About my work
I’m Shona Curley. I live in San Francisco with my family. I’ve been working with movement, bodywork and visualization since I was a teenager. Here is a description of my work, and how it has been shaped by Lyme disease. At the bottom of this page are links to articles I’ve written, and podcasts others have recorded with me.
In my teens I fell in love with modern dance. I got a BA in Dance from the University of Washington, and performed obsessively well into my 30s. My dance practice is the foundation of my career. I began teaching Pilates and practicing hands on bodywork in 1998, and after rehabilitating several of my own dance injuries, chose to focus on work with injuries and chronic pain. I co-own Hasti Pilates, a studio specializing in injury rehab and pain management.
In 2014 I became severely ill with chronic, neurological Lyme disease. As part of my healing process, I developed the meditations available on this site. I used them to re-train my body out of the crushing insomnia and anxiety that would hit in the middle of the night. When I began using these meditations, I started to sleep well again, and this was a turning point in my recovery.
Throughout my career performing and teaching, what has fascinated me most is the ability of thought to change physical function. Any dancer knows that what you imagine as you move will change the quality of the movement. What is less well known is this principle applies to physiology as well.
In my own practice and with my clients, I am amazed over and over by the mind's power to guide the body toward health. If you visualize your lymph washing and cleansing your brain, your lymph will begin to flow more freely. I see amazing examples of this every week in my work and within myself. It is my passion to share this information, and to help others find their own power to self heal.
Articles and Podcasts
January 5, 2019, East Bay Monthly, “The Tick That Took Me Out”
November 21, 2018, Podcast interview with Monica Michelle on Invisible not Broken
November 4, 2018, Video interview with Empowering the Village
September 21, 2018, Lymedisease.org, “Pilates Based Tools to Heal Lyme Disease Neck Pain”
August 10, 2018, Lymedisease.org, "Lyme, Mitochondria and the Power of the Heart"
August 9, 2018, Lyme Ninja Radio podcast interview with MacKay Rippey
June 26, 2018, Lymedisease.org, "Using your Mind to Help Fight Lyme Disease from Within"
June 8, 2018, The Mighty, "How Meditation has Helped my Insomnia Caused by Lyme Disease"
June 4, 2018, Too Sick and Naked podcast interview with Jackie Shea
June 1, 2018, Morethanlyme.com, "More Like Wilderness: A Story Through Lyme to Wellness"
April 20, 2018, Lymedisease.org "Here's My Remedy for Lyme Related Insomnia"
April 8, 2018, Smileylymie.com "Lyme Disease - Spiritual Task Master"
April 1, 2018, Red Kite Meditations became a member of Lymeadvise.com, with a featured page on their site.
March 3, 2018, Red Kite Meditations was profiled by Bay Area Lyme Foundation.
February 14th, 2018, Red Kite Meditations was profiled by Lymedisease.org.