Hi, I’m Courtney. I empower women to reclaim their connection to their body, vitality and radiant health through the wisdom of Ayurveda and Somatic Experiencing.
In my late 20s I had a physical breakdown. From a young age, I was passionate and driven, aiming for perfection. I was obsessed with drama and addicted to adrenaline. I felt the suffering and injustices of the world and I set to “saving it” through social work and academia. I teetered on the brink of burnout for many years. After finishing graduate school and moving to San Francisco in 2005, by body finally gave in.
Despite having just earned a master’s degree, I was unclear on my life purpose. My relationships were chaotic. I had social anxiety and was craving connection and “higher” experiences, so I partied. A lot. I was obsessed with my weight and body image so I pushed myself to the brink with exercise, even though I was exhausted. I didn’t know how to cook. I ate “healthy” food but every meal was takeout. I took supplement after supplement thinking I’d someday find the holy grail that would restore my health. I had been practicing yoga for 6 years – a practice which had a massive impact on my physical and mental health. But something was still missing.
In my quest to heal myself, I found Ayurveda. I began to understand that the chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression, skin and digestive issues were simply signals my body was sending me. I started to see that my obsession with living my life according to external concepts of perfection, success, and beauty were driving me to ignore those signals. My habits were a reflection of this. As I shifted my diet and lifestyle, I felt an immediate impact. My digestion dramatically improved and my skin cleared up within weeks. My energy rebounded and I started to feel deeply nourished in a way I had never felt before. My mind became steady and clear, as did the way forward. But most importantly, I now had the tools to heal and strengthen myself every day through my habits.
I thrived for years as I ran my own Ayurvedic Medicine practice in San Francisco and had my first child. My path of motherhood coincided with a cross-country relocation, the loss of my father, and years of sleep deprivation. After finally settling into my new home outside Boston, my anxiety and chronic fatigue paid a visit again. I now needed more than just healing knowledge. The demands of motherhood required a paradigm shift. I knew that without the support of a growth-minded, evolutionary community, I wouldn’t thrive on this path of motherhood in the way I had dreamed. So, I joined a dynamic group based on the wisdom of Ayurveda and my life shifted in profound ways. I recovered my health far beyond what I had experienced even in my early years. I began to understand the true feeling of “thrive” and, by natural extension, my husband and children did too.
I’ve designed my offerings around these crucial elements for a life of radiant health and vitality:
- Ayurvedic practices that align your physiology with the rhythms of nature, removing obstacles to you body’s innate healing impulse and vitality.
- Somatic Experiencing practices to help you understand your nervous system, how to regulate it, release trauma and build greater capacity to handle stress and experiencing pleasure.
- Nurturing community to sustain you as you move deeper into your healing.
My passion is supporting you to live your fullest potential: to have greater vitality, stronger immunity, a calm, clear mind, deeper relationships, the wisdom to heal yourself and the power to fully live your life purpose. The health obstacles I’ve overcome illuminated a clear path for me, to guide others to revolutionize their health and experience deep personal freedom. I do this work because I’ve lived it. I do this work because I love it. And I do this work to empower you with the tools and wisdom to heal yourself, just like I did, and to thrive, just like you were born to do.
“[When joining Radiant Living] I honestly didn’t have high hopes for it helping my pain but would have been satisfied just to get a bit healthier and deal with my stress better. I’m amazed to say I got all three, but relieving my back pain has been the most life-changing. I can sleep without waking in pain, exercise like I used to, do whatever I want with my kids, and just live a regular life now. This all happened within the first 6 months of the course. I can’t wait to see my improvements in the next 6 months!”
“As a long-time yogi, I believed that I had quite a bit of knowledge on wellbeing, but something in my body wasn’t feeling right. I was drawn to this course as I knew something needed to change. What I learned in working with Courtney LaCava and Radiant Living was a new and healthier way of being. By incorporating small shifts and mindfulness around the habits, I feel better and more balanced than I have in years!”
“Courtney’s [Radiant Living] Coaching Group is worth its weight in gold. She meets you where you are and her gentle approach is grounded in deep knowledge of the 5,000-year-old Ayurvedic practice that she makes applicable to today’s busy world. I walked away with sustainable, simple new habits that help me live my best days.”