I know that life can feel challenging at times, I believe with all my heart that our greatest challenges are also our greatest gifts.
I was born in Orange County, California and moved every year of my life after that. By the time I was 13, I had lived in 8 states. I had a very rocky start to my life. In fact, when I was only 12, a psychiatrist told me that I had already experienced more than most 45 year olds.
The traumas and challenges of my childhood inspired me to seek healing at a young age, and I have been on a spiritual path ever since. It took me years to discover that the healing I was seeking was my own love. Love is the most powerful healing of all, it is the master healer.
There are many sacred practices that have blessed my life and helped me to experience my own love, including Kundalini Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Reiki (Energy Healing), and Meditation. After years of studying, training and investing deeply in my own healing journey, I was called to share what I have acquired.
For more than 8 years I have been facilitating heart-centered experiences of Union (Yoga) using many powerful techniques and practices. I have traveled the world on the path of healing, gaining a diverse prospective on life and spirituality.
I currently live in Toronto, Canada with my inspiring husband and our little doggie.
Hillary is certified in Hatha Yoga, Pre-natal Yoga, and Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. She studied Hatha Yoga in Rishikesh, India and Kundalini Yoga with four master teachers including Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa in Los Angeles.
Hillary has the highest accreditation available through Yoga Alliance, E-RYT 500, Registered Yoga Teacher with over 2000 hours teaching experience. Hillary is certified in many healing modalities and is an Usui Reiki Master/teacher.
Hillary is the creator and lead facilitator of the Awaken Love Registered Yoga School and the Awaken Love Healing Arts Academy. As an international yoga and meditation instructor, Hillary has facilitated workshops and classes around the globe including the yoga capital of the world, Rishikesh India, Golden Bridge in Los Angeles, Mystica Retreat Center in Costa Rica, as well as various yoga studios and conferences in Toronto, Las Vegas and Orange County.
Hillary’s Awaken Love Yoga Teacher Training courses have been taught, to date, in Toronto, Canada and Tuscany, Italy. As a lover of travel, she looks forward to taking her acclaimed teacher training program around the world.
Hillary has taught yoga, mindfulness, and meditation to thousands of children and teenagers in India, Bali, and across North America. She co-created the Urban Meditation Guide, which has helped over 4,000 people learn how to meditate online. Hillary further spreads her message of love through writing and blogging and is the Toronto Ambassador for Yogi Times. She is currently writing her first book, a memoir of her life, travels around the world, and the lessons she learned along the way.
What do we all really want in life?
To feel cared for, looked after, important, respected? While many of us struggle with feelings of not being worthy, what we all share—no matter who we are or where we come from—is a deep desire to feel loved.
Awaken Love is about putting LOVE first.
Many of us believe that money, success, recognition, or feeling important will give us what only love can actually give us. All of these things are wonderful and we can have them all, but they won’t feel as good unless we love ourselves first. The time has come for us to stop waiting for someone or something else to give us what we are capable of giving to ourselves.
Love is our essence, the stuff we’re all made up of. Awaken Love is about loving all of you, not just the parts that feels easy to love, but also the parts of you that need the love the most. Love is the deepest healing of all, it is the balm that soothes all wounds.
Awaken Love is about awakening your essence, awakening to the truth of who you are. The heart centered path is the union of your humanity and divinity.
Awaken Love offerings are designed to support you in embodying self-love and compassion, while filling your tool box with techniques that allow you to relax into wholeness and experience self-mastery.