Today we’d like to introduce you to Aurora Allen.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Aurora. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
If you asked me ten years ago if I would be teaching other women how to care for and love their bodies, I wouldn’t have believed you! I was getting my master’s degree in psychology gearing up for a doctoral program and a life in academia. My lifestyle was fairly sedentary, and I struggled with a history of disordered eating. I knew a healthy diet and exercise were necessary for my health, so I did what I could with the little time and energy I had. It was in this season of my life that I met my husband, who is a chiropractor.
As we began spending time together, he would teach me about my posture and the way my body functioned. I struggled with headaches, and when his adjustments consistently took them away, I knew I needed to know more. It was during this same season that I began to take more yoga classes. I was amazed at how clear my mind would be after practicing yoga. As an over-analyzer, this clarity felt like freedom. I would continue to practice yoga when I could afford it, but my practice shifted when I became pregnant.
I had recently left my career as a behavior analyst to help my husband open his new office and seeing how he was able to get his patients out of pain, I knew I wanted to be able to help others on a physical level. It was when I was pregnant the first time I took my first yoga teacher training. Training while pregnant gave me a unique perspective and after completing training, I knew I wanted to work with other pregnant women. I continued to study, and after taking a prenatal teacher training, an opportunity to teach prenatal yoga at my home studio was opened up to me.
I’ve been teaching prenatal yoga ever since (for the past six years). My focus broadened to working with postpartum moms once I had my second baby and experienced postpartum depression and was in the process of healing my pelvic floor and weak abdominal wall. I was shocked at how little I knew about my own body and began a self-healing quest so I could continue to show up for my family in a healthy and clear way. This self-healing journey has been a vital part of my growth as a human, and I want to share what I have learned with other mothers to support them on their road to recovery after pregnancy and birth.
Has it been a smooth road?
I think the biggest struggle for me was going to a medical doctor after having my baby to be told I was likely going to need surgery in order to fix some of the issues pregnancy and birth created in my body. I was embarrassed to be a health advocate and yoga teacher who needed to go under the knife.
The risks of surgery were too great for my 28-year-old self, so I went on a quest to discover how I could rebalance my body and heal my core system. It has taken countless hours of training and dedicated practice to heal and restore, not easy when you’re a mother of three small children and navigating a marriage, new home, business, and family.
With the support of my husband, I have been able to become strong again, and all of my symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction have been gone now for a long time. I know self-healing is possible and believe it should be the first line of defense when faced with a physical ailment.
I’ve been sharing this work with women in my workshops for the past few years, and it has made me believe women are out there ready and willing to show up for their bodies in a whole new way.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
I am taking my postpartum workshop online! I am working on a special program to help women bridge the gap between having a baby and returning to exercise. Too often we are given the green light to return to exercise without any guidance where to begin. I think an important first step is to return our core system to balance.
After creating a community for pre and postnatal yoga for the last several years and workshopping what I have learned about the core and pelvic floor with moms, I have decided to make this work more accessible and bring it online in order to take barriers away.
So many new mothers find it difficult to make it to a regular yoga class or workshop because there are challenges in finding childcare, leaving the baby because they are nursing, not quite ready to leave the baby for the first time, not being able to balance the time for self-care with all the other demands of motherhood, etc.
I have felt called to bring this work online for a while, but have found it important to practice what I preach and maintain a level of work/life balance. My business is called Well-Aligned Woman, and I’m passionate about helping mothers align and balance their lives so they can thrive.
For me, this first happened on a physical level, so that’s what I primarily work on through yoga, breath work, and core support exercises. I’m also a health coach, using my background in psychology and behavior analysis to help my clients create better habits and lifestyle choices.
I believe my unique experience in my training and background coupled with being the wife of a chiropractor gives me a perspective and set of resources unique to my business. I am already proud of the website but so looking forward to the content I will be putting forth in the next couple of months.
I will release my Core Restore Workshop for new moms first which is scheduled to be available early summer 2019.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Orange County is a great place to start a business like this. With so many health-conscious people, I believe there is room for many health care and wellness specialists to thrive.
- Website: wellalignedwoman.com
- Phone: 949-544-0333
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wellalignedwoman
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wellalignedwoman/
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