radical self love

Goddess Rising: Asha Ramakrishna

Every week, we use this space to feature an inspiring and empowering woman from the health, wellness and personal development community. This is our opportunity to connect and share with amazing women around the world, and this week we are so happy to feature Asha Ramakrishna!

Being trained as a Molecular Biologist and spending over a decade in Business Development & Sales in the Biotech Industry, Asha now mentors Evolved Entrepreneurs + Executives to clarify personal Fulfillment, ensure Work & Life Balance, and establish systems for Profitable & Sustainable enterprises.

Soul + Business. Go perfectly together.

Feel Good. Be Wealthy. Give Back.

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Passion Yoga School: How do you use your work as a spiritual tool?

Asha Ramakrishna: When I first started blending business and spirituality, I was doing Business Development in the Biotech industry. What I found was that having sales conversations were really more about soul to soul conversations. I was connecting to the person (prospective client) at a soul level, and so I started to see the work I did as spiritual.

In fact, I think whatever work we do we can do it from a place of service, and that in itself makes it spiritual beyond any meditating or chanting. 

PYS: The cracks are how the light gets in. Tell us how your core wounds have inspired your work.

Asha: I was in pain for a long time. I was going to so many different spiritual workshops because I was curious to learn more, but ultimately it was because I was suffering. I felt as though my sensitivity was getting in the way of my personal and professional success and I didn't have a way to elegantly feel everything and still get sh*t done. haha!

True, though! It was this pain that led me to really focus on a method that could eliminate my search, but also help me at a practical level. It is a very powerful method that I use and now teach.

What I found though was that the acceptance of the present moment was the doorway to both honoring what is alive in me, and also moving towards what I desire to create.

PYS: What is your worst habit and what are you doing to improve it?

Asha: Is this like one of those interview questions? haha!

worst habit.... eating cake. I love cake. I'm sure it's a sugar thing, but I love it. At this moment, I will tell you, I am not doing anything about it. Except laughing a bit about it, and having some compassion for it.

I'm sure there is more sweetness I am craving, and I honor that honesty about my cake eating. ♡

PYS: What advice would you offer to other goddesses working to actualize their potential?

I would say that #1 you are enough as you are right now. Know that life is supposed to have ups and downs, and in fact those sacred seasons of life, even if we do not totally understand them, have a genius reason for being there.

At a practical level: do what you can to re-program your mind so that it is an ally to your beautiful soul, and my favorite

.... always take inspired action. Be courageous, it is ok if you fall flat on your face, trust me, you will learn how to do things better. Learning to pick yourself up, not taking it personally, but using the information as data to feed your wisdom, is the most precious thing you can embrace about life. 

PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?

Asha: I make tea. Sit for a minute in the quiet of my living room. Practice Ashtanga Yoga.
Then before going to bed I talk to my daughter about her day; that is probably the most scrumptiously spiritual thing I do. It is a precious window into her soul.

PYS: What secrets (past or present) have kept you from living in your truth?

Asha: Years ago I received a set of Feminine Principles in a mystical experience. One of the principles that has been central to my life was...

Connect to a Sisterhood; it will strengthen you.

I didn't have a Sisterhood at the time. I longed for it, and even if that piece seems off course in the self love journey, I found that being vulnerable to another in a sacred space has been one of the most powerful acts of courage and self love.

I am still in progress with it. Everyday challenging myself with compassion to go deeper, more vulnerable, and to fully trust another who is vested in our collective evolution.

PYS: Who inspires you?

Asha: My daughters inspire me. I love observing them unfold.

I think you should inspire one of my clients Valerie Marie. A woman who has come into her goddess nature in less than a year. So honored to have walked with her. 

Goddess Rising: January Newland

Every Wednesday, we are so lucky to feature an incredible woman from somewhere in the world who is doing great things to inspire and empower within the health, wellness and personal development community. This week, we are featuring January Newland who is a fitness trainer and nutrition coach! In her own words: 

I am a personal trainer, yoga teacher, nutrition educator, health coach, ocean aficionado, & Hawaii-born island-lover. I live in San Diego, with my boyfriend, our three dogs, and five chickens. Ours is a life of adventure, fun, and as much time at the beach as we can manage. My passion is helping people discover their healthiest, most radiant self through nourishing food, FUN fitness, and travel! My goal is to help you find balance in healthy living!

My Manifesto:
I believe in learning to love yourself exactly as is, here and now, before beginning a new journey. 
I believe in yoga sessions, AND Mai-Tais. I believe the single best exercise for you is the one that makes you feel ALIVE and POWERFUL. I believe sweat is beautiful. I believe in nourishing your body through intuition rather than counting calories. I believe traditional, whole, organic foods, and that how we eat can change our bodies and have a positive effect on the world around us.I believe your best life involves feeding your soul as well as your body. I believe in less cell-phone, and more beach!

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Passion Yoga School: How do you use your work as a spiritual tool?

January Newland: People often start their journey of self-improvement with exercise and diet; but many times there's deeper work to be done with self-esteem, confidence, letting go of outside ideals, finding and trusting our own instincts. To me, this is where the good stuff happens, on the more spiritual path. You can follow any diet or exercise program, but if you learn to truly nourish and take care of your whole being, you'll find a new level of happiness and freedom. This is the work that I love to do!

PYS: The cracks are how the light gets in. Tell us how your core wounds have inspired your work.

January: Well, I was that person who was eating "all the right things" and working out several times a day, basically grinding away at trying to get into this skinnier body that I thought would somehow make me happy once I had it. But really, I had a lot of inner work to do on myself. Once I sought help with wounds from the past through energetic cord cutting, and good old fashioned therapy, it made all the difference. Getting to a better place in my head helped me get to the better place in my relationship with food, workouts, and my body.

PYS: What is your worst habit and what are you doing to improve it?

January: Comparing myself to others. It's a dirty one - I know that we are all truly INCOMPARABLE to each other; we're extremely beautifully unique beings. Yet still, I fall into the habit of looking at the details of other people similar to me and comparing. I'm working on it just through the awareness of doing it, and meditating on self-love and appreciation of my own beautiful path!

PYS: What advice would you offer to other goddesses working to actualize their potential?

January: Patience, and trusting your own journey. It ties into not comparing yourself or your journey to anyone else's. I think we hinder our own growth by freaking out that we need to be more or faster or better or... something that we aren't already right now.

We have so many things in the world now that measure us by numbers - number of followers, weight on the scale, website ranking, body fat percentage, grade point average, income earned. And those things can be helpful, but I find more and more in my experience that the really delicious, juicy stuff in life has no numbers, but instead, feelings... It's the relationships with those you love, the qualities that define you like kindness & compassion, the experiences you have, that can't be measured by numbers. 

PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?

January: My spiritual practice is usually about conscious movement... whether through a long morning walk with my pups, a home yoga practice, or a workout on my own to listen in to my own body's needs for the day. I am focusing on practicing more stillness as well, with a few sitting meditation sessions per week. I think another important part of my spiritual practice is simply focusing on gratitude for all the wonderful things in my life, small to big. And working through the monkey-mind chatter that's always there in my head to get back to those gratitude thoughts, all throughout the day.

PYS: What secrets (past or present) have kept you from living in your truth?

January: That I teach this radical self love and nourishment to women because I'm great at coaching it; but I'm only good at coaching it because it comes from a place of knowing the lack of self-love and nourishment all-to-well. 

PYS: Who inspires you?

January: Stephanie Birch, a yoga teacher in Sacramento, my mom, Melanie Granfors, who is a trainer of therapy dogs and rescuer of old dogs from shelters.