Inspirational asanas, positivity and a gentle calmness were the three things that immediately attracted us to Jacqui Noël’s, a yoga teacher living in Munich, Instagram account, and with a curiosity about what it is like to make yoga your living we knew we had to get in touch to find out more.
We love Jacqui’s story, originally from New Zealand her career path has taken her from ballet dancer to digital producer to now yoga teacher and mama-to-be. She has lived across the world in New York, Sydney and London and is now based in Munich, Germany. Jacqui quit corporate life in 2018 to focus on yoga, and now teaches classes in Munich, where she currently calls home.
We find out more about what a Day in the Life looks like for her.
I wake up between 7:00-7:30am when my husband gets up to go to work. I always start my day with a shower. This helps me wake up and feel fresh for the rest of the day. Then my husband and I will have breakfast together. My typical breakfast is a mix of muesli and granola with yoghurt and fruit. For liquids, I stick to just water. I actually don’t like the taste of coffee so you’ll never find me with a cup of coffee in my hand!
After breakfast, I’ll do a morning yoga practice. Lately this consists of just gentle stretching and movements to open up my body after being stiff all night long.
During the day, I’ll plan my next yoga classes. I like to spend the time coming up with creative sequencing so I keep my students interested and challenged. I always try to keep it varied and diverse as that is what I like in my own practice.
For lunch, I’ll either have leftovers from dinner the night before, or I’ll whip up something quick like eggs and avocado on toast. Lately I’ve been loving to add chives from our garden. Again, I’ll have only water. I know I don’t stay hydrated enough so I’m trying to be better about that!
If I’m teaching in the evening, I’ll prepare to go out a couple hours before as we live in the countryside. I ride my bike to the station, and then take a train into the city.
My husband and I love to travel and explore new places and cultures. Currently we have Eastern Europe on our list of destinations. So I’ll spend some time during the day planning our next trips or creating photobooks of our previous trips. At the moment though, all my free time is taken up with the arrival of our little one who is due in November! So I’ve been researching everything from car seats, to prams, to preparing the nursery and everything that goes with it!
In the evenings, I’ll either be teaching yoga or you’ll find me in the kitchen. On the weekends we tend to cook more elaborate meals. Usually I’ll be in charge of the main meal and my husband likes to bake, so he’ll take care of the sweets. It’s a perfect partnership!
I love to experiment with food and make dishes from different cultures. We don’t eat out very often as we like to be in control of what we put in our bodies. And nothing beats a home cooked meal! Our diet consists of a little bit of everything. Our belief is moderation is key! And as my husband is French, our meals are typically in the French style. We will have a starter (usually fresh tomatoes or grated carrots with homemade vinaigrette), main meal, salad, cheese and dessert (usually fruit but maybe a fruit tart or cake if we’ve prepared well). We also have our own small vegetable patch in our garden where we grow our own tomatoes, zucchini, lettuce, radish, herbs and more. So we use vegetables from our garden in our cooking. As for everything else, we always try to buy organic products and stick to whole foods.
We spend a fair amount of time at the dinner table. My husband and I will catch up on each other’s days, and then after dinner, we’ll wind down, relaxing, reading a book, or maybe watching a movie. Before bed, I’ll stretch a bit. We’re usually in bed by around 11:00-11:30pm.