Return to your body and you return to yourself.
Your body is life and there is no life without the body. Your body is everything you love about being alive -from the pleasure of a first kiss, to the deliciousness of your favorite meal, the sweet smell of blossoms in Spring, the melt of a warm embrace, the beauty of a sunset, and the the love you feel in your heart.
So much is waiting for you in your body. I invite you to choose your body as your path and discover a path of healing, creating, and becoming that is beyond your wildest dreams.
Tracy created the Ishtara Method from her own lived experience, including 20 years of daily devotion to her own healing and a decade of practice and training in somatic psychology.
I am devoted to teaching people how to heal in their body. I only teach what I have lived in my body. I measure a 9 on the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) score -having experienced most types of trauma from 7 to 15 years of age - yet, today I am thriving in my relationships, work, and life. Learning to heal trauma in my body made this possible for me.
Ishtara is created from my lived experience and over a decade of high practice with master teachers in somatic (body) psychology and somatic spirituality, plus 20 years of advanced practice and study of gestalt therapy, trauma therapy for CPTSD and PTSD, attachment psychology, and transpersonal therapy. I am trained as a yoga teacher (500 RYT) with an emphasis on yoga for healing trauma.
I am not a licensed therapist, a healer, or a guru. Your body is your healer. I am a teacher and a guide who speaks body fluently. Here is some more about the experience that contributed to the creation of Ishtara:
10 years in my own Ishtara practice, over 2000 hours danced of personal practice, and 8 years in high practice of other movement modalities
10 years of deep study with masters in somatic psychology including in person with Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk (Body Keeps the Score) and online with Dr. Peter Levine, Dr. Stephen Porges, and Dr. Pat Ogden.
7 years teaching hundreds of women the Ishtara Method.
5 years writing books and developing content for Ishtara.
3 years learning group work from Kristen Dalzen, who is a Master Teacher with 30 years of her own training. Ishtara uses her work with full permission from her.
500 hours Yoga teacher and certified in kinetic energy work.
10,000 hours living and creating the principles and practices found in the Ishtara Method.
WITH LOVE FROM MY BODY TO YOUR BODY
I discovered the being who is my body 9 years ago, and she changed my life. I experienced an awakening in my body that started everything. I was experiencing some very strong emotions as a result of being in my body for a few days, and instead of running from my feelings, I went toward them as sensation in my body and in the safe comfort of a few women who love me. Then something happened. I experienced a part of me wake up in my body.
It was a remembering. I experienced it as a part of me awakening and rising in my body after 40 years of being asleep. I felt her intuitively as a part of me I had hidden deep inside my body as a result of trauma I experienced as a child. She was a young part of me, the innocent and magical part of me. And now she was awake.
I returned home and started dancing daily. She had a lot to say. I started moving everything I was feeling in my body every morning. I cried every day for 90 days. I cried in a new way - without suffering - it was like wringing sadness and past stories in my body, like wringing water out of towel.
As I followed my body, my life started changing rapidly. My triggers began disappearing. I started learning how triggers were simply experiences that touched memories in my body - and as I was allowing my body to let our her feelings, the sadness and any pain of my memories melted away.
As my body released stored emotions, I started noticing more moments of joy arising in my body. I gave myself space to move in higher states as I was moving. And I soon discovered that if I danced it, it would show up my reality. Within 90 days, everything in my life changed.
Suddenly I was leaving a 20 year long corporate career working as an executive. I was grateful for the work, but working in cubicles in a masculine environment was draining me. For years, I desired a change, but had no idea what to do to change things. On one particular day, I was driving home from another long day of working and realizing I had been doing the same thing for years. Truly on a hamster wheel.
On this day, I deeply asked myself, "What are you doing?" Immediately, I felt an energy come into my body - it was a body NO - as in, we are not doing this anymore - and it rippled through me to my core. Within 30 days of this experience, I was leaving my corporate career with my partners being pleased to give me a year's salary to start a new life.
On that same day, I boarded a plane to go to a dance retreat and planned my next adventure for when I returned. I was able to fulfill a long held dream of living by the ocean. I landed in the most magical place with fruit, flowers, and hummingbirds in a neighborhood where the houses were separated only by a sidewalk. The 'walk streets' were like a secret garden, lined with exotic gates, and covered by romantic trees hanging with lanterns. I took a 3 month sabbatical and let myself dance every day and continue to follow my body.
I intended to start working again after 3 months. To the day, people started calling me out of the blue with opportunities. I began a new way of earning my living - on my own terms working half the time and making twice the money and working from wherever I pleased. I was free from corporate life. And I have continued to be able to work in this way for 7 years without ever creating a web site or selling myself. It still amazes me. And I am deeply grateful.
So much more has happened to me. More than I can share here. Rest assured everything I teach, I learned, healed, experienced and created by following the wisdom in my own body. I realize my results are extraordinary. They come from the magic of my body. Your body journey is unique to you. And creating a new reality for yourself will depend on your willingness to be in your own body and the quality of your devotion to your practice.
I waited a very long time to create this course. I waited until I could truly say I lived the principles in my body. I waited until I could also say I was able to help others transform their lives in their bodies.
I started the process 5 years ago by teaching for free. I started being asked to teach women at retreats. Again, out of the blue. I began hosting practice groups for women for free as well. In these groups, I see women transforming in the same rapid and demonstrable ways. I practiced with different people of varying ages and walks of life , and again, the results exceeded my expectations.
I was also able to help my then 13 year old son heal in his body and create transformation in his own life. Seeing him heal and create a new reality by learning to move his story in his body as a boy, and at such a young age , showed me this is real. I believe amazing results are possible for anybody who is willing to be in their body in this way.
The women I practice with started saying to me - everyone needs this in their life. So in January of 2020, I wrote a book and launched this site. My plan was to continue teaching in person and test beta version of an online course. Then came the pandemic and the lock down.
March of 2020, I devoted myself to supporting people and made my online classes initially free. I began teaching every night and on the weekends to show women how to heal their trauma - not only past, but now present for all of us - in their bodies.
I discovered a way to teach Ishtara Body Alchemy online as deeply and effectively as in person. Today I teach women all over the world how to return to the power of their body and be free.
I am now offering this practice to you.
My passion is to share principles and practices that can connect you to your own power and return you to yourself in your body. I love that once you learn to be in your body, you are free. You can l follow your own body and your own journey in your own home at any time. Your body is your teacher and can lead you on your own amazing adventure.
You only need to love her and learn to speak body.