... A FULLY FUNCTIONING & FULFILLED CHILD ABUSE VICTIM.
... A MOTHER WITH PCOS
IT DOES HAPPEN, KEEP THE FAITH
Hi I'm Polly
Accomplished VA, Published Writer, Reiki Master, Advanced Yoga Instructor, CBT & Mindfulness Coach, Profemme Health Consultant, Detox Specialist & Life-Long Student.
But let's face it that all bulls*** isn't it really? In reality, I'm just a scared little girl who grew up and learned that yoga, breathwork & meditation could help her be a fierce woman, a loving mother & badass businesswomen. My child is by far my greatest achievement, but I'm also pretty proud of building my own VA business and learning how to fail with grace and start again (and again).
The thing that really made was being able to own my story, my strengths, my weakness, my trauma, and also importantly my privileges. Making peace with being abused by someone outside of the family circle in my childhood was a long road, that led me down several dangerous self-destructive paths. Through years of self-study and self-care, I gained the strength to speak up and speak out. Have I 100% cured the baggage that comes with my childhood trauma? Nope. Do I manage it with dexterity, compassion & gratitude to live a full healthy happy, dare I even say successful life? Yeah baby I do!
I believe the world doesn't need more exclusivity and picture-perfect, flexible Instagram models. (Although these people work hard to get where they are.) I think we need more realness, more connectivity more obtainable love! Let's use feminism for example; a SHOCKING about of CIS white feminists wouldn't stand up for their BIPOC or LGBTQ+ counterparts, simply because they feel they don't understand their story... hmmmmm.....
Well, that's not good enough ladies!
If we don't stand for all those who identify as women everywhere then we don't stand for women at all. I believe in being an ally and self-education. We can get behind all sisters, let all sisters speak and share safely & freely, stand not for but with all sisters, support all people, love all people, (even the ones who really grind our gears, from a safe distance ;). That's the real challenge, don't mistake kindness for weakness this kind of love takes enormous strength and practice!
I share my story on the off chance, someone, out there like me will find comfort in my journey to happiness, peace, and inner strength. But I acknowledge that as CIS white women we may have somehow gained the monopoly on the wellness industry (puzzler when you consider its roots huh?) but we certainly do not have the monopoly on inner strength & overcoming! Yes, I suffered abuse in my childhood but I was privileged enough to be born in the body I identify with, within a society that accepted me, my story is a blessing compared to some of my BIPOC & LGBTQ+ plus counterparts. I try to make my classes, workshops, marketing & life reflect this respect.
Yoga is not mine, it's not anyone's to own, to brand to market as such, wellness is for everyone. I know that however hard I try these classes I offer may never be the healing space some people need. But instead of teaching specialist classes once a week, or speaking as if I know what I don't, I try to mold my languages and my classes & life to be inclusive and loving at all times, by practicing cultural respect, trauma-sensitive and non-binary language in any way I can from the getgo! I'm the first to admit I'm still learning but I want to be part of something, bigger and better.
I don't offer my story as a guaranteed blueprint for your success. (I'd advise you to be wary of anyone who does) I don't scream from the rooftops I'm cured and you can be too! I don't promise magical results.
I don't have all the answers...
...but I do believe that you do.
And I believe I can help you find them. Whatever you seek, be it calm, be it sleep, be it strength, greater fertility or hormone balance, we can start making changes that last. In my classes, I work with the female spirit however it manifests. We tackle core beliefs and ask tough questions to find your truth & own it.
In order to know if this yogic coaching work is for you, just ask if you identify on any level with the feminine and if you like my ethos. I would consider it an honour to work with you to cultivate self-care and happiness & health.
In a nutshell, I'm a happy, healthy, survivor, ally & mother, that believes in better, that believes in you and that just wants to be your cheerleader!