This week we have partnered up with our new favourite cruelty-free brand, Votch. Created by founder Laura as an alternative to the leather industry and with an aspiration to make a difference in the world.

Each of Votch watch is made from eco-friendy, cruelty free materials such as cotton and they use recycled and renewable content where they can.

The team at Votch share a passion of yoga and meditation and this week they have teamed up with yogi Anna de Sousa to share with us why yoga and meditation is so important in today’s hectic world.

The popularity of yoga and meditation classes is growing globally at a very fast pace. And for one very simple reason: we need to take time out!

Yoga Teacher Anna De Sousa Wearing Asquith's ethical yoga clothes

Today, many of our lives are fast-paced, super busy and driven by being productive. We’ve stopped making time for ourselves, and – even worse – we’ve started feeling guilty if we do. Brands everywhere – from vegan-leather watch company Votch to organic activewear brand Asquith – are encouraging us all to take time out of our hectic lives.

The truth is that making yourself a priority and taking up yoga and meditation can make a big positive difference to your life. But what does that mean on a practical level?

Yoga and meditation can improve your breathing

Yoga Teacher Anna De Sousa Wearing Asquith's ethical yoga clothes

A huge number of people inhale and exhale in odd patterns. Their breaths are too fast, too short or too shallow. Yoga and meditation give you the tools to calm your breathing.

When you start practising yoga, you’re taught to move with your breath; it brings awareness and control. While meditation encourages you to notice when your emotions are affecting your breath.

They’ll make you more mindful

Yoga Teacher Anna De Sousa Wearing Asquith's ethical yoga clothes

Yoga is a total mind/body experience, with both physical and mental benefits. It can make you sharper and aid your sleep. It can also help you live in the present – because you need to focus all your energy on each movement or pose. You tune your body in and forget the rest of the world.

Meditation can improve your quality of life by giving your mind time to process everything that happens to you. By combining it with yoga, you can be mindful of your thoughts and aware of your body.

They’ll help you to deal with stress better

Yoga Teacher Anna De Sousa Wearing Asquith's ethical yoga clothes

Yoga and meditation reduce stress and lower blood pressure. As we’ve seen, meditation is great for focusing your mind on the moment. While yoga focuses you on the asanas (the poses).

Both can also help you to think more clearly. The clearer you think, the more perspective you’ll have. And with that perspective often comes patience and better ways of dealing with difficult situations.

Although we can’t control life’s complications, the ability to react to stressful situations with peace can drastically improve your wellbeing and reduce your anxiety.

Yoga will help you fit your exercise in

Yoga Teacher Anna De Sousa Wearing Asquith's ethical yoga clothes

The benefits of yoga go beyond psychology. It can also improve your physical condition.

Yoga is such a sustainable way of getting your exercise in. In yoga, you work your whole body with both static holds and dynamic moves. And the great thing about it is that there are many types of yoga out there – suitable for all levels and needs.

Furthermore, stretches help the distribution of the nutrients around your body, prevent injuries, and ease pains. Bringing mobility and flexibility to your body will make you more agile and fit. It feels like magic.

Start now by making time

Yoga Teacher Anna De Sousa Wearing Asquith's ethical yoga clothes

Yoga and meditation practised together can strengthen your body and your mind. Why not start today? They can only improve your well-being, your mindset and your life.

And just remember that you don’t need to put hours and hours into yoga and meditation every day. It’s not the amount of time you spend at practice, but how much you get out it.

We have teamed up with Votch to offer you 15% off their cruelty free watch collection. Votch is a vegan leather watch company that gives back, with 10% of profits being donated to their charity of the season. Simply enter ASQUITH15 at the checkout. Offer applies to full prices watches only (not individual straps) and will expire midnight GMT on March 30th 2018.

Anna de Sousa is wearing:
The Rose Gold & Pnk Votch from the Classic Collection
Photos by: Alexa Mitiner

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