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Achieving wellness in a digital world

Achieving wellness in a digital world

Tayla O’Brien has her finger on the pulse when it comes to the who, what, where and how of wellness using technology. Here are some of her favourites.

Humans are constantly searching for ways to help us live a happier, healthier and more satisfying life. Here are the people to follow, the apps to download, the films to watch, the podcasts to listen to and the blogs to read to inspire and kick start your journey to wellness.


Kayla Itines

With more than seven million followers on Instagram, Aussie Kayla Itsines (@kayla_itsines) is no doubt one of the most influential women on the internet. Her flagship Bikini Body fitness and lifestyle guides as well as her Sweat with Kayla app help to educate and empower women to take charge of their health and become more confident in their bodies. You don’t have to look far for proof that her plan works, with before-and-after shots of her cult flooding Instagram feeds.

Vivienne Tang

More than 20,000 people follow Hong Kong-based travel and wellness expert Vivienne Tang (@viviennetang) and her Destination Deluxe (@destinationdeluxe) blog on Facebook and Instagram. Why? It’s one of Asia’s best-of-the-best beauty bibles, spanning spas and retreats, meditation and yoga, fitness, food and beauty with firsthand experiences alongside awesome images and inspirational selfies to match.

We also love…

The team behind US-based Well+Good (@iamwellandgood) and our homegrown Ellie Bullen (@elsas_wholesomelife).


Smiling Mind

With more than a million downloads, the free app Smiling Mind helps people deal with the stress and challenges of everyday life. Plug in to the app’s guided meditation daily and find increased balance in your stress levels and sleeping habits; regulated emotions; and improved concentration, productivity and creativity. Remember, it’s got to become a habit for you to really reap the benefits.

We also love…

Plant-based recipe guide Forks Over Knives and audio fitness trainer Aaptiv.

Films and Documentaries

What the Health

From the creators of the award-winning Cowspiracy, the newest Netflix addition What the Health is an American documentary that explores the link between diet and disease, and delivers an eye-opening investigation into the relationship between leading health organisations, big food companies, the US government and pharmaceutical companies.

We also love…

Embrace from body-image activist Taryn Brumfitt and Happy from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Roko Belic.


Good Life Project

With a global community of more than 350,000 people, the Good Life Project podcast is currently in the top five on iTunes Australia. The podcast has a strong focus on business and entrepreneurship, and US founder Jonathan Fields provides listeners with the support, guidance and encouragement they need to grow and succeed.

The Space Between

Inspiring more than 40,000 wannabe yogis through her blog and Instagram account, Sydney-based Kate Kendall (@activeyogi) is helping people become more productive and fulfilled versions of themselves. Her podcast The Space Between offers a unique twist – she talks with inspiring people while practising yin yoga.

We also love…

Black Girl in Om (@blackgirlinom), which promotes holistic wellness and inner beauty for women of colour and Balanced Bites (@balancedbitespodcast), which provides a modern take on Paleo-friendly living with Diane Sanfilippo and Liz Wolfe.

This article appeared in volume 2 of Signature Luxury Travel Spa & Wellness. To subscribe to the latest issue, click here.

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