“Feel Good Five” interview
With nutrition for inner balance: how does it work, Sofia Tsakiridou?
In our “Feel Good Five” interview format, we talk to exciting women and men who are at home in the cosmos of wellbeing and ask them five questions. This time with Sofia Tsakiridou, model, yoga teacher, cookbook author and influencer.
For Sofia Tsakiridou, 28, happiness is not a product of chance, but can be manifested. Her credo: “Visualize your wishes and your desires. This is how they come true.” She has already realized some of her dreams: in addition to training in yoga, she has published two cookbooks. We talk to her about feel-good food and inner balance, among other things.
In the “Feel Good Five” interview: Sofia Tsakiridou
Brigitte: Was there a certain point in your life when you noticed how important a balanced diet is for your inner balance and wellbeing?
Sofia Tsakiridou: In fact, through an accident on my part with a friend, I ended up on a fasting retreat (instead of a yoga retreat) and on the second day I saw an enormous change in my skin, which I had previously experienced after stopping the pill Had problems: I suffered from acne on the face and perioral dermatitis.
It was there that I understood the connection between nutrition and our physical and mental health for the first time – you really are what you eat.
The more I changed my diet and approached new foods and recipes, the more I noticed how much more vital I am. It’s so much fun and I feel a lot better ethically, but above all emotionally. I sleep better, have more energy and feel more radiant all around. I am absolutely not strict about my diet, I always try to eat what feels right. If you really listen to your body, you can see very clearly what is good for you.
Do you have a typical feel-good dish?
In fact, I always like to eat what I feel like and I love a colorful variety. For breakfast, the vegan Kaiserschmarren from my cookbook or the pancakes are two of my absolute favorites. In the evening I like to eat colorful bowls or a delicious pasta, also there with lots of delicious vegetables, many different spices, nuts, oils. Whatever is so delicious: the potato gratin or the vegan ‘Mac and Cheese’ from my cookbook.
You’re also a big fan of yoga – you’ve even completed yoga training. What thoughts do you try to convey in yoga or in sports in general?
For me, yoga is much more than just a sport. It is meditative and connects my body with my mind, so more of a movement meditation, which also kindly strengthens, stretches and balances my body. In general, when doing yoga, I try to convey the thought to move it lovingly.
To be grateful for this beautiful temple in which we are allowed to live, which breathes us every moment in our lives.
And away from the push and pull of society. In yoga, I am focused on being in the movement with every breath, feeling it deeply and observing my inner monologue. I want to leave behind limiting beliefs, insecurities, the wrong pursuit of perfection. On the mat, discipline, willpower, strength, but also sensitivity as well as honest sensing and pausing are what count. These are the qualities that I would like to cultivate on the mat for myself and my students in order to then take them with me from the mat into everyday life. The defined legs or arms are a nice, beautiful by-product.
Do you have a mantra or belief that you recite to yourself on a regular basis?
I am loved, I am loving, I am healed, I am held.
I am calm, I am relaxed, I am centered, I am whole.
You are the creator of your reality.
It can either be your cage or your field.
In other words: I am loved, I am loving, I am healed, I am held. I am calm, I am relaxed, I am centered, I am whole. You are the creator of your reality. It can either be your cage or your field.
When you think about wellbeing, what is the first thing that comes to mind?
For me, well-being is a feeling, a warmth, a feeling of being held. It is calm and gives security that you have arrived, that you are with yourself. When I eat, I immediately think of a warm hug from within. Many colors, a slight sweetness, many fragrant spices, an earthy, nutritious substance. That’s how I always like my food best.
Food for the soul, a warm hug for the belly. Because a happy belly means a happy heart.