Gabriella Espinosa is the founder of Women’s Body Wisdom, an online coaching and movement platform that empowers women to own their pleasure, power and purpose in midlife. Her work lies at the intersection of embodiment, neuroscience, female sexuality and menopausal health. She leads 1-1 and group coaching programs and leads international retreats. She also contributes her writing on women’s health and sexuality to leading US and UK publications.
Learn more about Gabriella at https://www.gabriellaespinosa.com
Follow her on Instagram: @gabriellaespinosa
We caught up with Gabriella to learn more about her inspirations and her online platform Women’s Body Wisdom…
Tell us about yourself and your business and how / when it originated?
I am the founder of Women’s Body Wisdom, an online coaching and movement platform to support women through the transition of perimenopause, menopause and beyond. I am passionate about guiding midlife women to reconnect to their bodies and own their pleasure, power and purpose. My work lies at the intersection of embodiment, neuroscience, eastern traditional wisdom and menopausal health. I offer tools steeped in the yoga tradition, modern somatic based practices along with practical applications of nutrition and lifestyle so women can take charge of their physical and mental wellbeing and live their best lives in the second half of life.
My work originated from my own experience of moving into perimenopause in my early forties. I never even heard of the word when it totally caught me off guard. I was a busy mother balancing work, life and felt I was running on empty, ignoring the creeping anxiety, the heart palpitations, achy joints, low libido and forgetfulness. It was such a confusing time. I felt that my body had betrayed me in some way. And so I got really curious and went on a deep dive journey of self-exploration learning everything I could about my body. From nutrition to yoga, breathwork, coaching and somatic practices. I have learned so much about myself in the last 15 years through self-awareness, compassion, self-love and appreciation for my body. The guidance and practices I offer aim to take women on a journey of self-exploration, trust and knowing. It may not always be comfortable but it is in those places of discomfort where our greatest learning and healing lies. We do get to the other side wiser, stronger and more empowered.
What challenges have you faced as a woman in business?
Moving onto the online space has been gratifying but challenging because I had such a steep learning curve to figure out the technology, marketing and sales. I definitely felt outside my comfort zone on so many levels, but I kept reminding myself that I could do hard things. There are many ways to learn how to run your own business from facebook groups, to You Tube, to networking events, to hiring a coach. I think there is no better time than the present for women to start a business.
What advice would you give to women wanting to start their own business in the wellness industry?
Asking yourself, “what does wellness mean to me?” and reflecting on your own personal journey to find that answer. We all have a unique story so let that story be your WHY for being of service to others. Stay focused on your WHY and don’t compare yourself to others. I think when you are in the wellness industry you want to help as many people as possible. It takes time to grow a business so nurture and cherish your first few clients and they will become your best cheerleaders to grow your business. Finally, cultivate relationships with other female entrepreneurs and find ways to collaborate and support each other’s business. We all rise together.
Do you have a mission that keeps you grounded?
My mission is rooted in pleasure – the things that make me feel alive and vibrant. Prioritising pleasure is not selfish or indulgent – it’s what makes us human. When I make space to focus on the things that bring me pleasure I expand my capacity to feel more of it and this has a beautiful rippling effect into other areas of my life, relationships and business. So I always ask, “how can I make pleasure the driving energy of my work?” It could be going for a walk in nature, connecting with a friend, dancing, nourishing food- it doesn’t matter. What matters is bringing mindfulness to the things that bring you pleasure, so you can consciously cultivate more of it.
What is one thing you can do today to prioritize your pleasure? For some inspiration access a free copy of Gabriella’s Awaken Pleasure Checklist here.
What women inspire you?
I am more inspired by qualities that all women are capable of expressing, in particular courage, vulnerability, confidence, resilience. Midlife is a time that invites us to change the existing narratives of what it means to be a woman, and to step into our power and pleasure in a whole new way. I am inspired by so many midlife women who are doing this right now especially the women I coach. I also think it is important to look up to, lift and celebrate all those who identify as women – your mother, sister, friend, colleague, neighbour, not just those with a platform, it’s about the collective not the individual. We are stronger together!