After graduating I worked at several corporate companies as a buyer. It didn’t take me long to realise that I wasn’t cut out for office life! I handed in my notice and headed to India for 6 months with a few changes of clothes and a yoga mat. I spent the first 2 weeks at an ashram in the heart of the Himalayan Mountains - where Shanti Living was born. Having spent years in an office, and having only practiced yoga in smelly gyms, I had no idea what it was really about. After the first class, I felt AMAZING. I knew I had to bring this feeling home, not only for myself, but I was dying to share it with others too. During my travels in India, I sourced incredible fabrics, sending multiple packages home to start creating my own little fashion and accessories business. I came home briefly before setting off to Bali to complete my (200 hour) yoga teacher-training course. I have been teaching and sewing ever since...The rest is history!
How I Do It
Eat and drink well, sleep lots and exercise often. I make sure I have 8 hours sleep a night and I am an avid napper! I eat healthily, sticking to organic and fresh foods. I practice yoga and meditation daily even if it’s just for 10 minutes.
Why I Love It
It has taken a while and a lot of hard work to get to this point. 4 years on and I wouldn’t change it for the world. I love the freedom I get from it, just the simple things like being able to have brunch when I want to! Running my own business has allowed me take more control over my life. It is quite easy to fall into bad habits of sleeping in late or eating badly and generally not taking care of yourself. Gone are the days where I could hide behind a computer screen hung-over from the night before, sipping at my fourth latte of the day in attempt to stay awake. You soon learn how to kick your own self up the arse and keep it stupidly healthy!
A Day in the Life of…
I wake up, sit up in bed and meditate for at least 10 minutes. If I’m teaching a morning class then I’ll have a MOJU juice on the go. Most mornings are spent catching up with emails, planning classes, workshops and retreats. Once I have a taught or gone to a lunchtime class and eaten a wholesome meal, I spend the afternoons at the drawing board, designing or at my sewing machine. If the sun is shining, I’ll always make sure I get outside for at least an hour. I teach most evenings, and when I’m not I’m catching up with friends or going to events.
How to Stay #StupidlyHealthy
If you find it super hard to stay healthy, just try this one thing! Start your day with hot water and fresh lemon. Drinking a cup of hot water and lemon in the morning cleanses the gut and neutralises any unfriendly stomach acids. As a result of a highly acidic diet, which most of us follow (coffee, meat and processed foods etc), most of our stomachs are in pieces! This daily dose of love for your gut is possibly one of the kindest and most beneficial things you can do for yourself.
Why It Is so Important
I am an absolute believer that ‘your health is your wealth and the rest is a bonus’ – mainly because I am living proof of this! Since turning my life around to a much healthier one, I feel like a completely different person. I have more energy, I feel happier than ever, I feel more motivated and enthusiastic. You are what you eat. It is as simple as that.
I am a podcast and TED Talk addict and I read a lot, so there are so many people out there who blow my mind and I am so inspired by! Most of all, I am inspired by anyone who is successful and really looks after themselves whilst doing something they love. For me, these are the most inspirational people.
My biggest dream is to create a wonderful and unique place, just outside of London, where people can come and unwind, meet like-minded people, practice yoga, eat, drink, sleep, get refreshed, revived and ready to step back into the real world! I have always dreamt of this cosy sanctuary full of colour and warmth where I can invite all the incredible teachers, healers and speakers. - A place for people to become the best possible versions of themselves.
I love cold-pressed juices that are packed with goodness and I also love a bit of a kick – I would have something along the lines of orange, shed loads of ginger, turmeric and cayenne pepper.
It isn’t easy, but the best things in life NEVER are! If it was easy, then everyone would be self-employed (cause once you get there, you will never look back!). When the going gets tough, just remember this: LIFE BEGINS AT THE END OF YOUR COMORT ZONE…