In this episode I interview Michael Gastelum, who is a St. Helena native, former Division One Baseball Player, N.A.S.M. Certified Personal Trainer, and the owner of St. Helena Fitness.
Michael is a great friend of mine because we are both passionate about fitness, bettering ourselves, and helping others because of what this lifestyle has done for our own lives. I work at Michael’s gym as a yoga teacher and indoor cycling instructor, and since I have been a part of this community he’s created I’ve been so inspired. The people in this gym are working hard consistently to improve their health and everyone has that common goal. I’m honored to be a part and feel compelled to share this special spot with all the St. Helena people!
I lived here for years before learning St. Helena Fitness existed, and in the past 2 years, Michael has consistently been improving the place, I love being a member here. If you listen to the podcast, Michael offers a sweet deal to podcast listeners! Hope to see you in my yoga or cycling class, and that you enjoy the interview with Michael, he is my people!
In this episode I tell my complete, authentic story. A lot of people meet me as their yoga meditation teacher, and don’t know quite how different I used to be. I was an atheist, who loved the Napa Valley fine dining and hospitality industry lifestyle with amuse bouche, sous vide pork and truffles. After a deep depression, I turned to yoga, started meditating and my WHOLE life changed. I explain here in as succinct a manner as possible whilst allowing myself occasional tangents to further illustrate my personality.
I understand a lot of people may not “get” me, enjoy me or resonate with me, and that’s ok! You can just listen to the interviews and skip the more spiritual episodes. Before I gained a new understanding of spirituality I didn’t care and didn’t want to hear about it, because I didn’t have any experiences or understand at all what the hell all of this stuff was all about, so I understand. You have to be ready and open to this information on your own terms.
I’m just sharing my genuine self because it doesn’t do anyone any favors to put on airs for likability, and I can’t suppress who I am anymore to blend in with the masses. I realize my lifestyle is very different and that I’m swimming upstream, and that it’s not easy and not everyone’s journey. I’m simply sharing what has made me so happy and feel healthy and good in life, so others can hopefully take away some valuable motivation and tips and start to find ways to feel better in their day to day lives. If even one person starts doing something that makes them happier or feel better in any way, and appreciates this podcast, that will make me feel fulfilled!
Jayne Forest is a 200 RYT certified Yoga Instructor through Ekam Yoga and Wellness in Napa, California. I teach yoga and indoor cycling at St. Helena Fitness in St. Helena and at Meadowood Resort Napa Valley in St. Helena. I also teach yoga in Calistoga at Indian Springs Resort, and in Napa at Yoga Passion. I also do private yoga instruction, please email me for rates and availability.
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