Uma Gaia x hoj

We are very grateful to have Light Worker, Sound Bowls and Reiki Master: Uma Gaia part of our coming Winter Box for your at home creative wellbeing experience! We have interviewed her inspiring founder: Olivia Panella.

Who are you, where are you from and where in the world are you now?

My name is Olivia B.M. Panella and I was born in the North East part of America; my roots are founded in New Hampshire and New York City. I am the founder of UMA GAIA a haven for alignment. And for the last three years I have been living in South France.

How often do you take some “me time” and how important it is for you?

Carving out space for you is extremely important for all aspects of your well-being; your mind, body and spirit + emotions. For me; it all depends on my daily schedule but I am sure to make space for anywhere between a few moments to hours of ‘me time’ no matter what. I even just wrote an article of my Beauty Therapy Absolution partnership about this exact topic under my ‘5 Ways Series’.

What are your favorite wellbeing rituals to do at home?

All things can be considered rituals; it can be the smallest thing of getting dressed in the morning to creating  a water ceremony or journaling or how you prepare your food. For me ritual means; having intention + supporting thought + aligned actions; and these ingredients can go behind everything and anything you do. On the other hand, I lead monthly Full Moon rituals/ateliers, Quartz Sound Bath experiences and curate monthly UMA GAIA Ceremony & Alignment Guides (most recent Fall Equinox), I wake up every morning Palo Santo + Lavender Spritz & Sacred Clean my home and I do enjoy my heavenly face care ritual.

What are the benefits of your practice to a person’s wellbeing?

UMA GAIA is all about aligning the mind, body and spirit. Working with and understanding all aspects of your being; your traumas, your lessons, your intentions, your thoughts and your actions and ultimately transforming them all to support you in living an intentional and loving existence. When you begin to look within yourself and honor and heal all aspects of you; you are then living in the essence of wellbeing.

What does intuition mean to you? And do you follow it often?

Intuition is leaning into your inner energetic navigational center, your inner divine compass. Intuition is your always loving, supportive, non-judgmental, non-fear-based part of your being that is guiding you in light. It is not Ego, Mental or Action. In a harmonious aligned being Intuition directs Ego and Ego acts on behalf of Intuition.  I have been working with following Intuition and aligning Ego for a long time; I would say I follow my Intuition 100% of the time no matter the outcome it is all as it were.

Discover Uma Gaia’s wellbeing workshop in our coming box. Get one for yourself or for a loved one now!

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