“It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.”  -Ram Dass

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Christine Harbison

Christine has been a yoga teacher, health coach, and personal trainer for over a decade, she takes pride in creating health and wellness plans that are attainable and successful for the individual she is working with, no two plans are the same. 

As an Ayurvedic Health Counselor, she brings in the transformative power of Ayurveda into everyday life. Living in balance with nature creates balance in the mind, body, and soul. 

As a fully certified Warriors at Ease teacher, she brings all the tools from Yoga and Ayurveda to support veterans living with PTSD, MST, TBI, Moral Injury as well as physical (limb loss, burns) injuries. Supporting our veterans through post-traumatic growth.

Certifications

ERYT500 from the Himalayan Institute.

ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Health Coach, specializing in Orthopedic, Corrective and Clinical Exercise.

Certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor From the Himalayan Institute (AYS, 3WT Wellness Coach)

Fully Certified Warriors At Ease Teacher (WAET) Military-specific, evidence-based, trauma-informed, adaptive yoga and meditation.  

How did I get here?

That's a good question. I was not an athletic kid, as a matter of fact, I was the chunkiest and most uncoordinated snowflake in my one and only ballet recital. I then moved on to jazz (or modern dance) class... The "modern" dance we were learning was "The Hustle" ah, the 1970's.... Anyway, I couldn't skip and was still wildly uncoordinated, I didn't last, it wasn't for me and I moved on.  

 

What I did find was Music in the fourth grade and that was my place, my passion. I loved music so much I went to college for music education. So it totally makes sense that i would become a yoga teacher, personal trainer, and health coach, right? 

Somewhere in my 30's I was becoming curious about yoga so I took Yoga 1 at the Himalayan Institute in Buffalo, NY. I had a feeling yoga was more than just poses or physical practice and wow. I practiced on and off for a few years, at that time I was a manager in a restaurant and if you know anything about food service free time is not a thing, but one night the corporate guys came in locked the doors, and told us we were done and the restaurant was closing for good. 

Sad yes, but there was a new door opening wide and I was ready to go through. I was really getting into "being healthy" and I will admit at that time it was not "good healthy", I got caught up in a lot of fads and stuff like that. So I decided it was time to go back and get educated I became a Certified Personal Trainer, Health Coach and got my 200-hour yoga teacher certification. This is followed by 500-hour yoga teacher certification, Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist certification, Orthopedic and Clinical Exercise specialist certification, and Ayurvedic Health Counselor certification. 

All of this training and education taught me that every one of us needs a different approach to health and wellness, so I take all my knowledge and work directly with you the client on your plan. I could make a plan and tell you to do it, but if you're not ready or you hate what's on it, you're not going to do it and we will not reach your goals. I used to see it all the time working in a gym, Spinning is the best class ever! You burn a million calories stop wasting your time in Zumba. Here's the thing if riding a bike is eh, to you but you love dancing guess where your calorie burn is going to be? You'll be unhappy in spinning and not put any effort in, but in that Zumba class, you'll be all smiles feeling like the next J.Lo.

Stress management is another one, do this, take that, have a glass of wine you'll be fine. Our stress stems from the impressions on our own mind, the sensory information coming in, our reality is clouded by all the things we see and hear. We live in our heads and make up wild scenarios about everything especially things we can not control, and our stress level goes up. The only person we can change is ourselves, it's time to take back your life give yourself the well-deserved me-time, and health coaching can help you achieve that. You have the time let's find it.