5 MINUTES WITH
SARA AVANT STOVER:
YOGINI, INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKER, TEACHER, MENTOR, AND AUTHOR OF THE BEST-SELLING BOOK – THE WAY OF THE HAPPY WOMAN: LIVING THE BEST YEAR OF YOUR LIFE
I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT … good sleep, lots of quiet time (I’m very introverted!), my morning practice of meditation & prayer, a daily square of dark chocolate, writing in my journal, sexy boots, foot rubs from my boyfriend, my morning cup of mate, and eating/drinking lots of greens!
I RELAX BY … reading or journaling on my chaise lounge (I call it my “resting chair”), getting regular massages and acupuncture sessions, taking time to slow down during my menstrual cycle, practicing yin yoga on my Bio mat, having amazing sex with my boyfriend, taking bubble baths while listening to inspiring podcasts, and going for hikes with our dog Amia.
I LIKE TO … shake things up every now and again and get out of my comfort zone. Doing things like going to Burning Man, taking a motorcycle ride with my man, savoring a (gluten free) cupcake and a latte in an artisan bakeshop, playing with my nephews, or riding a roller coaster help me to reconnect with my inner wild woman (as I have a tendency to take myself too seriously at times!)
I THINK BEAUTY IS … about learning how to be comfortable in your own skin and unabashedly yourself. I love women who go out on a limb to find their own sense of style. Fashion (and primping) can be a great outer expression of one’s soul. Plus, literally wearing eccentricity on one’s sleeve is a bold act of sexy confidence and self-love that I personally find irresistible!
MY FRIDGE USUALLY CONTAINS … piles and piles of green things (kale, broccoli, spinach, celery, Brussels sprouts, granny smith apples), avocados, Japanese sweet potatoes, ginger, coconut milk, eggs, lemons, chicken, grass fed buffalo, kimchi, probiotics. Eating really well is important to me (and I love to cook!).
MY EXERCISE ROUTINE IS … to move every day to really feel my best. I get depressed and overly stressed out if I get disembodied. I love to hike, dance, practice yin + flow yoga (the pace and poses shift with the season, my mood/energy and where I am in my cycle), P90X, interval training on the elliptical at the gym, core strengthening, and some simple weight lifting for my upper body. I love being in great shape. It makes me feel better in every way.
MY FAVOURITE BEAUTY TREATMENT THAT LEAVES ME LOOKING AND FEELING NATURALLY BEAUTIFUL IS … having my hair blown out by my hair guru Jessica, restorative yoga, headstand and shoulderstand, good sleep, and spending time in a steam room or infrared sauna.
MY NUMBER ONE BEAUTY TIP IS … to remember things that you’re grateful for, breathe that gratitude into your heart, and smile from there—no matter what you’re feeling. A smile, especially when it’s sourced from appreciation and wonder, is always beautiful.
After a cancer scare in her early twenties, Sara moved to Thailand, where she embarked on a decade-long healing and spiritual odyssey throughout Asia.
“When I learned that I had the early stages of cervical cancer, I couldn’t believe it. I practiced yoga, ran, and ate a vegan diet. I thought I was living a healthy life.
“In Chiang Mai I surrendered to the healing wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Reiki, Yoga, Ayurveda (the traditional medical system of India), Buddhist Insight Meditation, detoxification programs, and simply slowing down. After a few months, my condition showed significant improvement and, one year later, I had fully recovered.
“Through the years, yoga and meditation have been the backbone of my life. They have taught me how to live a meaningful life, guided from within.”
Sara is a student of Sofia Diaz, Sarah Powers, and others. She has been practicing yoga, Buddhist meditation, and women’s work for fifteen years; teaching thousands of women in over a dozen countries, from United Arab Emirates to China and from Greece to Sweden. She taught the first 200-hour yoga teacher training in Thailand and is the creator of the world’s first Women’s Yoga Teacher Training. A pioneer in merging modern women’s spirituality and lifestyle, she now teaches at centers such as Kripalu and Shambhala Mountain Center. Sara’s writing has been published in Yoga Journal, the Huffington Post, and Yogi Times. She has also been featured in Newsweek, Natural Health, and on ABC, NBC, and CBS.
To read more about Sara visit:
Sara Avant Stover – Inspired Living for Women website