After a long career as a model throughout the 80’s, Louise Hutchings is now a highly experienced and respected yoga teacher at Champneys spa, specialising in pregnancy yoga and hypnobirthing. Even Barbara Streisand is amongst her client history! Home is Berkhamsted where she lives with her husband, Tony. She is also mum to her two grown children Florence and Bradley.
I got an insight into her everyday life and how she keeps balanced both mentally and physically.
1) What three things do you do to keep your mind healthy?
I try to eat as much fruit and veg as possible with as many varied grains seeds and pulses possible. I’m learning Italian online which is great fun. I’m a yoga teacher so I practise yoga every day.
2) What is your morning routine?
I get up quite early, I practise yoga every day in the mornings, I read a inspirational readings or quotes and I meditate on it. Then I get ready for the day. I love a good cup of tea to get me started. Have a good breakfast of musli maybe a smoothly too.
3) Which quote leaves you feeling most inspired?
Rumi quotes are my favourite there so many here’s one
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” – Rumi
4) What is your favourite daily ritual?
Early morning reading and meditating.
5) What would be your best beauty advice?
Protect your skin from the sun. Cleanse and moisturise every day, don’t leave your makeup on overnight.
6) What is your favourite thing to do on a day off?
See my family especially my 88 year old mum. Going back into London which is where I’m originally from. I like seeing a show or a special exhibition that’s such a real treat.
I like walking or cycling with my hubby!
7) What is your favourite foodie treat?
8) When you are feeling stressed what do you do to relax and unwind?
I lie down and do yoga Nidra I listen to a recording. It takes you through a complete body and mind relaxation. I do this for about 20 minutes, after, I feel so refreshed.
I like to cycle too and love dancing. Zumba is perfect it makes me feel happy.
9) Whats your go to, quick and easy healthy meal?
I think avocado with tomatoes on toast, or I make quick soups in my pressure cooker which are really nourishing.
10) What is happiness to you?
Happiness is is not feeling lost within yourself or alone or detached from life. It’s about seeing the detail of life and really enjoying it even through it can be tough too, to be able to be resilient and strong.
I think that’s what I like about yoga, that you are always coming back to yourself no matter how you feel. You’re allowing yourself to be just the way you are. Personally I feel more relaxed, content and happy about myself after I practise yoga and I feel I have more to give because I have given this time to myself to connect, to breathe and create some space. From that place of contentment and happiness it ripples out into my everyday life.
11) What is your biggest fear?
I think I try not to think about what frightens me. Well I’m well into middle age ha ha, so there is no point in my fearing getting old! My main worry would be, I think, loosing my mind or memory, that would be awful as there is no cure for dementia at present.
12) Biggest bugbear?
A dirty kitchen hob and someone not clearing up after themselves after cooking, I’m not mentioning any names!!
13) Who is your biggest inspiration?
I have so many people who inspire me.
My husband inspires me, he is very creative and takes beautiful photos and he is the kindest person I’ve ever met and he makes me laugh.
I am particularly inspired by health professionals like doctors, nurses social workers, midwives and health care workers are some of the most incredible people. I am fascinated by what they do, working nights and all hours, making a difference to people lives. It makes me feel very grateful.
My other biggest closest inspiration though is my mum Betty, she is fantastic she is stylish and elegant at 88 years of age, she is very independent. Life has thrown her a few challenges but she keeps smiling and keeps her sense of humour. I have a lot to live up to.
To find out more about Louise and her classes please visit her site here
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