Following Passion and Adapting in Business
"It all seems like a dream... spending my days enjoying dreamy rooftop pools in Thailand, and world famous co-working spaces in Bali"
Let's Start at the Beginning
When I first began practicing yoga in 2010, I was overwhelmingly drawn to the beauty and elegance of the physical practice. I loved how strong my body felt when flowing on the mat and how centered my mind became when focusing on my breath. Over time I began to realize there was more to yoga than simply moving your body on a mat and I was eager to learn more.
In 2015 I decided to embark on a journey to India to complete my first yoga teacher training and expand my knowledge of a yogic lifestyle. I quickly became fully immersed in the culture and philosophy of yoga and thrown into the beautiful balance of movement and stillness (as well as honking horns, cows, and no personal space!).
In India, yoga is still a very sacred practice which incorporates all eight limbs of the philosophy, opposed to westernized countries where we primarily focus on the physical aspects of yoga only. I began to understand and see how beautiful and therapeutic the lesser known limbs of yoga can be and realized the need for them at home in Canada with all of our chronic lifestyle diseases. I wanted to not only bring these teachings home for myself, but share them with others.
Yoga helped me to see every day as an opportunity to live more mindfully, consciously, fearlessly, and healthily.
Since then I have taken a number of yoga and meditation teacher trainings and practiced with hundreds of people around the world. Many students came to me with hopes of learning inversions, but soon realized that the heart of the practice and the real growth comes not from the movement but from the stillness and wisdom that already exists within.
One of the eight limbs of yoga includes ahimsa, which means to practice non-violence. Looking at this a little deeper, ahimsa means to love yourself as you love others, and visa versa. This is where vegan and vegetarianism connects with the yogic tradition, to treat all sentient beings with kindness and compassion. So, I decided to adapt a plant-based diet and started watching documentaries and following blogs that promoted this type of lifestyle. Naturally, all my friends and family would say “oh my gosh, where are you going to get your protein from!?”
Along with my friends and family, a lot of my yoga students started asking me about a plant-based diet but I didn’t have many answers for them, so I decided to go back to school. 2016 is when I started my education with the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN) where I studied to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist specializing in plant-based nutrition. I graduated from CSNN in 2018 and took Stephanie Long's confident client sessions course. I then felt ready to coach my yoga students into more of a holistic and plan-based diet.
Once I realized wellness coaching could actually provide a decent income for me, I wanted SO badly to make this my full-time work. But even with all my training and experience in the wellness industry, the one thing I never really got prepared for was how to be my own boss. I didn’t know how to start and run a business but I did know two things:
1) I wanted to make a living teaching and sharing my passions (yoga + nutrition), and
2) I wanted to create location independence in my life so I had the ability to travel more often.
I knew this second part meant working online in some capacity but I had no idea how this would manifest. I started reading books, listening to podcasts, watching documentaries and YouTube videos of successful people doing the things that I wanted to do. I took all of their tips and advice to heart and I started implementing the strategies, routines and processes into my life that they claimed helped them to become successful.
During this time, I learned a lot about myself. I also learned how to optimize my social media accounts and leverage them for business. I learned how to build and manage my own website, best SEO practices, copy-writing techniques, and email marketing. I created an online store and sold digital products that I made such as recipe books and yoga videos.
Within 6 months I began to do all of my wellness coaching online which gave me the freedom to quit my full-time job and travel down south to Central America with my fiance. We ended up living in Nicaragua for 7 months where I also led my very first wellness retreat, which was an absolute dream come true.
I was literally living my dream life! Something that I used to spend time visualizing actually became my reality.