Roxanna is one of the trainers of Clubsportive’s True Potential Program. In this blog Roxanna takes us on a journey along a few of her life lessons, which finally have led to building this beautiful True Potential Program. A 12-week intensive program with an integral approach on training body, mind and nutrition intake.
An integral approach that correspondence with Roxanna’s background in Martial Arts. In which she discovered that there is no separation between body and mind. They are connected, in interaction and have a huge influence on each other. For her that’s the biggest value of the True Potential Program. Offering participants an interacting body, mind and nutrition program. “There is so much potential inside of us and in the connecting parts within ourselves and the environment around us. Quite often we are not aware of this potential. That thought brings me a lot of joy and hope for the future.”
Roxanna started to practice Wushu, Chinese Martial Arts, at the age of 6. By the time she was 12 she entered the National Team. For 6 years she represented the Netherlands on the European, World and other international championships. The most important lesson of being an elite athlete to her was that working towards a bigger goal, making sacrifices in daily life and working your ass off day in day out, to refine your skills and to master every piece of your performance, brings purpose to your life and gives you a reason to get up in the morning.
By the time she made the decision to leave her sports career behind, she got to know the reverse side of the medal. A painful period characterised by depression, anxiety and drug (ab)use. But also, a time of moving to the big city, making new friends and exploring what life more has to offer than dedicating it to sports. And there was more. So much more. The beauty and the ugly. This period taught her a lot, it made her more flexible. In the end it taught her that there is a choice. “I was in a dark place of my life. And I remember feeling a strong urge to survive. And then it hit me. I have a choice. I choose to set my mind on positive and to make really the best of it.”
Roxanna studied Sports Business and worked for various national sport organisations. “Working with athletes, coaches and in a high-performance environment was a blast and felt like an honour. The high pace, the mentality of constant improvement and a team of like-minded people were great, but at the same time they were also ingredients for an over-demand on myself.” That realisation came much later, after Roxanna had suffered a great lost and decided to organise her life in such a way it was in line with her values. “Asking myself the question: what do I stand for, what is really important to me. And searching for the answer at a deeper level, made her realise it was very clear and it came down to 3 simple things: respect, trust and love.”
Some time and some traveling later Roxanna decided to commit herself to practicing mindfulness and to become a teacher to share these teachings. “My first reason to become a mindfulness teacher was to help young athletes and to add something valuable to their development as the athlete on the court and the person off the court. What I learned was that it wasn’t about the other, it was about my own experience and my cultivation of mindfulness. Walk the talk, as they say. Which contains the embodiment of, in this case, mindfulness. And in any case, it means you practice what you preach.”
Nowadays Roxanna is a co-founder of the Academy of Mindfulness in Sports. Their mission is to make the sports world more self-aware and bringing more focused attention, compassion and interconnectedness to the lives of (young) athletes and their high-pressure environments. And then she recently partnered up with Mindfulbizz. A Training, Development & Change Facilitation company, who design custom programs to help leaders, teams and companies make a fundamental collective shift towards sustainable business. The complexity and dynamic world of the Zuidas is one to which Roxanna can relate. “The Zuidas is a high-performance environment. A world where people have to act at their best. Day in day out. There’s a lot of overlap with the sports world. And with a home base at Clubsportive and the creation of the True Potential Program, things really got together.”