Voice & Singing classes in London and Online

I can’t remember the first day I started to sing. It must be very long time ago. Music has always been part of my life and I can’t think of something – besides yoga – which I love the most. That’s why I like sharing this with people.

I teach Voice & Singing private classes & workshops to a vast range of people: professionals, songwriters, amateurs, actors, music lovers. Having the chance to meet different kind of people and be part of their passion for music is incredibly rewarding.

My private Voice & Singing classes are in North London and you can find more details here:

http://www.musicteachers.co.uk/teacher/b94c2c320f3e0bcf0309

https://www.estillvoice.com/instructors/view/673

Looking forward to sharing to meeting you.

Pear, Coconut & Raspberry Spelt Muffins

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Sundays are perfect to bake. I love muffins, they are perfect for both breakfast and dessert time. I wanted to explore something new, that’s why I thought it might be interesting baking some spelt muffins.

The outcome is simply delicious. Can’t wait to share them with my friends and family. I used spelt flour which contains gluten but is wheat-free. Instead of the ‘normal’ milk I chose almond milk.

You can try it with different flour and using any kind of milk you like. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

Easy and lovely spelt muffins ! Try them with different fruit & flour.

2 Eggs

1 tablespoon of vegetal oil (coconut)
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 cups of spelt flour
1 tablespoon of baking powder
35-40 g coconut powder
130-140 raw sugar
125 ml almond milk
1 small firm ripe pear, cored, grated
85 g raspberries

Preheat the oven to 180°.

Mix flour and coconut in a large bowl. Whisk the eggs, vanilla, milk and oil together. Add the wet ingredients to the dry one. Stir until you have a soft mixture.

Prepare your paper cases for your muffins and add your mixture.

Everything is ready to be baked in the oven. After 20-22 min remove your lovely muffins from the oven and let them cool down.

Enjoy!

 

Wheat-free challenge : the first weeks

Well I said I would keep you posted about my wheat-free challenge. Cutting wheat off my diet is hard. Really. Sometimes I have these ‘craving moments’ that I would like to devour a loaf of white bread by myself. But then I stop myself and I tell myself that it’s ok, everything is ok.

When it’s late in the night and I don’t really want to cook, I really struggle. Last Friday, when my boyfriend ordered my favourite Pizza (made of wheat flour) there was nothing that could have stopped me to have a slice. Nothing! And you know what? I didn’t feel guilty. At all! However, after a couple of hours I started to feel so bloated and I started to scratch my hands. When I woke up in the morning I had some eczema on my left hand. Nothing major for sure but still, very annoying.

That’s the reason why I am so committed to transforming my diet and find a way to replace wheat flour. There are many options. I just need to explore what’s possible and create some time to cook and bake delicious food.

Wheat-free challenge starts now

Last month, when I went back to Switzerland I decided to go to the doctor and do some tests for food allergies. I was not that happy when I discovered I have to get rid of the west in my diet.
Wheat is everywhere in my diet, especially because I love pasta. A part of mine was not that surprised when I heard the verdict. I know how tired I am after eating pasta or bread. I know how tired I am in the morning after a dinner based on pasta. I constantly have the feeling I don’t sleep well or not enough. However, I never wanted to face this truth as I love food and I love cooking Italian specialties. I also realised that eating a lot of wheat means that I often have an eczema on my hands

Coming back to London I decided to try to embrace this new challenge. I must say that it’s hard to find food around that doesn’t contain wheat. Yes, you may find gluten-free options but wheat-free meals are more complicated to find.

In the next month I really want to try to transform my diet, cook my food at home and then bring it a work paying attention to any kind of symptoms that could come up.

So, as I love cooking and baking, yesterday I decided to try a very simple recipe: rye bread with almond milk. Delicious! I started my day with a slice of it with jam and butter and I asked my friend Anelisa to try it and she loved it. Much lighter and really good taste.

I’ll keep you posted about my wheat-free challenge. I am really curious to see the benefits on both my body and brain. They say that the brain works better with a wheat-free diet. Let’s see…

 

 

#musicIloveyou

I kept putting my passion for music under the carpet as I didn’t care about it anymore. I spent basically my teenage years writing music, playing around, dreaming of becoming a singer. I went to live in London with the aim of embracing this dream again and really expanding it. I got stop. By my fears and all the voices in my head saying ‘You’re not good enough, you don’t sing so well, there are so many singers around, especially in London’. So I started to do other things, that I love and tried to avoid the confrontation with this part of me. Looking into my music worlds, means taking responsibility for letting it go too easily but above all, letting people tell me what to do, what to think, who to be.

Of course, by being like that, there is no satisfaction. There is no sense of freedom and space. There is no excitement of taking on a new project with deadlines and specific steps to follow.

I went back to Switzerland where I come from, for a 5 days holiday. I was sitting in my mum’s garden yesterday, staring at my piano and thinking of all the time spent on that piano writing songs, being inspired by my creativity.

Suddenly, I got so present to all this lack of integrity and responsibility in my life. And all these fears which has driven me so far! I have become them. There was no passion anymore, no commitment, no intention. Nothing! I pretended for years that I wanted to go back to my music but really.. I haven’t done anything. I didn’t take myself seriously, just said a couple of words to keep my ego calm.

And now, looking at these little fears against my uncomfortable passion which I can’t hide anymore under the carpet, they seem so useless.

I sat down in front of my piano. It was very out of tune, aha! I started to play it and I loved it. I said to my mum: ‘I’m going to bring it to London!’ The passion is back, or it has never left. I have just started to write down the very first chords of my next song and I feel so alive!

This is what I am taking with me from my Swiss retreat – as I like to call it. I’ve got my music back and I’ve got my responsibility back. All the rest is just a bunch of boring stories that I can’t tell myself anymore.

I hope that this little share may provide some inspiration to those of you who are experiencing same things in their life.

Back into action now! Writing, performing, sharing. Watch the space.

Do you Yoga? Yoga classes in London

Do you live in London?

Do you love Yoga and want to keep learning and developing your practice?

Or is the first time you’re thinking about starting this amazing journey within yourself?

Will you take the first step towards yourself?

Now it’s the time!

Get in touch with me and let’s arrange the first class to see if this is for you. I teach yoga privately and can’t wait to hear from you.

 

Yoga is

Gratitude

It’s been a while since I’ve written my last post.

Tonight, it will be something short but hopefully something special.

It happened to me in the last few days to breath a different air in my life. To feel a different breeze on my skin. I realised that the more I follow what really matters to me, the more I develop a thirst for life, a real love for life.

It happened to me lately (especially after all these bad things happening around the world) to face my fears of death. Every time I open my heart and let this new enthusiastic sensation become mine I also get in touch with the fact that everything is temporary. The fragility of life match perfectly with its beauty. That’s why I am extremely grateful to all I have at the moment. To all the people who challenge me to become a stronger person, to those who love me, deeply.

With this kind of feeling in my heart, body and mind I regret when in the past it happened to me to call my life a ‘damn life’, to say things like: why everything happens to me?.

Whit this kind of feeling in my heart, I want to make the most of my life, to live every second with courage, to push my boundaries, to love unconditionally.

 

Inspired by Malala Yousafzai

Hero_Malala_QUOTESuch an inspiring discourse the one made by the young Malala Yousafzai after winning the Nobel Prize.

Powerful, driven, self-expressed. An example for all of us to stand for our rights and for what really matters to us. An inspiration to cultivate the courage to follow our heart despite the difficulties and work together for a better world.

A young woman with an impressive charisma who extremely touched and inspired me.

In a world made of superficialities, these personalities stand out and really encourage us to not fall down in silly complaints.

It’s sad that we need as ordinary people to have these big events to keep remind to each other that we are here to make a difference in this world. No matter whether on a large scale or not.

Yes, I’m inspired by Malala Yousafzai.

Here is her discourse:

http://www.upworthy.com/malala-just-gave-a-stunning-acceptance-speech-even-though-she-didnt-feel-she-deserved-the-prize?g=2&c=ufb1

 

 

 

#Shareyourideas

#shareyourideas

 

We love ideas. Sometimes we fall in love with our own ideas and we end up protecting them, being so scared of their own potential that we don’t share them with other people because we think they might want to steal them. The result is that we don’t really do anything we them. We think we will do something sooner or later. But then we are so busy that we stop thinking of them. The next step is complaining about not results and comparing with other people who definitely are more in action.

Possible. Why not.

At the same time, by sharing our ideas, amazing things can happen to us.

1. We get to know what kind of impact our ideas have on different people. We can start seeing people’s feedback and comments and we can work on our ideas to make them even more inspiring and bigger or to transform them in something more suitable to our needs. In other words, by sharing them, we make them alive!

2. From a small idea or input, 10 other creations can start arising. This is why it’s so important to share with the people around us. We can also challenge ourselves and share our ideas with people we would never do. People whose judgements had a strong impact in our past experiences. People whose opinions are relevant to us. People we love who can support us and make us dream.

3. Sharing interesting ideas is like breathing fresh air. Kids do share all the time and they love doing it. They share their desires, their dreams and their passions. This will make us free. By sharing we allow ourselves to take our ideas and goals seriously. Once we start sharing our ideas, we have to expect that people who really care about us, who love us, will start waiting for developments. That could be a reason why most of the time we prefer not to share so that we don’t have to commit to any particular expectation.

4. Sharing amazing and inspiring ideas will make this world a better place. Our idea could even be small but by looking and asking for other people’s support we will start stepping into the real world. Maybe we’ll start thinking about why we are here and what we can do to make a contribution to our society. Ideas are in our minds, therefore we think that as they are ours we need to hold them tight. Keep them for our lives, ourselves. However, we might need to share them to get them bigger. My invitation is to start thinking in a generous way. We definitely want to make them bigger, to see our projects becoming reality but at the same time we want to make sure that what drives us is not only a selfish behavior.

5. We will expand our conversations! We will stop talking about the weather or gossiping about colleagues. We will really engage people around us and we will take the most of our precious time.

At school, probably when we were little kids, we might have been told we were not creative enough. This is definitely not what is going to help you in life. Everyone is creative. Everyone has the power, the potential and talent to create brilliant ideas. We might have different roles in the development of great ideas. We might be the one who has the very first one which helps start the process. Or we might be the person who really makes an idea huge, viral. Who knows. What really matters is that we start thinking of us as creative individuals willing to share and support other people’s ideas.

 

Connecting with people

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Connecting with people is extremely important.

In our Technology era, it’s necessary to keep building new relationships, strengthen the ones we already have and try to transform the way we are and act in these relationships.

Being able to connect with people makes your life extraordinary.

1.Nurture your existing social connections.

Spend time with the people you love, the people who like sharing with you and with whom you like share new adventures. Make new friends and strengthen your current friendships. If you can’t always meet your friends in person (because of your busy agenda) then call them and talk to them. Listen to them. Ask them questions. Discuss with them about your relationships. How is it? What can you both do to make it better or even more special. What are you prepared to do to make your connections real and unforgettable friendships.

2. Talk to strangers

Talk to people around you. People walking down the street, people at the bar, people at the office. Introduce yourself and try to look at your profile from another perspective: how would you like to present yourself? What would you like to say about your life? About your personality? About who you are? Be honest and be able to play with yourself. Explore what you haven’t done or said so far. Pay attention to people’s reactions. Most of the time you will see that many fears you have exist only in your head.

3. Transform

Transform the way you are and act in your relationships. Try to be consistent in every kind of relationship you have and be always correct with others and with yourself. Don’t lie, but be brave! Try to bring your relationships on another level. Try to feel always comfortable and at the same time be brave enough to see what you can actually change and transform within a relationship. What can you do in order to make the communication clearer. To make your connection stronger. Try to observe. See if you can identify some recurring patters that keep making your relationships difficult, less bright, not completely honest. What does the other person give to you? Try to understand what is your relationship based on. Is it real sharing? Is it a relationship based on fears? Needs? Transform yourself within your relationships and play the game of life!

4. See your life within a community of people

Don’t forget that we live in a community. We are part of communities. We build them, we encourage them, we need them. Every change, every transformation you bring to yourself and to your life affects your community and the environment you’re in. Be open-minded and go with the flow. Admire your journey, observe where your community is going, make your contribution to it and feel like you value your actions and you value the people that with you make a contribution to your community.