Tranquil Living with Anit Hora

Anit Hora is the founder of Mullein & Sparrow, a natural and vegan skin care company based in Brooklyn. Born in India and raised in New York City, Anit grew up with the principles of Ayurveda and after a career in fashion returned to the power of plant based healing as a holistic esthetician and herbalist, eventually hand distilling her own apothecary line.

What time do you wake up?

I typically wake up at 8:00 a.m. and aim for 10 hours of sleep. I deeply value my sleep and consider it absolutely integral to my health and wellness.

How do you start your day?

I try to make starting my day peacefully and with intention a priority every day. The very first thing I do is meditate for 15 minutes. I then like to tidy up. Since my days at work are often quite busy and at many times a touch chaotic, I prefer to come home to a tranquil space. If I have time, I also like to read a chapter or two of whatever I am currently reading for pleasure/ entrepreneurial inspiration. At the moment I am reading Originals: How Non-conformists Change the World by Adam Grant. It’s quite a fascinating read.

What do you eat for breakfast?

As it’s wintertime, I am currently loving my simple hygge inspired breakfast of hot oatmeal topped with nuts. I also almost always have a cup of unsweetened earl grey or English breakfast tea.

What do you do with your morning?

I currently work Monday through Thursday, attend class on Fridays (I am a new Goldman Sachs scholar) and put in a few work hours on the weekends as well, so my days are very, very busy. Because of this, I really try to cherish my mornings as “me time.” I ease into my day and set the tone for the hours ahead from an internal place of calm. I meditate, organise, read, enjoy my tea and essentially ensure that I am clear and calm, able to be responsive instead of reactive to the flurry of emails and meetings that greet me as I enter the office and dive into my entrepreneurial day to day life.

What daily rituals are important to you?

In addition to my meditation practice, I also like to walk outside and practice yoga every day, even if I only have time for a restorative class. Being in nature and moving my body in a mindful way both make me feel so much clearer, more grounded and connected.

Do you exercise?

I aim to practice yoga – both vinyasa and restorative – almost every evening, though the timing sometimes varies depending on my work schedule. I will also use the stairmaster or elliptical to get in a little extra cardio and strength before class if I have time. Treating myself to a post class steam room session is a definite must, too. It all helps me unwind and decompress after my long days.

What do you eat for lunch?

Traditionally in Ayurveda lunch should be your largest meal of the day and for me this is more or less always true. What I enjoy varies day by day but I always aim to eat something healthy, be it a veg and chickpea sandwich or avocado toast, a warm macro bowl or some other variety of colourful, plant based nutrition to fuel me through my day.

Do you have a set of tasks/ responsibilities to handle every day?

As you may imagine, being the founder of an all natural, vegan beauty line entails a wide array of day to day tasks. I am always kept on my toes. This said, I aim to make a point of going beyond these every day musts. I like to stay informed and up to date on entrepreneurial trends, so I aim to set aside at least 30 minutes a day for reading up on marketing, business practices and the like.

What does your afternoon look like?

I am always working in the afternoon and it’s very different every day, such is the start up life. It certainly keeps things interesting and exciting.

Do you spend time with friends daily?

Unfortunately my busy work schedule makes spending time with friends daily a bit challenging though I like to think of my small yet powerful team as a solid circle of friends whom I love spending my days with. As far as non work friends are concerned, I try to be social on the weekends whenever I can.

How do you begin your evening?

Almost always with my yoga practice; it’s my way of easing into a calm space after the craziness of the day.

Does the day feel like one period to you or do you segment it?

I definitely segment my day. I have my peaceful mornings and evenings, and then as far as my work day is concerned, I find compartmentalising my time and, therefore, my tasks, extremely beneficial. I am far more efficient and productive when I break down my day into hours, or even sometimes 15 minute sessions, at a time. This ensures that when I am on, I’m truly on and when I’m off, I can be off. It is the only way I’ve found to preserve my sense of wellness and that ever important work life balance.

What do you eat for dinner?

I keep it light and plant based always. Admittedly we are currently reformulating and preparing to launch many new products, so my team and I are full steam ahead at the moment which makes for considerably long days. This means that more often than not, post yoga I find myself walking through my charming Williamsburg neighbourhood and choosing one of the many healthy, delicious restaurants by my apartment to pick something up from.

How do you spend your time before bed?

Like in the morning, I try to read at least one chapter of whatever book I am currently reading just before bed. If I am feeling particularly indulgent, I will also treat myself to a candlelit, blossom based bath.

Do you have a night time routine?

A few nights per week before reading, I will apply a facial mask to detox, cleanse and moisturise, ensuring that I wake up with beautifully radiant skin.

What are the last things you focus on before you go to sleep?

Right before drifting off I like to meditate on all I am grateful for and all the positives of my day. Gratitude is so, so vitally important and I feel it is the perfect way to end my days on a high note, ready to take on whatever the next day brings.