I draw on over 30 years of experience with sitting meditation to help you start a meditation practice or deepen an existing one. The meditation I teach is based on the Zen practice of Shikantaza (the art of just sitting), which was taught to me by late American spiritual teacher Lee Lozowick. It’s a simple practice, but yields powerful results. I can help you get started and coach you through the rough spots.
If you’ve been using one of the popular meditation apps that have flooded the marketplace, I can help you graduate from that into a more traditional silent practice. I think you will discover there’s a world of difference.
I call my coaching “meditation-based” because it is not limited to meditation. Using meditation as a base, we can venture into others areas of life – from creative pursuits, to relationship issues, to uncovering your life path. What we work on from session to session is up to you.
I find that consistent meditation practice creates a fertile ground of self-awareness, which facilitates connecting with your truest wants and needs. Whether you feel stuck, are looking for direction, or know where you want to go but could use a little help getting there, meditation-based coaching aims to bring you clarity and a sense of possibility, as well as the ability to stay still and centered in a fast-paced world.
I offer meditation-based coaching combined with health coaching, or as a stand-alone service.
Life Path Coaching
Life path coaching is a natural extension of meditation-based coaching. I practice deep listening and ask exploratory questions to help you identify your strengths, tap into your innate wisdom, and create a vision aligned with your core values. It’s a fun and enlivening process.
Life path coaching is essentially life coaching with an emphasis on the path that one’s life is taking. Whereas life coaching tends to center around conventional standards of success, such as career goals, life path coaching aims to bring true meaning and direction to one’s life.
Life path coaching can help you:
- Choose a spiritual path (or just a path) aligned with your core values
- Transform your ways of being in the world
- Improve your intimate relationships
- Navigate the dating scene to find a partner who is right for you
- Bring clarity to your decision-making
- Engage challenges with confidence and good cheer
Note: My coaching is sex positive and welcoming to all sexual orientations and gender identifications.
Functional Medicine Health Coaching
As an ADAPT Certified Health Coach, my coaching is informed by functional medicine and ancestral health principles, as taught to me at the Kresser Institute.
I do not diagnose illness or prescribe treatment, but I can guide you in implementing established functional medicine and nutrition-based protocols.
My approach to coaching combines motivational interviewing, positive psychology, and strengths-based strategies to help you initiate lasting lifestyle change.
I can work independently or in collaboration with your healthcare provider to help you meet your wellness goals.
Following are a few areas I specialize in:
• Transitioning to an ancestral diet
• Healthy, sustainable weight loss
• Recovery from vegan diets
• Dietary protocols for type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes
What My Clients Say
“Johnny is a professional, kind, considerate, and knowledgeable health coach who I would highly recommend to anyone who is motivated to make positive changes in their life. Through working with Johnny I was able to adapt a new diet, improve my meditation practice, and implement strategies to reduce daily stress. His passion for health and helping others is clear, and he takes the time to truly learn to understand his clients and their goals.”
– Danielle, Professor of Public Health
“Johnny Cordova is an incredible health coach! I started working with Johnny because I was having trouble sleeping through the night and even though I knew it had to do with my diet, I couldn’t figure out how to get my eating on the right track. In addition, Johnny helped me with my business in terms of my goals and what I needed to do to establish my business. Through working with Johnny, I figured out the root cause of my problems and how to move forward. Johnny accomplished this by enabling me to figure out the answers for myself, which I feel is very effective! In my interaction with Johnny, I found him to be very present, to be skillful at asking me the right questions and to provide non-judgmental support. After working with Johnny for a few months, I have been able to sleep through the night and make progress with my business. I would highly recommend Johnny Cordova as a health coach!”
– Mia Dang, Pelvic Health Physiotherapist, Canada, www.miapelvicphysio.com
“I have been so impressed with the work Johnny has done with me. From our first session I felt like he was a natural! He has really helped me with getting some clarity with setting goals to achieve markers in my career. His insight has helped me in areas of resolution that I could not see on my own, but have been simple and achievable with his guidance. I look forward to our meeting every week. It feels really great to know that someone is honestly listening and caring and helping me achieve. I actually think that this might be what people look for in therapy but don’t really get. Thanks Johnny!!”
– Katie Hedges, Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher
“For the last six months Johnny has been my health coach and he has supported me on my journey to health. My relationship with food has always been difficult and I have spent a lot of time trying to sort it out. Unfortunately my progress over the years has been slow and I consider myself to be a difficult case.
Johnny’s attitude towards my struggle with food has really impressed me. He is very patient, wise and understanding – even when I am off track or experimenting with unconventional tools, tricks and hacks to keep my diet on track. He has always been very present with me – without expectations or attachment to outcomes. This is a rare quality and I believe it comes from his decades of deep meditation.
Over the last six months Johnny has encouraged me to develop a clear vision for my health goals and turn it into actionable steps. It sounds easy but it actually took me quite a long time partly because I was unaware of some key health principles. During one of our conversations Johnny made the connection between my symptoms and a specific weakness in my gut biome. I’d read about this condition but didn’t think it was relevant to me. He recommended an excellent book on the topic which has given me a lot of insight about how my body works and why my previous efforts failed.
Now I have a lot of clarity about what I need to do though I still benefit from Johnny’s long experience with Paleo living, his understanding of nutrition and his encouragement. Just the simple act of speaking weekly has made me much more accountable for my efforts and progress.
Johnny is a generous person and an excellent coach and I highly recommend him to anyone looking for individual help with their health and well-being.”
– Andrew Sanderson, New Zealand