Interview with Kate Lister

After moving to London three years ago from Liverpool, we were lucky enough to spend a week in Mykonos with this lovely gal. We took Kate on the side asked her to share us a bit more about herself and her life as a Yogi.  

When did you start practicing yoga and why?

I started when I was about 14 years old. I loved the feeling of moving her body, exploring movement and was interested in the spiritual aspect of yoga. It really helps to chill me out.

Tell me about your practice style and how you chose your yoga method? 

For my personal practice, I like ashtanga, vinyasa, rocket, yin and restorative styles, really all types of yoga, as long as I am practicing mindful, meditative movement.

What’s your favourite pose and why?

I love the bound half moon as it opens up the whole of the front of the body and requires focus to balance.  

What is the most rewarding part of being a yoga teacher?

I get to meet loads of different, interesting people, and to connect and share experiences with these people.

Best advice for beginners?

Start where you are, and be there. Try out lots of different styles as there are lots of different types and teachers - you may not find your preferred style at first and this may change over time.

Your favourite quote?

‘There is more wisdom in your body, than in your deepest philosophy’.

Where is your favourite place to practice yoga?

Outdoors in the sunshine - Mykonos is perfect!


6 benefits of a digital detox

In today’s high-tech world, we are spending more time than ever on our technological devices (around 1-2 hours per day!), which have become an infinite stream of texts, calls, emails, and push notifications. Despite the fact technology has greatly improved our lives in terms of communication and navigation, research suggests that our addiction to it is real. Getting likes on a Facebook post or retweets on Twitter releases dopamine in our brains, a neurotransmitter responsible for seeking rewards, and this keeps us hooked and explains why some people check their social media every couple of seconds. Unfortunately, this vicious cycle can wreak havoc on physical and mental wellbeing as recent studies have found a strong link between the frequent use of technology and incidences of depression, anxiety and stress.

Temporarily relinquishing all digital devices may seem like a daunting task, but it can be incredibly beneficial to your overall health and here are just some of the benefits of what unplugging from technology and reconnecting with reality can do for you:

Reconnect with family and friends

When you are not staring at a screen, you automatically become more present, allowing you to strike up new conversions, strengthen relationships and fully connect with your surroundings.

Sleep better

Research has shown that technology use, especially before bed, can disrupt our sleep cycle and so turning off devices can lead to a better night’s sleep, which in turn improves our brain and mental state.  

Recharge batteries

It’s true that the light up of phone screens can actually make you less productive since it detracts your attention from current tasks and so taking time away from technology can actually help to increase energy, creativity and work levels.

Improved sense of wellbeing

Research has shown that unplugging from social media for just a week can increase happiness and decrease stress and anxiety by allowing the nervous system to recuperate and return to its normal rhythms.

Be more peaceful

When your phones is not buzzing, beeping, vibrating every minute throughout the day, you actually start breathing more deeply and feeling less on edge, which in turn helps you to relax and reconnect yourself.

Improves eating habits

Research has also shown that digital devices are taking over the dinner table and as a result making us less likely to eat consciously and more likely to develop unhealthy eating habits. So, a digital detox can be a great way to promote mindful and healthy eating since it makes you more in turn with what your bodies actually needs.

Combining all of these reasons together, it is easy to say that going on a digital detox is a great way to boost over health, helping you to become more connected with yourself and your surroundings. Whether you want to part completely with your gadgets for a period of time or simply take steps to reduce time spent on various sites or apps, a health and wellness retreat is a great place to start a digital detox.

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