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  • Jake Paul White / Q&A

    21st October 2016

    21st October 2016

    By Shivraj Bassi

    FAVOURITE INNERMOST PRODUCTS

    The Strong Protein and The Recover Capsules.

    Jake's first loves were rock climbing but now teaches yoga while stressing the importance of movement. We caught up with Jake to find out more and learnt that he may indeed win the Innermost award for having the healthiest breakfast we've ever come across.

    “My father was in the Army, which kept us moving during my younger years but it also granted me opportunities. As soon as I could walk, my dad was taking me up mountains to ski – safely strapped between his legs of course! That’s really where my interest in health and fitness began. Growing up, I got into rock climbing as well as art and design. That interesting balance between the physical and creative was combined when I discovered yoga. Maybe it was impatience (or overconfidence) but when an opportunity came up to undergo yoga teacher training in Thailand, I decided to go, despite very little yoga experience. I realised yoga offered far more than just the physical and it encouraged me to make yoga a permanent part of my life. Today, I feel stronger, more mobile, and more flexible than ever. It has also taught me patience, dedication and perseverance. In parting, my advice is to remember that your body becomes better at whatever you do, or don’t do. If you don’t move, your body becomes better at not moving. But if you move, your body will allow more movement and that’s where I’ve found some of my happiest moments.”

    Favourite Innermost Blend & Booster?

    The Strong Protein. An awesome way to finish a workout and to maximise my muscle gains. The Recover Capsules paired up with The Strong one to make a powerful muscle and strength building combination. 

    What's your hustle?

    I'm a yoga teacher and graphic designer. Each one of these roles serve as different creative outlet for me, but they've both helped the other develop and thrive. Both of my vocations align strongly with the person I am, and also allow me to live my ideal lifestyle.

    What do you do to maintain a healthy lifestyle?

    Move every damn day! Yoga is a huge passion and through that, moving my body dynamically. It's become an integral part of my daily life. I like to mix it up!

    What does #liveinnermost mean to you?

    Live a life of integrity and greatness.

    Usual breakfast?

    I generally start the day with lemon water and a few supplements. I then make a big green smoothie: kale, spinach, spirulina, mango, banana, almonds, hemp seeds and almond milk.

    Your last workout?

    Budokon Mixed Movement Arts Training. A combination of yoga, animal locomotion, calisthenics and martial arts.

    What's on your bucket list?

    Learn how to surf.

    Favourite inspirational quote/words?

    "The way you do anything is the way you do everything." - Cameron Shayne.

    Where do you see yourself in three years? Be bold!

    My vision is to be recognised in the wellness sector as a leader in my chosen paths. Budokon, yoga, movement and design. And with my travels and teaching, join other communities who are thriving in their chosen fields to create and learn from one another by means of retreat hosting. Documenting this with online content, social media and also larger scale, to TV and film. To inspire one person is great, but to able to take that and pay it forward on a huge scale is what I want to do.

    You can find out more about Jake's movements at www.jpwyoga.com, check out his graphic design skils at www.jakepaulwhite.com and of course follow him on Instagram (@jake_paul_white).

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    Finding Balance and Inner Peace with Brin McKinnon
    This month, we sat down with Innermost Insider Brin McKinnon to discuss inner peace, managing conflict and maintaining balance. Representing us in Australia, Brin is a true Innermost Insider, having loved our products since she was a London native. Funny, thoughtful and eloquent, even with the 11 hour time difference making the interview 1am for her; this one's definitely worth the read. Hey Brin! Tell us about yourself! Hi, my name is Brin, and I am currently studying a Bachelor of International Relations at the Australian National University, whilst also working as a management consultant and freelancing. I've been using Innermost products since 2018 when I used to live in London, and since then they’ve been my favourite products, specifically in terms of vegan products. I then became an ambassador this year, because I wanted to share my love of Innermost products with other people. My favourite platform at the moment is my YouTube channel where I actually recently spoke about Innermost and the products I’ve been loving. View this post on Instagram A post shared by B r i n 🌱 (@brindarcey) Our theme this month is peace. So, the first question I want to ask is, what does peace mean for you, in your own life? A lot of the time in the health and wellness industry, the focus is on the physical and specifically on aesthetics, but I think that it’s really important to understand our health as something that's part of a bigger whole. It’s not just physical - it’s mental too, and that’s why, personally, peace is such a big thing for me, mental-health wise. Mental health is such an important part of our overall wellbeing and I think finding peace is really central to looking after your mental health. I wouldn't say I'm naturally a peaceful person but it’s a process to find that sense of inner-peace and maintain it. What process do you undertake to cultivate your inner peace? What steps have you taken? Over the last few years, I've definitely been taking steps to improve my relationship with myself and I suppose, in a way, to relax a little. As I mentioned, I think that it's definitely a process, and how you cultivate inner peace depends a lot on the individual. For me, a lot of that is spending time in nature, taking walks and exercising outside. I also think that meditating can also be useful, but I think that something that can dissuade people from meditation a bit and definitely dissuaded me was the idea that there’s only one way to meditate. But I think that just finding something that's meditative to you can be really useful in cultivating inner peace and it doesn’t have to be sitting down with your eyes closed. It can be spending time outside with your family or your friends, or even just watching a television show that makes your mind switch off for a bit. The first step to cultivating inner peace is finding what brings you peace. How do you make peace with your mistakes or regrets? I think that I'm quite lucky because I'm naturally quite good at letting things go and I don't necessarily regret things. So unfortunately, that's not going to be helpful for everyone. But I think that, for anyone, letting yourself come to terms with your emotions and letting yourself feel those emotions, is the most important step in making peace with them. However, I also think it’s then important to not hold on to those negative thoughts and feelings for too long. Once you’ve let yourself feel those emotions, you then need to accept them. A lot of the time your ego can get in the way of this step, but you need to be humble and say “okay, I've made a mistake”, perhaps get advice from friends or family and then just take time to reflect on yourself. In the end, the most important step is letting go; it's so important to accept and then move forward, otherwise we let things that we've done in the past continue to hold us back in the future. Is there anything that disrupts your peace and how do you manage it? I’m a person who doesn't necessarily enjoy change. So any small thing that happens in my day could completely derail how I'm feeling and that's something I'm definitely working on. But as I mentioned, it's a process. It's not going to happen overnight. The way I deal with this is not over-committing, organising, scheduling and planning things, but also respecting that things change and that's okay. In addition to this, I've also been going to therapy for a few years and I think that's been really important for me as well. Therapy is typically seen as something just for people who are deeply suffering with their mental health but, I think that therapy can be for everyone. It's just a really useful tool to break down the way that you think and the way that you approach situations that can derail your inner peace. And its been really important for me in my journey to protecting my peace from those day-to-day disruptions. How do you manage conflict with other people? I think that these last few years have been particularly emotionally challenging for everyone. So I think that an increase in interpersonal conflict is something that's inevitable. I'm definitely naturally quite a combative person and I'm anxious-avoidant in my relationships, so I have felt this in my life too. Whilst I do think that it's important to stand up for yourself and for what you believe in, I also think that approaching people with respect, openness and honesty is the best way forward when you're having a conflict with someone. Of course, not all interpersonal conflict is going to be fixable but that's okay. Sometimes we need to let relationships go as well. Beautiful you’ve been open and honest with people then you can move forward knowing you don’t regret how you’ve handled the situation. View this post on Instagram A post shared by B r i n 🌱 (@brindarcey) Do you feel like your nutrition is important in being in that good headspace? Absolutely. I think that nutrition is incredibly important. There’s a massive connection between your physical and mental health so eating a balanced diet is really important. I don't believe in restricting certain food groups, because I think this can actually disrupt your peace. However, I think by listening to your body and viewing nutrition as fuel rather than something to be labelled good or bad, you can make nutrition benefit your peace. For example, for me eating protein is really important because I'm vegetarian. I find it easiest to do this by using a vegan protein, so it’s about finding ways to make nutrition work for you. I actually think that finding balance in our lives is probably the best way to cultivate inner peace, across the board. We can't always strive for perfectionism but I don't think we should be happy with mediocrity either. We need to be somewhere in the middle; striving to do the best for ourselves in the moment that we're in. That’s where you find peace. To keep up with Brin, check out her Instagram! Read more
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