An interview with the Hasiko founders

February 19, 2017| Rosie Markwick
An interview with the Hasiko founders

 

 

 

You may have gathered Hasiko are all about positive mornings. As the Hasiko method spreads its good morning vibes across Singapore, I caught up with the founders behind it, Davina & Zi En, to find out all about their very own morning routines and what inspired them to get up and create Hasiko.

 

So firstly good morning! What do your mornings look like at the moment?

 

Davina:

I’m woken up between 6 and 6.30am by alarm lamp that gets slightly brighter every minute so my body isn’t shocked by a sudden alarm. I don’t check my phone or take it to bed with me, I leave it charging in the living room. First thing is to take my pup outside for walkies and we usually get to see the most stunning sunrise over the ocean! Then it’s home for some yoga self-practice and meditation before I power up my laptop to start the day’s work. My routine is very different to when I worked in finance where I’d be wake up and check my phone instantly, replying to urgent emails and spending the first 30mins in bed stressfully checking updates and news.

 

Zi En:

I really enjoy having quiet me time before I start each day. I wake up between around 6am every morning and alternate between a 20-minute strength or cardio HIIT, followed by 5 minutes of stretching and 5 minutes of meditation with a Tibetan bowls sound track.

 

Are there any parts of your morning routine that are non-negotiable, that you always make a priority for?

 

Davina:

Walkies with my puppy, Gatsby.

 

Zi En:

I do wake up later than I like sometimes, but I always make sure I do some stretching and meditation even just for 2 minutes.

 

What advice would you give someone who wanted to begin to create a wellness focused morning routine but isn’t sure where to start?

 

Davina:

Start making small changes like not sleeping next to your phone, going to bed a bit earlier, buying an alarm clock, and writing down how your ideal morning would look like. Try doing it once a week and increase the days per week gradually and notice how different you feel! It’s the feeling of empowerment and accomplishment on the days you follow your morning routine that gets you hooked on getting up early.

 

Zi En:

Take baby steps! Start with doing one simple stretch like child’s pose. Taking small steps means you are progressing every day. Achieving goals requires taking small steps. Success reinforces success —a little success goes a long way in propelling us to the finish line

 

At Hasiko there is real focus on helping others begin the day well, what inspired you on an individual level to get into this work?

 

Davina:

My life was very different before Hasiko, I was stressed and felt like I had no control on my daily life as financial markets are open 24 hours a day and there’s always news impacting your investment decisions so I never knew what I would wake up to. I learned to take back some control by coming up with a morning routine that included meditation and yoga. I realised that I could cope better and respond to whatever was thrown at me if my mind and body were prepared for the day.  A lot of people don’t realise you are responsible for your own life, health and feelings and end up falling into the trap of the ‘rat race.’ This is why we started Hasiko, to help people cope with the demands of what is now a very busy and stressful modern life.

 

Zi En:

Wellness has always been an integral part of my life and an area that I’m very interested in. I'm a big multi-tasker and people often ask me how I have so much energy. Putting time aside to take care of myself mentally and physically is a big reason for my positivity and high energy level. It's something that many people don't do and that's why they get burnt out. That's why we started Hasiko to advocate the importance of making yourself a priority the moment you wake up.

 

Why did you decide to leave the "rat race"?

 

Davina:

I worked for 10 years in finance. The realisation point for me was the way stress was impacting my body and health. I can’t really remember what all the stress and worry was for as none of it matters at all now. I realised there are bigger things to worry about in life such as getting sick or losing a loved one. Most of us worry about the little things at work that don’t matter in 1 year or 5 years from now and I fell into that trap.

 

Zi En:

I left the rat race because I refused to comply with the status quo. In 2015 I started a tech startup in the M&A and investment space, which was recently merged with another company. Startup life is tough and can be overwhelming at times. That’s when I started my morning mind-body practice. I found that on days that I started with my morning routine, I had more energy, was calmer and had better mental clarity when dealing with situations.

 

What is your favourite song to get going into your day?!

 

Davina:

Hard question as it depends on my mood! Who can resist a smile to Pharrell’s Happy.

 

Zi En:

My get going song of the moment is “Can’t stop the feeling” by Justin Timberlake

 

What - besides Yoga, Pilates and creating delicious granola for your events - are your hobbies?

 

Davina:

Traveling! I’m writing a children’s book about my 6 month trip through South America and Africa last year. I had traveling companion polar bear called Francis the great polar explorer. The book is about climate change and with the Arctic melting, Francis needs to find a new home for the polar bears!

 

Zi En:

I love rock climbing, diving, and the great outdoors!

 

What is something (in one sentence) you would like everyone to know?

 

Davina:

Life is not a sprint but a marathon, yes you need to go to work to pay the bills, do the housework and cook the dinner, but you also need to remember what your dreams are and work towards them before they get lost in the minutiae of everyday life.  

 

Zi En:

Take care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally. You can only live life to the fullest if you are at 100% in all 3 aspects.