Embracing Wellness: Karina Stewart's Life-Enhancing Tips from Our Latest Podcast


I'm still riding the wave of inspiration from my recent podcast conversation with the wonderful Karina Stewart, co-founder of the Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary (which was named Worldwide Health & Wellness Destination of the Year at the 2023 World Spa and Wellness Awards in London.

Karina isn't just a health & wellness authority; she embodies the journey of transforming dreams into reality through holistic well-being.

In our conversation, she shared a wealth of knowledge that I'm eager to pass on to you. Listen to the full episode here...

Introduction to Karina & Her Philosophy

Karina’s life work at Kamalaya is the epitome of a dream manifested.

Through her sanctuary nestled in Koh Samui, Thailand, she has created a haven that integrates ancient healing traditions with modern wellness practices. Her approach is not just about alleviating illness; it's about empowering individuals to reach their fullest potential through health and wellness.

Karina's Tips on Health and Wellness

Karina's insights are simple, practical and profund...

Consider how you can embrace them them to help bring clarity and action to your own wellness journey.

Embracing a Holistic Approach to Health:

Karina's philosophy marries Eastern traditions with Western knowledge. She believes that true health is the synchronicity of mind, body, and spirit.

"It's sort of the, I was fortunate. So it wasn't something where I had to adjust my thinking or believe that these complementary therapies could work. I knew they were because they saved my mother's life twice."


Adopting a holistic approach can lead to a more balanced lifestyle, improved mental clarity, and overall well-being.

The Significance of Nature and Nurturing Practices:

Karina advocates for the healing power of nature and practices like yoga, meditation, and a diet rich in natural foods.

"So that path became part of my life journey as the norm. So much later when I was... I wanted to understand what made them tick, how their minds work, and then, of course, the healing aspect, you know, helping in some way."


Incorporating these elements into your daily routine can enhance vitality, reduce stress, and promote longevity.

Overcoming & Preventing Burnout:

She openly discussed her personal battle with burnout, emphasizing the need for balance and self-care.

"...and I learned how to re regulate my sleep. It wasn't easy... It wasn't easy, but I did learn how to do it and do it without sleeping pills..."


Acknowledging and addressing burnout can lead to a rejuvenated sense of purpose and prevent long-term health issues.

Nutritional Wisdom for Vitality:

Karina's advice on nutrition is all about freshness, balance, and listening to your body's unique needs.

"So, I ate more often, but I ate very clean. So protein, snacks with protein, healthy fats and vegetables."


A nutritious diet tailored to your personal needs can support immune function, enhance energy levels, and improve mood.

The Power of Intention and Mindfulness:

She also touched on the science-backed power of intention and the art of being present.

"...she explored options and educated herself and decided to approach it holistically, which for her meant..."


Mindfulness and intention-setting can lead to greater focus, manifesting goals, and a deeper connection with oneself and others.

The Need for Digital Detoxification:

Karina warns of the addictive nature of technology and advocates for conscious usage.

"...we don't force people not to use technology. What we do is we... most of the property, you can't use the technology..."


Regular digital detox can lead to improved mental health, better sleep, and more meaningful personal interactions.


Summarizing the Wellness Journey

By incorporating Karina's tips, you can improve your health and build your capacity to chase and live your dreams.

Wellness isn't a goal; it's a way of life that supports every other aspiration we hold dear.

Karina's story and insights remind us that the journey towards wellness is as personal as our dreams. There's no one-size-fits-all solution, and that's part of the beauty of it.

It's about finding what resonates with you and allows you to live with vitality, passion, and peace.

Use our carefully curated Wellness Journal to start your wellness journey afresh.


So, let's take these tips to heart. Integrate what serves you, leave what doesn’t, and remember to move through life with gentleness and self-compassion, as Karina would advise.

Living your dream life certainly isn't just about achievements and aspirations - more important is the health and happiness with which you pursue them.

Let’s continue to inspire and support each other on this journey. Share your experiences, successes, and even your struggles below or in our Dream Life Podcast Facebook Group here.

Together, we can create the life we’ve always dreamed of – a life full of wellness, joy, and fulfillment.


Kristina Karlsson - Dream Life & kikki.k Founder

PS: Remember, these insights are just the beginning. For a deeper dive into Karina's wisdom, listen to the full podcast episode here and immerse yourself in her transformative perspective on wellness.

PSS: In the course of the podcast Karina recommended the following 12 health habits you might want to consider adopting for yourself:

  1. Holistic Wellness Programs: Engaging in programs that integrate body, mind, and spirit for harmonious living. 
  1. Meditation and Mindfulness: Regular meditation practices for mental clarity and stress reduction.
  1. Nature Engagement: Spending time in nature to restore wellbeing and enhance vitality.
  1. Dietary Choices: Emphasizing the importance of fresh, whole foods and a plant-based diet, with minimal processed foods and sugars.
  1. Regular Physical Activity: Incorporating gentle physical activities like walking and yoga into daily routines.
  1. Adequate Rest and Sleep: Prioritizing sleep and rest to recover from stress and prevent burnout.
  1. Digital Detox: Conscious use of technology, with specific times set aside to unplug and recharge.
  1. Breathing Exercises: Utilizing breathwork to balance energy and improve both physical and mental health.
  1. Mindful Eating: Focusing on nourishing foods, eaten regularly but not excessively, to maintain energy and health.
  1. Use of Herbs and Spices: Incorporating a variety of herbs and spices into meals for their health benefits and to enhance the enjoyment of good food.
  1. Intentional Living: Setting intentions and goals that align with personal values and health objectives.
  1. Community and Social Engagement: Prioritizing time with loved ones and community for emotional health and support.

These habits can form a comprehensive approach to wellbeing, echoing Karina’s belief in the interconnectedness of lifestyle choices and overall health.

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