| Brennan Woo
Introducing Lillian Jacobs: Health Coach, Yoga Teacher, and member of the OWL Venice team. Read about Lillian's wellness journey below, and follow us on Instagram for updates on her digital yoga classes!
Lillian Jacobs photographed by Yoga Basics
What's your role with OWL and what inspires you about the company?
I am a health coach at OWL. You'll also often find me manning the front of the shop on Abbot Kinney. I'm inspired by OWL's dedication to heal and nourish people through food and their commitment to local, organic and well-sourced products. I wholeheartedly believe that food is medicine and this company embodies that belief.
Have you always been into health and wellness, or was there something specific that triggered it?
I was exposed to holistic health and wellness at a very young age. I grew up in a household where we made our own food coloring with beets, ate 'kraut and chanted mantras from a young age. That being said, I definitely had my rebellious college years where I drank too much cheap beer, ate my fair share of fast food and didn't really exercise. After living like that for a while I felt like crap and health issues started creeping in. Right after college, I was introduced to Ayurveda through a local yoga studio. I started incorporating ayurvedic principles into my diet and then did my first 10 day kitchari cleanse. I felt like a new person and didn't have any desire to go back! Once I cleaned up my diet and honed my self care practices I realized that brain fog, fatigue, achy pain and bloating on the reg wasn't actually "normal". That inspired me to continue down this road of health and wellness and pursue a career in health coaching and Ayurveda.
What inspired you to start teaching yoga?
I don't have one defining moment that sparked my interest in teaching yoga, it was just the life path I chose. Growing up, I visited Ashrams with my mom as a kid and practiced yoga with her regularly. Fast forward a few years and MTV came out with a series of yoga DVD's (starring Lori from The Real World... any other 80's babies out there remember those?). It made yoga super cool to my 15 year old self and I was obsessed. I practiced yoga with MTV daily and that's when I believe the seed of being a yoga teacher was planted. I did the traditional thing and went to college and grad school. As I was wrapping up grad school I got the nudge to be a yoga teacher (odd timing, right?). The nudge grew and grew until I was SO antsy to graduate just so I could start this new path! I enrolled in my first 200hr training shortly after graduating and have been teaching (and training... so many trainings!) since.
What is the most rewarding aspect of being a health coach?
Helping people connect with their own bodies. I think we've been programmed to look outside of ourselves for the answers to our healing - but that's not where the answers are. Our bodies are giving us cues all day and I love helping people tune into those cues and connect with their own ability to heal themselves.
What kind of self care rituals do you have (morning or evening)?
One of the things I love the most about Ayurveda is the focus on self-care rituals! In the mornings I wake up and immediately have a cup of hot water with lemon, this stimulates digestion and alkalizes the body. While drinking my hot water I snuggle with my pup and journal - it's the perfect way to ease into the morning. Then I always get some type of movement in (this stimulates circulation throughout the body, super important for immunity and energy!), usually either a walk around my neighborhood or a yoga practice. Then I'm on with my day!
About 2 or 3 evenings a week I practice abhyanga, it's an ayurvedic oil massage. Abhyanga is great to settle the nervous system and decrease stress. It also hydrates our skin deeply and improves circulation and lymph flow. If you haven't tried it yet - you don't know what you're missing! It's the most relaxing and nourishing way to end the day. On the evenings that I don't practice abhyanga I often end my day with a yoga nidra, either in bed or with legs up the wall, and always with an eye pillow covering my eyes.
Have you done the OWL Reset and if so, what was your experience like?
Yes and I loved it! In the past I've struggled with liquid based cleanses because they can feel depleting (and I get hangry). I felt completely nourished from this cleanse and it is the perfect way to cut the sugar cravings and reset clean eating habits. As a bonus - my skin was almost instantly glowy!
Any advice you’d give to someone trying the Reset for the first time?
Try to ease into it. The more you're able to cut back on sugar, caffeine, alcohol and processed foods before you start the reset, you'll be able to cleanse more deeply and you'll probably feel better while doing it!
What mantra do you live by?
“On this path no effort is wasted, no gain is reversed; even a little of this practice will shelter you from great sorrow.”
This is a quote from the Bhagavad Gita that stuck with me and I remind myself of often. As a Pitta (for all you ayurveda nerds out there) I can get sucked into perfectionism and be super hard on myself. This quote helps me remember to let go of that.
Are there any books, podcasts, shows, meditations, or products that you’re loving right now?
Books: I'm about to dig into You Were Born for This: Astrology for Radical Self Acceptance by Chani Nicols. I'm fascinated by astrology and can't wait to learn more (and maybe make sense of all this craziness happening in our world right now!). I also recommend WomanCode by Alissa Vitti to just about every female friend I talk to. This book is a handbook to our monthly cycles, information that I believe we should have grown up being taught! But at least we can empower ourselves with the information now. If you're interested in diving into Ayurvedic living, The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook by Kate O'Donnell is my all-time favorite cookbook. My copy has been used so many times the pages are literally falling out ... and stained with turmeric.
Podcasts: My inner nerd loves to geek out on The Funktional Nutrition Podcast with Erin Holt and I always feel inspired and ready to make the most of my life after listening to the Expanded Podcast with Lacey Phillips.
Meditations: I love The Sanctuary App. It has lots of great Yoga Nidra's and Guided Meditations with Rod Stryker (and if you haven't had his voice lull you into meditation yet... you haven't lived fully).
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Lillian is a holistic health coach through The Institute of Integrative Nutrition and an Ayurvedic Health Coach through The Joyful Belly School of Ayurveda. Lillian’s passion for holistic health and wellness started at a very young age. She was diagnosed with a mysteriously long list of food allergies as a young kid. As a result of the restrictive diet she grew up in a household where we made our own food coloring with beets, ate 'kraut and introduced many other healing practices into her life. She was able to heal from her gut issues completely and the food allergies went away! The seed was planted for a career in health and wellness. Fast forward a few years (2011 to be exact) and Lillian was introduced to Ayurveda during a yoga teacher training. She started incorporating Ayurvedic principles into her diet and then completed first 10 day kitchari cleanse. Suffice to say, she was hooked. As she continued into her adult life, Lillian continued to learn over and over again that food is truly medicine. She continues to look to holistic healing practices to not only heal but to thrive in day to day life! Lillian is a firm believer that the body wants to thrive and be healthy. Every body is unique and has different health needs. As a health coach she aims to help individuals connect with their own bodies and find their unique healing path.
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