A Simple Guide to New Age Wellness, Because Finding Your "Thing" Can Be Tough

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Gone are the days when it was considered the pinnacle of health to do an aerobics class, drink two litres of water and factor in your five a day. In 2018, wellness is more "new age" than ever as we seek mindfulness escapes from the buzz of modern life. However, it can be a confusing path to take. If you thought knowing the difference between yoga and Pilates was tricky, the new-age wellness set is now burning sage bundles, drinking water bottles filled with crystals and sipping on adaptogen-spiked moon milk.

But before you chuck in the towel at the first crystal-shaped hurdle and retreat back to the comforting familiarity of a simple jog around the park, it's worth knowing that you don't have to commit to everything. You won't be judged if you forgo the crystals in place of palo santo (or choose a relaxing infrared sauna over meditation). I spoke to three wellness gurus—Sasha Sabapathy, founder of Glow Bar London; Giselle La Pompe-Moore, reiki healer and founder of Project Ajna; and Millana Snow, founder of Wellness Official—to find out what their wellness journey entailed and some of the new-age tools they rely on.

Keep scrolling and we'll help you to pave your own wellness path.

Sasha Sabapathy, Glow Bar London Founder 

How did you get into the more alternative side of wellness?

I'd gone through a period of working really hard and partying every night while also simultaneously doing my master's, and I just crashed. I realised I had to build myself back up from the inside out. Ashwagandha is where it all started for me. It was the first herb I started taking following a recommendation from a good friend.

After about two weeks of taking the herb each and every day, I noticed I was coping with my stress in a better way. The smaller things were no longer worrying me, the physical effects were starting to subside and my mood, on the whole, was better. When I moved back to London, I realised I wasn't alone; a bunch of my friends were dealing with stress on a daily basis. That was where the idea for Glow Bar was born.

How did you eventually find what works for you?

Finding what works for you can be so stressful, which is incredibly ironic! I think the key is finding an adaptogenic herb that supports you in an effective way, so ashwagandha if you get quite stressed (Glow Bar London's Super Sexy blend, £33, is ideal if you're fatigued).

Approaching your diet in a balanced way, though I don't subscribe to one way of eating. I believe in eating healthy and eating what you want when it counts (like Michelin-starred pasta!). Exercise because you enjoy it and it makes you feel good—not because you're obsessed with losing weight.

I also strongly believe in the power of self-care. Taking 30 minutes to one hour out of the day to look after yourself is so vital in today's chaotic world. You know what you love. Whether it's chilling in a room of scented candles, listening to relaxing music or doing a skincare ritual. Just do it, and don't feel guilty about it!

Giselle La Pompe-Moore, Reiki Healer and Founder of Project Ajna

How did you get into the more alternative side of wellness?

I'd been fascinated with books on spirituality since I was a child, but I only started to grasp the concepts during my teens when I got into the law of attraction and crystals. It wasn't something I ever felt comfortable about sharing, so I kept my interests hidden. I started meditating daily around 17, and once I saw the profound benefits it had on my mind and body, I started to gradually practice other modalities, introducing witchcraft and other rituals into my life.

This all led up to early last year when I really started to delve more into manifestation, tarot, essential oils, kundalini yoga, reiki, intention setting and working with the moon and herbs. I was struggling in my career and the direction I wanted my life to go in, and these tools allowed me to grow, reflect and give myself permission to really discover who I am.

How did you eventually find what works for you?

It can be quite the rabbit hole when you get started, and it can be quite overwhelming, but the key is to be open-minded. Don't pressure yourself into feeling like you have to "get it" just because others do. I did a lot of reading and went to classes and workshops. I tried everything—from transformational breath work to ecstatic dancing. That's the best way to find what resonates with you. It's also a great way to get out of your comfort zone and meet new people. I've made friends for life by sliding into the DMs of people who also spend their Friday evening doing full-moon rituals.

Millana Snow, Founder of Wellness Official

How did you get into the more alternative side of wellness?

My first step was to go to more events. I learned about them through the women who came to my rooftop yoga classes. There are so many amazing healers who teach at yoga studios all over the world. I've always said yoga is the gateway drug to wellness, and I find that it's a great community to dig deeper into the holistic wellness community and culture.

How did you eventually find what works for you?

I had some mishaps and very challenging experiences. I highly recommend that you do your research on practitioners and modalities if you're going to be doing deep work. Even if you have a recommendation from a friend, it's really important to ask lots of questions and to understand the ritual, session or retreat thoroughly before signing up. It's really important to be open-minded to be able to expand and learn. With that comes information and clear, open communication. Wellness Official is a very good resource for being clear on who you're working with and if they're right for you.

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