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Hana Clare Raftery

I specialize in supporting people with highly sensitive nervous systems (folks who are neurodivergent, have sensory processing sensitivities, or have experienced trauma) who are stuck in burnout to feel more rested, connected, and creatively fulfilled. 

 
 

Somatic Life Coach - M.S. in Occupational Therapy - Yoga Teacher - Ayurvedic Health Counselor - Breathwork Facilitator - Reiki Healer - Safe & Sound Protocol Provider
 

Online & In-Person. Based in the California Bay Area.

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come "back to life" after burnout

Burnout is what happens when our nervous systems are exposed to chronic overwhelm and overstimulation. If you have a highly sensitive nervous system (if you are someone who is neurodivergent, has sensory processing sensitivities, or has experienced trauma), you are more likely to experience the symptoms of burnout more frequently and with greater intensity because your "nervous system threshold" is differentWhen our nervous systems get overloaded in this way, there are physiological and psychological symptoms such as: 

  • Digestive issues and changes in appetite

  • Sleep problems

  • Fatigue

  • Chronic pain flare-ups

  • Hypersensitivity or numbness

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Low libido

  • Feeling of disconnection in relationships

  • Lack of motivation, focus, inspiration, and creativity

It's incredibly frustrating that the remedy we are so often given to heal from burnout seems to always be some version of "work less" and "rest more."

 

What if "working less" is not an option?

 

What if "resting" makes you more restless?


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As a highly sensitive toddler-mom and multi-passionate solopreneur, I know burnout well. 
 

 

This is my work because it is my story. You can read more about my story HERE.

 

My clients are…

  • Neurodivergent and highly sensitive people struggling with overwhelm and overstimulation, trying to find a way to exist in a world created for neurotypical folks

  • People who have experienced trauma who are looking for a somatic (body-based) approach to support the work they are doing with their therapist

  • Self-employed creatives, clinicians, service providers, and healers trying to figure out how to make a sustainable living doing meaningful work that they love without "burning the candle at both ends"

 

  • Moms exhausted by the endless and invisible labor of motherhood, longing for a path forward that prioritizes their own aliveness

  • Women who are the primary income earners in their household wondering how long their bodies can sustain this pace

I help my clients deepen their understanding of their unique nervous system needs and support them to set up the structure of their life and work in a way that allows them to access their creative aliveness. 

My work combines my lived experience of healing from burnout and navigating life with sensory sensitivites, plus my 15+ years of studying and practicing yoga, ayurveda, breathwork, reiki, meditation, life coaching, occupational therapy, polyvagal theory, somatics and sensory processing science. You can read more about my background and approach HERE.

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Free Offerings

Start exploring with free practice bundles to support your nervous system or a free monthly zoom call for creatives and service-based entrepreneurs.

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In-Person & Online Yoga 

In-person weekly classes and regular workshops at Yoga of Los Altos.

Online membership portal with unlimited streaming of 200+ vinyasa flow, restorative yoga, and meditation classes to support your nervous system. New recordings released regularly.

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Online Courses & Group Programs

Virtual courses and group programs to support you on your healing path out of burn out and returning to your creative aliveness.

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One-on-One Coaching

Personalized somatic life coaching to support you to heal from burnout and offer your creative gifts to the world. Offered virtually and in-person.

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Yoga Retreats

Small group retreats for women healing from burnout. Rest, beauty, pleasure, creativity, awe and community. 

My Point of View on Healing from Burnout

 

1) Healing from burnout is about more than better "self-care."

 

Burnout is not your fault. You aren’t "doing it"wrong. We live inside exploitative external systems like capitalism, patriarchy, and white supremacy that make it nearly impossible to get what we need for body systems to thrive (especially for marginalized bodies and bodies with highly sensitive nervous systems). We are taking in 24 hour global news cycles, addictive social media feeds and fluorescent lights instead of morning sunlight, home cooked seasonal meals, and the nourishment of friendship. We live in isolated nuclear families and many of us don't have the support we need. We don't have time or space to process our emotions. In many cases, we are stuck working long hours in a role that doesn't allow us to express our creativity or offer our gifts to the world. Healing from burnout is not all about better self-care, it's about better community care and system change.

2) Understanding your unique nervous system needs is necessary to heal from burnout.

 

If you have experienced trauma, are neurodivergent, or have sensory processing sensitivities, your nervous system requires a different approach to rest and work. Traditional ways of approaching rest will likely make you even more anxious or cause you to dissociate (meditation is NOT always the answer and can often make things worse). Traditional ways of approaching work will likely be boring or overwhelming for you (9-5 jobs absolutely do NOT work for everyone and there are other ways). If you are following the mainstream advice that is not meant for your nervous system, you may even be exacerbating the overwhelm and overstimulation and cycling deeper into burnout.

 

3) Your creative aliveness is waiting for you on the other side of burnout. The world needs your creative aliveness.

 

Humans are innately creative beings when our nervous systems have what they need. Your creative expression is both a result of a regulated nervous system and a key ingredient for your own healing and our collective healing. The world needs your sensitivity, your creativity, your passion, your aliveness. The world needs your deeply attuned mothering, your romantic love story, your community care, your healing arts practice, your non-profit, your art, your writing. The world needs your vision and your gifts to pave a new path forward. Burnout robs us all of that. 

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