I’m super excited to interview Elle from Elle Fit Active today. Not only because she is the first yoga guru we have had visit us on Inspirational People but because she is a beautiful soul who makes getting bendy fun and exciting for everyone.
After reading this interview I know you will feel as inspired as I did to stretch a little more and add a daily practice into your routine.
Tell us a little about your journey and who you are?
I’m not sure why I always find these questions so hard to answer – they make me think about life a little too much haha (I guess that’s probably me in a nut shell). My name is Elle, I’m 25, the owner of Elle Fit Active – The Home of Stretching, I would happily surf everyday or be doing something near the ocean and I have an obsession with writing lists. Three years ago I was suffering from back pain and chronic fatigue and decided to turn things around. I started stretching regularly and tracking my progress on Instagram (@elle_fit) which eventually lead me to releasing Get Bendy (my stretching guide) along with two more guides – Get Split (lower body stretching) & Get Inverted (all things upside down).
What is your health and wellness philosophy?
Move your body, eat well, sleep well, get a hit of nature everyday and laugh often. I think everyone has a special something they need to share and discovering what that is can make life a whole lot easier and more enjoyable. In my experience, when you’re on the right path (or at least one that feels good) health and wellness comes more naturally.
I’m also very passionate about raising awareness on how to manage stress. My motto for Elle Fit Active is ‘STRETCH MORE, STRESS LESS’. I believe that when we take the time to slow down (even if it’s just 15 mins a day), connect with our bodies and breathe we can reduce our stress levels and look after ourselves. Stretching is simple, it’s something everyone can do and it works wonders on our bodies – physically and mentally.
How has Yoga changed your life and the way you look at health and fitness?
Initially I started stretching/ yoga purely to relieve my back pain. It was incredibly effective at not only helping my back but also reducing anxiety and stress. Yoga is the only physical activity I’ve done that incorporates mindfulness and it’s exactly what I needed more help with. It’s an ongoing process of learning how to manage the thoughts inside my head, self love, kindness, strength and balance. I’ve really learnt that health and fitness starts in our head. Once we can get a handle on that, managing our physical body is a lot easier!
Who do you think should practise Yoga and why?
Everyone. You can apply yoga to everything you do. My Dad likes to remind me that. There can be the yoga of surfing and yoga of washing the dishes. If you are moving with intention and paying attention to your breath you can begin to get a handle on what yoga is all about.
What are some of your best tips for beginners (like myself) exploring and getting into a yoga practise?
If you want to do something at home, try stretching every morning when you wake up or do 15-30 mins before going to bed. Make it a routine, notice how your body feels (relief of aches and pains perhaps) and pay attention to your emotions throughout the day. It’s a great active meditation so enjoy the time you set aside for yourself.
If you are wanting to head along to classes, have a think about what style of yoga you’d like. If your life is fast paced and you need some down time, try a yin class. If you’d like to combine strength and flexibility, give a power yoga class a go.
What I struggled with most when first going to yoga classes was my head – ‘uhh I am so tight’, ‘why are people breathing so heavily!?’ etc.
I have put together a blog post on ‘how to make your yoga practice more peaceful’ which has my top 8 tips:
What are your ‘non negotiables’ when it comes to your health?
Exercise, healthy food, quality sleep and a good hit of nature. Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed or stressed it’s usually because one of these things has been neglected.
One of my favourite questions to ask is what a day on your plate looks like?
To be honest I’m not a huge foodie and I basically just eat for energy. I love fresh veggie juices or smoothies and keep everything really simple – lots of vegetarian dishes and anything people will cook me haha!
I believe that how you spend the first 80 minutes of your day sets up how the rest of your day will flow. Tell us about your ideal way to spend the first 80 minutes of your day?
Completely agree – this is something I’ve been working on after plenty of failed attempts to plan out my entire day or week. I like to roll out of bed and stretch for at least 20 mins with Get Bendy. Depending on how I feel I then like to throw in a few stretches from Get Split or play around upside down a bit with Get Inverted. If I squeeze this in before breakfast then it’s guaranteed to happen… because food is the best reward. I then shower, get dressed and start smashing through my to-do list that I prepare the night before.
What is the single best thing you believe someone should do to get their health and wellness journey started?
Take it step by step and ADD good stuff rather than trying to cut out the bad stuff! If you slowly add in good habits you eventually start changing things up without restricting yourself. So during your week, add in a healthy meal, a walk, an early night.
Where can our FW family find you?
On Instagram at @elle_fit
Or on my website www.ellefitactive.com
I hope you have enjoyed another amazing and inspirational interview by Elle Fit Active. Stay tuned next Sunday for another inspirational interview to help you kick start the week.