Health & Movement Coach
Founder of Empowered Artist Training and Fit Flow Fusion, Natalie Makardish has developed unique curricula and multifaceted kinetic approaches toward empowering her clientele through various healing modalities. Her interdisciplinary background in psychology, fitness, classical dance and theater invites an invigorating perspective toward educating and healing within the fitness, dance and eating disorder recovery communities.
Natalie subscribes to loving ourselves in our darkest spaces; embracing and shifting the strengths of our shadows and empowering our true Self through metaphor and symbolism. Her ‘heartwork’ encourages oneself to explore the relationship of unconscious intentions and unwanted behavioral patterns for a more conscious, balanced and nourished life. Most importantly, her sessions are about having fun, accessing internal joy and enjoying the given experience within and outside our body.
Loving and caring for our body through joyful and mindful movement, allows space for self-resilience, pleasure and peace outside of our movement practice. When we move mindfully, we get our emotions in motion. When we move mindfully, we hone our intuitive awareness and strengthen our overall self-efficacy. When we move mindfully, we develop a moving meditation that synchronizes our mind and body toward individuation. When we move mindfully, we amplify our authentic self, thus we are available to feed the starving artist from within.
Degrees & Education
- Master’s Degree, Depth Psychology, Sonoma State University
- Bachelor’s Degree, Psychology and Dance, Social Behavior, University of California, Irvine
- Yoga Teacher Certification, RYT 200, Embody Truth San Francisco
- Dance Movement Therapy, Rainbowdance, Sonoma
Training & Experience
Natalie studied Dance, Theater and Psychology at the University of California, Irvine and went on to graduate school where she studied Depth Psychology at Sonoma State University. Her training in Jungian Analysis, Dance Movement Therapy and Sports Psychology compliments her movement repertoire as a movement specialist and mental health consultant. She has instructed and designed mindful-movement curricula for dance academies and fitness studios; facilitated therapeutic groups within intensive eating disorder and substance abuse treatment programs; and sits on two non-profit boards that provide awareness, education and resources for individuals and families who are on their path to healing and recovery from an eating disorder.