Monday Motivation Interview with Erin from Uniquewellnesscodes – dive deep into your genetics!

I remember a time when I felt like I should giving up on Yoga teaching, Wellness and stick with my office 9 – 5 Job.

I felt there were already enough teachers, massage therapists and Ayurvedic health coaches.

Right now you maybe might be feeling the same and alone on your journey to make your money with what you really want to do and love, your Dharma!

I have been there too.

But there is enough space for all the health coaches, wellness fairies, massage therapists, Yoga teachers. We all can make it. And so I love to share here from time to time powerful and inspiring people which already live their Dharma, their purpose! There are so many different ways and possibilities!

I share those interviews with you so that you know: YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

If you ever feeling alone on this journey to become your own boss and finally do what you love and what is truly fullfilling you, come back to this blog and get your daily dose of empowerment!

Today I want to introduce you to a wonderful scientific skilled lady and friend of mine – her name is Erin, she is known as Uniquewellnesscodes on Instagram! What she exactly does, you can read here below! Have a great start into your new week and let´s raise the vibes out there, wellness warriors of light! 😉

  • Erin, „From Ayurveda With Love“ means compassion and finding our Dharma in life, so can you tell us what you are compassionate about?

I am compassionate about the struggles people have with finding optimal health and living their best life.

  • Tell us where do you come from, what you are doing and what your plans look like for the rest of 2019?

I am from Pittsburgh, PA and have lived in Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and San Francisco.  I recently moved to Boulder, CO and expanding my online wellness business into some in-person work.  I am looking to teach Yoga and practice Reiki part time as well.

  • Where do you teach/work/heal actually?

 I work mainly online but can see people in person in the Boulder/Denver area as well.

  • What do you know about Ayurveda? Do you practice it also besides Yoga?

My Integrative Health Training provided education on Ayurveda, but it is not my strong suit. I know details about the Doshas. I practice tongue scraping, dry brushing, and try to reign in my Pitta-ness with cooling diet and exercise. I like to make kitchari in the winter for cleansing.

  • What are your thoughts on Ayurveda?

It is a great resource for health and healing and overlaps with other modalities I use.

  • Do you know your Dosha constitution?

Yes, I know that I am Pitta-Kapha!

  • How does your perfect morning routine looks like?

I like Reiki while still in bed, tongue scraping and brushing my teeth, go to the bathroom. Have lemon water and celery juice. Meditate and/or go for a walk and/or journal. Eat breakfast.

  • How do you integrate Ayurveda into your day to day life?

By tongue scraping and dry brushing.

  • Is there some Ayurvedic practice you would like to try but never had the chance?

I would love to try an Abhyanga massage!

  • Are you into Yoga or practicing it?

I love Yoga!  I practice Kundalini, Vinyasa, Yin Yoga and Buti Yoga. I am also certified to teach.

  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?

With a thriving wellness practice and teaching other practitoners how to incorporate genetics/nutrigenomics into their practice. Hosting wellness retreats with Yoga and Reiki.

  • What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?

Being impatient and overly direct.  (I’m an Aries and Pitta!!!!)  I am so aware of these innate qualities and have really learned to trust the timing of life and soften my demeanor and words.

  • How did you found the path you are on right now? Was there a key moment?

Everything I have done has led me to this moment.  I started as a genetic counselor in 2005 after getting a Bachelors in Biochemistry and a Masters degree in genetics.  I worked with patients for 10+ years and 3 at a genetics lab creating content and leading the clinical oncology product line. Through my own health struggles, I learned and was in the functional medicine system and became very interested in holistic healing through food and lifestyle

  • How important is meditation to you?

I meditate daily.  It helps to keep stress at bay, gives me a lot of clairty and gets my mind quiet.  I do mostly guided meditations and quiet meditations in nature.  I love binaural beats and sound baths at night.

  • What is your philosophy and spiritual path?

I believe that everyone is truly unique when it comes to what works best for them health wise and in life.  Modalities I think everyone can benefit from are mediation, inner child and shadow work, and journaling. I also resonate with Astrology, Human Design, energy healing, and Psych-K.

  • What have you done into the last year to improve yourself?

I’ve done a lot of inner work and emotional work.  I used to be a workaholic, perfectionist and total relationship avoidant.  Through the help of a fanstastic life and human design coach and online reparenting course, I have cleared a lot of blocks and I am much more emotionally stable and not reactive.

  • Who has been your greatest influence?

There’s really not one person I can think of. I have been fortunate enough to have mentors and expanders in different areas of my life.

  • What is your greatest strength?

Taking very complex medical information and making it digestive, relatable and actionable.

  • How do you handle stress and pressure?

I rarely get stessed anymore.  When I get stressed or overwhelmed, I recognize the feeling and use some of my skills to work through it.  That could be breath work, going for a walk, asking for help, or just doing one thing at a time.  Daily mediation and Yoga practice helps.  Getting into water or nature is a huge stress reliever for me. I also support myself with lots of fruits and veggies, B- Vitamins, Magnesium and Ashwagandha/Holy Basil/Reishi when needed.

  • What are your favorite self-care practices and rituals?

Yoga, Kundalini, Mediation, New and Full moon rituals, Reiki, salt baths, saging, being in nature, enjoying good food with friends, and quality timewith myself and to rest when needed.

  • Are you into Wellness?

Yes!  I believe wellness is so much more than diet and exercise.  It has so much to do with your well being, mental health, relationships and what is going on inside the body at a biochemical level.

  • What are your thoughts about the Zero Waste movement and do you also try to reduce your waste?

Yes!  Living in Boulder makes it easy to compost, recycle and really think about packaging and any plastic use!

I’ve also been trending towards a more minimalist lifestyle when it comes to clothes and material possessions.

  • Where do you find your ideas for your creative content? Is there also a “outer” life besides posting and blogging, like painting?

Luckily I have turned my hobbies into a career. My creativity comes in stillness, from writing.  I also love to photograph colorful food and nature scenery. I have a love for personal fashion and asthetic as well.

  • Where can we find you on Social Media and in the World Wide Web?

@uniquewellnesscodes on instagram.  www.uniquewellnesscodes.com

  • Do you have got a favorite quote you would like to share with us?

“If everyone likes you, you are doing something wrong.” 

This made me realize I am not for everyone, but the more authentic and aligned I am, the best people for me come into my life.

Give her a like and some love on Insta! ❤️

Thank you so much for your time Erin! I hope to host a retreat with you in future and to meet you in person!

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Interview with Montserrat Arias aka “Sassyyogagirl” – a honest talk about mental health awareness and women´s rights!

Get to know one of my loveliest friends, far away from Motivation Monday this week, but a truly inspiring Wonder Woman and Yogini, fighting for women´s rights, spreading love and beautiful art! Sassy is such a unique person – read more about here! And promise me to watch her page! 🙂

From Ayurveda With Love means compassion and finding our Dharma in life, so can you tell us what you are compassionate about?

Pretty much every living being on this earth, humans have become so selfish, values are all confused, and for me compassion is the only way to make a real change, compassion to the earth, the animals, to other human beings and yourself. The world is upside down, but I have so much hope that there are so many people that want a change, and that change starts with love and compassion, no other way. And I consider myself one of those persons that want a change.

Tell us where do you come from, what you are doing and what your plans look like for 2019?

I am from Mexico, I am a freelancer at heart, so I don´t have a particular job. I work in so many fields, and my plans for this year is to open an online jewelry store. I am a firmly believer to the power of crystals, amulets, symbols, and I want to finally give life to that project.

Where do you teach and work actually?

As I mentioned before,I have different types of jobs, I work as a Yoga teacher in workshops for women empowerment. I work as an English and Spanish teacher. As I do some work as a model.

Tell us more about your latest project on Instagram – you work there on a project on domestic violence. What it is exactly about and how did you get started about this one?

At some point, social media became so confusing, even toxic in some way, although it has lots of beautiful benefits, as reaching out to amazing people but the dark side, is pretty dark. April is my birthday month and I had the need to make something meaningful, more than just upload photos. So I contact this group, and as April is the month of domestic violence awareness, and I know they do an amazing cause helping men, women, even children and persons with trafficked background to heal through Yoga practice, I decided that was going to be my birthday present.

You also donate for this project; tell us where people can help with and how!

The campaign is called #healmetoo, the groups name is @exhale2inhale and you can find them on Instagram with that name and they have an ongoing fundraising, and this April you can go to my Instagram account @sassyyogagirl and there’s a direct link to make a donation. Going back to the first question, its all about compassion, even if you don´t feel related with the subject, you are a human, same as them, and the fact that people support them in the healing process through Yoga is so meaningful. Because they are humans, as you, as me and we all deserve compassion.

You represent a strong female character in your art and social media accounts, what are your thoughts on feminism?

Feminism for me means equality, equal rights, and equal opportunities, stop that conception that women are either fragile things that need to be protected, or whores and sexual objects, for doing exactly what men can do and they are not condemned.

Do you think that the Yoga scene is also a problem with it´s mostly white, skinny, privileged role models they show on magazines and social media?

This is such a deep question, I mean I love to see beautiful images but it´s sad at some point that social media is projecting Yoga as wearing matching outfits, that are ridiculous expensive, doing super advance postures, and so many girls are so obsessed to become part of that movement, it seems sometimes that the practice becomes to get to a posture and post it with certain outfit, and that´s so far from the Yoga wisdom. I fell into that pattern for sure, giveaways, challenges, likes, followers, and that’s when I realized how toxic this could be. I am very open with my followers about dealing with depression and anxiety and how much Yoga has helped me in the darkest moments, but there´s so many people that look to those photos with crazy postures and beautiful sets and the trendiest outfits in super skinny bodies and they just feel like Yoga is not for them, because they don´t fit with that images. The world needs more Yoga, I can´t imagine what could happened to me without it, and this image of perfection can create so much confusion for people that, as in my case, Yoga could save their life. What do you know about Ayurveda? Do you practice it already?

I am just opening to it thanks to Jasmine, and it’s such a huge world of wisdom, mind, body, soul, and the importance of balance and interior work. I am just starting to learn about it, and how can I open myself and integrate it to my life, moreover with the disease that I deal with, I think it will be so helpful.

I am curious…What are your thoughts about Ayurveda?

As I think about it ´s like programing your mind to work for your benefit, to use the great power of it to live your best version. 

Do you know which Dosha you are?   

I don’t, but I will.

How does your perfect morning routine looks like?

Begin the day with a gentle Yoga practice, a deep meditation, and I take a lot of care of my skin, since I started with mental issue I developed cystic acne so my routine takes a while, but I like to give myself those couple of hours, before I start with my obligations.

How do you integrate Ayurveda into your day to day life?

I am so interested in the relationship with the food, and I would love to know more about it.

You obviously practice Yoga – what is your routine?

Yeah I practice pretty much everyday and I try to have a morning and night practice.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?

You know that´s a question I really avoid, when you have a mental disease the first person you have to be compassionate is with yourself, some days you are a functional person, you can even go out and have a social life and suddenly you are afraid to even get out of your room, and you feel so much pain, and loneliness, and because of the huge stigma around mental disease, you isolate yourself from the world. And is really something that you have to take day by day, so I rarely thing about anything but the 24 hours ahead of me, and set goals for the day and try to accomplish them, if I can´t I don’t beat myself anymore, tomorrow it´s a new opportunity.

What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?

My disease. Understand that it is a disease, that it can be cured, and that I am taking the correct steps, and moreover and what really changed the game is becoming really compassionate with myself.

How did you find the path you are on right now?

I always have been very active, and I use to practice Yoga but not really getting into the whole world of it, but Yoga is so magical that even if you don´t realize it you get the benefits! When my condition began to be something I was not controlling anymore, I wasn’t eating or sleeping and I went from alcohol to meds, and things just got so out of control. I ended up in the hospital- and that day I decided, I need to do something, or I am going to die. And that same day I enrolled to my first 200hrs of teacher training and literally it saved my life. And it gave me the need to share how amazing it is.

How important is meditation to you?

So important, before I started to practice it, and understood it, which is not easy -and I had panic attacks the first time, which is something I really don´t wish to anybody – meditation has become my hand break, when I feel the first symptoms, I just stop everything and do some meditation, and it definitely works.

What is your personal philosophy and spiritual path?

Love is the only way, and you are in this world for a purpose, trust your path, and let your spiritual self guide you, let go of control.

What have you done into the last year to improve yourself?

I know I have repeated a lot, but I learned the importance of self love and compassion, when you deal with this type of diseases you always feel guilty, ashamed, a burden to everybody, and it´s not easy, but I practice compassion towards me all the time and the fact that through my experience I have reached people with the same issue in a positive way, that means the world to me.

Who has been your greatest influence?

My mother, she´s such a special human being and do so much for so many people, and is always fighting for the indigenous people rights that sadly in Mexico they are so mistreated, she practice equality and love. And I know I wouldn’t be alive if it wasn’t for her and her unconditional love.

What is your greatest strength?

I would like to believe that I have opened channels that allow me to impact lives in a positive way.

How do you handle stress and pressure?

I don’t hahaha, but I guess I avoid falling into destructive patterns with Yoga, meditation, time and self-love.

What are your favorite self-care practices and rituals?

My skin care routine is a most, I am always searching and trying different natural mixtures that improve my skin, and also my crystals cleansing techniques are such an important moment for me, as the practice of Yoga itself.

Where do you find your ideas for your creative content?

I am very lucky to have very close an out of this world artist, such a genius, and for me creating different characters for photo shoots is like therapy, and I embrace my sensuality with no guilt or sense of look at me.  It’s my body, my rules, my ideas, and in that area I don’t care much about criticism or the opposite of men thinking you are that way to give place for them to be disrespectful, I really have learned to be myself and don’t let anybody make me feel bad about it.

Where can we find you on Social Media and in the World Wide Web?

I am working on my website, which I intent to blog and open the subject of mental health, so many people live with this condition in different ways and the stigma is so big, if I can reach one person and make them feel they are not alone, I will feel so fulfill, moreover if I can get to more people. I have my Instagram account @sassyyogagirl and YouTube channel with the same name where I want to share so many things but I haven´t really develop it as it should be, as I said sometimes you feel that little things that you really want seem like a marathon ahead, but I will make it, and in Mexico I have a Facebook page with the same intention and spread positivity and Yoga.

Do you have a favorite quote you would like to share with us?

“Life is a journey not a destination.”

Thank you so much

With love, Montse

Thank you so much Montserrat for taking all the time! And now – let´s donate for a great cause and watch Sassy´s page on Insta! I am sure we all have some extra money left after the Easter holidays! Spread some love and see you on Sunday,

Namaste! 🙂

Interview with Angela Glaz – Founder Of Eka Yoga, Seattle – Win an Online Consultation with her!

We are super excited and honored to Feature This week Angela Glaz on “From Ayurveda With Love!” Angela is a radiant and joyful Yogateacher, Ayurvedic Counselor and The Founder and studio Owner from “Eka Yoga” in Seattle, WA. How to win the Online Consultation you will find at the end of this interview!

Angela got such a bright smile that brightens up every grey and cloudy day in Seattle! Meet her on her way, let her inspire you and learn more about EKA Yoga in Seattle, the way of an Ayurvedic counselor and why a daily routine is so helpful!

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  •  From Ayurveda With Love means compassion and finding our Dharma in life, so can you tell us what you are compassionate about?

My Dharma is to help people understand, love, and appreciate what makes them unique, through Yoga and Ayurveda, so that they can live their best life.

  •   Tell us where do you come from, what you are doing and what your plans look like for 2019?

I am originally from the Midwestern region of the US, but have been living in Seattle (the West Coast) for about the last 10 years. This year, I’m refining my business, meaning I’m setting myself up to spend more time doing new and exciting things, relaxing, and hanging out with my family. Fall of 2019, I am planning on heading to France, which has been a childhood dream.

  •      Where do you teach/work/heal actually?

I own a yoga studio (Seattle) and an online platform, Eka Yoga, that is dedicated to reconnecting Yoga and Ayurveda through education and inspiration.

  •     What do you know about Ayurveda? Do you practice it already?

I know quite a bit! I have been studying Ayurveda for nearly 10 years and it is a huge part of my everyday life and practices.

  •     What are your thoughts about Ayurveda?

I love it! Through the ancient wisdom of both Ayurveda and Yoga, I healed my own body and mind. I am continually amazed how it is able to transform lives.

  •     Do you know which Dosha you are?

I am Vata dominant, with a big dose of Kapha.

  •     How does your perfect morning routine looks like?

I love my morning routine! I normally leave my house around 5:45 am every morning to teach, so I do get up quite early to get everything in, but it’s well worth it.

– Wake up

– Tongue Scrape

– Drink warm water with lemon

– Oil pull

– Bathe while oil pulling

– Spit out oil and then brush teeth.

– Meditate or journal for 10-15 minutes. There are days where this is only 2-3 minutes, but I make sure it always happens. J

  •     How do you integrate Ayurveda into your day to day life?

Both my morning routine and evening routine are heavily focused around Ayurvedic daily habits. As of right now, in the evening, I only practice dry brushing and Abhyanga about once a week, but I do massage my feet with oil every night to promote a good night of sleep.

As for food, I enjoy cooking, so I normally make most of my meals fresh. Being Vata dominant, my belly does way better with cooked vegetables that are heavily spiced.

I also, of course, practice yoga daily. Sometimes I go to a class; sometimes my practice is just my dog and me in the living room.

  •  Is there some Ayurvedic practice you would like to try but never had the chance?

Yes… I have not yet done a full and proper Panchakarma session. I would love to go away to a serene location and be fully guided through the practice  

  • Are you into Yoga or practicing it?

Yes and yes. I have been practicing for about 15 years and teaching for a little over 10 years.

  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?

Living a joyful and abundant life with my husband and kids (no kids yet), somewhere a bit more sunny than Seattle. I see myself running my business online so that I am able to help more people feel like the best version of them!    

  • What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?

I always feel the need to justify what I am doing to ensure people know that everything I do has been thought out and with good intentions. I have a fear of being judged and not liked, which has, many times, put me in my own way. It’s silly some of the things we think, believe, tell ourselves.

Anyway… I am aware of it and I have asked my husband to call me out  whenever I do it to break the habit. Often, I don’t even realize I am doing it. Eeek!

  • How did you find the path you are on right now? Was there a key moment?

I fell into it.  It started with gym yoga, which I absolutely hated the first time I did it, as I am not athletic or coordinated and it forced me to be alone with my thoughts. Quick back-story: I was diagnosed with depression around the age of 7 and had a challenging upbringing, by the time I hit college and took this yoga class; I was a pretty angry and bitter human being.  The only reason I went back was because I bought a pass and I was determined to get my money’s worth.  After a couple months of yoga, I noticed that my insomnia was lessening and my lower back didn’t hurt as much, so I kept going.  Long story short, I met a yoga professor who introduced me to more of the spiritual side of yoga, and it blew my mind! Shortly after, I decided to head to India to further my studies. In India, I was introduced to Ayurveda, which was probably my key moment. There, I realized how much Yoga and Ayurveda were changing me physically, mentally, and emotionally, and thought, “If I can do this, anyone can.”

  • How important is meditation to you?

Meditation wasn’t always a part of my practice because I felt like I couldn’t do it. However, after opening my own business I realized I could, I had to, and I could do it anywhere. Meditation is what keeps me grounded and helps me flow with ease and grace through each day.

  •  What is your philosophy and spiritual path?

Be kind to your self, others, and the planet. If you can do that, we all win!

  • What have you done into the last year to improve yourself?

I started doing talk therapy. Between running a business, managing staff, all of my yoga students, and Ayurvedic clients, I realized that I take in a LOT of input, feelings, and emotions each day with no real outlet.  I see a therapist monthly to literally just talk it out. This allows me to release all that I absorbed over the month, resolve any internal conflicts I’m battling with and also be more present with my clients and students.

  •    Who has been your greatest influence?

I’m Vata, I can’t just choose one! Most recently, I’ve been reading everything Deepak Chopra, and feeling very inspired and connected to his message.

  •  What is your greatest strength?

I’m inviting.  I like making people feel safe and welcome, whether it’s in their own body, a physical space, or on social media.

  •   How do you handle stress and pressure?

The usual… Yoga, meditation, and most importantly, breathing. Breath work is amazing because you can do it anywhere and at any time. When I know that I have a busy or stressful period of time coming up, I will also take Ashwagandha daily to help combat that fight or flight response.

  • What are your favorite self-care practices and rituals?

I love daily walks with my pup, nightly oil foot massages, and a weekly face mask/reading session.

  • Are you into Wellness?

Yes!

  • What are your thoughts about the Zero Waste movement and do you also try to reduce your waste?

I am definitely on board with the Zero Waste Movement and I do try to reduce my waste. I’m lucky to live in a city that has banned plastic bags and is huge on composting, so it makes it pretty easy to get started.

  •  Where do you find your ideas for your creative content? Is there also an “outer” life besides posting and blogging, like painting?

It has to be the Vata in me because I never run out of ideas. I’m not sure where it actually comes from. Sometimes I get an idea by someone I saw walking down the street. (“Is laughing.”) The hardest part for me is sitting down long enough to make them into something real and tangible.

I really love the opportunity to create anything in any way shape or form. I do draw or doodle as another form of mindfulness and meditation.

  • Where can we find you on Social Media and in the World Wide Web?

www.ekayogaandayurveda.com

@ayurvedicangela

@eka_yoga_ayurveda

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ekayoga/

  •  Do you have a favorite quote you would like to share with us?

“Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours.” – Swedish Proverb

Wasn´t that inspiring and uplifting?

If you ever have the chance to show up at EKA yoga in Seattle, do it and say hi to Angela! I will definitely stop by there next week when I am in Seattle. But let´s get real now! Win an online Consultation with her to find out more about your Dosha!

How can you participate?

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  3. Post a picture of your favorite Ayurvedic Practice, Meal, Yogapose and tell us why you want to win an Ayurvedic Consultation!
  4. The Winner will be called out on the 7th of April here and on Instagram!
  5. We love to see you there! Have a beautiful start into the new week!