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Springs residents Noah Zingarelli and Alex Burst are bringing mindful living to East End residents and beyond. (Photo courtesy of Alex Burst)

We all know health is wealth. Possibly a more important sentiment: health is a journey and one that many cannot travel alone.

Good thing there’s husband-and-wife duo Noah Zingarelli and Alex Burst — residents of Springs who recently launched their latest initiative, The School of Healthy Consciousness. A comprehensive, online platform containing the knowledge, studies and experiences they’ve obtained over the years, Burst and Zingarelli’s SHC contains a self-led masterclass plus one-on-one coaching and private yoga classes, exercise routines, Ayurvedic bundles, a digital cookbook and a plant-based eating guide.

A plant-based diet is one of the focal points in the SHC masterclass. (Photo courtesy of Alex Burst)

“Through our own personal healthy journeys, we have studied and discovered a lot — none of which was taught in traditional schooling systems,” says Burst. “Collectively we have spent decades obtaining the knowledge that we now hope to share with others so that they may be fully equipped to make their necessary lifestyle changes. We believe that when people know better they do better and we really feel that this type of information is just not a focal point in most schools which is why we have created SHC.”

The largest offering at SHC is the masterclass, presented in the form of a six-month, self-led experience with specifically curated reading materials, weekly exercises, and full spectrum health modules laid out as the coursework, with Burst and Zingarelli as your digital guides.

“You get to a point where you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired,” says Burst on how she started her own wellness journey nearly a decade ago. Feeling at her unhealthiest and that her body was shutting down on her, “I thought to myself ‘I can do this. I’m smart enough and have the skills to start making healthier changes to my life’ and that’s what I did.”

Zingarelli had a similar experience, deciding to change his ways after an overly indulgent semester abroad had him returning home “at my heaviest weight ever and just feeling awful,” he says. He sought help from a book that his parents had, Fit for Life, and made a few gradual diet changes, like proper food combining and eliminating animal milk and dairy from his diet. “It was hard because I love pizza,” he says, “but I was really fired up and inspired by the information, so I went with it.”

Alex Burst is a CIA graduate who worked in several East End restaurants as a sous chef. (Photo courtesy of Alex Burst)

Currently working together as a private chef team, with a focus on plant-based diets, Burst is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and teaches yoga while Zingarelli is an integrative nutrition health coach and teaches meditation. Both were recently certified in Thai massage and have traveled the world seeking out new and alternative ways to better their practices.

“It all felt like a very natural organic process,” says Zingarelli on initially changing his lifestyle. “I think it took about six months. I don’t think I wanted to give up, but it did require focus to stay on track. I was getting results so that was all the motivation I needed.”

The pair did an initial soft launch of SHC back in June with a beta test group to run through the masterclass. Presently, that group is currently over halfway through the course and according to Burst and Zingarelli, the feedback has been incredibly positive.

“The funny thing about results is that it doesn’t take long to see them but you have to stay committed,” says Burst. “There’s an old saying, ‘don’t quit before the miracle’ and I find that most people quit before they can really see any progress.”

The pair opened fall term registration about two weeks ago and are running a massive discount for the remainder of the month. Normally clocking in at $1,850 when paid in full (or $333 monthly for a six-month payment plan) they’re currently offering a $650 discount, dropping the masterclass down to $1,200 to anyone who signs up in the month October. Yeah, it may seem a little steep, but the really cool thing about it: Once you pay, you have it for life.

With fall being their self-described “favorite season for cooking,” the pair creates everything from french lentil and sweet potato mushroom soup to bowls with roasted Delicata squash, crispy chickpeas, sautéed kale and farro smothered in tangy tahini dressing. (Photo courtesy of Alex Burst)

If you can’t swing the cost presently, don’t be discouraged. Burst and Zingarelli are offering free resources available on their website ranging from mindfulness meditation to introduction to yoga, plus a guide to plant-based eating. As the pair continues to build their school, they’ll be offering different products and courses at various prices. Right now, their digital cookbook is available for $12 and their Ayurvedic bundles, that include meal plans and yoga classes, are $50.

“It is a goal of ours to make SHC accessible to anyone and everyone no matter their budget,” says Burst. “The journey to a healthy consciousness is a personal one and once you start it becomes a process of trial and error to see what works for you and what sticks in the moment. In addition to making our school accessible, we like to remind people that the greatest investment you can make is in your own health.”

Check out SHC on Instagram here for continuous updates, webinar announcements, giveaways and more.