Jodi Carey - Teacher Of Yoga, Meditation, And Shamanic Healing Arts
Tell us about your journey to becoming a holistic health advocate?
Journey began when I was a young child. The sound of the drums in my dance class, sweat and tears and passion for expressing myself through movement. This was also a time in my childhood where church became a Sunday ritual, it was really just a way for my Grandma to get us off the streets of lower manhattan. My dad's side of the family is Puerto Rican, they were really into the music and worship of the Protestant Christian religion. At the time I just really connected with prayer, helping others heal, and singing to this mysterious force in celebration and sometimes deep pain. I am no longer religious, but I feel this experience opened my heart to the power of faith, trust, and community prayer. Becoming a professional dancer later in life was really intense for me. It led to some poor eating habits along with a rebellious spirit at times resulting in excessive social drinking and ungrounded behavior. I always naturally knew how to meditate. I read books about chakras and shamanism since my early teens. But wasn't until my first yoga class at 20 years old did I start to embody a practice. I was hit by the one-ness vibration. I was literally struck by the light of love in the middle of a yoga class and thought to myself, "how can anyone suffer if they knew they were made up of this?" I became a yoga teacher 4 months later. It was super natural.
What is your favourite treatment that you like to spoil yourself with?
What do you do on a daily basis that you find keeps your life on track in a holistic way?
I naturally gravitate towards ritual. So everyday I spend time by myself doing what I most intuitively resonate with. Im not the type to do the same thing every day. It never worked for me. So sometimes it looks like: beautifying my space, like making altars, gazing at pictures and crystals, singing to new mantras, daydreaming in nature. Hanging out in a cafe alone with my espresso, journal and eyes watching observing people and writing about whatever pops up into my mind.
Where is your favourite place to nourish yourself?
The Ocean, with fruit in my bag and tons of fresh water to drink.
What practice or treatment can’t you live without?
I can live without a lot of things, so I'd say anything that allows me to move my body freely and liberates my mind.
Tell us your practice style and how did you choose your yoga method?
It has evolved over the past 12 years or so. Starting as a dancer in 1999 I was more interested in the energetics of the yoga practice, not so much the asana as I already has a physically challenging lifestyle. I experienced very deep states of awakening during meditations at an ashram where I used to spend my time. It taught me about the wisdom and truth of our creative potential. Some call this kundalini awakening or shakti. For me I just felt like i was coming home, I was remembering. So my teaching comes from this place. I serve as a conduit or light for students so that they remember their boundlessness. I activate their own light so they can see what they've store in the dark. I ground it through the body so we always go back to the body where we store all of the information. Sometimes it looks like vinyasa yoga just to get the channels open and give people something they know…but mostly these days its intuitive movement that allows people to settle into their belly, their womb, their gut instincts. Their natural ability to embody pure presence.
What obstacles has yoga helped you overcome?
Excessive thinking and getting to know the power of my own inner critic.
Why is yoga so important for the times we’re living in?
We continue to rapidly grow in the field of technology, the digital world, media platforms and as exciting as this is, we are at the same time disassociating from our bodies. I don't mean that we don't have various yoga, dance, movement classes around because that is abundant these days too. I am more concerned with people's ability to trust in their own gut. To know how to self-heal. To know what it feels like to walk and talk from their own truth, not just repeating something they heard in that workshop or yoga class. So I am most passionate about self-empowerment, gaining clarity from a place of authentic embodiment. This to me is the difference between sacred wisdom and knowledge. Knowledge is what we gain when we take a seminar or read a book whereas the latter is what we gain through our own knowing our own sensitivities and getting intimate with our inner world where the truth reveals itself.
How do you remain authentic within a commercial world?
I never had a challenge with this. So I just continue to be myself, surround myself with like-minded people, and take time to clear the day's influences, which takes a lot of time! Ha!
Tell us about your company and where we can find you?
Send me an email! www.flowintuityoga.com
Tell us about your studies. How did you build on previous educational experiences?
When I learn with a teacher or program that I highly resonate with I integrate that information very quickly and it becomes a part of my life. It just opens doors to seeds of wisdom I forgot I had and then through my own personal practice I just keep fertilizing those seeds. This is where I get my inspiration and information from.
What led you to seek healthcare opportunities outside of traditional western medicine?
I was hospitalized once in my life as a young teenager with Pneuomonia. A horrible experience where I had the nurse take me off the medicine she was giving me as it was causing me nose bleeds. She then just gave me water for the next 24 hours. I left the hospital the next day having not eaten for almost 2 days with only fluid intake. I had moments of ecstasy, clarity and lightness. Later in life when i was introduced to holistic healing…I realized what I had experienced that time was a result of fasting… and this allowed my body to heal itself. This was one of the doors that opened for me to the Holistic world.
What do you think will be considered the most important holistic specialties developing over the next decade..
Getting back to our Roots. We are all beginning to awaken our inner Shaman. The old ways are showing us the Way for the Future.
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