We had the good fortune of connecting with Hannah Kinderlehrer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hannah, what do you attribute your success to?
I do everything from the inside out! I share what I’m learning, I am open with my process of growth, pain, evolution, and discovery. I am vulnerable and authentic in my coaching and teaching, I don’t pretend to have it all figure out- when we’ve figured it all out we may as well be dead! I am in the learning/discovery process alongside everyone I work with- that keeps the process alive and juicy and co-creative! I am a life long student of myself, interdependence, and all beings around me, and I invite others into the process with me, so we are all on this wild ride journey together- I just happen to be sharing what I’ve learned and what has helped me, along the way. Because I’ve been through A LOT and I have a lot to share.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a chronic illness warrior! Due to my body’s limitations, and the many physical and emotional symptoms that come with Lyme Disease and Mold Toxicity, (depression, anxiety, overwhelm, exhaustion, migraines, pain, fear, insomnia, etc..)I had no choice but to dive all the way into my body’s wisdom to have a full, joyful, passionate life. Through deep suffering, frustration, losing everything, and I mean EVERYTHING (my strength, my livelihood, my home and everything I’ve ever owned) I have been on a path of personal evolution and growth. There have been a multitude of blessings like family and community support, the grace of no choice, and so much more- but no, it has been anything but easy. I have had many dark nights of the soul- I’ve wondered over and over if the rest of my life would be chronic pain and suffering on all levels, and if so, why go on? What I’ve learned is that everything is impermanent, and the minute I cling to one reality, it shifts! So I learned everything I could about deep nourishment from the inside out and what self-care actually means- (it’s not selfies in Tulum btw…) it is in an unwavering commitment to listening to my body and my intuition, and meeting my own needs, and asking for help when I need it. We have tremendous wisdom inside of us, but none of us can do it alone- we are pack animals for a reason, and we need each other. That kind of vulnerability is precious! What I want everyone to know about Rise and Thrive Holistic Coaching and Awaken The Dance, is that everything I offer is about guiding you towards your inner wisdom, capacity, and ability. That no matter what story you are coming from, you can love your life and your body from the inside out- I promise you that. And it is only through the body, that we live a life of connection to ourselves and others, and learn that we are not broken, we are already and always whole exactly as we are.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live in Boulder and it is truly an awe inspiring magical city, because life is framed by the mountains! So we would definitely hike, every single trail is amazing but the South Boulder hikes from NCAR are mind-blowing, especially in the spring. There are so many healthy, nourishing restaurants, but some of my favorites are Shine, Wonder Press, Boxcar Coffee, the Rosetta food hall, and Lucky’s bakehouse for delicious gluten-free indulgences. We would spend a lot of time by the Boulder Public library because sitting by the creek with our feet in the water and children playing all around can’t be beat. Spring through fall, we’d enjoy the lively farmer’s market with treats and produce beyond the beyond and literally I often have to bring my friend’s to get tattoos, no joke, so we’d head to Rising Tide in Boulder to see Phil Bartell or World Tattoo in Denver to see Ian Lutz. We’d take a variety of movement and dance classes at Alchemy of Movement and Gyrotonic classes at Gyro Boulder. If it was the right timing, we’d catch the 3rd Law Dance Company or the CBDC dance company at the Dairy Performing Art’s Center. We’d ride bikes on the Boulder Creek Trail and get truffles at Piece, Love, and Chocolate. That’s the best of Boulder in my opinion!
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 give a shoutout to my dance students who’ve been with me for over a decade! I’ve grown into the teacher and human I am, because of our co-creative relationships!