Hairdressing – Faye Blake

There are things that people do not usually talk about but are common and natural to us. Most of the time these are signals or signs from our bodies trying to communicate with us. In this episode of Outer Travel, Inner Journey, Faye Blake shares her journey of finding her inner self and how her personal experiences, including hairdressing, help her help other people in finding their inner selves.

As a herbalist hairdresser and Ayurvedic coach, Faye believes that the key to living a sustainable life is to listen to the signals that our bodies tell us and not wait for the extremes. She explains that this is her way even in hairdressing, wherein she lets hair take its form and express itself. She learned this the hard way when she started hairdressing in a more traditional hair salon wherein they were expected to conform to a certain mold and have a specific image. When she tried conforming, she felt drained and coped through unhealthy addictions like smoking and alcohol.

This is when Faye realized that people tend to not actively try and make a difference unless something extreme happened and forced them to do it. After quitting the salon, she found herself working with naturopathic nutritionists. Shortly afterward she understood that what she want to do is to empower people through listening to our body’s wisdom and intuitive nature.
Self-empowerment for her is living intuitively through listening to the elements and energies in our bodies and not looking for answers externally. It is trusting yourself and being to speak from a place within and trusting that your voice is valid.

People who work in hairdressing, like Faye, have a gift of connecting and listening to people and reflecting with them and making them feel good about themselves. They are also a reminder that we cannot do everything alone, on our own. They help us nurture ourselves by listening to what our bodies are telling us and loving the parts that we take for granted. By mirroring us, they teach us how to live intuitively and love ourselves more.


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Pocket Quotes

  • “I want to sit at a hairdresser because it’s about me, my own self-care, and about somebody who wants to talk about my hair and treat it like a part of me that needs the love and affection.” – Alexandra Kreis
  • “When they [hairdressers] are puffing it up, it’s almost like asking your hair what it wants to do. I see this a lot in the body. Our emotional body and physical body is always talking. How do we a gain a conversation with it? It’s by going through this more intuitive way of living. With hairdressing it’s the same. What’s going on within there, what does it actually wanna do, how does it wanna express. It’s free expression, it’s us, it’s an extension of us and we’re not molding it and shaping it to fit in like we do to the rest of our body in life to be in a box or how it should look. It’s a real process of freedom and living in alignment of how naturally it wants to be, in alignment with nature.” – Faye Blake
  • “For women, we tend to put a lot of other people that we care about way before ourselves. From that place they can really burn out or really go to depletion and fatigue, and total disconnect from ourselves and our path and how we truly want to live.” – Faye Blake
  • “I believe Ayurveda does that with the elements and the energies and how you get to see them within your own body. That to me is your body’s intuitive nature, and your body’s wisdom talking, that’s your body’s voice.” – Faye Blake
  • “Intuitive is self-trust, self-trusting what comes within and being able to speak from that place and not just looking externally for answers. It’s a way of trusting self, trusting my own voice, and knowing that it’s valid.” – Faye Blake

Guest Bio

Faye Blake is a naturopathic nutritionist, yoga and meditation teacher, and Ayurvedic health coach. She helps create deeply sustainable self-energy, to help people make a difference in the world without depleting and spiraling around into self-sabotaging behaviors. She promotes living intuitively through listening to what our bodies tell us. Faye loves to surround herself with a community working on their inner selves and freeing themselves from their past to create a loving and purposeful life. She is also a herbalist hairdresser at Tame the Mane Salon in Bristol, a salon that offers alternative natural hair services and products. Faye encourages people to equally nourish both their minds and bodies in a sustainable way.

Monica Biasiolo – Divorce and Identity

Concepts of family, union, and separation are still very much entangled in different cultural values. In many places in the world, we have come to some degree of common understanding, but in some places, it remains to be a conversation that’s difficult to navigate, causing it to be painful for those who go through it.

In this podcast, Monica Biasiolo shares her life experiences, marriage, and divorce. Going through the often difficult and painful process of divorce took a toll on her health. After the divorce there was negative energy, shame, intense emotions—her internal self in complete disharmony!

This was a wake-up call for Monica.

Monica is a certified Yoga Health Coach giving back to the Yoga healer community. She lived as an ex-pat for decades and is now a certified mindfulness teacher.

Realizing that taking back her health is about taking back her power in driving her own life, Monica shares how she strived to shift from victim mode to an empowered decision-maker in her life. From being in the passenger’s seat to driving change and purpose in her life and other people’s.

Her wisdom and practical tips are coming first-hand from her journey of changing habits for her health, transitioning from being a student to a mentor, and finally leading her own health coaching business.
Monica believes difficult journeys can be done with ease and that anyone can start healing themselves and find their dharma while they are at it.

Catch this deeply relatable and inspiring conversation with Monica!


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Podcast Highlights

  • 8:04-9:23 – Shaming and Blaming
  • 11:01-12:37 –  Body’s Wake Up Call
  • 13:15-18:06 – Signs of Disempowerment
  • 19:36-23:56 – Moving Forward and Forgiveness
  • 29:52-31:48 – Reflections

Pocket Quotes

  • “It’s too early to leave. It’s better that I do something and change something.” – Monica Biasiolo
  • “I have the power of choice and I choose to empower another person.” -Monica Biasiolo
  • “We are not here in this world because we need to. We are here in this life, in this journey because we are meant to be.” – Monica Biasiolo
  • “You can change the nose of the ship ever so slightly and it will bring you into a totally different direction.” – Alexandra Kreis 
  • “Look at a beautiful flower, even if it’s a tiny one on the rough side. It has that bright color and it’s beautiful . You look at it and you see perfection—you’ll see that it is also you. We are part of the whole.” – Monica Biasiolo

Guest Bio

Monica is a certified Yoga Health Coach who loves to give back to the Yoga healer community. She is also a Forrest Yoga and Mindfulness teacher and a Certified Living Ayurveda, Yoga healer, USA, and  Certified Mindfulness Teacher, Shamash Alidina, UK. She recently moved back to her hometown in Rome after living as an expat for 20 years in four continents.

Jutta Patis – Traveling is Discovering the World and the Self

In this podcast, a yoga and Ayurveda lifestyle junkie who intelligently incorporates her practice to her unrelated business shares her extraordinary journey to discovering her practice and lifestyle.

Meet Jutta Patis. She discovered her identity while traveling and exploring the world– on her own!

At 13, her parents, who were so protective, but also wanted Jutta to explore the beautiful world, sent her to Italy. Traveling at such a young age made her feel significant ‘cut off’ from her comfort zone, with no internet whatsoever. But this pushed her to step out of that small, pampered world she had in Austria. And just as early as she was about to discover her teenage self, she already had to figure herself out of the cultural overwhelm and language disconnect. Still, all of these helped shape her identity.

Jutta shares how she would keep her thoughts to herself and wander like a scared little girl in the middle of a beautiful country. But she knew why her parents sent her ‘out into the world’: to train her to break the bubble of her reality. Something she now practices masterfully in meditation and yoga: being present and ever-expanding inwardly.

In this episode, Jutta and I will take you to the exploration and adventure that Jutta did in her younger years. It was not all magic– she recalls how traveling alone can be so scary and lonely. But everything figured out to be the more essential and treasurable inward journey that led her to the current lifestyle that she has.

Her strange encounter in Spain and her stay in the US, led her to discover the beauty of Yoga and Ayurveda. Those miles and miles of travels brought her closer inch by inch to a deeper understanding of herself. Every stop in this journey, she shares, revealed reflections of herself that she picked up, and brought to where she is right now.

To Jutta, when you travel or live in a foreign land, you have this borderless feeling. And now, more people are choosing to isolate all at once. But they are missing the chance and experience. It’s one thing to have experienced that outer travel, but it’s also another to live in solitary by choice to sail on the inner journey. And Jutta proves you can do both!


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Podcast Highlights

  • Solitary practice makes me tap into my potentiality more. It helps me find talents and strengths I didn’t know I have– strengths I can put in my business and endeavors for my community. Sometimes you can’t detect this when you are flooded with information from the outside. But it brings you to reconnect with nature and all the life forces around us. – Jutta Patis
  • Some people travel purposely for self-discovery and realization. Some to escape. It’s for everybody to discover. But I think it’s always about escaping to find what you haven’t found yet. – Jutta Patis
  • We have the freedom to choose who we are, which we can do freely for a moment. But when we choose to be completely different because we move to a new society, it can be daunting without an inner guideline or format. – Alexandra Kreis
  • Whatever comes along your way, you have to open your eyes for opportunities. Sometimes we overthink things when we want to do something huge for the world. But opportunities may just be standing there in front of you. – Jutta Patis
  • Don’t overthink and let go of the attachments. Choose a practice that will help you evolve and expand. Even when you don’t have the chance to travel, you can expand and see the world from an angle you haven’t seen before. – Jutta Patis


Guest BIO: 

Jutta Patis was born and raised in Austria near Vienna. She is a former consultant for businesses but not the owner of two companies in Berlin and Potsdam. She lives in Potsdam with her family and her four dogs. Jutta loves writing and is a Yoga and Ayurveda, lifestyle junkie.


Ivory Van Veen – Identity Change Through A Safe Container

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In today’s show, I am talking to Ivory about how she chose to live in an ashram for a while to deepen her self experience and make a true change for herself. We pondered on whether we need a container or a group for that and how we can be safe even in groups that sound extreme (cult-like) to us.


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