Guest Blog: Megan Reilly, Health and Wellness Coach

Hello everyone!

        I was so happy when Stacee invited me to be featured on her new yoga blog! Isn’t it just beautiful?! Stacee and I met at work and hit it off instantly with our love for all things wellness! My career in the fitness field began as a Group Fitness Instructor back in 2011 when I took a course at my alma mater, University of Maryland, College Park. I fell in love with teaching spin and step aerobics classes and felt so much JOY connecting with my participants over something fun and over something that was so good for us! That summer I interned at NIH Fitness which opened my eyes to the wonderful world of Corporate Wellness. Since, I have worked at Food and Drug Administration’s Fitness Center in Silver Spring and now, the Ronald Reagan Fitness Center as Assistant Coordinator of Wellness and Fitness.

      I am also a Certified Health/Wellness Coach! After a few years of teaching, I discovered the idea of health coaching and it seemed like the perfect next step. I love to help people and wanted to help my participants outside of just our class time!  I chose to become a Health Coach because it changed my whole life and was so simple to get started helping others!

         As you may already know from your knowledge and practice of yoga, being healthy is multifaceted and includes more than just the physical changes. A holistic approach to health  looks at mental health, emotional health, spiritual health, and even financial health.  I think yoga in particular, beautifully combines all of those aspects of wellness in a natural way and integrates wonderfully with health coaching for a few reasons! Yoga helps you live a more mindful and balanced life and helps tremendously with flexibility and with your relationship with your body. You also want to check in with your other habits too. That’s where a health coach like me comes in. How are you sleeping? What are your eating habits? How much water do you drink daily? Are you within your healthy BMI range? How do you deal with stress? I have helped numerous people not only achieve their healthy weight in a physical way, but have learned lasting habits that have helped them sustain their healthy lifestyle for the long run. They have  found more time to focus on the things that matter in their life! Instead of obsessing over food, they are able to be mindful and present--just like yoga teaches! Rather than focusing on what they can’t have or what is going wrong, they approach their health with a positive attitude,  similar to making progress with certain yoga poses! You get better and better one class at a time!

I would love to learn more about you and chat on on one. Click http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2596183/Well-being-Evaluation?hc-email=mreilly519@gmail.com  to get your wellbeing score and I’ll reach out to you to schedule a complimentary health assessment with Stacee and I. Talking to a health coach could be just the thing you need to reach your Optimal Health and Wellbeing!

Namaste,

Megan Reilly