We had the good fortune of connecting with Kamali Minter and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kamali, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Work Life Balance is a funny thing… like walking a tight rope I think its a day to day process that takes lots of awareness and the flexibility to make adjustments. The way I approach it has shifted as I have gotten to know myself and what’s really important to me.
In my 20’s I said ‘yes’ to way too many things, I wanted to make money, wanted work experience, wanted to be at every great party and social gathering… it’s a good thing I had more energy back then, because I needed it. I was a slave to my work because I always felt behind or wanted to get ahead.
As I entered my 30’s my work had aligned work with my passions. So even if I was pulling an all-nighter editing a project, or working a 15 hr day on a set, I enjoyed what I was doing. So work felt like a welcome part of my life, most of the time… until I burned out.
Once I started listening to my body more through my yoga & meditation practices, I started to feel things I had not noticed before in all my busyness.
My body wanted more sleep, more pleasure, more play…. and I had been running on too little of what I needed to actually feed my spirit.
My burnout was part of a life shift that led to a whole new kind of work and life. Teaching the practices I used to heal myself, became my new work. And as I grew a new business around it, I put my emotional, mental, and physical well-being at the center of my approach.
My work day now includes morning movement and meditation time, meal breaks, and transition buffers between appointments. I block off creative days, and self-care days, and when there are busy clips that can’t be avoided, I balance them with retreat days to replenish.
Balance is something I find now by regularly checking in with my body about what it needs. Some days it’s a walk in between meetings, others day it may be a 20 min nap or 5 min of deep breathing.
And I’ve had get ok with turning things down, re-scheduling when needed, and putting less on my weekly to-do list.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m passionate about helping people restore connection, love, and sensual capacity in their bodies and relationships. I offer this empowerment through simple, meditative, breath and body based practices, which come from my years of study in tantra, taoism, yoga, meditation and energy work.
What makes my relationship work unique is its focus on body-based wisdom. I teach people how to connect with their bodies, their environments, and other people through their senses.
Most of the challenges I see people struggling with in their relationships and their sex lives, are rooted in repeated thoughts and patterns that were created in childhood and other past relationships.
In order to transform the behaviors, emotional reactions, and limiting thoughts that we are often trapped by, we have to be able to get present with what’s happening inside us and around us.
Our 6 senses, Taste, Touch, Sight, Smell, Hearing, and Proprioception, are how we orient to the world around us. It is the quickest way to get out of our monkey minds, and return the present moment.
I founded Space For Love in 2014 to serve individuals, couples, and groups with the wisdom I have received over the last two decades of study & practice. My biggest reward is seeing the people I work with heal from heartbreak of all kinds, release shame, and resolve traumas.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live on the westside of LA, so some of my favorite things to share with folks are the beaches, hiking trails.
Coffee & Tea drinks at Urth Café on Main St.
A beach walk from Venice to the Santa Monica Pier
Scooter or bike rides around the streets of the Promenade
Lunch on the Malibu pier
A hike on the Los Liones trail
Authentic Italian dinner at La Puglia on Wilshire Blvd.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have had some awesome teachers that helped me get to where I am. I’d like to shoutout Charu founder of Embody Tantra, Nita Rubio, Gloria & Serge of Shivakali Yoga, Minke & Shashi of Tao Tantric Arts, and inspirations like Kimberley Ann Johnson, Adrienne Maree Brown, Emily Nagoski, Ester Perel, & Alison Armstrong.