My Journey

 

Stephanie Brail
Stephanie Brail

I am a certified Master Life Coach and Ayurvedic Practitioner. In addition to receiving my Ayurvedic Practitioner training at Yoga Veda Institute, I have studied herbalism with world-renowned experts David Crow and KP Khalsa in an advanced 6-month internship.

My interest in holistic healing stemmed from my struggles with chronic illness, and various diagnoses (with many letters!), including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS), Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Small Fiber Neuropathy (SFN), and Benign Cramp Fasciculation Syndrome (BCFS).

An acute infection nearly killed me one night in 2017. My nervous system was damaged. The infection turned chronic. Ayurvedic herbs have made a huge difference in my recovery, and I went from frequent dizzy spells and bringing a cane on my daily walks to braving a stand-up paddleboard in choppy water in the span of a year. And that’s despite having neuropathy (nerve damage) in my legs and feet.

I feel strongly that holistic approaches, combined with a doctor’s care, can make a huge difference when it comes to mysterious chronic illnesses.

I am also a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 500/E-RYT 200), Certified Long White Cloud Qigong Level 2 Instructor, and Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP). My therapeutic yoga training includes, most recently, Gentle Somatic Yoga Level 1 training with James Knight, and certifications in Restorative Yoga from Judith Lasater; Yoga in Chairs (specializing in MS) from Liz Franklin; and Chair, Senior, and Adaptive Yoga from Holy Yoga. I have more than 500 hours of yoga therapy training and have also studied with Gary Kraftsow, Leslie Kaminoff, Bo Forbes, and many other great teachers.

My life coach training includes Master Life Coach certification through Transformation Academy, Life Breakthrough Coach certification, continuing education through Coachville, and specialized training as a Health and Nutrition Life Coach.

I am currently studying Sufi spiritual healing with the University of Sufism. I am also studying Vedic counseling with David Frawley. My energy healing studies have included Medical Qigong, Pranic Healing, and Reiki.

I am also on the faculty at Reiki Awakening Academy, where I teach webinars on Ayurveda, sound healing, herbalism, and other healing-related topics.