Women In Wellness: “Our minds are muscles, meant for learning and growing” With Samora Suber of Samoralife

Dr. William Seeds
Jul 31, 2020 · 6 min read
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Fourth, read! Our minds are muscles, meant for learning and growing. Reading is a great way to fuel the mind, learn something new, increase imagination, and keep the mind strong.

a part of my series about the women in wellness, I had the pleasure of interviewing Samora Suber a certified Life Coach and Yoga Instructor with a long, successful career based in Los Angeles, CA. In her former life she was a successful TV producer, working at powerhouse firms like the OWN Network, BET, and many others. She established her own wellness organization called Samoralife in a career pivot in effort to help impact the well-being of those burnt out or thirsting for spiritual connectivity. Samora was trained in Ashtanga yoga and has been teaching all levels of Vinyasa yoga for over five years. Samora has led meditation and yoga workshops for brands such Athleta, Vaseline, #BlogHer, The Wing, The Riveter, and other wellness organizations. Her passion for helping marginalized communities embrace their highest potential through personal development led Samora to create a unique yoga technique, Motivational Yoga (Moga), which pairs motivating affirmations with specific yoga sequences to stimulate positive thinking, push past physical limitations and to break emotional blockages.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! Our readers would love to “get to know you” better. Can you share your “backstory” with us?

ure! I was born in New Orleans and raised in Charlotte, NC so I’m a southern gal. I went to Florida State University and moved to New York City right after I graduated. In NYC, I worked in film and television before leading a theatre program for a non-profit organization. This was my first experience in the social service industry and I loved it! I had the important job of helping youth and families with mental, emotional, and social support through participation in the arts.

Eventually, I moved to Los Angeles to work at the Oprah Winfrey Network and use my leadership skills through elevated entertainment. While working for Oprah, I became a certified yoga instructor and life coach and slowly started my professional shift into helping women pursue their greatest selves.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career? What were the main lessons or takeaways from that story?

I started Samoralife with digital products, courses, ebooks, and downloadables. Shortly thereafter I started collaborating with other coaches to do in-person events and led retreats around the globe. Although I loved the in-person events, I stopped working on the digital products, which eventually (due to COVID-19) became the focus of my business. I must admit, I wasn’t fully prepared to shift back to that.

What I learned, and now advise others on today, is to focus on the core business product first before moving to other aspects or diversifying your offerings so that you can maintain your most continuous success and sustainability no matter the external circumstances.

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’ve made in my business was being inconsistent with creating content and community. I personally go through cycles where I feel super creative and connected, and then I go through cycles where I feel introspective and still. What I learned is that by setting up automation systems you can continuously contribute to your platforms and your community, no matter what cycle you might personally be experiencing.

As wellness leaders we cannot always be expected to be fully “well” or to have 100% of ourselves to contribute, so that’s where technology and collaborators can really help fill in our gaps and let us take time to reinvigorate ourselves.

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 have so many people in my life that I am grateful for, it’s a bit unreal to even express. The one person who stands out, who really helped me shape my business and helped me with some of my weaknesses as an entrepreneur, is my business coach Makisha Boothe. It’s imperative to have someone to hold you accountable and talk through your professional challenges with, so I’ve been so grateful to have her on my team.

Ok perfect. Now let’s jump to our main focus. When it comes to health and wellness, how is the work you are doing helping to make a bigger impact in the world?

I specifically work with marginalized women, who are often not seen or heard in the wellness industry. These women come from communities that don’t have as much accessibility to wellness resources that support their mental and emotional health, and who often haven’t been taught about investing in this part of themselves.

I see them, I hear them, I have been where they are too; and my purpose is to provide quality wellness-focused services at low to no cost for them.

Can you share your top five “lifestyle tweaks” that you believe will help support people’s journey towards better wellbeing? Please give an example or story for each.

The first “lifestyle tweak” that I think will help people in their wellness journey is daily meditation. Meditation for the mind is like a toothbrush for your teeth — it cleans up all the impurities built up from day to day. Daily meditation keeps your mind healthy and calm, while energizing your body.

Second, expressing gratitude daily. The more you recognize what you’re grateful for, the more content you are, which releases stress and uncertainty. You will start to realize how fortunate you are and trust that life will be good to you.

Third, exercise more. The more you move your body, the happier you’ll be. Our bodies are created to move, and our minds respond to the body’s prompts. The more they work together, the more aligned you will feel.

Fourth, read! Our minds are muscles, meant for learning and growing. Reading is a great way to fuel the mind, learn something new, increase imagination, and keep the mind strong.

Fifth, get outdoors. Fresh air, sun, water, trees — were created for us to enjoy and receive tranquil experiences. Mother earth nurtures us in this way, so we have to take advantage of these natural healing properties by spending time with nature.

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 would love to start a digital membership program for mental health and spiritual wellness that is easy to access and join. I think we can reach most people through their phones these days, and that channel has so much potential to ensure that everyone can get access to the support they need.

What are your “5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started” and why?

  1. Don’t doubt yourself — you know enough to take the first or next step.
  2. You already know what you need to know — stop trying to learn everything.
  3. Get help when you need it — take advantage of the offers of help from people who are already doing what you’re working towards.
  4. Be authentic — you don’t have to look, sound, or act like anyone else.
  5. Stay consistent — once you start, keep going until you have enough info to make further changes.

Sustainability, veganism, mental health and environmental changes are big topics at the moment. Which one of these causes is dearest to you, and why?

Mental health is a cause that I’m committed to helping support and advance, specifically for marginalized people. I’ve seen too many people in my family, in my friend groups, and in my culture who have struggled with mental health because they didn’t have the resources to help them through it. I want to ensure that there are no barriers for anyone who wants mental health support services.

What is the best way our readers can follow you on social media?

You can find me on IG: https://www.instagram.com/samoralife/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/samoralife

Twitter: https://twitter.com/samoralife

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Dr. William Seeds

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Board-certified orthopedic surgeon and physician, with over 22 years of experience, specializing in all aspects of sports medicine and total joint treatments

Authority Magazine

Leadership Lessons from Authorities in Business, Film, Sports and Tech. Authority Mag is devoted primarily to sharing interesting feature interviews of people who are authorities in their industry. We use interviews to draw out stories that are both empowering and actionable.

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