Leila & Ian
Creators of mindbodyandroll®
Our story begins with attempting to tear off one other’s limbs at a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class, quickly realising our love for the same things…
… and no, not dismemberment!
Recognising we were a couple of health-nerds, both from London and with very busy careers, we decided to team up on a quest to find the optimal work/life balance. We love food (in case you hadn’t noticed), we love sports, and enjoying the healthy side of life!
We soon recognised that by rolling nutrition, movement and wellness into one, we were able to evolve and perform to our highest standards. Full of motivation and a high level of resilience, we equipped ourselves to tackle obstacles head-on.
Fast forward a year and ‘mindbodyandroll’ was born!
The internet can be a great resource, but often times it’s saturated with shallow, contradicting studies and click-bait fad diets and ‘speedy’ fixes.
Shouldn’t we be upfront and honest?
Well, that’s what we wanted to do and that’s what we did!
Drawing from personal experiences and utilising evidence-based research, we wanted to draw attention to key topics in the areas of nutrition, movement and wellness, utilising the direct input of industry professionals whenever we can.
Nutrition, exercise and mental well-being all come hand-in-hand – It’s about shaping a lifestyle that provides all the benefits for you and more. We believe in the happy balance and so should you!
Ian started playing Rugby here in the UK, but after a string of injuries and trying a short spell abroad in Romania, he ‘called time’ on the game. He continued on for a while supporting the coaching setup of the Romanian U-19 National Rugby Team. He now works with a National League 1 rugby club in Kent within their nutrition and strength & conditioning set-up, putting player and coaching experience to good use.
The boots were swapped out for a kimono and white-belt when he became quickly hooked on the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Now a brown-belt after 9 years of training, he coaches at a number of gyms across London.
Ian is studying towards his ‘BSc in Nutrition and Dietetics’, and is a qualified personal trainer and former regional fitness manager.
Leila started with dance, quickly developing a passion for ‘expression in movement’ and seeking more. After 18 great years, Leila pressed the pause button and went abroad to pursue higher education, but movement still stayed part of her soul.
7 years ago Leila discovered she could once again apply expression through the practice of yoga, with strong, powerful and yet graceful movements, which complemented her greatly when she took up Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Leila is also a CYT certified yoga instructor.
A Secret To Share!
Ian used to work as a bodyguard.
Leila spent a year of my life studying caveman doodles!
What’s your favourite food?
Ian: Hands down, Pad Thai!
Leila: Seafood! Mum makes the best Mediterranean seafood dishes!
Barney & Ludo
“We wouldn’t be who we are or where we are without our shared love for the world around us and the animals within it”. – Leila & Ian
Leila and Ian are strong advocates for protecting the increasingly vulnerable natural world along with the people within it and are fond supporters of a small number of wholehearted charities that aim to give back.
You will find links on the website to direct you to these foundations if they tug on your heartstrings as they do ours, perhaps you would like to donate too.