Meet our Muse, boy mom, surfer, healthy food guru, and fitness enthusiast Mona-Jane Hannemann of Rocamoons. She believes that fresh air, fresh food, and daily movement is the recipe for the healthiest and happiest way of living. We loved connecting with Mona-Jane from her beautiful home in Hawaii as she shares her favorite recipes, workouts, and gratitude mindset.
Q: What is your history with yoga/fitness and where did your journey begin?
I’ve been active my whole life playing sports for clubs and school teams. I studied exercise science at college, but feel like my true fitness journey began once I was pregnant and trying to be in the best physical shape for birth & recovery. I went along to my friend's free community yoga classes and loved how it benefited me and my mobility for my usual workout routine. After my first baby, I grew a love for HIIT workouts- quick, no equipment needed, and can be done from home. I then tried a few yoga sculpt classes and naturally fell in love as it is a combo of intense burn but with the mobility + stretch, I desperately needed. So I went on to become certified as a personal trainer AND yoga sculpt instructor.
Q: Do you have a mantra you live by? Any new mantras of the moment?
I’ve always lived by these two:
“What’s meant to be will be.”
“If you are worried about it, do something about it, if you can’t do anything about it, don’t worry about it!”
My new favorite quote is:
- “A secret to happiness is letting every situation be what it is instead of what you think it should be, and then making the most of it."
Q: How does movement influence your daily life?
It’s a non-negotiable for me. I hands down feel better in multiple ways every. single. time after moving my body no matter what it is. It is there for me when I’m feeling good with lots of energy, and there for me when I’m feeling low or lacking energy.
The high-intensity stuff helps get my heart rate up, breaking a sweat, and the yoga helps me calm the chaos in my mind and connect to my body. Overall, exercise helps me be a better mum, wife, sister, and just human in general.
Q: How has being a mother shifted your perspective about living a more sustainable and holistic life?
Children are our greatest teachers and help us to see from a very simple & basic lens. They truly simplify so many things that we as adults tend to overcomplicate. I crave simplifying our life in a way that feels wholesome and fulfilling, connecting them to self, nature, and spirituality. To me, sustainability encompasses all those things, the way everything works together so naturally in a way that we all thrive!
Q: What is your favorite way to decompress?
Back or foot massage from Max - he’s the best! And maybe pinning cute house stuff on Pinterest.
Q: Do you have a morning routine? If so, share with us what works best for you!
Yes and no. All dependent on my baby and when he wakes up. But what works best is, wake up, a glass of water, workout, stretch/meditate/journal, make a big smoothie, get the kids breakfast, and out on a walk or bike ride to the beach or park.
Q: What is the greatest lesson that you've learned in the past year?
Asking for help isn’t a weakness, instead, it's a sign of bravery, and often the breakthrough you needed.
Q: Current favorite workout?
My 30min at-home full-body HIIT circuits and Pilates reformer-it brings the heat in ways you’d never imagine.
Q: Current favorite recipe?
Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake
2 frozen bananas
1 Medjool date
Chocolate Protein Powder (i love @madelf____)
Spoon of nut butter (in or on top optional)
1/3 C nut milk
I love putting granola and nut butter on top too, yum!!
Q: What is your favorite thing about living in Hawaii?
Being surrounded by stunningly beautiful nature. It’s like a big magical healing hug every day!
Q: How do you practice self-love and self-acceptance?
Allowing myself to have “me-time” to get in my daily movement or just be, without feeling guilty as a mother. Also journaling & meditating is a good time to take inventory on myself. Self-reflection time where I take notes and make an effort to recognize the little things, both the things to celebrate & the things to work on. Oh and can’t forget… I eat healthy, but I also enjoy chocolate and ice cream.
Q: How do you align your mind, body, and spirit?
Prayer, Meditations, Yoga and stretching, walks/jogs on the beach, hikes, dips in the ocean.
Q: What is your favorite piece from Spiritual Gangster that helps you move with support and freedom?