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Conversations with the Inspiring Whitney Riggs

Today we’d like to introduce you to Whitney Riggs.

Whitney, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am currently a Holistic Lifestyle/fitness coach and Yoga instructor based in San Diego, CA!

I believe everything in my life has led me to right now.

I grew up having an embarrassing and painful stomach and GI issues (think bloating, constipation cramping) during the worst possible time to be embarrassed and in pain (think the elementary school and junior high school). I slowly gave up on dairy and peeled back from eating processed foods. The massive relief from the pain, as well as having a better mood and soaring energy, convinced me that what we eat impacts every inch of our lives.

Besides my innate passion and obsession for whole foods and a physical lifestyle, I wanted something a little more. I became a certified Holistic Health Coach at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. There, I studied hundreds of dietary theories, as well as seasonal produce, weight loss, food tolerances, holistic food preparation, herbal medicine, preventative health care, and preserving overall well-being.

I now run online wellness groups with women from all over the country and focus on nutrition, fitness with COMMUNITY and accountability with like minded individuals! To me, this has been a game changer to get the results you are aiming for. I love adding the element of personal development and making that a daily practice. Mindset is key when aiming to make changes!

Healthy living starts in the kitchen but needs a place to sweat, too. As a yoga instructor who teaches at multiple formats at studios in San Diego, I lead students through an intense mix of plyometric work, sun salutations, cardio, ab work, and sometimes a whole lot of booty kicking. No need to be a yogi or fitness guru to hop into a fitness plan. In my wellness community, we are lucky enough to have a “Netflix of fitness” and I work with you 1:1 to find what plan is best for you, your goals and your schedule.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Every journey has its ebb and flow but that is what makes it so worth it! I think the biggest struggle is speaking with women who want the change and just don’t have that self-confidence to throw themselves into the challenge quite yet. I love recommending books and podcasts that have shifted my frame of mind to more of a “can do” mindset.

My biggest advice for other women out there just starting their journey would be… do the work and believe in your work! Pour your heart into what you’re doing and everything else will follow.

what should we know about Whitney Helena Wellness? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
As I mentioned, I LOVE working with women who want to level up their wellness. I work with them through nutrition, fitness and personal development. I am obsessed with superfoods and educating on how they can fit more into our lives and we can literally power ourselves through plants.

I am most proud of when I can witness the transformation. I have learned over the last few years transformation comes in so many ways and it is empowering to see people want the change and take the plunge to make it happen.

I think the main thing that sets me apart from others is my willingness to be there with everyone. I work on myself every day and live the life that I promote. It can be really easy to say what you should do but to keep showing up is the most important part.

Do you have any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general? What has worked well for you?
Let the relationship with any mentor evolve naturally, so it doesn’t feel forced! I love attending different in person events but how amazing is it that we also have social media to find our tribe.

I found one of my mentors because we have the same interests and beliefs. We ran in the same circle but finally connected and it felt right. It has worked well as she started her own wellness business just a few years ago.

I also have found yoga mentors along the way that I always make it a point to take their classes often and learn what training’s they have done and how I can better serve my students.

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