If you’ve been around my blog and social media you more than likely know that I recently enrolled in nutrition school. Yay!! A big step for me. It was something I had been contemplating for a while but I just couldn’t bring myself to commit to it. I guess I was waiting for that one last push, a sign that I was taking a step in the right direction. And then I came across Yasmin Essa’s interview on The Productive Muslim podcast. I knew it was a sign from God because she mentioned her alma mater as being the very school I was looking into! She seemed focused, humble and spiritually driven. Her desire to genuinely help people over come the global health epidemic was clear. I was sold!
I signed up that same day and decided to connect with Yasmin. I am so glad I did! Friendly, helpful and with the best bedside manner I wish more doctors had!
Here is what health coaching means to Yasmin:
Q1. What inspired you to become a health coach?
I have scoliosis that went undiagnosed during my teen years. Finding out at age 22 was a catalyst to becoming a health coach. I manage my scoliosis 100% naturally, without use of any pain meds, alhamdulilah (all praise is due to Allah SWT). You can read the full behind the scenes story of why and how I became a health coach here.
Q2. What is the biggest misconceptions related to health coaching?
I don’t know if you’d call this a misconception, but I think there are still many people who don’t even know what a health coach is. Here’s some insight into that.
According to my alma mater, a Holistic Health Coach is an “authority and supportive mentor who motivates individuals to cultivate positive health choices. Health Coaches educate and support clients to achieve their health goals through lifestyle and behavior adjustments.”
“The primary objectives of health coaching are to educate the patient regarding self health management and to encourage patients in taking a more proactive role in staying healthy.”-Medical Economics
“Chronic diseases such as obesity, hypertension, and diabetes wreck our quality of life and cost a fortune. In recent years, a new and intriguing concept has emerged in the prevention and treatment of chronic illness: the health coach.” –CBS News
Health coaches do all sort of things from working with clients to teaching classes to creating products. For me, I work with clients 1:1. In my 1:1 work, I offer personalized coaching to women who are looking to work intimately on their goals. Sessions take place via phone and are supplemented with voice memos, and email support. In my experience, this style of coaching facilitates massive breakthroughs and progress for clients. My style is to empower clients with tools that they can use well beyond our work together. With the grace of Allah SWT, I have helped many clients achieve their goals ranging from fat loss, beating thyroid surgery, becoming medication free, increasing energy, overcoming eating disorders, improving their relationships, and improving blood work results. Here are some videos of past 1:1 clients speaking about their 1:1 experience with me.
Q3. What is the biggest personal benefit you have experienced as a health coach?
The biggest personal benefit of being a health coach for me is being in this personal development space, where I am constantly growing. In order to be truly successful in this field, I am inspired to walk my talk and constantly learn. I love being in this space for that reason. I also love getting to learn so much through the stories of others. It helps me gain perspective and empathy for people of all walks of life. It broadens my horizon and in turn makes me a better coach, walhamdulilah.
Q4. If you could offer one piece of advice to an aspiring health coach, what would it be?
Marie Forleo says it best: “Everything is figureoutable”. I like to put my own spin on this quote by adding “Everything is figureoutable by the will of Allah SWT”. It’s true though. If you walk around with this mentality, nothing can hold you back. Of course, we all have human limitations, but for the most part, that isn’t what stops us from being great. For the most part, what stops us from being great is thinking we can’t do it.
Enjoy some free Ramadan resources by Yasmin and have a blessed and healthy month everyone!
Free Ramadan Resources:
[VIDEO] Ramadan Webinar
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Free First Day Access of 7 Day Spring Detox: wellnesswithyasmin.com/trial
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