iHeart Ambassador Interview - The Nourished Yogini

Mar 9, 2016 by Sarah Goodman | lifestyle

The Nourished Yogini AKA Leanne Gerich is a health and wellness professional and one of the first iHeart Ambassadors. She is a registered nutritionist and yoga instructor in Vancouver, BC. Feeling great at any age is the ultimate goal for her clients and her highest interests include skin health, proper weight maintenance and sufficient energy levels. Win a one on one session with Leanne and an iHeart device at the end of this article.

You focus your nutritional and yoga teachings on longevity, can you elaborate?

When comparing to different aspects of health (performance, detoxification, vanity), I believe that longevity is of utmost importance. Things like cardiovascular health, energy balancing, and feeling great overall, at any age. Aging well mentally as well as physically. These are the things that I value. Aging is a beautiful process and I don't believe it needs to be a negative experience.

We can keep our youth by taking care of yourself. By looking at health through longevity, we can drop the fear and become more proactive in our life, knowing we are bettering ourself for our future,

What, in your experience, has the highest impact on health and wellness on an internal health basis?

Stress absolutely has the highest impact on our health and wellbeing. This in turn effects our emotions, which will hinder our motivation. This downwards spiral can have many effects. Learning to balance our stress level helps everything work better internally.

You've been using iHeart with your clients for a year, what have you noticed yoga and nutritional therapies do for internal age?

iHeart measures the internal stress of the organs and body through a physiological age number. The combination of yoga and nutritional aide has effectively lowered the age again and again. It's great to have a measurement finally focusing on what's going on inside. It is truly important.

What are 3 health tips you feel are a good start for someone starting on their path to health and wellness?

Start slowly! I cannot stress this enough. It has to become a lifestyle, so just start with little things and build gradually. Honestly there are so many lenses when it comes to health. And there are so many people saying what is wrong. But ease in. Eat breakfast, then eat something green once a day, try to eat out less, focus on water intake. Don't worry about all these little details people write about. Especially if you don't have the habit of eating breakfast and drinking water! Just start with these little steps, and once a week, add to it. It's important to build. Your life didn't just start in this moment, you built it. So be patient.

Also note: people already in a health routine: can you sustain your current diet and lifestyle for the next ten years? I feel people are often extreme. It is important to notice if you are wearing yourself out. If you can't do it forever, consider if you should be doing it now. We will not achieve lifelong health if we burn the candle out at both ends.

Be healthy out of love, not fear. Take care of yourself because you love yourself, and because you know you deserve to be treated the best. Often people fear certain foods or diseases, but this is no way to live. Shifting the mentality of health from fear to love will not just make it easy, it will become common sense.

To win a one on one online or in-person (in Vancouver) Nutrition consultation session with Leanne including an iHeart device to take home ($195 Value) share the following on Twitter and/or Facebook:

I want to get younger with iHeart & The Nourished Yogini! http://ow.ly/ZrS8U @iheartage @nourishedyogini #nutrition #health #yoga

Contest winner will be announced March 25 at 12pm PDT.

Author: Sarah Goodman

Sarah is the CEO of VitalSines International, Inc. Her experience in marketing and public relations as well as her designations as both a registered holistic nutritionist (RHN) and certified personal trainer (CPT) provide her with the knowledge and skills to be an effective leader and communications professional for the Vitalsines team. Sarah spends her time snowboarding in the winter, riding bikes, and surfing in the summer in beautiful British Columbia.