16: Grounded wellness, adapting through adaptogens, and living with curiosity and empathy with Lopa Van der Mersch of Rasa

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This episode of Medium Well is as informative as it is entertaining! Today I interview Lopa Van der Mersch, Founder & CEO of Rasa, an herbal coffee company. Lopa has such an interesting and unique story which we dive into, as well as her approach to wellness, why she started her adaptogen-based herbal coffee brand, the challenges of sustainability in business, and more.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Lopa’s very winding background to get to where she is today

  • How and why she started Rasa, her business

  • Why Lopa relates to Ayurveda

  • How and why she healed her “saved the world” complex

  • How she approached self-exploration at a pivotal time in her life

  • What adaptogens are and why they are a central part of her product

  • How sustainability is integrated into every aspect of her business

  • How she unwinds and her love of tea ceremonies

All the deets:

Drink all the Rasa! I have been loving the cacao every morning. Use code MEDIUMWELL for 20% off your first purchase. Tag me and Rasa on Instagram when you drink it!

Say hi to Lopa over on Instagram at @wearerasa

Tag me (@saraweinreb) and Lopa on Instagram with your favorite takeaways from the episode!

Mentioned in this episode:

The Guru Papers by Joel Kramer and Diana Alstad
Global Tea Hut
Ayurvedic dosha (constitution) quiz


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Sara Weinreb