Interview With Yoga Health Coach Andrea Bachman
What drew you to this line of work and how do you explain it to people?
My own well-being, or rather the awareness that my well-being was not priority & I was suffering brought me to Yoga & Ayurveda. I began my studies for my personal wellness and then fell in love with teaching and sharing what had changed my own life. I went from stressed, acne, excess weight, to being able to notice when these things would flare up, how to be patient with myself, and take action to settle. Self-care, namely non-rushing, changed everything. I couldn’t believe that it wasn’t just diet & exercise on repeat. Actually resting was the key to my wellness, and still is. I had to tell everyone!
One of the things that has been a challenge for me as a business owner is learning how to say no or turn down an offer that will exhaust my resources and energy. It’s a powerful feeling to figure out exactly how to jump over an obstacle with my work. What has been your biggest challenge as a business owner and how do you overcome it?
Well, I am working through this now! Recently I said no to lots of things I‘ve been saying yes to for year. Namely, side jobs that pay me enough to pay my bills, but take time away from the real work I am trying to accomplish. I’ve taken the plunge and am almost 100% self-employed. It’s terrifying, exhilarating and puts enough pressure on to get me going. I can identify with the challenge of saying no in the sense that refining my focus means I have to let go of the security working for others provides, and take a big leap to showing up as I want to be seen and sharing what I know has the potential to change lives!
You recently started a podcast (yay!), what prompted this project for you? What are some of the topics you’ll be covering during the podcast?
A few year ago, I began imaging sharing my insights through spoken word in a big way. The idea has been in the back of my mind for years. Some of my teachers have suggested interviewing people I know. I began to realize I know a lot of amazing creatives and wellness professionals. Their stories are rich and alive and inspiring. My audience wants to hear success stories of self-love and self-care….so here I am! It’s so much fun, Spencre. Every show will center around the developing self-love story of the guest. Some topics already posted are:
Self-Love As a Thick, Fun & Fabulous Woman
Self-Loving Self-Care: Can’t Afford NOT to Do It!
Fearless Self-Love Is More Than Just Empathy ~ an exploration of non-violent communication
Surrender, Expansion & the Freedom to Love
How do you practice self care as a small business owner?
I honor the Ayurvedic Dinacharya or daily self-care practices that serve me best. Starting my day with hot water is a MUST! This warms me up, especially warm my digestive tract, and gets me going, if you know what I mean. I clean my nasal passages with a neti pot & utilize naysa oil to coat my nostrils and help ward off dryness & the common cold. Moving my body and meditating are also at the top of my list. I feel best when all of these happen before breakfast and I have plenty of time to walk my dog and eat breakfast without rushing to my first work task.
A growing edge for me is scheduling in and honoring time off. Both on a daily basis, as well as real vacations. I am planning a few days at the hot springs over the holidays. No computer, just a good book and my pup. Plenty of warm water and hikes in the beauty of nature.
What is inspiring you right now?
I’m hooked on Michigan artist, Mae Erlewine’s new album, Mother Lion. Never One Thing is so inspiring it is now what I wake up to in the mornings. Her work is honest, raw and connects with topics we can all relate to as women on a wellness path.
Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferris and the Tim Ferris show. I aspire to host a show that resembles the feel of Tim’s shows. His interviews are story-based, personal and motivating. He interviews folks at the top of their game, and invites them to share hard truths that bring everyone back to earth.
@carriagehousebirth -- I trained as a postpartum doula and grew up with a midwife for a mom. Birth has always been a beautiful, mysterious and refreshing inquiry for me. Though I’d love to be a mother, I don’t know if I will go through the process of pregnancy and childbirth myself. Still, the stories this feed shares are beautiful, funny, heart-wrenching and all around real. There is nothing fabricated or colored to look perfect. That’s the kind of life I want to live, regardless of if pregnancy & childbirth are involved. Additionally, this feed is inclusive in all ways, which warms my heart everyday.
I’m reading The One Thing by Gary Keller. This book has a simple message: focusing on just one, most important thing, gives us the biggest results in every area of our life. More simple said than done, but I am letting the concept seep in and challenging my community to do the same!
Any new projects coming up for you that you’d like to share?
My podcast & saying no to what’s not serving me are pretty big ones! I also just launched a new website (groundedhere.com) :) I think the most exciting thing for reader might be my 2 for 1 discount on my @ home in your body course this January. My goal is to grow the community to a critical mass that can vibe on itself. When there are more than 5 folks regularly on the calls and the forum we use to connect, the energy is enhanced, alive and folks seem to get so much closer to their goals, faster! Read more about @ home in your body at groundedhere.com/courses and book a free strategy session today to see if it’s a good fit for you….and a friend!
Cultivator of #FearlessSelfLove, Andrea Catherine supports overwhelmed, highly responsible women boost energy, sleep better, and fearlessly love their bodies. The Grounded Here community is full of those committed to being an active part of their own transformation, eager to step into lives they love.