Finding yourself on a quest for self-improvement may not be a realistic solitary endeavor. You can get discouraged by setting goals that you never attain, or distractions that rob you of focus. Danielle Ryan is just the coach for busy people. Her wellness programs are tailored to a variety of schedules and they are also available over Skype and email.
I was instantly attracted to what Samana Wellness had to offer: 5 -Day Cleansing & Yoga Mini-Retreats; 30-Day Online Wellness Challenge (choose your own start date); Thrive: 90 Day Whole Life Health Makeover; Whole Life Health Consultations (available anytime in person, by phone, or Skype); Customized Cleanse Guidance Program; Private Body-Mind-Spirit Yoga for individuals and groups; and a Full-service Customized Cleansing Program.
Despite the use of modern gadgets, Ryan stays focused. Skyped calls and other remote methods of communication start with deep breaths together. In our first meeting, she was quick to get me to identify an area of my life I was not fulfilling but desired to, in a very simple and direct way. We set a weekly goal with intention for action and I was off and running, with the promise of a follow-up email.
My goal was more concerned with mental rather than physical health. But that was just me. In fact, just making the decision to set a goal was cathartic.
“There is not something, one thing, that everyone needs,” says Ryan. “Priorities change with each goal and things that happen. It’s more about putting in a system in place that makes you more balanced. The success rate is better when you decide what your goal is, not me.”
This is because while most of us already know what we need to do, we end up trapped in self-defeating spirals of inaction.
“I feel gratified when clients see their situation from a different perspective that allows them to take a new approach,” Ryan says. “I also love making the changes manageable, because small successes build momentum, and the changes get easily integrated into new ways of living, which create lasting change.”
Her mini retreats address body, mind and soul through a Ayurvedic cleanse with kitchari, yoga, guided meditation, breathing practices and wellness tips. You meet as a group for three and a half hours in the morning, and bring your kitchari soup with you to consume for the rest of the day.
Ryan says she gets more and more visitors who want to do a retreat while on vacation, and the challenge for them is whether to continue with the soup or going out to dinner later in the evening (the next cleansing mini retreat starts on Feb. 27 and you can save 10 percent with early registration).
Ryan says her ideas to do mini retreats formed when she saw how people want to break away from the daily grind, but can’t escape to a full retreat due to family, work or financial restrictions.
“My passion for health has been longstanding most of my life,” Ryan says. “Growing up in an area where many people were overweight and fast food was a daily ritual, I knew there had to be a better way. Slowly I discovered my own path to health, and the inspiration I received along the way propelled me to realize that this is the work I am meant to be doing. When I asked myself what I really wanted to do every day it was empower people to feel fulfilled in their lives. So I share the tools that have helped transform my life in hopes of planting seeds for positive change in others.”