Mila Morelli, Inspirational Yogi

29 June 2017

One of the reasons I changed the journey of this blog from street style (yes the name is the give away!) to 'life stories', was to hear the tales of the inspirational people I meet along my journey. Sharing these with you all I hope will warm your hearts and inspire you to grasp life with both hands, like they have done with me!

Why am I saying all this....? Because this is more than prominent in my latest interview with a yogi whose journey has been a challenging one and all because of yoga! Mila is based in Morocco and has one of the most inspiring instagram feeds, seriously 'one to follow' and this is also how I discovered her. Scrolling through her pictures I came across of one of her recovery pictures and my heart just melted for the strength this girl had to do everything in her power to get back on that yoga mat after a yoga accident. 

Here's her story....

When and how did you get into yoga?

I discovered yoga, or yoga discovered me, on my first trip to India 4years ago where I attended my first ever yoga class. We were travelling on a regular basis at the time though so I didn't really have a chance to develop any particular style as some days we found ourselves trekking trough a forest in the mountains and others camping on a deserted beach, so there wasn't exactly easy access to any yoga classes instead I found myself focussing on turning inwards through seated meditations, and with that I was also blessed with a few opportunities to share some unforgettable moments of connection with some special individuals I met along the way. Adventure became my teacher and nature my classroom during that time, and I found myself meditating more and more as the trip unfolded. It's funny I have found yoga or you could say yoga has found me, at different times, for different reasons and in different ways ever since... My practice is constantly evolving, shifting, changing. And I'm sure it will always continue to do so.

What has been the most significant moment during your journey?

So far the most significant moment on my journey has been since discovering yoga again after a life threatening accident last May. I began to experience yoga under a different light during my recovery, and it has transformed my relationship with yoga ever since. It all began in Nepal, where I fainted whilst doing a pranayama exercise and I fell two storeys from a balcony, finding myself in a wheelchair with a punctured lung, broken sacrum bone and fractured spine. Despite the physical challenges that followed the operation I was given the opportunity to overcome one of the biggest challenges of all, and that was learning to believe in myself again. This new found faith transmitted into my life in all kinds of ways, inspiring not only myself but those close to me. The love and support we receive, the love we show others and the love we show ourselves are essential ingredients to this recipe we call life. "I will get back on my yoga mat!" became my daily mantra and for months watching people do yoga was a source of inspiration for me to get better and reconnect with my body again, which is something I feel I took for granted when I was in full health. But after life sits you down, and makes you work to get back on your feet, you begin to see life in a different way. I began to see my life as a gift, a second chance as cliche as that may sound, it was an extremely humbling experience as well as a very empowering one, and for that I will always be grateful. I understand now that each of us have so much more potential than we recognise, not just physically or mentally but also spiritually, and so whilst we are on this planet, I believe we should try and help one another realise this. We each have our own personal dharma (path) and so long as we try to live with integrity and in harmony with the planet and those that inhabit it, we will leave the only mark you really need leave on this earth, and that's your mark of love. And this is my yoga now, beginning with myself, to show love, spread love and receive love in all the many forms in which it comes.

Morocco is one of my favourite places, but I've never thought of doing yoga there, what is the yoga scene like there?

I'm still discovering yoga here in Morocco, but I do have some friends who are teaching here, and there are always retreats happening in different places around the country. We are based just outside of Marrakech, and I've come to discover there are very few schools that run regular yoga classes here, and no one at all who offers Ashtanga in the area. So you could say it's popular for retreats but there's not much of a variety when it comes to daily practice for people.

What do you love about having people into your home to teach them yoga?

We have just recently opened our home for people holidaying or looking for retreats, it's our little oasis for mind body and soul, where people can connect, explore, and indulge in yoga, culture and nature. Also because of a lack of ashtanga classes here in Marrakech I'm happy to announce will be hosting an ashtanga retreat this Autumn. As well as opening soon for drop in classes, for both locals/tourists that can come and practice whether living in the city or simply passing through. Anyway our website with details and all the events/retreats coming up will be available soon :)

Describe your day?

Thats a hard question to answer as every day is different here. The last few weeks has been a bit crazyyy as we have been renovating the villa, so everyday after my yoga practice and breakfast Ive been working with my brother to prepare our home so we can start welcoming guests.  Now the place is coming together my focus in the next few days will be preparing the content for our website and getting more photos... Whether it's gardening or working on our website, everyday will always involve one hour and a half of ashtanga in the morning, and a little boogie at some point throughout the day I've actually been experimenting lately with barre ballet, as my former ballerina has felt like coming out to play... (Again an example of how for me yoga comes in many forms) Just remember the element of PLAY! It's surprising when you do begin to play just how many chances you actually have in the day to do so... Well, that sums up our mission here really, to create a space for adults to come, play and relax in this little piece of paradise we are lucky enough to call home. 

Favourite yoga pose?!

At the moment my favourite yoga pose is handstand. I've been dedicating many moments of the day to inverting my world, and its been helping me recharge and keep things in perspective in moments of doubt and worry. Such a powerful asana, in more ways than one.

Five items you can't live without?

Well I guess right now my guilty pleasures are my yoga mat, blender, diary, phone and the slack line we just put up the garden

Her retreat in Morocco is a must visit, find it here.. 
and for daily inspiration follow her here.

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