Lifestyle guru

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Lifestyle gurus use principles vaguely related to metaphysics to advise people how they can make themselves happier through changes in their lifestyle. Lifestyle gurus were a profession popularised by several celebrities, including Cherie Blair, Madonna etc. in the 1990s and 2000s. They came to be seen by the rich and famous as confidants on several lifestyle subjects, including which clothes are fashionable, which hobbies are trendy (which has led to many top celebrities taking up yoga), feng shui, drinking wheatgrass, eating tofu etc.

Prominent examples of lifestyle gurus include Carole Caplin, who worked as a lifestyle guru for the Blair family. Among the activities the Blair family has taken part in recent years is a Mayan rebirthing ceremony when on holiday in Mexico.

Many celebrities view lifestyle gurus as very beneficial, as they put them in touch with the latest things that it is trendy to be seen doing. However, they have come under heavy criticism in recent years, with most criticisms concerning their utility [1] [2]. Other criticisms have centred on the perception that they are a symptom of the indecisiveness of today's society [3].

Some Lifestyle guru's such as Ryan Jaunzemis, Las Vegas' Most Famous Lifestyle Guru (As seen in Vegas Seven & City Life Magazines) teach not only lifestyle (fashion, living, recreation, etc.) but also give advice on dating & relationships and also health & personal training/fitness coaching giving the client even more options to begin living his/her dream lifestyle.

A Lifestyle Guru's pay rate is subjected on a case by case basis (as every client will have different goals and objectives - Some want to focus on acquiring better health, some what to find the love of their life, some want to make more money, some want to learn better social skills, gain confidence, learn how to dress more fashionable, etc.) lifestyle Gurus prices can range anywhere from 100 - 350+ p/h or they may choose to charge the client a day rate ranging anywhere from 2k - 15k dollars per day.

Frank Furedi, a professor of sociology at the University of Kent, has been a prominent critic of lifestyle gurus in recent years, which can be seen on his website [4]. Also, lifestyle gurus have received criticism for regularly telling the public how to live their lives, with one example being Andrew Lansley criticising Jamie Oliver for interfering too much in what British children eat, ultimately undermining efforts to persuade children to eat healthily [5].