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Travel Journal: Nepal with Zaina Gohou

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Meet our muse, Zaina Gohou (@zaina_gohou). As a model and yogi who has traveled the world for countless jobs, as well as personal growth, Zaina knows firsthand the healing power of nature and the positive power of travel.  

With an authentic love of outdoor activities, promoting a holistic approach to life and connection with nature, her travels (er Great Escapes) have deeply enriched her understanding of yoga and wellness. A true Spiritual Gangster, she lives a high vibrational life of giving back by supporting rural communities in West Africa and Nepal. 

Zaina shares stories from her travels and cultures that inspire others to step out of their comfort zone, embrace new experiences, and find freedom in self-discovery through yoga and exploration with Spiritual Gangster. 

 

Can you tell us about what brought you to Nepal?

Many years ago, a friend and I, both working as models in NY, were craving a spontaneous trip that would widen our horizons beyond just another beach destination. We initially planned to go to India but couldn’t get visas, so we decided on Nepal. We immediately fell in love with the country's rich cultural heritage, breathtaking landscapes, and deep spiritual resonance. Nepal's vibrant communities and warm-hearted people drew us back like a magnet, and it has since become a special place for us.

 

What are your must-sees/dos/experiences in Nepal?

In Nepal, there are countless treasures to explore, from trekking in the Himalayas to visiting ancient temples and monasteries. Immersing oneself in the vibrant culture of Kathmandu and exploring its incredible markets are must-dos.I highly recommend trying the local food—it's delicious! My favorite places are the Dwarika’s Hotel in Kathmandu and the Dwarika’s Resort in the mountains, which have made it their goal to preserve Nepali art and tradition.

 

What are some learnings from ancient practices that you carry with you daily?

Ancient practices have taught me the importance of living mindfully, of being fully present in each moment. They remind me to approach life with compassion and gratitude. I particularly love pranayama, ancient breathwork techniques. It's unbelievable how powerful breath practice is! 

 

 

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