The Secrets of Ayurveda

Introduction to Ayurveda!

A couple of weeks ago I went to an Ayurvedic Medicine Exhibition here in London and felt strongly drawn towards this totally new subject to me. So, I went to the book shop and got myself the book you will see by swiping left. Inside this book is all the info necessary to introduce you to Ayurveda. This practice is actually ancient and complicated and so I know I won’t ever really master it, but I want to get enough of an understanding to adapt this practice to my lifestyle as much as possible. It involves everything from what you eat, to how you exercise to how you take care of your skin etc…

The Secrets of Ayurveda

So, how do you work out what is best for you? Well, you need to figure out which type of human you are. By this I mean, what type of energy (Dosha) drives both your mind and body. There are three types of Dosha: Vitta, Patta and Kapha.

It is important to work out which one you are before moving to how to make the most of it. I actually worked out that I am all three, which apparently is quite rare and also therefore, quite annoying to nurture and balance out properly!!

I worked it all out thanks to my book “Secrets of Ayurveda” but obviously I can’t write down all the questions below to help you work your out. So instead, I went on a quest to find the most accurate website that will calculate your Dosha for you!

So click below to answer their quick questionnaire and find out! This is in no way paid for, I actually did find that this was the closest questions / result to what I got from the book!

Click Here To Find out Your Dosha! 

I hope you enjoy the process, and let me know in the comments section what you are! As I learn more about this practice, I’ll write out more pieces on how to live by your Dosha 🙂 so watch this space and follow me on Instagram / Facebook!

With love,



Challenge 22 – Part 3 – Conclusions

Aloha friends! And I want to start off by apologising for taking so long to write this third post about Challenge 22.

It’s been a roller coaster of a few months and it is far from being over, but more on that when things will become more concrete for me.

In the meantime, I’d like to finally pay my due and update you all on how the challenge ended for me. If you want to know why I tried or how the first days went, please check out my previous posts, Part 1 and Part 2.

Vegan English Breakfast

Vegan English Breakfast

Truth is: Veganism is hard AF and taking the challenge made me realise I needed to make a choice between taking the risk of getting seriously unhealthy to save animals, or doing my small part to make a difference without taking it too far and putting my body at risk. So I’d like to put aside the fact that it was a lot of fun experimenting with new ways to cook food and playing around with recipes, to focus on the more health-related aspect of this experiment. Here are my learnings, I hope you find them useful for your own journey…

Learning #1: if you want to be a Vegan, then you have to be in the right conditions to do so. And by that, I mean the right environment. Trying to become a Vegan in November was probably a very good idea as it made me understand just how hard it is to cope with the lack of sun and warmth when your protein intake has changed from a bit of animal to fully plant based. The effects weren’t felt on the physical level for me – i.e. I didn’t get a decrease in muscle mass – but rather on the mental level. I have no idea how both are linked, but let’s put it this way: I was frustrated and depressed and kept thinking about eggs and fish. Which leads me to my next point.

Learning #2: your body is extremely wise and knows what you need to function properly. It’s no coincidence that I kept thinking about eggs and fish. I have vitamin D and Omega deficiencies because of where I live, up in the north of Europe. I read recently that in the whole month of January 2018, the cumulated hours of sun in London represented only 16 hours! To give you an idea, a whole month is on average 730 hours long. This literally means that 98% of the month was spent without sufficient light. And the body needs sunshine to produce Vitamin D. As for Omega, they are naturally deficient in the body and need to be sourced through food. So essentially, my body was telling me that it needed Vitamin D and Fatty Acids to function properly. And these needs manifested as an obsession for fish and eggs in my head. So coming back to my first point, it became quite clear to me that it’s much easier to become Vegan when living in sunny Sydney than rainy London.

Vegan Noodle Soup

Veggie Noodle Soup

Learning #3: mother nature knows very well what she is doing and makes sure to provide us with the food that we need depending on our geographic location on earth. I am increasingly becoming a firm believer in locally produced, organic goods. I believe that in certain areas of the earth, human beings need certain plant products to survive, and mother nature delivers those to us. That is why we have seasonal veggies. To me, the same goes for animal produce. In the north pole, humans hunt and eat fatty fish, because otherwise they would die from lack of pretty much anything else except root plants. They would develop deficiencies and wouldn’t survive. It is the same for any other human being on earth.

Lesson #4: It is fine to eat animal products, but just make sure to do it respectfully for your body. There is only a certain amount of protein that the body needs per day. And that amount is extremely low. In the Western world. we tend to eat way too much meat and that is in no small part to blame on the food industry and some very well thought-out marketing. But as I mentioned in learning #2, our bodies are very wise and they know just how much we really need. This is why Challenge 22 was so good for me. It helped my body to reset to zero and start over, with new basics for how much I really need. Reintroducing meat in my diet, I realised just how little I needed to feel good, and just how quickly my body rejects it (indigestion) if I eat too much of it. Now I know better than to force feed my body with protein all day long. My digestive system is like new and my energy levels have never been higher. I’ve not lost any of my muscle mass, I am leaner and my skin glows much more than it did before. Learn to really listen to your body.

Ratatouille with Rice

Ratatouille with Rice

Lesson #5: It is fine to eat animal products, but just make sure to do it respectfully for the environment. Just because I am backing up the concept of eating animal protein doesn’t mean you will find me at the local supermarket buying hormone-infused chicken thighs. I’ve seen the documentaries, I know how these poor things get treated and under no circumstances am I to be ok with that. Not to mention, the environmental impact of mass farming on deforestation, ocean pollutions and so on. I have therefore made the very conscious choice to eat meat two meals per week MAXIMUM (sometimes 1 and sometimes even 0) and I source my meat from this one local farmer whom I know very well and who grows his animals “organically” i.e only with the grass from his own field, the fruit from his own trees etc… and who lets his animals run freely throughout their entire life. There is no disrespect and I know so by the incredible taste of his produce. As for fish, I don’t go beyond twice a week either and only buy wild. At the end of the day, I just listen to my body and what it is telling me, because it knows better. Some weeks it won’t crave any form of animal protein whatsoever, some weeks it will ask me for eggs. And I will oblige, again, with ethically sourced products.

Lesson #6: Vegan protein substitutes are in my opinion, absolute poison. I went through a rather exhaustive list and did not find one powder that didn’t have either excess sugar or excess chemicals that I’ve never heard of. Not only do I not want to increase my chances of developing a weird cancer from all the chemicals, but I am also not sure how environmentally respectful it is to produce these powders either. So really, there is no ideal solution to the problem of environmental protection. Which brings me to my last point.

Lesson #7: Veganism is about making an informed choice. I am all for animal protection if it doesn’t mean killing myself in the process. I am a firm believer that true balance is only found if every ingredient is added in moderation. But unfortunately it is our burden as humans to always want more and to always reach out for the extremes. Veganism / carnivorism are no exceptions to this very unfortunate rule.

Oven baked Sweet Potato Fries with Vegan Mayonnaise

Sweet Potato Fries with Vegan Mayonnaise

I want to say a big thank you to the Challenge 22 organisers for a great experience digging more into myself and learning about my body and my coping mechanism. I feel I know myself so much better after this and I have adapted my diet in a way that suits me perfectly for this season of my life, which wouldn’t have been achieved so meticulously without the challenge. This has also sparked my curiosity and resulted in my new interest in Ayurvedic dietary practices. I am starting to teach myself about these principles and will be sharing more of my journey on this platform, for those who are interested.

Until then, I hand the choice of health and protection over to you. What do you want to do? Choose wisely. Go.

Do Positive Affirmations Actually Work?

Let me ask you: when was the last time you actually told yourself that you loved yourself? For me, it was a hell of a long time ago. And yet, I am now more sure than ever that back when I did it, it was actually what kept me sane and made me more attractive to potential clients. So why did I stop? Well, because most people turn to more spiritual things when they find themselves in negative situations and as soon as it gets better, they forget all about it.

Before I dig deeper into the subject, I would like to tell any sceptical person reading this, to just give it a try for a few days, ideally even a couple of weeks, and reap the rewards of living a more self-loving life.

So what is an affirmation and how does it work?

Well, there are two definitions:

  • The first one is that an affirmation is a phrase that someone will tell themselves, that describes themselves in the present, as a the ideal being that they want to become, but that does not exist yet. The idea behind this is that the more you repeat to yourself that this person IS who you are, the more likely it is that you will become this person in the future. For example: I am a successful lifestyle coach who helps my clients lead the perfect work/life balance. Thanks to my activity, I make a 6 figure income that gives me the flexibility to lead my own life the way I want to. I live in south florida and regularly holiday in the Bahamas with my husband and three children, one boy and two girls. etc….. These affirmations have to be as specific and detailed as possible and don’t be scared to step way outside of your comfort zone and dig deep into your childhood dreams.


  • The second one is that an affirmation is a loving sentence that someone will repeat to themselves in order to start loving and respecting themselves more. The idea behind this is that the more you tell yourself beautiful things, the more you will respect yourself and in turn, the more respect you will gain from the outside. For example: I am a beautiful, smart and capable person. I strive in everything that I do and I am well on my way to becoming the most successful version of myself.

The idea is to repeat these sentences to yourself on a daily basis, until they become your absolute truth. Now, I encourage you to pick your favorite definition and start implementing it in your life.

Now that you know what they are, how can you make sure to practice them consistently? 

Are you busy? Record yourself saying them on your phone, and listen to yourself saying those words every morning and every evening. Please note, ideally you should look at yourself while pronouncing the affirmations.

Are you forgetful? Write your affirmation down, take a picture or screenshot of it, and make it your phone’s home screen. Your phone literally becomes a reminder to practice your affirmation every time your switch it on.

You don’t have a smartphone? (no judgement :p) Write your affirmation on a piece of paper or a post it and stick that paper inside a book that you are currently reading or simply onto your mirror so that you can read it every time you look at yourself in the mirror.

You are helpless? Set an alarm on your phone to remind yourself to say your affirmations! 🙂

You no longer have an excuse for not practicing your affirmations, so get on it and let me know if it helps!

With Love,


Challenge 22 – The 3 week-long Vegan trial

This is it, I am taking the leap. I am trying Veganism!

If you’ve followed me for a while you will know that I love trying new, healthy things for my body: a new physical activity, a new drink, a new dish, a new face cream etc… It all started when I developed my skin problems 5 years ago and now, as I grow older and I hope, wiser, I am more aware and in control of the things that work for me and the things that don’t. For instance, I am aware that meat isn’t the best thing for me. It generally makes me feel heavy and above all, I’ve noticed that along with cows’ milk and too much gluten, it makes me breakout.

So over time, I have naturally started to move towards a more pescatarian / flexitarian diet. For a few years now, I have been very aware of the fact that a plant based diet can solution many physical problems. I’ve read many articles and watched countless videos about people miraculously getting over final stage cancers, going from infertile to having many babies and suffering from hard core skin problems to having beautiful perfect skin, just by shifting to a 100% plant based diet. Do you feel sceptical right now? I used to be like that too. But a lot of the info that I read was verified and was even posted on reliable sources like the Huff! You can look into it too!

Although these articles seemed very relevant, they only ever stayed at the back of my mind, until a few weeks ago when some of my good friends started trying out Veganism as well and telling me how amazing they felt in their bodies and the effects on their skin. I felt like the universe had sent me enough messages now. I was ready to try it myself too.

So, I went online and found the Challenge 22, which I talk about in the below video. I hope some of you jump on it with me too and we can share our experience of it together! Leave me a comment if you have any questions ❤

With love,


From the Pantry: Autumnal Pepper Soup

Hi guys!

First of all I think I need to explain the “from the pantry” in my title. I’ve basically decided to create a mini category within the ‘Recipes’ category where I share my made up recipes made from scratch, i.e. made from whatever was leftover in my fridge / pantry. So if you click on the “from the pantry” tag at the bottom of this article, you will have access to all the “from the pantry” recipes that I post 🙂

So here is my second recipe from the “From the Pantry” sub category: My autumnal Pepper Soup ❤  I like to buy my greens organic and from the farmers market. I had some week old leftover carrots and a bell pepper that really needed to be eaten. Luckily I had half an onion left and a couple of potatoes in the fridge so I threw everything together in the pan and boiled it all into a yummy soup! Here is my hearty recipe if you want to try it yourself:

*Serves 2*

  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Medium Potato
  • 1 Large Carrot
  • 3-4 small purple carrots (You can replace with a small turnip or a small parsnip, they taste similar to purple carrots)
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1/2 organic vegetable stock cube

Peel the onion, potato and all carrots. Cut the bell pepper in 4 and take away the seeds. Throw all the ingredients, including the stock in a large pan. Fill with water until it reaches slightly above the ingredients. Close it up with a lid and bring to the boil. Check the potatoes and carrots every few minutes and when they are soft, take the pan off the fire. Fill up your blender with the vegetables, add a bit of the cooking water and blend. You can add as much water as needed until you reach your desired consistency.

That’s it! A hearty and healthy autumn soup to snuggle up with by the fire! Enjoy!

With love,


Yoga and Social Media – Reflecting on 1 year of posting

Hi guys! So, I am really trying hard to get back on the blogging front but I am most definitely not pressuring myself into writing stuff. It seems to be coming to me lately so I ain’t gonna complain 😉

Today I wanted to focus on the subject of my Yoga journey on social media. I hope you enjoy the read and that you may find inspiration, or that you feel the same about certain aspects of your social media life. Whichever it is, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

I wrote in a previous post that it had taken me a while and several blogging attempts to truly find my voice and while I feel like this blog is the perfect result of the many previous blogs which I have abandoned over the years, I also believe that my Yoga journey had a lot to do with it.

Like many people, I’ve had a personal Facebook account for as long as I can remember (and officially stopped using as of January 1st 2017) and a Twitter and Instagram feed which I barely ever used. Again, my Yoga journey changed all of that for the better – at least for me 🙂

Although I’ve been practicing Yoga for years, last year I felt a call to practice more and most of all, I felt a call to start sharing my journey with the world. I had been following certain famous Yogini’s from my personal account and had felt so inspired by their journeys that I wanted to share my own and connect with people. So, I took the plunge with my IG account. Later on, I set up my current blog, followed by my Facebook Page.

Starting with IG was in my opinion, the best way to start my journey. There are so many Yogi’s and Yogini’s on this little platform and I thoroughly enjoy sharing my journey, reading about theirs, finding inspiration for new poses, tutorials, all the way down to reading inspiring quotes. I’ve hosted a few challenges now and I just love the idea of using them to bond even more with my community.

After a few months of Instagramming, I realised that I really wanted to get back to my blogging. In the past, I went through a travel blog, a photography blog, a poetry blog and I am probably forgetting about a few more that I must have tried out. My IG identity, NathalieYogini, felt like the perfect way to get back into blogging and use the philosophies around Yogic lifestyle to express everything that I am interested in and which all have the same core goal: sharing my thoughts, food and tools for a more peaceful life.

So far, I have posted 20 articles and I intend to post many more, always with the same promise of helping my audience work towards their own realisation of a peaceful lifestyle. My dream is to develop focused programs and workshops to help each person out there find an answer to the specific problems that stop them from reaching the highest version of themselves.

This leads me to the reason why I have added Facebook to my list of Social Media platforms. I am now growing that platform to share the content from my blog along with curated content to help my followers access more literature on the subject of living an aligned and peaceful life.

I have now finished working on the first program of the next phase of my mission. It was very important for me for this first program, to focus on a deeply traumatic experience, which is why I am drawing from my life changing experience with acne to share a FREE holistic program that aims to help any acne victim heal their skin with love and gentleness. I am now working on writing a full E-Book on the subject that will follow from the program and I intend to carry on researching into what my community is interested in to carry on with my mission.

Every single reflection that has led me to the above developments is in no small part thanks to Yoga. My practice is my meditation. Sometimes, nothing happens and I am just focusing on the more superficial things, like finding my splits. Other times, I get deeply into my practice and will get out of my practice with answers, ideas, even epiphanies!

A lot of things have happened over this past year of sharing my journey online and I am so happy that I made the decision to do so. I want to take a moment to thank every single person who will be reading this post and who follows my journey. I would name all of those that inspire me on a daily basis, but you already know who you are 😉

With Love,