Six years ago, Kamala Skipper left her job as an attorney at the largest human rights law organization in South Africa to live in Hawaii, where she eventually became a certified integrative lifestyle coach. Having overcome her own health issues through healthy lifestyle changes, she has dedicated her life to offering clients expert guidance and encouragement so that they may gain the optimal health and wellness that comes from applying and continuing healthier life choices.
“For me, changing what I put in my body was a good starting point because it’s easy and it’s something you can control,” said Skipper. “There are simple little changes that are in your control. If you want to feel like junk, eat junk. Resect your body and find a way to give your body what it needs.”
Skipper identifies herself as a lifelong learner, and says that everywhere she goes she picks up training and gains knowledge, but has received her licensed training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the largest nutrition school in the world, is 200-hour yoga certified and is certified as a Holistic Health Practitioner by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.
“I really think that we only get one chance,” said Skipper “This is it. This is life. And no one’s going to live the second best version of their life or someone else’s version, this is our best life. A good place to start is to set the foundation. Start with healthy eating habits and practice self-care habits and once you have that down you can look at other areas of your life.”
Skipper is an active social media participant, using her Instagram account to connect with her 944 followers, and also to follow the people who influence her.
On her Facebook page, Skipper also shares inspiration, recipes, self-care, relaxation and healthy living advice.
“Some people may think that self-care is selfish,” said Skipper. “They may think, ‘who am I to go spend an hour a day on yoga when people need me’ or they may think, ‘I can’t spend all this time on me when I should be there for someone’. But if you’re full because you’ve taken care of yourself and you’ve got energy and you’re dialed in then you can take so much better care of others., if you’re exhausted and eating all the wrong foods and you’re not taking care of yourself, you’re actually going to be needier like me me me because you’re’ not in the right place. Depending on where you are in your journey. Once you have that energy and vitality, you can help others.”
According to the Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, “the stress of caregiving is related to depression, anxiety, health problems, compromised immunity and an exacerbation of existing health issues and that the maintenance of physical health and function is essential to the ability of older adults to begin and continue caregiving.”
Skipper recommends yoga as a self-care strategy and isn’t alone in her belief. A recent study, Yoga as a Self-Care Strategy in Nursing Forum, found that yoga has significant benefits when used as a practice of self-care and stress relief.
“For a lot of people, yoga can help because it turns on your relaxation response,” said Skipper. “The relaxation is great. Being more mindful with your body and more connected to your body will help you identify where you carry your stress. For example, your shoulders are up by your ears and once you relax them down, you can literally feel the tension you hold there.”
Jones, S. H. (2006). Self-Care in Caregiving. Journal Of Human Behavior In The Social Environment, 14(1/2), 95-115. doi:10.1300/J137v14n01.05
Herrick, C. M., & Ainsworth, A. D. (2000). Yoga as a Self-Care Strategy. Nursing Forum, 35(2), 32.