Who Am I?
Who Am I? Well, I’m a bit of a paradox. They say, “Wherever your head goes when you have a spare moment, that is where your heart is”. While I don’t have many spare moments, whenever I do, I am on my mat. I am a yogi at heart and also, a passionate blogger. I write about wellness, natural skincare & cosmetics, and of course, yoga – you can find my online home at Living Pretty, Naturally. While I do all this out of love, the paradox comes in because I equally love my, what I would classify as, “the other side of the yogic spectrum” job. I am a businesswoman by day, with a hectic schedule and a love for big challenges – the kind that make your heard hurt.
Why I was Brought to the Mat:
What first brought me to a mat was a broken leg that wouldn’t heal. After months of physiotherapy and rehabilitation I still wasn’t getting anywhere fast (literally). I did some sessions of reconnective healing (a practice with similarities to reiki) and my practitioner suggested I try yoga. And so became my love of yoga. But I wouldn’t say this is what kept me there. While yoga healed my body, it also healed my soul, calmed my mind and brought a sense of peace with every practice. No matter what challenges or difficulties transpire, as soon as I connect with my mat (both physically or figuratively speaking), I know I have the power to get through and find peace. It’s that connection to spirituality and faith that keeps me there.
Growing up, I spent a lot of time on the ocean. At an age where most children won’t sit still, I was content sitting and watching the waves for hours. The ocean still captivates me and is a place where I feel I am renewed every time. It is a place that inspires me to reconnect, slow down and give thanks.
While Mother Nature inspires to no end, I would also have to say my family. The unconditional love we have for one another is something that I cherish dearly. It inspires me to bring that kind of love into every area of my life.
What advice do you have for boho yogis out there?
I have two bits of advice. The first is simple: at least once in your life, travel to a foreign country alone. It will open your eyes in ways you couldn’t imagine and connect you with people that will impact your life in the most amazing of ways.
Second: I think it is easy to forget that yoga is a “practice”. Yoga never was, and never will be, perfect. That’s the beauty of it. It’s a place free from judgment, full of love and complete acceptance. The sooner one gives into the notion of practice, the more fulfilled his or her yoga journey becomes.
My favourite mala is the Luminous Mala. The combination of amethyst and white jade make it a mighty one. The amethyst is soothing and calming but is combined with the white jade which helps you reset and refocus on what matters in life – the most pure and basic necessity. When you act with a calm mind and focused heart the possibilities are endless.