skin elixir blog
NOURISH THE SKIN YOU'RE IN
1. What do you do as part of a regular routine to look yourself?
Every day I consciously take care of my body mind and spirit. Many years ago like most of us, I took it for granted that it all worked without my having to do much. I think I took out a lot from the bank of Maria and didn’t see any need to put back in…I learnt the hard way.
Every day I wake up to my little human jumping into bed with me for cuddles..along with songs and very random stories! I’ll do a few rounds of Nauli whilst I make my little one’s porridge and wait for the kettle to boil. First thing, I drink a glass of lemon water and add different things depending on the season and what I might need at the time. For now, it’s liquid iron and vitamin C. In the cold winter, sometimes I might have a honey, ginger combination or cayenne pepper, cinnamon and turmeric. After doing the mummy jobs and getting my little girl to nursery I start my day with some kind of movement, yoga, running in nature or even a walk if my energy is low. Movement will be followed by some form of sitting focused meditation for 20 mins (I’d love to sit for longer, wouldn’t we all! But like most of us I’m time poor). I prefer to meditate outside so often I’ll run up in the hills and when I get to the highest point perch myself to sit for 20 minutes. The best bit is when you open your eyes and take in all the beauty! It makes me feel like a dot that helps to colour in the vast landscape that I’m a part of. I tend to have a very clean and Satvic diet and do my best to get 8 hours sleep a night. I do love a bit of chocolate and so I have a bit everyday! but make my own with coconut oil, cacao and agave syrup. My daily skincare routine is all about Skin Elixir. I use the Organic Frankincense & May Chang Moisturiser day and night and take it with my when I'm out and about to apply as a lip balm. I love it!
2. What are the key things you have found that nurture self-nourishment?
For me its been my yoga practice. The more consistent I got with my yoga practice the more I began to look after myself. I began to eat nutritious wholesome food, I slept better and I met loads of positive, kind people with a relaxed nature and happy vibe. It’s fair to say that yoga reconditioned my body and lit up my spirit after a period in my life that I can only describe as dulled and sleepy!
Being a mum nurtures self nourishment because it’s like being tapped into the mains of love..you are constantly coming face to face with pure joy..it just fills me up! Lastly for me it’s being out in nature..breathing in beautiful fresh air.
3. What could you do more of to nourish the skin you're in?
I could drink a lot more water. I actually don’t like cold drinks in the winter so I tend to have ginger tea and chai with almond milk which is delicious. I love coconut water so I will drink that in the winter but I’m definitely guilty of not hydrating enough. If we had the coconut man here in England like you do on every street corner in India, I would manage my quota every day no problem. In the winter I make big green soups where I basically add anything that’s in the veg rack and in the summer plenty of juices made with my Nutribullet, but there are certainly days when I should eat more fruit and veg.
4. What top tips have you got to give others around your working life to stay on top?
That’s a hard one as I often feel like I never get past number one on my to do list!!! So maybe advise to others and to myself would be prioritise your tasks, be realistic and maybe just set three things the night before. I also think that one of the to dos should be time for self nourishment in some form or another. In an ideal world I’d get up at 5 and have a lovely hour of quiet but this doesn’t happen with a 4 yr old who is pretty much hoping into my bed at 5.30am! Often I think people can feel like they don’t stop from morning till night and never get a moment to catch their breath. A good habit to get into is letting your mind calm at the end of the day. Turn off media devices in the house and spend your last hour before bed lighting a candle, reading a book, preparing a nutritious lunch box, writing a diary, or maybe even a meditation. Committing to having a quiet hour actually helps me be more productive and creative the next day.
5. What are the things you couldn't live without that are key to your happiness and nourishment?
Love! Big love for my family and friends. My yoga life and being close to and part of nature on a daily basis. Laughing and dancing are pretty key too. I am the embarrassing mum wanting to give it loads in the disco room at soft play or find myself dancing on my own minus child in the middle of the birthday party hall! Best of all though is making time to go see my laydeez and simply having a dance off in Daljee B’s kitchen!
I’m a happy mum to Alaia and the founder of Yoga Teesside. Yoga had such a profound and transformative effect on my life that it led me to Europe and India to study with some great teachers and learn a little of how and why the magic happened. Being a language teacher by profession it came quite naturally to me to go on to share and teach yoga. My aim is simple: to spread the yoga love and support yoga practice in Teesside so peeps can feel good about the skin they are in.