Here’s My Story

(in a nutshell)

The work of body acceptance and helping people heal from diet culture is near and dear to me. I’m a HAES (Health at Every Size) practitioner, which means I’m neutral about what you eat and I will never pathologize your body. 

I believe that our bodies are sacred space and they should be treated with love and reverence. This shift in perspective has an impact on everything we do, from how we speak to ourselves to how we feed ourselves. 

When you stop hating your body, you have MORE capacity for positive things in your life!

But this hasn’t always been my perspective. I call myself a reformed weight loss coach, and I come from a long history of being deeply mired in diet culture. I counted calories, points, and carbs. I over-exercised and starved myself. I eliminated entire food groups and believed in juice cleanses and intermittent fasting as “self-care” strategies.

Does this sound like you, too?

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I fully engaged in eating disorder behavior from the age of 13 and it held and sustained me for most of my life. I was so good at losing weight that I made part of my living teaching others how to do it!

My thinking began to shift on my first trip to India in 2012.

The immersion in Indian culture inspired me to question many of my foundational beliefs, including, ”Why am I afraid of rice?” and “Why am I willing to starve myself in the absence of what I consider to be ‘acceptable’ or ‘clean’ food?”

It was the tools and teaching of yoga, along with my love of biology and science, that lead me to the beliefs that inform living in my body today. Also, a network of teachers, coaches, friends, and nutrition professionals supported the deep and honest work of shifting my search for guidance from outside myself to inside myself.

After years of recovery, now I understand that the beliefs I had about my body and food were a way to practice the perfectionism that ruled my entire life. I believed I could control my body’s size, shape, and state of health (and thus, life itself) far more than I actually could.

When I wasn’t actively engaged in eating disorder behavior, it resulted in my body changing size, which I interpreted as failure and loss of control. The eating disorder would lure me back into restriction and over-exercising that was often packaged as “healthy lifestyle changes.”

Can we change the culture? Maybe, but it will be a long road. In the meantime, we get to decide how we participate in it.

Now I eat intuitively, which feels free and authentic and entirely rooted in Truth.

The more I learn about the inner workings of the human body, the closer I feel to God. Your body IS divine wisdom, and when you hear and trust your body’s guidance, you always end up in the right place.

Trust me, though, some days are definitely better than others! It’s still a conscious practice to eat intuitively and to hear my inner wisdom. Without the obsession over weight and food to occupy me, though, I can dedicate my time and energy to pursuits that I actually love, like hiking, snuggling puppies, being with people I love, and teaching. Also: 

  • Mealtimes are more peaceful
  • Relationships are stronger and more fulfilling
  • I trust MYSELF!

I also love supporting YOU as you discover your’e already ENOUGH, and that there really is MORE to life than the latest weight loss project. What would you do with your newly freed time and energy?

I can help you discover the power that comes with making peace with your body. When that begins to happen, EVERYTHING changes!

I work with clients one-on-one, both in person and remotely. Not sure what might be right for you? Let’s talk about it.

I’m a Texas girl, a recovering perfectionist, a reformed weight loss coach, hiker, dancer, listener, wanderer, and seeker. I also love dogs.

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What people say?

Beth and her Vedic Thai Yoga practice got me to an incredible point in my life, a point where my chronic back pain was minimal, even after a surgeon had declared my microdiscectomy a “failure.” I appreciate her style of teaching and I respect her intuition.
Stacey B.
Beth is a natural teacher. She shows us proper alignment of poses, giving precise instructions in technique, reminding us to breathe, with a little humor just when we need it!
C.S.

Certifications, Training, and Professional Organizations

Certified Yoga Therapist, International Association of Yoga Therapists

Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, Yoga Alliance
Michelle Andrie 500-hr. Yoga Therapy Teacher Training
5-Day Intensive Human Dissection Course, Gil Hedley
Certified Practitioner, Vedic Thai Therapy, Vedic Conservatory
Sen Therapies, Institute of Thai Massage
Thai Pressure Point Therapies, Institute of Thai Massage
Luk Pra Kob (Thai Herbal Compress), Institute of Thai Massage
Usui System of Natural Healing, Reiki Master
Jikiden Reiki (Shodden)
Coaching Healthy Lifestyles, Cooper Aerobics Center
PilatesFit Level 1
YMCA Pilates

The yoga therapy components of my teaching are based on my training with Michelle Andrie Yoga Therapy and status as a C-IAYT, not derived from my status as an E-RYT with Yoga Alliance Registry.

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