Go with the (yoga) flow - thanks to Jane Kersel


We've long been 'yoga bunnies', at Beauty Bible - which means that one of our heroes is Jane Kersel, the Notting Hill-based teacher whose non-power-yoga approach chimes with our own philosophy. (There's way too much heat - and too many rivers of sweat - in London studios, we find.) Jane teaches privately in her own studio, but we were lucky enough to meet her at a fab after-dark event for new additions to the Advanced Night Repair range (which we'll be sharing with you soon. Because yes, we love them.)

And you can 'meet' Jane, too: she's put together a wonderful pre-bedtime sequence especially for Estée Stories - sort of Estée Lauder's 'blog' - which is somewhere we like to spend time with regularly, over a cup of tea. (In this case, probably ginger tea.) As the Estée Edit puts it:

'Say ‘namaste’ to Jane Kersel, British yoga and consciousness teacher and general all around warm-hearted free-spirit. Spending time with her and basking in her ambiance is basically as soothing for the soul as a giant cup of chai tea. Working out of her bright and beautiful studio, ‘Ishy Shala’ literally meaning “sanctum of light”, in the lower ground floor of her London home, you could be forgiven for thinking that you had stepped inside a spa in Bali, so zen is the vibe. Leading one-one-one classes and sessions for nearly 20 years, she knows her stuff: “Yoga allows you to know and appreciate your body from the inside out. Yes, you will get leaner muscle tone and increased strength and you will look great in a bikini—why deny ourselves that?—but actually this is a practice coming from a more mindful place. You could be having a bad day, but you do yoga and you will feel better.”

Championing her brilliant life philosophy that our inner state of mind is connected to our outer body, (“I struggle to take anyone seriously who can’t touch their toes - if they aren’t flexible in their bodies, it's doubtful they are any more flexible in their thinking”), she is firmly of the belief that yoga is for everyone, at any time of the day, which is why she worked with Estée Stories on this exclusive yoga flow sequence to do before bedtime (it only takes about 15 minutes!). And the good news is, you don’t have to be an expert to do it, you just have to have the willingness to still your mind and bring in the calm. “This is for anyone trying to get some focus”, Jane explains. “It takes you inwards and will press the pause button on your day. You come out of logical thinking and step into a dream-like state, like you’re on the cusp of sleep and you forget what the time is”.'

Find the sequence here - and sleep well, lovely...