One of the fabulous perks of being a part of this ever-growing, evolving world of natural beauty is that we’ve gotten the chance to meet and learn from some pretty amazing individuals. From fellow entrepreneurs, women on a mission, or even devoted Tata customers who share with us how living naturally and thoughtfully is changing their everyday reality – we’re always inspired.
Our company has crossed paths a few times with Randi Zinn, a yoga teacher, entrepreneur, new mother and writer who is exploring the tricky territory of wellness and motherhood in New York City. We felt that she would have a lot to say that would ring relevant for many of you dear readers, so we sent along some questions. Below are her answers, and I can just say that, as I expected to be, I’m inspired!
You’re a yoga instructor and have a background in dance and movement – what has yoga brought to your adult life that you can’t imagine giving up?
Yoga has brought me so many things- a deep connection to my body (which proved to be very useful during pregnancy and birth) as well as an overall appreciation for my body that many women lack. Through a steady yoga practice, you begin to judge the body less and appreciate what it can do more! But most importantly, yoga has given me Tools to handle life. Now, Im not perfect, thats for sure, but the simple ability to pause, take a deep breath, calm anxiety and worry well, this is the difference between a life out of control and a life with purpose. Its these simple but profound tools that I cant imagine giving up.
What do you think is most challenging for modern day mothers, especially those in cities, in terms of finding health and balance every day?
Time! We have no lack of access to healthy habits- yoga, spinning, meditation groups, boot camp, health food stores, vegan restaurants, organic cafes, the list goes on and on. For me, its finding the time to cook that meal, to meditate, to get to class! As New Yorkers we tend to PACK IT IN, leaving little time for ourselves. What I do and always recommend to people trying to grab that extra bit of time is to calendar your intentions in and to make those intentions every bit as important as a business meeting. So if you go to spin class, make your weekly class a repeat part of what you do, no questions asked. If you make a healthy soup for your family once a week, calendar soup time. I love using my phone for this kind of stuff because you can even remind yourself that soup time is coming up in a few hours. Get my point? You have to make yourself an equally important part of your schedule and stick to it.
If you could pass one bit of wisdom on to every expecting mother, what would it be? Maybe something you’ve learned so far from motherhood?
I would say to have trust in Mother Nature! Pregnancy and motherhood is probably one of the most natural, biological things we will ever do- therefore, Mother Nature hooks us up! For instance, at three months of pregnancy, labor and delivery seems the most frightening thing EVER- but were given nine full months to wrap our mind around the idea and most importantly to get REALLY big and uncomfortable so that you are absolutely READY to do it and get that baby out! Its amazing how your attitude changes. Similarly, I worried that I wouldnt be able to handle the lack of sleep when my son was small, but again, nature takes care. An incredible cocktail of hormones and profound love takes over and somehow the lack of sleep didnt seem to be as big of a deal as I thought it would be. It was just part of it. So overall advice: worry less, nature helps out!
On your site, your list of causes includes an organization that offers free yoga classes, a suicide prevention foundation, and a dance, choreography & movement theater – a wide variety! What are you focused on right now in terms of giving back to your community?
This year Im sprinkling in some new and exciting projects! The first is the Lowline- the development of an underground park in the lower east side in an abandoned subway station. The park will use a new solar technology to bring sunlight underground so plants and trees can grow! This will be a game changer in terms of how we use city spaces as well as a huge boost for the lower east side neighborhood. My other project for the year is my involvement in the Season of Cambodia Festival coming to NYC in April 2013. Sponsored by Cambodia Living Arts, this organization looks at how the arts can support and bring to life post-conflict nations. Im particularly involved in the Khmer Dance Ensembles residence at The Joyce Theater, New Yorks premier dance theater. I LOVE being involved in these creative and inspiring projects.
What has been the most inspiring project or partnership that you’ve had the chance to be involved in?
My husband and I designed and built a yoga studio in a portion of the house I grew up, in upstate New York. It started out as a way to improve a portion of the house that needed extra attention but ended up becoming a really exciting experience. I had envisioned my own personal use of the studio but once it was built it was so beautiful and so energetically powerful that I knew I had to share it with others! This past fall I held my first full day yoga retreat there. The day focused on giving a day of relaxation and rejuvenation to mothers- those that need it most! It felt amazing to bring ten amazing women into my childhood home but with a whole new purpose and dedication. I loved sharing this process with my husband- watching how a simple idea of how to improve a space ended up becoming so much more. More retreats to come- stay tuned!
What’s your favorite thing about living in New York City?
The people! Im always astounded by how I can meet the coolest and creative people anywhere I go- Buy Buy Baby, Madison Square Park, or a coffee shop (where I met my husband!). People are friendly and excited to share their passions. Usually, people arent bashful about sharing the projects their working on, so I find it easier to collaborate and network. My husband likes to call it The Proximity of Luck- here in NYC; youre never too far from someone doing something fascinating.
When it comes to your skincare or beauty routine, what are your essentials for looking and feeling your best?
I admit that I rotate products since I like to try different companies and know whats out there. But I always look for products that are paraben- free, chemical- free and organic. I grew up with natural skin-care in my home so beauty always had a more conscious approach but there is so much more to choose from these days than from when I was young! I do have a regimen each morning and evening usually involving lots of moisturizer on my face and body. It keeps my skin more glowing and soft. And of course, I pay attention to what I eat. Theres no doubt that when I end up eating out too much I always feel a bit more dull. When Im cooking salmon and eating dark leafy greens I notice that my skin also looks more alive. The inside and the outside definitely reflect each other!
You can check out Randi’s blog and learn more about what she’s up to at her website here!
Food for thought… If you could interview anyone who ever lived or is currently living, who would it be and what would you hope to learn?
Author: Tata Harper Team
The team at Tata Harper Skincare is passionate about promoting a modern, health-conscious natural beauty lifestyle that’s committed to safety, honesty and sustainability.