Om Ambssadors are our brand ambassadors: leaders in their own community who champion the Om & Away brand and exmplify our mission and ethos both in person and on line. This week, we chat with Peggy Chang(@sixpegs) about her love for travel, food, music and more.
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself
I am the co-owner of a cafe called The Tiramisu Hero in Singapore and have been blogging for more than ten years. I love good food, travel, yoga, movies, animals and good music!
2. What is your wellness/fitness routine?
When I was younger, I was a choir girl and had always been in clubs and societies in schools. My fitness journey started when I discovered yoga. Now, I practice Ashtanga yoga, CrossFit or visit the gym about 3 to 4 times a week.
3. Where is your favourite travel destination?
It is hard to come up with one because travel is always linked to how I feel when I in that country/city. So far, my best experiences were during my Eastern Europe travels and my visit to Abisko in Northern Sweden.
3. What are the places or retreats you would recommend to people for a travel wellness experience?
For a travel wellness experience, I think it is essential that the destination is comfortable and private. This might sound cliche but I’d say listen to your heart when it comes to choosing where to go. Do some research and read up about it.
4. Why do you think it’s important to prioritise your health and wellbeing and how do you keep this at the forefront when life starts to become overwhelming?
There is nothing more important than health and well-being – both physical and mental. I used to only go to yoga and see it as a form of exercise about 8, 9 years back. It was only in the last 2 years that I really saw yoga differently.
With breathing exercises and meditation, it taught me and showed me how powerful and strong the mind can be. And how that strength can affect my body in profound ways. I started attending yoga lessons more regularly after I experienced a panic attack while I was travelling alone overseas. I remember vividly how I was trying to breathe and meditate to calm myself down. At that very moment, I told myself I need to make the yoga practice a part of my life. I’m glad I did and it had helped me tremendously.
I think it is important to make sure that working out, staying active and having a practice becomes a part of your life.
5. Everyone’s idea of self-care is different, please tell us about yours?
It is much easier to give advice to close friends and our loved ones, while the message to ourselves are the hardest to get across. Self-care is always checking in on oneself to see if one is doing okay. It is as simple as that.
6.What is your personal ethos?
To always be able to live with oneself, to be comfortable in one’s own skin.
7. If there is 1 wellness tip you swear by, what would that be?
Never underestimate the importance of rest. Always listen to your body and know that it is alright to pause and rest and it is important to help you learn even more in time.
8. How was your recent travel experience with Om & Away at Island Yoga?
It was my first time going on a yoga retreat and it was very eye and mind opening. I met a lot of friendly and down to earth people who made the journey so enjoyable and memorable. I was initially worried about whether I can deal with the practices physically, but there were students of various levels and the instructors also accommodated to everyone. I like how there is a personal touch to almost everything at Island Yoga, and I felt right at home while I was there.
9. If you had to choose a word to describe the recent retreat experience with Om & Away, what would it be and why?
Comforting. It was a very balance of everything during the trip. The environment was homely and cosy but it was also a destination where one can choose to “switch off one’s mind” and start looking inward, and there are people and tools to help you achieve that. I personally really enjoyed the lessons and teachings of the instructors at Island Yoga; I took away a lot from them.
Be Good To Yourself
The Om Team