Jude Jacob December 02, 2020
About me: I was born in Grantham and live in Northampton. I'm easy going and approachable. I try to be as inclusive as I can with yoga.
My fitness journey
I started working as a fitness instructor in Greece, in 104℉ degree heat. I would do 8 classes per day, 6 days a week. It was nuts. I really threw myself into the deep end after losing my mom to cancer in 2015. A year down the line I realized I had been pushing my body nonstop and ignoring my mental health and that I was approaching a meltdown. This is where yoga came in.
I started yoga for myself, but it turned out I was a natural at teaching it. I've now been teaching yoga since 2017. I’m currently self-employed and will be teaching online classes on moviing.co. I teach Vinyasa, restorative and pregnancy yoga. But right now, I've taken a step back, because I'm 34 weeks pregnant.
I used to work in gyms, but I prefer working in yoga studios or one-on-one. It's a mindset thing. In gyms, people tend to workout with a purely aesthetic goal in mind. Often, they are punishing their body rather than loving their body. My biggest tip is whatever movement you do—have a goal that is deeper than aesthetic. Move for your mental health or move to feel alive; find a reason to be active that is meaningful to you.
Life during Covid-19
The past year has been interesting. Leading up to the pandemic, I was experiencing feelings of distance and loss of connection from those I care about. I think these feelings were due to us living in Scotland and working in social media for the last year. I love social media for many reasons, but it does encourage our world to be disconnected from the physically present part of life. At the end of the day, you can’t put a price on community and the energy of yoga is different in in-person classes.
Tips for resilience
Meditation and mindfulness have been so useful for me personally with my mental health struggles. I was used to practicing both before the pandemic and they've also been useful with pregnancy. It's about doing nothing with our time or activating our imagination though this can be difficult without a sense of community. Getting involved in online programs and having an accountability buddy can help.
My skin is quite dry and sensitive, and I had eczema as a child. Sometimes, I have a flare up, but not since I started using FRÉ. When I did my 300 hour yoga training in Thailand, it was very humid which made my skin drier than ever, so using FRÉ really helped. Throughout my pregnancy, I've had more breakouts than usual. I use PURIFY ME and DETOX ME a lot to combat the blemishes. I love PURIFY ME; it's moisturizing and doesn't dry out my skin.
My daily routine
In the morning, I use PURIFY ME, and then I use a facial mist, either I AM JOY or REFRESH ME. After hydrating my face, I apply GLOW ME which evens out my skin. I use 100% Organic Argan Oil every night and my husband uses it in his beard, too!
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