Koya Webb is an internationally recognized yoga teacher, personal trainer, holistic health and wellness coach, author, motivational speaker, and professional fitness model revolutionizing the holistic living landscape. She is known as a “transformational specialist” when it comes to helping people reach their goals—by encouraging sustainable positive lifestyle changes that maximize their ability to cultivate self-love, increase energy, reverse life-threatening conditions and experience optimal health. This week she’ll be appearing at the SEED Food and Wine Festival in Los Angeles.
You were a champion athlete and now most people know you for your yoga. How has your athletic background influenced your yoga practice?
Being an athlete gives you a level of discipline that transfers over to consistency in yoga. And when you’re consistent in yoga and meditation, you get the most benefits. Connecting with your breath in yoga and meditation relieves stress and when I incorporated that into athletics, my practice really improved. Now I incorporate that in my everyday life and I can deal with challenges and stressful situations much better and see the lessons and blessings in every situation.
Tell us about your approach to eating a plant-based lifestyle. How has it transformed your health?
Since going vegan, I have experienced more energy, more clarity, and just a higher quality of life. I also feel like my choice to be vegan has a positive impact on the environment and others starving around the world because we can be feeding grains and vegetables to people instead of to the animals that we then turn around and eat. I believe following a plant based diet is one of the most important things you can do to promote social change.
You’ve turned your own healing experiences into being a holisitc health coach. what is ‘get loved up’ and how can it help others?
Get Loved Up is all about self-love, unity, and eco friendly living. It started because I realized that I didn’t love myself. I thought I loved myself but I wasn’t taking care of myself. I wasn’t sleeping, eating properly, and I didn’t have positive self talk. Once I started to practice a routine of consistent self-care, positive affirmations, and consuming a healthy plant based diet I started to notice my energy increase and my whole entire life started to shift. I was in a happier mood and became more responsive versus reactive. I feel like when you have compassion for yourself and you’re gentle with yourself, you can be compassionate and gentle with others. When you love yourself, you’re able to love and appreciate others.
Some people are skeptical about being an athlete and plant-based, especially raw. Do you find that you have enough food and protein to fuel your body?
Yes I do! Between complex carbohydrates, fruits, vegatables, nuts, seeds, and plant based protein supplements – I have enough nutrients to fuel my active lifestyle. Eating electric high vibrational foods raises my vibration and helps me function at a high level.
What are your go-to foods for energy?
Dried mango, dried mulberries, pineapple, avocado, and bananas are my favorite!
You’re teaching, traveling the world, and posting content for your 500,000 online followers. How do you stay grounded and not feel overwhelmed?
I only post once a day and I try to make sure each post has a purpose. Whether it’s for a company, myself, or my community, each post is intentional. I also make sure that I don’t spend all of my waking hours on my phone. I schedule plenty of time for self-care by getting massages, going for evening walks, or taking a dip in the pool.
What does longevity mean to you?
Longevity means not only living beyond the age of 100, but living a healthy and active lifestyle beyond the age of 100. That’s the kind of health and longevity that I would like. I also feel that longevity is leaving a legacy, so not just living but living in a way that when I do leave this planet, I’ve left it in a better place then when I arrived.
What do you love most about your body as it is right now?
I have a very strong and resilient body. I’ve put my body through a lot and it is resilient. I also love the fact that my body isn’t perfect. I’ve had a lot of injuries and have scars, but these imperfections tell my story and make me who I am. Me healing my body has become my career of helping others heal not only their body, but their mind and spirit as well.
Thank you, Koya!