Why find your zen?

A few years ago, I took some time off from a stressful job in NYC to travel, get fit, volunteer and reconnect with the world. I spent part of that year volunteering in Kenya, getting fit in Spain, relaxing in the Caribbean and reconnecting with my favourite people at home in Canada, including my sweet father who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. It was quite a year.

When I arrived back in NYC, I enrolled in a course to figure out my next career. You know, that thing we all commonly refer to as ‘our calling’. I have struggled with this for most of my life, often wondering what more I could be doing. I was determined to figure it out. And, as you can probably guess, it was not easy.

I began the course with the best of intentions, to start a business that helped women deal with stress by connecting them with transformational travel. After all, I had just come home from a life changing trip and I wanted to share that experience. I soon realized that the job was much, much bigger than that. 

One of my teachers introduced me to meditation, breathing techniques, and Ayurveda, a form of holistic, natural medicine founded in India 5000 years ago. It is the sister science of yoga and is based on the premise that it is possible to prevent illness as long as body, mind, and spirit are in equilibrium with nature. 

As I put these principles into practice, I decided to build on what I had learned with more formal training. So, I quit my job (again) and went back to school to complete an Ayurvedic Health Counselor Certification @ Kripalu and a Yoga Teacher Certification @ the Joschi Institute. And, I am now a Certified Yoga Teacher, Meditation Coach and, in the next 6 months, I will be a certified by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor. 

As I complete my studies, I will be focusing on my blog. To start off I am participating in a 30-day blogging challenge. I will be sharing tips on diet, herbs, self-care, yoga, meditation, massage, aromatherapy, breathing techniques and more. I look forward to sharing what I have learned and to your feedback.  

Namaste, Erin