INSPIRATION CORNER WITH KRYS HANSEN
Want to meet an awesome QLD based coach + yogi? Introducing Krys Hansen, a 29 yeard old goddess. I first met Krys via facebook – yep, got to love social media. She got in touch regarding her amazing online shop, You, the earth & Me – you must check this out.
And since then we’ve both watched each other’s journey’s unfold. Krys is now a Yoga Teacher + Coach too – just like me. I love the ever-growing tribe of change-makers passionately trying to bring more love + light into this world.
I hope you enjoy getting to know Krys and feel inspired by her and her insights.
Tell us a little about who you are, what you do, how you got here.
I am a daydreamer, idealist, vegan, yogi, writer, eco ambassador, traveller, herbal tea addict, loyal friend, book worm, fact collector, and poet.
As the founder of Practise Wellness I am a yoga teacher, holistic health coach and writer. I am currently working on a few projects for this year such as a yoga and surf retreat in Fiji, online meditation course and more. I was also one of the co-founders of You, the Earth & Me, but I recently left the business to focus on my personal projects. I am still an eco ambassador though…
My journey with yoga and meditation started when I was a child watching my mother complete her sun salutations and shoulderstand in her bedroom every morning. Like many people I really delved into yoga after an emotional time in my life and that eventually morphed into a teacher training course and starting my own business. It has been a journey, with many unexpected outcomes, but what a journey it has been.
What INSPIRES you?
The ocean. I have always wanted to live near the beach (after growing up in central Queensland during one of the longest droughts on record), so moving to the Sunshine Coast almost two years ago brought about such change for me.
I have such a dichotomous relationship with the sea, being both frightened and attracted to it. I’m not a strong swimmer but I love being in the water, it is such a cleansing and nurturing experience, but there are always those days the waves have other ideas and you are reminded of its power.
Where do you SOURCE your inspiration?
I try to get to the beach almost every day and it is never the same. The weather, tides, seasons and other conditions affect it. Nature has so much to show us and it’s disappointing that modern society is built around trying to control or remove nature. I honestly feel it contributes to the disconnected feeling many people in western countries have.
How do you USE that inspiration? How does it integrate into your life?
So much affects the ocean; the weather, seasons, tides, and the moon. When planning classes I try to bring in an element of the ocean’s energy into the sequences by increasing and decreasing the intensity of the poses until svasana when we come to stillness, like the water flowing up onto the sand.
When it comes to health and wellness what’s important to you?
I believe you have to prioritise making time in your life for wellness and have an honest and continuous dialogue with yourself. Balance is such a crucial part of feeling healthy, well and grateful.
We are so blessed with the amount of information, research and products out there to help us improve our health and wellness, but it really starts by understanding where you are at internally.
It can be scary facing those fears and insecurities, but the feeling of breaking through that is amazing. Life feels so much lighter – and we all experience it.
What’s your routine?
I am terrible at keeping to a traditional routine, and in the past this was something I always placed a lot of pressure on myself to have and keep to, but it wouldn’t last long.
Over the years I have gotten to know myself better and I just don’t excel that way. Instead I have a list of things I have to do by the end of the day, and if I miss something, that’s okay.
- Exercise in any form, such as yoga, running, climbing Mt Coolum, riding my bike, trying to surf with my boyfriend or resistance training
- One of my goals this year was to read at least one book a month, so I try to read a little each day
- Call a friend or my family
- Write in my gratitude journal which helps me stay positive and connected to what is happening in my life
- Take five minutes to sit and be still throughout the day. I am trying to practise awareness more as I find it very easy to get caught up
How do you find balance + happiness?
Checking in with myself every day via meditation and gratitude. Both really help me to keep balance and a healthy perspective.
Over-thinking things and getting caught in the details was always what caught me up, and these two simple practises really help me to step out of the drama and just be clear minded.
How do you practice self-love?
My personal yoga practise, just playing with different poses and experimenting with transitions.
Making a pot of herbal tea and sitting on the balcony with my cat on the chair beside me.
Scented candles while meditating, regular visits to the chiro, fresh coconuts, squares of orange Pana Chocolate, ocean swims, catching up and laughing with girlfriends.
What’s your favourite healthy recipe?
I don’t eat chocolate bars as they are far too sweet for me, but I love chocolate. This recipe is something I break out when I need a treat (or someone around me needs a little love).
It’s from one of my favourite food blogs – My New Roots, and is called Ecstatic Raw Chocolate
What are you non-negotiables when it comes to your lifestyle (food, diet, exercise etc)
Fresh, organic produce from the farmers markets on Saturday mornings, if we ever miss it for some reason I am so disappointed. Doing something active every day is also a big one for me. I am a Kapha/Vata body type so I find it very easy to talk myself out of exercise, but I always feel so much better when I have done something – even if it is just a walk along the beach.
How do you deal with those moments/days when you are lacking in motivation?
I give myself permission to have a day off whatever I am working on, and indulge in a little self care. I have always put a lot of pressure on myself and it was once crippling. When you are out in the world creating something, it is normal to have moments of doubt or decreased motivation. I don’t read into it.
However, if that lack of motivation is an ongoing thing for a particular project, I do step back and question if it is the right thing for me to be spending my time on.
What’s one thing you wish you could pass onto friends and family about health and wellness?
Change is gradual. Don’t expect perfection, or a dramatic difference after two days. It is important to find what works for you and just take each day as it comes. Happiness is possible but we need to let go of all expectations and just get lost in the beautiful, little moments of each day…
Share with us below – is there anything that resonated with you from Krys’ insights? What is inspiring YOU these days?
Saha to you,