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April 16, 2020

108 Fostering Wellness as an Act of Social Change with Ilana Nankin

108 Fostering Wellness as an Act of Social Change with Ilana Nankin

Scientific research in relation to positive psychology has proven that emotions are contagious up to three degrees of separation. It’s a fact: the way we show up to the people around us has a direct effect on how our social environment responds. In...


Scientific research in relation to positive psychology has proven that emotions are contagious up to three degrees of separation. It’s a fact: the way we show up to the people around us has a direct effect on how our social environment responds. In consequence, how we work with our own emotions is crucial, and learning to do so can become a powerful tool for our own self-improvement and the betterment of those around us.

In this episode of The PurposeGirl Podcast, I’m fortunate to be joined by Ilana Nankin, an award-winning entrepreneur, master educator, and expert yoga trainer committed to using wellness as a vehicle for social change. Ilana shares with us how taking up yoga lessons was a life changing experience for her, and how she went from being an overwhelmed teacher at an under-resourced school in San Francisco, to starting a revolutionary movement that aims to enhance the health and wellbeing of the overall educative community.

In this episode, Ilana and I discuss the following:

  • The importance of self-care; learning to put yourself first in order to build a healthy sense of community.
  • Powerful tools that can be helpful to deal with the current global context, such as intention setting and gratitude practice.
  • The concept of emotional contagion and how the way we show up to people has a direct effect on others.
  • Limiting beliefs, and learning how to replace them with empowering beliefs despite any given circumstances.
  • Mission and vision as key elements behind a successful entrepreneurship.

You can learn more about Ilana’s organization on its official web page (https://www.breatheforchange.com/), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Breathe4Change/) and Instagram account (https://www.instagram.com/breathe4change/).

You can also connect with Ilana on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ilananankin), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/ilana_nankin/), and LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ilananankin). Or you can check out her personal blog (https://medium.com/@ilana_nankin).

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May you live purposefully, may you love yourself, and may you love life.

Bye for now!

About Ilana Nankin

Dr. Ilana Nankin is an award-winning entrepreneur, master educator, and expert yoga trainer committed to using wellness as a vehicle for social change. Ilana is the Founder and CEO of Breathe For Change, an organization on a mission to enhance the health and well-being of teachers, students and entire school communities. Breathe For Change offers the world’s only 200-hour Wellness and Yoga Teacher Training specifically for educators, and leads self-care and social-emotional learning professional development for schools, districts and organizations. Since 2015, Breathe For Change has certified 3,500 educators as Yoga Teachers and Wellness Champions, who are positively impacting the lives and well-being of over 500,000 students throughout the country.