Why We are Crushing on Aimee Elsner…
I had the pleasure of meeting Aimee over the holiday when I took a trip to New Jersey. We were at a high school reunion for our significant others and we instantly became friends.
Aimee is a yoga teacher in Stamford, Connecticut. Right now she is challenging herself to 100 handstands in 100 days (#100x100handies).
Aimee is also a Breast Cancer survivor. That’s what she says kick started her healthy lifestyle.
Here’s a little more about Aimee…
Mother, Wife, Occupational Therapist, marathoner, triathlete, cancer survivor, Certified Baptiste Yoga Instructor, 200 RYT, plant-based nutrition educator and much more, Aimee has a passion and interest for life that leads to an endless supply of different hats to wear.
After the diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer in 2009 Aimee began to examine her own diet. She quickly began to make the connection between the foods that were powerful anti-cancer tools, and the general behavioral and wellness benefits that these same foods would have on the children that she works with as well as her family and friends. Since then Aimee has completed a Plant Based Nutrition Certificate through T. Colin Campbell Foundation at Cornell University.
Aimee has always had a passion for sports, from cheerleading, skiing and mountain biking to marathons and triathlons. In 2012 she successfully completed her first half Ironman race and a “100” mile bike ride to raise money for other cancer survivors. She received a 200-hour Yoga Teacher 2013 and felt something was missing. She was introduced to Baptiste Power Yoga, completed Baptiste Power Yoga Level One with Baron Baptiste in 2014 and Baptiste Power Yoga Level Two with Paige Elenson and Art of Assist in 2015.
Aimee’s core values are to empower others to achieve Peace, Power and endless Possibilities.
You can find Aimee at www.ctpoweryoga.com or www.lifecyclect.com
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What type of activities do you do to stay fit?
Swim, Bike, Run
What do you think is the key to a healthy lifestyle?
Balance – Mind and Body
Feed your body right. I believe that we are fueled from inside out so if the stuff we put in our bodies isn’t fueling us we will not have the energy to shine out.
Living in action and being a stand for others keeps you on your toes! Example – I am a stand for my children living a happy healthy life. I teach them about foods, exercise not only by what I say but what I do.
What’s your favorite asset?
Currently, my yoga mat. When I get on the mat and start syncing my body with my breath and get out of my head I feel peace and reset. This gives me what I need to get through my daily life – work, owning a studio, being a mother of two crazy boys and a wife of an amazing husband.
What is your LEAST favorite workout? But why do you still do it?
Running! I dislike it especially in the cold weather, which we get here in the East Coast. I still do it because it is cheap and easy! Well easy in the sense I just have to open the door to do it. It is getting out the door that is the hardest part.
If you had to choose any healthy meal or snack what would it be?
Green Smoothie is my go to with a hint of chocolate (non-dairy of course).
We all have cheat days, what’s your poison?
HMMMM. Cheating alot lately but wouldn’t call it cheating because I am choosing to do it so it is more of an indulgence. Lately it has been sugar – cookies, dark chocolate, yummy vegan baklava, and vegan chocolate mousse that was given to me by a friend. Holidays are over so Indulgence will go back to a minimal –Dark Chocolate.
What inspires you to be healthy and active?
Inspiring others inspires me. Seeing people reach their goals, step our of their comfort zone keeps me on my toes with my own health and wellness. 7 years ago I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, had surgery, chemo, radiation the whole kit and caboodle. That kick started my REVOLUTION. I noticed that as I began to jump into my own health and wellness others jumped on board and it has spiraled. My husband and I now co-own a yoga/cycle studio, we have done hundreds of triathlons, races, we have helped bring two wonderful ladies from Africa here to teach yoga (check out Africa Yoga Project). Inspiring other FUELS me BIG time!
If you could give girls any advice about loving their bodies what would you say?
This is my mantra:
“As a philosopher Carl Rogers said, “the curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change. ” You can meditate and do yoga until you are blue in the face and all you will ever be is blue in the face unless you have the courage to open your heart, face reality, admit your mistakes, and take right action. It hurts a bit, but this is what it means to have s personal revolution. ” Excerpt from Baron Baptiste 40 days to personal revolution.
After going through my own body transformation, having two C-section’s, losing my original boobs and getting new ones, and having scars from multiple surgeries, I have realized that if I don’t love what’s inside I can never love what is on the out side. And if I can’t love the whole package no one else will do it for me.
Wishing you Health, Wealth & Happiness,