Hi everyone! I'm Daniela, Italian architect, vegetarian food lover, yoga facilitator and distributor of joy!
Welcome to my blog! Here we chat about vegetarian recipes and my personal path to yoga.
Why did I decide to open this blog?
I have always adored writing and since years I keep a diary.
The decision to open a blog came after I started my first yoga teacher training.
During those 6 months so much of my deepest Self arose and I quickly realized that that was just the beginning of a lifelong learning and discovering process. Writing on a blog is my way to discover more about myself every single day and also my way to share with others my thoughts and my evolution as a person and yoga practitioner.
Actually the yoga teacher training was just the tip of the iceberg: my awakening began years ago.
I lost my mum because of a breast cancer 10 years ago now.
Since then one of my biggest fears is to go though the same suffering I saw on her.
Nevertheless, after her death, my body started producing benign tumors. I was blocked by fears, pain, totally disconnected from my body.
My energy couldn't flow freely, I was stressed, sad and hugely scared by several doctors saying that producing tumors was my genetic path (??) and that the only thing I could really do was doing regular medical check-ups to intervene promptly in case something malign came up.
I'm such a warrior! And a warrior doesn't sit there and waits. A warrior acts!
So since then I have promised myself to fight for my own health and have faith in my body and in its ability to heal itself.
At the beginning I didn't have a real strategy, it took me years to understand how I could put this thoughts in practice in the everyday life.
In the last few years thanks to yoga I went through a true transformation of the way I see myself, health, food and life in general.
And . . . guess what?
My physical body is now fluid, exactly like the energetic body deep inside me
No more masses under my skin, just pure, fluid, bright energy fed by nutritious food and mindful movements.
Paradoxically the most traumatic experience of my life - yes - saved my life, opened my eyes.
And there is much more to come, this is just the beginning
This blog is a way to share my experiences with others and also a way for me to stay motivated to go ahead on my path.
With this I don't mean that yoga and vegetarianism is the magic recipe for everybody, but with my story I would love to help and inspire others to follow their own path to self-healing.
No strategy will work if we don't feel it, believe in it, embrace it without doubts.
Why the kale?
Having grown up in Southern Italy, all sort of vegetables are simply part of my culinary background. When I started thinking about a logo to identify my blog, I immediately thought of a kale.
Kales are more flowers than veggies, they are beautiful to look at, they grow in thousand variations of forms and colours and have amazing anticancer properties. This image made me think of lotus flowers, that grow on stagnant waters and are the symbol of spiritual development for Buddhism and Hinduism. It's the symbol of my soul that became stronger and brighter thanks to my pains and fears! A gorgeous, delicious, nourishing and yet well grounded on earth vegetable-flower, symbol of my personal, spiritual and -oh yes!- gastronomic evolution.
And here I am, with my fairy kale to tell