Naraya Stein

My Passion

 

JourneyMapping™ life design framework is a synthesis of knowledge that comes from my 35+ years as a life coach, wellness professional, organizational consultant and passionate truth seeker. My intention is to provide a thoughtful, fun, creative and intelligent framework for life design.

I am deeply moved by the transformational journey my clients embark on when they are motivated and invested in shaping their own happiness and future.

Often this culminates in a major life shift. I’ve been there with clients as they’ve turned the corner to find a new job, buy their own home, move to a new location, make the leap to retirement, choose to divorce or begin to date. I have clients exploring taking a sabbatical or opening a new career track in midlife.

Partnering with clients to develop the skills of self-mastery is an important component of our work together. This includes learning to identify and advocate for their needs, have clear boundaries, embody confidence, and be resilient when triggered. All of these have the power to significantly change one’s experience of their job, relationships or life without making major structural changes.

Close to my heart is the journey of wellness. When we give ourselves what we need to be balanced in body, mind and spirit, the result is increased energy and a deeper well of inner peace. I have a strong background in this area and enjoy helping my clients find the right combination of practices, exercise and healing modalities that work for them.

One highlight for me is supporting clients, including young adults, with the important task of strategizing their career direction and niche. An interesting dilemma has been how to approach a purpose-based mission, such as sustainability, with a fiscal strategy that ensures personal sustainability.

Evolving one’s life design is a journey that takes courage, vulnerability, self-awareness and dedication. We humans are complex, and this only increases by midlife given our accumulated life experiences (the good, the hard and the traumatic). I approach each client with curiosity so I can learn what they need, what they want and what makes them tick.

 

My Story

 

There is no doubt my approach to life design and coaching-consulting have been shaped by my own life experiences and experiments.

I lived in a yoga center, Kripalu, for 10 years beginning in 1983, age 20. I worked as a manager and learned the organizational side of running a large program center. At Kripalu I gained holistic lifestyle practices that continue to be the foundation of my life today. This includes yoga, pranayama (breathing), chanting, meditation, Ayurvedic cooking, self-care practices and listening to my heart.

Family is important to me…even if they stretch me at times! I step-parented three incredible kids who are now grown and quite the inspiration!

I’ve climbed many a big mountain and have prayed and chanted in many traditions and locations including MA, NM, HI, CA, Brazil and India. 

I thought I was an aware person some years ago when I did my first cultural sensitivity and diversity training. Yet listening to others stories had me realize just how much I didn’t know! I have come to appreciate good conversations with people who have different backgrounds from my own.

I love nature, gardens, fresh organic food, taking a deep breath and the simple things in life. Northern NM is my home and has been for most of my adult life. I am an avid hiker and adventurer, and have recently taken up mountain biking with my partner. I enjoy gathering with friends, listening to music, dancing and being creative.

My Education & Training

I have a BA in pre-medical studies and a certificate in Hakomi Integrative Somatics with a specialty in trauma. I facilitated leadership development, strategic planning and collaborative change when I worked for 7th Generation Labs. I did a deep dive with Lee Mun Wah’s Mindful Facilitation and Diversity trainings.

I have trained in organizational learning and systems thinking, Theory U, Appreciative Inquiry, World Café and Nonviolent Communication. I also did training at the Coaches Training Institutute. I am a licensed massage therapist and a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher. Additionally I have studied Ayurveda, medicine journey integration and Buddhist philosophy and meditation.