We were drawn sometime ago to this beauty and her effervescent rainbow of inspiration as she began a nomadic adventure making each day a new horizon that saw her travelling through Indonesia, India , South, Central and North America. It takes courage and strength to walk on the road less travelled. Courage that breeds inspiration, community and conscious. She is living the life of the Gypset that she is. So let us introduce you to Yasmin Shima whose shimmer of life, love, beauty and light inspires us...
You left an abundant life in Sydney; friends, family and a career in photographic production that spanned over 10 years across advertising and publishing, for your spiritual pilgrimage. Can you tell us what lead you to make the move
I actually went on a four week vacation to meet my best friend in India, with a return ticket to my life in Bondi. After enjoying an immensely rewarding career as a producer for 10 years I wanted a break from the mould. So when I had a motorbike accident on the dusty streets of Goa one night, I took it as a sign I was were I needed to be. Everyone was pretty concerned back home - I ended up on crutches! But the following events moved me into a life that I always wanted to live. I spent my recovery living in Goa, healing with friends I began travelling with. Unable to swim in the sea or move in new terrain was beyond frustrating, not to mention trying to navigate drop toilets and regular bouts of food poisoning. Oddly though through intensely hard times, I found peace. After 6 weeks, cast came off and I started my journey. I literally felt like this was the start of my new life.
You said in your travel journal titled 'Travelling The Globe One Step At A Time' which won a competition in the Australian Times for best travel story 'I shed layers that no longer served me'. What did you shed on your journey and what did you discover on your journey
I shed the old me. The one that had grown up in a society that led me to success and happiness, as well as some very dark places. My journey through India and beyond shed layers of what I thought was the 'norm'. When I realised that nothing was normal, and that perspective is wherever you sit, I become free of judgements built over a lifetime of being moulded. I watched my dollar feed multiple families on the streets the same I observed my credit card bill at fancy Eastern suburbs restaurants. Throughout my life in foreign places from rupees, cordabos to pesos, I decided that I needed little, and as that realisation came to become the new Me, physical and mental layers shed their weight, and I became the person I wanted to be.
On your travels you spent a lot of time volunteering to assist those in need. Can you tell us about these experiences and any advice for people who have thought of doing the same
I've always supported a child through world vision, but the real vision became clear and meaningful when I encountered first hand the impact of my offerings. I feed children on the streets of India. Everywhere. There's not one place where there isn't beggars. I bought cans of powdered milk to feed street kids and their families. I volunteered at a school in Varanasi for children whose mothers make $2 as sex slaves to feed their babies. I took homeless kids to local restaurants and bought them thali plates for $1.80 so they had full tummies to sleep. I volunteered in a school in Nicaragua, The BPP Project in San Juan Del Sur http://barrioplantaproject.org/ teaching children from the barrio photography and English, and taking them on surf trips to some of the best surf beaches in Central America. There's always a melting pot of travellers from across the globe donating their time and compassion to these children, an absolute must for anyone travelling to Nicaragua. I taught English to children in Mexico, always finding volunteering opportunities wherever I lived. Children connect to us a deeper part of ourselves, our inner child, and seeing smiles and excitement of these little humans is a gift in itself.
You recently created the Gypset Society. Can you tell us what this society is that you speak of and what it means to be Gypset
Gypset Society was inspired by a network of globetrotters I met when I stepped outside of my comfort zone. Gypsets are creators of their own joy, breaking the conventional mould and following their passions to design a life unique to themselves.
Life has everything to do with evolving. Wining moments and epic fails. Name one life changing moment and epic fail
Moving to Mayan Riviera discovering connection, consciousness and purity. A world resonating on another frequency. Living in a cabana on white sand where turtles lay their eggs, acro yoga above coconut trees, rubbing shoulders with New Yorkers and nomads. http://ahautulum.com/ The only fail would be not discovering I could live this way sooner. Time needed to run it's course so I could dive into the depths of this ocean. Every experience adds another dimension.
You have recently returned home to Australia, Can you tell us what brought you back and the feelings you had when you arrived
My journey needed to come full circle again. After so much movement and change I needed to nourish and ground myself the way only a birth place does. I was anxious to return, I didn't see myself coming back to Australia for a long time, but I knew it was were I needed to be for the next evolution.
Having watched you journey for sometime now one thing we have seen grow is your love and deep passion for yoga. What drew you to this and what fuels your passion
I was doing my own practise on rooftops overlooking mountains in India, beaches in Nicaragua and lakes in Guatemala. Then when I moved to Playa Del Carmen on the Caribbean coastline of Mexico I practised at Yoga By The Way studio with Ellen De Jonge, so when I found that they were offering a YTT with a well respected and highly trained teacher, for a third of the price in Australia, I jumped on it. I was told as I registered that it would change my life, and it certainly did! I love that yoga brings me into balance. I love the art of yoga. The physical and mental benefits. Watching myself grow and evolve through practise. Stilling my mind and realising that yoga is not just a practise but a lifestyle. It filters into area of my life, and is something I can grow old with.
We know that you are always drawn to new places, new ideas, new inspirations and new people. Can you tell us what is happening now
I am currently based in Bondi where I always life when in Australia. I'm still constantly drawn to new experiences, people and inspiration, so I have tapped into a way of working with my dynamic nature and use it as strength. I collaborate on projects that inspire me, like Morning Gloryville, Sydney's first breakfast rave brought out from the UK., and Wanderlust Festival http://cockatooisland.wanderlustfestival.com/ Australia's first taste of the 3 day festival that started in Seattle and travels though out US and Hawaii. I am a Wayfarer for the Wanderlust Festival educating community through my social channels and media. I also produce shoots for advertising agencies, but now get booked on freelance shoots which suit me perfectly. That gives me time to rep Kaya Active http://www.kayaactive.com.au/ a new active wear brand made in Brazil. As well as shoot content packages for new Yoga teachers and small businesses. Life is wonderfully balanced and I definitely have my yoga journey to thank for that.
Anything else you want to add
'Choose a job you like and you will never have to work a day in your life' and 'If you don't like the news, go and create some of your own'