In 2006, I was teaching English in Singapore when I started to have stomach pains and was eventually rushed into hospital where I had an appendectomy to remove a very unhappy, and almost ruptured appendix.
I spent a week in hospital, being taken care of by the sweetest Singaporean nurses who loved my accent. I was on an intravenous antibiotic drip for the whole time.
Like so many people, my adventure with chronic digestive pain began with a massive dose of antibiotics, which – although saving my life! – weakened my system, especially my gut, now devoid of flora.
I continued to travel back and forth between Asia and the UK over the next five years, picking up several unwanted, amoebic friends in my gut along the way. I was a very driven Yoga teacher (yes, you can transplant patterns of ambition and over-working, even into running a Yoga school in Thai tropical paradise 🙂 ) and these habitual stress patterns aggravated my condition.
By the time I moved to Seattle, USA I was in an almost continual state of extreme nausea, and was wracked with intestinal cramps, heartburn and indigestion. I had brain fog, memory loss, joint pain, fatigue, and the beginnings of depression. I developed a strong intolerance to all grains, dairy, nuts, animal fats and beans, leaving me with basically vegetables to eat. This went on for nearly three years.
What a treat for my newly married American hubby!
Luckily, thanks to his love and support, an amazing team of holistic health professionals and years of commitment to self care, I am now 90% symptom free.
As well as Restroative Yoga, meditation and Emotional Freedom Technique, I attribute much of my healing to the balm and nourishment of sisterhood.
I discovered the Awakening Women Institute three years ago, and began attending their online courses before eventually training to be a Women’s Temple Leader. I also took part in a Buddhist women’s group, a ’12 women in 2012′ women’s group, and am lucky to be part of TreeSisters core team – an amazing group of women growing a global sisterhood to crowd-fund tropical reforestation.
My current passion is supporting women to find and nuture their own unique gifts. In my own personal experience, and from experience working with many women on a healing journey from chronic illness, I have seen that there is profound gold in our wounds. I feel that committing to the self-care and love necessary to repair the body, seems to be a magic key to finding our deepest passions and giving our gifts to the world.
Sophie Jane Mortimer
Sophie is a Yoga Instructor (RYT200), who specializes in Restorative Yoga. She is a Women’s Temple Leader and feminine embodiment practitioner in the Yogini tradition established by Chameli Ardagh at the Awakening Women Institute.
Sophie has a film production company with her husband Ward, called Woody Creek Pictures. Their focus is telling inspiring stories about feminine empowerment and the environment. Her latest film, Song of the New Earth, premiered at Seattle International Film Festival in 2014. She is also Social Media Director for TreeSisters, a global network of women with a vision to place the feminine principle back at the heart of life, and crowd-fund tropical reforestation.