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“My Yoga Practice Inspires Me”
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Cintia is from São Paulo and has been with Rosemary for 2 years. She first heard about it at a party and it turned out to be a place that fitted what she was looking for. She feels like life brought her here. Cintia also teaches yoga at Rosemary. She is inspired by the way that practice on the mat is mirrored in everyday life. Her self-practice is an important part of taking care of her own wellbeing and it brings her joy to share this experience with others through teaching.
What one thing do you do every day or most days for your own wellbeing?
I always eat well. I practice yoga at least 3 – 4 times a week, I love swimming, surfing and dancing too.
And for the wellbeing of others or your community?
I try to be respectful. I try not to make too much mess, I help to clear up and things like that.
When you were younger what did you imagine that you would do when you grew up?
My dream was to work with fashion when I was a teenager. I followed this but it wasn’t really what I expected. Fashion, for me, is a way of expression, it’s not about consumerism.
What inspires you to live your optimal way of life?
Everything I appreciate and believe inspires me, like with spirituality, I ask myself why are we here? What do I need to do for me and for others? These things inspire me to always live better.
What makes you feel connected to nature?
When I connect to myself. Sometimes we forget that we are nature as well. So even if I’m in a city with big buildings all around me and no greenery, I think if I can connect to myself, I will connect to nature too.
Which one book has most influenced the way that you live?
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, it really marked me. It’s a story about how the heavy can be light and the light can be heavy and it can really change your perspective.
Is there one thing that you could never travel without?
I’m not very attached to things so I don’t think so.
What are you grateful for today?
For the sea. I gave a yoga class this morning and then went to the sea, it was so perfect.
Tell me something you are proud of:
I’m really proud of the women in my family. I think they are a mirror for me, they show me how to be a strong woman. About me, I think I’m proud of having the courage to not follow what I didn’t believe. You know, go to college, have a career, get a car, family, house. When I was in a really good company I decided actually no this is not for me. I changed what was secure to try to live something I truly believe.
Sum up your experience of Rosemary in three words:
Acceptance. Self-expression. Transformation.
Written by Jasmine Sara
Photography by Bruna Brandão