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Isabella Goeres

In Conversation with Isabella Goeres

The founder of Saine talks health and healing.

In today’s world, it’s sometimes hard to focus on the things that make us feel good, but what if we could add a dose of wellness to our lives that would enrich us in ways we never thought possible? That’s where wellness comes in. Wellness is about taking care of yourself.

It’s about being in tune with your body and mind, and knowing what you need to be at your best. Wellness is about taking time for yourself and ensuring you have the energy to care for your family and friends. It’s knowing that you’re looking out for your mental health as much as your physical health. It’s about being present in your life and taking time every day to connect with yourself and those around you.

Because you’re a mere human, you need to treat yourself right. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, but it’s essential to take time out for yourself to stay healthy and happy. And when it comes to maintaining your wellness routine, it’s crucial to ensure that your mind and body get the attention they deserve. Furthermore, there’s a lot we can do to improve our overall well-being. We can eat healthier, exercise more, and sleep better. But as necessary as those things are, there are also tools that can help us on our journey.

One such tool is the products by Saine, a wellness brand devoted to promoting wellbeing. It offers pure and natural products, bringing you closer to your roots. Developed over generations, it carries traditional wisdom in a modern, minimalistic aesthetic. It can be hard to take care of ourselves in our busy lives. We are constantly bombarded with messages telling us what we should be doing and buying, but often, we don’t have time for it all. That’s why Saine offers products that give back some of your time by making it easier for you to take care of yourself.

Conversation with Isabella Goeres

Isabella Goeres started Saine in April 2021 after moving to Dubai from her home country of Switzerland. She was used to working in the fashion industry, but as a nature lover, she missed her connection to nature in the transition. To help her reconnect with nature, she started practising yoga intensely and sewing products that would enhance her well-being, which soon became favourites among her friends and family.

After some time, Isabella decided to create Saine and give more people in Dubai the possibility of using natural wellness products in order to improve their wellbeing. Her vision is to reconnect people with nature through simple but effective products that make them feel good about themselves (and their surroundings). We sat down with Isabella, getting to know her better and tapping her insights as an entrepreneur.

What motivated you to pursue Saine?

At Saine, we believe in the power of natural ingredients to make people happier and feel better. Our products are pure and natural, bringing you closer to your roots. We’re proud to be able to provide such an essential service: helping people realise their potential and live a life they love.

We know that everyone has a dream, but so many of us never get around to realising it because we’re too busy taking care of everyone else. Our products are designed to help you take care of yourself for once – to ensure that you can give yourself what you need without feeling guilty about it!

What’s the inspiration behind Saine products?

I decided to create/sell this product because I believe that the healing power of nature is something that we need to pay more attention to. We are currently observing a trend towards natural products and healing techniques. People are more aware of how they can improve their health by eating healthier foods, living more consciously, and looking after themselves naturally.

Saine products support this lifestyle by offering what nature already provides us in a very stylish and minimalistic way. Our products are produced locally with only natural ingredients. And their wisdom has been passed down from generation to generation. This is what I wanted to create: traditional healing in a state-of-the-art and eco-friendly way.

bottles of essential oils

How do Saine products enrich the lives of its users?

Saine products are made from the purest of materials, each to help you in your own way. Though different, they all share the same values: natural ingredients, wisdom, and durability. Saine products can be used for years because everything is washable, and the fabrics and colours are carefully chosen for their high quality.

Our essential oils and sprays are crafted safe for your skin and the environment. The result of all this hard work is a product that promotes wellness because it makes you feel close to nature, giving you a greater sense of connection with your roots and traditions.

What is your vision of success?

In my business, success is when people come back to me saying that they love my products for different reasons. And that my products are making a difference in their lives. This is what I strive for every day. My goal is to make sure that every person who uses my product feels like they’re getting the best care possible and that they have access to quality products at affordable prices. I want my customers to know that what they buy from me will be worth it.

How does Saine stand out from the crowd?

What makes Saine different is our commitment to purity and natural ingredients. Our products are free from harsh chemicals and synthetic fragrances, so you can feel good about using them. In addition, we only use sustainable and ethically sourced ingredients, so you can be sure that your purchase supports a responsible business. 

Saine has the power to help you live a better life by giving you a hand with your health and well-being needs. We are committed to providing quality products that support your wellness. We believe that when you feel good physically, mentally, and spiritually, you can achieve anything! The Saine product concept was relatively unknown in Dubai when it started. It’s a new product range that customers here have yet to experience fully.

gift set of wellness products

What does wellness mean to you?

Wellness is the state of being happy, healthy, and functioning at your best. When we have a positive outlook on life, we feel better. When we feel good about ourselves, we tend to be more productive and efficient in our everyday lives. When you are healthy and happy, you can enjoy all aspects of life more fully.

You can focus on your work without feeling sick or tired all the time. You will have more energy for socialising with friends and family members without having to make excuses for not wanting to go out because you’re too tired from working hard during the day. We know that feeling good is the best way to live. And with wellness tools like Saine products, we’ll be on our way to feeling better than ever. 

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Talking Sustainabili-tea with Laura Erguy

The co-founder of Namastea on searching for some of the best tea in the world.

As tea consumption continues to rise, many brands are looking for ways to modernise the traditional beverage. With increasing populations plus disposable income and a penchant for the Instagrammable, a key driver behind increased tea consumption in the Middle East has been boba tea. But that doesn’t mean traditional tea is on the way out; the reality is quite the opposite: the Middle East and Africa are the world’s second-largest consumers of tea, after Asia Pacific, with black tea coming out as a strong preference, as well as teas geared towards health and wellness.

One such brand is Namastea, dedicated to providing the highest quality tea available to the Gulf region with an eye trained firmly on the future. “Tea is an old and traditional beverage with a lot of existing brands. Our main challenge is to modernise its consumption and educate our consumers on the different options out there,” says co-founder Laura Erguy. We spoke with Erguy to find out more.

Chasing the Premium

“We realised that most teas in the Middle East were often lower quality than what we could find elsewhere and consumers did not know the many benefits of tea,” shared Laura. “So, we decided to source the best teas and really put the focus on each blend[‘s] main ingredients to highlight their benefits on our wellbeing, while maintaining an affordable price and cute packaging.”

Aimed at young, health-conscious tea drinkers, Erguy is on a mission to provide a premium tea and promote a healthier lifestyle. “We would like our customers to appreciate our level of quality and feel part of a healthy community with our brand.”

NAMASTEA

Good Morning Energizing Loose Tea

AED 40.00

NAMASTEA

Midnight Rendez Vous Rejuvenating Loose Tea

AED 44.00

tea

NAMASTEA

Sun Kiss Immunity Loose Tea

AED 44.00

And the effort shows through. Just as single-origin coffees tend to have a distinct, exotic taste that is bolder and more robust in comparison to blends, Erguy — who co-founded Namastea with her sister almost four years ago — revealed all Namastea teas are sourced exclusively from Sri Lanka, one of the world’s top producers of tea. “Sri Lanka is the only country in the world to function with an auction system that ensures that every single batch of tea produced is checked, ensuring consistency, transparency, and homogeneity of the products.”

“Sri Lanka is also the first and only country to have received a global ozone-friendly certification thanks to their sustainable production methods.”

The Power of Sustainability

Originally from France, the Erguy sisters founded Namastea out of a love for Sri Lanka and its tea, and a desire to share it with their world. “We both started our careers in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. After many trips to Sri Lanka, we discovered the incredible health benefits of tea and realised that this was often unknown or not fully understood. We decided to create a modern and colourful brand to modernise this ancient beverage, as well as focus on its incredible powers.”

The sailing distance from Sri Lanka to the Gulf region is usually between one to three days, meaning the tea’s footprint from food miles is drastically reduced too. “Our teas have not traveled the world before reaching your cup,” says Erguy. Apart from sourcing sustainably-produced tea, Namastea’s teabags are fully compostable and biodegradable; plus, all the flavours are 100% natural and fruit-based, with special limited editions as well as an ever-expanding lineup.

NAMASTEA

Barely Moody
Tea Bags

AED 20.00

NAMASTEA

Pretty Berry Rejuvenating Tea Bags

AED 20.00

tea

NAMASTEA

Sweet Dreams
Tea Bags

AED 20.00

“We started with only loose leaf teas, but gradually introduced a teabag as well in order to cater supermarkets’ needs and [offer] more convenience for some of our consumers,” says Erguy. “Our favourite tea is Pretty Berry,” says Laura, “because it is a unique creation in our range that you would not find in any other brands. It has a very tasty flavour, almost like a candy (without the guilt) and can be drunk cold or hot.”

According to Erguy, the unique natural flavours added to the tea blends can last up to three years, though she recommends consuming the teas long before then. “The natural flavours added to the blend tend to disappear after that period. However, the tea itself does not expire and will still be safe to drink after three years.”

By providing consumers with the highest quality tea from Sri Lanka, Namastea is helping to modernise the traditional beverage and educate consumers on the different options available.

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Self-Love Boost: 3 Simple Rituals to Pamper Yourself

Ways to get back in love with yourself.

Self-love is an essential component of a healthy and fulfilling life. It involves treating yourself with kindness, compassion, understanding, and recognising your worth.

Far too often, we are hard on ourselves and engage in self-criticism or self-sabotage. It can lead to negative feelings and a lack of confidence in ourselves. On the other hand, when we practise self-love, we can build a strong foundation of self-worth and self-acceptance. It allows us to pursue our goals and dreams with confidence and resilience.

We will explore how self-love can benefit us and provide tips on cultivating it in our lives. So, let’s dive in and start the journey of self-love together!

Ritual 1: Crystal Healing for Increased Self-Love

Crystal healing is a powerful and beautiful way to connect with your self-love and self-acceptance. Crystals are believed to have unique energetic properties that can help to promote feelings of love and positivity.

Holding or carrying a crystal, such as rose quartz or green aventurine, experienced increased self-love and self-acceptance.

The Gaggler Picks

Flourite

MOTION TRADING

Fluorite with Stand

AED 60.00

This Fluorite with Stand from is one of the best stones for spiritual detoxification and can transform negative energy into positive. If you’re feeling off-kilter, this stone can help you get back on track. Fluorite can also boost mental clarity, promote peace of mind, and encourage positivity. It balances energy, improves balance and coordination, boosts the immune system, and more. To incorporate crystal healing into your self-love ritual, try setting aside time to sit quietly with your chosen crystal each day and focus on sending love and gratitude to yourself.

Wand

MOTION TRADING

Selenite Wand

AED 125.00

You can also place crystals around your home or office or wear them as jewellery to keep their energy close to you throughout the day. This Selenite Wand from Motion Trading is used for cleansing and protecting the energy around you and will help you connect with your highest, most divine self. It helps clear blocked energy so that you can feel more in tune with yourself and your surroundings. It also elevates your spirit and improves your intuition so that you can fully manifest whatever you desire in life.

Black Bracelet

MOTION TRADING

Black Tourmaline Bracelet

AED 56.00

Black tourmaline is a strong grounding stone that protects against negative energy, and an excellent choice for those looking for a simple way to start incorporating crystals into their lives. The Black Tourmaline Bracelet features a single strand of beads interspersed with clear quartz points. The black tourmaline beads will help ground you and establish a feeling of security from within, while the clear quartz points will help release blockages, spiritual or personal. This bracelet will clear negative energy and bring balance and alignment.

Remember: The power of these crystals lies in your intention and belief, so trust in the process and allow things to work their magic.

Ritual 2: Affirmations for Self-Love and Confidence

Here are five affirmations that you can use to promote self-love and confidence:

  1. “I am worthy of love and acceptance from myself and others.”
  2. “I choose to love and accept myself, flaws and all.”
  3. “I trust in my worth and value.”
  4. “I am deserving of happiness and success.”
  5. “I have the power to shape my own life and create my happiness.”

Affirmations are an effective tool to help you shift your mindset and build self-love and confidence. By repeating these positive statements, you can train your mind to believe in yourself and your worth. Make sure to choose affirmations that resonate with you and feel true to your own experiences.

Incorporate these affirmations into your daily routine, morning, before bed, or whenever you need a boost of confidence or self-love. Try to say them with conviction, and visualise yourself living and embodying these affirmations. And be kind to yourself if you struggle to believe in them fully. It takes time to change our deep-seated beliefs.

Ritual 3: Meditation for Deepening Self-Love and Compassion

It’s important to remember that meditation is a skill. Like any other, it takes time and practice to develop it. You might find it hard to focus at first, but don’t get discouraged.

With time, you will be able to quiet your mind and observe your thoughts with less effort. The key is to approach it with patience and non-judgment, and to remind yourself that the goal of meditation isn’t to quiet the mind but to develop a different relationship with your thoughts and emotions, where you can observe them without getting caught up in them.

In this sense, meditation can be a powerful tool in helping us to cultivate deeper self-love and compassion.

Mat

EARTHISTIC

Dhyana Darbha
Grass Meditation Mat

AED 75.00

The grass yoga mat has a long history of serving as a crucial tool for spiritual adepts when meditating. It is used in religious rituals and for seating priests and deities. A grass mat can be especially beneficial for those who have difficulty staying grounded during meditation, or have excessive energy due to stress, so you can focus more easily on your practice.

roller

GYPSY ROSE HOLISTIC

Neck + Shoulder
Essential Oil Roller

AED 75.00

With the help of the Neck + Shoulder Essential Oil Roller from Gypsy Rose Holistic, you can relax. It contains 100% pure organic essential oils, including lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus. Also, this roller is easy to use, bringing the advantages of aromatherapy to your fingertips. Use it before or after workouts or any time you need to relax stiff and sore muscles. You’ll feel refreshed after using this roller!

pillow

SAINE

Triangle
Meditation Pillow

AED 395.00

If you want to unwind after or even before a workout, the Triangle Meditation Pillow from Saine is for you. Sit down and relax for a while. Elevating the hips and finding alignment throughout the spine helps you stand up straighter. Buckwheat hulls and the cushion’s triangle shape perfectly support the body while also molding to its shape, making it perfect for meditation..

How to Incorporate These Simple Rituals into Your Daily Life

One simple tip for incorporating pampering rituals into your daily life is to focus on yourself for 10-15 minutes daily. During this time, you can use crystals, affirmations, and meditation to relax, reduce stress, and improve your overall well-being.

You can start by selecting a crystal that resonates with you and holding it in your hand while you repeat your chosen affirmations. Then take a few minutes to meditate and focus on your breath. This small but consistent daily effort can help you develop a strong self-care practice and greatly benefit your mental and emotional well-being. Here are some more wellness essentials that can further boost your ritual.

Legging

C&S ACTIVE

Tie-Dye Legging

AED 200.00

We’re all about you looking and feeling comfortable and relaxed — that’s why we’ve curated the new Tie-Dye Legging from C&S Active. Every detail has been carefully considered, from the brushed fabric that wicks away moisture to the four-way stretch in a modern tie dye print. It hits at the ankle on petites, so you don’t have to worry about it bunching up around your ankles. Pair with any of our other leggings and tops for a wardrobe upgrade.

Bra

C&S ACTIVE

Tie Dye Bra

AED 170.00

There’s nothing more comfortable than sweatpants, but sometimes you need to look like you’re not wearing sweatpants, so we’ve curated the Tie Dye Bra from C&S Active. It’s got all the comfort of your favourite pair but with a sporty, streetwear look and an athletic fit that keeps you super comfy. It’s made of brushed fabric with moisture-wicking properties, so it’s lightweight and breathable and features four-way stretch fabric for fantastic comfort, so you can move like nobody’s watching. The perfect bra for practice or

Bottle

MOTION TRADING

Amethyst Crystal Water Bottle

AED 280.00

Amethyst is known for its calming and spiritual properties and ability to enhance intuition, balance energy, eliminate negativity, and boost self-assurance. Now you can infuse your water with crystal energy — and all the benefits that come with it — with the Amethyst Crystal Water Bottle from Motion Trading.

diffuser

RUT ESSENTIALS

Stone Diffuser

AED 459.00

The Stone Diffuser from Rut Essentials is the perfect way to elevate your environment, improve your mood, and create a warm and welcoming space. The Stone Diffuser uses 100% pure essential oils to ensure a durable product that’s undergone extensive testing and is CE-certified. It has numerous mist settings, so you can change the frequency and potency of your preferred aroma, making it great for any size room. 

The very sophisticated mechanism guarantees simplicity of use and noiseless operation.

neck pillow

SAINE

Cherry Stone Neck Pillow

AED 100.00

Made in Japan, the Cherry Stone Neck Pillow from Saine is a natural way to promote well-being. It’s based on the principle of using heat to relieve muscle tension, which is a natural way to relax and ease menstrual, stomach, and colic symptoms. The cherry stones can retain heat for up to 50 minutes because they are hollow inside. The outer pillow is washable; remove it from its storage box and throw it in the washing machine with your regular laundry. 

earth kimono

KIMONOGIRL

Earth Element Kimono

AED 2,500.00

The Earth Element Kimono from KimonoGirl represents grounding, the foundation of life, substance, connection to life path, and our roots. It is charged with high frequencies and includes a mantra stitched within the placket. The superpowers of this kimono are grounded, wise, and nurturing. This divine grounding kimono is made from silk, and the outer side is printed with abundant flora and hummingbirds. The inside is a beautiful purple shade with intricate hand-embroidered details throughout the garment, including an exquisite hand-embroidered dragon that travels down one side of the kimono.

candle

SAANTE

Lavender & Eucalyptus Candle

AED 100.00

We know what you’re thinking: “I’m stressed, and I need to calm down.” That’s why we’ve got this candle. It will help you to unwind, calm your senses, and recharge with the help of a relaxing and calming candle scented with lavender and eucalyptus.

The scent supports the body’s ability to manage the cortisol stress hormone, and because it’s hand-poured in small batches using only pure beeswax and coconut oil, it’s guaranteed to smell amazing. Infused with the equivalent of one 10ml bottle of essential oil, the scented candle promises an aroma that lingers in the air long after it burns out.

oil

RUT ESSENTIALS

Sandalwood Pure Essential Oil

AED 70.00

The Sandalwood Pure Essential Oil from Rut Essentials is steam-distilled from the heartwood of the sandalwood tree. It has exceptional antiseptic and antibacterial properties and is excellent for grounding meditation because of its soothing, harmonious scent of fragrant wood. It has a rich, enduring aroma that comes from a priceless tree.

Your limbic system, a region of your brain that controls actions, emotions, and long-term memory, can be stimulated by inhaling essential oils. It triggers a response in your brain that boosts your mood and helps you feel more relaxed.

Small Pillow

SAINE

Flax Seed Relaxing Eye Pillow

AED 65.00

Lavender’s lovely aroma can help you relax, while flaxseed’s weight will help you relieve facial stress. The Flax Seed Relaxing Eye Pillow from Saine, filled with organic lavender plus flaxseeds and constructed entirely of linen, is your go-to buddy for a much-needed midday break, to sleep more soundly at night, or to unwind after your yoga session.

The pillow comes with a coordinating linen pouch to keep it clean until the next time it’s used. 

It’s important to make time for rituals, even if it’s just a few minutes each day. It is helpful to set aside a specific time of day for self-care, such as first thing in the morning or before bed, to help make it a consistent part of your routine. By regularly incorporating those products into your daily life, you can build a strong foundation of self-love and compassion that will serve you well in the long run.


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A Beginner’s Guide to the Ancient Art of Smudging

How to use herbs like sage to purify your space and give yourself a spiritual reset.

Sage is a beautiful plant that has been used for thousands of years as a herb and medicine. It has been used in rituals and ceremonies, both religious and secular.

It’s easy to see why this plant has a long history with humans: it smells great, looks beautiful, and helps keep pests at bay. But sage also has many other uses — you can use it to spiritually clean your space and yourself.

We’ll cover how you can use sage to clear out negative energy from your home or workspace so that you can start fresh with positive vibes.

What Is Smudging and How Does It Work?

Smudging is a Native American tradition used to cleanse the body and spirit. It is the process of burning sacred herbs, leaves, and other materials in a special fire to cleanse the area around you. It clears negative energy from your space, body, or mind.

The burning herbs release smoke that carries their scent into the air. The scent of these herbs is meant to purify your surroundings because it helps remove negative energy and replace it with more positive energy.

To do this effectively, you need to understand what makes smudging so effective and beneficial in the first place.

The Benefits of Smudging: Clearing Negative Energy and Promoting Well-Being

Negative energy can come from various sources, such as stress, tension, and unresolved emotions. By burning sage or other herbs, the smoke created can help to neutralise and dispel negative energy, leaving the space feeling lighter and more peaceful. It is beneficial in areas where people have been arguing or where there is a lot of stress.

Another benefit of smudging is that it can promote feelings of well-being. The smoke created by burning herbs is said to have a grounding and centreing effect, helping to calm the mind and ease tension. It promotes a sense of peace and tranquility, which can be particularly beneficial for people who are feeling anxious, stressed, or overwhelmed.

Smudging can also cleanse and purify objects, such as crystals or jewellery. It helps to remove any negative energy that may have accumulated on the object and restore its natural energy. That is why it’s a good practice for objects you wear frequently or that have been passed down to you.

Smudging offers a simple yet powerful way to clear negative energy and promote well-being, whether you want to purify your home, ground yourself, or enjoy the soothing aroma of burning herbs.

burning herbs

Preparing for a Smudging Ceremony

When preparing for a smudging ceremony, you should keep a few things in mind.

First, set aside at least 20 minutes of quiet time to give yourself enough time to prepare and perform the ritual properly. Second, ensure you have plenty of space to walk around freely and for others who may join you in the ceremony. And finally, prepare the sage (or other incense), matches or a lighter, a bowl or basket for the ashes from the sage, water for cleansing, and anything else you want to include in your ceremony.

Conducting a Smudging Ritual: Step-by-Step Guide

Smudging is a simple yet powerful ritual. Following a few basic steps, you can conduct your smudging ceremony at home.

Prepare Your Herbs

Select the herbs you want to use for the ceremony, such as sage, sweetgrass, or cedar. Make sure that the herbs are of good quality and are ethically sourced.

Create a Safe Environment

Make sure there are no open flames, flammable materials, or other hazards nearby — open windows and doors to allow the smoke to circulate freely.

Light Your Herbs

Use a match or a lighter to light one end of the herbs. Blow out the flame, so the herbs begin to smolder and release smoke.

Set Your Intention

Before you begin smudging, take a moment to set an intention for the ceremony. It could be something like “clearing negative energy” or “promoting peace and tranquility.”

Begin Smudging

Use a feather or a fan to waft the smoke around yourself or the room. Start at the front door and work around the room, reaching every corner and crevice. Take your time and be mindful of your intention as you go.

Finish the Ceremony

Once you have finished smudging, take a moment to ground yourself. It is a good practice to thank the herbs and the spirit of the herbs you’ve used and put the flame out properly with water or by covering it with sand.

Rejoice and Enjoy the Fresh, Clean Energy in Your Space

It’s important to note that smudging is a ceremonial practice. Some cultures have specific customs and rituals for smudging, so respect and follow any guidelines from cultures or spiritual traditions if you are from or align with any. Following these steps, you can conduct your smudging ceremony and experience the benefits.

Choosing the Right Sage for Your Smudging Ritual

Choosing the right sage for your smudging ritual is important. That’s why we’ve put together products that would suit you.

The Gaggler’s Picks

Smudging tools

MOTION TRADING

White Sage

AED 36.00

The White Sage from Motion Trading has a soothing, unwinding scent that purifies the air around you and clears the area of unwelcome energies. It is utilised as a cleansing, blessing, purification agent, antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory. This white sage is perfect for smudging and spiritual purification. It promotes relaxation and helps to clear your energy field.

colorful sage

MOTION TRADING

7 Chakra Sage

AED 55.00

The 7 Chakra Sage from Motion Trading is a colourful smudge stick lined with seven colour-dyed flowers perfect for spiritual purification. This smudge stick is known to assist in bringing balance to your physical and spiritual love. It can cleanse your being or space, promote healing and wisdom, and provide spiritual purification.

red sage

MOTION TRADING

Dragon Blood Sage

AED 75.00

The Dragon Blood Sage from Motion Trading is a type of sage used in rituals and ceremonies for cleansing, protection, and taking away negative energies. It has a powerful protection property and is antibacterial. Dragon blood sage is perfect for smudging and spiritual purification that promotes relaxation while reducing daily stress.

Enhancing Your Smudging Practice with Crystals and Other Tools

Try using crystals and other tools that resonate with you to enhance your smudging practice. We recommend using the following crystals and other things:

Shell

MOTION TRADING

Natural Smudging Shell

AED 50.00

The Natural Smudging Shell from Motion Trading is perfect for incorporating into your smudging rituals. It has a pearlised shine on the inside, which promotes tranquility, increases your feelings of purity, and enhances your ability to express your emotions.

Bracelet

MOTION TRADING

Labradorite Bracelet

AED 66.00

If you’re looking for a way to incorporate crystals into your life, start with the Labradorite Bracelet from Motion Trading. Labradorite beads are known as purifiers of current energies, and they support connection with the energy of light — leading you toward your higher purpose. They calm an overactive mind and open the mind to new ideas and approaches. They also strengthen and protect the aura and rejuvenate your mind.

quartz

MOTION TRADING

Clear Quartz with Stand

AED 60.00

Clear Quartz from Motion Trading enhances your mental clarity, helps with your emotional stability, and promotes light and positivity. It will help you create more focus and clarity around desire. It increases your concentration, supports a balanced outlook, and amplifies your intuition.

Incorporating Smudging into Your Daily Life

Smudging is a powerful ritual that can help you purify and cleanse your energy, as well as your physical space. It’s a simple yet effective way to bring balance and harmony into your daily life. By incorporating smudging into your daily routine, you can create a sacred space within yourself and in your home, allowing you to connect with your spiritual self and bring a sense of peace and tranquility into your daily life.

Smudging can be done in the morning to start your day with clear and positive energy, or in the evening to release any negative energy from the day and prepare for a restful night’s sleep. You can use traditional herbs such as sage, sweetgrass, cedar, palo santo, incense, smudge sprays, or even smudge sticks found in most spiritual or new-age stores.

Smudging is also way to honour and connect with the natural world. It’s an ancient practice that has been used for centuries by many cultures. It can help you reconnect with your spiritual self and to connect with the natural world more deeply.

By taking a few minutes each day to smudge, you can create a sense of peace and tranquility in your daily life and help keep your spiritual connection alive and well.


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Everything You Never Knew About Crystal Healing

Unlock the key to radiating positive energy.

For centuries, crystals have been used for healing by utilising their innate frequencies. These beautiful semi-precious gems formed in the heart of the earth use their unique frequencies – based on their molecular structure – to help unblock our energy centres and recharge them, helping us work at an optimal level to bring in positive changes to our lives.

Crystals are formed in the deep layers of the earth under high pressure and heat. When they come together, their structure forms a crystalline shape or grid. As they form under high pressure, their atoms are packed tightly and vibrate at a certain frequency. The minerals and fibres that are trapped in the formation of a crystal is what gives each of them their unique colour and texture. To understand how crystal healing works, we first need to understand a little bit more about our energetic body.  

Our energetic body is made up of energy centres, and there are seven main energy centres (also known as chakras) that move and vibrate at a certain level to help maintain our energy field at an optimal level. These seven energy points vibrate at their own frequency and have their own assigned colours and functions. Think of them as a pipeline through your body, starting from the top of your head to the base of your spine. When they are working in harmony with each other and energy is flowing through all of them, our energetic body or aura is strengthened and we are not only protected, but also give off a positive energy that in turn attracts the same energy towards us. 

When any one of our energy centres are blocked, it affects the surrounding centres, causing us to feel less than our optimal selves. Energetic blocks are caused by many factors including self-limiting beliefs, fear of failure or other innate fears, emotional or mental trauma, societal conditioning, and even electromagnetic frequencies from laptops and phones.

Each crystal vibrates at a different frequency, and their vibrations are based on the way their atoms and molecules move within each of their unique structures. These then interact with our vibrations to balance our energy, dissipating blocks and raising our energetic frequencies. As each crystal has its own energetic function based on its structure and colour, different crystals are used for the corresponding energy centre. 

During a session, all energy centres should be worked on as they are all connected. For example, you may have just gone through a tough break-up and are not sure how to move forward. Understandably, you might be angry and upset. These emotions will create a block in your heart chakra, which is located between your ribs. This block will flow into your solar plexus, located just below the heart chakra, two fingers above the navel. This is your ‘gut’, your self-confidence and decision-making centre. This, in turn, affects the energy centres below it as well. 

The reason we use crystals is because crystals maintain and have a standard, unwavering frequency unlike human beings, whose frequencies waver depending on their emotions. Crystals, therefore, are great tools to help balance our energies if we are unable to do this by ourselves.

A crystal healing session is usually an hour long. As a crystal healing practitioner, I like to start sessionswith my clients with an informal chat so that I can get to know a little bit more about their mental and physical well-being, issues that they are struggling to get through, and any trauma that they might have recently endured. I always encourage my clients to share as much information as they feel comfortable sharing as this helps me choose the appropriate crystals to aid in their healing.

I then ask my clients to lay down and relax while I place the crystals on them. Apart from placing the crystals on their bodies (this is a no-touch healing therapy), I use affirmations, visualisation, and intuitive healing to activate the crystals to give them a specific purpose. I also ask my clients to use positive affirmations as well as visualise what blocks they want to release and what they want to bring into their lives. A crystal healing session is very calming and meditative, and clients often leave with a sense of peace and clarity. You can see changes in one session, though, it is recommended that you do follow-up sessionsin the case of deep energetic blocks. 

Crystal healing helps in rebalancing our energy points by removing negative emotions like anger, fear, guilt, and shame, and works alongside medical treatments for major physical ailments to help accelerate them. Crystals help give us a sense of clarity by clearing out the blocks that stop us from moving forward and allow us to be more aware of ourselves so that we can feel what brings us joy and what we need to avoidmore clearly. If you are new to the healing magic of crystals, here are four powerful varieties for beginners to experiment with. 

Clear Quartz

It is the easiest crystal to programme as it has a very high vibration and works well with all the chakras. Clear quartz amplifies your energy and whatever intention is put into it, thereby opening your energy centres and clearing your blocks. It also aids in restful sleep, relieves headaches, and enhances concentration.

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Clear Quartz with Stand

AED 60.00

Clear quartz is said to improve mental clarity and emotional stability, as well as increase focus and clarity in achieving desires. It also is thought to bring light and positivity, improve concentration, promote a balanced outlook, and enhance intuition.

Rose Quartz

Rose quartz is a powerful crystal that connects to the heart chakra, removing blocks and regenerating the energy centre to not only help us receive love, but also learn how to love ourselves. It opens us up to give and receive compassion and teaches us how to deal with people and situations with more empathy.

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Rose Quartz Bracelet

AED 45.00

Rose quartz is known as a healing crystal and the stone of love, empathy, and truth. It is believed to emit strong vibrations that promote self-love, confidence, and compassion. Wearing a rose quartz bracelet is thought to help with matters close to the heart, open the heart to unconditional love, and restore trust and harmony in relationships with oneself and others.

Tiger’s Eye

Connected to the solar plexus – one of our strongest energy centres – this crystal helps us build our intuition by connecting it to where we feel it in our body (the ‘gut feeling’) and regain self-confidence, trust our intuition, and set personal boundaries. 

Citrine

Often known as “the merchant’s stone” as it aids in bringing abundance and prosperity, Citrine is also the crystal of happiness. It doesn’t just work by clearing out blocked energy – it works by rebalancing our energy centres to put in a more positive attitude.

MOTION TRADING

Citrine Bracelet

AED 50.00

A citrine bracelet is said to have healing properties that can help with emotional balance and clarity. It’s a beautiful and versatile piece of jewellery that can add a pop of colour to your outfit. Plus, citrine is said to bring prosperity and abundance to the wearer.

Incorporating crystals into your daily life can be done by wearing them, such as with a citrine bracelet. Citrine, also known as the “Lucky Merchant’s Stone,” is believed to promote positivity, self-esteem, and confidence, and aid in manifesting your dreams and desires. Additionally, it is said to bring in bright energies and enhance mental clarity.

New age healing methods based on crystals and improving energy flow around the body are helping people improve their lives in many ways. Read more in our Wellness section.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation at Home

Everything you need to successfully start meditating at home.

In our fast-paced, constantly-connected world, finding ways to relax and de-stress is more important than ever. We’re constantly bombarded with notifications, emails, and calls, and finding a moment of peace can be tough. That’s where meditation comes in.

If you’re new to meditation or have been meaning to start a regular practice but don’t know where to begin, this guide is for you. Meditation is a brief respite from the chaos of the world, a chance to clear your mind and just be. 

The practice of meditation can take many forms, but the goal is always the same: to still the mind and achieve a state of relaxation. And the benefits are well worth the effort. Studies have shown that meditation can help to reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep, and boost cognitive performance.

Getting Started with Meditation

One of the great things about meditation is that it can be done anywhere, anytime. That said, finding a space in your home that is quiet, comfortable, and free from distractions is important. If possible, try to find a room or area that you can dedicate solely to meditation; that way, whenever you enter that space, your mind will automatically begin to calm down and centre itself. 

If you don’t have an entire room you can use for meditation, that’s perfectly fine — any quiet corner will do. Just make sure to remove any clutter or distractions from your chosen space before starting your session. You might also want to dim the lights or light some candles to create a peaceful atmosphere. Finally, sit comfortably on the floor or in a chair with your spine straight and your eyes closed. Once you’re settled in, you’re ready to begin meditating.

When it comes to forming new habits, one of the most important things is consistency. The same goes for meditation. To make meditation a part of your daily routine, aim to meditate at the same time each day. That could be first thing in the morning before starting your day, during your lunch break at work, or right before bedtime. 

It’s also helpful to keep things simple in the beginning. Don’t try to meditate for hours on end; start with just five or 10 minutes of mindfulness each day. As you get more comfortable with the practice, you can gradually increase the length of your sessions. 

Remember: the goal is not necessarily to reach some higher state of consciousness; simply being present and aware of your thoughts and surroundings is enough. 

The Gaggler Picks for Top Meditation Essentials

To further set the mood, the Gaggler lists all the essential items to help you get started on your journey to enlightenment.

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PALM LIGHTS

7 Chakra Candle Tealights

AED 180.00

room spray

SAANTE

7 Chakra Balancing Pillow & Room Spray

AED 95.00

SAINE

Lemongrass Essential Oil Spray

AED 85.00

RUT ESSENTIALS

Earth Ceramic Diffuser

AED 37.00

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C&S ACTIVE

Ecosoft Bra

AED 180.00

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C&S ACTIVE

Ecosoft Short

AED 160.00

EARTHISTIC

Mantra Banana Meditation Mat

AED 180.00

PALM LIGHTS

Sandalwood Artisanal Incense Sticks

AED 50.00

With all these items on hand, you’ll be well on your way to creating the perfect meditation space in your home. Just remember to keep it simple — less is more when it comes to designing your space. The most important thing is that it feels peaceful and calming so that you can fully relax and enjoy your practice.

The Gaggler team is passionate about finding and sharing great products with our readers. We take pride in researching and testing products to find the best of the best, and we only recommend things that we love and think you will too. 

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6 Wellness Must-Haves for a New Year Reset

Take a look inside our Wellness Editor’s cart.

Reset. Renew. Revive. These are my personal intentions for the new year and, as 2023 gets well underway, I’m sharing some of the things I have my eye on in January to help me on my journey.

Mahnoor Bari
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Mahnoor Bari is Gaggler’s resident junior editor with a background in digital journalism and communications. She loves dessert a little too much and mainly writes about food, culture, and wellness.

Wellness Editor’s Must Haves: January Edit

To start with, there’s the Amber Salt Lamp, which reminds me of my roots and childhood road trips through Himalayan salt mine country, and will help my sinuses in the upcoming allergy season this spring with its room-cleansing properties. Then there’s the Vaastra Diamond Sambu Grass Yoga Mat — complemented by the Palm Lights Sandalwood Artisanal Incense Sticks — to set the stage and mood for my yoga sessions at home.

And then there’s our upcoming Gaggler event, Reclaim Your Career. If you are looking to re-establish yourself after a career break and feeling a little rusty, this is the perfect forum to equip yourself with the essential tools and confidence to stride confidently back into the workplace. And speaking of workplace, I’m also eyeing the Saine Wooden Reflexology Massager to keep under my desk for those much-needed breaks.

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Amber Salt Lamp

AED 140.00

Available in two sizes: small and large

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Wooden Reflexology Massager

AED 185.00

Give yourself a needed break while sitting at your desk working or reading.

EARTHISTIC

Vaastra Diamond Sambu Grass Yoga Mat

AED 180.00

The straws and cotton together offer an improved grip for practicing asanas.

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January 25, 2023: Reclaim Your Career

AED 250.00

The perfect forum to equip yourself with the essential tools to stride confidently back into the workplace.

SAINE

Deep Sleep Buckwheat Pillow

AED 65.00

By flawlessly adapting to your body’s needs and gently massaging your neck, it will stabilise your spine, head, and neck region.

PALM LIGHTS

Sandalwood Artisanal Incense Sticks

AED 50.00

The scent of sandalwood is subduedly earthy and woodsy, made from genuine Mysore Sandalwood powder.

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Infuse Your Style With the Energy You Need

Meet the woman behind KimonoGirl.

If you’ve been keeping up with the latest trends, you may have noticed that energy fashion is having a moment. But what exactly is energy fashion? it’s is all about dressing in a way that supports your personal well-being. This trend is based on the belief that the clothes we wear impact our mood and vitality through energy. 

When choosing energy fashion, comfort and functionality are key. The goal is to select clothing that makes you feel relaxed, confident, and free to move. Natural fabrics like silk, cotton, and linen are often favoured for their breathability and gentle feel. Bright colours and fun prints are also popular choices, as they can help energise and uplift the wearer.

One brand leading this new trend is KimonoGirl. Margeri Ottis, founder and CEO, is the woman behind the fashion brand. Margeri was born and raised in Estonia, and at the age of 10, she became interested in Buddhism after reading a book called Meditation for Children. As she grew older, she began to expand her knowledge of both spirituality and art. Adopting this open-minded approach to life allowed her to tap into her inner source of power.

Margeri’s journey began with a yearning for something more. After living with monks in a temple in Nepal and attending ayahuasca ceremonies, she felt called to explore her spiritual side. However, when she found herself at the top of the corporate ladder in London, she realised that the corporate world was not where her true passion lay. 

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For over a decade, she worked in sales and business development for some of the world’s biggest banks. In recent years, however, she became increasingly frustrated by the inequalities of the corporate world. Finally, heeding her inner calling, she left the corporate world behind and embarked on a journey of self-discovery where she found her true purpose. 

When Margeri first came across a kimono, she was instantly captivated by its beauty, but it wasn’t until she began wearing them herself that she realised their true power. For Margeri, kimonos represent a unique form of feminine expression. They are a way for women to feel both powerful and beautiful. 

In a world where women are often expected to conform to masculine standards, kimonos provide a refreshing alternative. That’s why she founded The KimonoGirl, an energy fashion brand dedicated to empowering women through wearing energy-infused kimonos. She launched the company in February 2022, developing it since July 2021. 

We sat down with Margeri to find out what drives her passion for energy fashion and why kimonos are a girl’s new best friend and these are what we learned.

What prompted you to create a line of kimonos?

I feel like every day, we as women are faced with so many demands and expectations. We’re told we have to be perfect wives, mothers, daughters, employees… the list goes on. And it’s easy to feel like we’re not doing enough, or that we’re not good enough. 

I wanted to create something that would help women remember their inner goddess — the part of them that is strong, powerful, and beautiful. Our kimonos are made with absolute integrity from exquisite fabrics. Each piece is individually created with incredibly skilled hands and blessed with love and gratitude. When you wear one of our kimonos, I hope you’ll feel like the goddess you are.

How will your kimonos help empower women?

As any woman knows, feeling good about yourself is not always easy. We all have days where we feel less than our best, and it can be tough to shake off that low energy. However, there is one easy way to help elevate your mood and feel great: by wearing energy fashion. 

Energy fashion is designed to help boost your positive vibrational levels, so that you can feel more love, power, gratitude, inspiration, and worth. All you need to do is put on a kimono and let the positive energy flow!

What do you want to bring to the world through your brand?

Since we first launched our business, we’ve strived to continually improve our products and create even more value for our customers. We’ve evolved our energy-charging rituals to create even more powerful and elevated boosts of energy, and we’ve extended the range of mindfulness tools available through our fashion line. 

Energy fashion has truly changed the landscape of the fashion industry, and we want to be known as the pioneers of this new style of fashion. Our most important features are our magical kimonos, which are infused with healing energy and high frequencies to balance and heal the wearer. Our mission is to provide women with the tools they need to live their best lives, and we’re grateful to be able to do that through our unique product line.

What do wearers say about their experience when they put on a KimonoGirl kimono?

They love the experience and the luxury. When you put on one of our kimonos, we want you to feel a shift in your energy field. Our kimonos are made with high quality materials and are charged with high frequency energy. This combination creates a kimono that is not only beautiful, but also elevates the wearer’s body and mood.

When you slip into one of our kimonos, we hope you feel a sense of joy, peace, and love. We believe that when you look good, you feel good — and we want nothing more than for our customers to feel their best. Our kimonos are meant to be enjoyed and cherished, and we hope they bring you as much happiness as they have us.

What values does KimonoGirl hold on to?

When it comes to our brand, the most important aspect for us is our WHY. KimonoGirl exists to provide a platform through beautiful energy-charged kimonos that will make you feel not only beautiful but also empowered and elevated. 

We believe that every woman deserves to feel like a goddess, and our kimonos are designed to help you tap into your inner power. Our mission is to spread confidence and positivity through fashion, and we hope our kimonos can help you discover your unique beauty. 

The right clothing can make you feel more like yourself and give you the boost of confidence you need to take on your day. That is what I want our kimonos to do for our customers. I want them to feel beautiful, strong, and feminine when they put on one of our kimonos.

We put a lot of time and energy into each one of our pieces to make sure they are not only aesthetically pleasing but also have good energy. I believe that what you wear should make you feel good not only about yourself but also about the world around you.

What’s your favourite KimonoGirl kimono?

I have to say that I absolutely love all four of the kimonos in our first collection. Each one has its own unique properties and powers, so it really depends on your mood as to which one you’ll choose for the day. 

Earth Kimono: Earth is all about grounding, foundation, and substance. If you feel disconnected from your life path or like you’re not rooted in your identity, then earth energy may be what you need. 

Air Kimono: Air represents intellect, mental intention, and connection to the universal life force. If you’re seeking clarity or struggling to find your place in the world, air energy can help you to see things from a higher perspective. 

Water Kimono: Water is all about intuition, healing, and inner reflection. Water has long been accorded cleansing power and is regarded as the most powerful as well as the most life-sustaining element. If you’re in need of some emotional healing or regeneration, water energy can help. 

Fire Kimono: Fire symbolises incredible energy and passion. Fire is the source of freedom and creativity. If you’re feeling stuck in a rut or like you’ve lost your spark, fire energy may be just what you need to get back on track. 

No matter which kimono you choose to wear, you’ll feel like I’m embodying something special and powerful.

KIMONOGIRL

Earth Element Kimono

AED 3,125.00

KIMONOGIRL

Air Element Kimono

AED 2,765.00

KIMONOGIRL

Water Element Kimono

AED 2,395.00

KIMONOGIRL

Fire Element Kimono

AED 3,675.00

What has been most challenging about bringing KimonoGirl to the world?

I think the most challenging thing for me about explaining the kimonos to my customers is that we are creating a new concept in the fashion market. The phrase ‘energy fashion’ is something that people are not familiar with, so it is a challenge to communicate and educate people about it. People are comfortable with things they already know, so anything new — whether it is a product or a concept — is always questioned. 

I try to be as friendly and patient as possible when explaining it to people so that they can understand what we are trying to do. Hopefully, once they see our products and how they can help them, they will be more open to the idea of energy fashion.

Kimonos are unique because they are specifically designed to work with your body’s energy. They are also versatile and can be worn for many different occasions. I believe that once people understand these things about our kimonos, they will be more interested in purchasing them.

woman wearing blue kimono

Choosing your energy

We’re constantly surrounded by energy, and whether we realise it or not, that energy affects us in profound ways. That’s why it’s so important to surround ourselves with positive energy as much as possible — and that includes the clothes we wear.

When you wear clothing that have been created through a positive pathway of energy, it gives you the ability to tap into your own feminine divine — the part of you that is strong, beautiful, and capable of anything. It’s this connection to our feminine power that allows us to feel confident and unstoppable in the face of whatever life throws our way. And when we feel good about ourselves, we can show up fully in our lives and relationships and be the best versions of ourselves possible. 

Every woman has the power to unlock and live her feminine divine. With Earth, Air, Water, and Fire Kimonos from Kimonogirl, you can express your unique personality while feeling magical, beautiful, empowered, and inspired. Made with love and positive vibrations, these kimonos will help you live your best life.

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Monica Malhotra: What’s in My Bag

The CEO of Gaggler reveals her essentials.

In today’s world, being a woman is no simple task. We’re expected to have the ability to multitask with the best of them. We’re also expected always to be ready for whatever comes our way – whether it’s an unexpected meeting at work or an urgent matter in the family.

Being a woman, we must juggle the roles of mother, wife, and career woman. These roles constantly demand our attention, and we’re always on the go, always trying to do more. One woman who fits this description is Monica Malhotra, the CEO of Gaggler. In the business world, she’s always on the move.

I bumped into Monica recently, and I was so excited that she agreed to let me look inside her bag! I had a chance to chat about what she carries with her every day to keep her on point. Here’s what I found out…

Feeling Good

As someone occupied 24/7, Monica knows that aches and pains can make even the most ambitious person’s day drag. To keep up with her busy schedule, she keeps a Big Hug Self-Heating Patch by Popmask on standby at all times. These patches help her get on with her day. They’re easy to carry, so she can use them anywhere – in the office, at home, or even on the go!

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Big Hug Self-Heating Patch

Staying Calm

Monica is an avid believer in the therapeutic power of essential oils, so she always keeps Tea Tree Oil by Rut Essentials in her bag. Her favourite way to use this oil is with an earth ceramic diffuser – it’s portable so she can take advantage of her essential oils in whatever space she’s in. Tea Tree oil is antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory.

Earth Ceramic Diffuser & Tea Tree Essential Oil

Setting the Scene

The 7 Chakra Balancing Spray by Saante is another essential part of Monica’s daily routine. This spray helps purify her space and rejuvenate her mind by reducing feelings of agitation, anxiety, and sluggishness.

When she’s at work, it helps her refocus and stay calm in a busy environment. Monica says, “It’s important for me to set up my day right so that I can tackle any obstacles that may come my way.” And when she’s home, she loves using this spray to help her relax. 

7 Chakra Balancing Room Spray

Staying Healthy

Monica likes to stay hydrated and healthy, so she always carries Exotic Glam Immunity Tea by Namastea with her. These tea bags contain a combination of black tea, strawberry oil, and graviola oil, which help boosts immunity and contribute to more radiant skin.

She recently took the time to share her thoughts about these tea bags: “I love them! They’re great for when I’m feeling a bit rundown and just brighten me somehow.”

Exotic Glam Immunity Tea

Snacking Right

As a busy woman, Monica knows that eating right and taking care of her skin go hand-in-hand, so she always packs a Good Mood Cookie by Beauty Treats for when she’s feeling hungry (and when she isn’t).

Combining the antioxidant powers of vitamin C powder and chia seeds with the hydrating benefits of coconut oil, these cookies are the perfect on-the-go solution for glowing skin and healthy nutrition for the modern-day woman.

Good Mood Cookie

Sipping Sustainably

Monica also carries her water in her Mandala Copper Bottle by Earthistic when on the go. She’s long been a believer in the antibacterial properties of water stored in copper bottles. Monica cautions though, “Don’t keep your water in a copper bottle constantly. The recommended 6-8 hours is all you need to receive the optimal benefits of copper’s antibacterial properties. Storing it longer may lead to copper toxicity that can cause issues.”

Monica suggests filling your copper bottle before going to bed and you’ll have perfectly charged copper water in the morning!

Mandala Full Print Copper Bottle, Earthistic

Monica’s Parting Advice

Through my chat with Monica, I learned that being an empowered businesswoman doesn’t mean we should stop taking care of ourselves. It’s more crucial that despite the hustle and bustle we always find time for self-care. As a woman whose always on the go, it’s easy to get caught up with all the tasks and forget to take care of our bodies. But as we all know within, there’s nothing more important than health!

It’s also important to remember that self-care is not selfishness. When you’re feeling great, it shows in all aspects of your life too – you’re more productive, you have more energy for projects that feel impossible to tackle, and you are better equipped to handle any curveballs thrown your way during stressful times – at work or home.

Monica left us with this thought to ponder: “I think one of the best ways to empower yourself is by taking care of your health and well-being. It’s essential that you always make time for yourself, no matter how busy you get with work or your children’s school or whatever else happens in your life, even if it’s just a few minutes throughout the day.”

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Feeling Lost? Consider These Life Coaches in Dubai

And find your perfect fit.

The demand for life coaching is constantly growing and finding the right one may be challenging. An excellent life coach can guide you through a transformational journey to help you improve your life, achieve your personal and professional goals, and become the best version of yourself.

Getting a life coach involved to help with reaching your goals can help to give you a neutral outsider’s perspective on where you can do better in your life – whether that’s incorporating better habits, changing the way you think about problems or certain aspects of your life, or supporting you with building concrete strategies to achieve your goals. Here, we reveal some of the best Dubai-based life coaches who truly impact people’s lives with their work.

1. LIVVITY – Maximize Your Wellbeing by Szilvia Vitos

Szilvia Vitos is a certified transformational life and wellness coach specialising in leadership and emotional intelligence coaching. She’s the founder and general manager of LIVVITY – Maximize Your Wellbeing. Szilvia stepped into the health and wellness industry following her passion after 15 years of corporate experience in various executive management roles in the logistics industry.

Today, she loves working with people and organisations to help them achieve their goals, and is recognised for her outstanding leadership and mentoring skills that are practised in Fortune 500 companies. Her transformational leadership skills have had a remarkable impact on the teams she was responsible for in big corporations, and she is passionate about sharing her knowledge and mentoring other leaders for success.

Besides leadership, Szilvia has always been passionate about living a healthy lifestyle, and she combines these skills in her life coaching practice for long-lasting, maximum results. With her holistic approach, she ensures that the root cause of the underlying issue is being identified and resolved. When working with organisations, her areas of expertise are transformational leadership and employee engagement (well-being). As for individuals? She helps leaders elevate their lifestyle, ignite the energy flow, and increase productivity as a direct impact.

Szilvia Vitos, 055 123 3223, [email protected], livvity.coach

2. Self-Driven Life Coaching by Aida Uzunovic

Aida Uzunovic is a certified personal and business coach, NLP coach, and timeline therapist, helping her clients to become self-driven. Her coaching covers a variety of problems ranging from relationships to anxiety and depression. She spent 17 years working in finance, legal, and analytics, after which she explored the rewarding world of coaching and changed her career to inspire people and change lives.

Aida Uzunovic, 058 589 1469, [email protected], self-driven.coach

3. Venture with Farah

Farah is a certified life coach and NLP practitioner based in Dubai. She may be the right life coach for you if you’re feeling stuck and looking for guidance on how to move forward, want to break free from external expectations, or looking to heal from toxic relationships. Farah has always been passionate about understanding how others think and view things.

Farah, [email protected], www.venturewithfarah.com

4. Sabine Therapies

As a spiritual life coach and certified NLP and RSCI coach, Sabine Poncelet helps clients navigate challenges, find deeper meaning, align with their soul purpose, and move towards their dreams. Some of the main areas where Sabine may be able to help you are: releasing judgements and negative self-talk, developing healthy relationships, understanding your true purpose, and navigating difficult life challenges.

Sabine Poncelet, 052 713 7052, [email protected], www.sabinetherapies.com

5. Rania Hatoum

Rania Hatoum is a certified co-active life coach and focuses on the “being” and “doing” aspects of her clients’ lives. Her passion is to not only help people realise their life purpose, but also motivate them to achieve the highest expression of it. Rania’s life purpose is to help people find their inner calling and live joyful, fulfilled lives.

Rania Hatoum, [email protected], raniahatoum.org

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5 Expert Tips on How to Run a Business Seamlessly 

Are you ready to take the entrepreneurial leap?

As the founder of a relatively new business, My Eco Souk, I’ve firsthand learned the realities of kickstarting a start-up. This past year has been surreal; starting a business from scratch and running it seamlessly is no child’s play. One must run a tight ship and ensure the smooth functioning of all matters. No matter what business you’re in, you will always have competition. At first, it can seem intimidating to face a saturated market.

That’s why it’s more important than ever in today’s business world to stand out from the crowd. With so many businesses vying for attention, making yours stand out from the rest can be difficult. However, if you’re committed and informed, no obstacle is big enough to put you off your path. Some key factors can help you run a business smoothly, and I am here to impart some important lessons to those who want to take the entrepreneurial leap. In my personal experience, here are the ones I treasure the most.

Tips To Run A Business

Tip 1: A Strong Team Is Your Backbone

A dedicated team of like-minded and appropriately skilled individuals is pivotal to the functioning of any organisation. This could be your core team, a council, or even volunteers/interns/regular employees. A team that will back you up no matter what and work to turn your vision into reality is necessary. It is not a battle to be fought alone, but a team effort. 

Having a solid team of trusted individuals also allows various mindsets and ideas to flow and enter the discourse. It also increases chances of accountability as well as a division of workload. Moreover, having people to rely on can be significant while running a business, which may very well take a toll on a person’s emotional and mental well-being. 

There are countless benefits of having an excellent team to fall back on. Your team’s combined skill set and knowledge can help you to overcome obstacles that you might feel insurmountable on your own. They can guide you to see things from a different perspective, which is invaluable. Most importantly, they remind you that the world is not on your shoulders and that all the burden is shared till the aspiration is realised.

Pro Tips for Running a Business

Tip 2: Execution Is Key

Businesses need to be unique and ready to adapt to the ever-changing market. Ideas are constantly circulating among those involved in running a relevant business. However, it takes more than just ideas to be successful. It is essential to have a concrete plan that is executed promptly and effectively. 

A group of people who are good at generating ideas is excellent, but if those ideas are not turned into actionable plans, they will not amount to anything. Therefore, it is crucial for businesses to have great ideas and the ability to execute them properly. Execution brings a result – and the result, good or bad, can only add to your learning and experience. 

As a leader, it is essential that you take charge and pick which ideas you want to bring to life. Discussing with your team is a key part of this process; make sure everyone knows your vision and considers their opinions. It’s also crucial that you don’t spend too much time mulling things over without taking action – every execution has value, even if the outcome isn’t what you initially hoped for.

Growing a Successful Business

Tip 3: Be Adaptive to Changes

While working through an idea, you might often realise that it is not exactly going as you envisioned. This is very common when it comes to implementing ideas. Reality is far removed from one’s ideals, and many adjustments must be made. 

In cases like these, it is important to learn early on to take things in your stride. Not every plan is rigid, and not every process is set in stone. There are bound to be changes and last-minute decisions that might throw you off. What matters is to be flexible and grow around those changes instead of shrinking below their weight.

Accepting changes and working flexibly helps in the long run compared to being stubborn and sticking to a redundant way of doing things. Being ready and not letting inevitable bumps hamper your spirit will work out in your favour more than anything else.

Tips to Craft a Strong Business Plan

Tip 4: Networking Is Necessary

Networking is an essential component of any business endeavour. It allows for exchanging information, building relationships, and acquiring new skills and knowledge. Networking is not simply a process of acquiring new customers or clients; it is also an opportunity to learn about new platforms, resources, and strategies that can be used to grow your business. 

By engaging in networking activities, you will gain a better understanding of your industry and the competition, and you will be able to build strong relationships with other professionals who can help you grow your business. In short, networking is an essential part of any successful business venture. The more you expand your network and interact with individuals across the spectrum, the more perspective and the more ideas it brings you.

It is also an excellent way to invite collaborations and build long-lasting partnerships that are enormously important to getting ahead in this field. Networking does not have to be delegated to employees or interns. Actively participating in it as a leader can convey that you are an involved and eager individual, willing to take the reins into your own hands when necessary.

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Tip 5: Be Ready to Invest and Persist

Investing will be an integral part of your start-up. Ideas and execution require resources, and resources require money. Money and time will be key investments that you will have to gear up for while trying to make a business work – being patient is also necessary. Persistence is vital when it comes to investing. You cannot sow and expect to reap the next day. It will take time and understanding and, most importantly, faith. 

People often invest large amounts of time and money in a particular idea, hoping for instant success and profit. My time in the field has taught me otherwise. The marketplace is often unpredictable, and being consistent is the only thing that will get you far enough to secure any sort of achievement or recognition. 

In the one year I have spent as the founder of My Eco Souk, things have certainly not been a piece of cake. I have a long way to go before I can see myself as an established business owner. I will strive to learn and step out of my comfort zone. These were some of the treasured tips I gathered in the months that have gone by. Sharing it with fellow newbies in the start-up arena brings me immense joy because I also would have wanted someone to share these with me!

Garima Gupta is the owner and CEO of My Eco Souk, an online marketplace for sustainable and environmentally friendly products. Visit www.myecosouk.com or follow @myecosouk on Instagram for more information.

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