A multidisciplinary healer, iFIT Trainer Thalia Ayres Randolph utilizes shamanism, Taoism, yoga, and other spiritual practices to inspire and teach others how to uncover and magnify their own light. Thalia believes that the pursuit of enlightenment is a human birthright and is on a mission to help others understand the role they play in their own healing as a means of empowerment. Working with clients from all walks and stages of life, Thalia believes that in order to transform the outside world, we must first start from within. We caught up with Thalia, who filled us in on how she approaches mental health and the methods she uses as a healer.
How do you mentally prepare for a workout?
I always use music to get me in the mood!
Do you have a philosophy that you live by?
My favorite quote is: “As we expand, life becomes simple.” The more that we grow and expand our awareness, we realize that we need less—not more—to be happy and fulfilled.
What keeps you motivated when you don’t feel your best?
Reading has always been my greatest motivator. I love turning to authors like Marianne Williamson, Thich Nhat Hanh, Carolyn Myss, Lynn Mctaggart, and Adyashanti when I’m feeling uninspired.
Another favorite motivator is Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Podcast. I take my dog for a walk and listen to an episode almost every day. It’s incredibly healing.
What experiences led you to become a multidisciplinary healer?
Transforming adversity leads to deeper healing and awakening. Life’s challenges are what force us to go deeper within and start our spiritual journey. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for experiences that brought me to my knees and forced me to look within and find meaning. I share the tools that continue to support me so that I can help others at different stages along their path.
What advice would you give to someone new to spiritual work? How can they begin working on themselves from within?
Read as much as you can about the spiritual topics that interest you and incorporate yoga and meditation exercises into your life! Those are the practices that have changed me and continue to support me in my evolution!
What book is a must-read for those who want to improve their mental health?
“No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering” by Thich Nhat Hanh. There is also a fun, pocket-sized book by him called “The Mindfulness Survival Kit,” which illustrates how to invite mindfulness into your daily activities. Any other book by Thich Nhat Hanhim is amazing!
What piece of advice would you give to someone navigating a challenging time in their life?
Remember that you are never alone and that simply waking up today with your breath is enough. Life will always ebb and flow, so it can be incredibly helpful to use meditation practice as a way to stay connected to what really matters. For every dark night, there is a brighter day.
Are there things you do or daily practices that you partake in to stay mentally strong?
Yoga, meditation, walking, and hiking are my favorite activities that I do throughout the week! Taking time for myself on a daily basis is non-negotiable!
What’s your favorite part of your job?
I love that my job keeps me committed to my spiritual growth and development as a human. It forces me to keep growing and expand beyond what I thought was ever possible. I also love that I get to be of service to other people, facilitate a space for healing, and be a vessel to spread ancient wisdom to the masses. The path is not easy, but it is an honor, which makes me feel fulfilled.
Ready to begin practicing mindfulness and meditation exercises with Thalia? Join one of her restorative iFIT series this month! Meet up with her in Costa Rica for yoga, mindfulness, and walking workouts that will help deepen your mind-body connection. These relaxing workout series are perfect for starting off the morning or winding down in the evening.
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