Maya Fiennes in the November 2010 Galina article.
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Yoga Goodness of Maya Fiennes
You don't necessarily have to meet someone in person to instantly like them but Kundalini yoga teacher Maya Fiennes is one of those people, I think .)
As I like yoga and have been practising it on and off for 10 years I keep an eye on new classes, certain teachers and new yoga books and DVDs. So last year, as I was browsing the shelves at Waterstone's something made me take a second look at the book called 'Yoga for real life' and as you can see from Maya's book cover, she is very hard not to smile back at. Since that day the book 'lives' on my bedside table and I dip into its pages on a regular basis.
Why do I like it so much? It's very colourful for one - the pictures are so vibrant, they instantly cheer you up on a gloomy day, Maya's advice is very down to earth and she covers a lot of issues important to women like you and I, like detoxing, love ∓ relationships, children and finding joy (those are just some of the chapter examples).
There are chakra explanations, related poses and yummy smoothie recipes-my personal favourite is 'Visionizer'. This book calms me at some times and offers insights into myself at other times. I also sometimes do her DVD practise, even though if I am honest, chanting has never been my thing, and God knows, I tried. 'Om shanti' is the only mantra I am really good at but that is just me .)
I was supposed to see Maya at her recent appearance at the Body in Balance workshop at Olympia, but something else took precedent and my opportunity was lost or was it? I did manage to send Maya my questions and she very graciously replied, so read for yourself below and I sincerely hope that you will join her yoga fan club.
Questions and Answers with Maya Fiennes:
Please tell me a little bit about your background ∓ childhood. Who, among your family, influenced you the most as a person?
As a child in Yugoslavia I wanted to play the piano as far back as I can remember and at the age of six I was enrolled at the Skopje Music School. From then I sensed the purpose in life. I was very shy as a child and would not talk much; all my emotional expression came through music. My father died when I was twelve and my mother sadly passed away just after I got married more than 15 years' ago. I have a brother who is a doctor and still lives in Croatia. My mother was my greatest influence in so many ways, but especially in teaching me how to be a Woman.
You lived in London for a long time, did you initially find it difficult to 'adapt' to a different mentality, being Slavic?
Yes, it was...
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