Expert Travel and Wellness Tips
My workout kit needs updating this winter, what’s looking good to keep you warm when it’s cold outside?
Lululemon’s stylish Run For Cold jacket is thermo-regulated to keep you warm as you set out or when it turns wet, but light enough it will allow you to breathe and cool down. www.lululemon.com.
Garbe Luxe is available at Flex Pilates Studio in Hong Kong. The LA-based brand founded and designed by Natalia Macleod is super fashionable and I’m loving the sexy, sleek Resort Hoody that will take you from home to the Pilates studio and out on the town, looking best dressed at all three. www.garbeluxe.com.
Hong Kong’s own A Day with Fé marries gorgeous fabrics with flattering pieces that are sporty and stylish. For winter, there’s nothing better than their leggings, long enough to wrap over the heels to keep the feet cosy. www.adaywithfe.com.
Everyone keeps talking about meditation and I’ve heard apps can help – which do you recommend?
To get you off the starter’s blocks, Headspace’s free level one is ideal. It takes you through your first 10 days with Andy’s calming, patient voice – and of course you can keep redoing them until you get comfortable. Omvana scores for its collection of sounds and guided meditations you can mix and match, and you can also record your own meditation to use with their sounds.
Plus it’s free. The not-for-profit Smiling Mind app was created to increase happiness and is equally good for kids as adults. It offers quality meditations by a renowned collection of psychologists and health professionals, and you can donate to the good cause if you like. Free.
I’d like some book recommendations for an inspirational start to 2017.
If you’re a fan of the late and phenomenal Leonard Cohen (and who isn’t?) then Pico Iyer’s The Art of Stillness is for you. It beautifully, poetically describes how Cohen has discovered, “Sitting still as a way of falling in love with the world and everything in it…” Mindfulness in the modern day with both of their inimitable insight. Heavenly.
The Rules of Life by Richard Templar is a directory of how-tos, divided into rules for you, partnership, family and friends, social, and happiness. Refreshingly down-to-earth advice includes “be the last to raise your voice” and “know when to let go”. Yoga icon Ana Forrest’s Fierce Medicine is an intense, edgy and honest book about her struggle to success, tracing a journey that powerfully guides the reader to overcome their own life issues. Inspirational, practical and unputdownable. www.forrestyoga.com.
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