Sjana says that working out and eating well is one thing, but she personally believes that health should be treated more holistically. Other aspects of health such as social, mental, spiritual and emotional well-being are equally, if not more, important.(Sjana’s Insatagram)
In a world where social media is ruled by the Kardashians, Sjana Elise (22) is the kind of role model the world needs. When she was 16, she was so depressed that she ended up in a psychiatric ward. Lying there, she would repeat the words ‘pathetic, worthless and useless’ to herself. Her way of escaping reality was by sleeping 16 hours daily and trying to stay away from family and friends.
Then, she used the potent mixture of yoga and social media to literally turn her life around. She became a lifestyle photojournalist, started practicing yoga and sharing her thoughts and personal struggles with the world via Instagram, Facebook and other social media tools. As of today, Sjana, based in Newcastle (Australia) has over 1.3 million followers on Instagram.
Motivated by the many benefits that yoga provides, Sjana has just released her first ever yoga programme, Body And Mind (BAM). BAM is available on the SWEAT app, founded by Tobi Pearce, which was launched today. The SWEAT app offers programs on exercise performance, post-pregnancy training, nutrition and others. The two other trainers along with her are Kayla Itsines (world’s most influential fitness trainer) and Kelsey Wells (female empowerment and post pregnancy training expert).
We spoke to Sjana about yoga, diet and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This is what the yogini had to say:
In a nutshell, tell us about your experience with yoga.
After going through some difficult times with depression and anxiety when I was around 15 years old, I found yoga and used it as a means of recovery. From my personal experience, yoga is so much more than just a workout. It incorporates body, mind and soul collectively.
Yoga was my saving grace, and my inspiration for creating this programme is the hope that other women can experience the true essence, power and benefits of yoga for themselves. Everyone deserves to love themselves, feel comfortable, strong and confident in their skin. I want to be able to help them feel that and to truly believe they are beautiful.
What is your message to women?
I want to tell them that they are beautiful, strong, resilient, capable and courageous. I want to inspire confidence, self-acceptance and a sense of determination. I want women to feel powerful, both internally and externally. I want to empower women, and inspire those women to empower others. I hope this will generate a force field of incredible women, a community, all supporting one another on their journeys.