I began as a full-time Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor at a gym in 2012. I hustled to grow my business, learn more, advance in level ...
Until my world turned upside down in 2015 when I was diagnosed with a Chronic Autoimmune Illness. My Ulcerative Colitis soon got the label of "severe" and I worked my way up in Western medication to weekly immunosuppressant injections. Even those weren't strong enough, so instead of escalating to hospital infusions and eventual surgery, I started looking for my own resources.
After a year of trial & error, I found the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP), assembled a team of practitioners I trusted, and overhauled my entire lifestyle. Another year later, and a Nutrition Coach certification under my belt, I started to finally have stretches of relief and lack of symptoms which grew in length as I continued to stick with my evidence-based practices.
I got off my immunosuppressant drugs in April 2018 and began to realize just how powerful the knowledge I had gained over the past 3 years was, and the strength of my internal dialogue. I wanted to learn more and help others create dialogues that empowered and served them through life's trials. That's when I decided to get certified as a Life Coach.
Now, as a certified Personal Trainer, Nutrition & Life Coach, I have an overflowing toolbox ready to help others become their most resilient & powerful selves.
In life we often search for the combination of wise soul, confidant, teacher, coach. We want to be seen, understood and guided by someone we can absolutely trust. Ela provides that rare combination of deep knowledge, wise counsel, trusted friend and emotional objectivity. She holds a mirror up for you in a confident, loving way that allows you to reflect and learn from all that she has to give. She sees you in a way that holds you accountable to the greater version of yourself. She has a true gift and anyone who is lucky enough to work with her will treasure every moment.
Ela knows the perfect balance of asking questions to help me understand the root of what's bothering me, and then when to pivot into looking for options. She's also one of the most genuine and authentic people I have met. She helped me work through anxieties with work, my work-life balance, friends, and my body image, all while ALSO being a personal trainer. If you have the chance to work with Ela - take it. You'll have a coach, partner and somebody truly committed to helping you find your dreams.
Ela's coaching skills are those of someone who has found her calling and her purpose - it's truly what she is meant to do. Her ability to draw out and help you crystalize what's really going on about the places you're stuck is uncanny. Her ability to spur changes in perspective help you overcome challenges, get clear on your direction and create your life. She is a gifted teacher who truly cares about helping and empowering her clients. Working with her was a life-changing experience, and I would recommend her as a coach without a single second of hesitation.
I went into this process with certain internalized assumptions that not only limited me in my journey to establish a work and community life that I love, but that made this work feel daunting and off-putting. Ela helped me identify and unpack the roots of these anxieties and tendencies, and challenged and emboldened me to define a personalized vision closer aligned with my own values. Ela’s charismatic energy and emotionally-intelligent coaching empowered me to take ownership over my own thought-created reality. I am now able to move forward from a place of genuine excitement and sense of possibility. I am so excited about how this process has already transformed my trajectory and will continue to pay off in my life.