Alice Park grew up eating whole foods mostly grown and prepared by her parents and grandparents. One of her early memories include shucking oysters on the mud beach while her grandpa caught octopuses, as well as checking with her grandmother on how well garlic and chili pepper were drying in the sun before taking it to the local mill to grind it into powder. In the spring, Alice foraged with her mother in the mountains and fermented a variety of different vegetables and grains for the winter.
After migrating to Canada, Alice’s diet slowly changed to the Standard American Diet (also known as SAD ironically) and within a few years, health issues started to arise. By the time she was done university, she struggled with autoimmune disease, hypothyroidism, obesity, disordered eating patterns, insulin resistance, adrenal fatigue, constipation, anxiety, severe premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and bloating. She searched for solutions but felt defeated by the symptom-masking approach of the western medical doctors and pharmaceutical drugs. When she tried to take matters into her own hands, Alice felt overwhelmed by the amount of information out there. In 2015, Alice pursued education at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto to finally gain fundamental understanding of human health and return to her roots by living the philosophy Hippocrates so eloquently worded: let food be thy medicine and let medicine be thy food.
After graduating with Honours, Alice started her clinical nutrition practice and since, has counselled hundreds of clients through: decreasing inflammation and pain; restoring energy and improving sleep; losing excess fat and promoting muscle gain; balancing hormones; healing the gut and improving digestion; putting autoimmune conditions into remission; relieving allergy symptoms; supporting cardiovascular health; reversing diabetes and pre-diabetes; and safely detoxing different organ systems in the body
Her nutritional counselling services are highly customized and include extensive assessment, including symptomatology and lab work. Her recommendations are very thoughtful, detailed and easy to follow while yielding impactful results. Her focus is always on education and empowerment for long-lasting transformation. In fact, she informs each client that her goal is for them to not need her anymore because through working with her, they would have gained the foundational knowledge of human nutrition, as well as the biologically individual needs of their own bodies in order to take control of their own health and thrive without her help. In addition to working with clients 1:1, she also designs and delivers nutrition workshops to further educate her community.
As a clinician of holistic and functional medicine, Alice Park understands very well that the body is designed as a self-repairing and self-regenerating system — that is if it is under a nurturing environment, guided by an empowered mind and a willing spirit. Hence, in order to help people realize their full potential, Alice pursued Yoga Teacher Training (Yoga Alliance Certified 200 hours) — the lineage of Kashmir Shaivism in an alignment based teaching method.
Yoga entered Alice’s life through her meditation practice when she learned that yoga embodies the mindful and intentional spirit of meditation into movements in the physical body. Throughout her adult life, yoga and meditation kept finding their way back to her during trying and challenging times to help her grow exponentially and deepen her sense of freedom, peace and sovereignty.
Once she has experienced the power of yoga and meditation to breathe through all the ebbs and flows of life with equanimity, and while witnessing the limitations of her work through nutritional counselling alone, Alice knew she wanted to incorporate yoga and meditation in her services. Alice teaches hatha yoga and meditation to hold space for people’s sadhana, their spiritual practice. She encourages a mindful and intentional practice as she combines alignment, intelligent adjustments and freedom of breath to guide through each pose, opening their sadhana to reach new heights.
Through her journey in motherhood, Alice’s interest in alternative education systems and early childhood development expanded into the knowledge field of yoga. She pursued trauma-sensitive children’s yoga teacher training (RCYT-115hr) and currently teaches families with babies, toddlers and young children about all the wonderful tools and wisdom from yoga. Children’s Yoga, when delivered in an empowering, inclusive and age-appropriate approach, can foster healthy life skills such as: fostering healthy relationships and boundaries; valuing intuitive wisdom and connecting with our hearts; increasing our awareness about our own strengths and those in others; encouraging emotional literacy and expression, as well as tools to process them in a healthy manner; and nursing resilience through self-care practices, especially for highly sensitive children.
All of Alice’s offerings can be accessed in the Greater Vancouver Area, where she currently resides with her husband and two children.
Alice holds the biggest gratitude in her pursuit of the art of balancing her life between the life calling to serve people realize their full potentials, and her deepest inner calling to serve her children as their mother.