Healthy habits extend beyond what is on our plate and not only include what we eat, but also how we care for our body and mind and how we develop ourselves as people. Here are some useful links that may provide you with inspiration or some answers on questions you may have, as well as some more background about me and my qualifications.
As part of it, I am sharing a list of people and platforms that offer lots of valuable information and guidance for free. Consider supporting them and their work through the books they have produced, the donation options they provide or even just sharing their work through your networks, if you feel you benefit from their work. This will enable them to keep providing support to a wide range of people including those that may not be able to afford their paid services yet are in desperate need of them.
Inspiration for Nourishing, Vibrant Food
- Green Kitchen Stories: nourishing vegetarian foods & spectacular food photography
- Amelia Freer: down-to-earth nutrition with a no-nonsense approach to behaviour change
Inspirational Instagram Accounts
- Laura Thomas: no bullshit approach to nutrition & intuitive nutrition
- Kimberley Wilson’s Food and Pysch channel: the link between nutrition and mental health
- Dr Megan Rossi: scientifically based guidance on gut health
- TeachMePublicHealth: social justice facts on health & wellbeing (US-centred, but some still valid within the EU)
- The Real Depression Project: that’s what it is about – depression and illnesses linked to it
- Universally Inclusive Yoga: more social justice and how we can use yoga to come to union within society
Mindfulness, Yoga Nidra and Meditation
Insight Timer is a great meditation and mindfulness app with simple meditations varying from 3-20 minutes in length and on a range of topics. I love particularly Jennifer Piercy’s Yoga Nidra sessions for sleep, and Kael Klassen’s Nidra Journeys.
Movement and Yoga
If you are interested in exploring yoga a bit more, but are too busy to attend classes, DoYogaWithMe provides brilliant yoga classes ranging from beginners to advanced classes and providing breathing, meditation, visualization and relaxation exercises also.
There are some services over which I do not have a control in terms of pricing, e.g. the yoga classes I offer at established yoga studios. However, in all other services I am hoping to price myself in an affordable and accessible way through sliding scale prices in the future, allowing people to join at a financial level they feel comfortable with. As these services are shaped, I will keep you up to date on what it means and how it will be implemented. So watch this space!
I am forever grateful to my guides in my journey to myself:
- Nisha Moodley for the leadership guidance she provides through her inclusive and supportive communities; and for modelling what inclusive, value-based leadership can look like
- Yarrow for guiding me in the growth of an anti-capitalist business and modelling how such businesses can be built
- Yulia Heaton & Louis Charles for introducing me to yoga in the first place: I will forever be grateful to you!
- My yoga teachers, yoga and coaching colleagues, friends and therapists I work with: your holding space for me, being available for endless talks over tea and good food, help me reflect on my own journey and grow as a person, which all influence how I teach and coach.
- My yoga students and coaches: I am learning so much from you with each practice we have to together, which each session in which we consider your health and wellbeing. Your motivation, enthusiasm and willingness to critically, yet lovingly support yourself humbles me.
- My academic guides (my PhD and postdoctoral supervisors, many of my colleagues during my lab days and scientific experts I have worked with in the health and nutrition field through my jobs at the International Life Science Institute of Europe and the European Food Information Centre… too many to list them all here!) for teaching me critical thinking, assessing the value and meaning of scientific facts, stimulating debates and always, always bringing me back to the big picture when assessing new information!
- PhD in the Biological Sciences (infectious disease prevention and control) from Cardiff University, UK, since 2012
- 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training with the Devon School of Yoga, since 2015
- Health Coaching Certification from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, since 2015
- 30-hour Restorative Yoga Certification via Adelene Cheong, since 2017
- Yoga Nidra Certification from Tripure Yoga via Udemy, since 2019
My formal qualifications are only a very small part of the knowledge and experience I bring to my teaching and coaching. I learned much valuable stuff outside of the formal context and from other places, and I encourage you to seek out my notes on other teachers that have influenced me.