I have always been fascinated by Asia and its culture. For as long as I can remember I had pictured myself ending up on that side of the world, so it was very unexpected to end up in Africa. Every morning when I wake up to the beautiful view of an African Table Mountain, it is a reminder of how unpredictable life can be and all the wonderful surprises it has in store for us. Originally I come from Krakow, Poland. I then moved to Paris where I lived for many years and worked in a law firm while I was completing my thesis for my law doctorate. In 2015 I started travelling to Asia and it was during my first trip to Bali that I realised how special that part of the world is and that it would become more than just a holiday destination for me. And that’s exactly what happened. My heart yearned for something more than what life in Paris was able to give me, at that time. So I decided to leave my job, my thesis, and France behind. I had no idea how long I would be gone or what awaited me, but I knew I was headed for Bali. Yoga was already a big part of my life and had helped me to become aware of my inner voice and to become more connected with myself. I knew I was on the right path and ended up making Bali my home for more than 2 years. I also spent several months living on the foothills of the Himalayas in India, studying yoga, and learning more and more about myself. But Bali remained my home and it was where love found me - love from Africa. 😍 On a very special night in late October 2018, I met my now fiancé. We lived in Bali together for a year before deciding to move to Cape Town for the next chapter of our adventure together.
We got engaged on a safari trip in the African bush. This trip was actually my surprise birthday gift. My star sign is Leo and it has been my big dream to see real lions, living free in their natural environment. I didn’t realise that these big cats would be so difficult to find and was reminded that they are wild, independent animals that would not just appear because I wanted to see them. After 2 days of searching and not finding them, I had accepted that the lions would not be making an appearance on this trip. This was not a problem for us as we were getting to experience the beauty of the African bush and seeing so many other wonderful animals roaming around us. But on our last afternoon, the Lion King appeared in front of us. Such a beautiful and majestic animal in his own kingdom. This was a very emotional moment for me and it felt as if time had stopped. Being surrounded by so much natural beauty and the power of nature brought pure joy to my heart and allowed me to regain my perspective of the world and my place in it. The trip had already been filled with so many emotions and surprises and the engagement was the cherry on top. It was so unexpected, but felt so natural and completely in the flow of our life together. We are now planning an Africa wedding...who knows, maybe lions will show up 😁.
Yoga has changed my life in so many different ways, on so many different levels. From the food I eat, how I take care of my body, and how I relate to the world, people, nature, and most importantly, myself. Yoga brought balance, harmony, and happiness back into my life. Things I lost somewhere in the hustle of everyday life. Things I couldn’t find even in with the seemingly perfect life I had in the beautiful city of Paris. Being caught up in the endless rat race of big city life was making it difficult for me to find joy and deep satisfaction in my life. Yoga was the breath of fresh air I had been longing for, giving me fresh perspective and energy for life. It allowed me to reconnect with myself, to start listening to and trusting my intuition and to find the courage and strength to follow it. It filled me with calm and peace. This doesn’t mean I don’t still experience the ups and downs of life, just like everyone else. Even though things don’t always go to plan and there are many challenges that come with this new path I have chosen, I have this feeling deep within my heart that I am finally on the path that I am supposed to be on. And this fills me with energy and confidence. Thanks to a regular practice of yoga, meditation, and breathwork, I am learning how to take the lessons and experiences of yogic wisdom off the mat and to make it part of my everyday life. These lessons and experiences help me to live my life and deal with its challenges in a more conscious and aware way. It allows me to keep harmony and balance in my life. One of the core messages I communicate in my yoga classes is to encourage my students to take time to reconnect with themselves and to live their lives to their own rhythm.
Even though Bali and India are two of the best places in the world to practice yoga, Africa has allowed me to develop a powerful connection with nature. Besides the beautiful views it brings, nature is well-known as being a space that allows us to find calm and rejuvenate our minds. It helps us deal with anger, frustration, and fear by allowing us to regain our perspective and realize we are part of something much bigger than ourselves. In South Africa, you are constantly surrounded by nature, especially in Cape Town. The majestic Table Mountain overlooks the city and also comprises two of the best sunrise and sunset spots in South Africa, Lion’s Head and Signal Hill. The Atlantic Seaboard side of the city brings you to beautiful white-sand beaches and an untamed African ocean that is a paradise for surfers. And if that wasn't enough, a short drive from the city centre will take you to the rolling green landscape of the Cape Winelands where you will be surrounded by beautiful vineyards and more mountains. There is something very special about the connection you are able to make with nature in this country. It is actually believed that Table Mountain is one of the Earth’s chakras and that it radiates with a powerful energy that can be sensed by humans. This chakra energy intensifies the sense of peace in our mind and allows us to sink deeper into the meditation practices. Across South Africa, you are able to find a wide range of delicious, fresh, and locally grown vegetables and exotic fruits. It's a paradise for me in my constant search to develop tasty new vegan colorful recipes. Africa is truly wonderful and it wasn’t long until it felt like home for me. Every day I am surrounded by so many things that remind me of how lucky I am to be able to develop and work on my yoga practice, both on and off the mat, in such a beautiful special place.
I believe in a holistic approach to life. This is taking care of your body, mind, and soul at the same time. The profile name for my Instagram account covers this - @M_Y_BODYANDSOUL stands for Mind Your BODY AND SOUL.Yoga, meditation, healthy and nutritious foods, and a connection with nature is my remedy for all life’s troubles. I truly believe that we all already have the answer for our own happiness inside us. It is just that we don’t spend enough time connecting with ourselves to allow this voice come through and guide us. Yoga and meditation are two incredible tools that allow us to do that just that, to connect with the true nature of ourselves. They teach us to calm our monkey mind, deal with difficult emotions, and guide us to peace and well-being. I have also always been in love with cooking. I cook vegan and vegan RAW, which is my big passion. The more colours, nutrients, and love on your plate, the more joy, and vitality you are putting into your body and heart. What you eat, you become. And it doesn’t only apply to food, it applies to the environment we live in and the stress and negative thinking patterns we get caught up in. Stress, anxiety, and tension from our lives are often stored in our body and it influences how we feel both physically and emotionally. Yoga and meditation help us to relieve the tension and bring ourselves back into balance. Yin Yoga is magical and something I especially love. It helps to get rid of the traumas, emotions, and stress that are stored deep in our bodies, minds, and hearts. Whether I am on the mat and or in the kitchen, I try to encourage everyone to listen to their inner voice, to make good, healthy choices, and to give themselves love, compassion and kindness as often as they can. This all contributes to bringing the balance, harmony and well-being that is available to us all.
Yes, of course. Cacao is a super powerful seed. While living in Bali I started to appreciate and learn more about the magic of cacao. The warm and humid climate of Indonesia makes it a great place to grow cacao seeds. I will tell you more about it on some RAW cooking workshops one day, but for now let me only tell you that this CAKE is pure goodness for your mind, body, and soul. Cacao stimulates us gently, is rich in antioxidants, improves our memory, helps to deal with stress, and simply makes us happy. Remember to choose the RAW version, which will bring the most incredible improving health properties.
The receipe you can download here.