Self Love Series: Audrey, Yoga Teacher
I am kicking off a series on #SelfLove, where I'll interview different individuals on their fitness, beauty and mindfulness routines. I am a huge advocate for taking time out of the week towards doing things that makes you happy. We live in a world that celebrates "being busy" simply because being busy makes one feel and sound important. But what we really should be talking about is how your physical and mental health is KEY to personal + career success and productivity.
I'll start this series off with my own routines - here goes nothing!
For the longest time, I didn’t know why I felt the way I did, and it wasn’t until I started seeing a therapist that I realized it was social anxiety. And suddenly, everything clicked. The panic attacks, the irrational fear, the over-analyzing of everything I did or said… And from that point on I started exploring ways to help myself. Through my journey of healing, I discovered yoga, and one thing led to another, which eventually brought me here. I am always preaching about the benefits of yoga, but more than that, I wish to encourage people to practice taking better care of themselves. Why? Because life can be stressful and cruel, and you must equip yourself with the tools to stay positive and get through those challenges. I’ve been blessed with a very supportive family and boyfriend, but I’ve come to realize that my personal happiness can only come from within, and that's something I needed to learn to do.
This one is kind of a given but I love a good vinyasa flow. I’ve been trying to get into meditating for some time now, but I’ve realized that yoga is my meditation - it’s something that helps me develop concentration, stay in the present moment, and gives me a healthier perspective on life. I practice pretty much every day, some days more than others, and that's okay. I was recently introduced to barre, my arms and legs feel like jello for days after a class but I love that it really kicks my b*tt
I have a pretty elaborate beauty pampering routine I treat myself to once a week (sometimes more), and always in the evenings. I like to begin with my hair. I have naturally thick and frizzy hair, and living in a humid city does not help my case. I don't use any branded hair masks, but you can't go wrong with an olive oil and egg hair mask. I'll mix in a bit of coconut oil for the smell, but it doesn't really absorb as well as olive oil. I'll coat my hair with my elixir and wrap a towel around it. Then, I'll move on to my face. I love the Origin Active Charcoal Mask or a sheet-mask from Inisfree. I will wash my face with Cetaphyl Gentle Skin Cleanser or Nuxe Melting Cleansing Gel before a mask. Then I'll prepare a nice hot bath. I like to add a spoonful of coconut oil, 6-8 drops of Bio-Oil and a few drops of peppermint essential oil. It adds an extra dose of moisture to my entire body. I don't soak for more than 15 minutes, and when I'm done, I'll rinse my hair with water and a little conditioner and jump into my bathrobe.
My favorite subjects at school were English and History, and that's something that has carried over to now. Journalling is very therapeutic, and treating myself to a gorgeous Moleskine or Smythson journal gets me excited to fill it up with my thoughts and words. I also love reading fiction novels, I am quite picky with the author but I absolutely adore short stories by Jhumpa Lahiri, the Millenium series and anything by Dan Brown.