I created The Sanctuary to make mindfulness practices and slowing down in life as easy and accessible as possible.
I used to be a full-speed-ahead, going 100mph “type A” maniac who never slowed down and had NO concept of “receiving”. I ended up sick (eating disorders, digestive issues, acne, adrenal fatigue, anxiety) and in official burnout mode! I knew I needed a solution and I wanted to get to the root of the issues in a holistic way because no supplements, vitamins or skin creams were curing the issues. I knew it would take more time using holistic methods, yet I felt it was the only way to resolve my aching body’s desire to come back into balance. My health concerns were huge red flags to show me that I was out of whack and needed to relax. Our body is very wise if we listen to it. (CHECK OUT MY ABOUT ME PAGE FOR MY FULL STORY)
I’ve been practicing yoga since 1999, but it wasn’t until I decided to join a studio in New York City and practice consistently with support that I really began seeing tangible results in my mindset and how I felt in my body. By slowing down and incorporating regular mediation and gentle yoga classes, my body relaxed and healed itself naturally (along with a few dietary changes, like eliminating sugar, dairy and grains – which worked for me). My cortisol levels dropped, I lost excess weight, my skin cleared up and I felt overall like a new person. I’m less reactive and a better listener, too. These practices also tremendously expanded my intuitive abilities (if you’re interested in that, check out my other website for Intuitive Development/Relationship healing tools HERE) Mindfulness helped me tune in to my body so I was able to hear the messages it was sending me instead of drowning it out with noise, constant movement/staying busy and other avoidance tactics. I want to share how meaningful these practices have been for me personally by creating them for people to access worldwide on this virtual platform.
All of my guided meditation and gentle yoga classes range from 5 to 30 minutes and you’re able to practice from the comfort of your own home, on your schedule. My approach is fun, laid-back and meant for beginners who are new to meditation and yoga or practitioners seeking an affordable, accessible way to practice gentle flows from anywhere with no props or very minimal props (like a blanket and a few throw pillows if needed for comfort).
Bottom line – my mission is to help people incorporate a daily mindfulness practice to start to reap the benefits of being present, breathing and slowing down for at least 5 minutes a day!
SAMPLE EXCERPTS FROM CLASSES
Customize your own [daily or weekly] mindfulness practice from a selection of guided meditations, pranayama (breathing techniques) and mindful movement [like stretching and gentle yoga] with me from the comfort of your own home.
All classes will be under a half hour (between 5 and 30 minutes) so it’s simple to include a practice into your day. One to two new classes will be uploaded each week. You’ll always have an archived selection of a variety of classes from which to choose. Mix and match from the archive of classes to create your own practice(s).
To subscribe to The Sanctuary, a monthly mindfulness membership that includes unlimited access to all of these guided classes for only $19.99 per month:
***(Once you subscribe, you’ll be automatically charged monthly on the day of the month you originally signed up; You may cancel your subscription at any time, no penalty whatsoever)***
JOIN THE SANCTUARY
WHAT DO YOU NEED FOR YOUR PRACTICE?
OPTIONAL YOGA PROPS
(you may want to utilize any or all of the following if you’d like extra support for your yoga practice, particularly if you have very tight muscles or limited flexibility, as the props will make the longer holds in the gentle poses more comfortable)
Yoga Block (set of 2) + Yoga Strap
(instead of blocks you may use two firm pillows instead; most yoga straps are between 6ft (1.75m) and 10ft (3m) long; choose one that feels comfortable between your hands; you may also use a long belt or a length of soft rope that won’t hurt your hands)
(you may also use a dense couch cushion or pillow; bolsters should be roughly the length of your spine and provide support during more difficult poses or for more restorative poses to really relax into the posture for an extended period of time, which is especially good for yin poses)
(you may like a thicker mat for extra padding/comfort or a thinner, non-slip mat for more versatile yoga practices; that’s your personal preference)
Thicker, more padded mat
Non-slip, thinner mat
(cotton or acrylic blankets are your best bet, or simply fold up a slightly thick blanket that you already have at home)