About Me

Annette-bio-photoI want you to live a life full of ease and flow.

A life based on daily rituals and nature’s rhythms, so that you’re not fighting an uphill battle every day just to feel the way you want to feel.

On the contrary, you have habits in place and practices in place that support your health and wellbeing and allow you to live effortlessly, joyfully, and in the moment.

Hi, my name’s Annette Shellenbarger — Registered Nurse, Ayurvedic Health Counselor, Ayurvedic Massage & Bodywork Therapist, Marma Therapist and Pranic Healer, Registered Yoga Teacher, Certified Yoga Health Coach, and Doctor of Ayurveda in training. 

Translation: I help people heal energetically, physically, and emotionally.  I help them change the way they live in order to change the way they feel and age.

As an RN who has worked in a kidney transplant unit, pulmonary care unit, oncology, trauma and surgery units, and Public Health, I’ve seen firsthand what lifestyle choices can do to our health — and I’m passionate about helping YOU reduce your risk for chronic disease and slow down biological aging.

The good news?

I believe we can literally change our DNA by changing how we live.

In fact, an entire field of research, called “nutrigenomics”, is dedicated to identifying and understanding how specific nutrient regimes influence our health and gene expression.

Last year, The New York Times reported on the importance of exercise in this regard. And more recently, The Huffington Post ran an article that talked about how our food choices can preserve not only our health, but that of future generations.

In other words: It’s never too late.

There’s always enough time to turn things around.

And you really CAN change your life tomorrow . . . starting today.

I used to struggle with adrenal fatigue, fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism, hormonal imbalances, weight gain, adult acne, depression — you name it.

I’d wake up exhausted and go to bed exhausted.

Towards the end, I could barely function. I could barely even think.

I thought I was eating healthy, but in reality I was following generic advice that wasn’t right for me or my body. I’d eat things like brown rice and whole wheat bread, but I didn’t realize that I  could not tolerate eating grains everyday, or that the temperature of my meals affected my digestion.  

Even when I cleaned up my diet and started detoxing regularly, I didn’t feel 100%. Yes, things improved — my face cleared up, my hormone levels improved, my adrenal glands began to function in the way that they should — but the extra weight still hung on to my hips, and the aches and pains in my body hadn’t disappeared completely.

I knew I was missing an important link — and I was determined to find out what that was.

THAT’S when I started to study Ayurveda and take my yoga practice more seriously.

And it was embracing the Ayurvedic philosophy that really changed my life and helped close the gap. I discovered that the key was not ONLY eating a clean, non-toxic diet, but it  had to do more with understanding my own unique constitution and having a daily rhythm that followed the laws of nature.

Expanding and contracting with the days and with the seasons.

Waking up before sunrise. Riding different energy levels throughout the day. Honoring the times at which my digestive fires reached their peak. Eating an earlier, lighter dinner before the sun went down.

Avoiding hot, spicy foods in the summertime.

Eating easy-to-digest foods in the wintertime.

And consuming raw, fresh greens in the springtime.

Essentially, giving my body what it needed at different times of the day and different times of the year.

It’s true, it took me a long time to figure things out.

But eventually I lost the extra pounds, ditched my erratic eating habits for good, and healed my body, and it made a huge difference to my life.

I’m more grounded today than I’ve ever been. And I’ve instilled practices and daily rituals that have changed everything for me.

Now I want to show you the way forward.

Life can be so simple and beautiful when you are in harmony and in control.

Let me show you how.