Beauty Tips From Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabian women beauty secrets and tips:

  • Cover your head with a scarf when going out of home. If possible your face too as much as possible, especially if you are about to get on a 2 wheeler.
  • Avoid sun exposure during afternoon hours when the sun is at it’s maximum intensity, i.e. between 1-4 pm.
  • Oil your hair regularly
  • Go in for regular sauna baths.
  • Eat healthy, and fresh.

Entering The Kingdom (Day Two of Level One YogaFit Training Complete)

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So much to share that I don’t know where to start so let me start with the Yoga.

Day two of YogaFit’s Level One is complete.  Whenever I begin a YogaFit Level One training it’s like a preparation for a long marathon, and the added complication is that I will be bringing new runners onto the road with me … So I prepare for a long journey that involves some hills and some Mountain Three moments ( facing your own challenges )  I took 30 runners out of the road today – the road towards transformation and self-awareness.  Add to that a new country for me, a new culture and different customs. So you jump in and start the trip.
 
Day One is always an adjustment period, getting to know the students and teaching the material. Sometimes I am lead to wonder – “Is it going to happen for them, will this translate ? “  and I do my own prayer to the Universe “ Please let this information flow through me and into them and allow their journey to be one of maximum discovery “ and then there is the “ Please let them get the technical information and become great instructors so that they may share their light with others “.
So I set the intention, I dive into % 100 in every way and we start….  I run my body like a machine on these days, and fortunately, I’ve owned this machine long enough to know just how to run it for maximum efficiency.
Clean eating, no alcohol, limited coffee, a lot of tea and a tremendous amount of supplements. It’s not unusual for me to lose a few pounds over the course of a two-day training.
 
Keeping up my own energy is crucial – proper sleep, limited distractions, guided meditations during the off hours and staying super hydrated.  But anyway back to the training.
30 potential Yoga instructors, a bit of a language barrier and constant taking the temperature of the room to see where everyone is at.  I will admit day one is always the hardest for everyone.
Once again I a grateful that the YogaFit style, philosophy, and methodology runs great no matter what the terrain,  culture, religion, ideology and the customs. Something about moving breathing feeling letting go of judgment, expectation, and competition resonates deeply with everyone. The magic is in the moment, the beauty in the breath and the power in the practice. 
Something always clicks on day two and as I ended Day Two with Snatum Kaur’s RA MA DA SA. People were crying and I was too. I am so grateful be here, to have gotten invited, to have had my visa approved ( which is as I found out- not that easy)  It’s all meant to be.  I have waited many years to come to Saudi Arabia and as the culture is just opening up for women’s empowerment ( they just got the right to drive) I know that my work is to help the women of this country. I feel it in every fiber of my being. I am also grateful once again to find my way back to the mission of YogaFit while on that road as I have too often gotten sidetracked, detoured and sometimes even lost chasing distractions and allowing for my own disempowerment to take over.
 
For all of us, growth, change, focus, and transformation is ongoing and not easy work. And we all have to wrestle at times with ourselves to stay on our path.  I am appreciating the culture, the dedication and the openness of the wonderful women that I am working with here. The students who are taking the training, giving me the gift of showing up and of course the wonderful team of women who made it possible for me to enter the Kingdom ( As Saudi is called ) and learn more about a part of the world I have never set foot in. Yes, I am on the road with these 30 women-  We are running this race towards progress together and helping each other along the way. This is just the beginning…..

First Night in Saudi Arabia

My First Night in Saudi Arabia

I often am asked at the end of a training day,  you must be tired, are you feeling the time difference?

Being present in the moment - Personally, I don’t believe in Jet Lag, being present in the moment means that you are in the time zone that you are in.  Sleeping a lot on airplanes helps, as does healthy living.

I'm writing this at 5 am in Riyadh Saudi Arabia, a place I have long wanted to visit and have been intrigued by for many reasons:

  • It’s an “ invitation only “ country – you don’t get a visa without an invitation-kind of like a VIP party (minus the party )
  • It's an alcohol-free country
  • It’s seemingly not a “ women-centric “ country have always been fascinated by the hidden, the world that lies beneath the surface and from what I have learned … stay tuned. I wanted to know why women who spend so much on designer clothes, have  to cover them up with a black  robe like garment ( abaya )
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  • I’ve been curious about the culture as a whole.
  • I love eating foods of different ethnicities.

So here I am- leading Level One and Level Two – four intense days or training… I should also add because I lead so few full YogaFit training these days, I periodically need to prove to myself that I can “ STILL DO THIS “  20 years later…I arrived via 23 hours in Milan on Wed, night. Women in this country need to cover their hair in public and wear an abaya to cover their clothing in the streets and in public places. I had a fantasy of walking off the plane in full black garb- eyes only showing… But last minute while in NYC I purchased just a full on head cover – eyes only showing back ( Amazon really does have everything ) however, I could not figure out once on the airplane how to get that thing on.

So instead I wrapped a black and white checkered scarf around my head to cover my hair and imagine my surprise when my Saudi customs agent told me the checkered scarves are for men only. Even though theirs are red and were not purchased by a dear friend at Maxwell's , a high-end store in West Hollywood, California!

One of my gracious hosts took me to the hotel and I fell asleep watching Saudi TV not without noticing the women on TV are not wrapped and covered …. Hmmmmm.

This should be an interesting trip. Day 1 forthcoming.