My name is Kerri Verna and I am a Mother of 2 boys, wife to an amazing husband named Nick, and I live in south Florida. I have been teaching Yoga, Pilates and personal training for over 18 years. I love helping others find freedom through movement.
At the age of 19, I was in a terrible car accident that left me with debilitating back and neck pain. At 23, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and 2 herniated discs in my low back. I was in so much pain that I couldn't bend over to touch my toes. I was told by doctors that I needed surgery and was prescribed medications to ease the pain. Thankfully, I didn't have the surgery but I grew dependent on drugs and alcohol to numb the pain. Exercise was out of the question. I had never been one to exercise, but the thought of trying to move my body more than sitting on the couch was overwhelming.
At the age of 27, I was married living in Maryland. I had gained 40 pounds, suffered from anxiety and depression and I felt hopeless. I found yoga and Pilates and began to change my mindset. Movement wasn’t an option - it was a requirement. If I wanted to feel good, I moved my body. If I didn’t, I felt it, not only in my body, but my mind as well. I started teaching and training others and knew that my calling in life was to help others defy their limitations and change their beliefs about what they could accomplish.
At the age of 34, my physical body was in great shape by my personal and spiritual life was a mess. I had 2 children only 17 month apart and we had recently moved to Florida. My youngest son was diagnosed with Autism at 18 months. This diagnosis crushed me more than anything I had ever gone through prior. I held on to hope, but also felt quite hopeless most of the time. He was non-verbal and my days were devoted to his therapy. My oldest son was more than your average handful. We later found out he had severe ADD and ADHD. Keeping up with two toddlers with special needs was more than I could handle. My boys become my focus as my marriage was falling apart. I was living in denial about my husband’s alcoholism and felt alone dealing with our children. I sank into a dark depression and finally, after 7 years of marriage, my husband and I separated. Although painful, it was the best thing that has ever happened to me.
It was at this time in my life that I had a spiritual experience that would change my life. What I believed to be the truth about who I was and the life I was living all changed when I found the rooms of recovery. Everything I knew about my marriage, parenting, and God, transformed when I began looking inward at myself. After 6 months of living apart and working a recovery program, my husband and I reconciled. We both had finally learned to focus on our own paths instead of finger pointing at one another. Around that same time my youngest son was miraculously healed of his autism. I cried the day he finally called me “mama”. In my professional career, through the power of social media, I began teaching and training all over the world. I could hardly believe how dramatically my life changed in just a few years. This was the life I had always wanted and I could hardly believe that I was living it. I can’t express enough how only by the grace of God any of these things happened for me.
Today, my husband and I have the relationship I have always dreamed of and both my children are doing amazing. No, it hasn’t been easy, but it has been worth it. I am living a life I never thought possible. I can do things with my body that doctors told me was impossible. My desire is to help others also discover that they too can change and find freedom in their mind, body, and spirit. I'm here to tell you change can happen for anyone. All it takes is a willing spirit and the courage to take the first step.