How She Does It -
Amelia Taylor of yog_a_melia
Posted on 18 October 2016
Every week we interview women about how they incorporate active and healthy habits into their lives. We believe there is no one-size-fits-all approach to health and fitness, so we aim to capture the variety of ways women choose to be active to give you ideas and inspiration on how to live your best active life.
Tell us about yourself
Hi! My name is Amelia Taylor and I live in Melbourne's outer eastern suburbs. I'm a 32 year old wife and stay at home mum to 2 step daughters, 2 daughters and 3 sons, with a set of twins thrown in there for good measure. I looooove yoga! I started practicing about 3 years ago after the birth of my twins (who are the youngest of the tribe) and an invasive open gall bladder removal gave me a wake up call to find some way to be active that I'd enjoy. One day in the future I'd love to become a yoga teacher so that I can turn my passion into a income too.
What does active living mean to you?
Move your body! You don't have to go to a gym or play a sport if you don't want to, just find something you enjoy doing that works for your lifestyle that keeps you moving. Run with the kids or dog outside, go for a walk in your lunch break or walk instead of driving where you can.
What do you like to do to stay active?
Yoga, lots of yoga, jogging with the dogs, dancing around the lounge room with my kids and taking long walks...around the shops.
Have you always been active and healthy?
No! It took me until I had finished having children and ended up in hospital to have my gall bladder removed and then again with pneumonia after that to decide it was time to start looking after my body and lead a healthier life. Since then I'm 20kg lighter and happier because I'm not neglecting my body.
What is your daily or weekly routine (if you have one)?
It use to be yoga for an hour a day 6 days a week, but lately my youngest have given up their naps so for now it's yoga 3 days a week for half an hour to an hour at night and we go for a walk with them in the pram 3 days a week.
What daily habits keep you fit and healthy?
Yoga and running around after my tribe of kids helps a lot! I would have to say that dietary choices are another big factor in staying healthy. I rarely eat fast food, refined sugar or processed foods. Instead we eat a lot of whole foods and organic where we can if it's financially viable in comparison. Then the weekly chocolate and wine keep my soul healthy ;p
What is your best active living hack?
Incorporating yoga and workouts into my everyday life for sure! Standing backbends at the kitchen bench while the kettle boils, wide-legged forward folds when I change nappies, tree pose while chatting on the phone, hero pose to fold laundry, etc which gives me a chance to still yoga on those days that I can't get to my mat! There is so much we do everyday, even if you aren't a fan of yoga, that can be turned into a form of exercise.
What does a sample workout look like for you?
5-10 minutes warm up with light stretches, sun salutation a & b, standing balance poses, core poses or inversions, backbends then arm balances, 15 minute cool down with restorative poses and savasana.
Favourite healthy meal?
Ooh I have a few! My fav go-to's at the moment are avocado and tomato on GF toast with cracked pepper and Himalayan salt, Mediterranean (cherry tomato, snap pea, bacon, basil and garlic) pasta, and mushroom risotto.
What challenges do you need to overcome in order to achieve healthy and active living?
MINDSET!!!! There's always going to be excuses to avoid living a healthy and active lifestyle, the key is to push past them because it really does feel amazing when your body is strong and happy. No time- incorporate it into everyday activities, no money- work out at home or a park, health issues- find something you can do instead of focusing on what you can't.
What is the best ‘side-effect’ of staying healthy and active?
Having a stronger body and mind! My body can fight off sickness more effectively, I don't get as many aches and pains, and I'm happier!
What (or who) inspires and motivates you?
Most definitely my children. I want to be the healthiest version of me so I can be active with them and be around to watch them grow up. The Instagram yoga community also inspires me because there is so many amazing and supportive yogis out there who's practices make you want to visit your mat more often.
How do you overcome negative thoughts?
I try to push past them. When I can't then I smother them with as many positive affirmations and self pep talks that I can.
How do you manage days or periods where you are not as motivated?
I often don't. Sometimes, if you are genuinely dragging yourself to workout, it's your body's way of telling you it needs to rest. Rest from moderate and heavy exercise is just as important as doing it in the first place. On days like that I'll often have a lazy day and watch movies with the kids or do more of a slow restorative practice that allows my body to recover a bit.
What do you do to treat yourself?
Wine and chocolate! Nothing beats a bit of indulgence here and there. I also like to have home pamper days here and there where I spend time doing things that make me feel pretty and relaxed.
Top 3 songs on your workout playlist?
Stressed Out by Twenty One Pilots, Renegades by X Ambassadors, and Are You With Me by Lost Frequencies 17.
What is your active truth?
Be kind to yourself. Life is all about balance. Work out but also rest, eat well and have those treats, ebb and flow.