WELLNESS WEDNESDAY WITH ROZ PURCELL

This week I’m delighted to be talking to Roz Purcell about her lifestyle and wellness tips. I find Roz hugely inspirational and her brand Natural Born Feeder is growing from strength to strength. She is a really bright light for her generation and a great role model.

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY WITH KUNDALINI YOGA MASTER GURUTEJ

I’m delighted to introduce Gurutej as this weeks #WellnessWednesday guest. I met Gurutej through my very dear friend Nichole Wright. Gurutej has an energy that warms your heart and lifts your spirits.

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I’m delighted to introduce Gurutej as this weeks #WellnessWednesday guest. I met Gurutej through my very dear friend Nichole Wright. Gurutej has an energy that warms your heart and lifts your spirits.

Creative… Gracious… Deeply Insightful… Free Spirited Thinker… Leader… These are all traits of a very special person who knew from an early age that her destiny lay in leading others to greatness! Gurutej Kaur at just a young age of six, shared her destiny with her Mother and proclaimed that she would one day start her own spiritual order.
For over 40 years, Gurutej has been living her destiny and continues to awaken the spirit of all she touches. Through yoga, chanting, meditation, healing and proven stress and health management systems she teaches people how to connect to their higher consciousness. Every day she lives the meaning of her name, which translates as “the one who brings you from darkness into light at the speed of light.”
Gurutej is one of the original students of Yogi Bhajan, who is credited with bringing Kundalini Yoga to the United States. Through his instruction and spiritual guidance, Gurutej is considered a foremost authority on Kundalini Yoga and internationally recognized as one of a handful of Kundalini Yoga Masters.
She co-founded 3HO Canada, building and overseeing communities, yoga centers and businesses all over Canada for 17 years. Gurutej’s obvious head for business did not overshadow her commitment to Toronto’s children, which is why she introduced yoga to surrounding communities by teaching staff at Toronto General Hospital and students at The School House and The Alternative School.
Gurutej’s devotion to serving the essence of all has brought her to teach in India, all over Europe, South America, Canada, and the US. She has served and counseled hundreds of people ranging from movie stars and heads of businesses, to the teenagers of Hamilton High, a public school in Los Angeles, where she taught yoga for 11 years.

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After releasing 4 instructional yoga DVDs, two were listed on the top ten yoga videos of all time!

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As a prolific writer she is an author to 3 popular books including: A Slice of the Beloved, The Moon She Rocks You, and The 13th Month: How to Get an Extra 29 Days Each Year. Her online courses The Moon She Rock You and GET YOUR ESSENCE (Skinny) back are transformative and very supportive. Her most recent inspired creation is a line of Aromatherapy Chakra Eye Pillows that are proving to be popular around the world.
She has been featured in Vogue, L.A. Yoga, Yogi Times, Fit Yoga, Common Ground, Splendora.com, The Discovery Channel and MTV. She was awarded Yogi Times’ Service Award and Teacher of the Month.
As a mother, her greatest achievement is in successfully raising two dynamic and consciously aware adult children, Amrit and Pritham who like Gurutej, take great pride in their commitment to making the world a better place.

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How would you describe your lifestyle?

Great. And what does that mean? I love what I am allowed to do, teach, heal, serve. I meditate first thing each day, I get to roller blade hills daily, (when in L. A.) wedge some good yoga in there and feel blessed to eat allot of live food. I feel intimate with my life, my beloved, my students and can use all previously mentioned support tools when the Universe kicks ass. To get back quickly. It’s not about perfection it’s about how fast I can get back to empowered me.

What’s your favorite food? Naughty or nice.

Greens and Toast together and not together, oh with great organic Olive Oil. Recently discovered that Coconut Butter yes the yummy one is great for the Gut. That on toast is my treat and a treat it is.

Do you exercise and if so what do you do to keep fit?

Yes I get to go right outside my door and rollerblade hills, ocean swim (alas not enough), and do yoga.

How do you find balance in your day-to-day life?

Keep my yoga mat right next to my desk and use it during the day for a few minutes here and there. When listening to something or just listening to myself.

How do you manage stress in your life?

Breathing , chanting, meditating and here is a link if you care to use it for things I give others and yes use myself to release and rejuvenate YOU TUBE

Do you meditate?

Every day. Can’t be without. I have favorite ones that empower me and those I share with others.

People often set goals or intentions as they go through life. Is this something you do?

My Goal is to be connected to myself and to the all of it all. I do things that take me in that direction. I’m having to make a vision board for my marketing person so I will have fun but it will be a spiral for that is the way energy flows into us with most ease.

How do you unwind after a busy day?

Teach, take a walk, read, watch something funny on TV or a documentary, read mystic poetry each nite 1,2,3,4, or more poems till I am in that flow of vastness.

It’s the weekend, what do you do for fun?

I accept no weak ends. I often teach on weekends. Go visit friends, Go to farmers market, work in my garden, have friends over for dinner or go to their houses.

What’s your top health tip for our readers?

Use my youtube videos, get my free ebook www.gurutej.com . Set up a 20 minute consult with me Gurutej discovery session to find creative solutions to your most challenging problem. I am here to serve.

Finish the sentence – Being complete for me means…

Being connected to everything. Seeing the Divine in all. All one or Alone. Each moment we chose. Bless you.

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY WITH SILE SEOIGE

This week I’m talking to Sile Seoige who is a breath of fresh air. Her energy is infectious and last night I spent a wonderful evening at her fundraiser in Ananda restaurant in Dundrum for her upcoming trip to Calcutta with The Hope Foundation

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY WITH AMANDA BYRAM

Welcome to ‘Wellness Wednesdays’ where I’ll be chatting to various different people each week about their lifestyle habits. Each week the same 10 questions will be asked but as you’ll start to see yourself in the coming weeks, the magic lies in the variety of answers I’ve been getting which just proves how individual and inspirational we all are in our own unique way.

My first ‘Wellness Wednesday’ guest is one of my ultimate girl crushes, TV Presenter Amanda Byram. I know Amanda for such a long time having modelled together during our early careers and we also grew up in the same area in Dublin. She is insanely beautiful both inside and out which you are about to see for yourself!!

Amanda is known the world over for her presenting skills having hosted The Swan in America, Total Wipeout, Sunday Brunch and The Big Breakfast in England and also our very own Ireland Am here in Ireland to name but a few. At 42 she’s looking and feeling better than ever before. She has just launched her new website amandabyram.com, plus a new YouTube channel dedicated to health and fitness, which I know you’ll love as much as I do. Add to that her work as a positive image campaigner for women and she is one amazing lady.

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HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR LIFESTYLE?

Since I turned 40, my lifestyle has been based around health. Of the mind and body – I don’t believe you can have one without the other! My day to day always includes some sort of physical activity, I can’t exist without it. And trying to better myself. We are too hard on ourselves, especially us women. We try to be the best career women, mothers, sisters, daughters, wives, girlfriends. It’s too much! We need to stop and breathe every now and then.

WHAT YOUR FAVORITE FOOD, NAUGHTY OR NICE?

ooooh Well, interestingly, ever since I’ve become super healthy, I crave healthy things more often than non-healthy! I love sushi, and a good Christmas dinner doesn’t go unnoticed!

DO YOU EXERCISE AND IF SO WHAT DO YOU DO TO KEEP FIT?

Yes! It’s key to a healthy mind for me. I try to mix it up these days. I used to do long cardio sessions, but I have since ruined my knees from running so much! So now I tend to focus on high intensity for less time, I love weights sessions to burn fat and get lean, and pilates. I also spin these days, it’s the best low impact high intensity cardio!

HOW DO YOU FIND BALANCE IN YOUR DAY-T0-DAY LIFE?

That’s tough for me. Balance is something I have struggled with my whole life! I am an all-or-nothing kind of gal. But I’m working on it! I have to put my computer down and my phone too, at a certain stage in the day. Social media is mind cripplingly addictive and can really affect your mood. I think we tend to live through other peoples lives, and its not real. My boyfriend is the key to my balance these days. He is a great for reminding me that there is not just me in my life anymore! I can’t be selfish, so now i would rather put tools down and go out for a bike ride or the movies with him instead!

HOW DO YOU MANAGE STRESS IN YOUR LIFE? DO YOU MEDITATE?

I try, but it’s not easy! I talk about stuff a lot – I find that is a great stress reliever. My boyfriend studied psychology, so he get the way the mind works, so we talk it out. Also exercise works as a stress reliever for me! I also visit an amazing NLP therapist called Akcelina Cyijetic http://akcelina.com/ she teaches me how words can affect everything – and how to stop living in my head and live in the now!

PEOPLE OFTEN SET GOALS OR INTENTIONS AS THEY GO THROUGH LIFE. IS THIS SOMETHING YOU DO?

Yes, I often envisage my life as I want it to be. I’ve been doing that since I was a teenager! Nowadays I write cosmic order boards, and manifest good things into reality 🙂 On New Years Day I wrote out 50 goals, in each area of my life that I wanted to improve on or achieve. Re-reading the list every now and then is a great reminder that a) you’re on the right path b) you’ve achieved things you set out to do c) you need to be more mindful of the things you haven’t yet done!

HOW DO YOU UNWIND AFTER A BUSY DAY?

Just being with my boyfriend is enough to make me unwind! We chat about the day and other stuff and watch movies. Living in London can be quite busy and stressful, so it’s really nice just to ‘BE’.

ITS THE WEEKEND, WHAT DO YOU DO FOR FUN?

Well, I don’t drink anymore, so I find it hard to figure out what to do at weekends, seeing as most people focus their social life around drinking! We tend to be active and head to Brighton or the coast a lot. Movies is always a big weekend activity, but in truth I travel so much that I’m normally doing something in a foreign city or country!

WHAT’S YOUR TOP HEALTH TIP FOR OUR READERS?

Oh, so many! Well first and foremost… Give yourselves a break! Be kinder to yourself and everything will fall into place. More practically, quit or cut back on booze if you can. It is full of sugar and toxins, and we don’t realise it, but by over drinking it puts us in a haze for the rest of the week, until we start all over again at the weekend!

FINISH THE SENTENCE – BEING COMPLETE FOR ME MEANS…..

being fulfilled in my work and personal space, rising to every challenge, saying yes to every opportunity and always knowing that i have tried my very best.

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