How SoulCycle Instructor, Health Coach, and Mom Eve Kessner Combines Her Passions
What if your work was your life and your life was your work? Look no further than Eve Kessner, Class of 2011. This SoulCycle instructor, Health Coach, writer, and most importantly, mother of two wears many (healthy!) hats. She combines her numerous wellness passions into an exciting and meaningful career.
Read below to learn how health coaching complements her work as a spinning instructor, what brought her to Integrative Nutrition, and why the world needs Health Coaches.
On enrolling at Integrative Nutrition: Before IIN I had already had a couple businesses under my belt. I had also been writing my lifestyle blog which was becoming increasingly more focused on healthy family living and food. When I started the program I was also pregnant with my second daughter. For the most part, my fulltime job was being a good mom and wife, making sure we were all organized, well-fed, and happy!
As I delved deeper into my journey toward health, as I experimented and wrote more about the different modalities I was trying, more and more people were asking me for help. And I was helping them! But I felt that I needed more background than the self-educating I was doing. IIN turned out to be a really good fit for what I was looking for: holistic, liberal, thoughtful, outside-of-the-box kind of teachings.
On her favorite part of the Health Coach Training Program: Many of the teachers and ideas I had previously studied, but it was very cool to hear the lectures direct from the source! Andrew Weil and Mark Hyman have both had a significant impact on my thinking. I've also published a recipe in Dr. Hyman's most recent book which was super exciting for me! And I had practiced both macrobiotics and raw foods before IIN, so learning and understanding more about those lifestyles was most interesting to me at the time.
On writing, spinning, and being a mother: I have a wide variety of clients but my strong points are fertility and mommy health and fitness. I am a fulltime SoulCycle instructor which is my main focus. I also write my blog and am a contributing writer to a handful of different sites around the internet including marthastewart.com and sweatlifenyc.com.
I love that my work is my life and my life is my work. With so much going on in any single day – kid drop off, teaching SoulCycle, writing, coaching, cooking and everything in between – I love that it all fits together somehow. On the craziest days, it's the synergy, the energy of it all that is the most impressive to me. One thing supports the next and that's how I get it all done. If my health and wellness goals for my career weren't benefiting my children, I don't think I'd have the same passion around it. If my SoulCycle riders weren't also some of my nutrition clients, I wouldn't have the opportunity to see them excel as fast, and that's such a blessing!
On supporting total body health: Since some of my riders are nutrition clients and vise versa, I can really work with them on a full body plan and help them through the process of breaking down the boundaries of what they thought they were capable of and seeing the strength they really have. It’s so rewarding seeing their progress and how the two modalities of health and wellness – fitness and food – come together. Seeing their progress on a daily or weekly basis is so rewarding and inspiring!
Since both my jobs fall under the umbrella of health and wellness (well all 3, right? SoulCycle, Health Coach, and of course, mama!), there’s lots of overlap. I have riders who become interested in taking their health to the next level and want to work with me on nutrition and I have nutrition clients who want to work on their fitness and cardio health and become riders. I also have mom friends who want to learn to cook and other mamas who want to come join the cardio party and become riders!
On why the world needs Health Coaches: There is a need for Health Coaches everywhere! Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” The world needs change. Educating people how to change themselves is the seed. Fortunately I live in a place where IIN health coaches are in abundance and flourish! This makes me proud to be an IIN graduate and a Brooklynite!
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