AERIAL ART
Emirates Woman|January 2021
Aerial artist, fitness enthusiast and wellness expert Mayassa Al Tajir shares with us her positive approach to life
AMY SESSIONS

How does your morning routine set you up for a positive day? I am more Lark than Nightingale, so the morning is my favourite part of the day. I usually wake up at 5:30 am without an alarm, just so that I can steal an extra hour of me time before the day actually starts, this helps me feel grounded. I always start with a large cup of English Breakfast tea while I draw as I love the history of art, so I spend my first hour in the morning sketching, shading and enjoying the quiet, while the rest of the house sleeps. I feel that positivity and productivity come hand in hand, we are never happier than when we feel accomplished, and so I always start my day this way.

You follow a holistic approach to health and fitness – how did you discover this path? This is a tricky question, because sometimes I feel like I haven’t quite made it down the path as yet. I have always been looking for the path,searching, as most of us do for fulfilment, belonging, a sense of purpose, all those heavy anchors that bind. In the end, it did turn out to be a holistic approach, I just didn’t realise it at the time. I think it started after I had my second child, I had a tough pregnancy, and difficult birth, which left me with no core, I had severe diastasis recti, and back issues. Both ailments were just something I was not willing to accept, so after grieving the loss of my core, I decided it was time to heal. I took up yoga, after which I followed my love for the aerial arts, and now I have a very strong core. Now each step I take, I am motivated to stay strong, and keep my core safe.

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