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AN INTERVIEW WITH// "SALMA SANDOVAL-GRATTA"// by equlibrio felice

Updated: Oct 15, 2018


A lover of Nature & the outdoors, Salma spends her time travelling Southern America, California and Europe in between teaching Yoga an developing her Vision..


"I'm a lover and serious admirer of Nature, I can spend hours just contemplating its beauty and abundance"






So tell "By equilibrio felice" who is Salma?


"I'm Salma, 27 years old, Mexican, married to the love of my life, Adriano, Italian - he is 36 years old.


I'm an only child to my mother Aurora, who is also an only child. My family is very small, they are my favourite 4 people in the world and without them I wouldn’t be who I am today.


I don’t know my father, he has never been present in my life, and honestly he was never been missed or needed


I'm a Gemini, and proud of it, I believe it represents overall who I am. I'm ever changing, always on the move, restless, but trying to find my peace and my balance through Yoga.

I always look for the bright and positive side of things.


I'm a lover and serious admirer of Nature, I can spend hours just contemplating its beauty and abundance.


I believe in God, and his blessings"





Salma, we want to know whats your Design, your Purpose, your Being?


"This time in my life I'm deeply focusing in improving myself.

Through deep studying of different Philosophies, analysing the history of man, and its relation to spirituality and religions. To understand the different perspectives of the purpose of life.


One of my hobbies is reading, I love reading, learning new things. I consider myself a Yoga Sadhaka since several years back, and I practice every day both the physical, the mental and the emotional way.


My purpose in life is to help others to love themselves, to have good health, to be happy and feel blessed. Also, to lower my ecological impact in the world, and to live in a more mindful w"




Where is it that you currently reside?


My hometown, Ensenada, México





What’s the most beautiful word in the world?

"Mindfulness"



What’s your favourite smell?


"Palo Santo, Copal, "Sandalwood", the smell of my husband"




Whats the best advise you have ever been given?

"To have an attitude of acceptance and gratefulness towards the good as well as the bad in life.


To have in mind that the only thing we can control in this life/ world, is our mind, our thoughts, and our actions "





What inspires you?


All the vast possibilities life offers us to experience and learn from




What’s your favourite time of day?


While practising yoga; and after a long day that I get to go into my cosy bed





What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever been?


Alaska, the glacier, the frozen lake, the mountains, the Forrest, simply beautiful, pure and full of life




Whom do you secretly admire?

My mother and my husband




What do you cook better than anyone?


"Chilaquiles", my speciality !




What’s the first thing you notice about people?


Their skin. Their smile




When are you most yourself?


When I'm in a foreign country, when I feel a total stranger




When was the last time you cried?


Today at the yoga class (as a student)




Greatest Weakness?


Lack of discipline




Greatest Strength?


My husband, my family





What are you grateful for today?


"For the many lessons I have learnt from various traumas and hard moments in life, because that’s what made me all the way until today’s decisions"




What is your Mantra?


“I can do it, everything is gonna be alright”


...in this particular time in my life, this is what I have to tell myself several times a day




Do you believe in a higher power?


"Yes"






Salma shares with 'by equilibrio felice' her thoughts on Mindfulness ...


"For me, mindfulness is being totally aware of where my mind goes and how I experience the world around me.

It is extremely important to be aware of your thoughts, the quality of them, the habits, where the mind goes and how we react to situations. "






So tell by equilibrio felice, who is Salma?


"Salma is brave, strong, intuitive, creative, curious, explorer.


Life has shaped her in many ways she find somewhat confronting, yet challenging and forming.


She is energetic, and wants to experience the most. To taste the essence of this life. She has fought with her demons, just to realise there is not need to fight, just to accept and take the best.


Trying to feel more comfortable inside her skin. I am who every one is. And my purpose is the same as yours"




How did you know you had found your Design, Purpose, Being?


"I imagined myself doing that purpose for my whole life, and felt calm and content with it. I continuously ask myself if I see myself doing this in several more years, and the answer is yes"



Do you have any words for those trying to find their being/expression?


"Be honest to yourself, choose what suits best with your personality, your values, your desires.


Stop thinking of others when taking decisions. You are alone. And you are the person to make happy first than all"




What are some of the struggles you have faced on your path?


"Many many… Specially familiar issues, those that haven’t been healed by my mother or my grandmother. Issues that now, I believe I'm the one to help to heal and solve them. For them, for me, and for my future children and their children"




Describe your everyday rituals & routines...


"Wake up, kiss my husband, light some incense, sage or Palo Santo to purify the energies and clear the mind, brush teeth, drink 2 cups of water, brew green tea or coffee, quick body stretching, having light breakfast, and up to work!


Then at evening, I do my yoga practice"




What do you do to keep Motivated & Focused?


"Life is not easy, but there is a reason why we all are here, living our lives, and we have to make the best out of it.


Grow, evolve into your best version. I want to live my dreams, for I am the one and only that can for fill them. Nobody will come and live your life"




How do you spend your free time?

"Reading, playing with some yoga postures, playing with my dog, Fiona"


How do you find Balance?


"Through Yoga. Being in quietness and solitude in a clean, aired space. There is when I feel more balanced. However, balance goes on and off. Its not constant, and continuously I have to work hard to attain it.


But most of all, it is important maintaining a balanced state of mind, at least through ACCEPTANCE, gratefulness, patience and changing the quality of your thoughts from negative to positive.


We don’t need to be linear, but try to make the mind less oscillating"




What are your thoughts on mindfulness?


"It is extremely important to be aware of your thoughts, the quality of them, the habits, where the mind goes and how we react to situations.


For me, mindfulness is being totally aware of where my mind goes and how I experience the world around me.

The next step would be starting to control the mind, or better said, to train the mind little by little.


Mindfulness brings us back to balance. To be above the fluctuations of dualities"





What can we find you indulging in?


"Oversleeping; Cheese; Pasta; contemplating Nature "




Whats next for Salma Haffira?


"I find myself in a crossroads right now. I thank life for the beautiful possibilities its giving me. Thinking and feeling what would be the best for me, for my fulfilment, for my husband, and for my present and future family.


I will give the best I have to obtain what I want but at the end, time and God will define what is the best for me at this moment.


What I want for start, is moving to another country. Experience new airs and new energies. Explore myself better. I'm between deepening my studies, experience, practice and career in Yoga, which I've been building for the past two years; or to start a new adventure of going back to University to study my biggest passion, Architecture.


Which ever way, would be in a foreign country. Definitely. "




Salma reflects on how she feels about what's next for her...


"I thank life for the beautiful possibilities its giving me. I will give the best I have to obtain what I want but in the end, time and God will define what is the best for me at this moment. "





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