Hayley Hadlow

What are you most passionate about? 

I have always had a passion for being active, eating well and loving yourself with how you are, not expecting change but allowing yourself to feel happier and healthier by nourishing it. I have gained a passion for yoga in the past year and I believe it can change your life, it definitely changed mine. Yoga gave me the opportunity to let go of expecting to look , feel and think a specific way, through both the postures and meditation, it has given me a chance to feel happy with myself during the never ending changing and chaos of daily life. Overall my biggest passion is to work as a nutritionist and a yoga teacher so I can help people become healthier and give them the opportunity to feel happier through nourishing their body and understanding the importance of both mental and physical health.

Why did you decide to work in the health industry?

I have wanted to work in the health industry for a while because I have grown to love helping people to feel healthy and happy in life. I see exercise and eating well as a privilege not something we should hate or see as an effort, I think exercise should be fun, exciting and we should feel blessed to have the opportunity to move and dance and run etc. some people can’t even walk, so to me having the ability to be active is amazing and I love being able to train! The same as eating well, we have been given the opportunity to be able to afford to eat nourishing food, I believe food is something you should love not fear, I love being able to cook a yummy healthy meal and feel good after it and I want others to see how amazing it is!

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve overcome in your life?

My biggest challenge was between the age of 14-18 when I suffered a eating disorder and lost an excessive amount of weight, trying to get back to feeling healthy and confident is improving but still an ongoing struggle. After starting yoga I have had a huge change in my mindset, i use to expect so much from my body and push myself to train at the gym to the extreme, only eat food that Would help me look skinny, not bloat me, low fat etc. i have come to realise I wasn’t helping my body but punishing it and thankfully I’m changing my ways.

If you could give one word of advice what would it be?

My advice is to always acknowledge how you feel and TALK TO PEOPLE if you are struggling with anything it is so helpful! To stop expecting yourself to look like photos on instagram and be eating clean 24/7 , to be exercising for hours everyday, stop feeling guilty if you have a day off exercise , eat a yummy icecream or burger, feel blessed you can do that and enjoy it! my advice is to honour yourself, be kind to yourself and love yourself everyday no matter how you feel, choose to be happy and let go of negative thoughts

What is the most inspiring quote you have heard?

“The first rule of kindness is to be kind to yourself” (Buddha)

Do you have an ethos you live by?

To choose kindness and love, let go of thoughts of suffering ( fear, doubt, expectation, hatred, guilt and judgment etc.) To honour yourself and the differences in yourself each day because each day is different and changing
Let yourself to radiate positivity and love and you will begin to see the people on your life become more loving and kind too

If you could invite any three people over for dinner (dead or alive), who would it be and why?

Buddha, my mum, Meg Linton and Holly Cootes <3