“Be Powerful. Be Peaceful. Be You”
Have you asked yourself: “Am I living the life of my dreams? “Are people seeing the real me?” After realizing she couldn’t emphatically say “yes” to those questions, Wendy Billie took a radical path. A path that not many people are willing to take. Along that path she made some amazing discoveries that has lead to a major transformation in how she approaches life and how she helps others experience a more peaceful, healthy, and yet energetically charged lifestyle. Below is a brief introduction to Wendy’s story and a glimpse into her incredible journey…
Wendy Billie rose to success as a Director of Leadership Development for one of the world’s largest corporations. She was considered an expert at helping senior executives reach their full potential. After 15 years on this path with constant demands on her time, and her employer always wanting more, she found herself staring at her computer, isolated in an oversized office, and feeling uncomfortable in her expensive clothes. She wanted to kick off her high heels and run down the hall screaming that she had had enough. The yearning for something different consumed her thoughts, and she was physically and mentally tired—tired of hiding from who she really wanted to be.
She was seeking peace and tranquility in a world that seeks to compress time. With an abundance of passions in her life, Wendy finally started to follow them. She took to the road on her motorcycle, hiked mountains, ran trails with her dog, read endlessly in coffee shops, and spent countless hours writing in her journal as she sipped wine in locations all across the world. She even spent time training with a professional boxer to take her fitness to the next level. After much soul searching, she decided to dedicate time to truly finding herself. She totally changed her life, left the corporate world, and traveled to India and Nepal where she devoted herself to rigorous and intense training with a Swami, yogi, and spiritual teacher.
For years, she had practiced yoga and had felt, for whatever reason, that it naturally came to her. Now, she wanted to dig deeper, to understand the true origins and teachings of yoga. She searched for a place to train, and while there were many yoga schools in the U.S., her heart kept pulling her to the mountains of India. She had dreamed of authentic yoga training in India, but could find no openings to fit her schedule. She found a school in Austria that she liked, but decided she would not settle and kept searching in India. This time, she found a school in the Himalayan Mountains that had been detailed in her dreams. There were to be three other students joining her from different parts of the world, but a week before she was to leave, the school contacted her to say that she would be the only student in attendance. She had always loved to travel alone and jumped at the opportunity to receive one-on-one training.
When Wendy arrived in Delhi, the sky was dark, and as the taxi drove her to her hotel, she saw people huddling next to small bonfires in the parking lot of the airport, in desperate attempts to keep warm. It was instantly clear that she had left the comforts of home far behind. She was alone in a strange and completely foreign land, and yet as the taxi bounced into the darkness, she had no sense of fear. She felt protected, and she could feel her journey unfolding. The next day she woke up to sounds of the Hindi language seeping through the wide gap in the bottom of her hotel room door, and after a loud knock, she learned that the train that was supposed to take her on her long journey to the mountains was not in operation. A taxi whisked her to the private residence of her teacher, and it was from there that she traveled with her guru and a Swami through the vast lands of India. Jetlag had overcome her, but she groggily realized they had arrived at the Ganges River. The Swami with her was dressed in the traditional orange headdress. Wendy watched in anticipation as she saw him remove it, kiss it, and leave the vehicle to toss it in the river. Her guru also had Wendy kiss a handful of coins to toss in the river. The Swami spoke to her for the first time and explained the spiritual power of the Ganges. This was her first glimpse at how powerful and spiritual her training would become.
After a slow and arduous drive to the institute, she sat on a spartan bed in a cold quiet room on the sixth floor of the seven-story facility built into the side of the mountain. This would be her home for the next eight weeks. No TV. No books (save those assigned for reading). No phone. She was in a world where the staff spoke Hindi, and she was reduced to communicating with gestures. Tourists and particularly Americans were little known or seen in this part of India.
Her teacher told her of an old man from the south who wanted to visit the Mountain Institute; he said the man claimed to be a yogi. Her teacher did not call himself a yogi because he was married and had children, and tradition did not allow the title of yogi to one who had married. In terms of the old man’s wisdom and skills in the yoga discipline, however, there could be no doubt. Wendy had never met a man with so much energy and zest for life. The old man was at least seventy, but he jumped and ran like a twenty year old. Wendy was speechless when the yogi told her that he had traveled the long distance just to work with her; he had had a vision five years prior that a student would arrive at this exact time and that it would be his mission to guide her. While working with this yogi, she studied Ayurveda, learning how to cleanse her body from the inside-out, how to quiet her mind, and how to cook and eat to help her emotions and energy stay in balance. She was learning to heal herself and to let her true self come to life.
During this intense yoga training and spiritual self-examination, she found an inner peace. She came to know herself again, and what she wanted to do when she returned to the States was clear. She wanted to combine her love of yoga with her talents as a teacher to assist others to be more aware of who they are and who they wish to become. Through her own self-examination, she discovered that she had spent a lifetime denying who she was; only through finding who she really was and what she wanted could she help others. This was Wendy’s purpose in life; helping others heal & live authentic lives.
She decided to come back to the United States to help other people who are stressed out, overworked, and feeling unfulfilled—just like she had been before her journey. She combined her loves of yoga, nature and coaching to create an impassioned teaching style of yoga that is designed to help everyone in life balance their energy and step onto a path of authentic living; pulsating with light and love. No longer a corporate leadership expert limited to helping only a few privileged senior executives, Wendy is now accessible to everyone across the world who is seeking to be the best version of themselves. There’s no judgment allowed—just supportive and nurturing feedback to help you find you.
You can find out more about Wendy’s yoga energy teaching & her life changing healing retreats at: wendybillie.com
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