Adina Saperstein is a multidisciplinary practitioner, facilitator, teacher, coach and homesteader, driven by a commitment to help others build rich, vibrant and sustainable tapestries of life, livelihood and community, anchored in ancestral wisdom and values.
For over a decade she rose up through an exciting, successful career in the field of international economic and community development, working in twenty countries in sectors ranging from horticulture to hospitality to post-conflict recovery. In her mid-30’s, burned out, disillusioned, and craving deeper purpose, she left her full-time consulting career and, with the guidance of yoga and meditation teachers, healing arts practitioners and coaches, began to strip away the veneer of success and accomplishment she uncover what lay beneath.
Adina is a student of a constellation of teachers who guide her to deepen her personal and ancestral healing and growth, and to transmit what they’ve taught through her own offerings.
Her practice with clients integrates Transformational Coaching and Yoga Therapy, which help her guide others through big life changes with courage, integrity and grace.
She is also certified in and has taught Hatha, Vinyasa, Kundalini and Pre-natal yoga; Yoga for 12-Step recovery; and mindfulness-based meditation, all of which she passes on with discernment and deep reverence for the lineages from which they have been received. She is also currently pursuing a Masters of Mental Health Counseling, with the aspiration of integrating all of these modalities in a more holistic, accessible manner.
When she’s not working with inspiring people you’ll find her hiking, cycling, gardening, cooking, playing with clay, and exploring in the Hudson Valley and far beyond with her amazing partner in crime and growing family.
Connect with Adina on LinkedIn.
What You’ll Learn In This Episode
- How & when to take the leap of leaving a secure job to pursue your calling
- “Find your GEAR” model
- Make sure to reset/shift gear seasonally to work with the energetic cycles of the year
- How to succeed by rooting your work in the community
This transcript is machine transcribed by Sonix
Intro: [00:00:02] Broadcasting live from the Business RadioX Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s time for Coach the Coach radio brought to you by the Business RadioX Ambassador Program, the no cost business development strategy for coaches who want to spend more time serving local business clients and less time selling them. Go to B.R. Ambassador to learn more. Now here’s your host.
Lee Kantor: [00:00:32] Lee Kantor here, another episode of Coach the Coach Radio, and this is going to be a fun one today on the show, we have Adina Saperstein and she is with Adina Rose coaching. Welcome.
Adina Saperstein: [00:00:43] Hi, good to be here.
Lee Kantor: [00:00:45] Well, I’m excited to learn what you’re up to. Tell us a little bit about your practice. How are you serving, folks?
Adina Saperstein: [00:00:50] Yeah, absolutely. So I refer to myself as an integrative coach, which means that I integrate traditional transformational life coaching along with some other modalities that I am trained in in practice, including yoga, therapy and other forms of healing arts. I practice reiki. I have been a yoga and meditation instructor for many years. And so when I work with people, I work in two ways. Some clients, I do stick more to the conventional coaching if that’s what they are looking for and weave in the other pieces a little more subtly. Some of the more energetic aspects of working through blockages and just really tapping into your full potential. And then some clients, I do a longer, longer integrative sessions where I actually do formal work with them on movement and or sometimes a reiki session or whatever it may be people who are more receptive to and seeking out that kind of more holistic approach.
Lee Kantor: [00:02:04] Now do you find that in this kind of chaotic time that we’re living through right now, maybe this transitional period that self-care has kind of been elevated to much more importance than people are becoming more mindful about the importance of self-care?
Adina Saperstein: [00:02:21] I think absolutely that it has, but it’s a bit of a catch twenty two because, of course, a lot of the structures that people may have had in place or may want to access to. Access health care have been compromised, so working from home, not being able to get to a gym or a yoga studio, a lot of those have not even been open. So obviously that makes it really tricky. And one piece that I think that I’ve found with a lot of my clients, as well as colleagues, coaches and other other wellness practitioners and and such is that as a result of the flexibility that we have in our schedules, which of course, we’re always really excited about that flexibility. And that’s one of the things that draws a lot of people to coaching, I think, is that that flexibility in our in our schedules, in our lives, but actually in a way that can really actually be detrimental to our self-care when we have no or very little routine, regular routine and rhythm in our day, day to day that can make it really tricky to get in the kinds of self-care disciplines, whether it’s practice or nutrition nourishment that comes with having sort of set meals at certain times. This is something that has come through a lot of my training and yoga therapy and comes from from from many of the eastern traditions is just the real need to have routine and regularity day to day in order for our bodies to be able to get into a rhythm so it can be really challenging. Even more so when we have when the externally imposed structures that came for a lot of us from going to a workplace are taken away. And then again, for coaches in general who who don’t tend to have those kinds of as much of those as externally imposed structures and routines even more so challenging.
Lee Kantor: [00:04:48] Now how does kind of the need for your services typically present themselves to a prospective client? What are they struggling with? What are maybe some of the breadcrumbs or symptoms that maybe they’re going through and not aware that maybe they need kind of some help or some conversations with you or a person like you?
Adina Saperstein: [00:05:10] Sure. Well, I think number one is just a feeling of stuckness. That was certainly what what drew me to coaching as a client before I became a coach myself, just a feeling of being stuck, whether some people that come to me have an idea of what it is that they would like to do, but are sort of stuck on the precipice of actually taking the leap to go for it. And some for some, it’s it’s much bigger just to a feeling of discontent with their current situation and maybe a vague concept of of what they might want to do differently. So sometimes the the health and wellness piece is more pronounced. And increasingly, as I have stepped up my work in the yoga therapy piece that has been there have been more people coming to me with with that particular aspect. But generally it generally it tends to be people who are either aspiring entrepreneurs or early stage people who have either recently sort of taken the leap to leave a full time job or go to part time or something like that to carve out time for another pursuit that they’re interested in or are again, just just sort of trying to line things up and and and and energetically sort of brace themselves to be able to take that leap.
Lee Kantor: [00:06:52] Now let’s, if you don’t mind, share some advice for those folks who are at the precipice. Is there some things they could be doing or thinking about when it is that time where they’re struggling? Or maybe getting the nerve up to take that leap into leaving something that may be feel secure, but maybe isn’t really secure, but it feels secure and then pursuing something that has more purpose?
Adina Saperstein: [00:07:16] Sure. Well, number one, I would say, and this is something that I think a lot of coaches start sessions by asking and I certainly was trained to do this, which is to identify and anchor into all of the resources that they have. Available so whether that family or friends or other support structures in their community, whether that is, whether that’s financial and and. Finding creative ways in which there are so many of these days of accessing financing, whether it’s whether it’s crowdsourcing, whether it’s resources that may be available from from a loved one in some creative way, I do feel like it’s important to name here that there’s a lot of privilege and involved in, I think the the the. A world in which Kochi tends to happen, so people obviously have to be able to pay for coaching, and there’s often, unfortunately an assumption that there are resources available somewhere to tap into that may not be actually the case. So I think just taking a really realistic view of what those resources are on all those different fronts emotional, psychological, financial or other other types of resources. And then being really realistic about that. And I will I’ll share in my own story at the moment when I took the leap and left my full time career about 12 years ago and I, I staged it. I first went to part time and I, I, I began. I created another income stream that I was able to rely on before I really took that leap. But even so, even even with that, all of that in place if I, you know, looking back, if I were coaching somebody in that in that situation, I probably would advise to even take it even slower, leaving that security, that safety net of a job. It’s nothing to take lightly and can certainly lead if it’s if it happens too quickly, can lead to a lot of anxiety and things that and situations that aren’t aren’t ideal. So I would say just definitely tread, tread carefully and first and foremost, identify an anchor into all of the resources, really excavate all of the resources available to you.
Lee Kantor: [00:10:20] Now, since you’ve been doing coaching, I’m assuming that your methodology has evolved based on what you’re learning. It sounds like you’re a lifelong learner and you’re always looking for more information to make more informed decisions. Have you kind of stumbled upon a methodology yourself? That is the DNA methodology that kind of summarizes the path that your clients are now or you recommend your clients following?
Adina Saperstein: [00:10:50] Yes, I’ll share that and I’ll also start. You know, I really have been trained to always start by acknowledging my own teachers and the lineages in all of the very all of the various lineages that I draw from, which are really vast. As you said, I do really consider myself a lifelong teacher. I’ve had the benefit of of learning and absorbing from many, many different wisdom lineages, both spiritual and in the coaching realm. I was trained by Joanna Lindenbaum and her sacred depths training course. I just want to acknowledge her. First of all, she was what really drew me into and really gave me the foundation of coaching and other many other teachers as well that I draw from, but. So with that said, what I have developed, that is sort of I would say my signature is sort of a four part approach. So and I call it the the. It started as the gear up. So the acronym is Gear G a R, which I’ll share in a moment in a moment. And I started by calling it gear up. And then what? I really what I realized is that it’s more about shifting into the right gear for you in the moment that you’re in. So that may be shifting up that gearing up, that may be gearing down and really acknowledging where we are in the cycles of our own energetic world, as well as the seasons which really inform the energy that’s that’s coming through us at a particular time. So finding our own gear and the the acronym is a g is ground.
Adina Saperstein: [00:12:44] So that’s the foundation of really everything I do. And that word is thrown around a lot. So I’ll just define what it means to me is to really anchor into our location in time and space. So really just anchoring into where are we right now? And part of that for me is anchoring in to our values in in our in our life, in the present moment. What’s really what do we really want to ground into to as a foundation for? Whatever we do today and in the period that we are that we’re foreseeing anticipating planning for, so ground, the second is envision and I do a lot of a lot of work on visioning visualization. I do a lot of guided guided visualization practices to really from that place of grounding. Visualize where would you like to be, whether it’s a two year or a five year trajectory that we’re that we’re thinking towards, usually five years at the most and really encouraging people to really let that vision crystallize. And with each session, and I ask people, I ask my clients to write out that vision again and again and revisit that vision so that it it starts to crystallize in more and more detail. And I will tell you some of the things that I have seen come to fruition that based on those, those really detailed crystallized visions have been quite astounding to me the way that reality starts to line up with those visions.
Adina Saperstein: [00:14:45] So it’s a really powerful practice. And so which leads into the A, which is actualized, and that’s where we get into the nuts and bolts of how to make these things happen. So my work really balances the two parts of sort of the energetic. Work of of getting people through blockages and and really creating the momentum to move forward and then the nuts and bolts, my background is in consulting business consulting. That was my first career, which I did internationally. I worked in 20 countries, so I have a lot of project management experience. I have a lot of. I’m a big believer in really getting into the details of how are we going to make this? Actually, acts actually happen. These are the plans that result in those, in those in those visions. And then the answer is twofold. Actually, it’s I reflect and also reset. So this is a process of just constantly going back and and reflecting on where, where, how far, how far we’ve come, what will be done skillfully. What could we have done more skillfully? Are there aspects of this vision or the action plan that we want to refine and then and and resetting just constantly touching back into where we are energetically giving ourselves again, coming back to the self care, resetting with self-care practices and spiritual practices, whatever they may be for the individual to again put us in a place to really be in a constant and a constant flow with this with this work.
Lee Kantor: [00:16:52] Now how do you help your clients who might be stuck in maybe the envisioning part of this where they do vision boards and they can visualize what they would like their life to be? But it’s almost like they’re using that as a stalling tactic to take the next step of the actualization and the action that’s needed to help make those dreams come true.
Adina Saperstein: [00:17:14] Absolutely. I mean, great. Great question. And this is where getting into really specific action steps, homework. I mean, just really giving very concrete, really. And it’s there co-created assignments. I’m not just dictating to go do this, you know, this week, it’s very it tends to come very intuitively in terms of of. Co-creating those with a client, but just an example that comes to mind in terms of bridging that gap. So I have a couple of clients actually working on book projects, and this is a piece of advice that I was given at one point when I was actually working on a book project several years ago, which is to go to go visit bookstores and begin to visualize your book on the shelves. So that is still that’s sort of that’s an example of something that’s kind of bridges the gap. It’s still it’s still in the in the visioning and visualizing realm. But there is a concrete action in terms of just getting out of the house, going to a bookstore, actually doing doing something about it. And then from there, that’s when we can get into the really the nuts and bolts of what are you going to tackle this week? Are we going to? Can we agree to five pages this week on this book proposal that that kind of thing?
Lee Kantor: [00:18:50] Now, you mentioned earlier the importance of having some sort of a support network around you of people, fans, maybe financiers, people helping their cheering you on. How important is developing this kind of a community in in a person’s work?
Adina Saperstein: [00:19:11] Yeah, absolutely. I mean, I I feel that it’s crucial and there’s there’s two parts to it, right? There’s so much community building now that’s that’s done in the in the online realm, which is absolutely very, very powerful. Absolutely. And at the same time, I think that often many of us, especially if we live in bigger cities, can really just. Focus put all of our energy on in that sphere. And what tends to be lost is the real hands on face to face community building of just getting to know, getting to know business owners, entrepreneurs like minded souls, colleagues, whatever it may be, actually in your community. And I myself moved about four years ago from from New York, Brooklyn, up to the Hudson Valley in the town of Catskill, which is a lovely, little lovely little town. And there are a few other really vibrant towns right around us, and it has been really a joy and a privilege to just be able to form community in a smaller sort of microcosm of of of a town in a region like this where it’s really a matter of getting to know other other entrepreneurs, business owners, seeing even people who are just. Working in the in the local community, but interested, potentially interested in starting their own business or making some kind of shift and just getting to know people through word of mouth. More and more of my clients have been coming to me that way. And it’s become a really nice opportunity to start to envision to do this, visualizing practice not just on the individual level, but really on the community level and and engaging in dialog with these peers and colleagues around what would we like our community to look like in five years? How can we really be a hub of wellness and inner work and entrepreneurship and all of these things that we’re all individually committed to? But how can we support each other around that and really create a community around that? So I would say certainly again, the online community building is can be really powerful and really nourishing, but not to let that replace old fashioned face-to-face community building.
Lee Kantor: [00:22:24] Yeah, I agree. I think there’s a the internet. I guess the, you know, the yin and the yang of the internet is that it’s global and it’s the world. But there’s a community right around you, you know, walking distance and a lot of people forget about that. And they’re so focused on connecting with people all over the world because it seems so vast and the opportunity seems so grand, which is great and true. But it’s also you can really make a difference in your neighborhood or in your community or your town just by walking outside. And a lot of people forget that, I think, and they’re so tied to electronic devices, they forget that, you know, human to human contact is something that’s been around for a long time, and it’s not going anywhere, either.
Adina Saperstein: [00:23:09] Yeah, I mean, I’m just I’m just reminded of Gabby Bernstein, who got her start really in her motivational speaking empire by going to her local community centers and just asking to be able to give these talks for free, you know, to people and just offering that. And that’s that’s how she started. So that’s a pretty, pretty powerful testimonial.
Lee Kantor: [00:23:40] Yeah, I agree. I think that I think there’s a parable or a book called like acres of Diamonds, that a lot of people are scouring the Earth to find this pot of gold when it might be in your backyard, right?
Adina Saperstein: [00:23:53] Yeah, absolutely.
Lee Kantor: [00:23:54] Well, if somebody wants to learn more about your practice and get a hold of you and just check out what you got going on, is there a website?
Adina Saperstein: [00:24:03] Yeah, yeah. Dena rose dot com. So a D and A is my name and rose, which is my middle name named after my great grandmother. So using that name, which I don’t use normally is actually has been part of my sort of ancestral healing journey. So Edina Rose.
Lee Kantor: [00:24:29] Good stuff. Well, thank you so much for sharing your story today. You’re doing important work and we appreciate you.
Adina Saperstein: [00:24:34] Thank you so much. Thanks for thanks for reaching out. It’s been a pleasure talking to you.
Lee Kantor: [00:24:39] All right, this is Lee Kantor. We’ll see, y’all next time on Coach the Coach radio.