A Simple Guide to New Age Wellness, Because Finding Your "Thing" Can Be Tough

Updated 04/14/19
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Gone are the days when it was considered the pinnacle of health to do an aerobics class, drink two litres of water and factor in your five a day. In 2018, wellness is more "new age" than ever as we seek mindfulness escapes from the buzz of modern life. However, it can be a confusing path to take. If you thought knowing the difference between yoga and Pilates was tricky, the new-age wellness set is now burning sage bundles, drinking water bottles filled with crystals and sipping on adaptogen-spiked moon milk.

But before you chuck in the towel at the first crystal-shaped hurdle and retreat back to the comforting familiarity of a simple jog around the park, it's worth knowing that you don't have to commit to everything. You won't be judged if you forgo the crystals in place of palo santo (or choose a relaxing infrared sauna over meditation). I spoke to three wellness gurus—Sasha Sabapathy, founder of Glow Bar London; Giselle La Pompe-Moore, reiki healer and founder of Project Ajna; and Millana Snow, founder of Wellness Official—to find out what their wellness journey entailed and some of the new-age tools they rely on.

Keep scrolling and we'll help you to pave your own wellness path.

Sasha Sabapathy, Glow Bar London Founder

How did you get into the more alternative side of wellness?

I'd gone through a period of working really hard and partying every night while also simultaneously doing my master's, and I just crashed. I realised I had to build myself back up from the inside out. Ashwagandha is where it all started for me. It was the first herb I started taking following a recommendation from a good friend.

After about two weeks of taking the herb each and every day, I noticed I was coping with my stress in a better way. The smaller things were no longer worrying me, the physical effects were starting to subside and my mood, on the whole, was better. When I moved back to London, I realised I wasn't alone; a bunch of my friends were dealing with stress on a daily basis. That was where the idea for Glow Bar was born.

How did you eventually find what works for you?

Finding what works for you can be so stressful, which is incredibly ironic! I think the key is finding an adaptogenic herb that supports you in an effective way, so ashwagandha if you get quite stressed (Glow Bar London's Super Sexy blend, £33, is ideal if you're fatigued).

Approaching your diet in a balanced way, though I don't subscribe to one way of eating. I believe in eating healthy and eating what you want when it counts (like Michelin-starred pasta!). Exercise because you enjoy it and it makes you feel good—not because you're obsessed with losing weight.

I also strongly believe in the power of self-care. Taking 30 minutes to one hour out of the day to look after yourself is so vital in today's chaotic world. You know what you love. Whether it's chilling in a room of scented candles, listening to relaxing music or doing a skincare ritual. Just do it, and don't feel guilty about it!

Giselle La Pompe-Moore, Reiki Healer and Founder of Project Ajna

How did you get into the more alternative side of wellness?

I'd been fascinated with books on spirituality since I was a child, but I only started to grasp the concepts during my teens when I got into the law of attraction and crystals. It wasn't something I ever felt comfortable about sharing, so I kept my interests hidden. I started meditating daily around 17, and once I saw the profound benefits it had on my mind and body, I started to gradually practice other modalities, introducing witchcraft and other rituals into my life.

This all led up to early last year when I really started to delve more into manifestation, tarot, essential oils, kundalini yoga, reiki, intention setting and working with the moon and herbs. I was struggling in my career and the direction I wanted my life to go in, and these tools allowed me to grow, reflect and give myself permission to really discover who I am.

How did you eventually find what works for you?

It can be quite the rabbit hole when you get started, and it can be quite overwhelming, but the key is to be open-minded. Don't pressure yourself into feeling like you have to "get it" just because others do. I did a lot of reading and went to classes and workshops. I tried everything—from transformational breath work to ecstatic dancing. That's the best way to find what resonates with you. It's also a great way to get out of your comfort zone and meet new people. I've made friends for life by sliding into the DMs of people who also spend their Friday evening doing full-moon rituals.

Millana Snow, Founder of Wellness Official

How did you get into the more alternative side of wellness?

My first step was to go to more events. I learned about them through the women who came to my rooftop yoga classes. There are so many amazing healers who teach at yoga studios all over the world. I've always said yoga is the gateway drug to wellness, and I find that it's a great community to dig deeper into the holistic wellness community and culture.

How did you eventually find what works for you?

I had some mishaps and very challenging experiences. I highly recommend that you do your research on practitioners and modalities if you're going to be doing deep work. Even if you have a recommendation from a friend, it's really important to ask lots of questions and to understand the ritual, session or retreat thoroughly before signing up. It's really important to be open-minded to be able to expand and learn. With that comes information and clear, open communication. Wellness Official is a very good resource for being clear on who you're working with and if they're right for you.

A Beginner's Checklist of Wellness Tools to Try

Crystal Comb

Skin Gym Healing Crystal Comb
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"Crystal combs have been used for centuries to stimulate blood circulation promoting new hair growth. Combing targets all of the acupoints of the head, which regulates excitement and inhibition of the cerebral cortex. They're also a beautiful object to have on your bedside table." says Sabapathy.

Sage Bundles

Native Spirit White Sage Small Smudge Stick
Native Spirit White Sage Small Smudge Stick $8
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"Bundles of white sage can be used to clear stagnant energy in the home or from objects such as crystals or tarot decks before you use them," explains La Pompe-Moore. "It's an ancient ceremonial practice with roots in sacred Native American rituals. You allow the smoke to pass over the object or space you wish to cleanse, opening any doors, windows or closed spaces so the smoke can pass through and clear these also.

"Then it's important to set an intention as you do so, such as asking that any negative energy that doesn't serve you is cleared for the highest and greatest good. The sage is usually grown in the wild in California, so do ensure that the bundles you buy are sustainably harvested and preferably sold by businesses either owned or operated by Native Americans."

Paletti Palo Santo Holy Wood Natural Incense (12 Sticks)
Paletti Palo Santo Holy Wood Natural Incense (12 Sticks) $10
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"This earthy wood from the bursera graveolens tree is native to South America, and it's often referred to as 'holy wood,'" explains La Pompe-Moore. "It's used in smudging and cleansing rituals, as the smoke is said to have healing and clearing properties. It's usually used in the same way as white sage, but some may prefer its rich, warming aroma. You light the stick and let it burn until it starts to smoke before passing through the space or object you'd like to cleanse."

Crystals

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"Crystals are believed to promote anything from health to success, so the idea is to keep one in a space that you interact with such as your water bottle so that you can benefit from its good vibes," says Sabapathy. "Rose quartz promotes self-love, whilst amethyst is both healing and stress relieving."

Essential Oils

Neal's Yard Remedies Frankincense Essential Oil
Neal's Yard Remedies Frankincense Essential Oil $20
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"While these plant extracts have myriad therapeutic benefits, they also have spiritual properties that acknowledge their ancient roots," says La Pompe-More. "It's a great idea to start a collection of essential oils and noting their benefits, so you can grab frankincense when you need an aid for meditation or cinnamon to attract money. Be sure to go for pure oils of the highest quality, which haven't been diluted to utilise all of their magic."

Adaptogen Powders

Glow Bar Elixirs Super Glowy
Glow Bar Elixirs Super Glowy $33
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All three wellness experts are fans of adaptogen powders:

"Our Inner Beauty section of Glow Bar London's shop focuses on the healing power of adaptogenic herbs and superfood extracts that can lead to a high vibe result of increased mood, glowing skin and a zen state of being," says Sabapathy. "We sell a range of elixir blends to help cope with the three major areas of life most affected by stress: happiness, skin and sex."

"Listen to your mind and body to be guided to what adaptogen you need at any given time," says La Pompe-Moore. "You might use a different blend from day to day depending on how you're feeling. Reach for ashwagandha if you're feeling anxious or to help with mood swings, and maca for an energy boost and vitality. For ease look, for a blend of different plants, mushrooms and herbs designed for a specific purpose so it's easier to choose and you'll know the ingredients will work together. You just mix them up to have as a smoothie or as a hot drink," she says.

Snow loves to use He Shou Wu for its intuition-enhancing qualities, but she warns that not all adaptogens are meant to be taken daily over long periods of time: "Do your research on this before use," she notes.

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