Ever wondered what a yogi gets up to every day?
Having started her yoga journey over 12 years ago, Laura Farrier is now a fully qualified yoga instructor in Dubai and teaches both group and private yoga sessions. “It’s a chosen lifestyle where the physical plays a small but important role. I think the practice, in essence, asks us to strive to be a better person; more peaceful, kinder, calmer, happier,” Farrier explains. “My teacher in India says that, as a yogi, ‘if you speak to someone for five minutes you should seek to inspire them, try to put a spark in their eyes by having one in your own’.
Savoir Flair spent a day with Farrier to find out more. From what she eats for breakfast to how she unwinds, this is the inside scoop on all things ‘om’.
5:30 a.m. – Wake Up and Practice
The purest time of day is referred to as Brahmamuhurta. It’s the time when the mind is at its most peaceful and focused state, so consequently it’s recommended that this is when your practice takes place. I started yoga at university to help my dance training. I finally found Ashtanga Vinyasa and my teacher in Mysore, South India, in 2009. It’s been the method I’ve practiced since then.
7:15 a.m. – Tea Time and Reading
I stopped drinking coffee a long time ago. I have chai if made with non-dairy milk, but my favorite is a cup of herbal tea. I love cinnamon and ginger to get the metabolism going in the morning! I think that nowadays, perhaps more so than ever before, we have to take some responsibility as yoga teachers to have a good foundation in anatomy and physiology. With the recent discoveries about the role fascia plays in movement, for example, we need to be more schooled on the subject to better aid our students. My favorite non-study texts are fictional novels set during historical events. Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance is one of my favorite books.
7:45 a.m. – Breakfast
A green smoothie is a really cliché vegan thing, and a cliché yoga thing, but it’s so good for you! I try not to overload it with fruit, but usually the base is made of pear, banana, or pineapple. I add a handful of berries, greens (like kale, spinach, fennel, avocado, celery, or parsley), some non-dairy milk, and superfood powders. It’s a meal in a glass!
10 a.m. – Beach Time
I only do yoga on the beach for picture purposes. It’s not very practical for a full practice as sand goes everywhere! Having danced and played a lot of sport in school, I now find my body craves different types of movement. I used to work as a videographer in Thailand filming underwater, so I’ve always had a strong “ocean connection”. Paddle boarding is a great ab workout and perfect for tanning. I re-hydrate with an Essentially juice; it’s my favorite juice company. The products are consistently good and I have yet to find a blend I don’t like.
1:30 p.m. – Lunchtime
I head for a salad at Surfhouse. So many friends ask me if I find Dubai too fake or bling. My answer is always, “Your vibe attracts your tribe.” Surfhouse has become a home away from home. Earthy good surfer vibes, amazing food, and the perfect place to work on my website – provided I don’t get dragged out for a surf lesson or a paddle with friends!
3 p.m. – Teaching
Not many people are aware that Surfhouse offers yoga. It’s actually my favorite yoga room in Dubai. Designed by my late friend Jorge Turell, its white-washed floors and massive OM wall provide some zen whenever I need it!
6 p.m. – More Teaching
Zen Yoga was the first studio I interviewed with when I arrived in Dubai. They are like family. I teach my group classes through them and host workshops there. The energy of 27 people chanting OM in my Monday-night class is what keeps me motivated.
8 p.m. – Mediation time
In the morning or evening – or both – just sitting quietly for ten minutes helps calm, focus, and re-set the mind. I find it makes me more in tune with what I need or perhaps, more importantly, what I don’t need in my life. You don’t need to be a meditation expert; it is a hard practice but has wonderful benefits that start to reflect in all areas of your life.
For more information on Laura Farrier and to book in for a yoga session, visit www.laurafarrieryoga.com.
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