Hi, I'm Natalia!
I began my journey of healing and empowerment fresh out of university. At 21, I had very low self-esteem, I was depressed, bulimic, I abused alcohol and I was in an abusive relationship. I lived to meet the needs and wants of everyone around me while keeping appearances that everything was ok. I had no sense of my self, my needs or what I wanted for myself. I later learned that I suffered from PTSD.
At 22, after graduating university and working at a corporate job for 6mths, I hit rock bottom. I was so depressed and self-destructive, I knew I couldn't keep living the way I did. So I quit my job and went to an ashram in India. It turned out to be a decision that would change my life forever. There, I discovered the world of mind-body wisdom and healing and nothing was the same ever since. When I returned home, I dove into learning as much as I could about healing to bring empowerment and peace into my own life. With the help of Yoga, Mindfulness, Holistic Nutrition & Positive Psychology, I was able to transform my destructive inner world into a compassionate and supportive one. Since 2010, I've been sharing what I've learned (and continue to learn) on my journey to help others transform and empower their lives.
My work with youth began in 2014 when I decided to share the tools I wish I had in my early years before I hit rock bottom. My work is intended to help youth develop a healthy and empowering relationship with themselves in body and mind. In addition, I am passionate about teaching adolescent girls about the power of the menstrual cycle and removing the shame that surrounds the topic.
I currently share Mindfulness, Yoga, Growth Mindset Strategies and Menstrual Cycle Wisdom in schools and communities to encourage shame resilience, self-esteem, self-responsibility, compassion and self-care.
Natalia Ria holds a B.Com. from the University of Toronto and a certificate in Child & Youth Mental Health from Durham College. She is a Certified Mindfulness Educator, Yoga Teacher (RYT350), Reiki & Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Practitioner. She also holds a certificate in Foundations of Positive Psychology. Natalia loves travel, dance, nature and food.