On a twist from my usual research based blog posts I want to offer you all something a little more fun, as well as give back to you, my long time, occasional or even new readers. While learning is always pretty awesome, if I do say so myself, free things and awesome new music finds are even better.
So, let me introduce to you Kaylee Johnston. As a performer, Kaylee is constantly running from meetings to interviews and from rehearsals to recording sessions and uses yoga to calm her mind and body. As I’ve previously discussed in many of my articles, high stress leads to high cortisol. While cortisol has some great benefits short term, the long term effects on your body can be both frustrating and counter productive. So here are some helpful hints from one of Canada’s hottest new pop stars on how you can incorporate exercise, in her case yoga, into your busy day. As if that’s not enough, in conjunction with strut, we’re giving away some sweet ass swag to help you get your fit on.
Betches Love Fit – “On The Go” with Kaylee Johnston
Q: There is a strong correlation between meditation and exercise. While what works for one person may not work for another. What is your favourite form and why?
A: Totally agree! I mediate every morning for 10-20 minutes. Depending on the day and the weather, I’ll either do a seated or walking meditation. When I miss it, I notice a huge difference in my day. Starting the day with a clear mind makes all the difference!
Q: Often with a busy schedule, like that of a recording artist and performer, it’s easy to become exhausted with time constraints and responsibilities. Many people claim they find the thought of exercise exhausting. How to do find the time for yoga and how does it invigorate you?
A: I’ve definitely felt like that before. I think it’s really about knowing your body and what you need. Sometimes, you genuinely just need a long sleep to recharge. I do yoga every day though, even if it’s just for 10 minutes. It re-centres my body and my mind and I always feel better afterwards!
Q: What originally got you into the practice?
A: My mom. She did a weekly Iyengar class and signed me up when I was 15. My mom, my sister and I went every week for 2 months, and I loved it!
Q: There are a wide variety of styles and philosophies in yoga. What is your individual preference and why?
Q: What is the most important lesson you’ve personally taken from practice, and what would you recommend to others if you had to give one piece of advice?
A: It’s hard to narrow it down to one… but I’d say the connection to my breath, in all aspects of life. With yoga, your body and your breath flow together. It creates a synchronicity and it kind of feels like my body is moving itself effortlessly. Outside of practice, when it feels like life is stagnant, I just remember to flow with what is, and it always works out.
So ladies, Kaylee is set to release her infectious new self-titled EP on June 3rd. From now till the release date you can head on over to my Instagram “jessicapark18” like the related photo (or as many as you like, no prize for those though), and comment for a chance to win. Share the post for an extra entry. And just so you don’t have to wait so long for your Kaylee fix, the EP’s first single, “Getting Over You,” hit Canadian airwaves April 15! The accompanying video premiered exclusively on Exclaim! and amplifies the song’s message of self-empowerment. So go check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P63V1V6TOAg
Since you’re obviously going to love it, as well as if you want to check out more gear if you’re feeling inspire, fret not. You can check out more yourself at the following links