- Kristi Bowman
Heart Whispers, A Word on Wellness
It took me a while to figure out what it is I’m supposed to “do.” In my early 20s I thought I wanted a career as a Clinical Psychologist and so entered grad school, but it didn’t feel right. Then I got waylaid into non-profit leadership work with the Y for more than a decade, until life created a difficult but necessary detour. Then I floated. I had already started teaching yoga, leading outdoor activities and offering coaching, as a “hobby.” That’s what I told myself. I was unsure. I lacked clear direction around work. I felt confusion. So I continued to float. I also wrote, another “hobby.” I had one book published and another one on the way.
Until one day, staring at the to-do list on my white board, which included emailing my yoga students, completing chapter 12 and finalizing the group hike schedule, I realized this IS my work! As I surrendered to what was already unfolding, I gained more clarity. It took time. But as I dropped deeper and deeper, tuning in to the whisperings of my heart, it always seemed to lead me to helping individuals achieve greater wellness.
The approach to wellness that I take is a holistic view. I feel it is essential to address our many layers – body, mind, heart and spirit. Each of these layers interact with each other and influence how we feel, how much energy we have, and our ability to be successful in our goals. Yoga itself touches all of these, but also nature, I feel, as well as communication, the way we relate to others.
A few years ago my husband, Tony, and I co-founded the Center for Sacred Movement located in the San Francisco North Bay, creating a framework for this new way of working. The focus is on providing services which support health, well-being and personal growth.
Now I’m clear. With this clarity comes the desire to grow. No doubt, through the process, I will continue to experience personal growth, but more so I’m referring to growing connections with others, expanding the circle of wellness to support individuals both near and far.
I just completed a 4-part video series called A Word on Wellness, which I'm excited to share with you. This series offers quick and simple tips for enjoying increased health and well-being. I’ve included the videos below, and I invite you to check them out. They help create a foundation (more resources to come!), and hopefully provide clarity regarding what I do, because some of you may be wondering after all that floating!
Enjoy and be well.
Do What Scares You
Healing Power of Nature
Movement is Medicine
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