Today we’d like to introduce you to Alicia Di Mola.
Alicia, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I grew up in Boston, MA with my fun-loving never-a-dull-moment Irish and French clan of a family. I had my first yoga experience in a high school gym class, I was intrigued with how the most simple of moments coordinated with the breath could shift the human body into a more positive gear.
At the age of 20, I was married and eventually, my husband’s carrier took him to San Diego where my adventure begins.
At the age of 23, after three years of constant abuse both physically and emotionally from my husband, I left him (the full story is available on my blog). After a year of fighting the darkness of depression and suicidal thoughts, I felt I had a greater purpose in life than this, that moment was the point in which I started my healing process. I fully immersed myself in my yoga practice first starting at home and little by little gaining the courage to try one of my local yoga studios. My passion has done nothing but grow and bloom along the way. I have healed in ways that I cannot describe but only others would have to experience for themselves. Each morning, I wake up and shed the cocoon of yesterday and emerge as the best version of myself, every day is a journey, an adventure of self-reflection. I used to live in the future but now I take time to live in the moments I have in the here and now.
In 2017, I registered to start my training to become a certified yoga instructor. It’s with the guidance, insight, and support from my mentors that I have grown to be the instructor I am today. Like many others, I firmly believe that I will always be a student by taking the most up to date courses to learn new techniques as yoga grows and evolves in the future.
I’m also passionate about supporting our military services members both active and retired in addition to their families. Being a military spouse myself I see what these families go through on a regular basis. The struggles of both the service members and their families are very different roles, however, no one is less important. Yoga has been proven to assist with stress as well as the physical benefits that help your body to recover on many levels. I offer yoga a discounted pricing for both Yoga and Reiki services. These families make tremendous sacrifices and often go overlooked or underappreciated.
Today, I provide all those services to the military families, my community and I volunteer to speak at police academies to tell them my domestic violence survival story to cadets entering the force. This allows them to see it from the victim’s prospective that is often not told because they are afraid to. I want my voice to be heard not only to bring light to this on-going epidemic in today’s world but to be the hope for those who are living in fear and looking for a way out.
Has it been a smooth road?
No, it has not been a smooth road. I have had my fair share of road blocks, difficult people and just plain bad days where I feel stumped. One of the hardest struggles is trying to navigate the paperwork side of opening a small business. California is very convoluted and outdated with its processes when it comes to applying for licensing etc. which makes it difficult for those who are trying to start a small business.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Reverence Yoga – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Reverence Yoga was born out of my passion, my deep respect for the practice of Yoga. It’s deeply seeded in my heart. I specialize in teaching both Vinyasa and Hatha styles of Yoga and continue to go for more training’s to expand my horizons for my clientele. In addition to Yoga services, I am also a Reiki healer. Reiki is a natural Japanese technique used for spiritual healing and self-improvement. The soothing nature of Reiki allows for the removal of stagnant energy within your body while simultaneously activating your chakras. I’m excited to announce that we will soon be launching an apparel line in addition to adding doTERRA essential oils for sale.
I’m most proud of: being able to work with so many wonderful people in all different stages of their lives. I pride myself on designing my classes for my client’s needs or goals all the while avoiding and risk of injury.
What sets me apart from other: I am constantly making sure that I’m attentive to my clients. There is nothing more upsetting than going to some studios and seeing rude or unhappy staff members there. I believe in keeping an open line of communication with my clients. In addition to this, I like to play an active role in my community offering public classes for those who would like to simply give Yoga a try without the worry of being judged or the pretentious nature that some Yoga studios carry. Weekly I teach a class at my dear friend and owner of Alliance Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Eastlake, offering a gentle Hatha style class focusing on hips, shoulders and lower back release for their fighters. This class is also open to the community and is a $10 drop-in rate, no experience needed, all proceeds go to Alliance Eastlake Jiu Jitsu Foundation which benefits at-risk youth, disabled veterans, and victims of domestic violence.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I absolutely love living in San Diego. Being from Boston, MA. I was never lucky enough to be blessed with the warm weather year round making it hard for me to enjoy the outdoors more than three months a year. I have always reminded myself to never become complacent with the beauty I am surrounded by daily.
What I like least about my city is the homelessness running rampant. It’s absolutely heartbreaking for me to witness this scene on a daily basis at my day job. They are being herded around like cattle being shifted from place to place with no solution to the problem. What the city is forgetting is that these are people, actual human beings that have their own story. Some are war veterans, some have addictions, some are disabled in one way or another. These are people who need help in one form or another.
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