Some people just radiate positivity and well-being and Miki Ash is one such woman. Aside from being the creative soul who runs our Instagram account (and pores over all your submissions to create our cute IG stories), she’s also a yoga teacher, artist, and meditation instructor. She’s our go-to for health advice that’s actually doable and works. Here, this LA-native shares how she starts her day right and stays in a Sunday frame-of-mind even if it’s only Wednesday.

JW: How do you spend your day?
MA: I’d say that I’m an artist above all; I teach yoga and meditation and also enjoy working on social media; I see all of them as tools for connection. My favorite part of any job I do, whether it’s taking someone’s photograph or teaching them a yoga pose, is a human connection. Seeing someone relax into themselves and finding those moments of peace and acceptance.

JW: What’s so great about yoga?
MA: For me, it’s more a lifestyle than just a physical practice. It’s accessible for everyone, every age, every fitness level. It allows us to slow down and connect with ourselves which, in turn, helps us to connect with others. Plus, since it can be challenging it also teaches patience, which is a great tool for going out into the world.

JW: Aside from yoga, what other feel-good tools do you recommend?
MA: I a huge fan of the 5-minute gratitude journal. Do it at the beginning of your day, and as the name says, it literally takes 5 minutes! Just jot down a few things that you’re grateful for and notice a positive mood shift. Affirmations also work really well, feel free to say whatever you want but I like to look in the mirror and repeat, “I am whole. I am complete. I am healed. I am loved.

 

JW: Is this how you always start your day?
MA: Yep, and also with a 20-minute meditation followed by a cup of bulletproof coffee, which is coffee with unsalted, grass-fed butter, it’s satiating and keeps my energy level. I try to eat fairly healthy throughout the day, but I also have a sweet tooth and my weakness is the Perfect Bar Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter with Sea Salt.

JW: Our energy levels have been feeling a little lower with the change of seasons, do you have any recommendations?
MA: The transition from summer to fall and winter means that we’re beginning to turn inward. Be OK with spending time alone and it’s also a great time to reflect on the year and create some new goals for moving forward. I love to drink lots of herbal teas at this time and also switch to warmer foods. The best part is layering up in cozy sweaters!

 

 

JW: Finally, any other favorite rituals?
MA: Just listen to what you like and try and make it a habit, whether it’s walking with your pup, taking baths, journaling or dabbing on some calming lavender oil.
For more info on Miki, her online yoga classes or upcoming retreats, down-dog over to mikiash.com.