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Modern Hippie Linda Hao's Guide To Living Green And Being One With Nature

In light of the upcoming Earth Day on April 22 - hey, it's never too early to start – Female collective member and modern-day hippie Linda Hao lets us in on how she she lives a mindful and sustainable life.

What’s Linda Hao been up to lately, you ask? The DJ, fashion designer and eco guru has been busy with Omm Home – a personal creative-haven-turned-studio that has served as a retreat of sorts for those looking to explore slow-living. The Johor Bahru-based studio has since conducted intimate sewing workshops and will soon be expanding into the realm of yoga and chakra knowledge. As of now, the self-proclaimed New Age Yogini is living the #slowlife in Thailand’s Koh Phan Gan. Here, her tips on how to start living green – from mindful, everyday practices to tiny adjustments you can start making now. Ready for a lifestyle change?

Appreciate the little things in life
There are many ways to take action when it comes to living green. Some simple ways – take short showers to save water and make your own food when you can. Also, take a moment to appreciate food and water.   Appreciate the little things in life
There are many ways to take action when it comes to living green. Some simple ways – take short showers to save water and make your own food when you can. Also, take a moment to appreciate food and water. Choose eco-friendly and naturally-made products
Some eco-friendly products you can start opting for: a bamboo toothbrush, bamboo straws, toothpaste in a tin, oils that come in glass bottles, soaps made out of natural ingredients, hair powder as shampoo, rattan sandals and even a water bottle bag.  Choose eco-friendly and naturally-made products
Some eco-friendly products you can start opting for: a bamboo toothbrush, bamboo straws, toothpaste in a tin, oils that come in glass bottles, soaps made out of natural ingredients, hair powder as shampoo, rattan sandals and even a water bottle bag.  Bring your own food packaging and cutlery
By investing in eco-friendly staples you can start bringing your own whenever you can – from cutlery to save on single use plastic to your own food so as to reduce packaging waste to water bottles for easy top ups. Eat local and fresh produce
Where you can, shop and eat local fresh produce. This helps to reduce waste and supports smaller businesses. Eat local fresh produce
Where you can, shop and eat local fresh produce. This helps to reduce waste and supports smaller businesses. Rely on an eco-friendly beauty regime
Some of my favourite eco-friendly beauty items: Magic Of India’s herbals shampoo powder, Oleum’s face oil and Frangipani’s organic deodorant stick. Nature heals
A big part of living green is also implementing your practices like yoga and meditation in nature. Make time in your day to take a hike to relieve all of your stress and worries.  Take time to admire the sun
Spend a little time to be still and silent and watch the sun set. This is a beautiful way to give thanks to each day. Practice body to earth connection in shavasana
I also practice connecting my body to the Earth. To do this, simply lay down in corpse pose – also called the shavasana pose in yoga practice – take in deep breaths to calm the mind and feel peace from the earth beneath the body. Practice groundedness through walking meditation
Walking meditation is a great way to practice groundedness too. To do this, make sure you are taking conscious steps with every breath. Try yoga on the beach
Do practice balance, acceptance and flexibility in nature’s setting that’s constantly moving with the wind. Learn to let go and be a happy monkey
Don’t be too serious – be free and be happy. Notice the little things
Beauty is all around us if we care to notice. I personally like to take a stroll at night to discover the wonderful magic of blooming flowers.