Welcome to Namaste Holistic Health!

Hello there and welcome to Namaste Holistic Health's first blog post! I am so grateful to meet you and share my journey of transformation and healing with you. I left my career in healthcare communications and launched Namaste Holistic Health in 2014. Within the past year, I married my best friend, became a Certified Holistic Nutrition Coach, a Registered Yoga Instructor, traveled to Bali for a yoga teacher training program, and launched this nutritional counseling and lifestyle coaching practice in Long Beach, CA. It's absolutely amazing how if you set an intention to manifest your dreams, you will succeed if you believe in it wholeheartedly. 

The purpose of this blog is to share with you my own health secrets, get-fit tips, healthy and easy-to-whip-up recipes, and to keep you informed on holistic trends so you can become a healthier and happier you. Also, if you ever have suggestions or recommendations on holistic health, nutrition, or yoga topics to cover, I'd love to hear from you. You will rarely find me sharing pictures of my personal life, but since you're just getting to know me, I figure why not share some of my favorite shots of the past year?! I hope you enjoy! 

Our Wedding Day - August 31, 2013 - Rancho Palos Verdes

Love at first sight is possible when you find the person with a smile that can light up your world. And yes, it is true we met at a nightclub in Vegas.

Love at first sight is possible when you find the person with a smile that can light up your world. And yes, it is true we met at a nightclub in Vegas.

My Beautiful Family! From the left, my sisters, Rachelle & Alissa, my groovy pops, me, Jay, my gorgeous mom, and little bro, Seanie Bear. 

My Beautiful Family! From the left, my sisters, Rachelle & Alissa, my groovy pops, me, Jay, my gorgeous mom, and little bro, Seanie Bear. 

The wedding party

The wedding party

"Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher."  -Oprah  

"Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher."  -Oprah

 

Our wedding venue, Point Vicente Lighthouse.

Our wedding venue, Point Vicente Lighthouse.

Cheers to the wedding of our dreams with the people we love and care about the most. 

Cheers to the wedding of our dreams with the people we love and care about the most. 

Bali - YogaWorks Teacher Training

Our beachfront home at Balian Beach during the yoga teacher training in Bali. Consistent surf break every day. 

Our beachfront home at Balian Beach during the yoga teacher training in Bali. Consistent surf break every day. 

Miss these girls and our talks more than anything! My roomies, Sarah (London), Bianca (Vancouver), and Lisa (Hawaii). 

Miss these girls and our talks more than anything! My roomies, Sarah (London), Bianca (Vancouver), and Lisa (Hawaii). 

Couldn't complain about the view from my bed!

Couldn't complain about the view from my bed!

Oh the memories of my little nook. Although I don't miss the monster cockroaches falling on me while sleeping!

Oh the memories of my little nook. Although I don't miss the monster cockroaches falling on me while sleeping!

Our first epic sunset in Bali 

Our first epic sunset in Bali 

Little time to surf, but so much fun padding out with my girls, Laura & Lisa. 

Little time to surf, but so much fun padding out with my girls, Laura & Lisa. 

Your guardian angels would send notes or creative gifts (with the little resources we had) to keep your spirits up throughout the program!

Your guardian angels would send notes or creative gifts (with the little resources we had) to keep your spirits up throughout the program!

Why sing Happy Birthday when you can just transfer positive healing birthday energy?!

Why sing Happy Birthday when you can just transfer positive healing birthday energy?!

Major points, Scott! The key to this girl's heart is ANYTHING coconut!

Major points, Scott! The key to this girl's heart is ANYTHING coconut!

Magical Ubud. 

Magical Ubud. 

One of our last morning meditations together overlooking the rice fields in Ubud.

One of our last morning meditations together overlooking the rice fields in Ubud.

Typical afternoon workshop with Oliver demonstrating modifications for various asanas.

Typical afternoon workshop with Oliver demonstrating modifications for various asanas.

Such special and beautiful souls from all over the world. From left, Scott, David, Bianca, Tiffany, Alicia, and Sarah.

Such special and beautiful souls from all over the world. From left, Scott, David, Bianca, Tiffany, Alicia, and Sarah.

Receiving blessings during our closing ceremony with the Balinese priest and his wife. 

Receiving blessings during our closing ceremony with the Balinese priest and his wife. 

Practicing karma yoga by giving back to the community at Sjaki-Tari-Us Foundation. Such a special afternoon leading the group with Libby!

Practicing karma yoga by giving back to the community at Sjaki-Tari-Us Foundation. Such a special afternoon leading the group with Libby!

Tiffany, Claudia, and Libby after a fun yoga session with the Sjaki-Tari-Us children. 

Tiffany, Claudia, and Libby after a fun yoga session with the Sjaki-Tari-Us children. 

Our sacred circle. We experienced so much together and watched each other learn, grow, and transform. Will always hold a special place in my heart for many of these people. 

Our sacred circle. We experienced so much together and watched each other learn, grow, and transform. Will always hold a special place in my heart for many of these people. 

Our Honeymoon in Bali, Part I

Reunited in Bali with the husband after six weeks apart. 

Reunited in Bali with the husband after six weeks apart. 

Jay, getting his Warrior 2 on, at the Komaneka at Tanggayuda in Ubud.

Jay, getting his Warrior 2 on, at the Komaneka at Tanggayuda in Ubud.

Slam Dunk!

Slam Dunk!

Our first elephant ride through the cacao plantations in Ubud. Cutest and happiest elephants we've ever seen!

Our first elephant ride through the cacao plantations in Ubud. Cutest and happiest elephants we've ever seen!

Don't let these cute faces fool you! The long-tailed macaques pop out of nowhere in Ubud and can be pretty vicious. Hide yo kids, hide yo wife, hide yo husband!!! 

Don't let these cute faces fool you! The long-tailed macaques pop out of nowhere in Ubud and can be pretty vicious. Hide yo kids, hide yo wife, hide yo husband!!! 

Newly PADI certified and diving like a pro!

Newly PADI certified and diving like a pro!

Sippin' on our mojitos at our hotel in Nusa Lembongan, Indiana Kenanga. 

Sippin' on our mojitos at our hotel in Nusa Lembongan, Indiana Kenanga. 

A beautiful sunset in Nusa Lembongan, an island just off the east coast of Southern Bali.

A beautiful sunset in Nusa Lembongan, an island just off the east coast of Southern Bali.

Our Honeymoon in Philippines, Part II

Reunited with my mom in the Philippines! It's not a honeymoon without your parents, right?

Reunited with my mom in the Philippines! It's not a honeymoon without your parents, right?

Jay flying down the longest zipline over the ocean in Pagudpud's Ilicos Norte. 

Jay flying down the longest zipline over the ocean in Pagudpud's Ilicos Norte. 

So happy to see more and more hotels, like Kapaluan Resort, with sustainable organic gardens

So happy to see more and more hotels, like Kapaluan Resort, with sustainable organic gardens

Walking out to Dos Hermanos Island during low tide. We had such a blast tidepooling and searching for cool artifacts and shells!

Walking out to Dos Hermanos Island during low tide. We had such a blast tidepooling and searching for cool artifacts and shells!

The beautiful white sand beaches of Boracay. 

The beautiful white sand beaches of Boracay. 

Heading out for a morning dive. Not the best visibility, but fun to dive together as a family!

Heading out for a morning dive. Not the best visibility, but fun to dive together as a family!

Setting up the eye and medical clinic at Barangay Manoc Manoc in Boracay.

Setting up the eye and medical clinic at Barangay Manoc Manoc in Boracay.

The lessons these kids taught us about simple living...

The lessons these kids taught us about simple living...

Over 65 patients were given eye exams, new prescription glasses, antibiotic drops, and instructions on proper eye care. 

Over 65 patients were given eye exams, new prescription glasses, antibiotic drops, and instructions on proper eye care. 

The ladies blamed their high blood pressure on having Dr. Collado doing their physical examinations.

The ladies blamed their high blood pressure on having Dr. Collado doing their physical examinations.

Explaining to each patient how to use the ointment and antibiotic drops properly - health communication at its finest!

Explaining to each patient how to use the ointment and antibiotic drops properly - health communication at its finest!

Vulcan Point is the world's largest island within a lake (Main Crater Lake) that is situated on an island (Volcano Island) located in a lake (Lake Taal) within an island (Luzon).

Vulcan Point is the world's largest island within a lake (Main Crater Lake) that is situated on an island (Volcano Island) located in a lake (Lake Taal) within an island (Luzon).

Our last night of our honeymoon in Batangas before heading back to the states. Will definitely be coming back to this beautiful dive resort on our next trip!

Our last night of our honeymoon in Batangas before heading back to the states. Will definitely be coming back to this beautiful dive resort on our next trip!

Don't mind the spider in our bathroom! "Totally harmless," says Jay.

Don't mind the spider in our bathroom! "Totally harmless," says Jay.

'Til we meet again, Philippines! Thank you for blessing us with a safe and beautiful trip!

'Til we meet again, Philippines! Thank you for blessing us with a safe and beautiful trip!