“Beauty is Mul­ti­di­men­sional”

Good - - BEAUTY -

At her in­ner-city Welling­ton stu­dio, Ur­ban Yoga, you’ll find Sarah Mor­ris teach­ing an align­ment-fo­cused Hatha style of yoga. She also of­fers spe­cialty classes, ther­a­peu­tic ses­sions and cour­ses and work­shops that fo­cus on a spe­cific as­pect of move­ment and health.

“In our im­age-ob­sessed cul­ture, ap­pear­ing ‘beau­ti­ful’ in end­less self­ies has be­come a nar­cis­sis­tic dis­trac­tion. I think our fo­cus on the vis­ual lim­its our po­ten­tial to re­ally feel, smell, touch and taste the mul­ti­di­men­sional mean­ing of beauty, par­tic­u­larly when it comes to age­ing.

To me, beauty means the daily prac­tice of check­ing in (not check­ing out) to an in­ner sense of how it feels to re­side in the home of my body. Not just the parts I like, but all of me, all of my many flaws. To me it is an ex­pe­ri­ence that should feel raw, edgy, of­ten vul­ner­a­ble, yet au­then­tic.

I look for prod­ucts that have nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents that were in­cluded for a rea­son. I love tak­ing a bath with Ep­som salts and doTerra es­sen­tial oils; it’s a rit­ual that al­ways de­liv­ers a good night’s sleep. I also like the Der­mavid­u­als range from Sk­in­fo­cus in Aro Val­ley, Welling­ton.

Get­ting out in na­ture for a walk up Mt Kaukau or along Welling­ton’s south coast would be my num­ber-one beauty rit­ual. Meet­ing Mother Na­ture and be­hold­ing her beauty, depth and in­tel­li­gence doesn’t cost any­thing, but it de­liv­ers every time.”

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