The Path to Becoming

by Angie Pope

If you’d asked me 10 years ago if I thought there was a path that led me out of my trauma and into happiness and growth I’d have said no. I might have believed that there was one that led to a place of contentment- where perhaps I was free of my abusers and no longer abusing myself- but happiness? No. 

So to be standing here today feeling intensely happy, in love with myself, in love with my partner, having beautiful mentors and people who cheer me on, and continually growing… It’s amazing. And I am constantly grateful because I know that my past self who was scared and depressed and self injuring never expected anything more out of life. But here it is. 

So, the big question then is…
How do you get from here to there?

1. Know that there’s not a one size fits all answer. Everyone will have advice and how-to’s for you on your journey. Take what feels good to you in your body, and leave the rest.

2. Small shifts in your “I am”. Both your brain and the universe are listening intently to what you say. Speak life, speak positivity, and affirm who you’re growing into. (My affirmation deck is an amazing way to start the day with that!)

3. Make time for rest and play. Yes, you CAN still be efficient while operating from rest! Ask for help if you’re not sure how to implement that in your personal life.

4. Know your why. Your why, your purpose is what keeps the fire burning. What do you want to see happening if your life? How do you want to affect the works?

5. Get in your body. Pay attention to how your body feels. Engage in movement- yoga, dance, or whatever brings you to life.

6. Watch your mental diet. Surround yourself with things that fill you up, not things that drain you. What kind of shows, news, music, and conversation are you consuming?

7. Get grounded. Connect regularly with nature. Go out in bare feet and connect with spirit.

8. Have people who support you. Invest your time and money in people who can guide you. Have friends who support you and lift you up. Hire a mentor who can help you find your path and accompany you on the journey on a 1:1 basis.

We aren’t here to be less than. We’re here to heal and grow and lift the planet into light in a massive way. This journey is yours for a reason. All you have to do is take the first step. 


Angie Pope

Published by Krystal Casey

Founder and registered Yoga teacher Krystal Casey is a mom of five who discovered Yoga in 2014 as a way to help cope with her own postpartum depression and anxiety. As a woman with a history of trauma, motherhood had unlocked a portal of pain she didn't realized existed within her. Years of traditional therapy and medication had proved unsuccessful, so Krystal began searching for a more natural alternative of healing. This began the journey that led her to Yoga. Inspired by the positive changes she experienced, Krystal became an online health and fitness coach to support other women with similar struggles. She soon found herself training to teach various fitness classes and certified by the American Council of Exercise (ACE) as a group fitness instructor. In 2018, while opening what she designed to be a dance-fitness studio, Krystal discovered the beauty that is Aerial Yoga and instantly fell in love! She has since certified in Aerial Yoga, Yoga for Kids, and Yoga for Children with Special Needs. In 2021 Krystal and her family faced tragedy once again; her husband was charged with several felony counts of sexual abuse against a minor and he overdosed on methamphetamine and alcohol before justice was served. This devastated her. But with 5 sets of eyes watching and impressionable hearts learning, she refused to give up. Instead, she returned to her practice and her tribe, and let them carry her through it. Now, she uses her training and these experiences to help women overcome trauma and the challenges it brings.

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