Ayurvedic Health Counselor, 500hr-RYT, doTERRA Wellness Advocate
Hey there! My name is Sabrina Bonaiuto and I am so happy you made your way over here. I look forward to getting to know you, here is a little peek into my life story...
I was born in Long Island, New York into a big Italian family. I spent the first few years of my life surrounded by laughs, pasta (pastina to be exact) and lots of Pecorino Romano cheese.
When I was five, mom and dad blessed me with a little brother, Vincent. The first time I stepped into a leadership role, becoming a big sister. Although, now that we are older he's repaying me for the years of lessons. He is so smart.
Seven years old is where I feel like my life story really begins. I was diagnosed with a heart condition, putting me in and out of the hospital for years to follow. What I found interesting in reflecting back on this experience, is that I never feared this heart condition. I was not anxious when I was lying in a hospital bed as doctors surrounded me attempting to stabilize my little heart. I dealt with it, as we do with anything happening in the present moment. It's after the happening, where anxiety settles in. The "what if this happens again?"
I can't say my diagnosis caused my anxiety, because honestly, mental health disorders are so engrained throughout my family tree. But, I will say my diagnosis formed what my anxiety would be feeding off of for the rest of my life. Ultimately leading me to doing what I do today.
In 2014, I started studying Health Psychology at a small college in Upstate, New York, where I currently live. I had every intention of becoming a therapist. During this time I reconnected deeply with a practice I was first introduced to as a kid, yoga! I found a studio that was walking distance to my college called, "Jai," where I started taking weekly classes. I was so inspired by the teachers at this studio. It reminded me of why I was so intrigued by yoga to begin with. I started getting this itch to teach yoga, I listened.
In 2015 I embarked on my first yoga teacher training. Teaching yoga has shaped me into who I am today as a young adult in so many ways. I am grateful for this opportunity and for everyone who has trusted me with their practice along the way.
In 2016 I was really starting to open my eyes to alternative medicine. I already had my yoga experience as proof of what was possible in my own health journey. I knew there was more. I started finally connecting to my body, mind and spirit in ways I never had. I started noticing what made me feel alive, and well...what did not. It was here where I was first introduced to dōTERRA's Essential Oils. Like anyone learning about alternative solutions for the first time, I was confused and at some points I was even skeptical. Until I started reaching for these little glass bottles over and over and over again. Until I realized, these bottles were more than just bottles of oil; they were bottles of plant wisdom.
In 2018, I decided it was time to embark on another yoga teacher training. So, I landed in my 300-Hour YTT at Jai Yoga School. It was here where I was reminded of another ancient science that always grabbed my attention....Āyurveda. We will loop back to this in a bit.
In 2019 I became a dōTERRA Wellness Advocate. I gave myself three years prior to experience the beauty of pure essential oils before I realized I needed to share them with the world. Actually, technically I was already sharing them. I just made it official by stepping into the business of dōTERRA. I began linking arms with people from all over the world with similar missions. Within the same year I found myself immersed in the studies of Āyurveda, India's system of medicine. I spent hours upon hours (650+ to be exact) studying this beautiful science.
In 2020, I graduated from Kripalu's School of Āyurveda as an Āyurvedic Health Counselor.