Mallori was diagnosed with SLE – Lupus nephritis at the age of 17. Shortly after being diagnosed she began to pay more attention to the way the environment around her could impact the environment within her. Better understanding the body soon became of interest to her and she began studying nutrition and other human sciences. She soon found herself working as a technician in a dialysis clinic where she cared for patients who lived with the same condition as herself. For her, building relationships with patients and sharing experiences of living with kidney disorders was therapeutic. After several years in this area she decided to pursue a degree in nutrition with the hope to further reach and educate others about complementary options for improving quality of life, and treatment and prevention of chronic illness.
During her studies at UH, Mallori began interning with Dr. Terry Shintani, MD, JD, MPH, a locally practicing MD specializing in Complementary and Alternative Medicine, with a focus on plant based diets. Having begun to lean more towards a plant based lifestyle herself, she instantly felt at home helping him with his programs. The results she witnessed from his patients was further evidence of our dietary habits and ability to support or suppress what seemed to be a growing list of chronic diseases, especially those of autoimmunity.
With stress being a major trigger for her condition, she learned that nutrition wasn’t the only answer. In her early 20’s she found solace in the physical and mental practice of yoga. After over 10 years of practicing she felt a desire to share yoga with others. After earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition, she travelled to India and earned her certification to teach yoga.
Mallori currently teaches 1-2 times per week with an emphasis on integrating body movement with the breath while guiding students towards cultivating a deeper relationship between the breath, mind, body, health, and the environment that surrounds us. She also now assists Dr. Shintani with his practice out of the MOA Wellness Center in Kaka’ako where she continues to pick his brain and assists with various tasks such as, helping coordinate his health program, cooking demonstrations, compiling research data, diet analysis, electronic medical records and sitting in on patient consults. Her time is also spent working as a Marketing Manager for a local restoration company. Her life vision includes one day providing life and nutrition coaching to those who live with these conditions as well as those who wish to prevent them.
Come and experience yoga on April 28 with Mallori and learn more about how you can get healthy too!
Always be healthy and happy!
START EACH DAY WITH A GRATEFUL HEART!
Please remember everyone’s body is different and unique. Always discuss any areas of concern about your autoimmune disease with your doctor.
Hugs to all…..You can do it!
Don’t be afraid of failure. If you never try, you will never succeed.
Inviting everyone to join me and Mallori Choy at the Sjögren’s and Lupus Patient Conference on April 28, 2017. For more information and to register please visit slfhawaii.org.
Hope to see you there!
MAHALO TO OUR SPONSORS!!!