A Cup of Chai With Fahima Zard aka Fee
What does yoga mean to you and how did you discover yoga?
For me, Yoga is simply a presence. Movement and breath (used as vehicles) to explore the energy of presence. With this deepened awareness, that is built over time
you start to see patterns of behaviour, you start to understand the difference between your repetitive thoughts and your highest self. I was so thankful when I discovered the practice. I was in my mid-twenties and got free classes at one of the gyms where I taught dance. Originally I started going to just stretch and release after teaching. The practice soon became so much more to me though and I began a journey toward really understanding myself and also a journey towards forgiveness and healing. What a blessing it has been to my life.
Where is your favourite place to practice yoga?
I love a home practice! My sacred space in my living room is where I go the deepest. I can spend hours at a time immersed in breath and movement and literally feel like I travel to another dimension alone on my mat.
What gets you up in the morning?
Coffee!! Just joking! Although I do love a long black. What gets me up in the morning is always the sunrise. It wakes me up every day through my windows and I just love being awoken by the light. It shines in telling me to rise and shine and I always begin my day with a morning meditation.
One failure that grew you the most?
I flew to the US after signing a big contract to film yoga content over there. Unfortunately, I got detained and sent back home as I was mistakenly on the wrong visa. Initially, I was so devastated and couldn’t understand why the universe had taken something away from me that I had worked so long and hard for. Instead of going through a long, tedious process to get back over there I made the hard decision to instead undertake the project all by myself. I have now launched my own online yoga content. It was so fulfilling and rewarding undertaking such a large project predominantly by myself and I’m now really so glad it all unfolded the way it did. Soon I’ll begin filming my second yoga series and will continue filming more and more content every few months. You can find my Yoga Series One at https://vimeo.com/ondemand/lifeoffee
Best advice you were given or you gave to someone?
The advice of my life I received via a Martha Graham quote. She is celebrated as the founder of contemporary dance. The quote below changed my world when I first read it and I’ve never been quite as afraid to share myself with the world.
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of the time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.”
What is one thing that you do that people find strange?
My partner tells me I’m always lip smacking in my sleep lol he says it looks like I’m eating something delicious in my dreams. Luckily he just thinks it’s cute as I go along eating my imaginary dessert while sleeping.
Where can people find you when you are not practicing or teaching?
At the beach definitely or outdoors gardening, hiking or running!
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