About Ilana Kristeva

I show leaders and coaches how to “F.L.O.W.—Feel Light Offering Wisdom” all day long despite illness, injury, or isolation. Together, we breathe, tap, and laugh while undoing traffic jams in our bodies, hearts, and minds. We feel fantastic in our bodies, manage time with greater ease, and overcome subconscious blocks to moving forward in our visions for personal and professional lives. With greater body confidence and tools to overcome pain and self-sabotage, we are able to better serve others from a place of authenticity, vibrancy, and inner joy bubbles. Let’s dial into our Dan Tian (gut intuition) to allow greater wisdom and power to flow through our spiritual umbilical cord to the Universe where our field of choices is limitless! BE the role model you admire. Ilana Kristeva’s Speaking Engagements


On my refrigerator door I have a cartoon drawing of a squirrel lying on a couch in his psychiatrist’s office. The squirrel explains: “When I learned, ‘You are what you eat,’ I realized I was nuts!”

Sharing this with you is my way of admitting that like my little friend, was nuts, but my brain fog kept me in the dark about it for over four decades. Picture me lying on many couches for countless hours: 1) fantasizing about food and other cravings, 2) talking to myself, over and over again, trying to stop my many compulsions and to start new habits—to no avail, 3) mulling over regrets, and 4) psychoanalyzing myself to all ends of the earth. “Exhaustion” is such a lame word to describe how I felt.

My relationships with food, alcohol, sex, money, and time appeared to be the problem. The real issue was that I was truly uncomfortable being in this body and on this planet.

Continuously preoccupied with battles among my mind, body, and heart, I could not manage my life—my obsession with food and other “best friends” did. Internal conflict, indecisiveness, and many forms of wreckage drained me. For over 40 years, I struggled with living in my body, and it showed.

Thank goodness that the opposite is true today. The process of dissolving what was blocking me from living with vitality took time and much effort. However, it was all worth it; the results show for themselves. I look and feel vibrant from the inside out, and my view of life grows gardens. On this planet for over 50 years now, I am able to do many things better than when I was in my 30s. I can think more clearly, respond to stress more robustly, and embrace new opportunities with willingness, courage, and so much laughter.

It truly is a miracle that I am to be able to feel FANTASTIC in my body after needing a wheelchair, walker, and two canes for numerous years. My illnesses truly were gifts of desperation:

  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), a.k.a. Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
  • Fibromyalgia (FMS)
  • Vocal cord dysphonia (VCD) with esophageal erosion
  • Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD)
  • Hypermobility syndrome (HMS)
  • Depression (no initials necessary)
  • And numerous other maladies

I embarked on a colorful journey, which I like to call my “Bridge to Vibrancy.” On this bridge, which connects traditional Western Medicine and Eastern wisdom, I met and travelled with many loving spirits who shared with me their healing gifts. From groaning to glowing, I stay in integrity and daily alignment with the Universe.

“Laughter is the best medicine” is a great truth. The dosage, frequency, and delivery method of a medication are all highly relevant as well. I believe that a self-care regimen that expands our capacity to laugh deeply, frequently, and freely best delivers our medicine. It strengthens any healing modality, from traditional Western Medicine to ancient Eastern practices. My personal recovery confirms that laughing deeply, frequently, and freely activates cascades of energy for cellular vitality. People can hear it in my voice, see it in my face, and feel it in my presence.


Come join me at the table and learn how to feel FANTASTIC in your own body! See Mission Statement and Share Your Thoughts with Ilana. You are looking at someone who is very much in agreement with being here on this planet today. The Universe has transformed me into a Self-Care Vigilante, offering me opportunities to continue practicing what I teach. Now standing on my own two feet in many ways, I actively demonstrate “I love my body, and my body loves me,” one day at a time. You can too! 

Ilana Kristeva’s Speaking Engagements


Ilana Kristeva, MPA, is a “Self-Care Vigilante,” author, speaker, and vibrance coach (Pro EFT™ Practitioner). She and her family reside in Northern California, USA.

Photo portrait (above) was taken by Hope Harris of Hope Harris Photography. http://www.hopeimages.com