We had the good fortune of connecting with Jennifer Ostman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jennifer, we’d love to hear about a book that’s had an impact on you.
Everything Is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo. This book is one of those rare non-fiction books that you can’t seem to put down. I read it in January of this year, and it immediately gave me insight and inspiration to take action in my business. I had no idea just how important this book would be when our world (and my business) came to a grinding halt in March. At first I was so frustrated that I seemed to have lost all momentum, right when I felt I had finally gotten things rolling. Then I remembered that “everything is figureoutable”, and instead of giving up, I simply pivoted. As a yoga teacher and Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, I help people feel their best using food and movement. My nutrition business is already entirely online, but my yoga classes were in person. And with a toddler at home full time now, I knew I wasn’t the only person missing out on yoga. So I created Yoga For Busy People: an online collection of yoga classes that are 30 minutes or less. Many people find themselves with lots of extra time on their hands right now, but even more of us have kids that are home all the time plus jobs and other responsibilities. We simply don’t have time for a full hour of alone time. These yoga videos will help you sneak in a 15 minute flow in the morning, or a 30 minute practice on your lunch break. Everything Is Figureoutable helped me adjust my perspective, when faced with these crazy obstacles in my business and my life.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
As a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and a yoga teacher, I help people feel their best using food and movement. That is truly what inspires me and motivates me: the stories I hear from my clients. How their lives have changed for the better when they start to listen to what their bodies are asking for. Because I’m not here to tell you what you should or shouldn’t eat, or how many hours of yoga you have to do per week in order to reach your goal weight. I’m here to teach you how to listen to your body. To understand how it works- how it responds to certain foods, or what type of movement feels best. Because we are each unique, and must learn how to take charge of our OWN health. What works for you will probably look different than what works for others. I am proud of the type of coach that I am- it was a challenge figuring that out. A drill sergeant-type coach will get results quickly. But that’s simply not my personality, and I was fighting my own instincts to try to be that way. My coaching style is very compassionate and supportive. I will never make you feel guilty for not being perfect. It may take longer to see results this way, but I guarantee you will make sustainable, life-long changes.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’d spend a morning shopping at the Dallas Farmers Market and then head to brunch at Company Cafe on lower Greenville. I’d take a yoga class at Eastside Karmany or Super Yoga Palace and spend a day at the Dallas Arboretum. Then I’d find where Jenna Clark is playing music for the evening 🙂
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to dedicate my shout out to Wheat & Honey Co. I’ve been working closely with the owner, Brittany Goff; she requested that I film a yoga class for her online retreat, The Revive Retreat. This was my inspiration for creating a collection of yoga videos for busy women!