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© 2017 Alyssum Pohl for Awaken Authenticity

You are incredible.

You have the ability to show up in the world unfettered and fulfilled.  

Your life should be nothing less than satisfying,

just by being you,

and I'm here to help you get there.  


 My one on one coaching package includes 4 months of in-depth self-discovery and regular meetings. I meet you where you are.  I am here to help, not judge.  During this time, you will process and integrate new or hidden aspects of yourself and emerge on the other side, a fuller, more satisfied and less stifled human being.  Your courage will be exercised and I will be there cheering you on the whole way.

An important part of transitioning from one version of ourselves to a new or more complete version is having a community to witness and support this transition.  Authenticity Lab, the name of this group work, lasts 4 months.  There are 8 modules, each of which focuses on a different aspect of a well-rounded, authentic person.  Authenticity Lab is a lot of fun and is a more economical way to engage in coaching with Alyssum.  More about Authenticity Lab here. 



Being in touch with your physical body is an important aspect of being a well-rounded, fulfilled and authentic human being.  Alyssum has been a dance, movement, and performance instructor for 15 years and brings this experience into the coaching realm.  With joy and technical precision, Alyssum can help you refine: bellydance, contortion, clowning, improvisation, arm work, facial expression, and more.

Recent Thoughts on Authenticity

These photos represent how much things can change in nine years.  On the left, a photo by Pixie Vision.  It was the first professional photoshoot I ever did, taken while I was in veterinary school.  At the time, my life was All-Science-All-the-Time, taking 32 credit hours of intense veterinary medicine courses.  The only exception was the couple hours per week that I taught dance.  Once a month I would perform at the school’s open mic.  Dance was my stress relief valve and my only outlet for cre...

This time last month, I was up in chilly Bismarck, North Dakota, giving a keynote lecture about my experience paddling down the Mississippi River documenting plastic waste and water quality to the 2018 ND Water Quality Monitoring Conference attendees.  

I met incredible people doing impressive work there. Most notably, North Dakota has a strong river water quality monitoring program for high school students across the state. I was heartened and impressed to see the work of students at 5 sc...

Anita Joshi on personal empowerment.

Anita does it all.  Partly because she's capable, partly because she cares deeply, partly because she knows she may as well do what she's passionate about.  She lets "the system" work for her where it can, and does things a better way when it's broken.  She's got some fun and meaningful projects underway right now.  

In this conversation, we talk about:

  • Reducing barriers to education for girls in Mozambique

  • Brazil

  • Rural develo...

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Alyssum Pohl

I want the world to be a better place.  Let's do this together.  After years of frustration in my professional life, but otherwise leading a fairly happy life, I realized that I am most fulfilled I when I do exactly what feels good at a deep soul level, no matter what society or family values suggest are the 'best' decisions.  I gave a TEDx talk about innovation told through contortion; I became the 2nd woman to solo kayak the Mississippi River from source to sea, documenting plastic waste and water quality along the way; and now I am helping others realize their best and most authentic selves.   This is incredibly fulfilling work.

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