Women in Wellness: Losing Everything and Finding a Purpose with Jaya Jaya Myra
As a part of my series about the women in wellness, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jaya Jaya Myra, best-selling author, TEDx Speaker and Creator of The WELL Method
I believe that people are here in order to make a bigger impact in the world — and with my book, ‘Make an Impact’, I had the chance to prove that hundreds of people are using their influence to improve other people’s lives.
As the founder of the Health Bloggers Community, my mission is to support people with growing their passion into a business — and so many women are building businesses empires all over the world.
This series is a chance to spotlight some of these women.
“Failure is a necessary part of success. It’s not optional. You won’t wildly succeed at everything you do, and that’s okay.”
Jaya Jaya Myra
Jaya Jaya Myra is a best-selling author, TEDx Speaker and Creator of The WELL Method for purpose-filled, healthy living. Myra is a regular NBC contributor considered a wellness lifestyle expert. After recovering from debilitating fibromyalgia completely naturally after Western medicine failed to cure her, Myra has dedicated her life to helping others cultivate health and wellbeing naturally.
Hello Jaya Jaya, thank you for joining us! Could you please share with us when it all began?
Thanks so much for interviewing me. I started my career as a research scientist in cancer immunology. While doing that, I was diagnosed with debilitating fibromyalgia that caused me to lose everything in my life: my home was foreclosed on, I lost my job, my marriage, everything.
To make matters worse, Western medicine was completely ineffective in helping me. In fact, it made me worse. So I walked away from it and over a 2-year timeframe found ways to heal myself naturally. I relied heavily on mindfulness and meditation (yes, meditation can have profound effects on even the physical body), dietary changes, and realigning my life to fulfill my purpose and be fully in alignment with my core values.
Can you share your top three “lifestyle tweaks” that you believe will help support people’s journey towards better wellbeing?
Daily meditation was absolutely the #1 most important thing I did to heal myself and my life, and I recommend it to everyone. Not only did it heal me from fibromyalgia, it also completely healed me from both anxiety and depression. Meditation has a profound effect on our minds, emotions, spiritual connection and even the physical body.
Tip #2 is to create consistency in your life, especially around things that bring you joy. Often times people find it difficult to maintain a routine, but it’s consistency which retrains the mind and leads to better habits and overall positive change.
If you want to rewire the neural connections in your brain, you have to have consistent daily habits that overwrite the old habits and information you’re trying to reprogram.
By starting off creating a consistent habit that you enjoy (like time daily to read your favorite book or sit with a cup of coffee or tea) you’ll make it much easier to do the things you need to but may not really want to (like meditating and hitting the gym, for example).
Lastly, wake up daily before sunrise and make sure to eat a solid breakfast. Both of these things will have a tremendously positive effect on you psychologically in terms of how you feel about yourself and what you feel you can accomplish during the day. Small changes like this can lead to a world of difference in your life.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career?
Getting a regular spot on a national TV was the most interesting thing that has happened to me. To make it even more interesting, my first taping was on my birthday, making it extra special! It was such a surreal experience and has solidified for me that TV is an important part of both my present and my future.
Can you share a story about the biggest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
The biggest mistake I made was to try and teach a set approach, or a specific type of meditation or routine. Everyone is unique, and as such, we need to work with what makes us unique. This is actually a huge part of my brand and message now. When your work with your own unique constitution and elemental type, you can identify the types of meditation, foods, exercises and daily practices that work for your unique type, so that you can stay consistent with them and be successful much more quickly.
When it comes to health and wellness, how is the work you are doing helping to make a bigger impact in the world?
I believe I’m helping to make an impact on the word in a couple of different ways. One, by focusing on every person’s uniqueness as their biggest strength and the key to finding what works for you. This helps people overcome the notion that you can take a pill and fix everything. If there was one pill or one way that could fix everything, everyone would be healthy. The secrets to wellbeing are in how well you are optimizing your mental, emotional and physical health, and that is unique for each and every one of us. This means you have to really know yourself and be honest with yourself about the things you value in life.
The second way I feel I’m making an impact is by illuminating the profound role purpose plays in health and wellbeing. I consider it foundational because it’s your life’s purpose that shapes your entire constitution and temperament, and even your physical body’s structure. Without knowing and living your purpose, it’s nearly impossible to be completely happy or healthy.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
I’ve had 3 amazing spiritual teachers in my life that have helped shape my trajectory, and I am grateful to all of them for their love and support. Without them, I would not have believed in my own potential. And believe in yourself is the most important thing to cultivate if you want a successful life.
If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of wellness to the most amount of people, what would that be?
I’ve created The WLL Method as a platform for helping people connect to what I consider the 4 cornerstones of health, purpose and successful life. What makes The WELL Method different is that each person has to define for themselves what each cornerstone means to them. For example, the W in The WELL Method stands for “Work-Life Balance” and this means something different to everyone. E stands for “Expect Excellence”, and so on. By taking the time to hone in on what each aspect of this methodology means to you, you can set clear and tangible goals for success.
What is your “3 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started” and why?
I wish I had known that failure is a necessary part of success. It’s not optional. You won’t wildly succeed at everything you do, and that’s okay.
Do you have a “girl-crush” in this industry? If you could take one person to brunch, who would it be?
My girl crush would have to be Oprah. I really admire what she has been able to accomplish with her career and life, and how she uses her platform to make the world a better place.
Sustainability, veganism, mental health, and environmental changes are big topics at the moment. Which one of these causes is dearest to you, and why?
I’m not big on platforms that preach a one-size-fits-all approach, as we all have our own path to walk and we all have to find what is important to us. That said, I really believe shining a light on mental health is important. Especially it’s the connection to our physical body, our diets, and even inflammation in the body.
The gut-brain connection has a lot to do with our moods and how we feel, and this can be drastically improved just through what we eat. Mental health issues are often not due to a chemical imbalance in the brain, but due to bad lifestyle habits and thought patterns that we have direct control over.
There is no reason mental health issues should be stigmatized — it’s the body’s natural response to say that something is not in balance and needs to be fixed.
This is a good thing, not a stigma. It shines a light on things we can do something about.
About the author:
Fab Giovanetti is a business mentor, published author, influencer-specialist, best known as the founder of the Health Bloggers Community and co-founder of the Register of Health and Wellness Influencers. Serial start-up founder and professional troublemaker, she is obsessed with avocados and helping people making an impact in health and wellness. Sounds like you? Get daily tips on how to grow your influence via the HBC magazine.