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How She Does It -
Holly of Holly Norman Yoga

Nadia Tucker

Posted on March 31 2017

In our 'How She Does It' series 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

My name is Holly Norman, I’m 30 years old and I’ve recently moved to Melbourne from Perth (via Darwin). I’m a freelance arts manager, musician and yoga teacher.

What does active living mean to you?

To me, active living is a way to combine all of the different things I love into one lifestyle. I’m pretty multi-passionate and always love to be working on something, so my best balanced lifestyle includes a broad range of activities and always being on the go.

What do you like to do to stay active?

I love yoga and recently completed a 200hr teacher training, so I now teach yoga as well as maintain a home practice of my own. I also train in the gym 2-3 times a week working on high intensity stuff, resistance and conditioning. And I love a walk around the Maribyrnong river on a nice day.

Have you always been active and healthy?

My mum was always encouraging my brother and I to exercise with her – she is very devoted to walking and swimming. Brisk beach walks were our way of spending time together as I moved through school and into university. Being physically active is definitely a daily essential for me, even if I’m travelling – I’m not very good at sitting still!

What is your weekly routine (if you have one)?

At the moment I’m working freelance, so I spend 3-4 days a week contracting to arts projects. On my ‘days off’ I’ll work on learning music, practicing or learning tunes for upcoming gigs, writing yoga sequences for classes or taking meetings. On the weekends I’m normally out and about working for different events, playing gigs or teaching.

What daily habits keep you fit and healthy?

Trying to set aside time to stretch and breathe mindfully at the beginning and/or end of the day. Definitely getting outdoors for some vitamin D at some point. Also, walk or ride anywhere if you have the option.

What is your best active living hack?

Get up early and if you want to get something done, do it at the beginning of the day. Also, meal prep and lay your clothes out the night before because this makes getting up early more bearable!

What does a sample workout look like for you?

At the moment I’m doing the Kayla Itsines BBG workouts for about the seventh time because I love them! So I’ll normally warm up with 8 minutes of high intensity burpees/skipping, move into a 20-30 minute resistance workout and finish with 10 minutes of core work and stretching.

Favourite healthy meal?

A black rice power bowl because you can put whatever you want in it, make it colourful and delicious and it’s super tasty.

What is the best ‘side-effect’ of staying healthy and active?

Reduced anxiety and improved mental health.

What inspires and motivates you?

Seeing people who are committed to their own learning and who help to lift others up.

How do you overcome negative thoughts?

I take time out to clear my head, change the subject in my brain by doing a different activity, and then write down lots of positive statements and affirmations and give myself plenty of self-encouragement.

How do you manage days or periods where you are not as motivated?

I try to think about what future Holly would want! E.g. ‘Future Holly will be really stoked that you made your lunch when she gets to eat it tomorrow’

What do you do to treat yourself?

Take myself out for coffee and read a book. I’m a pretty cheap date!

Top 3 songs on your workout playlist?

Jimmy Recard by Drapht for the excellent groove, Back In Black by ACDC because it makes me feel like a rock star, and Heavy On My Heart by Caiti Baker because it’s close to home and she’s a badass.

What is your active truth?

If you’re not actively involved in getting what you want, you don’t want it. Often we dream of being able to do things but don’t actually put in the smaller steps required to get them. Every goal is achievable if you break it into smaller sections and tackle it over time.

Thanks Holly! Connect with Holly over on her website or Facebook.