Hana Raftery, M.S.
As a highly sensitive toddler-mom and multi-passionate occupational therapist / yoga teacher / ayurvedic health counselor / solopreneur, I know overwhelm and overstimulation well.
I’ve burned out in all the ways you can imagine. I’ve burned out from pulling all-nighters studying for organic chemistry. I've burned out from pulling all-nighters partying. I've burned out perfecting my application essay for grad school. I’ve burned out from over-giving emotional support to heartbroken friends. I've burned out working unpaid internships. I've burned out from vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue in community mental health work. I've burned out from my own unprocessed grief and trauma. I’ve burned out from people-pleasing at work to win over my boss. I’ve burned out from over-working at multiple jobs simultaneously to figure out a way to pay the bills while following my dream to start my own business. Then I burned out from starting my own business. I’ve burned out from sensory overwhelm. I’ve burned out from the sleepless nights of early motherhood and the endless hours of toddler tantrums.
I used to think something was wrong with me. Why can't I figure out a way to "work less" and "rest more" like they keep telling me?
But there's nothing wrong with me. There is something wrong with the system. The system is set up for us to be chronically overwhelmed and overstimulated. And while it's not our fault that we are burned out and the cause of burnout is much bigger than just one person, I do think there is something we can do about it so that we can feel more pleasure, ease, inspiration, and creativity.
I do know there is a way to feel more ALIVE again.
Some fun facts about me:
Birth Order: Eldest Daughter
Astrological Birth Signs: Aries Sun, Libra Rising, Libra Moon
Ayurvedic Dosha: Pitta - Vata Predominant
Myers Briggs Personality Type: INFJ
Human Design: Projector
B.S. in Exercise Biology, U.C. Davis, 2012
M.S. in Occupational Therapy, San Jose State University, 2015
Certificates & Training
200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training, Avalon Yoga Center, 2008
Massage Therapy Training, Massage Therapy Institute, 2009
Art of Yoga: Using Yoga and Art to Empower At-Risk and Exploited Teen Girls Teacher Training, Mary Lynn Fitton, 2013
Prison Yoga Project Teacher Training, James Fox, 2013
Advanced Yoga Teacher Training for Special Populations (Aging, Prenatal, Cancer, Youth, and Trauma-Informed Populations), Niroga Institute, 2014
MBSR: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Training, Stanford University, 2014
Trauma, Memory, and the Restoration of Oneself, Bessel Van Der Kolk, 2016
Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Mentorship, Rolf Gates, 2016
Y12SR: Yoga for 12-Step Recovery Training, Kyczy Hawk, 2018
Reiki Level I/II Training, Arda Ozdemir, 2018
Mamayurveda: Ayurveda for Women's Health Training, Sunny Rose Healey, 2019
Breathwork Facilitator Training, Michael Brian Baker, 2019
Yoga Nidra Teacher Training, Scott Moore, 2019
Ayurvedic Health Counselor Training, Radiant Living School of Ayurveda, 2020
Ayruvedic Postpartum Doula Certificate Training Program, Sacred Window Studies, 2020
Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training, Bliss Baby Yoga School, 2020
500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training, Rolf Gates, 2020
Embodied Recovery for Eating Disorders, The Embodied Recovery Institute, 2022