Christiana Donovan

I came to yoga in 1996 out of necessity.  At the time, my husband and I owned a very challenging Ice Sculpting Business.  Taking yoga classes seemed to be the only way I could manage my chronic back pain and successfully decompress at the end of a long day.  The calming effects of yoga and an increased sense of well being were immediately palpable and kept me coming back week after week.

Out of gratitude for my personal practice, I felt inspired to become a yoga teacher, so that I could share the profound blessing of yoga with others. After receiving my foundational training in Svaroopa Yoga, I began teaching and leading private and group classes and was significantly encouraged by the positive results experienced by my clients and students.

This cultivated my  interest in exploring other healing modalities that supported health and wellness and over the next 10 years led me to become a Reiki Master Teacher and practitioner, Laughter Yoga Leader, Meditation Teacher, Massage Therapist and Personal Trainer. 

 

Today, in my private practice, my students and clients are my inspiration.  It gives me such great pleasure to witness their dedication and personal progress.  Many of my students have overcome incredible physical challenges and personal life traumas, yet they keep coming back to class. Their personal testimonies and heartwarming stories have touched my heart in ways I cannot even describe. I feel incredibly blessed and honored to be in their presence.

As I stated on the home page, I honestly believe that there is a presence and power within each and every one of us that is greater than we have ever imagined. If we allow ourselves to connect with that power through mindful attention to our body, mind and Spirit, we can access a level of health and wellness in a safe and attainable way that is well beyond what we have known before.

Without my personal practice and my spiritual beliefs, I would not have overcome my own personal tragedies:  In the span of 3 short years, beginning in 2009, I experienced the ending of my 23-year marriage, the loss of my second child, followed by the passing of my best friend and partner due to cancer. As if that wasn't enough, in 2014, my chronic back pain returned with a vengeance  adding  the trauma of losing my mobility and livelihood for nearly 2 years.

As I struggled to return to health,  I learned that the gift of being alive is truly our greatest blessing and it's how we respond to life's challenges that really matters. Yoga teaches us a way of being present in the world with Love and Peace as our foundation, no matter  how life unfolds.

It is this heart of yoga that I also express through the other aspects of my business: Personal Training, Reiki, Massage and Meditation: Heart, compassion, deep self-reverence and care are the markers of a lasting and caring relationship with ourselves.

With Profound Gratitude and Reverence for my Students and Clients…..Namaste,

Christiana Donovan