We had the good fortune of connecting with Selena Maisonpierre and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Selena, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I always knew that I wanted to work for myself, and that belief was reaffirmed when I graduated college and got my first job at an advertising agency. I hated the stuffiness of an office, the confines of a “9-5” schedule and sitting behind a computer ticking away hours.

My first foray into being independently employed was when I began teaching yoga. I knew that teaching yoga wouldn’t be the end-all of my career, but I knew that I was on the right path towards my greater passions.

I began seeing a disconnect between how people – especially women – showed up on the yoga mat and how they showed up in the rest of their lives. I saw the same disconnect in the wellness industry as a whole – a compartmentalization of practices rather than teaching people to embody wellness in every single aspect of their lives.

I launched my coaching practice, The Radiant Woman, to fill that gap. I am a certified health coach, life coach and yoga teacher, and use these modalities to guide ambitious women to live lit up, fully empowered and embodied lives. My technique goes beyond just fitness, nutrition or exercise and instead guides women to a deeper sense of Self so that they can radiate outwards.

This is the missing link – and future – of wellness, and that fuels my business and the impact I strive to make in the world.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I always wanted to work for myself, but never knew in what capacity. There were many years that I felt utterly lost and confused. Throughout my childhood, my dad always preached to follow your passions, not the money.

So, I continued following my passions, which lead me to teaching yoga. Yoga lead me to coaching where I work 1:1 with clients and host group programs for ambitious woman, guiding them to live lit up, fully empowered and embodied lives.

My process is unique from other coaches out there as my programs are based on principles of yoga and mindfulness. I truly believe that ’embodiment’ is the missing link in wellness – on a personal scale and for the entire industry. These tools change your life, and I am incredibly passionate about sharing these tools and practices with a wide audience. This is the future of wellness!

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’m based in Brooklyn, NY so this will be a NYC itinerary.

People come to New York and try and get a taste for everything they’ve seen in the movies. Which are iconic, NY places but exhausting and overwhelming, which leaves people saying “it was great but I could never live there.”

So come back a second time and do it the right way!

Eat and drink: I’m sorry, there are too many to choose from.
Listen: Go to a show at Babys All Right
Hang out: west side park for the sunset
Adventure: take the ferry to different neighborhoods in Brooklyn – or, in the summer, take the ferry to the beach!

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?
Yes! There are so many people, books, workshops, and support that I hold dear to my strengthen and success that deserve so much thanks.

Sky Ting Yoga and everybody that I have met through that community. This studio hooked my attention immediately, and I went on to receive my first teaching certification, became a lead teacher on their schedule and began leading their 200HR training program to teach aspiring teachers.

The business of coaching requires investing in your own growth so that you can continue to take your clients to new heights themselves. I thank my therapist who has supported my healing and growth for years, and my boyfriend who is an amazing soundboard and always reminds me that worrying about the future robs me of the joy in the journey.

Website: www.selenamaisonpierre.com

Instagram: @selena.maisonpierre

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/selena.maisonpierre

Image Credits
Photographer: Amber Gregory

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