As a Holistic Health Coach, I believe that every single person in the health and wellness space, no matter how different their beliefs may be, is really working towards a collective goal: to help others get and stay well. Every health advocate wants to inspire others to make healthy lifestyle changes, or see clients reach their most desired health goals – and we all have different ways of sharing our passions and knowledge to do exactly that. I believe we're all in this together and that the more we work together and share the wellth, the more people we will be able to reach and help, and the better off our world will be!
Because of this, I created a Women in Wellness Interview Series to share the different perspectives of five women that I find inspiring. Each of these women help others live healthy lives in different ways. My hope is that their stories and advice will resonate with you and maybe even spark some healthy lifestyle changes in your own life!
I'm super excited to share with you my interview with Danielle Cuccio!
Danielle is a yoga teacher, health blogger for The Beauty Blender and founder + CEO of Cuccio Somatology.
Danielle guest blogs for other health-focused websites such as MindBodyGreen.com, Shape Magazine, Focus Magazine and more.
She has been featured on The Chalkboard Mag, The Huffington Post, BeYogi Magazine, among many other magazines.
Amanda: Tell me about your journey: How did you get started and how did you know this was the life you wanted to live?
Danielle: I had an interest in skin care since I was in high school. I had bad skin and hated the feeling of not wanting to show my face at school, etc. So I wanted to help people who struggled with the same feeling. After I graduated from UCLA, I went straight to beauty school and got my Esthetician License. I would tell my clients how to properly take care of their skin not just as a topical solution, but as an internal (from the inside-out) solution. Many of my clients wanted a quick fix and just wanted some miracle cream to make their skin glow overnight.
At the same time, I started practicing yoga and would see yogis walk out of classes looking EXACTLY how I knew my facial clients wanted to look. I knew I had to study yoga deeper. Yogis take care of their bodies for the most part. I became a Registered Yoga Teacher and started teaching Private Yoga and group classes all around the country (I still teach and absolutely love it!).
It’s what you eat, how much sleep you get, how much water you drink (taking a sip of water right now as I write this), having some form of exercise 3-5 times a week. It’s a holistic lifestyle one must take part in...
It's not an easy fix, but a whole lifetime commitment
I started my blog, The Beauty Blender, right when I was starting beauty school so I’ve taken the blog with me along this long, fun ride. Now I have my own yoga brand of products, Cuccio Somatology, that help achieve beauty from the inside out.
What's somatology? "Soma" + "tology" = The study of the body and achieving beauty from the inside out
Amanda: What does healthy mean to you?
Danielle: Healthy to me means taking care of your body without going overboard. "Do things in moderation;” you hear it all the time.
I don’t deprive myself of sweets or from having a cookie when I really want it. I just don’t have 4! I try to work out 4-5 times a week and try to get into a yoga class for my own physical and mental practice at least once a week. Being healthy is about feeling good.
Amanda: I know being an entrepreneur comes with a super busy schedule and a lot of decisions to make every single day. How do you manage the stress that inevitably comes up?
Danielle: Yes, that is a true statement! Stress is inevitably a part of life. There’s a lot we can’t control. This is going to be so cliché, but… YOGA.