Women’s Embodiment Catalyst + Anatomy Geek + Adventure Seeker + Yogini
By deeply studying our body, mind, breath – we discover our inherent potential for health and happiness.
I believe vibrant fitness and health come naturally when we’re truly becoming embodied. When we engage with life. More on that later…
Welcome. Let’s get to know each other, shall we?
While studying dance in college, I became immersed in teaching and the fitness industry. I worked as a group exercise instructor, dance teacher and personal fitness trainer for a decade, had a brief stint in gym management, and started my business when I received a massive divine message in the form of termination from said supervisory position.
Call it dharma redirecting my life when I couldn’t see the signs myself.
I’m meant to teach, inspire and mentor others toward greater vitality so they can best engage with life – so that’s what I’ve focused on full time since 2007.
In that same year starting my business, I became pregnant, separated, miscarried, divorced, and moved into my own ‘Sacred Solitude’ one bedroom apartment (that I helped renovate – ripping up old carpet and installing cabinet hardware is great therapy) even though I wanted to ditch town and run. I share this to be transparent. To give hope. To offer compassion if you’ve been there, too.
Exploring the range of movement and stillness in my practice became my personal medicine.
And the embodiment I’ve cultivated allows me to then, in turn, experience the full range of being a woman, a human with greater depth, compassion, skill and discernment.
That stormy season taught me how to be comfortable with discomfort, how to perceive clearly, how to open to joy again. And it gives me tremendous tools I use daily when working with clients – you.
Dancing is living creativity, coordination of mind and body, expression of spirit. And everyone can dance – really.
Trail running sets my spirit free, anchoring me in the present with grounded old growth trees, the winds asking them to sway and respond as I weave between them. Sweaty and covered in trail dust. Spent. Satisfied.
I meditate, especially when I recognize resistance to being still. I get out in nature and back into myself. Divine wisdom lives there.
When I rock climb, it humbles me, sharpens my focus and strengthens my entire being. I love how my hands feel when I’m climbing regularly, how this sport continually teaches me. And there’s nothing like the view from the top.
I’m after resilience and adventure, continued expansion, connection. To see what I’m capable of, and study how to sustain myself through the adventure of trying.
All supported by an intelligent and intimate, ongoing communion with my body.
Our body and brain hold infinite possibilities for us, and we can tap into our potential – experience it in action – with the daily pursuit of healing, health and happiness through movement.
What are you after, after all?
Are you craving connection with your body, your potential on a deep level? A sense of confidence and trust in caring for your own needs?
Are you curious what a mindbody connection and mindfulness actually feel like? And how to live – take action – more reliably?
If what you desire most is skillful presence with and peace in your body, then we’ll get along splendidly. I help you inhabit and reveal your best self, through movement.
Ready to learn more about working together one on one (my favorite!)? Click here.
Interested in understanding how/what I teach? Great, here you go!
I love forests and mountains. And dancing on mountain tops.
I will never be a vegan. (I grew up in Wisconsin, friends. For the love of cheese!)
I love my dark greens, beans, brussel sprouts, salsa, juicy nectarines. Eggs in the morning. Back on coffee, and also make homemade chai. Basically the produce section and I have intimate dates often!
I prefer snowboarding. Ran an ultra marathon of 52.1 miles. Love New Zealand. Watching some first grays come in. Navigating motherhood.
My husband and I currently reside in Southern California and we have one daughter, Fern.
Here’s to your health, healing and happiness through movement! I can’t wait to meet you.
Cheri Dostal Ryba