Maya Fiennes' interview in the January 2010 issue of The Resident Magazine.
Maya Fiennes, Kundalini yoga teacher
Where do you live and why?
The Fulham Road because its very family orientated, I have friends who live nearby and there are great restaurants and shops around.
What would you do with 24 hours left to live?
Be with my kids
What makes you smile about where you live?
The provincial mentality
What would you change about where you live?
To see more smiles on the street
What are your New Year's resolutions?
To open my heart fully and get into 'being' rather than 'doing'. And to learn to receive gracefully.
How has yoga changed your life?
It has given me the tools to realise my highest potential and have fun whilst getting there. Kundalini yoga gives me a pure form of energy which seems to radiate from the core connecting my heart, mind and spirit.
What are the benefits?
Practicing Kundalini yoga can produce powerful and dramatic results very quickly. It lifts your energy levels to new peaks, aligning your whole being until you become moer awake, aware and vibrantly healthy. One session leaves you feeling fit, ready and able to tackle everyday challenges with new zest.
What's your motto for life?
Be honest to yourself and others.
What is your greatest passion?
My greatest passion is passion for life, everything I do becomes a passion.
What is the last film you saw?
I just recently found an old DVD of The Field of Dreams. It's a very hopeful film with a great message fo trust.
Book you read?
Deepak Chopra's New Book of Happiness.
Maya Fiennes never leaves home without...
my mantra CD.
How do you incorporate it into your everyday life?
The beauty of kundalini yoga is that the effects are immediate whether you do a one-hour active session, a mantra-chanting meditation session or just a three minute ktiya/exercise. I try to meditate at some point of my day, every day, as it stills my mind and gives me balance. These are quick fixes on how to prevent a cold or calm yourself dowen when stress sets in. THese can be done in the car. Then there area longer sessions, to be done on a mat, which have longer lasting effects. These are all described in my book, Yoga for Real Life(£14.99, Atlantic Books).