We had the good fortune of connecting with Katie Grossman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katie, what’s one piece of conventional advice that you disagree with?
I grew up with the phrase “knowledge is power.” I ended up spending my early life striving to acquire knowledge. I even gave away my personal power in exchange for knowledge. I have come to learn that power isn’t necessarily found in a book or in someone else’s words or experiences. Power lives inside each and every one of us. I have found that intuition, integrity, truth, patience, and self sovereignty can hold more power than knowledge. I would alter this conventional wisdom to read, “knowing myself is power.” I created ‘Brain Belly Body’ to support people in deepening self connection to find inner harmony. I believe that through balancing our brains, bellies, and bodies, we can access the innate wisdom of these three intelligence centers to harness our true power.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
One of the greatest lessons I have learned is that my only real job is to be myself. This sounds simple but it’s the most difficult assignment I have ever been tasked with. The job of being ourselves means we have to strip away all that we have inherited and absorbed that is not us, so that we can live in alignment with who we truly are. I created ‘Brain Belly Body’ to offer support, resources, and tools to nurture our unique natures and find inner harmony, because I believe when we are connected to our true selves we can live our best lives.
I feel that what distinguishes me and ‘Brain Belly Body’ from other businesses, is my training, experience, approach, and intention. I have always been a seeker, philosopher, and artist who was also plagued with chronic pain from a very young age. This pain and my curiosity led me on a unique path. I lived 16 years with no diagnosis, going from practice, to healer, to doctor with no end in sight. Along the way I gained invaluable experience, wisdom, resources, tools, compassion, and empathy. In 2011, I was chosen for an unconventional apprenticeship where my teacher in India “adopted” me into a family lineage of a rare and practically extinct form of Warrior Ayurveda. Ayurveda is the ancient science of metabolic maintenance that teaches us how to live in sync with nature. My teacher’s top student mentored me in the US and abroad for 7 years where I worked 7 days a week with people of all ages and from all walks of life. From day one, my mentor and teacher both encouraged me to take what I was learning and advance the science, evolve it, make it palatable for all people to adapt into their lives, put my own spin on it, and share what I learn with others. I have taken this advice to heart by combining my years of vocal training, education in Social Work, and extensive study and practice of various healing modalities and philosophies, to deliver a unique approach to holistic wellness. Due to my personal experience in the wellness world, I feel a deep responsibility to offer people a business that is rooted in authenticity and empowerment. My goal and intention with ‘Brain Belly Body’ is to offer services that encourage self connection, self sufficiency, and self devotion, while feeling empowered and supported along the way.
Nothing about my journey has been easy. I would never trade the challenges I have faced because they built my character and made me into a more authentic and whole person. These challenges inspire consistent self examination and self compassion, and has given me a chance to learn about who I really am at my core. Overcoming challenges and integrating the lessons I have learned contribute to building my self confidence. In the end, all of my experiences, especially the tough ones, allow me to be of service to people in a more impactful way. Creativity, patience, and the practice of welcoming, feeling, and accepting my emotions have been the most powerful tools in overcoming adversity and transmuting challenges into success. Of course, the love and support of colleagues and friends is invaluable as well.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I live for taking an early drive on the PCH into Topanga Canyon for a little breakfast bite at ‘Topanga Living Cafe.’ There is nothing like driving through the canyons on a clear day (on a motor bike it’s even better)! Then a walk on Zuma Beach would be next on the agenda. And for an afternoon treat, sitting outside at ‘Nobu Malibu’ while watching the sun start to set is seriously blissful. I never spend time in Los Angeles without making an appointment to visit J. Colby Smith and Josh Harris at 108 LA. They are wonderful people, talented artists, and the only hands I trust to pierce my ears. After a visit with them, I usually grab something yummy to eat from ‘Jewel.’ I love to hit the Santa Monica Farmers Market on Wednesdays and browse vintage stores and flea markets throughout the city with friends. Introducing health food geeks to ‘Erewhon’ for the first time is always enjoyable. It is like ushering a health nut into heaven, so I jump at that opportunity whenever it presents itself.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have been fortunate to study with many mentors and teachers, and I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for the time, patience and faith that they invested in me. I want to thank Mother Nature for all that she has taught me and continues to teach me. I have immense gratitude for my community of family and friends for their endless support and love. I want to give a special thanks to my Energy Medicine Practitioner for gently guiding me back to myself so that I could better be of service to others. And last but not least, to my first teacher, my grandmother Mona – thank you for teaching me how to balance the bitter parts of life with sweetness.