HART & SOUL

Yoga teacher, model and Swisse am­bas­sador Ash­ley Hart is al­ways on the go, so main­tain­ing a healthy lifestyle both at home and away is a must. She shares her top tips for liv­ing a vi­tal life and the self-care tools she sees as the key to true beauty

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Ash­ley, you’ve given a lot of thought to what it means to lead a healthy, bal­anced life. What's your def­i­ni­tion of well­ness?

Well­ness isn’t found in one area of our­selves or our lives; it’s an al­len­com­pass­ing golden thread that weaves through every­thing. It’s re­ally about be­ing in tune with your­self enough to know what food, phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, friends, part­ner, life path and form of cre­ativ­ity feels good, then fu­elling all th­ese equally im­por­tant as­pects of life with the nat­u­ral en­thu­si­asm that comes be­cause it just feels right.

What’s one thing you do every day to en­sure you’re liv­ing a vi­tal life?

I med­i­tate. I feel most vi­tal when I’m con­nected to the in­fi­nite en­ergy at my very core. Med­i­ta­tion al­lows me to touch upon this place twice daily, leav­ing me feel­ing re­freshed, awak­ened, recharged and more able to re­spond to life’s de­mands with a sense of peace and flow.

What’s your ap­proach to beauty?

Us­ing tech­niques like yoga and med­i­ta­tion, or any­thing that con­nects me to my­self such as jour­nalling, a solo walk in na­ture, a hot bath, or do­ing some­thing creative, al­lows me to feel beau­ti­ful. I also re­ally en­joy treat­ing my­self to some sort of self-care: a mas­sage, ge ing my nails done, go­ing to the hot springs or swim­ming in the ocean, cook­ing my­self a meal, even hav­ing a wine with the ladies, go­ing danc­ing or buy­ing some­thing new – it all feels so good. I be­lieve one of the big­gest keys to beauty is feel­ing happy and treat­ing our­selves with car­ing love. Be­cause I’m al­ways trav­el­ling, I use the Swisse Skin­care Hy­dra­tion range; it’s per­fect for giv­ing my skin an in­stant mois­ture boost.

What are your best tips for stay­ing well from the in­side out?

On a ba­sic level, hy­dra­tion and op­ti­mal nutrition is so im­por­tant – lots of fruit and veges, vi­ta­mins and min­er­als. There are some in­cred­i­ble sup­ple­ments, herbs and su­per­foods avail­able to us now. The new Swisse Ulti­boost Ra­di­ant Skin sup­ple­ment is great for nour­ish­ing your body from the in­side. It helps sup­port a healthy, glow­ing com­plex­ion while main­tain­ing a healthy skin bar­rier func­tion, which re­ally suits my holis­tic ap­proach to beauty. And let’s not for­get sleep! Every­thing can snow­ball if we haven’t had enough sleep. I love ge ing the good old eight hours and fi ing in some sort of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity daily.

With such an on-the-go sched­ule, how do you make time for your­self?

When I med­i­tate it feels like a daily date with my­self. It was chal­leng­ing in the be­gin­ning (it al­most felt self­ish and un­nec­es­sary) but aŽer feel­ing the ben­e­fits – how much more con­nected, calm, happy and at peace I am – I make it a pri­or­ity. I also sched­ule a whole day to my­self at home be­tween long trips away; it’s an es­sen­tial part of regrouping and ac­cli­mat­ing. It’s be­come one of my favourite rit­u­als: un­pack­ing, wash­ing, cook­ing, a long shower or bath, a swim, home yoga prac­tice, pay­ing the bills and catch­ing up on emails and ad­min.

What is your favourite meal to make at home?

A new favourite is courge e pasta with pesto, pine nuts, fresh basil and cherry toma­toes. It’s quick, easy and de­li­cious. Cur­ries and soups seem to re­ally hit the love spot, too.

And what are your best healthy snack­ing tips?

I al­ways have small but high-fat and high-en­ergy snacks on me, to just take the edge off be­tween meals when I’m on the go. I love su­gar-free and dairy-free dark choco­late; the high fat keeps me sus­tained and the cocoa stim­u­lates me with­out hav­ing a big high fol­lowed by a mas­sive drop.

“I SCHED­ULE A WHOLE DAY TO MY­SELF AT HOME BE­TWEEN LONG TRIPS AWAY. IT’S AN ES­SEN­TIAL PART OF REGROUPING”

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