Hi, my name is Nena, I am a yoga teacher and so much more. I have been practicing yoga since 2000 and in 2009 I earned my 250-hour yoga teacher’s certification. I taught yoga for 7 years while working for my husband’s sign shop. In 2014 I decided to switch careers (day job) and pursued becoming a flight attendant. I landed a job (no pun intended) with a regional airline and went straight off to flight training. Unfortunately teaching yoga no longer fit into my schedule. A few months into my job I had a car accident, which started the stress train rolling. I worked for the airline for the next year and continued to have muscle pain. The stress was getting to me. With 2 hour call outs and a 2 hour commute to the Philadelphia airport, I was in a constant state of fight or flight. I couldn’t manage to juggle the job and take care of myself in the way that I needed to. Almost 9 months after my car accident I had a break down, yes, a break down and my chiropractor and family care provider temporarily removed me from work. Soon after that, I made the decision to leave the aviation industry behind. At the time I didn’t know what I was going to do. My neck, shoulders and back hurt every day and I felt like a failure. I was left with high anxiety and depression. My mental state was so out of whack, that I didn’t even want to leave the house.
For six months I sat at home trying to figure out what to do. Through out the entire endeavor my health had declined. I gained weight, had stomach issues along with muscle pain and headaches. My neck, shoulders and back hurt to the point where some days I didn’t want to leave my bed. Between my family care provider, chiropractor and therapist I went on medication so I could function in my day to day life. The medication began to help and with a push from my husband and a few close friends, I finally found a job. I went to work in a low end position, for a local hospital and spent the next two years securing my employment. Through networking I found a great position and continue to work in the health field.
I spent the last year working on getting myself back to being me and this meant a lot of yoga, meditation, exercise and clean eating. I have lost 10 lbs. since December of 2017 and my body is feeling stronger. I still struggle with anxiety and muscle pain, and continue to work on myself. Currently I am on the lowest dose of anxiety medication I can take and working my way to be medication free. When I decided to go back to teaching, I knew I had to tell my story and be honest about where I am in life. For me, being a yoga teacher comes with a certain degree of authenticity. So, in the spirit of tru2uyoga, I bare all and I will continue to do so.
This is my Journey!