“The message behind practising yoga and mindfulness is just to live a healthy, simple life how we're supposed to,” Danah explains, “It's about connecting to yourself, understanding your heart, connecting with your soul, your body and mind.” She believes that we are not designed to live in the hustle and bustle of a big city, but rather meant to live among nature. And with its combination of clean desert air, peaceful wide-open spaces, and swathes of flourishing and fragrant flora, AlUla offers just that.
“I connect to nature in AlUla, by breathing, by walking,” Danah shares, “I love the air here, that there is no pollution. I love the greenery. I love the balance between the mountains and the palm trees and the desert. I love the shadows. I love the fragrances.” The spiritual and psychological nourishment that being outdoors provides is well documented, and in AlUla, time is easily spent outside. Add its spectacular landscapes filled with majestic rock formations
, endless rolling dunes and soaring sandstone canyons, and it can take on wholly new life-affirming energy that is hugely beneficial to personal growth and development.
“AlUla is allowing me to be whoever I am,” Danah confirms, “here you can allow your emotions to come out and the truth comes out…it's about knowing where you are at the moment when you're truthful to your body, when you're truthful to your thoughts and you're truthful to your emotions, it makes you more truthful to others as well.”
“AlUla is a beautiful place for me because it gives the real reflection of what's happening within,” she adds, beaming.