A little bit about me
My name is Zara and I am a 20 year old BSc Nutrition student and yoga teacher from Scotland . I create plant-based, whole-food recipes and share snapshots of my life and travels on instagram. I love blogging about all things food, yoga and lifestyle related and I hope to inspire you to lead a healthier and ultimately happier lifestyle.
Zen sends us looking inside us for enlightenment. There’s no need to search outside ourselves for the answers; we can find the answers in the same place that we found the questions
A state of calm attentiveness in which one’s actions are guided by intuition rather than by conscious effort
Zen is all about listening to your body, following your intuition and taking care of yourself from the inside out; both mentally and physically.
Zen for me describes a way of living that is trusting and balanced. It embodies a strong feeling of self-worth, peace and contentment with everyday life.
The why behind Zara’s Zen
The main motive for me to create this space was to share how I keep a “zen” or balanced approach to a healthy lifestyle. As a yoga teacher and nutrition student, I’m extremely fascinated by the wonders of the body and how food and movement effects us physically and mentally.
I personally follow a plant-based diet and share vibrant recipes here and on my Instagram. This way of eating allows me to thrive and feel my best. However, everybody is different and so this way of eating may not be possible or beneficial to all. I believe we all collectively need to shift towards a plant-based, whole-foods diet for ourselves and for the planet but I don’t see need for labels. When it comes to this transition, it doesn’t matter whether the shift is small or whole it is simply the shift itself that is important.
I hold a similar view on exercise. We don’t need to empty our bank balance and take up cross fit, soul cycle, dog yoga and whatever other fitness trend is circulating at the moment (not that I am against any of those classes,) . In order get the blood pumping and the oxygen flowing ,we just need to sit less and move more. It should be simple and fun, a form of self care! A way to explore and celebrate all the amazing things our bodies can do. I used to be a cardio junkie, addicted to the adrenaline high of a long run or intense spin class. But since I’ve deepened my yoga practice and opened my mind to a new way of thinking, I’ve realised that it is movement itself that is beneficial and high intensity exercise is not always necessary . A simple walk up a hill, in the fresh air will do a wonder of good, not just physically but also mentally.
At the end of the day, it’s all about balance. Nourishing your mind and soul as well as your body. Exercising out of love for yourself instead of hatred and ultimately enjoying every aspect of this beautiful life.
Because life is way too short not to enjoy every single moment. And health really is happiness at the end of the day.
I hope this space inspires you to bring a little more zen to your life, try a few new plant-based recipes, movements and appreciate everything the world has to offer.
sending light and love,