Finally after 26yrs I'm able to come out and tell my story ....... ❤️
Raising a teenage daughter myself was always a reminder that I needed to wait for an appropriate time in her life to tell her what happened to me as a young teen ..... My priority has always been Maya's emotional safety growing up and
my greatest mission was to never let her have an uncomfortable or fear based attitude towards what is a sacred union between two consenting adults. I wanted her to be at an age where she felt comfortable in her own sexuality with a strong emotional blue print of her own.
These last weeks however, I was finally able to have a conversation with her about the Very violent Rape that almost took my Life as a 13 yr old child...at the hands of a much older sexual predator.
This one moment in time , forever changed the course of my life, and moulded me deeply into the woman I am today. It made me appreciate not only my own life, but also the lives of those I love and care for. It has taught me live in the moment, as I know only too well how quickly that can be taken away through the actions of another.
Social media is really a wonderful platform for connection and inspiration, if used in the proper way. I talked to both my daughter and partner about the impact that telling my story could have, as a way of lifting the lid on such a taboo subject. Encouraging conversations about Rape, Sexual Abuse or any type of Sexual Crime , is so vitally important, as SO often victims are afraid to come forward to acknowledge the crimes against them.
Yoga has been a HUGE part of my recovery..
I walked into a studio 17 yrs ago when pregnant with Maya as a way of dealing with the sheer terror I had of giving birth to my child, based on the injuries of my attack 7 yrs before , and the recent loss of my Dad. I had never talked about my attack to anyone , and hid the trauma of my injuries for many years unable to talk about what had happened. Both Yoga , and Therapy worked in connection with one another ,and slowly helped me heal and come to terms with my attack.
This has guided my own personal Yoga practice, and Ultimately given me SUCH a passion to teach others. Let's Heal Together