Feriel

Name: Feriel

 

Lives in: I live in Sceaux, an adorable little town 4 kilometers from Paris, France

 

From: I always have to think about this one before I answer. I was born in Algiers, Algeria and grew up in several different countries on the European, African and North American continents. These include France, the United Kingdom, Algerie, Benin, the United States and Canada.

 

Job: I was supposed to be a data analyst (well, I was for a little while) but ended up translating and teaching English to professionals who need English for their job.  I also teach people who just enjoy the English language, and I teach children once a week because it’s fun. Additionally, I’m a language coach–this is my new mission, and it’s really exciting! I can help anyone learn any new language- how cool does that sound?

 

Tell us your first three jobs (ever!): My very first job was babysitting, and I babysat a lot! In fact, I babysat enough to earn the cost of a ticket to travel from the US to Spain and spend a month there learning Spanish. I also worked as a salesperson at Benetton in NYC when Benetton was the coolest store ever (I got to wear anything I wanted in the store, I was living the dream!). And finally, I taught French and Math, a lot less glamourous but I had a knack for teaching so …

 

Zodiac sign?: Scorpio

 

Enneagram type (if you know it)?: Type 7, the Enthusiast

 

What do you love about Greece? I just discovered Greece this year when I spent 3 weeks in the country, and I will tell you this: if Greece spoke a language I already knew well, I would move there. I loved the energy of Athens, especially the atmosphere in the evening. I loved the sea being everywhere within very reasonable driving distance and of course, the islands. I love the food, the coffee (and I’m not a coffee drinker), I love the islands, the beautiful language with its tilt at the end of the sentences. I loved the new friends I met in Greece, and their beautiful souls and energy which reflects the country, I’m sure. I guess I’m not done with Greece, not at all.

 

Tell us something most people don’t know about you: Fun fact: I have a metal rod or two in my back as well as some sort of hook(s) because of a scoliosis problem I had diagnosed as a teenager. It makes for a very straight posture and some frustrating yoga moments. It also makes for living proof of how resilient I am when I need to be.

 

Where we are most likely to find you in Lynn’s Kundalini Yoga? On Lynn’s computer screen during a Zoom class I guess, but I think during the Paros yoga retreat next year is a greater possibility.

 

The first time you tried Kundalini Yoga: The first time I tried Kundalini Yoga was in front of my computer screen during the Pandemic Lockdown, March 2020. I found a 6-day Kundalini Yoga challenge, and I loved it. And from there, I hardly have had a day without some Kundalini Yoga in it. I’m hooked.

 

Tell us your top tip to combat climate change: I sold my car. I didn’t use it that much, but now I am free from it. I no longer buy plastic bottles (unless I don’t have a choice). I don’t buy disposable masks (unless I must). I buy all organic and as local as possible and make most of my cosmetics and cleaning detergents. I try to do more as time goes by, but will it ever be enough?

 

Anything else you’d like us to know?: I love languages. I speak Spanish, some Italian, some Arabic, am learning Chinese and learned the Greek alphabet as well as a few words before going. In Greece, I was trying to read everything, like children in first grade when they first learn to read. I’m also pretty annoying about correcting people’s grammar in French and English, but I’m working on it 😉