That old, outdated fitness industry tenet that strength training has to be “no pain, no gain” came crashing down for me.
I realized then that the fitness industry at large was not teaching strength; it was blindly building the body’s greatest irritant—tension. It became abundantly clear through my work that you cannot build strength through tension because strength is the flow of force, whereas tension holds energy.
As my clients and I learned to integrate our emotional and spiritual selves into our exercise to release tension, I noticed a real and lasting strength emerged. There, in this merger, it was possible to become totally aligned; to create a body and mind strong enough to contain the divine wisdom inside us all.
My mission to bring Tao into the world through movement didn’t start as a spiritual quest—in fact, growing up, I never considered myself a spiritual person. It started as a question about strength. As a Broadway dancer, my body had always been my strongest ally and sharpest tool. But after a long, fulfilling, career onstage, I stopped dancing and began teaching fitness. The more I taught, the more I found myself less interested in using my body and more curious about how my body used energy.
I studied the power of food at Ann Marie Colbin’s nutritional cooking school, The Natural Gourmet. Then, onto John Lindseth’s Chinese herbology course and then, The School of Classical Taoist Herbology. I was like a sponge, absorbing any and all information on how to most optimally work with energy: I became certified in nutrition, meditation, herbs, acupressure.
I finally had a language for all of the theories I’d been putting into practice as a dancer my entire life.
I finally had words and methodologies for the meditative encounters that saved me in my darkest moments. The sun was rising on a new chapter for me, one in which I could not just survive but organize this information into a truly healing, transformative practice that could be integrated into all aspects of life.
That thesis, which flickered into existence over a chin up bar when I felt my absolute lowest, has completely changed the frequency of my life and countless clients. I have seen clients’ lives change. People who feel like their life is too crowded, their apartment is too small, their job is too stifling use this work to go inward and discover that they are actually too crowded inside. And alignment offers them expansion.
It is a practice that, when trauma crumpled me into a ball after years of repression, gave me the strength to release my pain and change my story. Thanks to BodyLogos, I don’t muse about how glamorous or cool it would be to be anyone else—I am continually becoming the person I want to be.
My gift to you, my deepest, sincerest wish for you, is the power to do the same.