We chat to Lucy Parker, co-founder of Flow Tunbridge Wells – a holistic wellbeing haven that offers yoga, osteopathy, sports massage, therapies, workshops, courses and retreats.
What one piece of seasonal wisdom helps you in summer?
Taking a walk in the local park or woods, or better still going somewhere along the coast where I can see a fantastically expansive horizon.
What self-care rituals do you never skimp on?
I have one for body and one for mind. Daily, even if for just five minutes, I create time to sit down, breathe and connect back into my meditation practice. Meditation gives our minds some time-out and our bodies a chance to reset and renew. Scientists have recently discovered that just five minutes, five times a week is enough to create healthy and lasting benefits on our brain.
The second is a skincare routine I’ve used since my teens. I always apply a serum, followed by an oil. I love Tropic Super Greens Nutrient Boost Serum, £42, which includes chlorophyll, kale and maca roots, so you literally feel like you’re putting the most delicious green super juice onto your skin, which in effect you are. You can get it at our studio and via our website
What’s cooking in your kitchen this month?
I like to make my own Bircher muesli, soaking oats and seeds in vegan milk overnight and then adding chopped nuts and strawberries in the morning. Then it will be a garden pea and fresh mint risotto for supper, maybe with some feta and black pepper added right at the end. My other top tip is to get a sage plant. Sage grows fantastically in a pot and you can just fry up a few leaves in butter and leave to cool for a crunchy topping to a risotto or soup.
Share one book that taught you something amazing about life.
The Book of Joy by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Probably the most life affirming, positive and uplifting book I’ve ever read. I truly believe that if everyone in the world read this book we would witness a revolution of kindness and compassion overnight! It is funny, relevant, practical and I love it so much that I used it as my theme for a whole term of yoga classes, taking a new chapter each week and exploring the themes.
What always brings a smile to your face?
I’m always amazed and delighted to see the inherent intelligence of our bodies being woken up through regular yoga practice. That’s what makes me smile, helping people to wake up to themselves.
Flow 29 Woodbury Park Road, Tunbridge Wells TN4 9NQ
Lucy Parker of Flow Tunbridge Wells
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