Meet your life Coach!
Dara Poznar is a Certified Positive Psychology Coach. She serves as a Life Coach for teens and adults in Asheville, NC and all over the world.
Dara's mission is to help today’s youth hold, nourish, and value their own emotional and physical lives, as well as those of others, so that they may flourish and make a positive unique impact on the lives and world around them.
For most of her life, Dara has been a seeker of deeper understanding. As a child, she would lie under the stars pondering the big questions of life. She had a yearning to understand as much as she could about the universe, about life, and about love.
Her life's struggles began with growing up in a family that battled alcoholism. Later, the alcoholism was replaced with extreme religiousness that promoted endless guilt, repression, and humiliation. Authentic self-expression and safe relationships were not a part of her early life experience. She had her work cut out for her in discovering who she really was, learning to love and respect herself, and forming safe, loving bonds with others. She understands the challenges of learning to love and care for oneself.
After marrying in her early 20's, divorcing, and soon after being shunned by her family and friends for choosing a different path for her life -a tremendously painful time for her- she set out to become who she was born to be and to find the people she was meant to be with. She studied, traveled, lived in different places in the U.S. and overseas, sought her tribe, and searched for happy love.
After nearly two decades of personal exploration she finds herself deeply connected, whole, in love with life, and aligned with her true purpose as an empathic and gentle guide for others who are struggling to change and grow. Today, as a Certified Positive Psychology Coach, she enjoys the honor of helping people all over the world know themselves deeply, achieve happiness in love, awaken their dreams, and live their passions using all of the tools, strategies and interventions that helped her get where she is, positive psychology and life coaching being among them.
When she is not focusing on her own personal growth and supporting others in theirs, she is spending time with the people she loves and her dogs Jaya and Lula. You might also find her planning her next travel adventure, taking a long walk, listening to music, reading or writing.
Dara's personal mantra is No Mud, No Lotus. She believes that without difficulty and struggle in life, we cannot grow into the people we are meant to be, just as the lotus could not blossom without the mud. Successfully slogging through the mud means discovering your strengths and who you are at the core. It means being more confident, more successful, achieving your goals, and discovering your purpose. It means being happy with yourself. Therefore, she believes it is vital to embrace the difficulties you face- to see them as the mud that produces the beautiful lotus- and recognize that struggle is the soil from which you will blossom into the person capable of fulfilling the vision you have for your one precious life. Learn more about MUD Philosophy here.
She believes that to experience real growth and development, we must practice Essential Self-Love. Loving & accepting ourselves and others, nurturing our own well-being and personal identity, allowing others to love and nurture us, and showing up ready to love and nurture the people in our lives, is the path to wholeness. Living with a sense of purpose, having deeply connected relationships, and enjoying health and vitality are the 3 pillars of a satisfying life.
And finally, Dara believes we are not meant to succeed alone. She could not be where she is today without her loved ones, her beliefs, or her coaches. If you are seeking someone you can trust to help you make positive changes, Dara would be honored to support and guide you on your journey.