THE INSPIRATION SERIES
MEET ANNIE CLARKE
YOGA TEACHER & BLOGGER
AT MIND BODY BOWL
Annie is someone who’s been on our radar for a while now. We regularly check out her delicious healthy recipes on her blog Mind Body Bowl! She also has some great healthy living advice that’s not just for pros – from yoga for complete beginners to tips on how to beat jet lag, there’s something helpful for everyone. Annie is also a yoga teacher and personal trainer, mainly London-based but also on gorgeous retreats around the world. We caught up with her to talk favourite yoga positions and if she had any advice for wannabe bloggers: (“Be Authentic!”)
Tell us a bit about how and why you started Mind Body Bowl?
I changed my lifestyle a few years ago and wanted a way to keep track of things and connect with likeminded people. I started sharing recipes on my blog and photos on Instagram, mainly of food to begin with, but it grew to include a lot more about lifestyle too.
What are the best and worst things about your job?
I love my job – the blogging but also teaching yoga. I love the variety and that no two days are ever the same, and I love working with my students and seeing how they grow with the help of yoga. I’m not sure that there is a worst thing but working for myself means there is always something to do, making it very difficult to remember to switch off.
What is your go-to healthy meal?
Kale salad. The recipe is on my blog and I just can’t get enough of it. It really is my favourite thing and I eat it most days, as boring as that sounds!
How do you relax?
Yoga is my main relaxation. I try to practice as often as possible and separate it from teaching so that I can really feel the benefits in my body and mind.
What can’t you live without?
My best friend, my yoga mat and kale salad!
What is your life philosophy?
Everything happens for a reason. I have really found a lot of peace in letting go and trusting that the right things happen when they are supposed to! It makes life much less stressful!
What are your favourite yoga poses to practice at home?
I love inversions – so any sort of headstand, arm balance or in particular handstands which I am working on at the moment. Not only are they amazing for us but they are fun and help to keep my practice light hearted and playful which is so important to me.
Where is your favourite London hangout?
I have a few spots which I love, mainly involving food – The Mae Deli and 26 Grains are some of my favourites. I also love to work in my garden, especially now the sun is coming out!
What’s your advice to someone trying to make their blog successful?
Be authentic. I really believe there is so much more value in doing something from the heart than in trying to create something for the sake of looking for success.