Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristen Kennedy.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Kristen. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My journey started several years ago when I had a major ski accident and suffered a traumatic brain injury. My cognition was impaired, I received migraines daily, and I was sensitive to light and sound. At the time, I had no relief from these ailments and nothing seemed to work. After much frustration and discomfort, I decided to try acupuncture and Reiki to help with my symptoms. I was pleasantly surprised and awestruck when I started seeing results and feeling significantly better with this holistic healing. My body responded to the acupuncture and Reiki immediately and I felt relief beyond anything I experienced in the weeks prior. I immediately felt called to pursue Reiki healing, but I waited to fully recover to do so, which took two years.
Within those two years, I had a difficult time pursuing the same activities that I loved, such as weightlifting and CrossFit; this led me to yoga as a form of recovery and exercise. I grew to love yoga and found that it was also very complimentary to my fitness beyond the mat. As I started recovering from my injury and returned to weightlifting and powerlifting, I found that I was even stronger than before and able to perform at a higher level due to my yoga practice! In addition to returning to weightlifting, I was also able to pursue an online Master’s of Education in Instructional Design & Technology, learning how to design online instruction and content. This was a major accomplishment due to my improved cognition, which I equate to the healing I experienced through holistic medicine.
After two years of recovery and learning new skills, I was inspired to finally pursue Reiki training. After my first Reiki certification, I became more aware of my life’s purpose and could no longer ignore my true calling as a healer. I made the difficult decision to leave a predictable, stable, comfortable job in the corporate sector to start my own business. I pursued my second Reiki certification and pursued a yoga certification program in order to serve and heal others. All the while, I was still pursuing my Master’s Degree, learning how to integrate these holistic healing skills in an online environment, as well.
Thus, Affirmations & Innovations was born! I created a partnership with Raquel Kahn of Fit 6-7-8 to utilize her studio to treat my Reiki clients and to run a beginner’s yoga class. This has been such a blessing and the clients I serve feel relaxed and content in this beautiful, healing environment. Later, I developed another partnership with CrossFit Cholla to teach recovery yoga classes for their CrossFit members and my business’s yoga members, as well. These slow, practical, and multi-level classes provide opportunities for athletes and beginner yogis to recover from their activity and prepare to do more throughout the week! In addition to these in-person holistic health resources, I am also working to build my online presence, creating meaningful online courses and resources to reach and heal as many people as possible.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
This journey was certainly not always smooth! As a Massachusetts native, I grew up valuing a stable job, receiving a predictable income, and having everything planned ahead of time. Therefore, leaving a job that provided such stability brought stress, dips in confidence, and immense fear. This mindset drove me to doubt what I was growing and myself; however, I consistently received reassurance and motivation to keep going to build what I knew would be a meaningful, purposeful business. I learned that every challenge and doubt only brought me away from my calling and life’s purpose and that an abundant, positive mindset allowed me to reach and heal more people. This thought still drives me today and, despite the financial and emotional struggles that I face, I truly believe that I am doing the work that I was intended to pursue.
Affirmations & Innovations – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Affirmations & Innovations is a holistic health company that seeks to bring comfort, healing, and resources to individuals seeking balancing. I specialize in Reiki healing, athlete and beginner yoga, and online instruction. My work as an energy healer allows me to bring comfort and balance to my clients. For those who are unfamiliar with Reiki, I work to balance out the energy body, which is the field just beyond the physical body. Working along the Chakra system, I identify areas that are depleted or overactive and work to balance them out to provide clients with relief from emotional or physical symptoms that are causing discomfort. I am always willing to provide new clients with further information regarding Reiki healing, as it is less understood than other forms of holistic healing.
As a yoga teacher, I specialize in beginner and athlete yoga. I teach recovery yoga, which is a combination of gentle yoga, yin yoga, restorative yoga, and flow yoga. I combine a variety of poses and postures in order to reach specific muscle groups for athletes and those who primarily sit throughout the day. This work is so rewarding and my goal is to reach those who believed that yoga was not for them. I believe that yoga is for everyone and that all can benefit from this practical form of self-care.
As a company, we are most proud of serving those who are new to holistic health and wellbeing. We are constantly striving to find ways to bring yoga and Reiki to those who have never experienced relief from such modalities. We seek to make everyone feel confident and comfortable in both Reiki sessions and yoga classes. As a former classroom teacher, I understand that every person has their own abilities and that activities and healing should be customized to meet the needs of every client.
I am proud to run a company that boosts self-esteem, reduces stress, and makes people leave a session feeling lighter and happier than when they entered. We are unique to other businesses because we combine holistic healing that is relatable and practical; we strive to make everyone feel welcome, despite their background in yoga or holistic healing. We seek to create a safe space for all to grow and learn how to create their own self-care practices so that they can become their own advocate and healer. We invite all who are ready to make a positive change in their lives to join us in-person or at a distance; you will feel accepted, comfortable, and celebrated with each session.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I define success as living out my divine purpose and abundantly supporting others and myself. I believe that success comes in many forms within this definition. I seek to grow a business that is self-sustained and that allows me to fully support my family and healthy lifestyle; such success will allow me to focus on healing and developing programs and opportunities for others to reach success, as well. I do not take any client or member for granted and recognize how each teaches me and helps me develop as a healer and teacher. I seek to grow my client base and also mentor other small business owners who are on a similar journey. I design online courses and modules that teach others how to create foundational elements of a small business, such as a website because I believe that success is only valuable if you share your resources with others. I believe I am already experiencing great success but will feel abundantly successful when my Reiki schedule is full, my yoga classes are at max capacity, and my online resources are utilized by clients and small business owners around the world. The sky is the limit and I believe that success can be defined by the amount of joy, healing, and restoration that I bring to the world through my business.
- In-Person Reiki $65/Hour
- Drop-In Yoga $10/class
- Monthly Yoga Membership $20-45/Month
- Fit 6-7-8 Only $20/Month membership
- Website: www.affirmationsandinnovations.com
- Phone: 530.802.0838
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @affirmations_innovations
- Facebook: @AffirmationsInnovations or Affirmations & Innovations
- Twitter: @Affirmations_In
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