Once a week you'll have the opportunity to peek inside the mind of one of our local health & wellness experts. They'll share with you their advice, suggestions, wisdom and answer their most popular question from clients.
This week let's get to know our local health and wellness expert Kim Hall. Kim is an RYT-500 yoga teacher. She also coordinates yoga retreats where she brings like minded yogis together to deepen their yoga practice, explore our beautiful planet, and bring willing hands and hearts to serve projects around the world. Her next retreat will be held in Cambutal, Panama in July 2019.
Tell us about yourself and why you choose to go into a health field?
I've been a professional artist for most of my life, doing big murals and decorative finishes. Climbing up and down ladders, working on ceilings and overusing my shoulders really took it out of my body, so I started getting regular body work and doing yoga. A few years ago, I took a break from full time self employment and was working as a health coach. I decided to do a yoga teacher training to deepen my own practice. So, I currently do artwork, health coaching and teach yoga.
What makes you unique in your field?
What I'm most excited about is putting service-based yoga retreats together: finding eco-resorts near places where we can do a service projects. Last July, I brought a group to Cambutal, Panama where we did sea turtle rescue... and yoga of course. It was so good, I'm hosting another retreat July 13-20, 2019: Yoga, Surf & Sea Turtles! at the Sansara Surf and Yoga Resort in Cambutal, Panama . For more information visit www.travelasana.net
The yoga shala at Sansara Surf & Yoga Resort in Cambutal where our July retreat will be held
What question do your clients ask most frequently and how do you answer them?
Sometimes my clients ask me for specific advice related to an injury, an ache or pain and what yoga moves will help. I say, "Once you get it diagnosed by a doctor or see a physical therapist, come tell me what they say. Then, we can get you on the road to recovery!”
What do you see as the greatest health risk posed to this generation?
Inexpensive food with few nutritional benefits, lots of chemical and hidden ingredients, and plenty of deliciousness. This kind of "food" only makes you hungrier, and makes you crave more.
What’s the best health/fitness/wellness advice you ever received?
Eat real food with few ingredients. Eat food that could have been made by your great grandma. Avoid anything labeled "non-fat, low-fat, low sugar, etc."
Do you have a success story of redeemed health you’d like to share?
A girlfriend of mine was a long-time smoker, sugar junkie and wine-lover. These habits really escalated when someone close to her was tragically killed in an accident. She hit bottom and gave up the booze. Two years later, she quit smoking. Then she got clean of sugar and processed foods. Now, she's fit and feeling great: going to fitness classes each week and eating clean.
What is your favorite area of wellness to practice?
I love teaching yoga, and within yoga, I love teaching meditative practices. Helping people get out of their heads and back into their bodies so they can experience how that feels. Once they do, they are able to access that feeling more often out in the real world.
What are you passionate about, besides your professional life?
Animal welfare and the environment.
What’s your favorite quote or mantra?
Hmmm... seems to change pretty frequently! I'm always looking for poems, passages and quotes to read in my classes and have a big notebook full of them!
What’s one book you recommend everyone should read?
What one suggestion would you make that would have the greatest impact for improved health?
If you do eat meat, consider eating only humanely-raised and slaughtered meat. Organic and sustainably produced meats taste best, are better for your body and for the environment, and the animals. Replace your meat with WAY more veggies, beans & nuts.
Any final piece of wisdom you’d like to share?
At least once per day, sit in stillness for a few minutes and breathe. This primes the body and mind for making good choices, which helps you feel better!
How can people learn more about you and what you offer?
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