Thank you for taking the time to come to my Gofundme and taking a look at my story. A little bit about myself I am a fun, animal/human loving and passionate person. I love to be outside, paint, write and take pictures. In my work life I am a Emergency Medical Technician as well as a Yoga Instructor in Albany, NY. I've spent over five years working on the ambulance and used Yoga to balance out the stress, anxiety, depression and PTSD that emergency services and life gave to me.
Yoga not only helped myself deal with the trauma of EMS but these experinces helped me see the problems we have today in society. When I worked on a ambulance I was always in a constant go mindset and ignored the medication abuse that was happening to my patients. When I say medication abuse I don't just mean addiction I mean the over prescription of pills given to people by our doctors.
Today we live in a society where people take pills for an immediate fix to whatever the problem is for long term and short term use. It doesn't always stop at one pill people usually take three - ten more to counteract the one pill they originally took. It is very common to see these people with life altering diseases and different parts of the body shutting down. I belive most conditions start in the mind and if not properly adressed we go down the road of depression which then leads to over prescription of medication.
I'm going to Kripalu located in the Berkshires of Massachusetts a world leading non-profit organization that has experienced Yoga teachers and doctors that specialize in Ayurveda Yoga and Holistic Medicine. This place offers various classes, workshops, trainings for people who have suffered trauma to those who want to improve meditation. The place is fantastic!
As someone who firmly belives that the majority of sickness lies in the mind and diet this program would benefit me tremendously and benefit my students. I am going to learn more about the Ayurveda Diet, unblocking channals of energy, learning advanced Yoga sequences, Chinese Medicine lectures and diving down to assist the healing process of myself. I am recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease and I am still working past some childhood trauma that follows me.
I'm ready to lead a healthier lifestyle and teach a new form of Yoga to my students. I am raising this money so I can cover the cost of tuition, books, commuting, tolls because this is over a hour away from me.
I am very passionate about Yoga and I have trained very hard so far. I am a 280 hour Yoga Instructor certified in Vinyasa Yoga and Barkan Yoga. I am always studying, reading and I have beginner knowledge to self taught herbal medicine. With your help I can grow and with your help I will give back in everyway possible to my community, students, online classes, people who have faced trauma and people who are looking for a healthier way of life.
Thank you all,
- Katelyn Reepmeyer
- S Grace M
- Janine Guilz
- Ellen Dragonette
- Chatka Ruggiero
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