Pursuit of Happiness
My name is TAMARA ERlSTAVl, I’m a certified wellness specialist based in the beautiful Orange County, California. I’m also a vegetarian and have been dubbed a “health nut”. 😉
Having come a very long way through much hardship and pain, and now entering my fifth decade, I’m proud to say that I’m living the life of my dreams and feeling as young and bouncy as ever! Here’s a bit more about me…
I’ve been a dancer at heart since early childhood, but scoliosis and being sickly in early age have prevented me from becoming a professional ballet dancer, something I dreamed about fervently… Instead, I pursued piano and recreational figure skating, then as a teenager fell in love with Flamenco. During my university years I developed a life-long devotion to Hatha Yoga and meditation, and became an avid horseback rider.
After getting married and giving birth to two adorable girls I, as many other happy moms, forgot about my needs. My health went downhill from there. Harsh living conditions in a country torn by war, stress from sleepless nights and constant relocation, including moving clear across the globe, stress and exhaustion of being a full-time working mom, followed by separation and divorce, which lead into a lengthy depression and adrenal fatigue – all of this brought me practically to the brink of disability. By 37 I could rarely climb up a flight of stairs without panting and was suffering from joint pains, low blood pressure, palpitations and headaches. I’d quit my job, gained weight and craved junk foods. I have no pictures to show my weight, because I was thoroughly avoiding socializing, much less taking pictures. I also became impatient and inattentive toward my kids, and generally felt old, worn out and confused.
But then, unexpectedly, something remarkable happened. I was literally saved when I discovered Tribal Fusion Belly dance, and my life was changed forever. The magic of this beautiful, unconventionally expressive and spiritual form of art has profoundly impacted me and re-ignited a spark of passion. But more importantly, regular exercise slowly brought back my youth, rebuilt my self-esteem and improved my health in many aspects, something I had never expected to happen by the age of 40!
Belly dance brought me back to Yoga, and, exhilarated about such improvements, I decided to explore fitness and holistic health in-depth. Since 2007, I’ve dedicated myself to studying theoretical fundamentals of healthy lifestyle and body mechanics; I worked with a personal trainer on a regular basis and took private Yoga lessons. Soon my hobby turned into a vocation and decided to get certified in fitness and Yoga. A voracious reader, I relentlessly expand my knowledge base through extensive research of various subjects, like longevity, nutrition, medicine, endocrinology, kinesiology, psychology, meditation and of course fitness! Today, I am thrilled by this opportunity to share my passion for holistic wellness, fitness and belly dance with my clients, students and audiences alike.
Today, dance and movement are my oxygen. My personal regimen includes regular Yoga and dance practices, a variety of fitness exercises and a strict nutritional regimen. My life-long objective is to continue improving my health and fitness and inspire others to always grow younger, stronger and happier! I invite you to sign up for a complimentary one-on-one training session with me and/or join my fitness classes.
To learn more about my work, please look here and here.
I appreciate your interest, and if there had to be one main idea that I’d like to convey, it would be:
Never, ever, give up on your Pursuit of Happiness!
If you have any questions or comments do not hesitate to contact me: I would love to hear your thoughts.
Stay Young! 🙂
Young!Strong!Happy ~ A Heart-Centered Business ~