Nanci Besser is a conscious lifestyle author, blogger and speaker. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where she resided until attending college at the University of California, Davis. Nanci received a BS in Managerial Economics and pursued a career in public relations and business development until a curiosity for exploring human behavior compelled her to earn a graduate degree in Organizational Psychology. During her advanced studies, Nanci focused her research upon emotional intelligence and conflict resolution. Her psychology inspirations are Ken Wapnick, Viktor Frankl and Paul Ekman.
Recovery from the injuries sustained in a serious car accident prompted her to defer plans for obtaining a PhD. She began journaling as a means to distract her mind and body from the constant physical pain she experienced during the physical rehabilitation process she undertook.
After numerous attempts to regain the shoulder functionality that she lost in the accident, she discovered Pilates for rehabilitation. Her personal results from experiencing the healing effect of Pilates inspired her to share her newfound knowledge with others as a teacher. She obtained Pilates Instructor certification from Turning Point Studios in Walnut Creek, CA and also completed an additional certification in Movement Medicine.
Nanci’s passion for combining her past psychology studies along with a mindful approach to Pilates led to her building a flourishing private rehabilitative Pilates practice in the San Francisco Area.
In 2008 she relocated to Los Angeles and expanded her Pilates business to include life and executive coaching, drawing upon her graduate work in Psychology. Nanci observed through working with over 1000 private clients that every physical limitation had an accompanying emotional component.
In 2009, Nanci founded a micro philanthropic movement called “32 Favors” in which she granted one specific favor on behalf of another for 32 days. She chronicled her experience via her first blog in a similar style to the journal she started after her car accident. She repeated the process in 2012 and added video blogs to capture the impact of sharing kindness with others.
Expanding upon the concept of relating to everyone and everything with kindness evolved into a lifelong dream coming true. In 2014 Nanci wrote about the power of choosing to “go kindly” through life and shared her personal journey and the realization that the key to empowered living is choosing a mindset forged from the combination of Kindness, Conscious Decision-Making and Practical Spirituality. She published numerous articles and posts via various media publications and her personal blog, and is in the process of authoring her first book.
When not seeing clients Nanci enjoys spending time with friends and family, being outdoors, attending Kundalini Yoga classes, sampling the newest farm-to-table restaurant in her area, traveling, and listening to live acoustic sets.
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