Drop – dead – gorgeous in every way humanly possible … YES!
Our featured athlete this month is a professional musician and the lead violinist for the last 6 years for the Trans Siberian Orchestra (http://www.trans-siberian.com). It has been really interesting to see how fitness transfers to her profession and even more captivating to learn her story and how she inspires others. She’s so authentic, real, and raw with us…you’re in for a treat. The classically trained, breast cancer slaying, world traveling, rock your world West Coast TSO Lead Violinist is one in a million and has a heart of pure gold. She’s enchanting. We were awestruck. We hope you enjoy it too!
There is no way we could do this woman justice with a single day feature so we’ve broken it up into multiple parts. We asked Asha to provide us with a little background on herself so here it is in her own words…
I am a classically trained violinist but play mostly electric rock violin now. When I graduated from college I actually went into public relations, thinking I would climb the corporate ladder and make lots of money. At age 24, shortly after graduating, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. This completely changed the trajectory of my life. I decided that no matter how much longer I had to live, I would do something that gave meaning to my life. While I had been playing violin since I was 6 years old, I never considered that I could make a living at it. And so after I finished my chemotherapy treatments, I quit my job, moved to LA and pursued a career as a rock violinist. I have been doing that ever since.
What is your Profession?
I am a professional musician. When I am not touring, I work as a life coach and a travel host/videographer.
What does fitness mean in your Profession?
Being on the road for several months out of the year can be challenging. I find that I perform best when I fuel my body with healthy food. And of course it’s important to have the stamina to play 2 shows per day.
Do you eat a certain way or follow a particular nutrition plan?
I have been a vegetarian for a while now but switched to a mostly vegan diet about 2 years ago. For the most part this came after watching several documentaries about food. I also regularly attend 10-day silent meditations (about 2/year) and the food there is primarily vegan. I tend to feel better and more clean when I eat vegan and for the most part have stuck to it. The hardest thing for me to give up was cheese but I have found some great alternatives. And the truth is I no longer even want real cheese.
Did you play sports as a kid and did you have an influential coach or experience that has kept you motivated to keep moving as an adult?
More to come from Asha’s interview. Until then … grab a look at this 2016 YouTube spot and get a little more familiar with her ability to rock!
[Thank you Florian Stangle for the Feature Photo on today’s blog!]