Get to know Georgina, the beauty and the brains behind Vitalita Health & Fitness.
Why did you become a Yoga teacher?
I first rolled out my mat in 2004 but, entranced by London’s hedonistic lifestyle and climbing the career ladder, my practice was sporadic. Diagnosed with anxiety and depression in 2011 after mistaking a panic attack for a heart attack, I knew something had to change.
Vital to my recovery, yoga remains the most important tool in my survival kit; consistent practice on and off the mat has boosted my mental and emotional resilience; taught me to savour the present moment; and replenished my innate curiosity and lust for life. Helping others restore a sense of vitality and purpose was the logical next step.
When teaching, I draw inspiration from a range of movement modalities and philosophies – Yin and restorative yoga, Pilates, The Roll Model® Method, The Nutritious Movement® Approach, Yoga Physics Methodology.
What would you be doing if you weren’t helping people become fit, healthy and happy?
Having sat at a desk for the first part of my career, I don’t think I could go back to that way of life. I’d want to use my hands to do something creative and, much like Sam, possibly food-related.
If you could invite three influential people to dinner who would they be and why?
There are so many strong, successful and inspirational female role models to choose from. If you asked me this question tomorrow or next week, it’d be totally different answer!
Amy Ippoliti is a Senior Yoga Teacher and environmental activist who lives and breathes the philosophy of yoga, and does it with a smile and sass.
Comedian, writer and mental health campaigner Ruby Wax had to come to terms with her depression in the public spotlight. After a series of public meltdowns, she went back to school to study psychotherapy, neuroscience and mindfulness. Now, she’s on a mission to help us understand how our brains work and how we can rewire our thinking. I have no doubt she’d be a little provocative and a lot of fun.
Finally, Reese Witherspoon. I’ve loved Reese since she played Elle Woods in Legally Blonde but it’s her more recent accomplishments as a producer, entrepreneur and advocate for women’s rights which cement her in my mind as a role model.
Tell us something interesting not many people know about you
After finishing high school, I spent a year as an exchange student in Canada. I won the inaugural Broken Ski Pole award for most accident-prone student in my PE class!
What is your favourite mantra or quote?
Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. – Maria Robinson