Hana Clare Raftery
Heal from emotional burnout, recover from sensory overwhelm, and reclaim your power.
Yoga, Ayurveda, and Somatic Life Coaching
for strong and sensitive beings.
Online & In-Person.
Based in the California Bay Area.
Welcome, strong and sensitive soul.
I'm imagining that we are sitting across from each other on the wood floor of my yoga studio, mugs of tea in hand, candles and incense burning, the forest sounds outside the window.
As we sit together, I want you to know that I see you. I see how hard you work and how much you give. How successful you are and how much you have accomplished. How capable you are at holding so much for so many.
Even though you hide it well, I also see your sacred rage. Rage that everyone else is taken care of and you are left with crumbs. I see that you are f***ing exhausted. Bone-deep exhausted. Your inner spark is out. You want to feel alive again. You want to feel deeply connected to your body, your people, your work, your spirit, and your purpose. You want to feel the rawness, tenderness, and beauty of a life well lived. You want to feel intimacy, pleasure, and joy. You want to be free.
What I most want you to know as we sit together, is that I see the extraordinary capacity of your heart. I feel the capacity of your heart. Your capacity to hold your work and your loved ones with deep care and devotion. Your capacity to sit with a friend in their darkest moment with tenderness and grace. Your capacity to experience the beauty of a sunset with such presence and awe you are brought to tears. Your capacity to play and laugh so hard your face and belly ache with joy. Your capacity to love and be loved so fully you are set free.
It is beautiful and challenging to have a heart that holds so much. I am devoted to supporting you to harness your sensitivity as your greatest superpower.
5 signs you might be a highly sensitive being:
1) You are highly sensitive to the energy, emotions, and sensory input around you.
The beauty: You are naturally attuned to other people's emotions and even feel the emotions of others in your body. You can easily see another person's perspective. You can sense small changes in the environment. You are sensitive to the change of the seasons and cycles of the moon. You feel deeply connected to the earth and to animals. The beauty of a sunset, a song, or a piece of art brings you to tears.
The challenge: You absorb other people’s emotions and feel the pain of the world. Too much sensory stimulation overwhelms you. You struggle to feel and express your own emotions because you are overwhelmed by processing everyone else’s. You get caught in comparison and are overly reliant on external validation. Anxiety and depression are familiar to you. Sometimes it is all too much to feel and you isolate and numb out.
2) You have a rich inner life.
The beauty: You are a deep thinker and a creative visionary. Philosophical and spiritual conversations invigorate you.
The challenge: Small talk and superficial social situations exhaust you. You struggle to feel a sense of belonging in mainstream culture.
3) You are a natural healer and helper.
The beauty: You are a gifted and powerful parent, caregiver, friend, teacher, medical professional, therapist, coach, writer, activist, yoga teacher, massage therapist, artist, reiki master, astrologer chef, or other helper/healer. The people in your life (and even strangers) trust you and come to you for guidance.
The challenge: You tend to over-give and overwork. You easily lose yourself in the role of helper/healer. You feel overly responsible for those you serve. You spend more time tending to the emotions of others than honoring your own inner landscape. You lose sight of your own vision and purpose while helping others find theirs. You feel physically, emotionally, and energetically depleted and burned out.
4) You have a “sixth sense.”
The beauty: You have intuitive experiences that you can’t explain, like connecting with an ancestor who has passed away or sensing something before it happens.
The challenge: You worry about sharing your intuitive gifts with others out of fear that you will be ostracized and misunderstood. You feel like you have to hide parts of yourself.
5) You strive for healthy relationships that allow for sovereignty and intimacy, even when it is not easy.
The beauty: You love people and understand that intimate relationships are essential for a meaningful life. You need space, sovereignty and freedom to feel fully expressed.
The challenge: You struggle to set boundaries and have people-pleasing patterns. You have experienced relationships with unequal power dynamics. You have abandoned yourself many times in an effort to feel intimacy. You aren't sure if you can trust yourself. It is challenging to maintain your sense of self and connection to your purpose while in a relationship.
Our world is at a critical point where we desperately need more deeply-feeling, sensitive souls like you who are energetically empowered, living out their purpose, and becoming the leaders of their own lives.
My signature methodology - Sensing Shakti - combines my lifetime of experience as a highly sensitive being, plus my 15+ years of studying and practicing yoga, ayurveda, breathwork, reiki, meditation, life coaching, somatics and sensory processing to support highly sensitive beings who care so deeply and hold so much to heal from burnout, reclaim their SHAKTI (energetic power and feminine life force energy), and create a life of intimacy, sovereignty, and purpose.
Highly sensitive folks are the leaders that we so desperately need in this world. You are the ones who care so deeply and tend to the earth and humanity with such profound devotion. Because of this incredible superpower of sensitivity that you hold, highly sensitive people are also the ones who tend to burn out the fastest.
Signs you might be experiencing emotional burnout:
You simultaneously feel like you are doing way too much and also feel like you are never quite doing enough
You know all the things you are supposed to do to take care of yourself (eat well, exercise, go to sleep early) but have too much on your plate and not enough energy to prioritize those things
You swing back and forth from caring the most and then needing to numb out from caring so much
You are exhausted but feel like you can't stop without things falling apart
You feel resentful that your needs are not met and aren't sure it's even possible to have what you want and need
When you do get support, things are not done as well as you could do them and it feels easier to just do it yourself
It's hard for you to function if your kids, partner, friends, or family are upset or stressed
You feel the urge to fix things for people if they are in an uncomfortable situation
You have a hard time expressing certain emotions (maybe you can easily express that you are angry but can't express when you are sad...or the other way around)
You are avoiding a hard conversation or waiting for the "perfect moment" to bring up that thing
You are great at planning celebrations for other people but do not take time to celebrate yourself
When people ask what you want you say "I don't know", "I'm fine", or "I don't need anything"
You are simultaneously craving more intimacy (deeper conversations, more presence, better sex, friends that understand you) and more alone time
You can't remember the last time you had real fun and laughed so hard your face and belly hurt
"Growing up my parents described me as an ‘old soul,’ and would tell me I had a level of sensitivity and wisdom that was unique for someone my age. I would always sit and chat with my friends’ parents when I went over to their houses for play dates, as interested in the things grown-ups talked about as playing make-believe games in the backyard. I was and still am enamored with just about any kind of music, often moved to tears and goosebumps when listening to a song I connect with on an emotional or spiritual level. I feel deeply in touch with the emotions and vibrations of the people around me, so much sometimes that it overwhelms me.
My yoga practice has taught me that my sensitivity and empathy have been superpowers in so many ways - they’ve led me towards deeply loving and intimate relationships, a commitment to service, and a deep connection to the world and people around me. They’ve also led me to overworking and burn out, struggles with perfectionism, being manipulated and taken advantage of, and in turn a difficult relationship with trust. As I started acknowledging and addressing these issues, I found it difficult to balance my desire to connect with others and a commitment to my own well-being. At times it felt like I had to choose between one or the other, or that the only solution was to switch back and forth between putting myself first and showing up for others.
I think the reason working with Hana was so impactful for me was that I learned to hold space for both at the same time. I felt seen and safe knowing Hana understood this paradox, and truly cared about guiding people towards their own solutions through reflection, connection, and community. I knew in an instant that I could trust Hana completely, even when trust felt like a risk I wasn’t ready to take."
"Hana's work takes you into a spiritual realm. Her uniquely modern approach yet totally timeless energy has guided me through releasing ancestral trauma, and reclaiming my own authentic self. She's a true healer and anyone would be lucky to practice with her."