Amelia Adrian is Mother, Yoga teacher, Aromatherapist and Reiki practitioner living and practicing in Forest Hill. She loves to combine these disciplines in her offerings, specialising in practices of Aromayoga and Aroma infused Reiki Treatments. She is here as a teacher and practitioner to help you feel more relaxed, centred. calm and connected 

How long have you lived in the area? 

My whole life. I was born in Beckenham at Stone Park Maternity Hospital (we used to call it Beckenham baby factory! Not very P.C. I know). The area has now been converted in to a blocks of flats ! I grew up in Sydenham and then bought my first flat in Crystal Palace many years ago! I have lived in Forest Hill for the last 15 years as I have raised my own family.  

What has changed most during that time? 

The coffee If you know where to go, you can now get the best Flat White in London. 

What do you most value about the area/street you live in? Without a doubt, my neighbours. 

I think knowing I could call on their door and they would be there to help in whatever way they could. Knowing that whatever small request such a missing ingredient for a recipe, to helping us with any family emergency. That is priceless.  

What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? 

My Yoga Practice – this is the practice that keeps me sane and centred, no matter what turmoil is happening in the family, the community or the world at large.  

Do you belong to any groups?My favourite local group is Fitbirds Fitness. They run outdoor sessions in the local parks combining cardio, some yoga and basically all round good high vibe energy. Always super fun, and I always leave feeling better than when I arrived.  

Describe your perfect weekend– gardening, cinema or home cinema, a walk in the local park, someone to cook me a roast and I’m happy 🙂 Good conversation, some time to meditate. Simple pleasures as I get older seem to do the trick. 

What’s your favourite place for a night out?I’m such a homebird so playing out is rare these days, but I do love films, so East Dulwich Picturehouse always feels welcoming and relaxing.  

Where are you likely to be found on Saturday? 

In my garden, playing with the flowers! 

What is your favourite place to eat? 

We love The Begging Bowl in Peckham. 

Coffee or tea?Neither… I have discovered the joys of drinking Cacao!! It’s important to find an ethical source. I go to Fly Kakao for mine. Calming and energising. 

Where’s your favourite place to walk? 

I have a few. Dulwich Woods is a special place if you catch it at the right time of day. I love Horniman for the floral display in the gardens, it is so well cared for.  And I do love Beckenham Place Park for a long walk and a broad horizon – it can sometimes feel like you are in the countryside there.  

When I want to relax, I turn to my Essential Oils. As an aromatherapist I’ve learnt how to self-soothe with natural plant medicines in the form of Essential Oils. It’s an art and a science to using Essential Oils, but one that is easily available to all of us. I’ve created a trusted methodology over the years, learning the floral oils like Lavender helps to calm me, the woody Oils like Frankincense help to ground me and the Citrus Oils like Bergamot uplift and energise me. I love teaching others how to use these Oils for their own relaxation too. 

What is your favourite shop? 

I do like Stag and Bow in Forest Hill, for its quirky independent style.  

The book I’m reading at the moment is Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer which teaches of Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants. She has made it personal, loving but also universal.  

My perfect holiday is a trip to Cornwall. We visit here regularly, and it feels very much like a second home to me. The land is so alive and inspiring. Just heaven if you get a sunny day on the beach.   

My secret ambition is to witness the Northern Lights. I’m always interested in new experiences, and I know this would be so awesome and totally inspirational while reminding me of my small but special place in this wonderful Universe.