Wellbeing. It is one of those words that is thrown around quite a lot but what does it really mean?

Well by definition:
noun: wellbeing

    1. the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy.

Today marks the beginning of World Wellbeing Week, a week to reflect on your own comfort, health and happiness. We asked our good friend and expert yoga teacher, Charlie Morgan of Hotpod Yoga, to share her best advice on keeping in tune with your wellbeing.

How did you get into being a yoga teacher?

I practiced yoga from a really young age, but solely from a fitness perspective, not really acknowledging the enormous impact it had on my mental health.

In 2012 I decided to quit my job in buying and travel to India for 7 months. I began my trip with a 12 day intensive yoga course in the Himalayan mountains where I was to later discover the true depth to yoga. In the midst of a deep meditation, something clicked and I realised how amazing yoga made me feel and how determined I was to share it with others. The following year I travelled to Bali to complete my 200 hour teacher training.. and the rest is history!

What do you see as the positives / benefits of yoga?

The benefits are endless, it is physically so impactful, helping stretch, strengthen and tone the body, but the key benefit for me is the impact it has on the ‘monkey’ mind! Through the intent focus required to move into and through the poses, It helps to reconnect the mind and the body (we spend so much time stuck on our thoughts) and as a result leaves you feeling a new sense of stillness and calm in the most miraculous way.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to improve their well-being?

My advice would be to start with small steps and whatever those steps are to ensure that they are realistic and sustainable. I am such a strong believer in the power of meditation so, for example, instead of asking people to suddenly one day start meditating for 20 minutes at a time, I suggest they start with 1 minute and gradually build up from there.

What is your number one self love tip?

Take time out of every single day to check in with yourself. Even if it is just for 1 minute. Close your eyes and ask yourself truly ‘how do you feel right now’ and ‘what is one thing I could do for myself to make today really great’.  

If someone is having a bad day and just cannot pick themselves up, what advice would you give?

I find the acronym HALT super useful. Am I: Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired? So first the thing first I would check in with all of those. So often our needs are really simple, but we haven’t given ourselves time to realise what they are, so we can’t address them. This is what often leads to a feeling of overwhelm.

My other number one go-to is tuning in with your breath. You can do this absolutely anywhere. Start to slowly breathe in for a count of 6 and slowly breathe out for a count of 6. If 6 is too long, work with a lower number, or visa versa if it feels too rushed. Our breath is like a radio station, when life feels unmanageable, we need to retune it again to come back to a station that we can enjoy. In the same breath (excuse the pun), when we are feeling out of sorts the breath will reflect this by being short and shallow, and high up in the chest. By slowing down the breath, we start to breathe lower down into the belly, which instantly has a calming effect on the body and mind.

What daily mantras or sayings are great to help give you a little boost?

Where do I start! I have so many!

‘I am enough’
‘This too shall pass’
‘You are always stronger than you think’
‘Life begins outside of your comfort zone’
‘Feel the fear and do it anyway’

‘You are not what you think, but you are what you believe’.

Charlie Morgan

Is a full time Lead Teacher for Hotpod Yoga, mainly focusing on leading their 200 hour teacher training and creating content for further courses. Charlie also runs one U.K. based and one abroad retreat every year. For more information on any of the above please visit Charlie here