Meet Hilary, That Meditation Chick!
Hi, I am Hilary…and I am “that meditation chick.” Meditation is an incredibly powerful tool for accessing wellness in mind, body and spirit. I am a Certified Yoga Teacher, having completed a 2 year Yoga Teacher Training of more than 4,000 formal training hours.
Through yoga and meditation, I have learned how to manage chronic pain, fatigue and anxiety, associated with hypermobility.
My yoga journey began in 2006, when I randomly sat next to world-renowned yoga teacher, Mark Whitwell, on a flight to Los Angeles – by the way, if you haven’t taken a class with Mark, you should! Mark told me that I was “ripe for yoga,” and so planted the seed that soon sprouted. In 2007, when traveling through New Zealand, I found myself at Anahata, a Satyananda Yoga ashram on the South Island. The Satyananda Yoga tradition is also known as the Bihar School of Yoga and has produced a vast body of literature to help bring yoga from “door to door and shore to shore,” the directive Swami Satyananda was given by his guru Swami Sivananda.
Although I only spent a week at Anahata, it was the most transformative and inspiring week of my life, up till that point. I knew from the depth of my experiences that week that I had just begun to scratch the surface of what yoga had to offer…and I had to learn more about the Satyananda Yoga tradition. The following year, I found myself called to Swami Satyananda’s ashrams in India, where I spent time studying Chakra Meditation Practices and connecting more deeply with the tradition. I was also lucky enough to have the privilege of meeting Swami Satyananda, which was, without a doubt, the most significant experience of my life, thus far. From that day forward, it became more and more clear that my life had to be spent developing a deep knowledge and understanding of yoga, as a science and a lifestyle, in order to serve others and share the teachings that I have been so fortunate to receive.
I knew I needed to be trained within the Satyananda Yoga tradition—and I was in the mood for some adventure, so I decided to undertake my training in Australia. In 2010, I began a 2 year diploma in Yogic Studies at Mangrove Ashram, a Satyananda Yoga center outside of Sydney, where I lived for the duration of my 2 year Teacher Training.