China Rose Zamora, NTP, CCH, RYT
At my root I am a student of life! I love exploring and being humbled by nature’s beauty, traveling & gathering traditional healing techniques from cultures around the world, rockin’ out to all kinds of music, from folk to hip hop, and being an adventurous culinary enthusiast!
My exposure to whole, REAL foods and natural medicine started early, eventfully marked by my whole grain 1st birthday cake sweetened with honey! I can remember the fragrant herbal teas that my mama made, the trips to the health food store full of interesting things to look at, thinking carob was chocolate during my early years, and spending afternoons in the garden.
I HAD to rebel as a teenager, so I made sure to eat plenty of crappy, processed food, way too much sugar, and more coffee than any growing adolescent needs! (Maybe that’s why I’m a shortie ; ) I started having terrible digestive trouble, acne, and big shifts in my mood. My blossoming love of nature inspired me to look in to natural methods to address my symptoms and I felt extremely motivated that by drinking more water, eating more natural, whole foods, and taking some of the medicinal herbs I was learning about I felt better! I had come full circle: HOOKED and hungry for more! (We’ve got to learn it for ourselves sometimes ; )
Throughout my 20’s and into my 30’s I enthusiastically added to my holistic toolbox. I was certified as a clinical herbalist by the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine in 2000 and as a nutritional therapist by the Nutritional Therapy Association in 2009. My evolving passions led me to focus my studies on aspects of women’s health like fertility awareness, and preconception, pregnancy, and postpartum wellness as a birth doula.
It’s so awesome to now be referred to as “the hormone lady”! My own healing journey is largely what inspired me to delve into the study of hormonal wellness. Little did I know that many of the symptoms I was experiencing as a young woman could be linked to taking synthetic hormones, via “the pill”, for a time. Years later I also diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune thyroid disease, so I KNOW what it feels like to be tired all the time, struggle with maintaining weight, and feel like you’re living in a fog! I would still be in that debilitating place if I hadn’t discovered the rejuvenating, holistic tools that I now love sharing with other women! We deserve to know how to support our bodies naturally!
While searching for ways to balance my stress, yoga presented itself as the perfect ally. I was so amazed at the physical & emotional benefits that I received that I was inspired to personally spread “the good word”! I was certified as a teacher in the Raja tradition by Yoga Community in Sonoma, CA in 2016. I can’t explain how much depth this has added to the way I support clients!
I feel blessed to say that I love my work! I’m so grateful that I get to make a positive contribution towards my community’s health on a daily basis and that I work in a genre of medicine that not only has its roots deep in our history but continues to develop and blossom as time goes on.
We have a thriving practice based in Napa, California and support clients all over the world through remote coaching methods, workshops, and transformational, destination retreats! It feeds my soul to help women understand the beauty and intricacies of their bodies so that they feel empowered at their core and can kick ass at life!
AJ Zamora, CPT
I developed a curiosity about natural medicine at a very young age. It always fascinated me that after my mom put a mud & herb poultice on my ant bites or after walking barefoot on rocks to stimulate healing (our form of reflexology), I immediately felt better. As I got older and experienced severe allergies and digestive issues, I found that I didn’t get relief from what my doctors were prescribing. I went back to my roots, remembering the healing power of nature that my mom instilled in me. I sought out a job at a health food store when I was seventeen to learn more. After changing my diet and utilizing natural supplements and herbs, I was amazed at the improvements in my health, energy, and vitality!
My original goal was to heal myself but the more I learned about how food can be our medicine, I wanted to tell all of my friends and family and help them with their health issues. I devoured books on the subject and decided to seek out more education about wellness.
I got a job as a certified nurse’s assistant with Kaiser. My experience there inspired me take a different path and work in preventative medicine in order to help people stay healthy and prevent illness. I continued to work in health food stores and fitness clubs in order to add to my knowledge and experience. After more than twenty years in this field, my background includes advising professional athletes, public education, and supporting both naturopathic and medical doctors as a nutritional supplement consultant.
I’ve always loved being active! At any given time I was out climbing rocks or trees, surfing, rafting, hiking, snowboarding, or rollerblading. Throughout my life several of my loved ones have been unwell or clinically obese. My goal was to inspire them and help them learn how to take care of themselves. While gathering as much knowledge as I could to help them, my passion eventually turned into a lifestyle, and then eventually into my profession as a personal trainer and wellness coach. I was certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and I am currently pursuing a Masters in Kinesiology with a focus on exercise science, wellness, & nutrition.