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.

Who are some of your favorite muses? Who inspires you the most and why

Wangari Maathai and Miriam Makeba are two incredible women who inspire me deeply. Wangari Maathai's dedication to environmental conservation and women's rights, as well as Miriam Makeba's courage, resilience, and commitment to justice, are truly inspiring. 

Can you talk to us about your practice and why this is so important to you?

My yoga practice is my sanctuary, my space where I can connect with myself. 

It's not just about the physical postures; Yoga is my anchor amidst the chaos of daily life, offering me moments of peace, clarity, and self-discovery. Through yoga, I cultivate balance, resilience, and a deeper connection with the world around me. 

You recently traveled to South Africa, what are your must-sees/dos/experiences?

If you’re into hiking, hiking up Table Mountain and Lions Head is a must. Dancing is a must-do experience—you'll find everyone dancing like no one's watching in Africa! Don't miss the beautiful beaches and the opportunity to venture out and see some wildlife.

What is your favorite piece from Spiritual Gangster (and why)?

All of Spiritual Gangster's pieces are amazing, but right now, I'm loving the Universe Sienna Crop Tank. I adore its cut and the message it conveys: "trust the universe." It's a reminder to surrender to the flow of life and trust in the greater plan.

Do you have a mantra you live by? Any new mantras of the moment?

One of my favorite mantras is "inhale courage, exhale fear." It reminds me to approach life with bravery and resilience. Lately, I've been embracing the mantra "trust the process," trusting that everything unfolds in divine timing.

How do you practice self-love and self-acceptance?

Self-love and self-acceptance are essential parts of my daily practice. I prioritize self-care rituals such as yoga, meditation, and journaling, nurturing my body, mind, and spirit with kindness and compassion. Sometimes, self-love for me can also be treating myself to a little gift or booking a massage or facial.