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NATHALIE SHAPIRO: Women's Health and Reproductive Medicine

Tori Green: Who are you? What do you do?

Nathalie Shapiro: My name is Nathalie Shapiro. I am an acupuncturist, herbalist, and coach. I am also a Doctoral Candidate for a Doctorate in Chinese Medicine specializing in women's health and reproductive medicine.

Tori: What was your first business (including running your own business)? How long did this last or are you still involved in the same business?

Nathalie: My first business was a non-profit organization called Vedanta Institute Los Angeles. When I was 21, I moved to India to an ashram called Vedanta Academy to complete a 3-year residential course in Vedic Philosophy. I lived there for 5 years and when I came back to the USA, I co-founded a non-profit with my then partner to teach Vedanta Philosophy. We taught hundreds of classes and led retreats all throughout California. I am no longer involved in the non-profit, but I do still teach.

Tori: Biggest challenge? How did you get through it?

Nathalie: My divorce. Spirituality, health, wellness, community, self-love, and a loving uncoupling process with my ex.

Tori: What is something that you wish you could go back and tell yourself before starting this


Nathalie: Always love your body and mind.

Tori: What did you do before owning your own/running your business?

Nathalie: I lived in India and then started my non-profit.

Tori: What/who made you take the first leap?

Nathalie: My therapist actually encouraged me to go to Acupuncture school.

Tori: Who was the first to believe in you and give you real support (financial/sweat equity)?

Nathalie: My Mom.

Tori: Was this your dream job? If not, what was?

Nathalie: I love what I do, but it is also my dream to one day run a healing retreat center in nature.

Tori: Why did you get into this field?

Nathalie: To understand the source of healing within ourselves.

Tori: What is your biggest failure that you turned into a success?

Nathalie: My mental health struggles.

Tori: If you could change one thing about your life today for the better, what would it be?

Nathalie: NOTHING!

Tori: How is your life/work balance? Body, mind, and soul weekly routine?

Nathalie: Daily study, journaling, dance, early morning workouts.

Tori: Do you say/write out affirmations?

Nathalie: All day every day.

Tori: When was the last time you tried something new/ Stepped out of routine?

Nathalie: Constantly trying new things.

Tori: Favorite book that changed your life?

Nathalie: Letting go by David Hawkinds.

Tori: Do you think your gender gives you an advantage or disadvantage in today’s world?

Nathalie: I love being a woman and I feel like being a woman is an advantage.

Tori: Have you experienced different treatment from your peers of the opposite sex?

Nathalie: Not really.

Tori: Thoughts on the glass ceiling?

Nathalie: It's in your head.

Tori: What advice would you give your children/ future children about succeeding in a

patriarchal society?

Nathalie: Own your feminine power. IT IS POWER!

Tori: If you could talk to a young boy/girl from your hometown neighborhood who aspires to

have your career/job/focus what would tell them? Advice.

Nathalie: Focus on self love, love your body, your mind, your curves. Love yourself always first.

Tori: Fun fact about you?

Nathalie: I wake up at 5am every morning for my self care practice.

Tori: Number one piece of advice you remember?

Nathalie: You are the architect of your fortune, you are the architect of your misfortune. You make yourself, you mar yourself.

Tori: Where can we find you online?

Nathalie: @nathalievitality /

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