2018 saw the arrival of London’s first eco-wellness destination, Re:Mind Meditation Studio. Co-founded by Carla von Anhalt and Yulia Kovaleva, Re:Mind has cemented its reputation as London’s preferred drop-in meditation studio and an environmentally-friendly lifestyle store for the socially conscious consumer. Today we press pause with one of the beautiful co-founders, Yulia Kovaleva. Yulia is an expert in Vedic Meditation and completed her MA degree in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation at SOAS in 2018. Yulia is also an active participant within industry panels to spread the wellbeing message.
What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
My son wakes me up at 5am most mornings. If I’m lucky, it’s only to cuddle, otherwise he drags me out of bed! I’ll make a black tea packed with ginger to kickstart my body.
What does ‘mindfulness’ mean to you?
For me, mindfulness is a way of life. It’s the active art of being thankful and present in any given moment. Moreover, it offers me peace of mind and control over my thoughts and reactions, which is so important to giving one a sense of grounding.
How long have you been practicing meditation for and why did you start?
I moved to London almost 11 years ago and it was a complete shock on the senses. I initially started to practice meditation in order to cope with stress and homesickness and simply fell in love with it.
What type of benefits have you personally experienced from practicing meditation?
I developed an overwhelming sense of calmness and clarity within my daily life and funnily enough, saw improvements in my digestion system.
What is your favourite way to spend a Sunday?
Right now, we’ve actually opened Re:Mind Studio on the weekends. I’ll teach a class or two on Sundays which is incredibly relaxing. I always like to have an artisanal coffee, a visit to the farmer’s market to pick up fresh ingredients for a hearty dinner in the evening and go for a very long walk to take in some fresh air.
How do you like to keep your Silou-ette in shape?
I’m not one for high intensity sessions but love going for long walks. My son keeps me pretty busy so I spend a lot of time running after him and catering to his requests to wrestle.
Which people or books have had the most influence on your growth and why?
Book: Women who run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. This book triggered a deeper line of self-inquiry for me.
Person: I get a lot of positive feedback from people who come to the studio and it inspires me. It genuinely makes me feel as though I’m exactly where I need to be.
What inspired you to start the Re:Mind Meditation Studio?
I wanted to bring a variety of meditation and healing techniques that I had experienced under one roof in a beautiful and tranquil space.
What tips would you give to someone first trying out meditation?
Take it easy, leave your expectations behind and try to find what works best for you.
Which Silou design do you currently have your eye on?
The Christy Sweatshirt because it’s so cosy!
What would you say your mantra is for a ‘balanced life’?
I’d say “it’s okay to not feel okay sometimes.”
In a nutshell, your life philosophy or favourite quote is:
‘Don’t waste your time hating a failure. Failure is a greater teacher than success. Listen, learn, go on.’ – Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Where is the most spiritual place you have ever been?
Myanmar; the energy of it was so untouched and it has an inexplicable air of mystery.
Finally, what can we expect from the Re:Mind Meditation Studio in the next few years?
We hope to expand and grow our locations so we can spread ‘calmness’ far and wide!