After practicing cardiac nursing for over 20 years, including 8 years in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, I took some time off to focus on my family and volunteering endeavors. A lifelong athlete and fitness enthusiast, chronic stress and pain led to starting my personal yoga practice in 2012. I was amazed at how balanced, relaxed, and strong yoga made me feel. This impelled me to research about the benefits of yoga to those with heart diseases, particularly in the area of stress reduction.
The scientific evidence of yoga’s positive benefits to patients with heart disease was strong. In 2016, I traveled to the East Coast to train with Dr. Mala Cunningham and obtained certification as a Cardiac Yoga® teacher. In addition, my interest in food as medicine led to my study of nutrition and obtaining certification as a holistic nutritionist.
During my time as a nurse, I felt discouraged by the lack of support resources available to clients. I also realized that there are significant disparities in cardiac rehabilitation participation. The fast paced conventional health system serves an invaluable role in the care of those with heart disease, however it is not always ideal for meeting the complex needs of the whole person. My passion for applying a truly holistic and individualized approach that is validated by scientific research to help people achieve their highest possible level of wellness served as my drive to design my own business. I created Your Heart Center—a donation-based program, for those looking for additional support after completing cardiac rehabilitation or an alternative for those who are unable to complete a cardiac rehab program. All proceeds are used to support my mission at Your Heart Center.