reiki training, with transformative tools within Kundalini yoga for you to more easily access happiness, your birthright.
Read about her then join her in May for a complimentary "Kundalini Kickstart" before Allison's Restorative Yoga class on Friday. Sign up now!
Ebb n’ Flow Yoga: Share the key moments in your yoga/meditation journey thus far. What initially drew you to the practice? What are some key milestones that have led you to where you are today?
Kerry: From a very young age, I had a sense that I would love yoga. That sense of knowing that is hard to explain. However, I did not make it to my first class until I was 30 years old. And I fell in love with all of it right away. Yoga became my home and refuge.
About seven years ago, I suffered a shoulder injury while practicing vinyasa yoga regularly. I was off my mat for a long time. My safe place had been taken away. Yoga - as I had practiced it - was out. It was the grace of this injury that led me to find another way. The need to heal my shoulder allowed me to explore meditation deeply and eventually Kundalini yoga.
My shoulder is fully healed. I still love to practice all types of yoga. And I give myself the gift of Kundalini yoga and meditation daily. This is what is the gift I want to share.
Ebb n’ Flow Yoga: What is yoga calling you to become in this moment?
Kerry: Personally, it is calling me to be me - the most authentic version of myself for the benefit of all.
Ebb n’ Flow Yoga: Describe your approach to sharing your integration of multiple wellness practices.
Kerry: I am a Western trained nurse practitioner. It was my impression that after I learned all the science and medicine, I would have all the answers to help my patients heal and be well. I quickly learned that my medical training would come up short. One size never fits all.
Today, I have a lifestyle medicine practice at its core. A holistic approach to how we heal and thrive to me means that there is no one cause or solution to our illnesses. We need to look at all of it. How do you eat and sleep? What ways do you care for your body? What brings you joy and how do you practice that daily? How do you connect to your own soul, your own inner voice and what truly matters most? I “prescribe” meditation and yoga as part of the plan of care. I am also a Reiki practitioner.
Ebb n’ Flow Yoga: What is your highest hope to give to our studio community?
Kerry: I hope to offer people a deep dive into all the things that are so right with them right now and expand on that! And I have an amazing set of tools to share in Kundalini yoga. It is my hope to be part of a growing community that feels and creates fulfillment and joy daily. As Yogi Bhajan said, “Happiness is our birthright.”