Tatjana Zemcuznikov, UpLift trainer, holds a master’s degree in counseling and education, and certifications in several holistic modalities. She teaches an integrated blend of yoga, medical chigong and meditation. She believes that, as important as it is to work out, it is essential to take the time to “work in” as well. With clarity and humor, Tatjana teaches the integration of body and mind, breath and movement. Offering an oasis of serenity, where members are given tools for personal growth, physical health and a quiet mind.

When/how did your passion for exercise begin? How did you decide you wanted to make a career as a trainer?

I don’t have a passion for exercise, but I do have a passion for health. It began with my father, a medical doctor who wanted me to follow in his footsteps. Seeing how sick people get and how much they rely on others to “fix” them, I resolved to help people STAY well and have dedicated the past 40 years to the research and teaching of holistic health.

Favorite exercise to teach at UpLift?

It’s a combination of breath work, slow motion movement, stretching/strengthening exercises, meditation, yoga poses, yoga flow, medical chigong, tai chi moves, and reading excerpts from different traditions, philosophies, and belief systems.

You never know what you’re going to get in my class!

Favorite quotes:

“Imagine” (John Lennon)

If you were arrested for being good to yourself, would there be enough evidence to convict you?

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. (Aristotle)

There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.

A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. (Jimi Hendrix, I think)

And about 5,000 more!!

What made you decide to work at UpLift?

The women who run it, and those who staff it, are professional, courteous, kind, caring. And there is a philosophy of personal attention, and genuine interest in people’s health and progress.

What is your best advice for someone wanting to get healthier and fit?

Decide what your needs are, make a plan and STAY FAITHFUL to your schedule.

Health is the utmost important element in our lives. Without it, we cannot enjoy friendship, love, abundance, wisdom, etc. Health demands commitment and follow thru; the benefits are worth the effort and dedication. Nothing is more important than to be whole, hale and hearty.