Born in New York to an interracial couple, Fatima Sarmad was raised to be very proud of her African American genes. She has many achievements under her belt including a double masters in International Relations and Applied Psychology, an ICF certified life coach and an American Board Neuro-linguistic practitioner as well as a UK certified counselor and in-training Psychotherapist. She is also an internationally certified Pilates trainer and the first and only Piloxing SSP ( sleek, sexy, powerful) instructor in Pakistan. Personally trained by the pioneers of Piloxing SSP; Vivica Jensen and Courtney Gornall. However, before all else, Fatima is the mother of two young daughters: Alara and Irene.
1. What is Piloxing and what inspired you to introduce this fitness program in Pakistan?
Piloxing SSP is one of the few programs that Vivica Jensen has created. SSP stands for sleek, sexy and powerful! It is a nonstop cardio fusion of standing Pilates, boxing and dance that combines the speed, power and agility of boxing with the targeted sculpting and flexibility of pilates. The dance moves help to tone the muscles, burn fat and increase stamina. The workout requires weighted gloves to further tone the arms and improve cardiovascular health.
There is no such form of exercise currently in Pakistan; that blends the best of both worlds together. Pilates and boxing are on two opposite ends. Bringing them together creates a fun masterpiece!
2. What are some advantages Piloxing has over other exercises such as Zumba or kickboxing?
Boxing, pilates and dance are popular fitness programs all over the world. A simple google search will reveal that all the top Hollywood and Bollywood celebrities are into pilates or piloxing. Prominent examples include Jennifer Aniston, and Deepika Padukone.
Piloxing brings the best of both worlds together and incorporates it into one programme. So, the client gets to burn between 900 -1200 calories in an hour while toning the muscles and getting a good cardio workout.
3. Who is piloxing suitable for?
Piloxing is suitable for all ages. It helps decrease stress levels, boosts immunity, aligns your posture, and helps increase balance and stabilization. It even helps to prevent bone damage and deterioration in the long run and above all gets you a sleek, sexy and powerful image!
4. Why did you choose piloxing?
It’s simple; I love the message that Piloxing conveys to women!
“women should feel feminine when they work out, yet powerful”
Women feel an exercise program needs to be one or the other …but piloxing makes them powerful as well as make them feel sleek and sexy! In piloxing, you have the power of boxing coupled with the grace of a dancer and feminine element from pilates. It’s a beautiful way to empower women.
5. You have accomplished many things in your life. Which achievement do you value the most?
With my first daughter, I suffered a serious case of postpartum depression. With no one to understand or take it seriously, I realized how important it is to highlight the importance of mental health for women in our country. Hence, my journey began as a life coach, therapist and psychologist. However; I feel that being a life coach is the best way to make an impact as people are often hesitant to approach me if they find out I’m a psychotherapist. “Life coach” has a more positive and motivating ring to it. I’d say this and my 2 daughters are my greatest accomplishment.
6. Being a life coach, what is one piece of advice you could offer that you feel people often need to hear?
Its ok to fall again and again and again. Just don’t stop getting back up!
7. Who is the person you look up to or be considered your role model?
Oprah ..she’s my guru
8.what is your motivation to keep going?
I believe that empowered women, empower women! In a country like ours, a lot of women need empowerment and need to be told that it is ok to be you. My work mostly deals with helping women and I’m currently working on starting a small project that will facilitate women from lower classes to help them find employment. Apart from that, I am trying to raise awareness about how important it is to keep a check on our mental health as well as our physical health. The two go hand in hand. If one is not up to the mark, our whole system suffers. A balance is what we need to strive for and this ridiculous taboo about seeking support for one’s mental health needs to be changed and last but not the least my daughters; Alara and Irene are my biggest motivators. I want to be their superhero so that they can look up to me.
International Luxury Brand Spa Ceylon Opens its 98th store in Karachi
The world’s largest Ayurveda Wellness chain opened its 98th international store with the opening of an exclusive Wellness Boutique at Defense Housing Society’s Bukhari Commercial Area located in the heart of the city of Karachi.
Speaking at the sumptuous launch, master franchisee and Spa Ceylon Pakistan’s CEO Saeeda Mandviwalla, said, “It gives me great pleasure to be able to bring Spa Ceylon to Pakistan because for me it is more than just a brand; it is a brand affiliated with my heritage & identity. Being from Sri Lanka originally, it is with pride that I bring a piece from my birthplace to my current home; and the benefits of this brand will be felt by all age groups of the population.”
Spa Ceylon now produces over 500 all-natural Ayurveda inspired personal care, wellness, make-up and home aroma products. The complete range comprises prestige skin, body, bath, scalp and hair care preparations, oils, balms and potions, colour cosmetics, home aroma blends, candles, diffusers, incense, herbal infusions and gourmet teas, handmade stoneware, bath accessories and a range of tropical resort wear.
Attending the opening, the co-founder director Shalin Balasuriya explained, “The continued growth of the international wellness market to over US$ 4.2 trillion signals a strong shift in consumer preferences towards wellness. Spa Ceylon occupies a unique lifestyle space where personal care meets wellness. Given its brand attributes of high-performance authentic formulations, Ayurveda origins, environmental activism and ethical sourcing, it will continue to resonate with the modern consumer to drive further growth. I have spent the past few days in Karachi meeting industry professionals, media & consumers that reviewed the range & am delighted by their overall response to Spa Ceylon, from packaging to product quality & functionality, giving us confidence that the store roll-out in Pakistan will be a great success.”
Also attending the glamorous event was H.E. Mr. Noordeen Mohamed Shaheid the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Pakistan. “There is a great sense of pride in seeing this esteemed Sri Lankan brand bring its presence to Pakistan, and through its success, we can only see strengthened trade relations between the two nations.”
Noor Mandviwalla, the young Executive Director of Spa Ceylon, Pakistan, said, “Spa Ceylon’s brand philosophy greatly resonates with me because of its unique emphasis on natural beauty & wellness. Beauty is no longer focused on making people meet a particular standard of the way one should look; rather, it now looks towards highlighting one’s natural beauty, on the outside as well as within. This is why I feel that this brand is truly revolutionary in its take on beauty care and wellness; using the principles of Ayurveda to live a fuller & healthier life.”
Spa Ceylon captures the romance of old Ceylon combined with ancient Ayurveda wisdom to create their range of majestic spa rituals and Royal spa formulae designed to soothe, calm and relax the body, mind and soul. The Spa Ceylon Flagship Store in Karachi opened its doors with a wide selection of the master wellness and beauty ranges to cater to all moods, seasons and needs. Whether you want to Detox, De-stress, find Peace, Comfort, Sun Care or Sleep, Spa Ceylon has a range of enticing ingredients like Pink Lotus Almond, White Jasmine, Aloe Mint, White Tuberose, Water Lily, Cardomon Rose, Neem and Tea Tree, Virgin Coconut, Neroli Jasmine, Margosa Lime, Sandalwood Vetiver and Sandalwood Spice, Lemongrass and Lavender Neroli that will cater to every mood and occasion.
This Fun-packed Actor’s YouTube Channel will Give you Endless laughs!
Gone are the days when celebrities were hard to reach out to, with their personal lives being a mystery for their fans. With the onset of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, audiences can now feel more connected to their favorite stars.
Recently, Pakistani celebs are turning to YouTube, branching out beyond their traditional jobs and exploring their craft in a new space. So if you want to get a closer look at their lives, find out about their hobbies, or hear them talk about their favorite things; you can catch them on their YouTube channels. Interesting, isn’t it?
Currently featured in the fan-favorite “Alif”, the rising young star Yashma Gill is a powerhouse of talent. The very bubbly and cute actress has also recently launched her own YouTube channel. Her channel showcases videos – from personal adventures and experiences to experiments, fan moments, and her everyday anecdotes.
Her journey of vlogging is exciting enough to hook you up on her YouTube channel for hours. Her captivating personality and her natural flair for casual talk instantly grabs the audience’s attention.
Here are all the funniest moments from Yashma Gill Vlog to get your inner kid some carefree laughs!
When Yashma Gill becomes Friends with 75 Snakes:
The Vlog where she can be seen holding snakes in Biryani boxes, half puzzled and half appalled when Azlan Shah puts that snake on her palm. We couldn’t stop laughing at her cute expressions. The content of vlog is so different from the usual content on other celebrities’ Vlog.
When Yashma accepted the Challenge of “Do What They Can’t Do”
Her entertaining Vlog where she roamed around the streets of Lahore sipping local lemonade from street stalls and visited Lahore Zoological garden to take pictures with the elephant. The climax of the vlog was when she came to know that Suzzi Elephant has died. Did she fulfill the challenge or not? Watch out her vlog to find out more:
When Yashma Gill tried making Gol Roti
So this Vlog is all about her gol roti struggles when her domestic help was on leave. Was she able to make Gol roti for herself or she had to order food in the end? Watch out her gol roti struggles!
When Yashma Gill visited Bakra Mandi
This vlog was all about her visit to Bakra Mandi in a black abaya and veil and asking random questions to the vendors. Her energy is unmatchable when it comes to this vlog, from buying cotton candies to bargaining, the Vlog will get you hooked to her channel. Don’t believe? Here is the link to full-time entertainment:
When Yashma Gill tried stitching her Eid Dress
So by now, you must have realized that this girl is unpredictable and you can expect anything from her. In her quest to do things in an unusual way, she learned from her tailor how to stitch a dress! Do watch to see her on-spot comments and real efforts.
So the list doesn’t end here, and I bet that once you start following her YouTube channel, you will not want to do anything else but watch her vlogs. If you haven’t subscribed to her channel, go and subscribe to find out what next challenge she is going to accept next!
TEDxLahoreWomen Pulls Off Another Brilliantly Mind Striking Event!
LAHORE, December 8, 2019: TEDxLahore celebrated its 10th year with yet another series of compelling talks at its TEDxLahoreWomen event held at the British Council Library.
Speakers included Dr. Aneela Darbar, the first US trained female neurosurgeon of Pakistan; Soufia Siddiqui, an education research and strategy advisor; Amna Zamir, an Additional Districts and Sessions Judge in Gilgit Baltistan; Maheen Rahman, an investment banker with an impressive portfolio; Maheen Gul, founder of the Lahore Autism Centre; Fareeda Batool, an independent artist who explores Pakistan’s political upheavals and tumultuous history; and Masuma Anwar, a pediatric doctor and musician. Lakeer ke Fakeer, a husband-wife duo of “singing poets”, also performed at the event.
These “Bold + Brilliant” women shared their profound insights and exciting stories about a remarkable number of issues, ranging from the education of boys in the public sector to the careful mapping of the brain before neurosurgery. The audience comprised over 350 individuals, including young entrepreneurs, educators, doctors, lawyers, and students. Audience members also received a chance to interact with speakers during networking breaks.
“TEDxLahoreWomen brought some powerful women together this year,” said Areej Mehdi, the event’s co-curator. “These women have advocated and opened doors for other women, and changed lives with their groundbreaking work and ideas. We’re excited to share their talks today.” said Irteza Ubaid, TEDx Ambassador – Pakistan. The event was presented in partnership with British Council, Nestle Everyday Lite, MINT PR, Uber, Daftarkhwan, FM 91 and Poet Restaurant.