Fashion isn’t just about the next best thing, or the representation of what it means to own a particular brand or what someone will think when they see you wearing it. It’s an accumulation of your life and your choices, which is reflected back through the clothes you wear and how you wear them.
This is why I created The Inspire your Style series - a look at style, not just from a fashion perspective but from a more holistic overview encompassing all aspects that play a part in you living your best life.
Over the next while I’ll be introducing you to women with brands and businesses that encapsulate what it means to be inspired in life, which will hopefully encourage you to make thoughtful decisions about showing the world the best version of you because it comes back to how you feel - if you feel good, you’ll look good (clothes + all!).
Which is why I am excited to introduce you to the Michelle, owner of Essence of Living, a beautiful Yoga studio on the Gold Coast. Michelle is wise, graceful and lives her life with true integrity which is weaved through her business and life. She is also partial to a beautiful Camilla piece now and again, and fun fact - we worked together a few years ago when I got to restyle her wardrobe!. I hope you enjoy meeting Michelle and get inspired by her wise words and kind heart.....
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED ON YOUR YOGA JOURNEY?
When I was sweet sixteen my Mum took me to the local yoga class which was held in the surf club. To be honest I was the stiffest person I the room, I felt like the Tin Man. However, it was during savasana the relaxation part at the end that I have a magical moment where I truly felt connected to universal energy/pure love. From that life changing heartfelt experience I knew that I wanted to share that ‘feeling’ with others.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT THE WORLD OF YOGA?
I love the community of like minded spiritual brothers and sisters who openly and honestly support each other through the ups and downs, twists and turns of life both on and off the yoga mat.
WHO CAN DO YOGA?
Anyone can do yoga, but not everyone lives yoga even when they think they are ‘doing’ yoga.
WHAT PHILOSOPHIES/VALUE DO YOU LIVE BY TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR LIFE?
Nothing last forever both good and bad so enjoy it when it’s flowing smoothly and find the opportunities for releasing and growth when life is difficult and uncomfortable.
WHAT DOES LIVING AUTHENTICALLY" MEAN TO YOU?
Be unapologetically yourself. If we peel back the layers of past experiences, family conditioning and cultural influences and see what thoughts, words and actions arise naturally and organically then we are being our original authentic self.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR WOMEN WANTING TO START THEIR YOGA/BARRE/PILATES JOURNEY, BUT MAY BE A LITTLE TENTATIVE OR SCARED TO START?
There is nothing to fear. Move from your head and into your heart and trust that you will be supported by a group of like minded women. If not find a teacher or studio that teaches from the heart so your soul will be nourished not just your body.
WHAT CAN THEY EXPECT - PHYSICALLY, MENTALLY AND SPIRITUALLY ONCE THEY GET GOING WITH REGULAR PRACTICE?
A big change on every level is possible. But like anything it depends on the teacher you have. Try lots of different teachers until you find the one that is right for you ‘now’ at this stage of your physical, mental, spiritual evolution. Gone are the days where students have one teacher for a lifetime. There are many incredible teachers with so many gifts to share.
YOUR STUDIO IS ON THE GOLD COAST, HOW CAN PEOPLE WORK WITH YOU THAT DON'T LIVE THERE?
I have a set of videos and books that can be found at our virtual home www.essenceofliving.com.au
These are perfect for those that can't make it to the studio ( although you are always welcome) and would like to read more, or practice in the comfort of their homes.
I hope you enjoyed this first installment of The Inspire Your Style Series. If you have any questions for myself or Michelle, leave a comment below!