Namaste, this page is dedicated to acknowledging tomorrow’s most promising leaders within our health, wellness and yoga communities.
Check out the interview’s below and find someone you can relate to, someone you might like to practice with, or someone who inspires you.
Amanda A. Kostro Miller, RD, LDN Registered Dietitian Nutrition Advisor from Smart Healthy Living Chicago, IL
Perhaps the biggest reason as to why I pursued a career in nutrition was because I suffered from childhood obesity. I understood the exceptional emotional and self-image distress that obesity can cause in many people. I suffered from bullying, lack of self confidence, poor body image and disordered eating patterns that were associated with my childhood obesity. On the flip side, I also was able to completely overcome my obesity by the time I was a teenager.
Maura Rodgers Wellness with Maura San Francisco, California Registered Dietitian Integrative Health Coach BS. Nutrition & EcoGastronomy
It’s important to take vitamins and supplements intentionally and with purpose (there is such thing as over-supplementing!). That being said, some common deficiencies are vitamin D, magnesium, B vitamins and iron. Inadequate supply of these over time can contribute to detrimental health outcomes so it’s really important to prevent identify if you’re at risk and do you present to prevent this from happening.
Dr. Kelly Bay DC, CNS, CDN Dr. Bay of Innate Wellness Group New York, New York DC: Doctor of Chiropractic CDN: Certified Dietician Nutritionist CNS: Certified Nutrition Specialist
Dr. Kelly Bay practices functional medicine in midtown Manhattan and specializes in treating chronic illnesses, in addition to her nonprofit work with HIV positive individuals. Dr. Bay is being honored in December 2019 by the LGBT Network for her work in the HIV+ community.
Kyle Michaud 200HR Yoga Instructor Experience Expositions, CEO and Founder Charlotte, North Carolina
Yoga has given me the ability to connect my mind and body, and also helped me to make it a priority to focus on my wellness routine each and every day. My yoga practice has had a tremendous impact on my business and entrepreneurial spirit. Being able to grow my businesses is connected to the fact that I set aside time to shut the rest of the world out and think clearer. Work in general can be very hectic and stressful – if we allow ourselves to get swallowed up in it all, we’ll actually be less productive. Yoga keeps me on track and provides a great escape from work, which actually leads to better overall productivity.
Marjorie Nass ERYT-500 Yoga and Lifestyle Coach La Jolla, California
After over a decade working in the stressful environment of the NYC corporate world, I had a forced hiatus when I lost my job. Finally, I had time to take more yoga. My health and my whole life began to shift for the better, and I couldn’t imagine going back to a work environment in which I was so unhappy and unhealthy. I felt such gratitude for yoga, the community, and my teachers that I wanted to become a teacher myself.
Madeline Hickman 200hr E-RYT, Yin Yoga Studio Manager, CorePower Yoga Brooklyn, NY
I got into yoga when I was performing in a show in Arizona and I was the youngest person in the cast by 20 years. After rehearsal they would go home to their families, and since I was from out of town I didn't have anywhere to go so I found a yoga studio. I realized how much the practice was impacting my life off the mat and knew when I returned to NYC that I needed to be more consistent and diligent in my practice. Which led to me becoming a studio manager, teacher, and teacher training facilitator.