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I met Rebecca at TULA – where she teaches aerial yoga. Just thinking back to my experience in that class makes me smile. Her sequence was so much fun. We got into king pigeon upside down! The group was jiving so well it was just one of those feel good moments. We all chatted before/during class – giggling as we attempted challenging poses but feeling secure with Rebecca as our guide. Rebecca is a person who cultivates safe space so naturally. The presence she holds as a yoga teacher was wonderful to experience.
After her awesome aerial class – I approached her about this blog series and she was so enthusiastic it made my heart swell. Not only that, but she was super open to meeting with me personally to have coffee and chat about other things. This kindness went a long way for me. I’m waiting for my schedule to get a little less hectic – but I’m hoping to cash in on that date soon. Because this woman is a superstar and has wisdom to share.
Name: Rebecca Thompson
Location: Portland, Maine
Occupation: Guide- Mom, Nurse, Yoga, Aerial Yoga, Barre Teacher
On her nightstand: One of my handmade mugs filled with water and books.
What books to you always recommend people read? Novel- ‘Strawberries In The Sea‘ by Elisabeth Oglivie; Yoga- ‘Your Body, Your Yoga‘ by Bernie Clark; Motivation- ‘Tools of Titans” by Tim Ferriss
What does your self care/love routine look like? As a love giver, I make sure I feed myself as much as I feed others. So, I spend a lot of time with my two pups in nature. I do my home practice every day, even if it is just 20 minutes of mindful breathing. I create artistically daily. And I spend time with my loved ones and my special people- my love tribe, which is always growing.
Are you more of a hunter or gatherer?
You’re new to the crayon box, what color would you be?
Maine ocean blue!
Favorite vacation spot in Maine?
Mount Desert Island
Favorite foodies spot in Maine?
Rosemont – always.
What do you usually think about in the car?
I’m usually singing along to one of my playlists. I try not to think too much!
If you could do anything right now what would it be?
Be in a room full of free form dancing women.
If you could be any animal, what would you be?
The last gift you gave someone?
Time and space – literally.
Words that inspire you:
Love. Peace. Kindness.
What are you working on in your free time?
My husband and I have been building our dream home for the last 18 months.
How long have you been in the wellness business?
Can you describe your how your health and wellness career started?
I started working with people with developmental disabilities when I was 19 while I was in college. I continued to care for people as a case worker in suicide prevention and then as a nurse while working towards my Master’s Degree in Nursing. I then worked as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for almost 10 years before I shifted to healing through movement.
When do you feel the most successful?
I feel most successful when the people I guide express their “Aha Moments”. Those are those moments when the light ball turns on and whatever was stuck becomes unstuck. A changed behavior, a changed mindset, a changed movement towards less pain and more ease ad joy.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I think right now in my life, I am most proud of what I have been able to model to my children, whom are mostly all grown. They watched me work hard toward a career in Psychiatry to where I practiced independently with what appeared to be much success, only to watch me dismantle that identity and re-arrange the pieces to create a slightly different path where I now use movement as my principle tool in creating safe space for people to grow, heal, or just experience more moments of joy, peace and love.I am most proud of my ability to create safe, authentic, healing space.
What challenges haves you faced getting to where you are now?
Oh boy! Well, I have faced numerous challenges all which have made me so much stronger. Right now as a movement guide, my biggest challenge is believing that there is room for my authentic voice. In a saturated market such as the health and fitness community, I have often asked myself if there is room for me to share with so many gifted teachers. Essentially, my biggest challenge is me buying 100% into the fact that I do have much to offer, even though finding the space to share takes persistence and patience- lots of patience!
What advice would you give women who want to enter the wellness & health industry?
The advice I would give my younger self- make sure to keep a healthy balance of giving to others, while also caring for yourself. As women we usually serve many caregiving roles: friend, partner, mom, career woman. Many of the women I have worked with in health and fitness go into their careers with a burning desire to serve others; which is a beautiful thing. At the same time, as caregivers, if we don’t know how to maintain healthy boundaries, we will eventually face burn out. That is why my home practice is essential- checking into what I need on a daily basis guides me to a more balanced place.
What has been your favorite continuing education, certification or training?
I LOVE to learn, so I really do love all my trainings. Within the last 5 years, my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Todd Norian was a pivotal training in my life. I went into the training with absolutely no idea that it would lead me to living more authentically. I was running my private Psychiatry Practice which was rewarding in so many way. I didn’t notice the ways I was subtly getting tipped off balance in that setting until about year after I completed training with Todd. Making choices which align with who I am – practicing my yoga- has brought me to a place in my life where I live with more abundance of love, of joy and of peace.
Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Patience is a virtue- hahaha- as someone who came into this life with little patience, I think this was one of the first sentences I heard. Yes, that is the best piece of advice- I am constantly working on that!