A conversation with muse Erin Wainwright
The turning tides and golden grasses at dusk became a playful space for our conversation with Erin Wainwright - trainee yoga teacher, sustainable textile designer and nurturing friend. We spoke with her about the importance of finding yourself within the movement of your body.
"Sometimes I need to wear myself out, other times I just need to get back into feeling my body"
How do you embrace your own sense of womanhood?
I feel content when expressing the feminine creative energies in my body through movement and art. I am of a very open and caring nature so I like to nurture others, this could be playing host, cooking for others or just being an open heart for sharing and helping people work through their worries or desires.
When do you feel your most radiant self?
Cycle wise, definitely phase 2 (follicular, days 6-14). After my period I feel refreshed and relieved of tensions that had been building in my body. My energy can get quite manic and anxious leading up to menstruating, so this phase after is a time of decompression in my body. That is if other aspects aren't affecting me!: alcohol bloats me and combined with often richer foods being consumed when socialising, this can bring out blemishes. However, if I'm keeping up with regular running, yoga and time outdoors, my body is good at cleansing itself. If I remain stagnant- both mentally and physically- I don't feel myself and my skin suffers.
Do you have a creative discipline or passion which you dedicate your time to? How does it impact your health and wellbeing ?
I am currently working towards a masters in sustainable textile design in which I am designing clothing for skin health, incorporating origami into the design of the fabric to reduce contact with the skin. This was inspired by my mother's experience with sensitive skin on a large scar she has lived with most of her life after going through skin cancer as a child. I am creating a wellbeing-wear collection which I will be launching towards the end of 2019. Following this passion helps me feel fulfilled, and has allowed me to discover materials, brands, people, makers and insights that align with my philosophies, and inform choices in my own life. I am also currently training to become a yoga teacher, this is informing my daily rituals of movement and mindfulness practice, which I find helps me balance my mind and body, benefitting all aspects of my physical and mental health. I am training because I want to share this with other people and spread the benefits of living mindfully.
Do you have any self-care rituals that ground, nourish and energise you?
Morning yoga and meditation get me into my body and put me in a more mindful state for the day ahead. I also try to meditate early afternoon to ground me again after the flow of the day has started to carry me along. These little disruptions are so important to making me feel calm and present as I have a tendency to get anxious when just going with the motions, which makes me either manic or fatigued. Running is a must when that energy is too much and just needs to be shaken out, but can also be a way to energise as it gets endorphins flowing. In the warmer months, I combine my regular runs with a dip in the Cornish sea.
I clean my face 1-2 times a day with a natural enzyme cleanser (Liz Earle), followed by the balancing face oil from you wonderful women at Basho. As I was around early on in your journey, I was lucky enough to test some products and found that, for my skin, your approach to natural ingredients and choosing combinations for their specific attributes had my skin in the best way its been for as long as I can remember (I'm not just saying that!). I all but stopped getting blemishes- even on my period- and my usual shine that developed throughout the day is no longer!
Do you know your skin type? Has it changed in your adult life? If so how?
I definitely think I am the "oily / blemish prone / sensitive" skin type. I have always got an oily nose (its dry and shiny after washing where my skin is quite tight which stretches the pores and throughout the day I can find this is a zone where I feel most oily, as well as the rest of the t-zone). My skin has become more sensitive as I have got older, I used to use more harsh products as a teenager, probably panicking when spots first started to emerge and I wanted to combat them! But I now find these products irritate my skin, making it itchy or even bringing out rashes, I also find this with some heavy sun creams.
How do you reconnect when you're feeling out of touch with yourself?
I get into nature and I meditate. If my energy is high I will run or swim outside, with no distractions or limitations. Sometimes I need to wear myself out, other times I just need to get back into feeling my body.
What is beauty to you?
Beauty is unique but is always cultivated through a compassion for one's self and others. Self-care helps one radiate the version of beauty they wish to share, which leads to a confidence to share it with the world. Through my clothing, I wish to start social dialogues on inclusivity in the wellness world, people shouldn't feel excluded for not looking or feeling the way many things are perceived through imagery and online presence. Beauty is all around, if I was to think there was one way to be beautiful, I would be really missing out!
Is there any inspiring or empowering poem or quote that you could share with us?
I keep Rupi Kaur's poetry (Milk and Honey, and The Sun and Her Flowers) by my bed. I feel she communicates womanhood very eloquently, which is no doubt why she resonates with so many people. Also, she does so without shying away from the harsher realities- you have to acknowledge darkness to turn on the light. There's always something there for me, whether it be about romance, self-love, a woman's resilience, mothers or men.
I recently shared a quote from @oatkitchen's account, (on my @mindful_daily_workout) which goes: "Health isn't just about what you're eating, it's also about what you're thinking and saying too." This really resonates with me on my personal mindfulness path, but is also very literal; if you are aware of your thoughts and words, your actions become more intentional too and therefore decisions like food, exercise, altruism and self-care all become conscious ones.
Erin uses our Balancing everyday face oil to subdue shine and uplift spirits. We wish her the best of luck with her venture in yoga, and look forward to experiencing her wisdom in a class!