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Hi There!

I’m Ritu (Ree-thu)

 

My name is a sanskrit word that means changing of the seasons.

My goal is to empower YOU to make more informed decisions about your health and well being so you can look, feel, and perform better.

As a trained epidemiologist (science of patterns) – observing patterns and experimenting with the ultimate laboratory (my body) is my guilty pleasure.  As a trained Yoga and Meditation teacher I’m a firm believer that our bodies are intelligent beings and when left undisturbed they know exactly how to heal themselves.

 

 

Through food, movement, and mindful meditation we create a natural harmony that allows our innate intelligence to shine.

I invite you to poke around and read more about what strikes your fancy.

This blog is a reflection of my journey with food, movement, and meditation.

The three pillars that I feel define WELL- BEING.

Why? Because one can eat on par with whatever dietary approach you feel works and exercise his/her ass off (literally) and lead an extremely stressful, disengaged, unhappy life and will NOT achieve his/her fitness goals. Same goes for the ultra meditator who lives a happy mindful life but eats extremely processed foods and never exercises (it’s rare a mindful person can have this profile but let’s just imagine) and guess what this person also will NOT achieve his/her fitness goals.

The balance of life depends on these three pillarswhat we EAT,  how we MOVE, and  MEDITATE.

My goal is to empower YOU to make more informed decisions about your health and well being so you can look, feel, and perform better.

How? By strengthening your mental awareness and focus.

Through years of research and education in Human Genetics, Yoga, Behavior Science, Meditation, Weight Loss, and Chronic Disease… it boils down to one finding…
there is NO one size fits all rule when it comes to optimal wellness.

A number of factors ranging from what you eat to who you hang out with to your mental health, sleep, hydration, and more play a role in achieving the buns of steel, rock hard abs, life satisfaction, and HAPPINESS.

It all starts with the mind.

Having self awareness helps YOU take back control of your life. My philosophy is the body is an intelligent being, constantly providing signals telling you what it needs to thrive. Are you listening? Chances are you’re not. We live in a society full of distractions and our minds are jumping from one thing to another. When we become mindful we can tune in to the signals and make better choices. Are you vegan because your body thrives off it or because you force your body to fit the mold. Same goes for being a corporate executive or a marathon runner. Our bodies are constantly changing and with every day and every season comes a change in the nourishment the body and mind requires. I’m a firm believer that if something is good enough for nature to thrive then it’s good enough for me!

I often have people tell me, you’ve always been a health nut and yogi this is easy for you. The truth is I’m human just like you and have struggled to find balance.

 

I’m a recovering STRESS ADDICT

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Even though I had years of training in health education and yoga, I was running my body to the ground without even knowing it. At the time I had the energy to go from a morning work out to hours of working to working on a side project to teaching you to a raging night out with friends and doing it all over again. I skimped on sleep and was gulping down water to flush out the martinis I had. My schedule was busting at the seams and something had to give. Eventually it did.

I found myself on the ground of my apt with my heart racing and my body sweating. I had a million things on my to do list and didn’t have time for this. But it was happening, I was having a panic attack. It wasn’t the first time, it had been happening for a few months now along with insomnia and fatigue. In denial, I resorted to coffee to get me through the days. Once cup went to two and then three and that was when enough was enough. I decided to take back control of my life and the first step was to slow down and listen.

 

 


MY PROFESSIONAL JOURNEY

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My professional journey has taken many routes leading me to this point with an eclectic skill set. I have a masters in public health epidemiology from University of Southern California and a bachelors in genetics from University of California, Davis.

My true growth has come from life’s experience. In addition to my academic work I am a yoga and meditation teacher and have taught and learned from hundreds of students since 2005.I have studied meditation with a number of teachers in the U.S. and India and have studied the science of mindfulness at Stanford University.

 

Corporate Wellness

My teachers around the world include The Yoga Institute,Shiva Rea, Vijay and S.N. Goenka, and many more.

My teaching style includes breath focused meditation, laughter yoga, yoga for athletes, and yoga mobility. I lead workshops and seminars on the Stress, Yoga, Mindfulness, Nutrition and Wellness with top notch bay are companies. Clients have included Franklin Templeton, Mobclix, Cash Edge, TSMC and more.

Being an avid athlete I have a passion bringing yoga, meditation, and nutrition to other athletes. Workshops have been held at Lululemon, Crossfit Milpitas, Crossfit One World, Max Fitness, Lalanne Fitness, and AIDS LifeCycle.

How humans change their health behaviors and what triggers change is my area of interest and focus. My approach is heavily influenced by the study of psychology and mindfulness meditation.

In my free time i’m experimenting with all that life has to offer by doing something new and different and challenging my fears physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I can be found cycling, running, doing yoga or crossfit, meditating, traveling, or all of the above.

 

 

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Everyone, everywhere has a story and if you are willing to listen they are willing to share. Our stories are deeply intertwined and every person that crosses my path adds to my story another clue to the puzzle we call life. Thank you for being a part of my story… care to share yours?

I’m not hear to tell you what to do… I’m hear to ask you to experiment and discover what your body can do.

 

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