Amita received her LMSW and two Master's Degrees from New York University and received her Health Coach Certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. The fields of wellness, healthcare, happiness, and productivity are continuously changing. Clients have the benefit of a coach who has the most recent research and comprehensive training in emotional wellbeing, human behavior, and the holistic approach. Aligned Holistics has been featured on CBS, NBC, and the Huffington Post.
Before founding Aligned Holistics, I lived a very different life. One that didn’t serve me or anyone around me.
I grew up in a suburb outside of New York City in a family that valued high achievement. As in many Indian families, I was taught that success is an external thing you pursue. An esteemed job you can brag about is like the Holy Grail for many in my culture, and I bought into that concept hard. Eventually I learned what success and happiness really meant, but that was not until I exhausted every other option.
Continuing the theme of seeking happiness outside myself, I began a love-hate relationship with medication at 14. Anti-depressants, mood stabilizers, ADD medication, sleep aids. You name it, I took it.
I loved having a diagnosis; it was a label that could define me and explain the way I felt. I aligned with terms like “depression,” “anxiety disorder,” “bipolar disorder.” The label changed depending on when or whom you asked, but it comforted me. It reaffirmed my victim mentality: that I had no choices and this was “just who I am.” Not surprisingly, matters got worse. Beyond the constant adjustments and side effect balancing game, it confirmed the belief that true happiness was an external thing I had to “get.”
I felt flawed, broken, and alone.
Years, relationships, and many poor coping mechanisms later, I had my “Aha!” moment and decided not to be a victim anymore.
It wasn’t for a person, a pill, or a thing to fix. I wasn’t broken. It was the most empowering moment of my life and my life immediately changed. I’m not going to lie- it took work. After all, I had to rewire decades of learned behaviors. I was drawn to a coach who helped me to learn new ways of eating, new coping mechanisms, and the principles of self-care. We worked to integrate these practices into my life in a way that worked for me. She didn’t fix me, she did something even better: she helped me to save myself.
I could go on and on about the weight I lost or how my skin looks (both fabulous!), but the real transformation was internal. I no longer needed medication, things, or people to make me happy.
My first career in philanthropy taught me the value of service, but inside I knew I needed to serve on a different level, in a different way. My story energizes me. I have gratitude for the good in my life and for the struggles that brought me to where I am today. I formed Aligned Holistics to help others find their health and happiness.
My story has been featured on CBS to inspire others to create a life they love.