Ligia Gomez St. Petersburg, Florida
Life Coach, Health and Fitness Coach
MPH, 500 RYT (Yoga Alliance Registered)
In life, we all run into walls. Chronic pain. Debilitating self-criticism or self-doubt. Unhealthy patterns when dealing with pain, grief or uncertainty.
I spent my 20s and part of my 30s struggling with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and related GI-difficulties, and a baseline of stress that kept creeping up. I woke up most days feeling drained, nauseous, and overwhelmed. My background is in public health and human services, and I increasingly struggled with peaks of high motivation and dedication and lows of burnout, resentment and isolation. I was over-doing in the work, while neglecting the relationships with my partner, family and friends. It was clear that my way of approaching career and life were not sustainable physically, mentally or emotionally.
During those years, I visited many GIs, changed my diet, took stress management courses, and jumped between a lot of other strategies that provided only temporary relief. It wasn't until I had the support of coaches to patiently uncover the underlying drivers of my IBS and stress - perfectionism, lack of self-empathy, a lack of connection with my body, among others - that I started to see a light at the end of the tunnel.
In my work with clients, the first step is clearly identifying what needs attention in your life right now - back pain; recovering from an injury; chronic stress or anxiety; facing a big change like retirement, childbirth or divorce; or trying to get better sleep are just some examples. We set ourselves up for success when our coaching plan is targeted and when we have the confidence to start with the big stuff first.
From there, we work on the most potent therapeutic practices for you: slowing down the racing mind, training your capacity for stillness and inward attention, building awareness of deep-seated patterns of action and thought, and implementing protocols for interrupting your automated responses - ultimately helping you make the small adjustments that add up to big transformation.
7 reviews (5.0)
Working with Ligia over the past several months has been a unique experience for me. I have spent many years trying to "manage" my life, including seeking help and support in many other places. I have spent countless years staying so busy with work and family that I never make time for changes I desire to have in my personal life. I have used staying overly busy as my avoidance and my excuse. Ligia has helped me focus on the things that are important to me, things I desperately want to be a larger part of my life. She has absolutely helped me find better balance. She understands how easily I am caught up in old habits of planning, researching, and spending all of my time working. She is teaching me how to slow down, recognize the things important to me, and give myself time to appreciate things I love. She has helped me dream about things in my future without only planning the logistics. Ligia not only holds me accountable, she has helped me hold myself accountable to the changes I am incorporating into my daily life. She works from a place of compassion, without judgment and reminds me to have an open heart. Ligia provides amazing follow-up and guidance for me to continue moving in a direction that improves my day-to-day life and helps me challenge old habits every day. I highly recommend working with Ligia for anyone who wants to redirect their life in a more meaningful and balanced direction.Nicky Jardine
"Working with Ligia has been life changing. I tried working with a few different ADHD specialists, to help me get a handle on developing coping mechanisms and getting them to stick. They always just gave me a list of to dos and things to try, but they never worked. I needed help getting to the source of my executive dysfunction issues, to try to figure out what was really holding me back from making any meaningful changes. That’s why I love working with Ligia. In our sessions, she listens to what’s really going on with me and works with me to pick apart anything that’s holding me back. We’re working on healing the little traumas and fear stories that have worsened my ADHD over the years and we’re laying a foundation that will allow me to be successful with the coping mechanisms we create. It’s only been a few months, but I’ve already seen real progress. I see where my limits are and can address them before overwhelm sets in. I can calm my emotions and recenter when I feel them getting out of hand. With Ligia’s help, I’ve started creating real structure to help me accomplish tasks and manage my ADHD and it’s come as much from healing practices, as it has from the coping mechanisms, all of which she’s helped me develop and grow. I feel like a normal person again, like I’m really stepping into the best version of myself. I owe that in large part to Ligia. She’s truly great at what she does. She makes a real difference and she does it in a human, connective way that makes you feel like you matter. I highly recommend Ligia to help you on your healing journey. She’s truly helped me with mine.”Kelly W.
For most of my life, my thinking and reactions to situations at times resulted in discomfort in my mind and body. It seemed as if the same complaints were often coming up and became a mantra of "That's just how as it is". While practicing yoga at St Petersburg virtual classes, I began to feel physical benefits in my breath and body movements. The videos also taught the same yogi concepts apply to your mind and your life. This got my attention as I want to understand myself better and live a more balanced life. It's a challenge to identify key areas in my thinking that might be getting in the way, so I was amazed after the first private session with Ligia how helpful it is to talk to an objective person skilled in asking questions that guide me to see myself clearly and without judgement. She is easy to talk with and she picks up on things I say which point to possible imbalances and then we discuss these and balancing practices. I was skeptical at first, and now see positive changes in my thinking and feel more at ease and in control of my reactions. I'm becoming more comfortable with recognizing old ways and the freedom to choose new responses. It's a beautiful thing, being able to talk with Ligia who offers the kind guidance I need to develop skill using yogi practices to address my thoughts and reactions in more constructive ways.L Taylor
Restorative yogabetter than therapy! I am new to yoga, but a few months ago I started having some very painful bloating and intestinal issues. I was subsequently diagnosed by my gastroenterologist with something called SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth). My stomach problems were being exacerbated by my anxiety so, as part of my treatment, my doctor recommended I look into restorative yoga to learn about deep breathing and relaxation methods. I was lucky enough to come across Ligia at St Petersburg Yoga. I can honestly say that working with her has changed my life. Ive always been a high-anxiety personality, always trying to fix things. Through her restorative yoga sessions, Im learning to retrain my brain to focus on the here and now. While Im still working on treating my gut issues (its not a quick fix), Ligias sessions have enabled me to reduce my anxiety, which has greatly reduced my pain. Even my husband has commented on the positive change in my outlook on life. Im in my 60s and I wish I had found this yoga practice years ago.Lydia Ladwig
Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time. Ruth Bader Ginsberg. I met Ligia in May of 2019 when I walked into St. Petersburg Yoga for the first time.I was depleted physically, emotionally, and mentally, exhausted from overworking and the deaths of my father and a close friend. I was filled with grief, anger, resentment, and regret. I intended the practice to be a means to escape the pain through avoidance, not transformation. I didnt even know what yoga was. Ligia had to build me from the ground up. The thing I value most about Ligia is her dedication to each student as an individual, even when were in a group setting. She knows me because she listens not only to the things I share verbally and through email, but also to the silences. She recognizes patterns often--even before I do. For example, when my father died, I was sad, but equally angry. I was overwhelmed by his death, but as an overdoer, I was already on overload. I started throwing everything away. I told her I was overwhelmed with stuff, and it had to go. She gently nudged me in a more appropriate direction by reminding me that I was overwhelmed in all areas of my life. I was focused on the one that caused the most pain, taking the out of sight, out of mind approach. One year later, I was sad and angry when my husband deployed, and I repeated the pattern, discarding his and our things. I mentioned I had two days to get rid of everything in a joking way during class, not sharing that I was sad and angry. In fact, I pretended it was nice to be alone. Ligia reminded me of my pattern of out of sight, out of mind. Again, she nudged me gently, and we began again. Ligia creates a warm environment, whether one-on-one or in a group. I never feel judged, and shes helped me with judgement of self and others. In weekly meetings and workshops, Ive learned to act with intention, specifically with communication and difficult conversations when I hold myself accountable and don't get the same in return. I recognize when my emotions are heightened and Im reacting to pain. Ive learned how to respond to my own resistance to change. Through self awareness, Im more compassionate to myself and others. I also recognize edge and when it's time to reset my gauges. Ligia, for me, is as valuable as my mat. Through her, Im taking one step at a time toward real change.Beth Bailey
I came to coaching with many years of physical pain and mental habits that were keeping me small. With Ligia, I have found relief in my body, less worry in my mind and felt more confident with important life changes in family, relationships and work.Luz M
I've been working with Ligia for the past year, she has been a great support in many aspects of my life. She has given me the tools to cope with my fears and anxiety. Afert every session we have together, I feel more empowered to face those fears through all the excercises she proposes. She has also good material to read that also helps throughout the journey. I not only recommend Ligia as a life coach, but I will definitely continue my personal growth with her.Veronica Moncada Góez