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SUST MUSE - January 2021

My personal style can be described as ..? 

I absolutely love athleisure.  Sporty chic. I am loving the Paloma Bra and Compressed Leggings I recently acquired from SUST Style. Where I can wear my workout clothes during the day but layer it so I don’t just look like I am working out.  I teach seven days a week so am constantly in my sports clothes.

In the evening I would describe my style as glamorous. I love anything asymmetrical! 

During these cold months I also love wearing comfortable chic and luxurious knits. I have also loved wearing my Brushed Silk Jonesy in Navy Blue & the Camel Orgashmere Beanie by Isobel & Cleo and the Marin Flight Suit by Agolde both purchased from SUST

What Yoga means to you?

I first discovered yoga as a student in NYC 27 years ago.  I knew then that it was always going to be a big part of my life. Yoga helps me to create space from the inside out. It has helped me to unlock so much strength, mental clarity and a feeling of vitality that is both nourishing and addictive at the same time. Yoga helps me to create balance both on and off the mat. Balance is key to everything we do, think, say, eat, feel, they all require awareness and it is through that awareness we grow. We find our strength in our balance and if we fall out of balance we just have to stand back up again as that is life right? I love the way it makes be think about and focus on my breath. The body controls the breath but the breath controls the mind. I also love to meditate and thread this into all of my classes. I love how yoga is for everyone. My youngest student is 5 and my oldest is 76 years old. 

Favourite mantra or quote? 

I have so many… bear with me…. Be kind…always.

The more I practice the luckier I get. 

"Life is amazing. And then its awful. And then its amazing again. And in between the amazing and the awful its ordinary and mundane and routine. Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary. That’s just living heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life. And it’s breathtakingly beautiful.” L R Knost

"Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness towards the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked.” Patanjali 

“We dont use the body to get into the pose, we use the pose to get into the body.”

Bernie Clark“Yoga is not a religion. It is a science, science of well being, science of youthfulness, science of integrating body, mind and soul.”

Amit RayBalance is key to everything. What we do, think, say, eat, feel, and they all require awareness and through this awareness we grow.” Koi Fresco 

“Believe it can can be done. When you believe something can be done, really believe, your mind will find the ways to do it.” Believing a solution paves the way to a solution.” David. J Schwartz. 

I love all of Donna Faulds poetry and Hokusai says is one of my favourite poems. 

My favourite asana (pose) and why?… 

Ooooh there are so many but if I had to pick four I would choose… pyramid pose, I love the incredible stretch it gives my hammies, Sphinx pose is oh so satisfying, I love standing on my head getting the blood flowing in the opposite direction, its great for confidence and good to see the world the other way around. Last but certainly not least Shavasana corpse pose at the end of a tough yoga class. 

To me, Authenticity means

… Staying grounded. Being able to laugh at yourself. Treating every person on this earth the same. Enjoy your own unique natural beauty. Stay true to yourself. Continuing to grow. 

If I had to host a dinner party with kick ass women, I'd invite?

All of my friends are kick ass. I miss dinner parties. When this is all over having a big dinner party with my friends with lots of glorious food and wine. 

My favourite scent is … 

Not a Perfume by Juliet Has A Gun. I am very into essential oils. I have been making candles again at home with essential oils and loving it! My favourite scent is lavender.

I am inspired by..? 

Enthusiasm, honesty and kindness. 

If I weren't doing what I do, I would be?

I have found my calling I honestly could not imagine doing anything else right now.  I have worked as a fashion buyer, a brand manager in the wine trade and had my own candle business but this is where I am authentic and true to myself.  When I was younger I wanted to be an actress or a psychologist I feel with yoga I am using both of these skills as when you teach it is like you are presenting and also helping people at the same time. 

My tips for juggling work/life balance are?

I have always tried to put the kids first, they are much more independent now so I have had more time to focus on my teaching. I am working with Heartcore, an amazing boutique gym in London. They have an amazing team and following. It can be very full on teaching in the evenings and weekends but I really don’t mind because I love it. 

I see myself as an introverted extrovert. I love people but I also love being in my own space. Socially surrounded by my family and friends.

At home I love to be surrounded by ..
Good books. I love both fiction and non fiction. I am happiest when I have a good book on the go. 

On my bucket list is … ?

Travelling the world for a year with my husband and the kids. 

During the pandemic I've been reflecting on …. ? 

How on earth am I going to get home and see my family in South Africa?! 

A guilty pleasure I would never forgo?

I love my first cup of tea in the morning. My husband is from Yorkshire and tried to share teabags with me but I do not share the my teabags.  I love wine but in moderation but a lovely glass of wine in the evening with my meal brings me joy. 

An object that I possess and love? 

My dog Ginja. I am obsessed with her and she with me.  

My favourite film is? 

Oh so many I love movies!  Cinema Paradiso and Life is Beautiful.  Both Italian films interestingly… 

Truthfully as Frida says, each of us is our own Muse, but sometimes we need a little inspiration!  Each month,  SUST will interview women who dare to be rebellious, conscious and unique in their lives or work and share some of their inspiration with you!

Watch this space..

Helen Cutt

Featured above in the Oversize Trench by NOMIA, Tony Jeans by AGOLDE and to the left, in Carleen Vintage Patchwork Sweats

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