Pursuit of Happiness
My name is Tamara Eristavi, I’m a licensed 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 hardship and pain, and 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 weak health at an early age have prevented me from becoming a ballerina – 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 own 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.
A voracious reader, I continue to expand my knowledge base through extensive research of various subjects, like longevity, nutrition, medicine, endocrinology, kinesiology, psychology, meditation and of course fitness. Since the Pandemic, I had to cancel my group classes, but I continue to share my passion for holistic wellness with my clients, as a coach and patient advocate.
Today, healthy living and dance are my oxygen. My personal regimen includes regular meditation, Yoga and dance practices, a variety of fitness exercises and healthy nutrition. My life-long objective is to continue improving my health and to inspire others to always grow younger, stronger and happier!
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 leave you with, 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! 🙂
*Licences # 190000453, 190000455, 190000456.
Young!Strong!Happy ~ A Heart-Centered Business ~