Welcome to the BALANCE podcast, from the team behind the award-winning wellness and lifestyle media brand, BALANCE.
In each episode, we chat with luminaries from entertainment, wellness, sport, business and beyond about how to optimise health, happiness and performance.
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Episode 146: Mark Livings, founder and brains behind Lyre’s a tasteful range of booze-free spirits
28:06Mark Livings is an award-winning serial entrepreneur and brains behind a wonderful new range of alcohol-free spirits. He talks candidly about burnout, business and of course healthier drinking choices.To find out more about Lyre's and their free mixology classes, visit lyres.co.uk and follow them on Facebook and Instagram See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 145: Hayley Hasselhoff on exploring the importance of acceptance, and staying grounded.
38:46Actor, model, and body positive activist Hayley Hasselhoff is known for being one of the world’s leading Curve models.Hayley (whose dad happens to be David Hasselhoff) is currently contributing fashion and wellbeing editor at Marie Claire UK.She’s also a fashion stylist who’s worked on This Morning and Good Morning America – and she’s had leading acting roles, including as Amber in ABC’s Huge, where she played a girl with body dysmorphia.Today we talk about her new podcast, about her experience of mental health, her role as a plus size ambassador – as well as exploring the importance of acceptance, and staying grounded.Follow her on Instagram @hhasslehoff See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 144: Kat Pither on managing anxiety and PTSD through yoga and wellbeing
45:31Kat Pither is the 31-year-old founder of Yogi Bare, 500-hour certified yoga teacher and wellness journalist and writer. Kat says with Yogi Bare she has created as a brand for rebels and misfits. It’s the physical manifestation of the concept of yoga being for everybody and everybody. From humble beginnings, Kat envisioned a way of channelling her creativity to find her own way of managing acute anxiety and PTSD through yoga and wellbeing. As we chat she explains that it wasn’t a straightforward love affair with yoga – her first classes took her well out of her comfort zone. She didn’t feel she fitted in – but she kept going back. Kat found that ‘yoga land’ could sometimes be alien and hard to connect with so set out to create a brand that could inspire all. Kat has created an accessible range of innovative, eco-centric products that are designed to galvanize creativity, movement, and play. She has organically built a loyal community of Yogi Bare ‘cubs' who support and follow the brand online and off-line. She’s playful, creative, and so much more than a maker of mats. When we speak Kat has landed in America with a plan to connect with Californians and tell them about her brand. yogi-bare.co.uk Follow her on Instagram @yogi.bare See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode143: The mental health workout
40:44Zoë Aston, is the author of Your Mental Health Workout: A 5-Week Programme to a Healthier, Happier Mind (https://yourmentalhealthworkout.com/). She’s a London-based therapist, mental health consultant, speaker and author with over a decade's experience working with mental health.As well as her book, Zoë has created an online 5-week programme that will get your mental health in shape. Like many who work in this space, Zoe has her own mental health back story. A sensitive child, she battle with self-harm, an eating disorder and intense shyness - but has worked her way through this, learning tools and techniques that will help others. As the saying goes, healer, heal thyself. Zoe’s approach is practical and positive. We all have mental health and we don’t have to wait for a crisis to get in shape. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 142: Peter Maciver says hard graft and a focus on results is why PMAC fitness is so successful
36:53Peter Maciver, aka, PMAC, runs a successful fitness business coaching clients on and off line (https://www.pmacfitness.com/). His clients include celeb names and regular people – but whoever he's training his focus is on results. In lockdown he created a 12-week Transformation programme and continues to come up with innovative ways to reach – and challenge – anyone wanting to get fitter, and improve their life. He’s created a life he’s happy with – through as he says ‘hard graft’ – that means getting up at 430am, training every day, and moving to a house very close to his favourite yoga studio. He makes healthy choices for his body and soul, on a daily basis, including eating right – and making sure he takes care of his mum and brother. Check him out on instagram @pmacfitness and join 80,000 other followers for daily inspiration, videos and chats. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 141: Freddie Fox on breaking through and taking risks
51:38It's my final episode of the BALANCE podcast (this is James typing here) - but the podcast will continue!So there was no one better to welcome back than returning hero: the great Freddie Fox. Freddie can be seen stealing the show in The Pursuit Of Love (on iPlayer). See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 140: Gennaro Contaldo on a life of food, eternal youth and his beloved Parmigiano Reggiano
44:37What a man. What a life. What energy.We chat with the great Gennaro Contaldo about a remarkable life dominated by his great passion: food.The icon of Italian cuisine also shares tips for eternal youth. And we chat about another great love of his: Parmigiano Reggiano. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 139: Barry Hearn on success, self-betterment and leaving a legacy
56:08We sit down with one of the truly great Britons: the iconic Barry Hearn.The self-made sports promoter talks about an extraordinary life packed with ups and downs - with the ups proving genre-defining. Barry is a hugely inspiring figure, having made his fortune from his proud working-class roots with hard work, passion, a lust for life and a never-say-die attitude putting him on top of the world. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 138: Fiona Arrigo on healing in a changing world and what we can do to help
56:56We chat with one of the icons of the world of wellbeing: the great Fiona Arrigo.Fiona is founder of The Arrigo Programme, she is an internationally acclaimed and much-loved psychotherapist, intuitive healer, mentor and Life teacher. We talk about Fiona's remarkable journey into wellbeing, and what her thoughts are as we all come out of lockdown.To find out more about Fiona and to work with her, please visit her site to find out more. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 137: Alan Dolan on being the Breath Guru and how breathwork can change our lives
1:00:41Talk about a timely episode: we chat with renowned breath guru to the stars: the remarkable Alan Dolan.To find out more about Alan - including a chance to book sessions with him - please visit his site. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.