My ideal world is filled with community, where I feel a sense of belonging, and where I have a positive impact on others’ lives.
What is your personal definition of ‘success’?
Success is a concept I have been pondering a lot lately. We often think of success as a linear process: we start at point A and move towards point B. But I feel the reality is quite different. To grow, we need to step outside of our comfort zone, and it’s only when we do so that we find our true path and discover what ignites us. My definition of success is still shaping, but I believe it is about doing what feels right, figuring things out and adapting along the way, so as to create the life that aligns with your personal values. It’s about learning to trust your intuition.
What’s something kind you’ve done for yourself this week?
I booked myself a remedial massage! Massage is so underrated. Aside from soothing sore muscles, it’s such a great way to set aside some quality me-time, tune into how your own body feels, and reap the forgotten benefits of human touch.
What’s something that rejuvenates you even when things are tough?
Definitely cycling. Everything seems so much better after a good ride! From the moment I clip into the pedals, I feel at one with my bike, free and invincible. I’ve even named my bike Maggie – that’s how much I love her!
What is your current favourite asana, pranayama or meditation technique?
I’m obsessed with Baddha Trikonasana (bound triangle pose) and Ardha Chandrasana (half moon pose). I always try to sneak them in when I go to a yoga class! I feel that we don’t stretch our side bodies enough… aside from being gentle inversions, these two poses really help my body feel more open.
Share with us anther activity you explore just for fun:
When I lived in London, I did a sponsored skydive to raise funds for Crisis, a UK charity that fights homelessness. Before my feet even touched the ground after that first jump, I was head over heels in love with the sport, which became a large and meaningful part of my life. It’s also how I met my life partner, Dean. Skydiving is often seen as a daredevil adrenalin activity, but I’ve always found it to be quite meditative. There’s something light and soulful about falling through air and being 100% in the present moment.
What is something you do every morning, and why?
I have a morning ritual that is very important to me. Sometimes, it’s the only time that I get to myself during the day, so I make it count. It’s around 20 minutes of dedicated me-time which I fill with yoga, meditation, stretching, journaling and intention setting. I love using props such as candles, essential oils, crystals, blankets and a pretty notebook. It’s literally a game changer for me.
When it comes to looking after yourself, what are your non-negotiables?
Healthy food. Period. Perhaps that’s what happens when you’re a nutritionist, but I simply can’t compromise on what goes into my body. I love filling my fridge and pantry with delicious nourishing foods, and creating meals and snacks that feed my body and soul. In time, I’d like to run workshops on how to make healthy snacks, from delicious raw chocolate to yummy bliss balls.
How has your practice of yoga evolved since you began?
My yoga practice always seems to be evolving. It started with Sivananda yoga, which will always have a special place in my heart. In recent years, I have been practicing strong vinyasa flow, but I am now taking the foot off the accelerator and am really enjoying slow flow and yin yoga. I love immersing myself in this gentle, nurturing practice.
Imagine yourself in 2037 (20 years from now). What will your ideal world be like?
I’m keeping an open mind, but my goal is to follow my heart and see where it takes me. That said, I have many dreams for the future such as writing health & wellbeing articles for magazines, running cooking workshops, teaching meditation, and creating a natural skincare range. My ideal world is filled with community, where I feel a sense of belonging, and where I have a positive impact on others’ lives.
What does it mean to be a real life yogi?
For me, being a real life yogi is about embodying the essence of yoga in your daily life. It’s taking the practice of yoga off the mat, and living consciously and mindfully. It’s nurturing qualities such as kindness and compassion – and that includes self-kindness and self-compassion! It’s not about what your body looks like or how flexible you are, it’s about spiritual growth and community.
Jackie spent the first 20 years of her life in Germany, where she grew up in a Scottish-Jamaican household. She decided to explore her roots by moving to England, then Scotland to study her first love: psychology. Her heart finally found its home when she moved to London.
It was in London in 2004 when Jackie’s journey with yoga began. Yoga literally found her when she was browsing in a book shop. Unwell with glandular fever, she was searching for something to support her recovery to wellness and stumbled across a book on Sivananda yoga. Since then, yoga has been an integral part of her self-exploration and self-care.
Five years ago, Jackie decided to follow her passion and study nutrition, naturopathy & herbal medicine. Now approaching the end of her studies, she offers consultations and loves empowering people to make positive health and life changes. Combining natural medicine with her love of psychology, she has a particular interest in mental health and emotional wellbeing.