Need some more zen in your life? Enter Exhale Mindfulness Studio – Perth’s awesome new meditation studio run by Amelia Harvey. Find out more about what inspired Exale’s creation and (of course!) where Amelia likes to dine, below x

Please tell us a bit about yourself.

Hello! I’m Amelia and I’m a Life Coach and Meditation Teacher and the owner of Exhale Mindfulness Studio in West Perth. I live with my fiancé, sausage dog and cat in Leederville where we have some of Perth’s best breakfasts on our doorstep.

We LOVE the new Exhale Mindfulness Studio, what made you want to open it? Can you tell us a bit about the concept?

Thank you! For the last 10 years I’ve been immersed in all things psychology (I’ve got my Honours Degree in Psych), emotional wellbeing, and mental health and I’ve been meditating since I started practicing yoga at 17.

Mindfulness and meditation have amazing (not to mention scientifically validated) benefits but while meditation is an easy thing to do, it’s just a little bit easier not to do it. I would often recommend meditation to my clients who were after a way to feel happier and calmer and cope with stress and a theme started to emerge – they’d feel great when they meditated but would struggle to make it a habit or a regular practice. I wanted to create a business that tackled that issue and so Exhale was born!

The idea behind Exhale is to make meditation easy, accessible, and approachable for everyone. I want to step away from the stigma that you need to be super spiritual or a bit of a hippy to meditate and help make meditation a part of anyone’s day-to-day life, just like regular exercise. Our space is modern and comfortable, we use evidence based meditation techniques, and our clients book their meditations online so it’s very much modern-day meditation that’s perfect for everyone from brand new meditators to more experienced practitioners.

For me, the biggest driving force behind opening Exhale is seeing how relaxed and happy people feel after a meditation and the flow on effect from that has for their family life, career, health, self awareness, and emotional well being.

Exhale Mindfulness Studio

Exhale Mindfulness Studio

Exhale Mindfulness Studio

On a personal level, what do you find that meditation brings to your life?

It gives me more patience and tolerance and helps me see the bigger picture and not sweat the small stuff. Meditation has been a huge factor in my businesses – it gives me focus and energy as well as helping me tap into inspiration. It helps me sleep well, stay motivated, and live more in the moment. It really is like a magic pill for a happier life!

Do you have any advice for people who are starting the mindfulness journey, what small steps can they take to be more mindful in every day life?

Mindfulness is all about living in the present moment so it’s all about setting ourselves up to reconnect in small ways during our busy days. A few things I find helpful:

–       Limiting the time I spend on my phone and social media and leaving it at home when I go out for a meal or walk the dog

–       Listing to relaxing music and taking deep breaths while I drive

–       Daily meditation (at Exhale of course ;))

–       Doing one thing at a time instead of multi-tasking, especially when I’m working

–       Writing about 3 things I’m grateful for every day to remind me to enjoy the little things

Between classes, where do you like to duck out to for a great breakfast in Perth?

Gordon Street Garage is a few blocks from the studio, it’s such a cool space with awesome food. I love Nood Café in Leederville because of their great healthy options – their veggie bread and a turmeric latte is my go-to for a brekky on the run! I’m a huge fan of Hylin in West Leederville, I love their mushrooms and avo toast. I go to Pixel in Leederville all the time for the pix plate, avo toast, and nourish bowls which are so yummy and healthy. Sayers in Leederville is a long time favourite, their menu is always fresh and seasonal with really creative options that always taste amazing and they do my favourite almond milk chai.

What are your favourite dinner spots in Perth?

I love The Raw Kitchen in Fremantle because it’s such an awesome venue and the yellow curry and broccoli pizza are SO GOOD. Bread in Common, also in Freo, is another favourite, it’s a really beautiful friendly space with amazing fresh, farm to table food. Brika in East Perth does to-die-for Greek food and their feed me option is always a winner because you get to try a bit of everything. Perfect for the but-I-want-to-try-everything diner (me).  Bivouac in Northbridge is always a great experience, the staff are lovely and their food is really yummy and a bit different. Also in Northbridge, I really like the Hummus Club for a Middle Eastern feast and Sauma for Indian.

This might be a tough one, but what’s the best meal you’ve ever had?

It was a 7 course degustation in a restaurant called Locavore in Ubud, Bali that I had with my man. The food was all locally sourced and prepared in really creative ways and it was all so delicious. There was so much attention to detail and unexpected surprises in the meal that made it very special. I love enjoying a fancy pants meal like that from time to time as a decadent out-of-the-norm experience but I also have so many treasured memories of meals that involve cooking and eating with family and friends at home – I love a laid back, communal approach to food

And, last but not least, the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

From a young age, both my parents would say to me ‘treat people how you would like to be treated’ (which makes it sound like I was a bit of a ratbag!) and that’s always stuck with me. It reminds me to be compassionate, friendly, present, and engaged with everyone I interact with. Niceness is so underrated in business but I think it’s one of the biggest contributors to success.

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