‘Self-Care for the Real World’ — an approachable book about self-love and wellbeing

My yoga teacher in London, Nadia Narain, is known and loved for her no-fuss, straight-talking approach. I loved her classes (and so did everyone else in London!), and was immediately drawn to her as a teacher. In fact it was Nadia that really made me fall in love with yoga — I was pregnant with Marlow and felt so empowered and supported by her pregnancy yoga classes. I still continue to do yoga with Nadia’s yoga DVDs, and we have remained friends over the years.

Nadia and her sister, Katia, have recently come out with a beautiful book called Self-Care for the Real World which is just as inspiring and approachable as the two sisters are in the flesh. In fact, the book is so conversational in tone, that I could practically hear Nadia’s voice in my head as I read it.

The two write about how ‘self-care isn’t just for people who have hours of spare time or lots of money for expensive massages or pedicures.’ They argue that ‘you don’t have to put off self-care until your life is less busy or until you’ve perfected your diet or bought those fancy yoga leggings’ (haha, Nadia, I can hear your voice saying that!).

Nadia and Katia believe self-care is about being switched-on and fully engaged with your life. It’s about learning self-love and self-compassion, and most importantly it’s about meeting yourself where you are right now, instead of where you think you should be. I love that, don’t you?

The book comprises of small, easy-to-read (even for time-poor mums!) chapters and segments. There’s ‘put yourself in your own diary’ and ‘how to feel the feelings’ and ‘are you really friends?’. There’s ‘get out of your head and into your body’, and ‘how to make friends with your thoughts’, as well as ‘feng shui for beginners’.  So many great mini chapters full of practical, non-patronising tips.

In addition to the tips, Katia, a chef and health foods pioneer, offers an inspiring selection of recipes for healthy foods, drinks and snacks scattered throughout the book.

I’m not usually a big fan of self-help books, but this is one I can get behind. : ) The book is available at Amazon (UK and US).

Courtney x


Comments (3)

Third Eye Chic
March 29, 2018

Not a huge fan of self help books either but at the same time, self care is so important and because it’s so easy to get wrapped up in everyday life, tiny little reminders like these are always welcome!

July 15, 2018

Courtney, this is totally irrelevant but I am looking for some side tables to our bed and our son’s bed and I just love these that you guys have in your rooms. May I ask where you got them?

Courtney in Australia
July 15, 2018

Hi Lindsay,
We got these side tables from Pop & Scott here in Byron: x

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