Game Changer Interview: Maureen Dermody

March 1, 2023

Name of Your Business

Maureen Dermody Chopra Certified Wellness Coach.

How Does Your Work Enable You to Connect to and Fulfill Your Life Purpose/Passion?

When I retired at the beginning of the pandemic, I developed stress to the point of insomnia and digestive issues. I received an invite to join a zoom meeting with the Chopra Institute. I decided to go to the Chopra Institute and studied to become an Ayurvedic Health Teacher, Primordial Sound Meditation Teacher, and Chopra Wellness Coach. The work I did on myself with my Chopra Mentors during the programs was transformative. My new life of Ayurvedic health and meditation keeps me grounded, graceful and happy every day. When I’m out of balance and don’t feel this way, I now have the tools to get back to being balanced.

Who Is Your Ideal Client and Why?

A person that finds themselves not feeling like themselves due to digestive issues, insomnia, sluggishness, or unmotivated. The reason is usually what they are taking in to nourish themselves.

What Unique Offerings Do You Provide?

The Perfect Health: Ayurvedic Lifestyle program $450

This is done in three 1-hour sessions and will provide you with the basic principles of Ayurveda as well as the three primary mind-body personalities: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Learn how to select the most nourishing foods for your mind-body personality to maintain vibrant health, appropriate weight, and optimize digestion. Learn to practice conscious communication to enhance your relationships and help you to achieve emotional freedom. And finally, I’ll teach you to use your senses to access the power of your body’s inner pharmacy to heal, nourish, and maintain balance.

Chopra Coaching ten 1-hour sessions $1500

As a Chopra Coach I will guide you to a happy and balanced life. Through the Chopra Coaching process, you will experience deep transformation, healing, and greater self-knowledge, resulting in more joyful living. The foundation of the Chopra Coaching model is rooted in Vedic philosophy, coupled with evidence based best practices from coaching psychology. We will start with determining your mind-body personality or dosha.

My understanding of a person’s unique nature and current imbalances allows me to be more present and attentive to each client’s individual needs. I can use this knowledge to be flexible from client to client. I know how to best communicate with each client, and how to consider their dosha type while listening to and communicating with them.

I understand that through meditation all things are possible, and I will help my clients to cultivate a meditation practice or resume one if they’ve tapered off. I will obtain their individual Primordial Sound mantra, perform the Primordial Sound mantra ceremony, and teach them how to use their mantra.

The four cornerstones of the Chopra coaching model are unique exercises. These exercises will help my clients get to the core of their being. They’re essential tools to help facilitate change and align with dharma or your life purpose.

Who Was Your Role Model Growing Up? How Did That Person’s Actions Impact You?

My mother was my role model and still is. She was ahead of her time and practiced mindfulness every day. Her inner strength, focus, and grace carried her through times of some of Lifes biggest challenges. Her confidence, compassion, and humor got her through the rest of the time. I always hoped to be like her.

Favorite Place to Escape and Refuel?

The ocean or any body of water.

Top 3 Ways to Treat Yourself to Self-Care?

1. Facial / massage.
2. Coffee to Cocktails at the beach.
3. Cooking with a bottle of wine.

How Do You Express Yourself Creatively?

Cooking and interior design.

Last Memorable Book You Read and Why?

Where the Crawdads Sing; its a great of example of a girl being true to inner self.

Favorite Movie and Why?

Goodfellers – De Niro.

“Go to” Quote or Mantra that Grounds You?

I am grounded in my own happiness.

Accomplishment Are You Most Proud of?

Completing my Chopra certifications for health, meditation, and coaching. It was a lot of work over two stressful years of the pandemic and going into early retirement.

Best Lesson Learned in Life So Far?

To worry about what could or may happen is wasted energy. The power of positive thinking is a fact that we can manifest what we think we want and we will be provided with what we need.

Advice to Younger Self?

Worry and stress is not necessary. Continue to listen to your mother.

What Do You Love Best About Yourself (physical trait or personality characteristic) and Why?

I love my self-confidence. I have always believed that I can achieve whatever I want and have always thrived in a strong support system. I love to work in a team environment so never felt alone in my achievements.

Any Advice for Women Considering Joining the SheBreathes Collaborative?

Jenn Gulbrand has created a loving, supportive, and motivating environment. It’s a space that has such loving and peaceful vibes. If you are starting a business, in a business, or working on your own self-care, this is the place to be.

Any Message You Have for Our Community?

I am so grateful to all of our community and the friendships I’ve made. I’m have not completed a full year yet but feel like my life has always been connected to this Community.

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