GOLDEN BALANCE: MICHELLE ROQUES O'NEIL

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Voted as one of the Top 10 Aromatherapists in the world by Vogue, Michelle Roques O'Neil is no stranger to the world of all things spiritual, holistic + balancing. Her brand Therapie is home to crystal-infused beauty products that help you glow from the inside out. Today, she shares the rituals + practices that go beyond skin deep in order to keep her balanced from morning to night. 

- Hi Michelle. We would love you to tell us little about your journey and the story of Therapie.

Therapie evolved out of my treatment practice, where although I got great results, I felt that people were not investing fully in their wellbeing on a daily basis. I’d be filling people up only to receive them back in a completely burnt out state once again – I wanted to change their daily mindset and habits.

- How do you find your daily source of golden balance?

My daily dose of golden balance comes in the morning; it’s a precious time for me. I’m usually up early, I love the silence as I sit quietly sipping on hot water and lemon... a habit I picked up 30 years ago when working for Micheline Arcier. I do my morning pages at this time, it’s a process I’ve done for 20 years – it’s just great for decluttering the mind and dumping anxiety, some days it’s just that ... other days it can be really inspirational.

- How important is self-care to you, and do you often implement it into your regular rituals?

Absolutely, self-care is essential to keep the spirit and soul on track. It’s so integral to Therapie’s philosophy and one of the key pillars of the brand ...engaging in little moments of respite throughout your day to reconnect with life and notice the little pleasures- whether it’s a cool shower taken with some deep breaths or anointing a scented oil over wet skin, just doing this consciously will get you out of your head and connect you to the boundaries of your physical being. I take small breaks like spritzing myself with Therapie Restore Aura Spray, £32 (roquesoneil.com) (it s a desktop staple) 3-5 deep breath (inhale for 3 seconds, exhale for 5 seconds) is enough to revive and reset your inner balance. So the answer is yes – they are essential and help you to step out of the norm into the magical.

- Share a quote with us that inspires you every day.

“Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.” - The Dalai Lama

- We know nourishment from the inside out is fundamental to you. How do you practice this every day? 

I do 20 minutes of integrated Qi Gong. It’s been something that I’ve done for over 20 years. It’s a moving meditation which physically heals whilst increasing my sensitivity. It really sets me up for the day.

- What are some of your favourite ways to wind down?

Meditation, reading, listening to music and cooking.

- Ingredients-wise, what are your three non-negotiables in the kitchen? 

Chilli, garlic, fresh coriander.

- Now tell us, do you have a guilty pleasure?

Iced cold brew black coffee (only one and not everyday)

- What is your favourite way to use turmeric, be it in your beauty regime or recipes?

We use organic turmeric oil in our Comfort Warming Rub, £24 (roquesoneil.com). Earlier this year I caught the Aussie flu, I hadn’t been so ill in years and that amazing pot of soothing kindness really eased away my aches and pains, it’s quite magical and the most brilliant multi-tasking hero.

Food-wise I make dal with turmeric, definitely – my ultimate comfort food. I serve it with finely shredded hispi cabbage with grated coconut, turmeric, coriander, a dash of coconut milk and a squeeze of lime, with Himalayan salt to taste, delicious!

- Matcha or turmeric latte?

Turmeric latte all day long!

GOLDEN BALANCE: JEANNE DE KROON, FOUNDER OF ZAZI VINTAGE

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Meet Jeanne De Kroon, founder of Zazi Vintage: a luxury ethical fashion brand working for sustainability, women's economic + social independence. Today she shares the story behind Zazi Vintage, her love for Yin yoga + what truly nourishes her mind, body + soul. 

- Hi Jeanne. We would love you to tell us little about your journey and the story of Zazi Vintage. 

I started my company called Zazi a year ago which turned in to a platform that combines all my dreams of working with the most amazing women in small villages on sustainable development and simultaneously operates in the luxury fashion market by making crazy coats from old carpets found in dusty mountains by local partner families and fund girls education projects.  It grew from one girl ironing dresses on her yoga mat (me) at home into a real company within the past year, and right now operates in many central asian countries, India, Nepal and Afghanistan.

- How do you find your daily source of golden balance?

My golden balance mostly comes from my little sacred morning routine. I like to wake up early and start the morning with Yin yoga and put on some music from the Huni Kuin tribe from the amazon. I have my little rituals (includes drinking coffee and eating dates with almond butter) but more importantly, my best days are when I start writing down my intentions after a short yin yoga session. I also love running in the woods every morning. My days in general are quite full with busy city life and coordinating my company at this stage so these 2 hours in the morning that I take for myself are the thing that keeps me balanced and happy. 

- How important is self-care to you, and do you often implement it into your regular rituals?

Its essential! I am an only child so  understanding the self and the way that this Jeanne body and mind works has been the most exciting journey of all journeys. I think in modern day society we don’t take enough time for ourselves and it is only in the times that you can reflect that you find the most special powers you have. I guess this is where my morning routine comes from. I haven’t always had the easiest path (like everybody) and have seen dark days and depression without purpose and play. Implementing rituals that create awareness of your own body and mind and your perception of the world around you gives space to grasp the reason behind it all.

- We know nourishment from the inside out is fundamental to you. How do you practice this every day? 

I practice nourishment in many ways but I still believe that the most important thing you can feed yourself is to be surrounded by people that give you energy, life and light. 

- What are some of your favourite ways to wind down?

Yin yoga! And I am trying out a lemon water fast now using Wunder Workshop over the next week. I think fasting is one of the most magical things so far like all things that work on our ‘yin' energy. 

- Ingredients-wise, what are your three non-negotiables in the kitchen? 

I always add turmeric to my daily routine. I have been spending a lot of time in India the last years as I am working with different women empowering NGOs where the women told me about the benefits of drinking golden milk in the evening and whenever something in your body or mind is not working. 

I also love anything green and adding almond butter on every fruit possible. 

- Now tell us, do you have a guilty pleasure?

DATES AND ALMOND BUTTER ! 

- What is your favourite way to use turmeric, be it in your beauty regime or recipes?

I of course love turmeric lattes (especially the Golden Shrooms one) but I also love mixing water with homemade fennel and hops drops and some turmeric honey from Wunder. It has been my favourite summer drink! 

- Matcha or turmeric latte?

Turmeric of course

GOLDEN BALANCE: NITSA CITRINE, CREATIVE DIRECTOR AT SUN POTION

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As creative director for a brand that wants its users to feel nothing short of amazing, Nitsa Citrine is as inspiring in her spiritual approach to life, as her love for herbs like us. Sun Potion is home to many medicinal plants, tonic herbs + superfoods crafted with a view to improving overall wellbeing, health + happiness.  Nitsa is the epitome of golden and today she shares what keeps her balanced on the daily.

- How do you find your daily source of golden balance?

Tuning into a sense of gratitude for every moment I am here on the planet.

- How important is self-care to you, and do you often implement it into your regular rituals?

Self-care is a priority for me.

I truly feel that in order to make positive shifts in the outer world, we must tend to the inner.

I implement self-care into my daily life through vibrant, nutrient-dense foods, surrounding myself with beautiful music, art and friendship whenever possible, as well as taking time for quiet and solitude. I love silent mornings. 

- Share with us a quote that gives you daily inspiration. 

“Love is a clash of lightnings.”

― Pablo Neruda

- We know nourishment from the inside out is fundamental to you. How do you practice this every day? 

Daily living tea meditation + adaptogenic herbal tonics!

- What are some of your favourite ways to wind down?

I love to finish my workday with a solid half hour + in my infrared sauna

-Or, slightly less detoxifying - a glass of biodynamic wine.

- Ingredients-wise, what are your three non-negotiables in the kitchen? 

Organic, local and/or wild harvested ingredients (absolutely no GMOs!!!)

Minimally processed, if at all (ie. only whole, living foods, or if processed it is fermented, stone ground, or intelligently extracted to the most bioavailable form - our 10:1 cold water extract of he shou wu, for instance)

Sharp Japanese knives! (can't stand a dull knife, kills me)

- Now tell us, do you have a guilty pleasure?

 Ordering room service and not leaving my hotel for as long as possible

- What is your favourite way to use turmeric, be it in your beauty regime or recipes?

I put turmeric in everything - in my elixirs, shakes, food, salad dressings... sometimes even DIY face masks!

- Matcha or turmeric latte?

Impossible decision! Matcha and Turmeric are the two loves of my life!!

GOLDEN BALANCE: ALEX HEAD, FOUNDER OF SOCIAL PANTRY

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With a dedicated team of experienced chefs, event planners + waiting staff, Social Pantry has become the go-to London caterer for bespoke events, weddings and parties. We caught up with founder Alex to chat all things golden when it comes to mind, body and soul food.

- How do you find your daily source of golden balance?

Throughout the winter I was loving a turmeric latte, it gave me the gentle, warming boost I needed in the morning, this along with plenty of fresh mint and ginger tea is key to my routine. 

- How important is self-care to you, and do you often implement it into your regular rituals?

It is really important, but like anyone I am sure, it is the first thing to go when I get busy. I swim 2 or 3 times a week and do yoga twice a week which gives helps keep me balanced. An evening in by myself is also crucial to keeping on top of everything and getting a moment to relax with my own thoughts. 

- Share with us a quote that gives you daily inspiration. 

“The best people love to eat” - Julia Childs

- We know nourishment from the inside out is fundamental to you. How do you practice this every day? 

I’m big juice fan. I have one juice a day, which seems to fight off all sorts of colds in the winter.  I have invested in the company PRESS as they’re doing great things and I love their juice. A daily juice at the start of the day, lots of fresh, seasonal and delicious food during the day and a fresh mint tea at the end of the day keep me balanced. 

- What are some of your favourite ways to wind down?

I love a bubble bath! This plus a wine or calming tea depending on the mood for me is the perfect way to end the day and something I often look forward to on busy days.

- Ingredients-wise, what are your three non-negotiables in the kitchen? 

  1. Fresh mint – in your tea, salad, water…
  2. Grains – I have a selection of them in my larder, I love mixing them through delicious fresh salads.
  3. Seeds – I am known for adding seeds to everything! 

- Now tell us, do you have a guilty pleasure?

Oh goodness… dark chocolate. Anything dark and fair trade normally wins.

- What is your favourite way to use turmeric, be it in your beauty regime or recipes?

Adding a pinch of turmeric to your scrambled eggs is a winner….

- Matcha or turmeric latte?

Being an independent café owner I would recommend both but when ordering for myself, I always go turmeric.

GOLDEN BALANCE: SARAH MURRELL, FOUNDER OF BY SARAH

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What we put on our skin is just as important as what goes in. Meet Sarah Murrell, founder of organic skincare brand BY SARAH. We are mesmerised by her plant-based tonics + oils that leave skin looking more dewy and glowing than ever.  Today she shares her favourite rituals that keep her mind, body, soul (+ skin!) shining bright. 

 - How do you find your daily source of golden balance?
I start each day with an intention. My intention for today is focus. There's a great Google Chrome extension called Momentum which allows you to set your focus for the day and reminds you with each new tab you open!

- How important is self-care to you, and do you often implement it into your regular rituals?
It’s very important to me; using our BY SARAH natural and organic skin care collection is part of my self-care ritual as I know I’m nourishing my skin with the very finest, plant-based ingredients at the start and end of each day.

- Share with us a quote that gives you daily inspiration.
One I read recently which I love is "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams" - Eleanor Roosevelt.

- We know nourishment from the inside out is fundamental to you. How do you practice this every day?
Water, water, water is rule number one! Choosing organic food is number two. And using our BY SARAH skincare is number three :)

- What are some of your favourite ways to wind down?
I practise yoga, movement, and take long walks in the countryside.

- Ingredients-wise, what are your three non-negotiables in the kitchen?
Mylk (for breakfast, smoothie bowls and a hot turmeric drink), organic honey (keeps away colds and doubles up as a face mask!) and lemon (added to a mug of hot water every morning or as a dressing on plant-based meals)

- Now tell us, do you have a guilty pleasure?
Chocolate - but the good stuff, 80%+ cocoa.

- What is your favourite way to use turmeric, be it in your beauty regime or recipes?
I love a turmeric mylk before bed.

- Matcha or turmeric latte?
Turmeric latte.

GOLDEN BALANCE: CHI SAN WAN

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We’re big believers in the ‘less is more’ approach to staying nourished, healthy + grounder, and so is creative consultant + co-author of A Simple Table, Chi San Wan. Blending sustainable living, with glow-giving rituals, recipes, she shares simple steps we can all take to help live our healthiest lives yet.

 

- How do you find your daily source of golden balance?

I try to do meditation first thing to ground myself for whatever the day will throw at me. Failing that, I’ll squeeze it in when Marloe (my 20 month old) is having a nap, out with her dad or at nursery. If I fit meditation in at least once a day, all is good in the world.

- How important is self-care to you, and do you often implement it into your regular rituals?

It’s incredibly important to me, but sometimes it falls by the wayside. Living in London, you’re constantly on the go and with a small human being dependent on you, sometimes I let self-care slide. But when I do get into a self-care groove, everything seems easier, so I try my best to keep at it and not see it as a luxury, but rather a necessity.

- Share with us a quote that gives you daily inspiration.

The last few years I have repeated this a lot (to myself and to others): “Things happen FOR you, not TO you.”

- We know nourishment from the inside out is fundamental to you. How do you practice this every day?

The basics really, which I think we can easily forget sometimes. I try and meditate, I drink a lot of liquids (water, herbal infusions, tonics), I take time to make and eat my food, I make sure I move in nature and I get to bed by 10pm.

- What are some of your favourite ways to wind down?

This year I have really gotten into baths. I try and carve time out for myself and take a bath (salts, candles, crystals, essentials oils an’ all!) at least once a week, put on a podcast, some meditation music or even Netflix depending on what I feel like I need the most. Sometimes it’s just going for dinner and some wine with my man friend or my girlfriends. Sometimes it’s doing some gentle yoga and hitting the sack at 8:30pm (the DREAM).

- Ingredients-wise, what are your three non-negotiables in the kitchen?

I panic if I don’t have really good sea salt, lemons or garlic in the house. I am a simple person.

- Now tell us, do you have a guilty pleasure?

It changes constantly what I deem as a ‘guilty’ pleasure, but right now it’s Ombars, one almost every night post-dinner.

- What is your favourite way to use turmeric, be it in your beauty regime or recipes?

I use turmeric in most curries I make (and that’s a lot because Marloe is a fan!), my eggs, any savoury baked goods and some tonics.

- Matcha or turmeric latte?

Is it boring to say I am 50/50 on this? It depends on what the day calls for!

Focus: Turmeric's benefits for Maidens

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It is beautiful to see the increased awareness of the power of food but let’s be honest, it can be overwhelming at times. What to eat, paleo? keto? to go vegan or not? what about herbs…do we need them? It can be easy to add all kinds of things to your wellness routine but then how do you know which is beneficial for you?

One of the reasons we are so passionate about sharing turmeric is because this one plant alone is a powerful addition to health for all stages of life, especially for women. As females we have 4 distinct stages in life that we go through, each one having very specific needs.

Holistic nutritionist Kristin Dahl has written about these stages and we wanted to share part of her post which is full of wonderful advice. It also highlights some of the challenges we can have at this time, which is one of the reasons why we have developed our golden range.

Turmeric isn’t just another spice but an ally for the stage of life you find yourself in right now. We’re sharing this particular stage (The Maiden) because we know this is the majority of women who currently support us and our ethos. We want to show a little about the why and how easy it is to introduce WW Turmeric into your daily routine to support your wellbeing.

MAIDEN

Approximate Time Frame: 20’s until mature or until the conception of the first child.

Main Areas of Focus for Maidens: Digestion, absorption, integration, transformation, maturation, forming an identity, developing talents, hormonal balance and stress management.

Vulnerabilities of Maidens: This life stage is characterised by increased ambition, education and competitiveness. Overworking, inflammation and having a strong will can often accompany these areas of focus. With greater attention being placed on career and monetary gain, physical and emotional needs are generally disregarded.

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Turmeric is one of the most effective but gentle herbs readily available to us. One of the most powerful aspects of turmeric is its ability to control inflammation. The reason that’s so important is because it’s been suggested that inflammation is at the root of most diseases (2).

Stress is a major factor in both inflammation and digestive disorders and whilst the primary focus should always be on stress reduction and defined boundaries first and foremost, we believe in preventative wellness.

This is one of the reasons we developed our Golden Mylk® Turmeric Latte blends. The ingredients we combined work together to make this blend effective, quick and easy to make (just add to hot nut or seed milk) with the potential benefits of reducing inflammation, supporting digestion (by balancing levels of bacteria supporting a healthy digestive environment) as well as supporting hormone balance (due to the healthy fats it contains).

Our newest adaptogenic blends take this support further, adding in herbs that have traditionally been used for thousands of years to support stamina and help you adapt to stress (3) (Ashwaghanda - contained in our Golden Balance) and Brahmi (in our Golden Glow) promoting healthy skin and hair as well as supporting energy levels, focus and concentration (4).

Adults in this stage are naturally more prone to imbalance, irritability and hyper-acidity. This can cause acid-indigestion, heartburn and other digestive disorders, and is often followed by hormonal imbalance and, eventually, infertility.

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For many women, it has become normal to experience monthly pre-menstrual pain, often so intense that they have to take days away from work. Whilst we definitely advocate seeking out support from a functional medicine practitioner or registered nutritionist to get to the root cause and rebalance hormones we wanted to find a more natural way to relieve what can often be very distressing pain each month. We combined two of the most potent plants to create our Turmeric CBD oil. Research has shown that both CBD and turmeric actually work on pain receptors in the body (8,9) which make it particularly effective for menstrual cramping. The list of benefits of CBD are extensive, you can read more here.

The habits developed during this time are often carried throughout our lifetime. Make this an essential time of self-care and self-love. The nurturing patterns created will serve as a preventative measure to our hormonal health, fertility, well-being and long-term vitality.

Self-care practices are a non-negotiable part of our wellness routine and we try and promote them as much as we can. We believe that turmeric doesn’t just belong in the kitchen, which is why we also love using our Golden Turmeric Honey as a facemask. It can help reduce skin inflammation, balance oily skin and speed up healing. Combined with the anti-bacterial, nourishing and softening properties of honey, it’s an inexpensive, non-toxic way to get glowing skin. (5,6)

Healing Nutrients for Maidens

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The qualities of foods needed to support these years are cooling, hearty, energizing, and dry. These elements balance internal temperature, prevent inflammation, nourish the body, and have a grounding effect.  

Nourishing Foods: Raw foods (during spring and summer), vegetables, greens, nuts & seeds (excluding peanuts), healthy fats (ghee, olive oil, coconut oil, avocados), pastured eggs, wild-caught fish, lean organic meats including organ meats, and grains like brown rice, quinoa, and buckwheat. Probiotic-rich foods are also highly beneficial (raw sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, miso, etc.).

+ Plenty of Water - Drink ½ your body weight (in lbs) in oz. daily

Nourishing Herbs: Cumin, fennel, mint, turmeric, nettle, red raspberry

Grounding Teas: Holy basil, burdock, lemon balm

Herbal tea is one of the easiest ways to introduce yourself to the benefits of turmeric. We also believe in turning the regular practices we do, like making a cup of tea into small mindful rituals. One of the most effective ways to reduce anxiety and improve your resilience to stress is by practicing mindfulness (10). Being fully present in the moment with what you’re doing. Making a Golden Mylk® or tea in a beautiful mug, sipping it slowly, taking in everything around us. Allowing ourselves to find inner calm and happiness in the small moments is what wellness is about.

We also believe this time in our lives is about developing and nurturing connection, with ourselves and others. Food plays an integral part in this which is why we love finding turmeric based recipes that are not only delicious but nourishing. This kitchari recipe by Kristin is one of our favourites. 

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Lifestyle Recommendations for Maidens

To balance the fiery nature of this life stage, focusing on activities that promote relaxation is incredibly effective. Engage in activities to balance perfectionist tendencies and foster a healthy relationship with both the self and nature.

We are huge advocates of being outdoors. Spending time in nature is scientifically proven to lower the stress hormone cortisol, as well as boost mood and improve focus and creativity. (7)

Develop daily self-care practices and routines. Deep breathing, meditation, self-massage, breast massage, dry brushing, long baths and ample time in nature are great places to start.

Did you know that Wunder Workshop has a sister company? Boobs Essential. Created by WW Founder Zoe, made with 100% natural ingredients and essential oils, to promote the checking and prevention of breast cancer. Prevention is always at the heart of what we do, especially for us women who need to nurture ourselves daily. Self-massage is also a beautiful way to connect to your body and to the wisdom it has.

Move daily. Yoga, practiced in a studio or at home, with or without video guides, is grounding and has both mental and physical benefits. Also try strength training, pilates, swimming and dancing. Walk, run, or go for a hike on a daily basis.

Calm the nervous system. Think: Gentle thoughts, gentle approach.

Meditation calms the mind, strengthens awareness, and relaxes the nervous system. Meditation can be practiced independently or guided. Apps such as Headspace and Calm are convenient and accessible, with plenty of free guided meditations available on each.

Journaling is a powerful tool for gaining clarity and accessing intuition. At the beginning or end of each day, practice free form writing, just letting the thoughts flow.

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Breathe. Take mini “breath breaks” throughout the day or whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed. Simply inhale deeply for 7 counts, hold for 2, and then exhale for 7 counts.

We hope you’ve found this information supportive. We want to thank Kristin for kindly allowing us to share part of her post, you can read her full post here.

Kristin is a holistic nutritionist and founder of Dahl House Nutrition and The Women’s Wellness Collective. A beautiful online space and membership program that offers a wide variety of ‘female healing protocols that educate, motivate and inspire profound transformation. Topics are organized by life stage and created with roots in holistic healing, herbal medicine & functional nutrition’. You can find out more here or follow Kristin here.

Words by: Clare Fairhurst @cfairhurst_

References:

(1) https://thewomenswellnesscollective.com/journal/2018/1/6/a-womans-guide-to-vitality-through-the-life-stages

(2) https://www.nature.com/articles/nature07201

(3) https://www.realnatural.org/over-fifty-recent-studies-prove-ashwagandhas-potential-for-treating-a-myriad-of-conditions/

(4) http://rspublication.com/ijphc/2015/april15/3.pdf

(5) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25200875

(6) www.bioline.org.br

(7) http://www.natureandforesttherapy.org/the-science.html

(8) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29722036

(9) https://www.nap.edu/read/24625/chapter/6#90

(10) https://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/features/pst-48-2-198.pdf

GOLDEN BALANCE: LEO COSENDAI

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When you love what you do, maintaining a sane work life balance can prove tricky. This is something teacher, speaker, gong master + founder of #1 sound meditation app Third Ear, Leo Cosendai knows all too well. Today he shares the holistic techniques, mindsets + practices that keep him full up + energised despite the long hours. 

 

 

Hi Leo. We would love you to tell us little about your journey.

Right, I’ll try and keep it short & sweet! I moved to London in the late 2000s to both study and make music. I rapidly got into yoga and meditation- was introduced to sound therapy by my wife and loved it so much I decided to blend my knowledge and practice of music with my love for meditation to create a potent tool for self-care and wellness. This tool has now expanded into the workshops that I hold across the globe as well as my sound meditation app THIRD EAR (available at the appstore) and my upcoming podcast STRESS BUSTING (coming out June 2018). 

How do you find your daily source of golden balance?

I think there are different kinds of balance… I have come to a point in my life where I realise imbalance is necessary to actually define the next level of balance for optimal growth and evolution. 

Mental balance I find through spending time in nature (Hampstead Heath / Queen’s Park) as well as meditating with THIRD EAR.

Physical balance I find through daily yin and kundalini yoga practice, as well as sprinting/calisthenic exercises every other day. 

Emotional balance I find by both spending time alone and with my wife or close friends. 

How important is self-care to you, and do you often implement it into your regular rituals?

I work 7 days a week averaging 14 to 17 hours every day. Needless to say self-care is crucial to my well-being. I take at least 1 full hour daily to do one of the below and also include one mini meditation every hour when my schedule allows it. As you can see, I am quite the biohacker and tend to collect toys…

-Sound bath (home) 

-Infrared light therapy (home)

-Oxygen therapy (home or in Central) 

-Floating (deprivation pod in Vauxhall)

-Yin or Kundalini Yoga (home) 

-5 element acupuncture (Notting Hill) 

-Acupressure mat (home)

-electrocranial stimulation (alpha/theta waves at home) 

Share with us a quote that gives you daily inspiration. 

A combination of “Truth dawns when conclusions are kept at bay.”

and… “Will this help?” 

We know nourishment from the inside is fundamental to you. How do you practice this every day? 

I go for the following formula:

Good food, beautiful words (out loud and mentally), calming sounds and kind intentions. 

What are some of your favourite ways to wind down?

I am lucky (I think?) in the sense that I don’t really need or have the time to wind down. I am either at full speed or in total stillness. Both states feel good and organic so I am sorted for now! 

Ingredients-wise, what are your three non-negotiables in the kitchen? 

Sun+Air dried Sea Salt from Brittany (more and more important in this microwave world of ours).

Healthy fats (raw cold pressed organic olive oil, coco butter, grass fed butter/ghee, avocados when in season). 

Spices (cumin, turmeric, smoked paprika, coriander seeds, etc) 

Now tell us, do you have a guilty pleasure?

I guess sugar used to be a guilty pleasure but that’s been dealt with now! Ha ha. It may sound boring but taking a day off and hitting a couple of galleries + a walk in the park and a nice meal in candle lit room will certainly evoke happiness in me :)

What is your favourite way to use turmeric?

I love making carrot and sweet potato soups with lots of fresh turmeric and black pepper. However, I don’t have the time to cook at the moment! Fortunately, I’ve managed to keep my turmeric intake thanks to the Wunder Workshop CBD turmeric oil as well as the shroom mix!!! It’s seriously delicious and I can’t believe you’ve managed to make it taste so good without any sweeteners! 

Matcha or turmeric latte?

Turmeric latte with some shroom powder and a few drops of your CBD oil!!!

GOLDEN BALANCE: KAT FARRANTS

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The frenetic pace of the daily grind means we often are not able to give importance to rituals that nourish mind + body- ones that we need the most. Cue Kat Farrants, founder of online yoga, mindfulness + meditation portal, Movement For Modern Life, aka the antidote to modern day life. She shares what keeps her on golden form while running a business + the healing power of yoga. 

 

 

We would love you to tell us little about your journey what led to the creation of Movement For Modern Life.

I started MFML in a ‘perfect storm’ of events. First of all, I knew that I had been in the wrong job, living the wrong life, for so many years, but I didn’t know what to do about it. I quite suddenly got the courage to leave my job as a lawyer, my husband had left me, and I was looking to start a new life. I didn’t know what that would be, but I knew that yoga had been part of my life for many years.

I’d had a bad car crash a few years earlier, and yoga had really helped me heal. I wanted for yoga to be widely available, as a healing tool, for people to be able to deal with the challenges that life brings, like car crashes and husbands suddenly walking out on us! There are so few tools for people to turn to in life crises, that I wanted for people to know that there are things that they can do to help. I also had a very clear picture of the teachers I wanted on the platform, I knew that it would be with a selection of the most senior teachers, the ones who have had the experience, the wisdom and can inspire all of us, and I wanted to make their practices accessible to all.

How would you sum up what MFML stands for? 

Movement for Modern Life is just about making yoga easy.

How do you find your daily source of golden balance?

My daily yoga and meditation practice! Running a company is so busy and stressful, it’s easy for that stress to turn into overwhelm. If I didn’t have my daily online practices I certainly wouldn’t be able to get the balance. I live rurally, where it’s hard to get to classes, but even for folks in the city, by the time you’ve got to the studio and got home, half the day is gone, let alone actually doing the class. I just don’t know how people fit it in! So yes, online yoga practice truly is my source of golden balance!

How important is self-care to you, and do you often implement it into your regular rituals?

It’s absolutely crucial. When I’m not looking after myself, I’m simply not able to run MFML effectively. I do ‘make’ myself go on yoga retreats every now and again. Simply because the team always comment on how super-charged I am afterwards. So that’s an absolute essential for me for the wellbeing of others around me. It is great getting instant feedback from other people on how important it is to look after ourselves. Every day I make sure I incorporate of course yoga and meditation into my day. But also delicious, nutritious food and long walks in nature. 

Share with us a quote that gives you daily inspiration. 

I’m a big believer in taking responsibility for our lives, in questioning existing structures, in saying what needs to be said, and not going along with easy options. So I love this quote from Maya Angelou which reminds me of the importance, how absolutely crucial it is to wake up and live a conscious life

 “Most people don't grow up. It's too damn difficult. What happens is most people get older. That's the truth of it. They honour their credit cards, they find parking spaces, they marry, they have the nerve to have children, but they don't grow up."

We know nourishment from the inside is fundamental to you. How do you practice this every day? 

I eat healthily by habit, simply because it feels so much better to me than eating processed or sugar-loaded food. It’s quite easy to eat nourishing food I think if you’re sensitive, if you’re connected to the way you feel. You just want to seek out things that make you feel great, like yoga, good food, being in nature and great company, so it’s an easy practice to remember!

What are some of your favourite ways to wind down?

My favourite way of course is yoga, and yoga nidra especially is amazing. I also love long, long rambles in nature and in woodland with my dogs.

Ingredients-wise, what are your three non-negotiables in the kitchen? 

I do put garlic, spinach or kale and lemons in almost everything!

Now tell us, do you have a guilty pleasure?

I do love sitting on the sofas getting comfy with the dogs and putting on the telly every now and again, and yes, I might just have a piece of chocolate too.

What is your favourite way to use turmeric?

I make up golden paste regularly and put it in an almond milk. So yummy and comforting. I also put golden paste in the dogs food, so it’s for all the family!

Matcha or turmeric latte?

Tumeric latte every time – I love it! Especially with some cinnamon sprinkled on top. Delicious.