Today we’d like to introduce you to Katie Lewis.
Hi Katie, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
In college, I was the ultimate party chick. My days were spent either blacking out from drinking or blowing Adderall up my nose to pull all-nighters studying. I was a classic “pothead” who vowed to “never not smoke weed.” I was also battling a pretty bad case of bulimia after years of disordered binge eating. Then, in my senior year, I began an independent research project that would change my whole world. I started researching at-risk youth and alternatives to detention centers. Part of this research was to participate in an eight week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course. What was nothing more than a class requirement transformed my entire relationship with self.
I will never forget the moment I realized just how powerful meditation can be. During one of my practices, I felt my body melt away, almost as if it disappeared. Time stopped and was non-existent. Who knows how long I was laying there when suddenly, tears began to stream down my face. There were no thoughts. No memories were present. Nothing that would logically have triggered this reaction. Simply an overwhelming sense of release. I had finally surrendered. I was home. After that practice, I realized how much I had been yearning for healing. I recommitted myself to a daily yoga practice. I began to cook for myself with loving intention. And I stepped into the realization that I wanted to help other womxn discover their own “spiritual venture”.
Flash forward eight years later, and I have built a business as an Embodiment Coach that focuses on empowering other womxn to fall in love with themselves through yoga, meditation, sound healing, and self-care. My method for helping others create their own spiritual toolbox is a combination of over 1,000 hours in yoga/meditation/breathwork training, 3+ years of consistent therapy, 3+ years of research on the nervous system and trauma, and my own experience of healing and releasing sexual trauma and body shame. I am so passionate about this work because it is quite literally my own Spiritual Venture.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Absolutely not! I have a background in sales and marketing, which provided me a great foundational understanding of business but also meant I had to unlearn hustle and grind culture. This was a deeper level of healing, feeling like I wasn’t good enough and getting lost in the black hole of toxic productivity. Being on my own healing journey while helping others on theirs has shown me the importance of being in tune with and honoring my own energy. It has taken me a long time (and is still a work in progress) to know when I need to step back to focus on my own relaxation and restoration.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Most of my clients I work with on a 1:1 basis. I have a thorough intake process to determine what my client’s needs and goals are (e.g. stress management, injury recovery/pain management, mobility/strengthening, trauma release, or emotional freedom). I use a variety of yoga styles, including yin, therapeutics, restorative, and vinyasa to create customized yoga practices based on the individual’s needs. I also teach two Yoga Wall for Healthy Back group classes a week at Prana Yoga Center in La Jolla. I host regular Moon Healing Ceremonies with sound baths. I co-host a bi-monthly, donation-based Hula Hoop Gathering in Balboa Park. I am currently building a signature coaching program to help womxn stuck in toxic emotional cycles embody emotional freedom.
I think the thing that sets me apart from others is that I have so much compassion and empathy because of how my story began. Yoga and meditation truly saved my life. I don’t know where I would be without them. And all I want is to expose as many womxn as I can to these powerful healing modalities.
The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
Like so many of us COVID shifted everything for me. Not only did it force me to pivot to the online space in my business, but it also forced me to pivot in my personal life. In October, I realized the rate at which I was going was unsustainable, and I was far past burnout. I put my business on pause. I put my five-year relationship with my boyfriend on pause. I sold a bunch of my things, packed up my car, and hit the road with my dog. I ended up traveling cross country, living out of my car and exploring national parks for four months.
I was blessed to be able to spend time with my mom in Virginia for the holidays and then my dad in Texas on my way back to San Diego. The biggest lesson, by far, is that I am the most important person in my life. This trip is actually what birthed my expansion into Embodiment Coaching. I realized that my spiritual toolbox was so full and I had all of the “right” answers, but I wasn’t using them in my own life consistently. Forcing myself to be alone on the road, oftentimes “in the middle of nowhere,” allowed me to fall in love with myself. It pushed me to embody everything I had been learning through my healing journey over the last eight years.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.spiritual-ventures.com
- Instagram: @katielew_ventures
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