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Exotic destinations are for me the trigger of happiness and spiritual evolution. I am here to share with you my path to my dream life, a travelling yogi’s life.

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Confidence, Self-Love and Non-Ego — Differeces and How to Achieve Them

True confidence, self- love and non-ego. I've heard  theories about this abstract subject for as long as I can remember. I've struggled with the subtle differences between them and I am trying my best to integrate them into my own reality. But let's see now what are the real differences and levels of understanding for these states of our being.  What is true self confidence? Confidence definition: 1. Our self-assurance in trusting our abilities, capacities and judgements.2. The belief that we can meet the demands of a task. To be confident on what I have done is okay.In my opinion, self - confidence is a state, an attitude, developed from childhood, from our life experiences and from the reality that is surrounding us. This attitude is the one that is helping us in our social and personal life, that state of being that is seen and felt by the others around us and it's usually used in social endeavours, business and even love life.Self - confidence is usually...
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Our Exotic Dream in Fiji – Third Date – A Trip Around The World

Our Third Date- A trip Around the World- Part II #ourexoticdream #flipacoin #traveltheworld The next step on our dream journey around the world, or as we call it,  our fourth date. Fiji - a feeling, an experience created togetherFiji, the paradise destination for honeymooners, a 300 islands archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, and a very distant place from home, exactly 16.000 km away. Highlights? Amazing people, inspiring traditions, no distractions and nature at it's best .  .  .As you have probably seen in my last article, we didn’t plan this trip at all, and we chose this destination one day before departing from Singapore, so we didn't know much about the paradise we were about to discover.Fiji is an archipelago of more than 330 islands, of which 110 are inhabited, that can be accessed only by boat, plane or helicopter.On our first night in Fiji, we had to sleep somewhere next to the airport because we arrived very late in the night. The main airport...
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Our third date – A Trip Around the World

                   #flipacoin #traveltheworld #ourexoticdream It took me awhile to write this article, because it’s one of the most important ones, I couldn’t find the words to describe what I am living now.Now, as I am starting to write, I have just arrived in Fiji, on a secluded island. I think this is how paradise really looks and feels like. Two days ago, I was in Singapore at level 57 at Marina Bay Sands, flipping a coin, not knowing where to go next.The key to this equation?! It’s not only me, it’s us, it’s our exotic dream and we are living it now.How everything happened? Well this will be probably the spoiler for a very good book or an amazing movie. This is how our story started: We met one month ago, while I was visiting Romania, my home. We knew each other briefly . . . Long story short, we went on two dates during my last week there, and after, I left for Bali, where I was leading a yoga retreat.After three weeks, he came along . . .We barely...
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Travelling for the Soul – Sivananda Ashram in India

India has always been the ultimate destination for the spiritual seeker, and for one month and a half, is has been the place that helped me heal my broken heart.  Since I started practicing yoga, five years ago, a seed of desire has been planted in my heart, to experience an Ashram in India. I became a yoga instructor in a Sivananda Ashram, but in the Bahamas, so after almost one year, my path has brought me to South India, in the beautiful Kerala state, where I had a healing journey, guided by my soul.For one month and a half, I explored the beauty of the nature and of the people here in South India, I had a relaxing week in a beautiful ayurveda centre, and I lived in two different ashrams.The first one was Amritapuri, the famous ashram of the female Guru Amma. The second one was the Sivananda Ashram in Neyyar Dam, the place where I felt the magic of India and of an authentic Yoga practice. I may be subjective, because I have been trained by a Sivananda School, but in the...
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What Ricefields? Enjoy the Indian Tea Plantations

I've spent 50 days in Kerala, South India, and I was mesmerised with it's beauty and complexity. But in a certain place, I witnessed and photographed the most beautiful landscapes in my life.  This place is called Munnar, it's located  1600 meters above sea level, an it's the place where you can find unending tea plantations, pristine valleys and mountains, wild elephants and exotic species of flora and fauna.It's one of the main places where spices are cultivated in South India, so many times you can feel the scented cool air.The British rulers from the colonial days were choosing this piece of heaven as their summer favourite summer destination.As top attractions, you can enjoy the numerous tea plantations, or fluffy green carpets as I like to call them, waterfalls, the spice and tea markets and factories, you can join a trekking excursion, or you can visit Munnar City. But this article is about the stunning tea plantations, the green carpets that are...
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Ayurveda – Magical Science for the Body

Ayurveda, Magical Science for the Body, Mind and Soul During my 50 days spent in South India, I had the opportunity to experience the beauty of this authentic wellbeing practice, its benefits and it's deep process of detoxing, physically but also emotionally. I went through a one week treatment at Erandia Marari Resort, in Kerala. More about the experience there in the previous article.Ayurveda is a system of preventive medicine and health care that developed in India more than 5,000 years ago. The word Ayurveda comes from two Sanskrit root words: Ayus, or “life,” and Veda, meaning “knowledge” or “science.” Ayurveda states that a system of health that only takes into account the structure and functioning of the physical body, cannot effectively address human health in it’s totality, because obviously we are much more than this material form.Ayurveda defines ayu, or life, as the intelligent coordination of the four parts of life: atma (soul), manas (the mind), indriyas...
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Emotional and Physical Detox – Erandia Marari Ayurveda Resort Kerala

When I arrived here, I was a mess. I am always saying that a big transformation or a big evolution, comes with a period of chaos, emotional chaos, before peace, there is transformation, and sometimes transformation comes with suffering.This article is about the place that offered me the perfect environment for my emotional healing, and a process of getting over the past and living the wonderful present. I can't put into words how grateful I am that I have spent this difficult week here, in the place that has made me feel more cherished and more pampered than ever, through a stunning environment, undivided attention, and a complex pampering through yoga, meditation, ayurvedic diet and treatments.Erandia Marari is an Ayurvedic Beach Resort near Alleppey, Kerala, South India. As they like to call it, a barefoot resort. Because here, everything is about natural luxury, and conscious healthy living.Barefoot - Cat Friendly - Ayurveda Resort -  the perfect environment to get...
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Leaving the ashram in order to lose my balance again

Because that's how the Universe sometimes works. You think you have reached a certain point, a balance point, but then there is some unresolved thing that catches up, so you are down again. But the good news is that you will never be down all the way. You just have another step to process in order to evolve.So you probably know all the story, how I lived in Bali for the last four moths, and when I wanted to go back home to the only one that meant home for me, my boyfriend, he decided that it's better to go our separate ways. Well, it was true, and this way for me, meant continuing my dream, following my wanderlust, in India.So here I am, since one month ago, travelling around Kerala, and living the experiences I have dreamed about, visiting ashrams, secluded villages and pampering my body, mind and soul in ayurvedic resorts. The perfect way to get over a breakup :PSince the moment you become conscious of synchronicity and the forces of the Universe that are connecting...
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Kochi – The Indian City that Stole my Heart

   Kochi, the Indian city that makes you feel like part of a movieA movie? Yes, a mixture between Indiana Jones, Eat Pray Love and Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. And we can add also a romantic comedy in which the main character goes alone in India to write a romantic novel.Kochi is the cultural capital of Kerala and it has two parts, the new one and the old harbour part. To be honest, I didn't even strugle to visit the modern part, because I fell deeply in love with the old one, the bohemian romantic and artistic part of the city.This old part is called Fort Kochi and it's a harbour that has been active since 1341. This is how for so many centuries, this part of India has made exchanged values with the rest of the world. It is still active, but time and modernisation has slowed things drastically, but it is still a very beautiful place where people are selling spices, oils, rice and other goods.The best part of this city? The funny goats that are running free...
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Ritualistic Make-up – Kathakali Dance, Kerala

Kathakali dance, another jewel of Kerala Kathakali (Malayalam: കഥകളി) is a  classical Indian dance-drama, that is standing out through the attractive make-up of the characters, the elaborate costumes and well defined gestures and face expressions. It is original from Kerala, the South part of India, in the 17' th century, and as many other performances, it has a religious and ritualistic nature. The dance is not very elaborate, but the movements, gestures and face expressions are the ones that are transmitting the energy and the story.You can witness this performance in Kochi Fort but also in many other places around Kerala. But what I recommend, is to arrive one hour earlier, in order to assist to the beautiful transformation of the performers into the characters, that are usually two: a demon and a hero.And for a photographer, this is an amazing opportunity to shoot colours and portraits in the same time.The make-up process always begins with an invocation, a prayer...
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