My name is Cassandra Madsen & I go by "Casi" or "Ara."
I channel messages as "Ara Golden Eagle."
I am a Coach, Yogini, Maker, Writer & Speaker.
I came into this world claircognizant with a strong connection to Spirit.
I have been developing my ability to listen & act on my intuition over the past twenty years while bringing what I have learned (& will continue to learn) to thousands of others. We all have Innate Wisdom within each of us. We simply need to slow down, practice, develop & listen.
I am the survivor of sexual & psychological abuse, long term eating disorders & of course, a long list of past life trauma. And at the same time, NONE OF THIS TRAUMA DEFINES ME. I have learned from these stories, these experiences, these memories & I've healed, grown & overcome these stories, these experiences, these memories.
I believe in forgiveness, as well as fierceness.
I am here to break free the shackles & help others "Awaken Their Power While Loving Themselves in Their Entirety."
In 2002, I began using yoga & meditation in addition to strength training & running as part of my spiritual & physical practices. In 2003, I went to the University of Vermont on a generous track & field scholarship for pole vaulting; & in 2007, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education with a double concentration in Psychology & Communication Sciences.
In 2004, I became a Certified Personal Trainer & began training others by way of individual & group sessions. Through 2009, I was a personal trainer at Equinox on Greenwich Avenue in New York City. In 2010, my father passed suddenly & my spiritual practice deepened. With this, I declared the decision to move back into the Green Mountains of Vermont & begin my Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Vermont. With a strong focus on Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Philosophy and Mantra, I completed my 200, 300 & 500 hour certifications while registering with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher. I continued to train athletes & non-athletes alike at The Edge while teaching Women's Self-Defense & building Babecamp, a small-group strength training class focused on empowering women to feel comfortable in the weight room.
After 15 years of going deep within both the spiritual as well as the physical, I now have a strong handle on what it means to balance both.
There is no one way, one direction or one route.
There is this dynamic balance we must
while living in this multi-dimensional world.
I am a multi-faceted being; highly charged energetically, spiritually & physically.
In 2014, after 7 years of working in the fashion, snowboarding & sales industries, I decided to find a part-time job which would allow me the freedom to dive into my teachings, without the stress of a corporate career. Within a couple of years, I spent time as a baker, barista & retail merchandiser. Within the same time period, I helped to start a (501c3) equine rescue called Nandi Animal Rescue.
In 2016, I began my own vintage & botanicals brand, Mads & Moss, while continuing to teach yoga, mantra & meditation, writing daily & working a part-time job.
In 2017, I began Priestess Path with ALisa Starkweather & thus I began realizing I am allowed to be all that I am, all I have been & all I want to be -- ALL AT THE SAME TIME.
Time is not linear & neither are we.
Now, we embark into 2018, I am feeling strong, clear & ready.
I am not sure as to where this all goes or where this all takes us, yet I feel content in being here.
I find happiness in small moments with immense amounts of gratitude.
I have decided to streamline all my businesses & fuse all of my facets into one space.
Ran by one multi-faceted being.
Thank you for finding your way here.
Finding your way through, to this space.
I honor you wherever you are in your process.
What a wildly, beautiful journey we have each signed up for.
If you would like to connect with me for yoga, wellness and/or self-care coaching, let's do so. Your Intuition knows what's best for you. If you have the slightest bit of inquiry somewhere in your body, lets discuss how I might be able to assist you on your way. I may very much be apart of your sacred path. We all call in beings along our journeys which will inevitably help us towards our Highest Potential, Greatest Good. Let's talk & decide together if I may be apart of yours.
Thank you for sharing this space with me. I hope you come back often & tell a friend or two to join us. I hope you may find solace or inspiration through some of the writing medicine found here. I hope to have you for a class or workshop. I hope to make you a magical Moon Candle one day or every month. I hope we energetically connect. Yet at the same time, its okay if we don't. I reserve this space to allow me to share my learning & lessons in a raw & vulnerable way while I walk my own path towards Clarity & my own Higher Good. Please respect how this looks for me & how this looks differently for everyone. I come to you with pure intent & wish my words & offerings to hold love for you while holding an immense love for my Self. Thank you strongly!
[Casi Mads | Ara Golden Eagle]