Ilana Hart March 31, 2021
About me:I was born in Scottsdale Arizona and still live here today. I’m a passionate overthinker who loves to help others and strives to make the world a better place.
Movement has always been a way of life
I learned to swim before I could walk, and at the age of 5, I began swimming competitively. I studied to be a personal trainer and started my business, Foxy Fitness. I wason the go all the time - typically, I’d spend 18+ hours on my feet each day, working with clients and exercising. I ran marathons and was training for a triathlon.
The injury that changed my life
In 2018, I was in a car accident and developed a traumatic brain injury. My active lifestyle came to a complete halt - life kind of stopped in its tracks. I lost my eyesight in one eye. I spent months not being able to move much at all due to my injuries. I had to reevaluate what movement meant.I learned to do a lot of chair yoga and focused on different types of movement that I could do lying down or seated. I bought a Peloton bike to do low intensity cardio.
Helping others conquer their brain injuries
What I do now is help people after a life-changing event, through mindfulness and movement. We can all move in some way. Sometimes movement is simply breath work. For me, movement doesn’t look the way it used to, like running marathons, but movement is movement and that’s what matters.
I also volunteer with the Love Your Brain Foundation. They foster resilience and community-building in the traumatic brain injury community. I currently facilitate an online mindset program, which includes weekly discussions for survivors of brain injuries and their caregivers, and I also fundraise for the Foundation.
Resilience, vulnerability, and embracing obstacles
Resilience was one of the values that I latched onto to get through my experience. A huge part of resilience is having that space within one’s self to be vulnerable and share how you’re really doing. We all want to get to the part where we’re through it, we’ve conquered the obstacle. But it’s important to be open about the struggle that we’re facing. I still struggle with this journey, but I try to be open about it and embrace the mess in order to move through it.
In the running to be the next Yoga Warrior
I’m working on a really cool project with the National Academy of Sports Medicine, which will launch this summer, but I can’t say more about it right now. I am alsoin acontestto be the next Yoga Warrior – the prize is a feature in the Yoga Journal and $10K to support my work to make mindfulness accessible to all.
Daily Skincare Routine
My skin is combination - oily in some spots, dry in others. With the current mask situation, I also started developing acne for the first time in my life, especially in the summertime because the mask was trapping sweat on my skin.
I love using PURIFY ME during my morning shower, and then I use GLOW ME. I’m super light on skincare and makeup, so that takes me through the day. In the evening, I cleanse with PURIFY ME, and then I use pure ARGAN OIL. I use DETOX ME once a week, and just on spots that feel oily, like my nose.
Every night before bedtime, I do an affirmation ritual. This is when I use I AM LOVE, and I’ll just tap it on. This is my favorite FRÉ - I just love the scent!
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