I am Khadeshia, the creator of Akoma (Heart) Bloom Wellness, with God's guidance of course. My business was birthed from my own ongoing healing journey. Having access to yoga and various mind, body, soul, spirit wellness practices continue to empower me to mother and doctor myself as well as parent my children in compassionate healthy ways.
So often we see yoga glamorized. Pain, grief, disconnectedness, unhappiness and trauma bought me to the yoga asana practice as an adult. Though as a child long walks, nature and journaling was my yoga.
As an adult, I was unhappy with my job, many of my relationships and the cycles I was unconsciously choosing to be stuck in. That pain fueled my desire to not only commit to holistic therapy sessions, but it also bought me back to yoga, it also inspired me to build Akoma Bloom Wellness to share the healing practice of yoga with others so they too could prioritize their peace, healing and overall well-being.
Consistently practicing various aspects of yoga, I began to see that it is not ok to sit with the world’s discomfort but not my own. It’s not ok to sacrifice yourself for the needs of others. We are worth pouring into ourselves. The more I practiced yoga, I came to see that my power is in self-awareness, self-nurturing, forgiveness and in taking accountability for my part to play in my life experiences amongst other things.
I knew, I couldn’t put off becoming a yoga teacher and creating a heart centered business rooted in yoga, the first time I shed tears on my yoga mat in 2016 when my oldest son ran away from home, his second year of high school. This was the first time I cried on my yoga mat, and it was also when I knew, part of my purpose is to teach yoga in various ways. That day was also the beginning of me realizing, I had more healing work to do on myself and that I had been living my life for my children, my partner and even jobs. That day on my yoga mat, I had a catharsis and a revelation all at once.
The hardest thing for me to do was to let go in a moment where, I felt on the brink of a breakdown. Instead of spiraling down, I decided to spiral into me, with my breath, with each pose, each tear and the sensations attached, that I had to allow myself to feel in that moment. I will never forget the song at the end of class as I was in corpse pose The Beatles "Let it Be" and the teacher who I still remember.
That moment reminded me that the only thing I could control was me. The next day my son was found and one of the things that mended our relationship over time was our weekly moments of meditation and prayer. It can be a challenge and challenging things that make devoting time to oneself seem nearly impossible. We don't get to that devotion without the necessary self-nurturing tools, rituals and or routines. This is where having a yoga practice comes in to help us become the very support for ourselves that we may seek outside of ourselves.
Crying is self-care and the release of my tears often happens on my mat after I get into my body, after I connect to my heart, after I sit with myself. After and during conversations with God.
Rather than compartmentalizing ourselves, our dreams and desires why not find a way to be in unity with all of us. We cannot expect to be in unity with others if we are not united in ourselves first.
At some point in our life, we need to heal from something and or work through something. When I opened my business, I fully understood that in order to impact the world in an uplifting and positive way, I would need to start with me and then share wholistic wellness tools with everyone I served so they could focus on taking good care of themselves too. It is easy to forget just how much power you have to shift your world and the world overall, by taking care of your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health, when we live in a society that encourages focusing on all of the things and people outside of you.
What I love the most about yoga is that it offers various styles of practices and aspects of the practice that make it accessible everyone. When I had a serious car accident, I had to tap more into the meditation and breathwork aspects of yoga to heal my body, because the physical practice was not an option outside of restorative yoga.
One of the simplest ways to experience the practice is through breathing exercises. You can use breathing exercises while in bed, driving, cooking, working or just taking time out in nature to calm your nerves and relax your mind. One of the greatest missions of Akoma Bloom Wellness is to help people from all walks of life utilize holistic wellness as a form of preventative healthcare so they can begin to doctor themselves and parent themselves in a compassionate and intuitive manner.
Part of my life’s purpose is to create transformative experiences that shift people’s minds to the best possible outcome and open their hearts, by way of my own healing and through my self-work as well as my service to those around me including my students and clients; so that they have the tools to bring their emotions into balance and live healthier fulfilling lives.
I specialize in creating wellness spaces rooted in compassion and genuine connection. I have a natural way of relating to people from all walks of life utilizing various wellness exercises that not only educate them about how to better care for themselves it inspires fun and play. I encourage my students to sit in poses for close to a minute fully engaged with their breath that they may begin to decode emotional messages that manifest in the body and use self-exploration, body exploration and breath exploration to find the way back to you.
Yoga can shift your life and overall health for the better if you commit to working inwardly as well as outwardly. A complete, consistent and connected yoga practice can guide you to discover the depth of your own power and the power you have to be your own good doctor and parent.