Mar 3, 2014
11:35 AMHealth & Science
For Wife of ‘Flashdance’ Writer, Life of Privilege Also a Call to Action
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Lah Life, the website says, “is the source for tried and true, simple and effective ways to get nourished, energized and inspired. Here you will find stuff gathered over years of questions, study and, experimentation. These are things I have smelled, tasted, and touched. Things I have been surprised to learn, delighted to enjoy and simply been amazed by. Here you will find theories and practices on every subject from products to cleanses, from travel tips to evidence-based medical info, from ideas that inspire, to herbs and balms that heal.”
If some of that language sounds a bit feel-good New-Agey, as with judging Hedley in general, it’s not an entirely accurate take-away.
Hedley’s résumé also includes a law degree from New York University School of Law, she practiced law with a special interest in medical ethics, and she is a Master’s Degree candidate in Social Work from New York University. That type of rigorous foundation translates into an equivalent rigor and serious approach to the realm of living well.
As personal and engaging as Lah Life is, it’s built on rock-solid credentials. Hedley is a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, a professional member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA), a graduate of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda as an Ayurvedic Practitioner and Yoga Specialist, certified by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and a Yoga Alliance certified yoga professional.
With Ayurveda as a key component (Hedley realizes the ancient healing science is foreign to many and offers a definition page online), Lah Life was launched last July.
“It’s doing what I want it to do organically,” Hedley says of Lah Life. “So far it’s working.”
She’s excited about the potential impact of lots of aspects of Lah Life, including the focus on guided relaxation and guided mediation, and Hedley advises all of her clients in be-well counseling to engage in some type of contemplative practice.
There are so many specific aspects to Lah Life’s theories and practices that they are better explored online than described here.
And then there’s the Lah Life online shop, whose products range from face and body care products to remedies and elixirs, meditation cushions and yoga mats.
“Everything I carry in the shop is something I personally love,” says Hedley, “Things like my favorite body brushes in the world, these kind of eccentric brushes made in Sweden … Those fly off the shelves.”
Among the curated items are fine art photographs by Sandi Fellman, through a partnership with the KMR Arts gallery of Washington, Conn., and a collection of items for the home sourced from Privet House, the Connecticut shop that was among the first anointed as national style-setters by mega-retailer Target in its The Shops at Target branding initiative.
For now, though, the shop comes second to the core life-well-lived mission of Lah Life. “For me it’s about helping people at the moment,” Hedley says. “I really didn’t want to get involved in thinking too commercially at the moment.”
The next step for Lah Life may be some type of interactive nature. “Whether it ends up looking like an app, or it’s something built into the site, is something I don’t know yet,” Hedley says.
When Connecticut Magazine caught up with her, she was heading to Sweden, where the European tour of “Flashdance, The Musical” was opening. As her husband guides the show, Hedley says, he’s also working on a new screenplay.
Sweden may sound tempting, and the idea of living in Palm Beach will have particular resonance with Connecticut residents who are still enduring a cold, snowy winter, but wherever she is, Hedley’s heart remains in Connecticut.
“It’s my home,” she says of Litchfield County. “It’s just the most beautiful place on earth. Our house in Washington is our family home. It’s where the photographs are. It’s where the books are. It’s where the children have grown up.”
That’s life—and Hedley is grateful for the sense of privilege she’s had in her life, which drives her (“I can’t sit still.”) to want to give back more, especially through the Differences Diaries And while that giving back may not be the same as meditation, it’s also a form of well-being, and in an overarching sense it’s, well, Lah Life.