We had the good fortune of connecting with Patricia Ramirez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Patricia, can you tell us about a book that has had a meaningful impact on you?
My name is Patricia and I am a total book worm. Reading and learning lifts my spirit, so I’ve read all kinds of books since my teenage years. Self-help books with a psycho-spiritual and holistic emphasis became my favorite genre starting in my late teens up to now in my late 20s. Of all the psycho-spiritual books I’ve read so far, “Eastern Body, Western Mind” by Anodea Judith is without a doubt, one of my top three favorite books. It certainly has been one of the most eye opening reads I’ve come across and I always recommend this book to my yoga psychology students.

As someone who has studied psychology, yoga, and holistic health over the past 9 years, I’m personally drawn toward the topics of shadow work and the Chakra System. (Chakras are energy centers that influence us on psychological, emotional, physical, spiritual, and social levels). “Eastern Body, Western Mind” beautifully integrates psychology with the Chakra System as a holistic study for one to deepen their self-awareness as well as to develop a greater sense of self compassion and compassion for others. It breaks down various stages of psychosocial development and the traumas that many of us humans have endured in such a down to earth way, that the book provides a clear understanding for why we experience certain distressing and unpleasant ways of living, feeling, thinking, and behaving. She touches on those vulnerable areas that hit close to home for all of us – fear, guilt, shame, grief and more, With that, the book also provides insightful ways to reflect, confront, and re-evaluate these “shadows” of the psyche in order to heal them by using the chakra system as a framework to do so.

I can honestly say that this is one of those books that had a “life changing” effect on me. And this is after having read a bunch of self-help books and having studied the chakras for quite some time. I initially thought I was going to dive into this book with the sole purpose of expanding my education. I was caught by surprise that it wound up feeling like therapy sessions when confronting certain sections of the book. I am not exaggerating when I say that I could feel myself going through a process of deep reflection and healing throughout my time reading it. It challenged me to confront difficult emotions and realizations about myself that I had not expected and I quickly found my life unfolding in ways that mirrored the inner healing I was going through as I processed these lessons.

While not everyone may necessarily have the same kind of deep experience in reading this book, it’s still a fascinating read for anyone who is curious to understand themselves and others more deeply and holistically. Whether you are familiar with yoga or not, this book helps to spread the wonders of what self-awareness can do for our own life, our relationships, and for the collective healing. I genuinely believe that the healing of our world starts with the healing of the self. “Eastern Body, Western Mind” shows us the steps we can take toward self healing.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve developed a small holistic life coaching business, “Alchemy Drops Wellness,” that supports the psycho-emotional wellbeing of teen girls, young adult women, and mothers. While I have a background in yoga, transpersonal life coaching, Chakradance, and psychology, the main focus of my work is Flower Essence Therapy coupled with holistic life coaching. Because I have studied various kinds of healing modalities, I pull from all of them depending on the needs of the client.

My business is a very personalized reflection of my own life. I want to support women in the areas that are near and dear to my heart. I work with teen girls because I would have loved to have had a mentor or coach to support me and my goals on a holistic level during my teenage years. I work with young adult women because having someone to support us when we have a hard time figuring out our purpose, how to set boundaries, knowing ourselves and what we want, and navigating what it means to be the woman that we want to become doesn’t have to be so hard and we don’t have to do it alone. Lastly, I also extend my services to mothers. I do it in honor of my mom who passed away when I was 23 years old. She had dreams to enter the holistic field and to merge our careers together as a mother/daughter trio along with my sister. I do the work that I do to continue the legacy my mom left behind through me.

The biggest challenges that I’ve faced in stepping forward as a teacher, coach, and aspiring entrepreneur has been overcoming the fears and insecurities as to whether or not I feel good enough or knowledgeable enough to take the bold step of putting myself “out there.” It takes a lot of courage to risk failure and social rejection by sharing your thoughts, knowledge, and experience with the world . I allowed the fears, shame, and insecurities to “win” for a very long time. Thankfully, with supportive mentors and coaches who saw my potential, their encouragement and wisdom taught me to feel the fear and go for it anyway. Another challenge I experienced was perfectionism. I always thought I had to have a “perfect” plan or idea to be able to launch anything. I realize now that this was one of the biggest mistakes I was making because it kept me completely stuck from taking any action at all. The biggest lesson I learned is that it’s much better to start sharing from a raw and imperfect place rather than waiting on having a “perfect” plan to start. It’s about learning from the mistakes one makes along the way. It’s only when I started taking action that I quickly began to realize that my business vision can only evolve and eventually thrive through trial and error.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Food wise, I’m all about organic and vegan/vegetarian options. I love to explore the vegan sports in my Queens neighborhood in Astoria and whatever new spots I learn about in Manhattan. No.5 and Savage Sicko are probably my top 2 favorite with their vegan options (both are in Astoria.) The vegan truffle mac and cheese at No.5 is the BEST mac and cheese I’ve had so far. They also have delicious desserts – the triple berry cheese cake and the raspberry white chocolate cheesecake are my favorite! I take everyone there!!

In the summertime, I also really enjoy spending time in parks. Astoria Park, Central Park, Lighthouse Park (Roosevelt Island), and Socrates Park (LIC) are all awesome parks to relax, have fun, and explore.

NYC has lots of fun museums too. One interactive museum that I particularly enjoyed was Spyscape in Manhattan. The museum has you go through various spy related experiences and “tests” to see what kind of spy you would be, it’s a really cool experience!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I am truly blessed to have so many people and resources to thank for all the success I’ve experienced up to this point in my life. I would particularly like to give a shoutout to Charnette Batey, who I’ve had the privilege to watch blossom into the incredible yoga teacher she is today. I am very grateful she recommended me for this interview and to know such a powerful human like herself.

I would also like to give a shoutout to Atmananda Yoga Sequence. This yoga studio has supported me tremendously in becoming a teacher over the past 5 years. All of the people that I have met at Atmananda have been incredibly supportive in my personal and career journey. I have no words for what the founder and yoga teacher training leader of the studio, Jhon Tamayo, has done for me in terms of giving me the courage, knowledge, support, and space to grow as a budding teacher over the years. I also must give a huge thanks to all the students who have attended my yoga psychology lectures. They are my biggest motivators and inspiration to learn more so that I can share more.

Lastly, I most definitely want to give a shoutout to Jess Milad and Tami Walsh. These awesome humans have been my coaches in helping me build my holistic life coaching business. I don’t know if I would have found the courage to develop the small business that I now have without their support.

Website: https://www.alchemydrops.com

Instagram: @alchemy_drops

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alchemydropswellness

Image Credits
Rick Calderon

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