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Growing up in a family of medical doctors and holistic healers inspired me at a young age to create a health and wellness center that combines ancient knowledge with modern technology. As I grew older, I put my ultimate dream on hold and pursued different entrepreneurial opportunities. While I had varying degrees of struggle and success, I remained unfulfilled professionally and personally. This led me to dedicate the last 16 years to self-development on every level of my being: intellectually, emotionally, physically and spiritually. I read every book related to self-help, business, and spirituality that I could get my hands on. I attended seminars with Tony Robbins, New Peaks, Dale Carnegie Training and Landmark International. I developed an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, experience, and deep human connection. I have also trekked the world and have been to Australia, Europe, South America, Southeast Asia, India and the Middle East. I spent time with visionary thought leaders, shamans, gurus, billionaires, and individuals who possess nothing more than the shirt on their back. They have all been my teachers. During my travels, I discovered modern-day technologies that foster vitality, have explored ancient civilizations and learned about the mind-body-spirit connection.
In spite of all this personal work, I still hesitated to take this leap of faith of opening up my dream business because I assumed that I would eventually have the startup investment capital and ability to devote 100% of my efforts into my passion. Then in 2014, I had a spiritual experience that changed my life forever. After a four hour, mystical "journey" with the Amazonian plant medicine known as Ayahuasca, my reality and purpose in life became crystal clear. All of the knowledge and experience I acquired intellectually sunk into my heart and I had a rebirth of sorts. I started living from my heart as opposed to living from my mind. I realized I was put here on this planet to fulfill for myself and spread to others the meaning of my name, Anand, which translates to "eternal bliss". I decided that I was not going to play small anymore, not live in fear, and be present in each day with love, gratitude, and service to others.
I curated some the best health technologies and experiences on the planet through going through my own health journey, and was delighted to see some of the visionaries I admire in various fields utilize the very same therapies. I was exposed to whole body cryotherapy from Tony Robbins, floatation therapy and ayahuasca from the Joe Rogan Podcast, infrared saunas from Ben Greenfield and various other biohacking techniques from Dave Asprey (Bulletproof Podcast) and Tim Ferrriss. Today, I am the founder & director of om.life Wellness, a modern recovery spa and lifestyle brand dedicated to healthy living for the mind, body, and spirit. As a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, I specialize in plant-based nutrition, functional fitness, holistic health, and spiritual lifestyle and business consulting.
Our holistic sanctuary was created for you, for me, our team and for everyone looking for a place to discover their truest essence. I'd like to invite you to join us on this journey, and live into your new om.life by experiencing our services, chatting over a cup of tea or stopping in for a heartfelt hug.
" The recipe for living life to the fullest - if such a recipe exists - is to laugh heartily and often, play with abandon, appreciate beautiful things, build and maintain deep friendships, take pleasure in family, and enjoy the task at hand. It is the journey of life that counts, not the destination. How we cope with the obstacles that we inevitably encounter on that journey determines the richness of our life. By extensive self-exploration, we can all learn the lesson that most of our obstacles are self-made. If we want to, we can remove or restructure them. We can learn from experience. "
- Manfred Kets de Vries
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