Feeling better not older is about taking charge of your own wellness. Wellness and health often get mixed up. Health is your current state of disease and dysfunction of body and mind. Wellness is all the things you are doing to have the very best life you can!
Wellness goes beyond just exercise or saying no to a piece of cake. Lifelong wellness means you get to live a long, rich life where you feel good, move well, have energy and endurance to do what is important to you, feel loved, sleep fabulously, enjoy sex, and share your gifts with the world every day until you move beyond.
What is a Wellness Lifestyle?
Wellness is grounded in your daily lifestyle choices. Every day you eat, drink, sleep, breathe, move, work, and play. Do you select foods and prioritize activities that upgrade or downgrade your overall wellness?
Wellness is the compete integration of body, mind, and spirit – the realization that everything we do, think, feel, and believe has an effect on our state of well-being. – Greg Anderson
Your brain is designed to do what is easiest. Brains like to follow established patterns. Changing a pattern (habit), going in a new direction, making different choices – those are all work! The work needs to be so important to you that you are willing to actually do it. Otherwise, you make the change for a while then fall back into your usual (i.e. stronger) and less wellness-oriented patterns.
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Wellness Lifestyle Support at Zen and Vitality
A good rule of thumb lies within the Hippocratic Oath that all medical doctors must take: First Do No Harm. To follow this important philosophy, you prioritize stopping the unhelpful or harmful things first. Those habits will naturally be replaced by something beneficial and supportive of your wellness lifestyle goals. After that, adding in the new activities makes sense. In the book Superhuman, author Dave Asprey shares this idea more directly: Stop doing things that will kill you. Then do things that will help you live better and longer.
Zoa has assisted me in my personal wellness journey from the outside in. What started as occasionally attending Friday night yoga to relax and recharge at the end of a stressful week has gradually become a lifestyle change. I greatly appreciate her tenaciously nudging me into a more consistently conscious way of living!
In her fitness classes, Zoa supports clients in developing and being accountable to their goals while encouraging them to embrace new ones. I’ve done yoga for years but had never tried barre or Pilates; nor knew what fascial release was — but I don’t think I could live without it now!
At the beginning of each session she asks participants for input regarding bodily needs and preferences, and tailors the activity accordingly. She is attentive to all attendees, offering gentle corrections or assistance as needed to ensure everyone gets what they need.
She also seems to magically say just what I need to hear at times, both on and off the mat!
In addition to a variety of exercise classes, Zoa offers adjunctive programs running the gamut of health and wellness. She has natural products for sale and hosts unique workshops which open the mind and encourage exploration and self-care. She offers wellness tools I’ve never heard of but which have had swift visible benefit, such as the fascia and light therapy wands.
Her guided meditations tremendously help me sleep. And through her partnerships with local organic food, flower and juice purveyors I have connected with like-minded business folks and can support both their endeavors and my health.
Zoa’s passion for holistic life is obvious and inspiring. I’m happy to be working with her and trying out new things, which is propelling me to feel more grounded, centered, and strong.Jackie, Psychotherapist