I met Yolanda when she visited Crystal Life Technology. Her soft aura and divine sense of nature was comforting. Yolanda is a kind being with a voice as smooth as water and wisdom as strong as a tree. As the founder at Healing Hearts, she is a brilliant and hard working woman who aims to give back to the Earth. Yolanda sees the world for its beauty and wonder; I am grateful to call her a friend.
Do you have a personal mantra?
My personal Mantra is to stay connected throughout the day to my personal Divine essence through self-care, meditation, walks in Nature and living a mindful life. To be a witness rather than to constantly be reacting to what’s happening around.
How did you become interested in sound healing?
My first experience with sound healing came through an Eastern Indian Guru who uses sound through chanting and singing bowls in her spiritual workshops. I learned to listen to my heart and intuition and to heal my body through energy work, mindfulness, yoga, vegetarianism and sound healing.
How do you practice mindfulness on a daily basis?
Mindfulness begins as I awaken every morning to a new day. I listen to my breath and what the message from my consciousness is telling me. I can gauge how the day will be like, based on what is going on with my mind/conscious thoughts as soon as I’m awake.
If you could go back in time and give advice to your college-age self, what would it be?
I learned from Tao teachers that in life everything that happens to me is directly related to the principle of cause and effect, and affinity and timing determines my experiences and that choice is up to me. Cause and effect, or Karma, is there no matter how wise a person is! I’ve met 20-year-old folks who are completely aware of what their path is and live consciously. Conversely, I’ve met plenty of middle age people and older who are living their lives unconsciously. Wisdom is accumulated through life experience and spiritual practice, yes, and also, whatever purpose we are here to fulfill, whatever lessons each one of us is here to learn, will happen exactly at the perfect time.
How do you balance work, family, friends, and time for yourself?
Balance is a daily adventure for me. I would like to claim that I “go with the flow” as a way of living since that’s a wonderful way to be, however, the demands of survival, work, health and family issues tend to get the best of me. Emotions…. aaahhhhh…. Emotions! My greatest challenge in this lifetime is to be in the flow with emotions and to be aware of them. I love that I’m passionate about life, yet I see that this passion can sometimes get off balance and get the best of me and those around me by being so sensitive and emotional about my own challenges.
How has yoga influenced your life?
Yoga IS my life. The more I learn to be in my body and to take care of myself, to pay attention to the subtle messages that my body gives to me, the easier it is to navigate the challenges of life, and the more I enjoy each day. I enjoy teaching at women’s retreats and offering sound healing and tools for transformation to the community through yoga, meditation, movement, nutrition, laughter and dance.
Check out this article about Yolanda and her work by Theresa Puskar in the March 1, 2015, Conscious Community Magazine:
From the article:
When I first experienced the healing energy that Yolanda facilitated, I was filled with a plethora of thoughts and emotions. With my eyes closed and ears wide open, I started by taking some deep breaths to shake off the strains and stressors of the day. I lay still, allowing my body, mind, and spirit to take in the sounds. Within seconds, I witnessed my mind as it clamored away at the resonances that were new to it: “What could this do? Oh, I like that sound. I wonder which bowl she is using and how she makes this sound. I wonder if it is doing anything to me physically. Hmm, let’s check in. Well, my body is kind of buzzing. Interesting… allow. I’m just going to sit back and allow the sounds to do whatever they are meant to. Who knows? It can’t hurt!”