Meet Carishma Basday – A Child of this Universe

Being a child of this universe and a spiritual being, Carishma has completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training in India and has since  been teaching yoga and inspiring and enlightening as many souls as she can on her path. She is currently busy with her 500 hour advanced teacher training. She is an avid traveller and wanderlust flows freely through her veins; she delights in experiencing new cultures, and being a complete foodie she adores sampling delectable morsels from around the world, but also has a deep passion for local and organically sourced foods. This feeds her passion for nutrition and she is a wizard in the kitchen whipping up delicious and nutritious superfood delights. Carishma also has a deep love for animals and nature and works closely with charitable organizations like WWF and DARG. In her free time you will find her hiking with her dogs, working in her organic veggie garden, burying her nose in a book or spending time with family and friends and enjoying life to the fullest.

  • What are you most passionate about?

My work, being an actress and being able to tell stories and inspire people. Yoga, both practising and teaching. Animals and nature conservation.

  • What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?

To go against the grain and peruse my dream of becoming an actress. I am also quite the dare devil so I’m constantly taking on new challenges and doing things to get my heart going. Swimming with sharks, trekking the Congo jungle, hiking up active volcanoes, I actively seek out adventure and thrill!

  • What makes you angry?

Animal cruelty. Lack of respect for other human beings, animals, the environment, lack of respect for life in general actually.

  • If you inherited an acre of land what would you do with it?

Fill it with all the animals I have ever wanted, rescue all the dogs and cats I can, start a veggie garden and live happily ever after

  • How many pairs of shoes do you own?

More than I’d like to admit!!!! Shoes are my weakness. I’m also a pixie so at times I need all the help I can get in the height department so heels are a must. I also love shoes that are works of art so recently, as with everything in my life, I have been focusing more of quality than quantity.

  • If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?

My go to is fish curry and Dhal made the way my grandmother taught me how to make it. It’s always a hit with everyone. Otherwise for something fresher it would be my version of a Poke bowl.

  • What do you work toward in your free time?

Learning and connecting. I loving doing short course or youtube tutorials, just expanding my horizons and gaining as much knowledge as I can. I also create the space to have quality time with the people I love as that is very important to me. Getting outside and having adventures with my two wolf dogs.

  • Name 3 thing in nature you find most beautiful.

Only 3!!!!!!! Hhhhmmmm I hate having to choose, but if I must I would have to say

The sun – I love sunshine through the trees, looking up at the sun from underwater, I love the warmth of it on my skin, it just makes everything magical!

Water – the ocean, a lake, a river, I’m always happiest near water (an eternal aspiring mermaid!).

Forest/Jungle – I love being surrounded by trees; it’s always such a magical environment to escape to.

  • What would you say are some small steps that people can take to improve their relationship to the environment?

Get outside and take time to connect – the more you fall in love with this beautiful earth the more you will want to protect it.

Start a garden, or if you don’t have space use pot plants. Taking time to nurture something and then watching it grow and flourish is just amazing.

Recycle – it’s super easy to set up at home.

Compost if you have a garden – also so easy.

Recycle water – use old bath water for the garden, only flush the toilet after every three uses (if it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down).

Re-use plastic bags.

Say no to plastic straws and other items that aren’t reusable.

Always remember if we all do a little together we can do a lot!

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