Real Food Advocate
I’ve always had a strong pull towards wellbeing and all things natural. In 2000 I discovered Yoga and Ayurveda, which set me on a path that proved to be one of the most rewarding and transformational experiences to date.
Nutrition is critically important in the Ayurveda & Yoga tradition, so it felt only natural to expand my knowledge and study Naturopathic Nutrition. During my studies of the abovementioned I discovered a whole new world and came to understand the vast interconnectedness of the human body and mind.
To enjoy good health, one must take care of the whole, not just its isolated parts. Vibrant You Ltd. was born out of passion for human health and deep respect for the innate intelligence of our minds & bodies.
My philosophy is simple, I believe that we should eat foods as close to their natural state as possible and listen to our body as it is a vital messenger in the health equation. Our environment, social networks, daily ‘rituals’, sleep patterns and state of mind are all intimately connected to our wellbeing and an imbalance in one affects the rest.
Diploma in Nutrition at CNM, London
Jana gained her diploma in naturopathic nutrition from the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London. This was a comprehensive three-year training programme that covered anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, nutrition and clinical experience. This has given Jana a thorough understanding of the body systems, their interconnectedness and nutritional support they need for optimal function.
Jana continues to take undergraduate and postgraduate training to stay abreast with the latest developments in the field of nutrition and integrative medicine.
Why Nutritional Therapy?
It can help with
The health of your digestive system has far-reaching implications. The dietary choices you make have a profound effect not only on your digestion but overall health.
Although, we can't feel it, our immune system is always at work, tirelessly protecting us against external threats to our health and overall quality of life. Therefore, it's important that we nourish this defense system on a daily basis.
Stress is part of our daily life and not all stress is bad for us. It is well-established that in order for you to digest your food and absorb all the nutrients you need to be in a state of calm aka parasympathetic dominance. That's why it is critical to manage your stress. by addressing your lifestyle and dietary choices.
Woman's health is such an important area of health, yet it isn't getting the attention it deserves. Many women find it difficult to discuss feminine matters whether it be for reasons of cultural stigma, shame or both.
Sleep is profoundly important for our overall health, But for many sleep seems to be synonymous with struggles of all sorts, especially now.
Some of your neurotransmitters responsible for your mood are made in substantial amounts in your digestive system, hence the importance of keeping your digestive system optimally balanced through wholesome diet.
My journey into the world of yoga started back in 2000 when I stumbled upon a book that promised to beat fatigue with yoga. Intrigued by its promise, and definitely in need to remedy my fatigue brought on by a work / life imbalance, I dove into yoga by reading books, magazines, journals and anything else I could lay my hands on and committed to a regular yoga practice. Now, having been steeped in ‘mainstream culture’ I found the ‘esoteric’, in to which yoga slotted rather neatly, somewhat foreign to me to start with. But, as the years went by and I embraced the yogic lifestyle more fully, I soon came to realize that yoga was a gift that kept on giving.
My first yoga class was an Iyengar yoga class and it certainly delivered. I felt more at ease, suitably calm, and rejuvenated at the same time. The myth of having a nimble body was dispelled and what came to light was the fact, that staying in the moment was much harder than I had anticipated! Who knew!? Just try to do any of the balancing poses like the tree, eagle or dancer while you run through your ‘to do list’ in your head and you will soon realize that the two don’t mix very well.
I soon realized that I wanted yoga to be my life companion and decided to train as a yoga teacher. And while yoga in the early noughties was still in its infancy in the UK, and it took a while to find a reputable place where I could gain deeper knowledge, I also realized that the learning would never stop. And while I’m deeply grateful to the institutions that imparted their yogic knowledge onto me, I’m equally grateful to my students who continue to expand my knowledge base.
The adventurer in me was eager to sample yoga in its country of origin, so in 2006 I spent three months in India expanding my yogic knowledge and getting acquainted with its ‘sister’ Ayurveda – the science of life. While in India, I had the utmost privilege of meeting Guruji B.K.S. Iyengar in his Yoga Mandala in Pune. It was an encounter like no other, which left an indelible mark on me. He was in his 80s then, but exuding vital energy of a 30-year old! He was deeply committed to sharing his wisdom widely and his legacy lives on.
Over the years I’ve practiced various yoga styles such as the Iyengar, Yin, Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Classical and Hot yoga. Currently, my teaching style is the amalgamation of all the yoga styles I’ve practiced to date.
The primary aim in my classes is to activate the relaxation response and inspire my students to connect with their ‘inner world’ more frequently in order that they remain grounded, even in the most unsettling of times.
To me, yoga is about health protection and deeper connection with oneself.
It is never too late to take up yoga, so if you feel called upon to give yourself the gift of yoga do get in touch.
Jana has been an invaluable source of professional, expert and inspirational knowledge for me as a personal client and also when she appeared as an accomplished speaker to educate a group of coaches for me. Her knowledge about nutrition and it's effect on the body is extensive and her care and passion for her topic is second to none.
- Karen Kimberley,
founder and director of The Engagement Ring (Bucks, UK)