Since I started Wild Thing Wellness, my mission has always been clear: to help people work toward a strong body, peaceful mind and grateful heart.
Hi, I’m Nora…and I am thrilled to meet you!
Personally, I have been interested in a healthy lifestyle for as long as I can remember but adhering to it has not always been easy. In 2012, after having had two babies back-to-back, I quickly realized that the societal pressure of what a new mom should be, do and look like was juxtaposed to the reality and demands of staying home with two littles.
Constantly, I felt myself being pulled in different directions while worrying about everything and everyone else more than myself. I vividly remember making organic baby food for my kids but not taking the time to eat my own lunch. Although I tried my hardest to hold it all together on the outside, on the inside I was falling apart. Exhausted and depressed (and feeling guilty because of it), I was operating on auto pilot most of my day.
The age old adage If mama goes down, the ship goes down! definitely rang true for our family. Therefore, at the beginning of 2014, and with the help of a very patient counselor, I finally realized I had to make some changes. Establishing balance by doing something for myself again, I started going to yoga classes on a regular basis. I had been practicing yoga for several years prior but had gotten away from it when my first child was born.
Once I developed a routine, my passion for yoga grew beyond the physical aspect of the practice as I delved deeper into its spiritual and philosophical realm. Thanks to my extraordinary teachers, I truly became hooked and started to feel happier, stronger, more relaxed, more present.
And with these positive changes I wanted to take other aspects of my well-being to the next level. I decided I needed to be kinder to my body by eliminating toxic substances from my beauty and personal care products, household cleaning items and – last but not least – food. I began researching, purging stuff that no longer served me, finding healthier alternatives, and experimenting with whole food plant-based recipes. The results were astonishing: I felt better than I had in a very long time!
A couple of years after this turning point, I decided to pay it forward by sharing the gift of healing through yoga with others. In 2016, I earned my RYT-200 certification at Authentic Yoga Teacher Training in Scottsdale, AZ after studying with renowned teachers Cheryl Oliver and John Salisbury. In 2019, I started pursuing my RYT-500 certification at Holy Cow Yoga Center in Charleston, South Carolina which I completed in 2023.
Complementing my passion for and deepening my understanding of true, holistic health, I graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach in March 2019 and became a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC) in December 2021. In this capacity, I function as a supportive guide and trusted accountability partner who helps clients reach their wellness goals through practical and sustainable diet and lifestyle adjustment.
Wild Thing Wellness has been years in the making and is my biggest dream come true. As your teacher and coach, I would be honored to serve you on your journey towards a happy and healthy life!