Discover International Yoga Instructor Sarah Highfield’s Self-care Routine
Born in Hong Kong and based in London, Sarah Highfield is the founder of Yogagise Yoga. Sarah qualified as a yoga teacher in 2015 and has since taught at prominent studios, yoga festivals and teaching training courses worldwide. She was recently featured on the covers of Om Yoga Magazine UK, Natural Health Magazine UK, Yoga Magazine International and Liv Magazine Hong Kong, and voted by London Evening Standard as one of London’s Top 10 Yoga Teachers to follow on Instagram. We speak to her about how she spends her time at home and her self-care routines.
1. What does self-care mean to you?
Self-care is about looking after myself in whichever way is needed in the moment to find balance or enjoyment. Sometimes that means caring for my mental health; other times, my physical health. Either way, it's important because it reaffirms my self-worth and helps me become comfortable with who I am. It also helps me to stay positive and make healthy choices.
2. What are your morning rituals?
My morning rituals are important as they help me feel my best and face the day with lots of energy. The first thing I do each morning is yoga, which can be for as little as five minutes or up to 30 minutes, depending on how busy I am. I then take a shower before eating a filling breakfast like porridge or scrambled eggs on toast. While I eat breakfast, I'll go through my diary for the day ahead and work out where I need to be and when. After that, I'm ready for the day!
3. As a committed foodie, what recipe do you make for hosting a dinner for friends?
I like to cook Asian dishes with lots of fresh & colourful vegetables. Sometimes I'll cook a simple Chinese egg fried rice with vegetables. Other times I'll have fun making Vietnamese summer rolls. I also like to try out new recipes and love to bake cakes if I have time.
4. What are your books or podcast recommendations?
I love listening to podcasts when I'm walking around London. I listen to so many different podcasts, but a few which I never miss an episode of are: Grounded with Louis Theroux, Stories of our times, Just The Gist with Rosie Waterland & Jacob Stanley and BBC Outlook. As for books, I recently read One August Night by Victoria Hislop, which is the sequel to The Island. Both books are set in Crete, Greece, and are beautifully written. I actually read The Island when I visited Crete a few years ago. I quite enjoy reading books that are set in the place that I'm visiting because it's another way to experience the trip.