Ashanna Roberts

What are you most passionate about? 

I think when I really break it down I am passionate about making the most of this life that I feel blessed to have. There are so many wonderful things you can do to help embrace your true self so that you are living a more conscious life like yoga, mediation, being in nature, making nutritious tasty meals for yourself, reading, expressing yourself creatively, engaging in soulful conversations, the list goes on! I also feel really passionate about doing this in a way that is harmonious with the environment and other living beings and I love being able to help other people to do the same.

Why did you decide to work in the health industry?

I’ve grown up being exposed to industry from when I was young with my mother being a naturopath, iridologist and reiki healer (amongst other things). So when I was little whenever anyone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up I would say “A natural medicine woman like mum”. I have always been so passionate about health and well being but didn’t think I would be pursuing it in this way, it all just came together so naturally and organically and feels like it was always the field and path I was meant to end up in because it has been such an innate and integral part of my life.

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve overcome in your life?

Definitely living and working at a yoga and meditation retreat centre in Siem Reap (Cambodia) last year. I learnt so much about myself, about yoga, about how to show up for other people and offer support and how important it is to have time on your own to restore your sense of balance. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes to make retreats seem so magically seamless so it was great to pull back the curtain and be involved in the process but it was also a lot of hard work with not a lot of time for yourself. The retreats would run for 6 days, you would have 2 and a half days off then it would be back to welcoming a new group of people. I really grew to appreciate what silence and time alone offer you in this environment and finding balance between being in service to others and honouring yourself and your own needs.

If you could give one word of advice what would it be?

Smile 🙂

What is the most inspiring quote you have heard?

There are so many incredibly inspiring quotes out there, and this is by far not the most inspiring I have heard but it is one that has always stuck with me “You always miss 100% of the shots you never take”. I just love that it encourages you to take a leap of faith. Life can be full of gambles where the outcome is clouded by uncertainty, but you will never know unless you try.

Do you have an ethos you live by?

I always aim to be a positive person who remains grateful and happy, despite certain challenges that may arise. There is always something to be grateful for, no matter how small. Even in the face of a difficult situation we may not know how it will help us to grow or lead to another door opening in the long run. In the end it is all just experiences and we are the ones who label them good or bad. We also may not have control over certain situations in our lives but we are in control of our reactions, so I choose to aim for positivity.

If you could invite any three people over for dinner (dead or alive), who would it be and why?

Lewis Carrol, Ekhart Tolle, Leonardo DiCaprio. I feel like it would make for some very interesting conversation from these creative open minds. I am obsessed with Alice in Wonderland, I can’t get enough of Ekhart Tolle and his profound way of thinking and I have had the biggest crush on Leonardo from when I first saw him haha and the work he is trying to do for the environment is admirable.