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Life Off the Yoga Mat specializes in helping women lose that layer of physical, emotional and mental weight that they have been carrying around since having children.
Life Off The Yoga Mat
Personalized Health, Yoga & Nutrition Coaching for Groups and Individual in Northern New Jersey
By Jennifer Ersalesi
Recently, Jill Rodriguez, Health, Yoga, and Nutrition Coach, launched a new website, Life Off the Yoga Mat, that outlines the services that she provides, background information about herself and her training, as well as instructional videos. This is Rutherford spoke with Jill about her new business venture.
TIR: How does Health Coaching benefit those who you coach?
Jill Rodriguez: As a Health Coach, I focus on helping women in their 40’s shed weight and change their eating habits to suit who they are now, not who they were before having kids or in their 30’s. There is a shift at this age, and it creeps upon us. Women get to a point where they are eating, exercising and continue with the same habits and patterns they have always had, but they no longer work for them. It comes out in their weight, their energy, their aches, and pains.
TIR: How does coaching others to live a happier, more fulfilled lifestyle help you in your own life?
JR: I feel a positive pressure to practice what I preach. My job is to research healthy eating and home cooking, which I do my best to surround myself with. I learn so much from others in their roadblocks to their goals that it helps me examine my own. It’s not about these changes being easy, it’s about how fulfilling it is to overcome the obstacles that are so draining.
TIR: What do you think some of the biggest obstacles are for people who wish to adopt a healthier lifestyle?
JR: The biggest obstacle I see people face is lack of time and motivation to prepare food and to fit regular exercise into a busy schedule. If you work full time, you don’t want to spend your weekend grocery shopping and prepping food, you want to spend it with your family. Adding in exercise can be a drag when you don’t enjoy it.
Looking at these things on the surface is futile, it’s not motivating to do either if you don’t want to. We peel back some layers to look at what you really want to change and why. Without the "why" exercise and eating healthy is just another annoying thing we are “supposed” to do.
TIR: How do the services you provide (Get Going in 3 Sessions, Keep Moving in 6 Sessions and All In for 12 sessions) make it easier for people to make healthy changes in their lives?
JR: We have lots of ideas, plans, and goals that float around in our heads. With these programs, everyone has a place to fit in. We focus on a specific goal and make very real changes that we measure to keep you on track. You go into it knowing what you are going to get out of it.
TIR: Tell us more about your Instagram and Facebook pages. How can they help support those who are seeking guidance regarding nutrition, exercise, and emotional well-being?
JR: Everything we see, follow and like on social media seeps into other parts of our lives. We follow people that are inspiring to us and are in line with the direction in which we want our lives to go. If you looked at my Instagram feed, you could write a narrative about me and I could do the same for you.
What we are drawn to is a reflection of what we seek more of. I am hoping to spread the idea of healthy eating and yoga, which may have a ripple effect and inspire someone to buy a new vegetable at the grocery store or check out a yoga class that they have always wanted to take.
TIR: Your website and social media pages include instructional yoga and cooking videos, how do you hope individuals utilize those videos to better reach their goals?
JR: When you go to my website, there is a pop-up box that appears to subscribe and receive a Free 3 Day Detox with Meal Plan and grocery list. This can be used in any way that aligns with your goals right now: for healthy food and recipe inspiration as we change seasons and as a reminder of all the things, you can add to your grocery list outside of the usual. You can do the 3 Day Detox to reset your body and mind for the season ahead.
If you don't see the box, feel free to contact me at and I will get right back to you.
For the yoga videos, I wish all of my favorite teachers whose classes I cannot go to would have a YouTube channel. Over the years, many of my yoga students have drifted away from my classes or I have drifted away from their gym or studio, so this is such a great way to reconnect with a familiar teacher. For people who want to work with me but don’t know me, they can hear my voice and get a sense of my personality to see if we would be a fit.
I am also doing a FREE 4 Week Health & Yoga Series at the Rutherford Public Library, every Tuesday in February from 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm. Registration through the Library opens January 22nd and you can register by calling 201-939-8600 or going to the library in person.