Why find your zen?
A few years ago, I took some time off from a stressful job at an agency in NYC to reconnect with the world and myself. I spent part of that year volunteering and learning to run barefoot in Kenya, getting fit and drinking wine in Spain, relaxing on the beach 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 know - a lofty goal. But, I was finally determined to figure it out.
I began the course with the best of intentions, to start a travel co. that connected women with transformational experiences. After all, I had just come home from some life changing trips and I wanted to share what I had learned. I soon realized that the job was much bigger than that. Everyone feels good when they are on a trip. It's the day to day that drives us all a little crazy.
One of my coaches, Suparna Bhasin, sat me down and told me she thought my biggest issue was that I did not practice enough self-care. Then she handed me Deepak Chopra's book Perfect Health and told me to read it. I was skeptical. I have read more than my fair share on this topic. But, I decided I had nothing to lose. So I started it on a long plane ride to a ski trip in Lake Tahoe and after the first chapter I was hooked.
Perfect Health is all about the benefits of leading a more balanced, Ayurvedic lifestyle based on a form of holistic, natural medicine founded in India over 5000 years ago. Ayurveda is the sister science to Yoga and is based on the premise that it is possible to prevent illness, as long as your body, mind, and spirit are in equilibrium with nature. It incorporates diet, herbs, yoga, meditation, breath work, massage and aromatherapy. And the most amazing part is that it is based on the premise that each of us has a unique constitution, so no one plan works for everyone.
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. I am now a Certified Yoga Teacher, Meditation Coach and an Ayurvedic Health Counselor certified by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.
I created findyourzen.com because I wanted to share what I had learned along with all the amazing resources and experiences I have been exposed to on this search to find balance. I also love curating travel, health, wellness and lifestyle content from my favorite writers. I hope that you find this site helpful and I look forward to your comments and suggestions to make it better.