Hannah Moss: Wellbeing Coach
My passion for yoga
I’ve always been passionate about health and wellbeing. I started practising yoga and meditation at the age of 19 and have been in love with yoga ever since. For six years I had an intense Mysore-style Ashtanga yoga practice, which involved almost two hours of practice before work every day!
A global perspective
My personal journey of self-discovery over the last 25 years began with a trip to India aged 18. I've travelled to almost every continent since, including four more trips to India, where I studied different philosophies and ancient texts. My journey has shown me that as humans we're all essentially the same and are driven by the same underlying needs. This global perspective has given me a positive and compassionate outlook on life.
I’ve always been active. I’ve discovered firsthand that exercise is one of the best things you can do for your mental and physical wellbeing. My current movement practices – aside from yoga – include hiking, running, dancing, cycling, swimming, Pilates and Joe Wicks!
You are what you eat
I have a keen interest in healthy eating and have been vegetarian since I was 19. Due to suffering from various bouts of IBS and other digestive issues over the years, I’ve spent time studying natural nutrition, consulted with several nutritionists, experimented with elimination diets and enjoy intermittent fasting and green smoothies.
Becoming a wellbeing coach
After many years of working in office and corporate environments, but knowing this wasn’t feeding my soul, I decided to branch out and follow my passions. I trained in Thai Massage in Chiang Mai, Thailand, took correspondence courses in anatomy and natural nutrition, wrote a book for a local publishing company (The Practice of Mindful Yoga: A Connected Path To Awareness) and trained to be a wellbeing coach.
My coaching qualities
These are some of my strongest qualities, which I aspire to bring into my coaching practice and encourage in my clients:
- Leaving my husband and going through a divorce was one of the bravest things I’ve ever had to do.
- Travelling all over the world takes courage at times, especially being away from home for 15 months in my early 20s, travelling to India on my own and facing countless challenges.
- It took guts to quit the job I’d been in for seven years, as I knew it wasn’t right, when I didn’t have another job to go to.
- I have two very distinct sides to my personality: the feminine, emotional, sensitive side; and the more masculine, rational, logical side.
- I believe everything should be done or taken in moderation, particularly when it comes to food. Far better to allow yourself that chocolate brownie, enjoy every mouthful and feel good about it, than to berate yourself and feel guilty afterwards.
- I can usually see both sides of an argument, and like to weigh up the pros and cons before making most decisions.
- Having a daily Ashtanga yoga practice for six years taught me the importance of discipline, and I’ve carried that through to many other areas of my life since.
- I’ve been self-employed for many years, mostly working from home, and am able to stay motivated, set good boundaries and keep my work and home life separate.
- One of my nicknames is ‘Hannah the Planner’! I’m highly organised, like to plan ahead, and usually manage to stick to the schedule.
- One thing that’s got me through life, and staying mostly positive, is my faith. I have faith in myself, faith in humankind and faith that all is as it should be.
- I have faith in the Divine and in the Universe. I believe everything happens for a reason and that we can always learn from it. I know the Universe has my back, as it’s shown me this time and time again.
- I have faith in nature. Although it can be unpredictable, the rhythmic cycles of nature teach us how to have faith and keep moving forward. Dawn always follows night; spring always follows winter; the tide keeps rolling in and out.
- The more challenges you go through in life, the better you get at handling them. As Susan Jeffers says, “Whatever happens, I’ll handle it.” I know from experience this is true and that I have the strength I need to get through (almost) anything.
- Travelling the world, surviving a divorce, changing careers, managing far too many ‘conscious uncouplings’ (aka break-ups) and moving house more times than I care to count have all helped develop my emotional resilience.
- One of the conscious uncouplings involved having my heart broken by the man I thought I’d spend the rest of my life with, which took me three years to recover from. Fast forward to today and we’re not only close friends but we also run a business together!
- Getting stuck in India when the COVID-19 pandemic hit was also a real test of resilience. We had to deal with government lockdowns and restrictions in an unfamiliar country, managing with very little food, suddenly feeling unwelcome as a foreigner and getting repatriated back to the UK amidst organisational chaos.
These are some of the courses, workshops and therapies I’ve attended over the years, which have enriched my personal development in unique ways. These learnings inform what I bring to my practice as a wellbeing coach.
Qualifications & accreditations
These achievements support my practice as a wellbeing coach:
Some of the philosophies and methodologies I’ve studied over the years, which continue to inspire and inform me, include those by: Brené Brown, Susan Jeffers, Julia Cameron, Pema Chödrön, Eckhart Tolle, Michael A Singer, Viktor E Frankl, Marshall Rosenberg, Katie & Gay Hendricks, Esther & Jerry Hicks, Neale Donald Walsch, Thich Nhat Hanh, Kahlil Gibran, Sri Aurobindo & the Mother, Sri K Pattabhi Jois, R Sharath Jois, Mooji and Patanjali.
I'm eternally grateful for their wisdom and insight.
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