What’s one of your favourite memories from the past year?
Leah: One of the greatest memories for me was seeing the KAAIAA online community grow throughout the lockdown. I went from 20 people on my daily zoom classes to over 700. And it was due to the welcoming and warm space that every single person in the class brought with them. Everyone showed up with a shared intention – to just be exactly who they were, in that moment, with no judgement. It was a safe space where people could come and connect with other humans at a time that was so lonely and isolating for so many. It changed the trajectory of KAAIAA – and it will stay with me forever.
Oh and CAMP KAAIAA.. our online Burning Man experience last year was also EPIC!!!!
Share five favourite things you do for self-care.
Leah: Breathe. Move. Meditate. Hydrate. Sauna/Ice Baths.
Do you have any advice to help others connect with their purpose?
Leah: Finding your purpose can be a very daunting prospect for many as it’s often pretty unclear. Unless you are one of those people who JUST KNOW why they are here, narrowing it down to a single thing is nigh on impossible. I would start with something you are passionate about. Identify what you love doing. And then see if this can potentially be a career. I love the Japanese ideology of Ikigai to find your purpose. It asks you 4 simple questions to find your “WHY”. These are:
1. What do you love?
2. What are you good at?
3. What can you get paid for?
4. What does the world need?
If your passion can sit in the middle of these 4 principles then you are on your way to finding your purpose.
Can you share a simple meditation practice to try?
Leah: A meditation practice doesn’t have to be long and it doesn’t have to be hard despite what people may think. I find that consistency is more important than duration i.e it’s better to do 5 minutes of meditation every day than 40 minutes once a week. Consistency fosters the growth of healthy (or unhealthy depending on what you’re doing) habits so the best way to bring meditation into your life if you don’t know where to start is to begin with something you can realistically maintain. Perhaps you set your alarm 5 minutes earlier and instead of grabbing your phone, sit up, close your eyes and focus on your breath. This will set you up for the day from a calm and centred space. Or.. you can just do KAAIAA and tick every box in under an hour!
How can people get involved with KAAIAA this World Meditation Day?
Leah: If you would like to join us for a FREE LIVE KAAIAA Class to celebrate World Meditation Day this Friday 20th May simply head to this page and sign up to receive your access link!
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