Mind, Body & Sole: Meditation

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Whether you are looking to get active this season or simply start the New Year right, look to our Mind, Body & Sole guide to healthy living and wellbeing for 2017.

2017 is all about new year, new you so to help you along the way, one of the models from our Spring photoshoot, Sarah, shares with us how meditation can help your general wellbeing. She tells us…

Creative Director Sarah

Meditation has numerous benefits, it’s helped me in countless ways and I honestly feel it can do the same for anyone. On a very basic level even the meditative ujjayi* breath has aided me so much. Whether it’s helping a fear of flying or a stressful situation, to thinking before I speak, it gives me that minute to stop and re-group. In a class situation it builds up heat in the body and aids your practice, but in life it’s like a reliable friend. It’s a daily ritual that’s become just as important to me as texting my mum to say good morning and good night.

Being the Creative Director of a wellbeing brand, as well as continuing to model, I’m constantly pulled in so many directions and mindful meditation has allowed me a wonderful resource for stress and tension relief. Working in the wellbeing industry and practicing yoga multiple times per week, good health is so integral to my fast-paced lifestyle to avoid burning out. For me, this means yoga and meditation go hand in hand, it is a remedy, it calms me down, grounds me and gets rid of any negativity that may have built up in the week.

Sarah wears Gravity on our Spring photoshoot

I feel there is no-one who wouldn’t benefit from meditating from time to time, meditation in any form is proven to boost your mood throughout the day and give you a greater capability to deal with challenging situations.Plus it often means sleep patterns are improved, which is well known to do wonders for your body’s immune system and general wellbeing.

If there’s a goal you want to achieve, meditation could help you have more control over your actions and emotions.

There are many classes and books which can guide you through meditation and teach you to utilise mindfulness properly, and like anything, I find the more you practice the easier it becomes.

Sarah's step by step meditation guide

  1. Choose your mantra. … which could be anything , such as  ” I choose to be happy”. “I am so grateful” or any phrase you feel is relevant to you at this time it’s something you want to make the universe hear and answer!
  2. Find a comfortable place to sit. …
  3. Gently close your eyes and begin by taking some deep breaths. … I find Ujjaai breathing is the best
  4. Begin repeating your mantra silently to yourself without moving your tongue or lips. …
  5. Try and stop your thoughts or empty your mind. …
  6. Stop repeating the mantra
  7. And just sit

Did you know? Ujjayi is a diaphragmatic breath, which first fills the lower belly, rises to the lower rib cage, and finally moves into the upper chest and throat.

About Sarah…

There is no other brand for me where three generations can all find something they love my mother, granny and I all adore Hotter and my niece is next ! Not just comfort, on trend comfort ….Being part of the Hotter campaign was truly wonderful. To work with such a kind and creative team I feel I have made friends for life

Sarah Jane MacDonnell (Sarah Mac) born 25th June 1978 is an English Actress/Model and Creative Director of Manuka life. She was born in Bristol and grew up in Malvern. She moved to London at age 17 years old after being offered a contract from Select Modeling Agency now represented by Models One. She did A-levels in Theatre studies and Dance and went to Northern Contemporary but on receiving a contract with one of the worlds leading agencies moved to London to pursue her career in modeling which led her to Manuka Life London

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