Cynthia Landa is a mum, she practices meditation and yoga. She shares with us the importance of self-love. “What do you see when you look in the mirror? Are you being kind to yourself? Did you know that 9 out of 10 women don’t like looking at themselves in the mirror? Advertising, marketing and fashion trends have created an unrealistic definition of “the perfect woman”. This false standard of beauty puts enormous pressure on us to try and conform. Our efforts to be something we are not affects us physically and emotionally, and can lead to nutritional imbalance, depression and anxiety. We judge ourselves harshly and become our own worst critics. Now let’s put these judgements aside. Take a moment to observe nature: a flower, a tree, a lake… Take time to notice all the details.
Aine McAteer is an International personal chef, food educator and cookbook author. She has travelled the world in her work as a personal chef for many leading Hollywood actors and music icons. Her clientele includes Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise, Pierce Brosnan, Robert Redford, Marisa Tomei and Ringo Starr and she was a featured food and health writer for Oprah Winfrey’s website. Aine is not a believer in a “one diet fits all” approach and tailors her cooking to the nutritional and health needs of her clients. She has studied food and health extensively with leading teachers around the world. “I started my journey as a chef/food educator in my late 20s. At the time I had been diagnosed with an underactive thyroid and told by my doctors that I would be dependent on medication for the rest of my life. In my attempts to find a natural solution, I discovered macrobiotics. It was a very empowering time of my life, as I began to discover the powerful impact my food choices had on my general …
Cat Woods is the founder of Ballet Sculpt. She’s also a vinyasa yoga, barre and mat Pilates teacher in Melbourne. Cat has been blogging and writing for local and international media on health, fitness, arts and lifestyle for over 8 years. She presents on plant-based eating and fitness for community and corporate groups also. Discover her five minute routine to fire up your core muscles at the start of the day. “Whether I’m teaching a few classes, or whether I’m going to spend hours of my morning at the laptop, I always start my day the same way.
Exercise is important all year round. It helps clear the mind, balance emotions and strengthens and tones our bodies. One reason people often give up an exercise routine is because the weather changes. You get used to exercising at a certain time of day and when the temperature suddenly heats up or cools down, it can throw us off… WINTER – its harder in the winter to wake up early. It’s just so cold! Exercising after work or a busy day is less appealing when it gets dark earlier. SUMMER – excessive heat can make us less motivated to exercise. We have to be careful of sun exposure outside and also battle humidity and fatigue that sap our drive to exercise.
Marteen Zárate is a well-known yoga teacher from Mexico. He shares with us the many benefits in practising yoga for men. Even if the largest part of the yoga community is feminine (70%), the number of men practising yoga has been multiplying, going from 4 million in 2012 to 10 million in 2016. This is interesting when traditionally the practice of yoga was only for men! These days, I dedicate all my time to practicing yoga and teaching and training teachers to the ancient techniques of yoga, thus sharing my 14 years of practice. When I started yoga, I still had my managerial job in technologies & human resources. Stress, speed and competitiveness were part of each day. Yoga came and changed my life for real – in a positive way! For this reason, I want to share with you the first 5 benefits I noted in my first months of yoga.
“Our outer world is a direct reflection of our inner world. Simultaneously, our inner world is constantly affected by our outer world.” Sigrid is a Yoga & Meditation teacher from Barcelona that moved to Sydney in 2015. Passionate yogi, Sigrid is a sustainable, ethical and healthy lifestyle advocate who aims to inspire others to find tools to connect with themselves, and with this global love-consciousness. “Through my life I have had to deal with things like chronic gut pain, anxiety, back problems and quite recently, also skin conditions.
Lorien Waldron is a blogger, founder of ‘Wholesome Loving Goodness’. Read about her 5 Simple Ayurvedic self-care Rituals to cultivate more Self-love in daily life. “It is through the alignment of the body that I discovered the alignment of my mind, self, and intelligence.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar To have love to share, we first must cultivate a juicy bank account of love inside of ourselves. Sometimes this is easier said than done as when there are a million things to be done, children to feed, emails to respond to, appointments to fit in and a plethora of other activities surrounding your day-to-day routine, it can sometimes feel impossible to make time for self not to mention the practice of some juicy daily self-love & care.
Interesting to hear this, isn’t it! Sounds funny to think that laughing can have an effect on us! Well let me tell you… Laughing will not only help you burn some calories by activating your muscles, it actually relaxes our body. It relieves pain, reduces blood pressure and decreases stress. Smile … or even better, laugh out loud! It’s the best medicine we can find. Just give it a go! Start your day with a big laugh, you will notice the difference. How does this work? Laughter helps the brain regulate the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline and promotes the release of endorphin while enhancing immune reactivity.
María José Flaqué is the founder of Mujer Holística in Mexico: ‘Holistic Woman’. She is a Health Coach, Business Coach and digital entrepreneur. Her mission is to inspire women to follow their dreams. Maria would love to live in a world of empowered, happy and abundant women, and believes her vision is possible. The first step is compassion for self. “The world cannot be healed without first having love and compassion for ourselves.” This idea may sound selfish or narcissistic, but in reality, it is the basis for the change we want to see in the world and to achieve the deep acceptance of who we are.
Sigrid is a passionate, devoted Vinyasa Yoga and Meditation teacher, and a Deep Tissue & Intuitive Balinese massage therapist, based in Sydney Australia. “If I had to pick one thing out of the innumerable benefits I have gotten from my yoga and meditation practice, it would definitely be the fact that it has helped me to develop a much better connection to myself.