Today we’d like to introduce you to Paige Nelson.
Hi Paige, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My body has been my outlet for as long as I can remember. It all began in the dance studio, starting at the very young age of two, and by age six I began to work towards a more pre-professional path. I trained 30+ hours a week in all different styles of dance. It was rigorous and taught me to be extremely disciplined. I actually loved every moment of it. Dance was my one and only passion, and I was willing to sacrifice almost anything to be the best dancer I could possibly be. With the goal of being a professional dancer, I attended The Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College in New York and graduated with a BFA in Dance. During my four years at Purchase College, I had many highs and lows. I was receiving incredible training and working with many professional choreographers. However, I began to feel unhappy more times than not. My body was constantly in pain. I was experiencing one injury after another, and I had developed an extremely negative body image. I became really interested in fitness and healthy eating, but my intention was always to find ways to lose weight. When you are working in a profession where you have to stare at yourself in a mirror 90% of the time, it can be extremely damaging to your self-image. No matter how I looked or how much I weighed, I was never happy with myself and never felt confident. I simply never felt good in my own skin. At Purchase College, I was introduced to yoga. It was offered as an elective and I ended up taking it for several semesters. At first, I did not really feel connected to it. My body was so exhausted from dancing 10 hours a day that it was difficult to continue to move my body for an extra hour.
However, it suddenly began to feel very healing and intuitive. I was able to listen to my body and move in ways that felt good, not pushing my body past its capacity that day. I found a deep respect for its form and the spirituality woven into each class really resonated with me. After graduating, I spent a year trying to live the freelance dance artist life in New York City. I did projects for a small company, worked for a dance organization, and served at a restaurant to pay the bills, all while taking dance classes to try and maintain my training. I was hardly making enough money to live and was truly unhappy. This lifestyle was absolutely draining and an unsustainable way for me to live. It was at this time, I was reminded of my passion for health and wellness and wanted to find a way to learn more about this field. Still experiencing tremendous negativity regarding my body image and struggling with food, I decided to learn more about nutrition by studying to become a Certified Holistic Nutritionist. Initially, I just wanted to learn to help myself. But then I thought, what if I can help other people just like me, who have been struggling with nutrition, poor self-image, and overall wellness. And then, the pandemic hit. The virus began to spread in New York City, so I packed up my bags and moved back home to Los Angeles with my family. Everything quickly began to close down, and I started to take dance classes at home virtually.
As dancing alone in my room became very unsettling for me, I started taking less and less dance classes and transitioned more into taking yoga classes. It was healing and energizing, and I was falling in love with this movement all over again. It was during this period that I realized for the first time in probably 15+ years, my body was no longer in pain. My relationship with my food and my body were beginning to heal. My mental clarity was improving, and I felt happy again. We were in a pandemic. Dance had come to a complete standstill for me. And yet, I was the happiest I had felt in a long time. My immense passion for health and wellness very quickly took flight. During the pandemic, I finished my nutrition studies and became a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, as well as a 200hr Registered Yoga Instructor through The Yoga Collective in Venice, CA. As I continued to develop a deeper connection with yoga and nutrition, I began to understand the immense effect that the seasons have on our minds, body, and soul. This led to the creation of my brand, Seasonal Soul, a holistic health and wellness company dedicated to helping others thrive at their highest capacity through living in accordance with the seasons.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I can certainly say with confidence that it has not been a smooth road. However, I am grateful for all the bumps and struggles along the way. As a dancer, I struggled with many issues surrounding my mental and physical being. I lacked confidence, constantly judged and over-analyzed myself, and had a very negative relationship with food. While I never struggled with a serious eating disorder, I definitely experienced body dysmorphia, which is something I am still working on overcoming today. In addition, the decision to stop dancing and to transition into the health and wellness industry presented its own battles for me. For the past 20 years of my life, I was always identified as the “dancer” by my friends and my family. It was even how I introduced myself to new people. This transition almost felt like a change of identity for me, and while I knew this decision was only mine to make, I also knew explaining it to the people around me was not going to be easy. But I quickly realized that I was the most important person in this choice, and the more that I embodied the new path I wanted to take, the easier it would become for others to accept this new version of me. There was an expectation from others of what my life was going to look like, and I had to come to the understanding that this may take time for the people who love me to accept or even understand. However, as I said before, I am grateful for the bumpy road. Because my journey, and my battles, made me exactly who I am today and led me to exactly where I need to be. This path allowed me to find the most authentic version of myself, even if it was an uphill battle.
As you know, we’re big fans of Seasonal Soul. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
As a Holistic Nutritionist and Yoga Instructor, I wanted to create a brand that would help people understand the importance of the mind, body, soul connection. It was during this exploration that I began to realize the immense impact that the seasons have on our physical, emotional, and spiritual health. This got me thinking. I wanted to create a brand that used yoga and nutrition to bring us closer to nature’s rhythms, all while improving our overall wellness. That is how Seasonal Soul came to fruition. Seasonal Soul is a holistic health and wellness brand dedicated to helping others thrive at their highest capacity through living in accordance with the seasons.
At Seasonal Soul, I teach people how to nourish their mind, body, and soul by viewing themselves and nature as one. This relationship to the natural cycles of the earth is what really makes my brand different. Through each season, our environment shifts, and I believe the way in which we move, eat, and nourish our being should be in tune with these cycles so that we can be in balance with nature. My goal is to help people move through their health and wellness journey in a holistic and sustainable way. As someone who had an unhealthy mindset around food, I want to help people dig deeper into themselves to learn how nutrition is much more than just the food we eat. As a woman who struggled with low self-confidence, and lack of clarity to who I truly was, I want to help people feel confident and radiant in their own skin and create an everlasting intuition.
In order to do this, I created my first E-Book, SUN SEED SOUL. SUN SEED SOUL is a wellness guide that is complete with a seasonal produce list and recipes, journal prompts and affirmations, breathwork exercises, and yoga postures. It also teaches you about creating a mindset for success, forming a positive relationship with your food and your body, movement as a form of medicine, tips for a fresh start, and a deeper understanding of seasonal eating. In addition to SUN SEED SOUL, I also offer private and group yoga classes, as well as 1:1 nutritional counseling. As Seasonal Soul grows, I hope to continue to offer more services such as seasonal health and wellness retreats.
How do you think about happiness?
I truly find happiness in many things, but if I am to be more specific, most things that make me happy involve nature, connection, and movement. Spending time outdoors brings me immense happiness. Hiking, going to the beach, soaking up some sunshine — these things all make me glow. Creating community and connecting with like-minded people is also very important to me, as well as giving back to others. Additionally, keeping my body moving is absolutely essential to my happiness. As I mentioned before, my body has been my outlet for as long as I can remember. Dancing, yoga, hiking, going for walks, etc. always brings me a deep sense of joy that is unexplainable. Movement brings me as close to myself as I could possibly be.
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