Inspiring People: Yoga Instructor and Psychologist Sarah Nelly Oliveira
Sarah Nelly Oliveira is a German blogger that combines her love of yoga with her background in psychology on her blog Being Me By Sarah where she inspires her readers to grow and find contentment.
Is there a morning ritual you have that motivates you for the rest of the day?
I love mornings, especially early mornings. Since my husband and I went to India at the beginning of last year I have been waking up early almost every day. I feel so calm and relaxed during the early morning hours. It gives me time for myself before I start anything else. I wake up drink my hot water with lemon and practice some yoga.
My morning practice usually includes a short meditation, some breathing exercises, asanas and a relaxation at the end. I try to step on the mat almost every morning. It makes me feel so good for the rest of the day, even if it is just for 20 minutes.
What inspires you right now?
One of my best friends was diagnosed with breast cancer and metastasis in the lungs at the end of last year. She is definitely my inspiration at the moment. Her love for life, will power, and believe in her body and self is a true inspiration. Within a short period of time she has moved from shock to action and taking care of her well- being and health in all ways possible.
She is also sharing her journey on Instagram, which I think is great as there is not so much out there for young women who suffer from cancer.
Tell us about the creative process when choosing the content you post about on your blog.
When I chose a topic for my blog post I usually get inspired by what is going on in my mind at that moment. That may be by a thought, phase of life, something I have learned or experienced. I am a true believer in the mind- body connection, so most of my posts will have that aspect within them.
I believe that acknowledging this connection this applies to all areas of life. Sometimes I finish one post within a very short period of time; sometimes I work on a post for a few days. It really depends on the topic and my current state of mind.
What is your favorite quote?
That is a really difficult question. There are many quotes I connect to. It depends on what situation I am in, but I think there are words which always apply and work no matter what situation one is in:
Inhale – Exhale.
How do you encourage others to look at the world the way you do?
I believe in what I am doing and the way I am living and have learned that the most important thing in life is to stay true to your own values, live the way you think is right. I cannot know what is best for the other.
My aim is to support my clients in getting in touch with themselves and being able to understand what is best for them and how they want to see themselves and the world around them. It is not to encourage them to look at the world the way I do. I have developed this understanding within the past couple of years and it still is a continuous process.
Within the field of psychology and yoga it is easy to get tangled up in thinking that you know what is right and best for others but both of these fields also give you the knowledge and understanding that each person knows what is best for themselves. Sometimes though circumstances and experiences put layers on us and we need a little help and support to be able to be able to connect and listen to that inner wisdom from others.
Cover image by Fabiana Kocubey