We had the good fortune of connecting with Lillian Jacobs and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lillian, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Work life balance is a huge part of what I both practice and preach. Stress, overwork and exhaustion play a big role in our health and can be a root cause to many digestive and hormonal imbalances. Before I became an Ayurvedic Health Coach I had very little balance in my life, I would work multiple jobs often 7 days/week. I experienced firsthand the impact that overwork can have on our health and wellbeing. When I began my business health coaching I made it a priority to maintain work life balance because if I’m not practicing what I preach, I loose credibility with myself and my clients. For me, this means not working on the weekends and closing the computer at a reasonable time each evening. It can be very hard to not get swept up in the hustle culture and constantly trying to work longer hours and every day of the week, but I love my job and my life a whole lot more with this balance! My best tip for work life balance is to delete the e-mail app from your phone on your days off. I know it sounds crazy and scary, but it is a tangible way to detach yourself from work when you’re not working.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m an Ayurvedic Health Coach and Women’s Hormone Health Coach. Ayurveda is an Eastern healing modality, also known as the sister science to yoga. You may have heard of Ayurveda in terms of the three doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These are the 3 prevailing energies in our bodies’ and the world around us which impact our health and wellbeing. Using principles from Ayurveda medicine I teach my clients how to recognize the doshas in their body. When they are imbalanced we may experience symptoms such as gas, bloating, PMS, anger, irritability, anxiety, weight gain, etc. I then teach individuals how to optimize their health and balance the doshas in their body through diet and lifestyle adjustments.
Routine, both daily and seasonal, are huge components of Ayurvedic medicine. A seasonal routine includes cleansing throughout the year. According to Ayurveda, seasonal cleansing can improve your digestion, boost your immunity and help to prevent the onset of chronic illness. I lead group (virtual) Ayurvedic Cleanses in the spring, fall and new year. These are fun opportunities to learn and experience Ayurveda in a 10-day program.
I started out my career with a Masters Degree in International Development & Community Health and worked on multiple public health projects. I eventually transitioned into Ayurvedic health coaching because I believe that the most impact I’d be able to make in our collective health was by teaching others how to keep themselves healthy. Getting to where I am now has been both easy and hard. Once I started studying Ayurveda, I knew I was on my path and I never looked back (yes, even on the hard days). Building out a website, mailing list, social media presence, etc. has been some of the harder days for me. The easy days are when I meet with clients, lead group programs and get to share this science with others. I’ve learned that staying successful and happy is just about balancing the easy days with the hard days, reaching out for help from those who have expertise in areas I do not, and not being too hard on myself.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
One of the things I love the most about LA is how many neighborhoods we have with different vibes. There’s always somewhere new to explore. If I was trying to really show off our city (and not take traffic into account!) I’d start off the day with a walk along the beach, Blue Bottle New Orleans Style Cold Brew in hand. Then I’d pop over to Larchmont Village Wine & Cheese to pick up a sandwich for a picnic at the Huntington Library. For dinner I’d head up to Yamashiro for the amazing views of the city and picturesque walk through the japanese gardens.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Where to even begin here! I first learned about Ayurveda in 2011 from Kate O’Donnell during a 200hr yoga teacher training. She now leads the Ayurvedic Living Institute and I continue to learn from her today, which I am extremely grateful for. I have fortunately had a few inspiring women in my life who’ve freelanced and started their own businesses (shout out to: Charlotte Haigh, Suzanne Boothby, and Alex Moody to name a few!). They’ve provided countless hours of encouragement, commiseration and support, plus showed me it’s possible. The To Be Magnetic Community, led by Lacy Phillips has also been instrumental in empowering me to launch my own health coaching practice. And last, but certainly not least, my sweet boyfriend Gil Dvoretsky who does more to support me and my endeavors than I could ever capture on paper.
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