About Grace and Nadi Om Wellness
"Nadi Om Wellness is all about taking care of yourself in an all-natural, healthy way."
In a previous life, I spent 24 years in the military staying healthy and fit and constantly trying to find a way to do it naturally.
Yoga came into my life in 1998 at a time when I greatly needed to learn how to not only reduce my stress levels, but also how to manage them. Through self-practice, I learned some of the benefits of yoga; but it wasn't until I started attending yoga classes that the benefits and understanding of the practice really emerged. I took as many yoga classes as I could, experimenting with many different traditions along the way. During this time, I realized my journey need to begin with the Kripalu tradition.
In 2007, I began teaching yoga to some of my fellow veterans during our physical training (PT) sessions. With comments like "I could stay in savasana all day" and "I went to a yoga class with my wife this weekend -- it was great!" I knew I'd hit on something that was worth my time and effort to further explore. The more I taught, the more I wanted to learn about this unique, healing practice.
After retiring from the U.S Air Force in 2012, I attended an RYS-200 school and became a certified and registered yoga teacher (RYT) in 2014. Yoga teacher training changed my life so much (thanks to lead instructor, Jennifer McCracken), I continued my holistic healing education and was certified as a Yoga and Ayurvedic Wellness Professional in 2015. Jen and I went on to found a non-profit, donation-based yoga center that's mission is to bring the healing of yoga to trauma survivors -- Jen works extensively with domestic violence survivors. Check the RESOURCES page for more information about the Blissful Life Corporation.
In 2016, I continued my studies, receiving my Bachelor's Degree in Metaphysical Science, beginning a Massage Therapy program, certification as a Yoga Warrior International instructor, and achieving the honor of Usui Reiki Master Teacher. In 2017, I graduated from the Florida School of Massage and received my Massage Therapy License (MA#87383) from the state of Florida. Today, I continue to work on my Metaphysics and Ayurvedic learning journeys, along with advancing my yoga teacher and therapeutic massage knowledge base. In 2019, I completed a 500-hour teacher training, started the Nadi Om Elemental Yoga School (RYS200 - Yoga Alliance approved) and completed my Reflexology certification training. I am so grateful for the opportunities that have presented themselves to me so that I could continue my education -- it IS a life-long learning process.
Nadi Om Wellness was born to provide an education venue about Yoga and Ayurveda. Through yoga classes, workshops, and personal Ayurvedic consultations, I hope to extend to you the knowledge of these sister sciences and how they work together to provide you with healthy lifestyle choices you can use in your personal wellness plan. As I've learned from massage therapy, everything is connected and so the services offered at NadiOm has expanded to include therapeutic massage, reflexology, meditation & mindfulness practices, Ayurvedic massage and Reiki, all of which have a Yogic and Ayurvedic foundation. As I continue to expand my knowledge base, I look forward to support your health journey - here's to 2020 - A Year of Intention!
Thank you for visiting my website -- best wishes and many blessings on your life's health journey!
Professional Memberships, Training, and Community Involvement
Reflexology Association of America (Member since 2019)
Florida Association of Reflexology (Member since 2019)
Yoga Alliance - ERYT500 (Member since 2014)
American Massage Therapy Association (Member, 2017)
Reiki Healing Association (Lifetime Member, 2016)
Usui Reiki Master Teacher (Certified, 2016)
Ordained Metaphysical Minister & Practitioner (B.Msc., University of Metaphysics, 2016)
Yoga Warrior Instructor (Certified, 2016)
Marion County Health Alliance (Member 2015-18)
Nutrition, Fitness, and Lifestyle (NFL) Committee
NFL Older Adult Subcommittee (Chair) (2016)
Yoga and Ayurveda Wellness Professional (Certified, 2015)
International Association of Yoga Therapists (Member since 2014)
Healing Touch for Companion Animals (Certificate, 2008)
Air Force Association (Member since 2003)
American Legion (Member since 2001)
Military Officers Association of America (Member since 2000)