Being raised in an Indian household, one may think I lived the Ayurvedic lifestyle – having a spiritual practice, eating healthy organic meals, doing yoga… However, what my life actually looked like couldn’t have been more different.
As a young girl, my lunches consisted of marshmallow fluff and sugary peanut butter sandwiches on white bread, loads of sugary snacks and sugary drinks. It wasn’t that my mom didn’t cook (she is actually one of the best cooks I know), it was that we got to be in charge of what we wanted to eat and didn’t know any better. If it was sweet and delicious, I wanted it. I never thought about the repercussions.
Adding to that, I wasn’t really active until about 11th grade and I had no spiritual practice whatsoever. In fact, I thought spirituality went hand in hand with religion, and although I loved learning about religion, I never really connected to it. To me, if I couldn’t see “God,” he or she wasn’t real.
While I got by with this type of lifestyle as a teenager, it eventually caught up with me once I began college. I felt my body changing in ways that I never noticed before. “What was this lump here and that roll there?” My lack of self-confidence and self-love led me to extreme calorie counting and restriction and excessive working out. It also propelled me into toxic relationships that often left me in long bouts of depression and self-medicating with alcohol and food.
I was in a non-stop cycle of trying to heal myself from the outside in – yet nothing ever seemed work.
Once I graduated college, I immediately began working at an advertising agency as an art director. Although at first I loved it, the long hours and unhealthy lifestyle and relationship habits continued to follow me.
A few year into the job, I made the bold (and possibly insane) decision to train for my first marathon. In the process, I created some amazing new friendships and experiences. My relationship to my body began to change and my obsessiveness with diet and fitness slowly transformed into a curiosity about the wellness world. After that experience, I realized that I wasn’t feeling as passionate about my job anymore. Something inside of me wanted to help others in a deeper way.
Soon thereafter, I made the decision to get my Holistic Health Coaching certification. For the first time in my life, I felt like I had truly found my purpose. I continued my education, getting certified in various health and wellness modalities including Functional Nutrition and EFT.
Around this time I also ended an unhealthy 3-year relationship which propelled me into discovering meditation and Buddhism. It was here that I learned the principle of taking responsibility for my own happiness and slowly but surely I began to find it within myself. Spirituality wasn’t what I thought it was for all those years. It wasn’t about religion, it was about coming back to the essence of my own true Spirit, my true Self.
Although this was the catalyst in my own self-healing journey, I knew I still had a ways to go.
It wasn’t until I began training as an Ayurvedic Practitioner that things took a dramatic change. It was through learning Ayurveda, the oldest system of holistic medicine that exists today, that I finally was able to create a lifestyle that I could sustain and that supported me in feeling healthier and happier than I ever had.
Ayurveda focuses on healing the mind, body and spirit on such a deep level that you naturally begin to make positive choices for your life, instead of depending on willpower to force them. It reconnects you to your true essence and spirit, which takes right action, sees all possibilities and feels peace, bliss and love.
I established a daily morning routine that included meditation, specific breathwork (Pranayama) and exercise which helped me ease my anxiety, stress and fears. As I continued to do this, I found myself naturally losing the desire to indulge in unhealthy habits around food and alcohol. I felt more confident in making the right food choices for my body instead of feeding it what my emotional state at the moment told me it needed or what someone else told me was “healthy.” I found more joy in prioritizing my needs. I began attracting more positive and inspiring people into my life and was able to let go of those relationships that weren’t serving me anymore.
I began healing from the inside out.
While I’ll never claim to have it all figured out, what I do know is that with the right tools and guidance we all have the capacity to come back to our true Self – that place in which we experience more bliss and harmony, can handle stress with more resilience and can take care of our bodies with ease, enjoyment and grace.
It’s been a passion of mine to support others in this journey and I’d love to support you to.
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You can experience powerful transformations through our work together. By working together…
- We will address the underlying physical, mental, emotional and spiritual blocks holding you back from creating the health and happiness you desire
- I will work with you to create a customized healing plan for you that will address all of these areas, including nutritional guidance, lifestyle practices, meditation, breath work and herbal supplementation when necessary
- You will have a safe space to voice your deepest desires and challenges
- I will equip you with the tools, confidence and understanding to sustain your motivation and progress well beyond our time together
- We will make the process as enjoyable, delicious and inspiring as possible!
I don’t just tell you what to do and abandon you, because I know what it feels like to wake up with every intention of making healthier choices and then go to sleep feeling disappointed and discouraged after failing to stick to your goals day after day. You will have my support the whole way and never feel alone.
I’ve learned that whether it’s losing weight, creating a healthy lifestyle you love, getting in control of your cravings and emotions or just feeling more motivated and confident, change is only sustainable if you have the right guidance, the process is enjoyable and empowering and a plan is created with you in mind.
I believe that each and every one of us has the potential to experience radiant health and bliss. It’s my mission to support you in believing and creating that reality as well!
Tina Paymaster is a Certified Ayurvedic and EFT Practitioner who is on a mission to help others come back home to their true selves – physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. She specializes in weight loss, stress, anxiety, fatigue and digestive issues. Tina helps her clients break through their blocks and guides them on a journey to feeling more confident with their food choices, connected to their bodies and empowered to create the health and joy they desire.
Tina’s approach focuses on nutrition, lifestyle and spirituality blending various Eastern and Western healing principles.
Tina currently works with private clients around the country and is also available for speaking
events and workshops.
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Tina received her training as a Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. Her teachers included Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine; Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University; Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating; and many other leading researchers and nutrition authorities.