What is Wellness Coaching?

There is no ‘single’ or ‘right’ answer to this question.

Wellness – the state or condition of being in good physical, mental, and emotional health.
Coaching – is training or development in which a person (coach) supports a learner in achieving specific personal goals

I coach my clients in making sustainable lifestyle changes, replacing self-defeating habits and patterns with empowering ones, and creating their most desirable lives built on a foundation of well-being.

How long will it take?

It really depends on your goals and how committed you are. If you’re simply wanting to reduce your stress or feel ‘less tight’ – you will experience results as soon as two-three weeks (practicing at least 2x/week). In order to maintain and/or make more profound and lasting change, consistent and continued practice is required. Simple as that. If you are interested in Yoga Therapy or Wellness Coaching, the same really applies, yet assuming that your goals are much more than limbering up or de-stressing, I would suggest working with me for a minimum of 8-10 months.

What is Yoga?

A centuries old science and philosophy proven to improve the health of mind and body. Physical postures, meditation techniques and breathing practices are available and beneficial to everyone and any age and in any condition. When practiced regularly, deep and lasting shifts occur in physical, mental and emotional patterning.

Here is a great science-based article:
Seven ways meditation can actually change the brain

What if I’m not flexible?

Yoga is not “for the flexible.” One of the greatest things about the science of Yoga is its incredibility to meet you where you are and organically lead you toward opening and balance. The asana (physical posture) portion of your practice can be entirely individualized so that you are getting the desired effect without having to look like someone on the cover of Yoga Journal. It’s really all about creating and supporting a healthy spine and I am well equipped to help you accomplish that. And consider this – Yoga is truly more about becoming more flexible in your mind than it is your body.

How often shall I ‘do’ yoga?

There can be many answers to this question – it all depends on what you are seeking or what your goals are. The deeper, more philosophical answer to this question is, “ You should practice everywhere all the time.” That is if you choose to use the science of raising consciousness as your foundation for living. If your goal it to lower stress levels, increase your flexibility, and simply feel better Two times per week is the minimum recommended. Working up to three times per week is a great goal. There are many different ways of practicing yoga and ‘schools’ and ‘styles’ of yoga that are important to consider. The answer I’ve given above refers to what much of our culture views as a practice – an hour class at a studio or with a private instructor involving a series of postures, breathing and a meditation at the end.

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda आयुर्वेद is sanskrit term literally meaning – knowledge/science (veda) of life (ayur). It is an ancient science of healing originating in India. Some refer to it as ‘the sister science of yoga.’ It is one of the oldest systems of holistic and natural medicine (dating back 5,000 years). Ayurveda is an elements-based science relating all components of life to – ether, air, fire, water, and earth. It describes movement, transformation, and structure as the three fundamental energies that govern our inner and outer environments. In Sanskrit, these three energies are known as Vata (Wind-movement), Pitta (Fire-transformation), and Kapha (Earth-structure). Each of us has a unique proportion of these three forces which shapes who and how we are. These proportions begin to shift from our Prakruti (balanced blueprint) from the moment we are born. Our present state of imbalance at any point in our life is called our Vikruti. Ayurveda assesses an individual’s Vikruti and helps move them back into the direction of balance using primarily diet, lifestyle changes, herbs and individualized yoga practices.

Contrary to what many believe – Yoga is actually the science of the mind, and Ayurveda – the science of the body.

What is an Ayurvedic assessment?

I currently use two different on-line Ayurvedic tests http://www.banyanbotanicals.com/info/prakriti-quiz/ http://www.banyanbotanicals.com/info/vikriti-quiz offered through a company called Banyan Botanicals to find out your Prakruti and your Vikruti. This gives us a fairly clear idea of where your primary imbalances lie so we have a starting point to work from.

What are you areas of specialized training?

E-RYT 500hr (which means my original YTT certification program was a 500 hour one – completed through Yoga Pura in Phoenix, AZ – and I have logged 1000 hours of teaching since)
Certified Wellness and Addiction Coach – World Coaching Institute
Certified Yoga Nidra Facilitator completed through Yoga Pura
Yoga for Mood Management Level 1 – trained with Amy Weintraub, author of Yoga for Depression
RYT 200hr – Personal Enrichment Program specializing on Yoga for Addiction and Codependency, Individualized Yoga Therapy, and Positive Psychology completed through The Breathing Space in Los Angeles, CA
80hr Ayurvedic Life Skills completed through The Breathing Space in Los Angeles, CA

What is the difference between Private Yoga instruction and Yoga Therapy?

Private yoga instruction involves me working one-one-one, usually once or twice weekly, going through a series of physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation practice. These practices at their core are all meant to reduce the unconscious, dis-ease causing patterns rooted in the mind.

Yoga Therapy involves the client/student and myself working together on a more personal level. They will share with me certain areas in their lives that they would like to improve, release, or create and I design a practice with components of yoga, positive psychology, and meditation for them to do on their own in between sessions. After our initial visits we will meet once or twice/month for an indefinite length of time. As their lives shift, so do the practices.

What is Positive Psychology?

There is no single definition of this term. Although it is a term coined by Abraham Maslow, Martin Seligman is known as the pioneer of this science. He worked with a man named Christopher Peterson to create Character Strengths and Virtues – what they describe as a ‘positive’ counterpart to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Essentially a compilation of their findings from scientific studies on what can go right in our minds rather than what can go wrong. For decades, the majority of the grants and funding for scientific studies of the brain were only given to those studying disorders and mental illness. In his later works, Seligman shares his ‘Well-Being Theory’ where he concludes that there are five elements to “well-being”: (PERMA) (Learn more here)

Positive emotion — Can only be assessed subjectively
Engagement — Like positive emotion, can only be measured through subjective means. It is presence of a flow state
Relationships — The presence of friends, family, intimacy, or social connection
Meaning — Belonging to and serving something bigger than one’s self
Achievement — Accomplishment that is pursued even when it brings no positive emotion, no meaning, and nothing in the way of positive relationships.

This field has grown exponentially since his studies began and there is much that I have and will continue to draw from it to share with my clients.

How can yoga help me at work?

In many ways. To name just a few: It will help to improve your mental focus improving your productivity. It will help you to breathe more deeply and exhale more completely – keeping the nervous system calm. It will help you to sleep better allowing you to be more clear headed and energized at work.

How can yoga improve my relationships?

As your practice continues, shifts will take place on deeper mental, physical, and emotional levels. An increased awareness of your thoughts, behaviors, and reactions takes place and you almost effortlessly become more patient, open minded, and compassionate – which helps to improve ALL relationships. As far as sexual relationships to, as your stress levels lower and your sleep improves, so can your libido. As your body begins to feel more healthy and flexible, you will desire to maintain that feeling by being conscious of what you put in it and how you spend your time. Increased energy and lower stress levels keep your mind and emotions on a more even which improves communication which is key to all relationships as well.