We caught up with Shona ahead of our Reclaim your Day Off panel at the HBC Summit. Find out more about the Summit here.
Shona is a personal trainer and yoga teacher with over 10 years of experience. Her book The Vertue Method (published by Yellow Kite in 2017) reached number 1 on the Amazon charts.
In 2014 Shona moved from Australia to England, where she has helped the overstressed of London keep fit, unwind and spiritually evolve ever since.
There is no doubt that social media is addictive.
I think it’s important to set boundaries and rules that are adhered to no matter what. For me, that’s no technology after 10pm or before 8am.
If I’m working on something that requires sitting behind my laptop for long periods of time I set an interval timer to go off every 45 minutes, and take myself outside onto my yoga mat for a quick movement sequence.
Instagram can be a great source of inspiration and information but it’s also very much, just a ‘highlight reel’.
If we look at the social comparison theory (first proposed by social psychologist, Leon Festinger) Instagram is rife with Upward Social comparisons, which in excess can lead to lower self-esteem and self-confidence for those viewing and ‘upward’ comparing.
I don’t think that Social Media is any worse than TV – it just depends on how it’s used. If it causes you stress and negative feelings – turn it off.
How can movement be a way to step back and reclaim some time for yourself?
Because it only involves you and your body. No one else (unless you film it and put it on Instagram).
How can you ensure you get moving when busy?
I see it as necessary as cleaning my teeth. If I don’t do it, I feel rubbish and the quality of my work begins to drop. It’s a non-negotiable aspect of my life.
Busy people need movement the most – it supports optimal functioning of the brain and body so it will actually make them MORE efficient at whatever they are ‘busy’ doing.
Get your exercise and movement done early, before you check your inbox, before the kids wake up, before the demands of the day roll in. Some of the most successful people in the world usually wake up at 5am and start their day with some kind of mediation and movement – Michelle Obama is one of them.
What are your favourite ways to get moving in the morning, when you are in a hurry?
Vertue Yoga – which is, essentially, dynamic mobility, glute & core activation and meditation.
What are you looking forward to the most from the HBC Summit?
Being around other like-minded individuals that have a passion for health, wellness and business – and how balancing those things can have an incredible impact on quality of life.
Don’t forget you can join Shona and our speakers at the Summit