To celebrate International Women’s Day, I’d like to share with you the women who set my soul on fire & inspire me everyday.
#1 Celia Roberts
Celia Roberts is a Senior yoga teacher and Ayurveda therapist, and among other qualifications, she holds a Bio-Medical Science degree. I was lucky enough to train with her for my 200 & 350 hours yoga teacher training in Brisbane, and I am so very grateful our paths decided to cross in 2017.
She is by far one of the most inspiring person I know, and I find myself missing her presence, knowledge and piercing gaze some days. Some would say she has an aura, that she is a guru, and I would agree with them. Celia is a guru, in the traditional Sanskrit sense of spiritual teacher.
If you’re ever looking to train as a yoga teacher, or even if you’d just like to take a regular class in Brisbane, I’d highly recommend driving up to her retreat in Brookfield.
You can find Celia on Facebook and Instagram, where she shares quick videos showing asana postures, or explaining pranayama (breathing exercises). I loved this one of her and her two daughters doing a handstand together recently:
#2 Josée Anne Sarazin-Cote
Josée Anne is a French Canadian entrepreneur (or ‘slowpreneur‘ as she calls it), a green witch and a full time nomad. She organises retreats all over the world, moon rituals, reads birth charts, created an oracle cards deck, and just creates awesome content about minimalism and leading a simple life that always inspires me.
#3 Rachel Brathen (Yoga Girl)
If you follow a few people on Instagram and are into yoga, you probably know Rachel Brathen, @yoga_girl with her 2 million followers. If you don’t, don’t expect a perfect Instagram feed with acrobatic yoga poses by the ocean, that’s just not what Rachel is about (anymore). Originally from Sweden, Rachel now lives in Aruba, a tiny island in the Caribbean, with her husband and two year old baby girl. She is a yoga teacher, author and podcast creator (“From the Heart: Conversations with Yoga Girl“).
I really enjoy and feel inspired by her podcast episodes and her daily Instagram stories, covering topics like body image, inner healing, vulnerability, finding happiness and making a change in the world.
#3 Alli Cherry
Alli Cherry is my inspiration for all things zero waste and low impact. She lives in California, travels a lot to national parks with her husband Nick in their van, knows a lot about essential oils, isn’t a perfect zero waster (which I really like), but is a true inspiration when it comes to second hand shopping, minimalism and what she calls “living gently”.
#5 Lauren Bastide
Lauren Bastide is a French journalist, reformed ‘Elle’ contributor now fighting for women’s rights. Feminist activist and co-founder of Nouvelles Écoutes (a podcast studio), she created ‘La Poudre‘ podcast, which is one of the first podcast I ever listened to.
La Poudre offers women a safe space to express themselves, in a one-hour long intimate, in-depth conversation. Artists and activists join Lauren on her podcast to talk about their path, career and experience with being a woman in our world.
In a time where being a ‘feminist’ can be quite a controversial topic, and at a time where I wasn’t too sure where I stood in this regard, La Poudre really shook me up and educated me on a lot of topics.
I really enjoyed some of the earlier episodes with Garance Doré, Pénélope Baguieu, Inna Modja or Juliette Armanet (beautiful French singer).
There are obviously a lot of women in my life outside of Instagram, actual IRL friends (yep) I feel inspired by and I’d love for their work and values to be know by others.
- Les Trucs de Laura: a true adventurer who spent a few years growing up in Africa and travelling with her parents, I met Laura in kindergarten. We reconnected a few years ago when she was travelling the world with her partner and stopped by in Brisbane, where I was living at the time. Since then, we kept in touch and she also did me the honour of attending one of my yoga retreats last year. Having no prior sewing skills, Laura taught herself how to use a sewing machine and started her business creating reusable items like food wrapping, to minimise the need for disposables. She is frequently booked out with order for weeks in advance, and I am so pleased to see her business thrive. A fellow curly girl, I’m also very lucky to have her co-admin my Facebook group on the zero waste Curly Girl Method.
- Bec Mills: I met Bec during our yoga teacher training and instantly felt connected to her. She lives in the Byron Bay area with her partner and their little boy Ziggy. I love her Instagram account for a daily dose of yoga, food (get ready for a lot of smoothies) and wellness inspiration. Bec also created a Facebook group called WellWomen with one of her friends, connecting women from all around the world to support each other and share their struggles and success. It’s a lovely little nurturing space!
Who are the women who inspire you? Do tell!