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About


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About


Llovera holistic

yoga * Reiki * Health coaching

On a warm, damp September evening in 2008, my healing journey began. 

I was born and raised in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. In the midwest, family life and family values were a number one priority. Many are deeply rooted in the Detroit area, and folks continue to plant roots generation after generation. 

For me, growing up in Detroit meant family gatherings almost every weekend, whether it was a birthday party, a holiday, or just a regular old get together for no reason other than to be together. I spent my childhood with my cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. 

togetherness. roots. family. it's what mattered most.

And I grew up in a typical American household. One mom, one dad, a sister, two cats and a white picket fence. I went to Catholic school all my life, from the time I was three all the way through high school. I was "the good kid," the one who always got good grades and stayed out of trouble. 

From the outside looking in, life was grand. 

Except for one very important piece of the puzzle...

I suffered with almost debilitating anxiety each and every day from the time woke up in the morning, to the time I laid my head down on my pillow at night. And this anxiety began as a young child as far back as I can remember. 

I was silent, frozen most of the time. I was terrified to go to school and be around other kids. I was scared of my teachers, my principals, my classmates. I was scared of getting laughed at, so I kept silent most of the time. I was always waiting in fearful anticipation for the next bad thing to happen. I was afraid of all adults except for my parents and my grandma.

Life was clearly something to be feared, in my world. And I think the worst part was, I thought this way of living was normal. Because it was all I ever knew. 

Then, on that warm, damp September evening in 2008, my parents told me they were getting a divorce. 

Suddenly everything around me turned black. I felt faint. I tried to take a shower but began hyperventilating. I needed air, but there was no air to breathe. 

In one five minute conversation, life went from everything I once knew, to the unfamiliar. Togetherness. Roots. Family. It's what mattered most. Or did it?

I was confused. I was anxious and depressed. I held it all in.

As a result I got physically ill, and over the course of a few months' time ended up taking five or more prescription drugs per day. I was in and out of doctors every two months with something new. On and off antibiotics constantly. 

And as usual, all looked perfect from the outside looking in, and nobody knew how much inner turmoil I had welled up inside of me. Not even me.

This was a tremendously painful time in my life. And yet, when I look back on it I realize it has prepared me for literally everything that has come into my world since then. 

It was due to my physical illnesses that I attended school for Traditional Naturopathic Medicine, and became a Certified Detoxification Specialist. It was due to intense anxiety that I was able to connect so deeply with yoga, enough to become a 200-hour Certified Yoga Instructor. This journey has also led me to become a Certified Reiki Practitioner so I could help facilitate healing in the body, mind and spirit.

I have learned about the human body, and how everything is connected. I have learned how to regulate digestion, how to assist in eliminating toxins naturally, and how to remedy a small headache using the simple resource of water. I learned energy healing and meditation, and have experienced the power of both, to the point where they are essential parts of my life. I have learned how to teach safe and beneficial yoga classes that feel good in the body, and help to focus the mind and expand the spirit. 

And now, ten years after that painful September day, I am a stronger person in body, mind and spirit. I am eternally grateful for my parents’ decision. Although it was intensely difficult and took a LOT of work to overcome, I would not be the person I am today without that wake-up call. When hard times arise (and they continue to), I am now able to see the bigger picture. I am able to trust that I am being guided by something bigger than me. Something that has plans for me that are so great, I can't even imagine what they might be. And somehow I have released so much emotional baggage over the course of time that my anxiety is much less intense than it used to be. I am slowly but surely learning how not to be afraid of life.

my goal in life is to help guide others to the same self-awareness, the same confidence, the same trust in life so they can live to their full potential. 

To have the opportunity to support others on this deeper level is an absolute honor and a joy for me. No matter how you came upon this page, you were sent here for a reason. Whatever that reason might be, thank you for visiting, and allowing me to share my life story with you. 

Namaste,

Andrea 

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Testimonials


Testimonials


 
 

"Her amazing and enthusiastic personality really helped me get clarity on what is causing my anxiety."

Thank you Andrea for being such an inspiration! I feel so fortunate to be in your circle and I look forward to continue working with you. ~Kristene S., Seattle, WA

 

"If she could change my life with just a few hours worth of phone conversations, well...that's pretty powerful!"

I was extremely happy, and actually somewhat dumbfounded, at how well the program worked for me. Andrea asked me lots of questions about ME, that seemed specific to MY situation - she really listened! The time and energy that Andrea spent with me was extremely comforting and helpful, and I love that I feel I can tell her anything without ever feeling judged. She is the type of person that after five minutes of talking to her, you realize you just told her things only your best friend knows. The skills she taught me have really stuck with me, and within two weeks have already shown great improvement in how I feel and my ability to relax. Before signing up with Andrea, I was desperate to try anything to help me focus, learn about myself, and learn how to channel my anxiety in a healthy way. This program transformed my health and well being physically and mentally. I would most definitely recommend Andrea to my friends. She is such a positive and inspiring person, and I think she definitely has a gift to offer! ~Paula M., Lansing, MI

 

"I have and will continue to recommend Andrea to anyone needing to gain inner peace."

After speaking with Andrea I gained more clarity and it gave me the tools I needed to feel better about myself. Since my session, I continue to make improvements in my life daily and feel great about my health and well being. ~Jackie B., Novi, MI

 

"I would listen, learn and take notes from her any day of my life..."

I participated in a 6 month group healing program with Andrea and had an amazing and eye-opening experience. She was such an inspiration to me and the other group  members. She led us through a series of meditations...she's a natural. Andrea was born to do this and to lead others toward a better life. Thank you Andrea for everything. ~Stacey K., Livonia, MI

 

"She helped show me a side of myself I did not know existed."

I was fortunate to have the experience of taking part in a healing group led by Andrea. The timing was great. I was pregnant, learning how to meditate and self heal. When the group began I was very stressed. As a result of the work I did with Andrea, I felt a sense of calm. This was unfamiliar to me and noticed by many friends and family. I would recommend this to anyone who is open to loving themselves and I recommend Andrea to lead you on your journey. She is inspirational and kind and wonderful. ~Kristie M., Livonia, MI

 

"Andrea is so knowledgeable, helpful and caring. Her passion for helping people just shines!"

After working with Andrea I now have more energy (and the difference is night and day), less brain fog, and have gained tools to help with stress. I really can't believe how much better I feel in just four short weeks...I'm excited to continue making changes for the better! I feel like I've learned a ton since working with Andrea. And now that I'm feeling better I want to continue what I'm doing and learn even more, for myself and my family. I would absolutely recommend her to my friends! And I'd love to work with her again in the future!" ~Molly E., Troy, MI

 

"Since working with Andrea I believe in a bright future...I believe in her knowledge to heal and teach."

Before working with Andrea I felt lost. I didn't know what else I could do for myself. Miserable and uncomfortable describe it at best.  I felt completely foggy mentally, depressed, confused and not myself. I felt spiritually lost and I was searching for something more. These days I am following the program Andrea recommended and I am definitely feeling the changes. 90% of the time I am feeling like a different person physically. My digestive system is incredible, I am sleeping much better, and my inflammation has gone down like crazy. Mentally I am feeling clear headed. I have faith and trust in this process. Emotionally I am feeling more like myself. Every day that goes by I feel stronger. I believe in her and what she does. There needs to be more Andrea's in the world to help save lives! ~Patricia O., Detroit, MI

 

 
 

Stuff I Love


When it comes to health, there are a few essential things I rely on daily: Skin Care, Makeup, and Herbal Medicine.

As for our skin, we often don’t think of it as significant. We look at blemishes and cover them up with makeup. We use chemical based moisturizers, facial cleansers, soaps, and other substances which, in the long run, can wreak havoc on the body as a whole.

In addition to protection, our skin is an organ of elimination. When we use chemicals on the skin, we clog the pores and therefore inhibit its ability to properly eliminate toxins. In addition, everything we put on our skin enters the bloodstream and reaches every major organ of the body in under 30 seconds! I’d say that’s a pretty significant burden for the body to take on, especially if we are relying heavily on chemical based substances.

Here are my favorite skin care and makeup products which are chemical free so you can save not only your skin, but your entire body from the burden of nasty chemicals.

Facial Care: Acure

Body Care: Dr. Bronner’s

Makeup: 100% Pure

Another tool I use in my home on a daily basis is herbal medicine. Herbs are nourishing to body tissues, provide medicine for deep healing, and can help build up weakened organs and tissues in the body.

It is essential to either purchase high quality organic herbal medicines, or to grow your own without the use of dangerous pesticides. I use herbs such as Ashwagandha for stress and adrenal support, slippery elm for nourishing the digestive system and bowels, and ginger for adding spice to my food. These are just some of the endless ways to use herbs as medicine.

I purchase my organic herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs. Based in Eugene, Oregon, Mountain Rose uses the most environmentally friendly ways they possibly can to operate their business. I can tell the difference between potently medicinal herbs from this company and others I have tried. You won’t be disappointed!

Stuff I Love


When it comes to health, there are a few essential things I rely on daily: Skin Care, Makeup, and Herbal Medicine.

As for our skin, we often don’t think of it as significant. We look at blemishes and cover them up with makeup. We use chemical based moisturizers, facial cleansers, soaps, and other substances which, in the long run, can wreak havoc on the body as a whole.

In addition to protection, our skin is an organ of elimination. When we use chemicals on the skin, we clog the pores and therefore inhibit its ability to properly eliminate toxins. In addition, everything we put on our skin enters the bloodstream and reaches every major organ of the body in under 30 seconds! I’d say that’s a pretty significant burden for the body to take on, especially if we are relying heavily on chemical based substances.

Here are my favorite skin care and makeup products which are chemical free so you can save not only your skin, but your entire body from the burden of nasty chemicals.

Facial Care: Acure

Body Care: Dr. Bronner’s

Makeup: 100% Pure

Another tool I use in my home on a daily basis is herbal medicine. Herbs are nourishing to body tissues, provide medicine for deep healing, and can help build up weakened organs and tissues in the body.

It is essential to either purchase high quality organic herbal medicines, or to grow your own without the use of dangerous pesticides. I use herbs such as Ashwagandha for stress and adrenal support, slippery elm for nourishing the digestive system and bowels, and ginger for adding spice to my food. These are just some of the endless ways to use herbs as medicine.

I purchase my organic herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs. Based in Eugene, Oregon, Mountain Rose uses the most environmentally friendly ways they possibly can to operate their business. I can tell the difference between potently medicinal herbs from this company and others I have tried. You won’t be disappointed!