Lydia (she/her) hasn't always been a mover. Having asthma from a young age prevented her from running and playing like other children and participating in sports. It wasn’t until college that she realized the true benefits of movement for overall wellness.
In seeking something to quiet her anxious mind she found her way to yoga and instantly fell in love. She went to undergrad and graduate school at ECU for social work and found her movement practice complemented the holistic views learned in her social work education. After over a decade of working in mental health for non profits, she realized her calling was to incorporate her skills as a social worker with her movement practice to share with her clients.
In 2014 she made movement and exercise her main career. She received a 200 hour yoga teacher training certification in Prana Vinyasa with Carson Efird and then went on to become comprehensively certified in Balanced Body Pilates from Evolve Movement; a training with over 500 hours required. She loves seeing her students as individuals first, all with different needs and goals.
Lydia had the first hand experience of using Pilates and Yoga to help her recover from cancer, surgery and treatments in 2017. It was then her perspective truly shifted to one of knowing that we are all fighting our own internal battles and that sometimes a little movement and exercise is the boost we need to build our confidence and get us to trust our bodies again. Lydia is a Health at Every Size® advocate and wants her students to know that all bodies are good bodies and no one should fit into society’s mold.
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