We had the good fortune of connecting with Alison Litchfield and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alison, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I used to always be the kind of person who was not willing to compromising lifestyle for work. Before I started a family, when it was just me to think about, I had a much easier time with the work life balance. I always took personal time for myself, even daily to eat well, walk, meet with friends, ect. When I started a family, however, everything changed and balancing work and life was more challenging. I found that mothering took a lot out of me so when I had free time, I wanted to do the things that filled me up like yoga, hiking with friends and sitting in a coffee shop writing.. As the kids got a little older, I brought my focus back to my work but it took time and was always a balancing act. I had to be better with managing my time and setting my work hours as well as family and playtime. The biggest thing I’ve had to learn in the balance is that I can’t do it all and certainly can’t be all things to everybody. Now that my kids are older and can take care of themselves more and I am full time back at work I am more at peace with that understanding. That is a lot of how I think about balance. My yoga practice is a great teacher of balance. When you are doing a balancing pose, it is dynamic and changing. So, depending on what’s going on in our lives, we find balance by staying flexible and adaptable to life and it’s ever changing situations. Work is a part of life but when it gets too much of our attention, life gets out of balance and visa verse. To stay in balance, we simply have to stay aware and when things feel off, tend to the things that need tending, even personal time.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am a master yoga teacher, bodyworker and wellness educator. I have worked in the wellness world. What sets me apart is that I am truly interested in supporting people who are ready and committed to real change and support them to trust themselves and their own intuition first. I’m not interested in anyone thinking I know what’s best for them rather I am interested in empowering the individual to know what’s best for them, We are so conditioned to put our trust and power in people outside of us who we thing know better; healers, teachers, practitioners and doctors instead of looking within for the answers. I work with the body and use the tools and principles of yoga and and lifestyle, body and somatic awareness and neuroscience to transform people from feeling disempowered and helpless in their health and well being to feeling vibrant and empowered in their choices and decisions. My goal is always to guide my clients and students safely in their bodies and give them clear, calm, confident instruction so they feel safe., To Embody Radiance we have to be willing to become self- healers and self-educators. No one can heal for you and no one can do it alone. I don’t tell people what they should or shouldn’t do I help them make empowered choices for what works best for them. Through my business Embody Radiance I do one on one bodywork, coaching and teach yoga as well as offer yoga trainings and workshops, to help individuals identify unhealthy patterns in the body, mind and emotions and shift them to where the individual feels more empowered, upright, lighter and living in a vibrant, flow state.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Assuming we are no longer restricted with Covid, I live in Boulder so I’d take them up to Chautauqua Park for brunch and then on a hike up to the Flatirons, Sanitas and Green Mountain as well as all the other amazing walks and hikes in the foothills. Some of my favorite restaurants to go out to eat are The Kitchen, Frasca, River and Woods. Walking and hanging out on the the Pearl Street Mall a must and Eben G. Fine Park in the summer is divine. I’d have to take them to The Flagstaff House at night for the views and the service. We would check out some yoga with my friend Jeanie Manchester and at Yoga Pod and Yoga Loft. We would dance up at The Starhouse and take a trip out to Lyons to play by the river. In Denver we might go down to Cherry Creek and 14th Street Mall and check out all the fun restaurants. I might even take them to see a show. The last one I went to was Hamilton. I also love the botanical gardens and for sure we would have to go to a great concert at Red Rocks. If it was winter we would go up skiing to Winterpark or Copper and in the summer I would take them up to Rocky Mountain National Park to hike and visit some wildlife. In the fall I love going to see the Aspens change on Peak to Peak Highway.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many people to shout out to it’s hard for me to pick one. I’d love to dedicate to my Rolfing mentor Liz Stewart who has given me confidence as a practitioner in the health and wellness industry and has also helped me through the trials and tribulations of parenting and how to balance home and work life.
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