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Hello, I'm Uma

The youngest daughter of four children, born and raised in an Indian Air Force family, I was always the one with starry eyes and big dreams. My father’s work constantly moved us to new places, and I fell in love with every new culture and habitat.

 

Before I even reached an age where I could judge people, I began to have an understanding of them, their personalities, and their nuances. I could tell how confidence and meek manners shapes people, and the people around them.

I developed a profound understanding of how each of us creates our own future with our beliefs, our behaviour and most importantly with our habits.

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My journey in the spotlight began with the prestigious Gladrags’ Mrs India 2005 title. I started a television production house ‘Queen Bee Production' and under this banner, I launched the first-of-its-kind lifestyle show ‘High Life Dubai’ which soon made me a household name in the Middle East. I’m proud to have pioneered the local television content production for South Asian TV channels. Living the high life was my dream; the awards and accolades that followed definitely added a silver lining. My company grew exponentially, producing more than five successful shows across channels. And the awards continued. As my career took a mercurial flight, I fell into an unsuspecting trap. Burn out, stress and overwork which silently crept into my life, affecting my physical, mental and personal wellbeing. Like any good friend would, my friends and well-wishers also advised me to hang in there while I was at the top of my game. But somewhere in the midst of this frenzied glory, I knew something was wrong, and it had to be fixed.


I longed for time away. I longed for caring conversations and a warm meal eaten slowly without rushing back under the arc lights. It was not an impulsive decision but one that called me from the deepest pit in my gut. If I didn’t have a moment to nurture myself, then nothing on the outside was relevant. From there, my path took a deviation.


I was ready to leave everything that I knew, right from red carpet walks to being on one of the region’s most loved shows, it was time to break. I risked my highly public career as I stepped back to nurture my soul. I took all the time I needed and looked into my chaotic lifestyle. At a time when society was fame and success-obsessed, I was ready to sink my head into the study of inner wellness. I could finally see that whatever goes into our body reflects on what comes out of it. The glaring connection between emotional and physical health is so easily overlooked.


What no book or course taught me, I learnt by nurturing my face and skin. My skin had once told the story of burn out, quickly eaten meals, late nights and lack of nourishment. I had decided that this wasn't the story I wanted to tell.


So I wrote a new one.

I went onto a mission of mastery, wanting to learn everything there was out there about good mental and physical health.

I learnt about the power of digestive enzymes and knew that the only true beauty elixir was self-care. I became a certified Holistic Health and Beauty Coach, a holistic beauty entrepreneur, educator and a digital content, online course creator, passionate to reach out to every person who was seeking a better, a healthier way of life. Everything you consume, shows up on your face; poor diet, emotional stress, sleepless nights.


My journey took a full circle and brought me back to the simple routine of self-care. It became more and more obvious to me that if we don’t care for what we put into our bodies, we cannot complain about how our bodies and skin show up for us. Holistic self-care and holistic beauty is not a quick fix solution to great skin. It is an integrated approach of mind, body and soul and it thrives on good lifestyle habits. I am committed to teaching others what I learnt along the way, empowering women to say no to self-neglect, burn-out and the ghastly comparison trap. And my journey has only just begun.


More of me on www.theumashow.com

Hello, I'm Tatiana

I was born and raised in Kazakhstan, the world's largest landlocked country where scenery changes rapidly from alpine meadows to vast steppes, desert-like areas, fir tree forests, mountain lakes and glaciers. Lush fruit orchards, mountain peeks and crystal clear streams were the backdrop of my childhood.

 

I was growing up as a curious and nature-loving child. As long as I can remember, I was always surrounded by people - my Mum comes from a family of eleven kids, so our household was always buzzing - uncles, aunties, cousins, distant relatives who would show up from nowhere - you name it!  Needless to say I learned a lot by observing their personalities, challenges and habits, listening to their life stories, and developed a natural ability to connect with people from an early age. My reflective mind and love of books, music and art were the nurturing foundations for my adulthood.

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Although in my childhood years I wasn’t blessed with the best of health, I consider myself to be a blessed person because this is exactly what gave me the drive to live a healthy, active lifestyle, and passion to share my knowledge in the pursuit of holistic wellness. Having spent a good portion of my younger years in hospitals, I saw human suffering, pain, struggles and tears, but I also witnessed personal triumphs and victories over medical diagnoses. Those experiences have forever shaped my belief in the power of human spirit and innate intelligence of the human body. Instead of blaming others, pointing fingers, and relying onto the system, I learned to be grateful, to rely onto the wisdom of my own body, to create lifelong habits and develop mindful approach to health and well-being. 

My life journey took me to places I never imagined I would visit, yet alone live there! I left home at a tender age of 18 and since then lived in many places I now call home - Moscow (Russia), Auckland (New Zealand), Gold Coast (Australia). For nearly 20 years I worked in a corporate environment gathering the many skills, the knowledge and building a solid foundation for my family. I enjoyed a wealthy lifestyle, travelling, changing countries, making connections, raising kids... but it all came with its hefty price tag - constant pressure, emotional burnout, stress and exhaustion. The nagging feeling inside of me - “is that it?”, “there must be more to life!”, "if not now, then when?" grew. My early life experiences and compassionate nature were pushing me to do more. To share more. To become more.

 

So I did.

 

After having my second child I drastically changed the direction of my career towards holistic health and I never looked back. I completed double diploma course at Massage Schools of Queensland, Australia, in record time and while still breastfeeding my son. I recall when I approached the School Director to allow me to do both diplomas (Remedial Massage and Clinical Aromatherapy) at the same time, she said: "Tatiana, are you out of your mind? Nobody did it before and you have a new-born baby! How can you possibly do two drastically different subjects at the same time?" She now tells other students it is doable and I feel proud to show others, and my kids, that commitment and determination are two very useful virtues which help you carve your path in life.

 

My interest in effective manual techniques and desire to serve my clients better grew and led me to completing many other courses, attending various trainings, masterclasses, running my own workshops and collaborating with other trainers. Ranging from studying life coaching and strategic intervention with Tony Robbins and Cloe Madanes at Robbins-Madanes Training Center (USA) to learning the art of aromatic kinesiology with Robbi Zeck (Australia), my hunger for knowledge led me to dive deeper into appreciation of intrinsic connection between mind, body and spirit. It felt only natural that one of such collaborations with Yakov Gershkovich, the trainer in Sculptural Face Lifting technique, was pivotal in my career and took me on whirlwind trip around the world helping, translating, organising and assisting Yakov during his live trainings and later managing and supervising online students. That two year long collaboration has further enhanced my skills and saw me grew as a therapist and an educator. 

 

Today I feel very privileged to be able to touch lives and share my expertise with students who come to the training. I believe in the power and intelligence of the heart, authentic connections, loving kindness, deep presence and creation of beauty through focused intention and mindfulness. I love connecting people to their own light, see them flourishing and enjoying a wholehearted way of living, doing business and fostering relationships.