How to Use Self-Care to Manifest Love in 2022.

Photo from Jordanna Levin’s Instagram

It seems somewhat counterintuitive to set out on a quest to find love by focusing on who you are on your lonesome, but when it comes to manifesting a Higher Love, i.e a love that lifts you up rather than has you falling, then the only thing you need is something you already possess, yourSELF.

Too often we walk into a new relationship or at the very least a dating experience, looking for our potential suitor to tick a bunch boxes, fill a few gaps and make us feel something we convince ourselves is impossible to feel without them. But if you know anything about manifestation, you’ll know that like attracts like and if you want to become a love magnet (I mean, who doesn’t) it all starts with an acute sense of self awareness.

You’ve likely heard the terms self-care and self-love thrown around in the context of body brushing, journaling and eating your greens, but true love and care for oneself comes down to knowing who the bloody hell you are! Most of us don’t…

I describe it as your personal vibration. When your personal vibration is strong, you feel like the truest version of you. You feel confident, comfortable, your posture is probably nice and tall and your words flow with ease. When your vibration is weak you feel stuck and stagnant, you can’t find comfortability in anything and you’re likely not the witty and clever gal (or guy) you know you can be.

Self awareness is about knowing what strengthens your personal vibration and what weakens it (and I’m not even talking about relationships, yet). My vibration is strong when I’m around certain people, when I’m working in my business, when I integrate enough ‘me time’ into my week and when I’m doing the things that bring me joy. My vibration is weakened when I spend too much time on social media, when I fall into the comparison trap, when I spend too much time with people who drain me, or when I force myself to do things because I feel ‘I should’.

Once you know what it feels like when your vibration is strong then day to day you aim to choose things that keep it vibrating at their frequency. When it comes to love and dating this is helpful in two ways. When you’re vibrating at a strong frequency:

– You naturally attract people vibrating at a similar frequency to you! Score.

– You can use it as a barometer to determine whether someone you’re dating is bringing you closer or further away from that true authentic version of you. Make sense?

If you really want to manifest a Higher Love in 2021 you need to ask yourself 3 questions:

1. Who am I?

2. What lights me up?

3. And how do I want to feel in love?

And then prioritise the answers to those questions in all of your pursuits in love. Self awareness really is your greatest superpower.

Jordanna Levin is is an author, podcast host & self-love & manifestation expert. You can read more about Jordanna’s wellness routine here!

The Best Australian (And New Zealand!) Free Youtube Yoga & Fitness Classes!

While luckily here in Perth we are safely out of lock-down and can enjoy going to the gym without masks (thank goodness!), I still love a home workout for those days you can’t be bothered to leave home, but still want to get the body moving. I have put together some of my favourite Aussie fitness YouTubers to help you workout at home, and the best part, for free!

♥ The Jungle Body also sell a range of cute merchandise

The Jungle Body

The Jungle Body is a biz based on dance and cardio-based workout classes that combine fun and fitness with great music. Started by Perth-born Tara Simich, you can find classes all around Perth and in over 20 countries around the world!

But for those times you can’t get to class (*cough* another lockdown *cough*), you can check their Youtube channel for some fitness-inspo. They also have some videos floating around on their website like this one. The best part about The Jungle Body workouts is that you can do them with minimal equipment; all you will need is a yoga mat and 5kg dumbbells. Failing that, you can always get away with a towel and a couple of tins of beans!

♥ Photo of Sjana Earp by Emily Abay.

Sjana Earp

If you use Kayla ItsinesSWEAT app, then you may already know Australian yogi Sjana Elise Earp. What you might not know is that Sjana has a great YouTube channel packed with yoga and guided meditation-videos, perfect for a wide range of abilities, from beginner to experienced yogis.

Sjana’s sunny attitude and encouragement really makes you feel like you are nailing that downward dog, and help to try your best each time you step onto your yoga mat. It’s also nice to move along to an Aussie voice, as most of the popular yoga YouTubers are American (no hate to Yoga with Adrienne of course!) My recommendation is this morning/before bed yoga sequence for beginners. Love any exercise I can do in my PJs without leaving my bed!

♥ Photo of Sam Wood & trainer Sarah Boulazeris


Sam Wood

Yep Sam Wood, former Bachelor, who you may know also now runs an online workout and weight loss program, 28 by Sam Wood. Luckily for us though, he also has a goldmine of free workout video on his Youtube channel. His videos range from short ones that just give you an overview of a routine, to longer work along-with-me type videos. I also love his “live” full-length workout videos that feature some cheeky cameos from family members… oh the joys of working out at home! He also has a playlist of videos using equipment, that are perfect if you have a home gym or if you want to follow the videos at the gym. My favourite is this workout you can do with your dog! The cutest.

♥ Photo of Korrie Gammer

Korrie Gammer

I first came across this radiant being while taking part in onboarding for a new role at lululemon – I’m lucky enough that the company I work for values mental & physical wellbeing very highly, and as such the remote team I was joining took part in a live yoga class with Korrie early one morning, to get us prepped for a day of absorbing information.

And it was incredible. Korrie’s voice, fluid style of teaching, and ease & grace is evident – and it flows effortlessly through the screen and lands softly in the body.

I was excited to learn afterwards that Korrie has a treasure trove of free yoga classes – available on Youtube under her brand, Yoga by Korrie, and she adds a couple of new gems every month. Definitely a new favourite of mine, and someone that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to anyone who needs to weave a little bit more relaxation into their day.

So there you have some of the best homegrown and free online workouts to help you get your butt off the couch when stuck at home, or just to help you incorporate some different workouts into your routine.

Who did we miss? We’d love to hear your fave Aussie fitness influencers who are offering up free online classes – leave a comment below or come say hi on Instagram at @wellnesswa.


Leah is a freelance content creator from Perth who loves her dog, trying weird fitness trends, beach days and avocado toast. Follow her Instagram @leahonthedoor

Daily Wellness Routine: Jordanna Levin, Author, Podcast Host & Self-Love + Manifestation Expert!

First up, briefly tell us a bit about yourself and what you do!

I’m an author and podcast host who believes that self awareness is your greatest superpower. With a background in journalism, I like to take big topics often deemed a little woo woo) and make them relatable, practical and digestible, so that they appeal to broader audience, but also because everybody deserves access to some deep ah-ha moments!

What time do you wake up most days and how many hours of sleep do you aim for?

I rise at 5:30am most mornings. I’ve always been an early riser but I also have a kitten who has decided 5:30am is an appropriate time to walk all over my face. I like to get 8 hours sleep in so I’m usually in bed by 9pm.

What’s your morning routine to set you up for a great day?

I always start with a homemade cup of oat milk chai in bed (Oatly is my fave oat milk!). Then it’s some type of movement whether it be a walk up to the lighthouse, a studio yoga class or an at home pilates workout – I use HUSTL for these.

Describe a typical day of eating for you.

I’m never any good at answering questions like this because each day is different.

I start with an oat milk chai. Breakfast is usually a slice of My New Roots Life Changing Bread (Google it – or just click the link) with some avocado and Oomite (delicious miso-based vegemite alternative available at cafes all over Australia). Lunch might be a salad with a can of Sirena tuna or some sauteed vegies, sauerkraut & cashew cheese. I’m not a big snacker but sometimes in the afternoon I’ll make a hot cacao with medicinal mushrooms in it. Dinner is always different it might be a chicken and vegetable soup, sauteed greens and baked salmon or some sort of veggie pasta dish. I’ll always finish with a square or two of dark chocolate. My current 
favourite is Pico Mint Crisp.

Tell us about your daily beauty routine! What are your non-negotiables for looking and feeling your best?

I take skincare VERY seriously. In the mornings I cleanse with Go-To Properly Clean, then I apply a Vitamin C serum of some kind – at the moment I’m using Sunday Riley. I spritz with a toning mist like Mukti Rose Blossom Hydrating Mist and then apply a hydrating serum like Mukti Hylauronic Marine Serum. I’ll spritz again and then apply Go-To Face Hero the most incredible face oil! Then I finish off with Go-To tinted Zincredible which is the best SPF I’ve found.

I don’t wear much make up during the day. I instead get a lash lift and tint every 6 weeks, and a little tint on my eyebrows. I cover up any imperfections with RMS Uncover-Up and apply Trinny London’s lip treatment Anna.

At night it’s much the same but I’ll remove the SPF from my day with Go-To Fancy Face, an excellent oil cleanser, then I’ll follow with Go-To Properly Clean again for a good deep double cleanse. 3 times a week I use Go-To’s Exfoliating Swipeys and follow with Go-To Face Hero and their Very Useful Face Cream.

I swear I’m not sponsored by Go-To just absolutely obsessed with their product line – !!

My only other extra beauty tips are that I use an LED face mask 3-4 times a week and I’ve just started having PRP treatments aka Vampire facials (Google it, AMAZING). I also use an infrared sauna 4 times a week – mostly for joint pain but you also can’t beat the glow it gives your skin.

Do you take any supplements, vitamins or special wellness elixirs? If so, we’d love to know!

I’m obsessed with Life Cycle Medicinal Mushroom tinctures. I add them to everything. I currently use Lions Mane, Reishi and Chaga.

In terms of supplements I’m always taking Vitamin C, Magnesium, Zinc and Fish Oil. I also love rubbing Magnesium oil or cream on at night before bed for a restful sleep.

Do you have an evening wind-down ritual?

Yes! Pukka Herbs Night Time tea always helps me wind down. I rub Magnesium oil or cream on my belly and soles of my feet. If I’m finding it particularly hard to switch my mind off I play a sleep story or some soundscapes through the Calm app. I set a timer so it switches off after 30 minutes. I’m telling you, having Matthew McConaughey, Idris Elba, or Harry Styles read you a bedtime story is something you never knew you needed!

What are your top 3 wellness non-negotiables?

– Water
– Infrared Sauna – I have really bad rheumatoid and saunas are the only thing that ease the stiffness in my joints.
– Rest – so underrated but 100% a non negotiable for me.

Your absolute favourite healthy cafe in Byron Bay is?

My favourite healthy café in Byron Bay is High Life.

♥ Dreamy smoothie from Vagabond, Byron Bay

Best place to get a green juice or smoothie in your city?

My favourite place to get a green juice or smoothie in Byron is Vagabond.


Favourite farmers market or healthy place to shop for healthy goodies.

Best Farmers Market on the Northern Rivers are Mullumbimby Farmers Markets.

What’s your fitness routine & favourite way to get sweaty and where’s your go-to?

During lockdown I became obsessed with Hustl. and their online workouts (I even started teaching yoga for them). They do a combination of pilates and circuit training, but it’s the only at home workout that I’m excited to get up and do every day (even though we’re allowed back in the studios). When I want to get outside I do the Byron Bay lighthouse walk! It never gets easier but it always gets more beautiful!

♥ A cute set from @arcaa_movement

If you could only wear one brand of activewear for the rest of your life it would be…

OMG so hard! Hmmm I can’t pick one. My favourite leggings are Lululemon. I love the crops from Arcaa Movement and always lust after Nagnata activewear.

What’s the one beauty or wellness treatment you can’t live without? And your favourite place to have it done?

I’ve recently started having PRP treatments and I am obsessed. They basically take your blood and spin it in a centrifuge, which enables the separation of the blood cells from your plasma and platelets. Then they inject your own platelets back into your face to stimulate collagen and new skin cells. Look it’s not a pleasant experience AT ALL, but it has amazing results and it doesn’t involve any toxins or fillers. I always recommend having PRP with a doctor and not a beautician. I see Dr Mayada Zaki.

Other than that it would hands down be Infrared Saunas and I go to Trybe Wellness in Byron Bay (its directly across the road from my house) or if I’m in Sydney or Melbourne I’ll go to Nimbus & Co.

You’ve got a big event in 7 days time that you need to look incredible for. What’s your plan of attack to look & feel your absolute best?

Definitely no fasting or restrictive eating. I’d probably up my water intake and pop my LED mask on daily. I’d be sure to get in a few sauna sessions and just make sure I’m eating lots of fresh foods. The day of the event I’d apply a Go-To Transformazing Sheet Mask and depending on what time of year it was I might consider throwing on a self tanning mousse like Three Warriors or Eco Tan a couple of days prior. On the day of an event I like to make sure my body is silky soft so I use Bare Body Beauty’s Scrub in a Tub, it makes your skin so silky smooth and then I’d apply a body moisturiser or body oil. My favourite body oil is AYU it smells like heaven and it often means I don’t need to wear a fragrance.

What’s your dream wellness vacay?

I have always wanted to go to Aro-ha Retreat in New Zealand!

And lastly… do you have any top secret tips you use to keep looking / feeling great?

Dry Shampoo! Can’t beat it! Minimal Alcohol, it’s so dehydrating and minimal sun exposure (unless you’re wearing natural sunscreen).

Thank you so much to Jordanna for sharing her beautiful routine! If you’d like to follow what Jordanna is up to, or check our her books, head to her Instagram for more information!

Be well

xoxo

Daily Wellness Routine: Jessie Stoelwinder, Jessie Stoelwinder, Yoga Teacher & Lifestyle Reporter for The West Australian.

First up, briefly tell us a bit about yourself and what you do!

I’ve been a journalist for The West Australian for nine years now, working across entertainment, arts and more recently all things lifestyle and wellness. I really love to champion local people doing cool things, and am always on the hunt for the latest phenomena and trends to test out.

Outside work, I have a keen interest in spirituality and I’m now a registered yoga teacher after completing my 200-hour vinyasa yoga teacher training with The Yoga Vine. I’m planning to further deepen these learnings in 2021 with yin and breathwork courses and I can’t wait to share my passion with others.

What time do you wake up most days and how many hours of sleep do you aim for?

Getting at least eight hours of sleep is a non-negotiable for me, and hugely affects my focus and creativity. I have a personal alarm clock in the form of my four-year-old daughter, who often wakes me up between 6-7am.

What’s your morning routine to set you up for a great day?

Establishing a really solid morning routine is still in progress for me! When I’m in a good rhythm, I brush my teeth, drink a big glass of water, meditate and read before Winter wakes up. This makes such a huge difference to my day. I love the framework set out in The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, which also includes journaling, a form of exercise like yoga, affirmations and visualisation, so it’s a goal of mine to incorporate more of these elements into my everyday morning routine this year.

♥ Cacao Collective

Describe a typical day of eating for you.

After a long and difficult path to healing my relationship with food, I’ve found that intuitive eating works best for my body. That usually ends up being some form of intermittent fasting until around 11am, but if I am hungry I will eat before that. My diet is 99 per cent vegan and I focus on packing as much nourishment into my meals as I can so they are dense and full of vitamins. Lots of vegetables, hummus, hemp seeds, homemade bliss balls, sourdough bread, smoothie bowls, legumes and some tofu are all staples for me – but I love chocolate and a good burger in equal measure! I have one-two coffees per day with macadamia or oat milk, and recently have become addicted to ceremonial cacao from The Cacao Collective.

Tell us about your daily beauty routine! What are your non-negotiables for looking and feeling your best?

I’m sure many mums can relate when I say I sometimes cut corners when it comes to my skincare routine! But the products I swear by are Fancy Face oil cleanser, Exfoliating Swipeys and Face Hero from Go-To, serums from The Ordinary and good old Cetaphil cleanser in the shower. Last year one of my goals was to wear sunscreen every day, and my favourite is Queen Screen from Ultra Violette.

It’s really important to me to use brands that don’t test on animals and use vegan ingredients as much as possible. I’ve swapped a lot of my beauty products because of this, and my favourite brands are Too Faced (Born This Way concealer and foundation, Better Than Sex mascara), Mecca Max (glow sticks and palettes) and Hourglass (eyebrow pencil).

Do you take any supplements, vitamins or special wellness elixirs? If so, we’d love to know!

Currently, I take iron, magnesium, a probiotic and Blackmores Sugar Balance.

What are your top 3 wellness non-negotiables?

1. Yoga classes as many days of the week as I can manage – the practise has such a profound impact on my mood, how I feel in my body and overall wellness.

2. Fresh air, sunshine and nature – they are all free, instant mood boosters and we are so lucky to have them in abundance here in Perth.

3. Sleep – without it, nothing else is possible.

Your absolute favourite healthy cafe in Perth is?

Flora and Fauna in Northbridge or Manna Wholefoods in South Fremantle.

What’s your fitness routine & favourite way to get sweaty and where’s your go-to?

I firmly believe that the best exercise is the kind you enjoy. For me, that’s yoga and I take classes depending on how I feel that day – a mix of vinyasa, hatha, slow flow, yin and restorative. My favourite studios are Soft Yoga, Beyond Being, Nature of Self, Mudra, Yab Yum, Vital Beat and Cntre Space. Otherwise, I love walking and getting out on hiking trails. When I am doing both yoga and walking regularly I find that’s all I need to feel strong, flexible and well in my body.strong, flexible and well in my body.

If you could only wear one brand of activewear for the rest of your life it would be…

Lululemon, the Align pants are the comfiest around.

What’s the one beauty or wellness treatment you can’t live without? And your favourite place to have it done?

Massages are definitely my guilty pleasure and something I will splurge on every so often. BODHI’s new Cottesloe retreat is gorgeous and so serene. I also recently discovered Heartwood and their facial was the best I’ve ever experienced, they use local sandalwood in their products and have lots of unique touches, like their playlists and post-treatment bliss balls.

Are you into any woo-woo wellness trends?

Yes, big time! This is my happy place. I get my tarot read once a year and it’s always been eerily accurate, and also have a deck at home. There are crystals all around my house, I use palo santo and white sage to cleanse the air and adore incense and candles. This past year I have tried a range of alternative healing methods, from reiki to breathwork, sound healing, acupuncture, chanting, group meditation and plant medicine and loved them all for different reasons. It’s an area I hope to expand my own learnings in as I feel intuitively drawn to natural and mystical practises.

♥ Anna Balston // Rhythmkeeper

What’s your dream wellness vacay?

Past trips to Bali have always been wonderful for the amazing yoga and wellness offerings there. Also the vegan food is out of this world!

But until the international borders re-open, there are so many local business and yoga studios running wellness retreats. I am going on one soon led by Anna Balston and I can’t wait – it’s the perfect counteractive for the soul.

And lastly… do you have any top secret tips you use to keep looking / feeling great?

It sounds cliche, but meditation and yoga are the ultimate tools for self-awareness and compassion. The more we can learn to cultivate acceptance and love within ourselves, the easier it is to live in alignment with our values and optimum health. Also recognising that we are all different has been huge in my personal wellness journey. I gravitate towards enjoyment with everything I do now – whether that’s food, movement or other health practises – and that’s made a huge impact on the way I move through life.

Daily Wellness Routine: Carla Thomas, Holistic Health Coach & Podcast Co-Host at The C-Word.

First up, briefly tell us a bit about yourself and what you do!

Thank you so, so much for taking the time to learn about me! I really hope you’ll find joy and inspiration in what you read and you’ll want to learn more. I’m a Perth-based Holistic Health Coach with a specialisation in mind-body medicine. I’ve been working in the field for close to 11 years now and have had the pleasure of coaching 100’s of people, both one-on-one and in groups, in improving their long-term health and wellbeing. I am a published author, wellness speaker and educator, and founder of The Juicy Movement, a holistic health collective. In 2019, along with by co-host Cal O’Connell, we launched our Perth-focused health and wellness podcast, The C-Word. I’m also a proud ambassador of wellness and nutritional brands I personally love and use daily. These are Juice Plus+, Life Cykel, PuraU, Gevity Rx, and Antipodes. You can also find me on fitness and wellbeing app KIXXFIT. And working with the team at Perth’s premiere wellness space, MindBody Lounge. My mission is to empower you to release your natural potential for wellness through wholefood nutrition, holistic practices of self-care and living within your values to show you how easy it is to look and feel A-MAZ-ING.

What time do you wake up most days and how many hours of sleep do you aim for?

Most days anywhere between 5-5.45am as I truly believe in getting the most out of your day and starting before the rest of the world wakes up. I aim for the recommended average of 7-8 hours but generally get closer to 6.5-7 hours.

♥ Cold Nips!

What’s your morning routine to set you up for a great day?

Based on Monday – Friday, I’ll always splash cold water on my face to wake up and then hit the kitchen to guzzle down a good 500-750ml of water with fresh lemon juice and my morning supplements. I’ll then grab a teaspoon of coconut oil for 5-20 mins of oil pulling while I roll the yoga mat out for a stretch and foam roll to some music. That’s usually followed by 15-20 minutes of priming and meditation before I make my Fully Charged Coffee and then hit the home office, read my vision board and get stuck into some work before hitting the gym!

On alternative days I’ll head straight to the river post water + supplement guzzle to walk the dog instead while listening to some sort of inspiring or educational podcast at the same time. Once home, I’ll make my coffee, read my vision board and then it’s time to start work. In February 2019 I cottoned onto the Cold Nips crew Wednesday morning dips & sips and that gives me an INCREDIBLE start and feel to the day! As you can tell – my morning routines are SUPER important to me as part of my set up for a successful day ☺

Describe a typical day of eating for you.

I’m a two meal a day eater and have been for some time. This suits my particular body, appetite and lifestyle well. I usually don’t eat breakfast until somewhere between 9am-10am and it’s usually a jam-packed green smoothie or simple brekky bowl with a cup of green tea. I’m a very slow and conscious eater so it usually takes me between 30-45 minutes to finish. On weekdays I’m at my desk so I’m distracted too. I’ll usually make a black coffee around 2-3pm with the addition of some coconut oil and drops of Life Cykel mushroom liquid tincture and maybe snack on some nuts and seeds or even a couple of traditional quality dried pears or peaches drizzled in tahini.

Dinner is somewhere between 6-7pm (depending on the season, generally even later in summer as I tend to make the most of the sunshine!) and is always plant based be that hot or cold veggies/salad with some sort of vegetarian protein like legumes or quinoa or tofu most of the time and a couple of nights I aim for oily fish like sardines or mackerel or salmon. I generally save seafood or animal options for eating out socially. At the end of the day, I’m an intuitive eater. I eat according to what my body truly wants and needs and when it does. I treat it well, so it craves the right things 90% of time.

Tell us about your daily beauty routine! What are your non-negotiables for looking and feeling your best?

I truly believe that beauty starts from the inside out and that we should prioritise ‘eating ourselves gorgeous’ ahead of investing in ‘fix it’ products first. I’m blessed with great skin and always have been, but in your 30’s you begin to notice changes. I keep it simple, as it’s more for proactive care and maintenance vs anything else. I opt to use what I can from my fridge and pantry using recipes from our ‘Beauty-full Inside + Out’ eBook that’s part of The Juicy Life Program, otherwise my go-to’s are rosehip oil, coconut and hemp oil for the face, sugar and coconut oil scrubs for the entire body and face once a week, dry body brush pre shower at night, regular sweats to detox via exercise and saunas and steam rooms, ocean dips and rubbing ice on my face and under the eyes morning and night, sunshine, good sleep, being happy and smiling and laughing and enjoying life! Product wise, I take wholefood supplements and absolutely LOVE the Antipodes Skincare range that suits my needs and lives happily in my bathroom cupboard! All plant based and almost edible ☺ Oh and I mix coconut oil with my body moisturiser in my hands before applying at night too!

♥ Refresh Juice Cleanse

Do you take any supplements, vitamins or special wellness elixirs? If so, we’d love to know!

I sure do! Don’t get me wrong my diet and lifestyle is fantastic and above the average person, but I’m still not perfect and on the mark every day and I’m still living in a modern world so am aware there are multiple factors that can affect my level of health and wellbeing. I’m allll about a PROACTIVE vs fix it approach! I have used Juice Plus+ for over 11 years now as my daily supplement and also as my plant based smoothie/shake powder of choice. I also use the Life Cykel liquids as mentioned earlier and the PuraU Gut Cleanse Kit on the regular as a maintenance vs fix it approach. I hit up my naturopath, Kat Blake of Invigorate Naturopathy, time to time for a herbal elixir to promote good rest and sleep. And 2-3 times a week I take a charcoal tablet to help eliminate any bugs/toxins that may be lingering in the gut. Now that I’m in my 30’s I’m conscious of consuming more collagen via powder form and I’ll often add that to a smoothie along with magnesium powder and gelatin powder. And I do a one day Juice Cleanse once a month with @refresh.juice.cleanse too. Oh and I am starting to use and appreciate the benefits of CBD oil.

Do you have an evening wind-down ritual?

Yes, I definitely do! I LOVE and crave my nightly cup of tea and it’s always something herbal like chamomile, peppermint or lemon + ginger etc and I’ll pair that with some dark chocolate, some mixed berries and some kefir. That’s usually for the couch while I watch something to unwind and then I’ll hit the bathroom to do my nighttime beauty routine. I enjoy taking my time with this (you know – cleanse and moisturise and brush the teeth). A couple nights a week I’ll brush my teeth with charcoal, too (thanks to @my.moondust) I’ll also rub a mix of magnesium oil and cream (I use @lifewithmagnesium) on my feet, calves and neck/shoulders to promote relaxation and sleep. Once in bed I inhale some lavender oil I keep on my bedside table, maybe pop the oil diffuser on and read a few affirmations from a book and do some quick gratitude and then it’s book time and before long I’m out! I also sleep with a yoni egg in 2-3 times a week. Suggest following @rosie.rees to learn more on this!

What’s your fitness routine & favourite way to get sweaty and where’s your go-to?

Ohh I have a few things I love to do as having a variety keeps it interesting and also works your body in different ways! I used to be a dancer so moving on the daily is a non-negotiable for me! I’ll generally run three times a week (I’m a treadmill gal so I can adjust the incline and sprint/jog speed), I do mat Pilates every so often with @mvmtsociety, Jungle Body once a week with @_thejunglebodywithbec_, yoga 2-3 times a week with Flow Space Perth and I try to get a @bikebarfitness class in every couple of weeks. And then most days I get the dog out be it a half hour walk on the path or running him at the dog park while I enjoy some earthing on the grass. I love my coast walks too. So yes – I keep active! But I also have the energy, fitness and healthy body to do so due to the commitment I make to fueling right and recovering right.

Are you into any woo-woo wellness trends? (think crystals, sageing, tarot cards etc)

Well when I first started in the area of holistic health over 10 years ago it was called woo woo! I think (and I have this conversation frequently with other wellness friends and colleagues) that I’m a good mix of straight and sideways. I use a yoni egg 2-3 times a week and also keep a stone on my bedside table that I sleep with under my pillow. They are lilac in colour and purple (amethyst) is my birthstone so it’s what I’ve always been intuitively drawn to anyway. I have really gotten into astrology and horoscopes even more so than I already was over the last couple of years and began to start learning more about moon tracking over the past year too. I definitely believe in all of that in terms of energy and retrogrades etc and how that affects us, along with the weather (if it’s a night where it’s humid and has that level of intense, electric air I’ll wake up in the middle of the night and not be able to get back to sleep very hot and restless – so I joke I’m slightly witchy because I can tell from that a storm is coming and I’m always right!) Otherwise even if I don’t do it or haven’t felt the need, I absolutely believe in healers, tarot cards, sageing etc

And lastly… do you have any top secret tips you use to keep looking / feeling great?

Happiness. You can follow every single trend and tip and trick under the sun but if you aren’t living your life according to your values, passions, beliefs, calling and ultimate truth, you will never truly reach and fulfill your ultimate level of health and wellbeing.

Thanks for hanging out with us Carla! Don’t forget to follow her on Instagram to keep up with her wellness journey 🙂

Be well,

xoxo