With so many new people in our community, we thought it was time we shared a bit more about some of the Founded Wellness team, so check out this series of Q&A's featuring a few of the faces working with our clients and inspiring better wellbeing at work.
Inga Venclaviciute, Yoga Teacher
Q. What are your particular areas of interest from a professional wellness point of view?
A. How we can understand and better manage our response to stress through yoga, meditation and mindfulness techniques to become more resilient and live healthier, happier lives.
Q. And in your non-professional life...what wellness things do you love?
A. The things that do the trick for me are staying active and having time for self-reflection. I love yoga (of course!), but am also an avid climber and really enjoy time outdoors, hiking and being in nature. At the end of the day, it’s really the simple things that tend to bring us the most happiness - nature, being with your loved ones and having time for yourself.
Q. Was there life before wellness was part of your profession?
A. Yes there was, a very busy and stressed out life as an Account Manager in Digital Advertising world.
Q. Either through experience or observation, what do you think is the hardest part of our modern working lifestyles?
A. To give ourselves the permission to switch off, to understand how important it is to switch off and to know how to switch off.
Q. How can we manage this better in the short term?
1. Change your attitude to self-care by seeing it as a necessity and making it a priority. Because by taking care of yourself, you will be your happier, healthier, more present self for all the people around you, at home and at work. Putting yourself first is anything but selfish and benefits everyone around you.
2. When the mindset is there, start making little changes to your day-to-day:
limit screen time before going to bed and when you first wake up
schedule little breaks through your day to walk, breathe or just sit quietly - 5 minutes can be all it takes to hit reset on your mind
find a physical activity that is fun and will be easier to stick to - yoga, dancing, climbing, martial arts, anything that you would find fun. Let it be about the activity and learning a skill and less about having to work out
3. Be gentle in your approach to self-care, don’t strive for perfection but appreciate that every little effort is valuable and makes a difference. Because it does!
Q. In Tim Ferris style, in recent years, what new belief, behaviour or habit has most improved your life?
A. Hands down to meditation, the deceivingly not simple act of doing nothing and being with yourself.
As one of French thinkers, Pascal, has put it “All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” So spend some time with yourself and become less of a stranger in your own mind.
It’s not about not having thoughts while you meditate, but taking the time to notice what thoughts go on in your mind and how are you reacting to them.
Q. What books are you reading or podcast are you listening to for inspiration?
A. Highly recommend Eckhart Tolle’s book “The Power of Now”. As the title implies, it’s about realising that your only experience in this life is through the present moment. Yet, most of our inner problems and unhappiness stem from what he calls the psychological time - our mind dwelling on the past or worrying about the future, neither of which we can change or predict. Quite simple, yet can transform your thinking to truly realise that “Nothing ever happened in the past; it happened in the now. Nothing will ever happen in the future; it will happen in the now.”
From podcasts, I’m really loving Yogaland and Deliciously Ella, both delving into topics of all-rounded approach to health and happiness, and what changes in our lifestyle and mindset can help us navigate the busy world we live in.
Q. What do you love most about inspiring better wellbeing for other people?
A. To empower people to feel physically stronger, to surprise them they can do something they didn’t think they can, but to make them see that when we work for a strong body, we work for a strong mind, flexible body for a flexible mind, relaxed body for a relaxed mind. Blurring the line between the health of our body and mind, because you can’t have one without the other!
Q. What's your go-to ‘survival technique’ for looking after your wellbeing each day?
Deep breaths!When I feel myself rushing, or if I'm caught in my thoughts or a stressful situation, I take note of my breath and really tune into it - deepen the inhales, lengthen the exhales, breathe from the base of the belly and allow the mind to rest on the movement of the breath. Very simple, but effective to pull you in the present moment and create a bit more space between your thoughts.