Nina Hayes on the Victoria Moran Podcast

Enlightened Living, Dining & Healing With Yogi Nina Hayes

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Nina Hayes was drawn to mysticism as a little girl in Catholic school, and she discovered yoga early. She was also stricken in her mid-teens with a digestive disorder that led to twenty surgeries. In overcoming everything from fear of dying to the shame of living with an ostomy, her spirituality deepened and this incredible woman is using everything she’s learned an experienced to help others.

Through Blossom Ostomy, she works with people who have experienced similar surgeries and her vision is to have this service in every hospital in America. She also teaches yoga, Jivamukti lineage, and gives yoga retreats in such luminous locales as Bali and Tulum. And as the “Enlightened Chef,” she offers private chef services and the “Enlightened Supper Club” in LA.

In this hour, we discuss applying spiritual principles to real life, what it is to be a “food empath.” and yoga that goes deeper than physical postures. If you’re looking to be inspired, look no further.

About our Guest

Nina Hayes is a Plant-Based Chef, Yoga Teacher, and Founder of Blossom Ostomy. She has shared her spiritualized cuisine at pop-up dinners throughout the U.S. and Tulum, Mexico. In addition, she has led yoga retreats in Bali and has researched exercise and nutrition initiatives with Harvard Cancer Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Canyon Ranch. Presently, Nina is based in LA, Tulum, and travels wherever she is called to spread to use the tools of food and yoga to spread love, light, and healing.

IG: @ninahayesmission

Also mentioned in this episode:

  • The Curious Sadness of Lemon Cake, a novel by Rose Edlestein, a novel about a young woman is is a food empath, about to discern the emotions of the cook through the food they prepare
  • Chocola Tree Organic Eatery, the restaurant in Sedona, AZ, where Victoria experienced an almost magical release of tension and anxiety from a humble bowl of soup
  • This mealtime blessing from the Bhagavad Gita (ch. 4, v. 24): “For those who are completely absorbed in God-consciousness, the food is God (Brahman), the ladle with which it is offered is God, the act of offering is God, and the fire is also God. Such persons, who view everything as God, easily attain Him.” Nina also shared that for anyone who doesn’t care for the word God, see it as an acronym: Give it your Own Definition.

Pretend that you live in a society in which women are valued more as time goes by, and create a mini-culture around you of people who actually do that.

—from Younger by the Day

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