Date: : December, 2012
Farah Moolji Nazarali is the Founder and Visionary of Drishti Point Yoga Radio, a yoga radio show that features interviews with Masters and Master Teachers on yoga, meditation, spirituality, and health and wellness. Through Drishti Point, Farah has had the honour of interviewing and learning from some of the world’s most inspiring yoga teachers, and she continues to gain fresh and nuanced understandings of this ancient and profound science.
When she’s not working on Drishti Point, Farah teaches a gentle and relaxing style of yoga at a studio in Vancouver. Farah also loves cooking, riding her bicycle, and visiting with family and friends.
The Spice Mistress is honoured to welcome Farah Nazarali as the focus of this month’s Pancha Q.
1. How do you begin your day?
Farah: When I wake up in the morning, I practice what one of my teachers calls ‘the morning lull.’ As I lie in bed, I think about al the things in my life that I am grateful for. It is such a beautiful and simple practice, and I love starting each day with a healthy dose of positive energy.
After a few minutes of the ‘morning lull’, I go to the bathroom, and then I drink a glass of room temperature water to help my lovely liver and flush out whatever toxins may still be present in my body. After drinking water, I either prepare my breakfast or I practice yoga.
2. What’s one piece of life changing health advice you can share with others?
Farah: The practice of yoga has completely transformed my life, my body, my perspective, and my heart and mind. If there is any advice, I would give to others, it is to practice yoga as much as you can! If you are new to yoga, try many different styles, teachers, and studios until you find the type of yoga that suits you best, and then practice regularly and as much as you can.
Each time I practice, I feel a renewed appreciation for the depth and subtleties of yoga. I am never bored of practicing yoga… it helps me to wake up to my life, face and let go of thoughts and patterns that don’t serve me, and develop a loving and joyous relationship with my life and all the people who come into my life.
3. What’s one thing that gives you hope for the future?
Farah: Our world is a collective expression of our evolution (or lack thereof!) I feel an immense hope for the future of our beautiful planet because I know that as more people awaken to love, it will orient our actions differently – world peace, a healthy and abundant natural environment, and harmony among all living creatures is possible, and the only way it is possible is if it begins with each of us individually.
Fear, scarcity, and despair create barriers to the many ways we can contribute to and create a more beautiful and loving world. I am hopeful because I know that with each thought, word, and action, I can contribute to a better world.
4. Any lifestyle ‘Crimes against Wisdom’ (Prajnaparadha) that challenge you?
Farah: Sugar! I love sweets, candies, chocolates, and desserts. I have loved sweets ever since I was a child. Finally, after many, many years of eating too much sugar, it caught up to me, and about 10 years ago, I cleaned my diet of all refined sugar and refined carbohydrates. It was challenging, but it was the beginning of my transition to a whole foods, plant-based diet. Although I can’t eat commercial chocolates or candies, I still enjoy healthy sweets and dark chocolate, and I still find the psychological pull towards sugar when I feel fatigued, stressed, overwhelmed, or sad.
5. A moment of beauty that inspired you today?
Farah: Seeing the colours of the leaves on the trees and the carpet of fallen leaves on the roads fills my heart with awe. I love late Autumn, and even when it is rainy and grey, I find this season absolutely sublime. There are three glorious red trees that I pass every day on my bike, and these trees remind me of the beauty that permeates the universe and that exists inside each of us.
Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu! May all beings live in peace, harmony, and happiness.
Thank you for the interview, Farah. Om Shanti!
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