I come from the Czech Republic but I have lived abroad – in the UK and Spain – the past five years. As a seventeen year old girl I was very dissatisfied with the Czech educational system and dreamt about obtaining a better quality education abroad. Dream turned into reality and I graduated from the University of Warwick in 2015. The degree in History and Politics gave me an insight into global inequalities and injustices, spurred my interest in international development, and as a result I decided to pursue an MSc in Food, Space and Society at Cardiff University. There we mainly focus on food security and sustainable food systems. Partly because of this degree, I identify myself as a food activist. I am part of the Food Sovereignty Movement, which promotes people’s rights to determine their food systems, and I am an advocate of ethical, local and seasonal food consumption. At the moment, I am doing a research on community gardens in Prague. My aim is to explore the meaning participants give to such spaces, the link between food sovereignty and community gardens, and how they can scale out and become more widespread. I see sustainable food production as one aspect contributing to a healthy planet. Another important constituents are healthy bodies and healthy minds. Four years ago in order to manage university stress I tried mindfulness, which also brought me on the path of yoga and self-development. Since then both practices are an inseparable part of my life. I believe that inner peace leads to outer peace, and hence I devote some time to spreading the benefits of these practices to the community I live in.
At both universities, I created mindfulness societies, when we met weekly in order to reduce stress, gain greater clarity on what’s going on in our lives, and to share any challenges we faced. I also write a blog about practicing positive thinking in moments when life presents us with challenges, and I try to empower others to live according to their true selves (you can have a look at the blog here: https://terezastravels.wordpress.com/). Basically, once we start to care more about ourselves, then we begin to care more about others, the society and the planet. In October 2016 I will do a Yoga Teach Training with Peter Kaaberbol.in Costa Rica (btw. this is one of my other dreams!) and then I would like to teach yoga and link it to women’s empowerment. I hope to empower people through realizing their inner power. To do that, one has to connect with oneself first. I would also like to link food and sustainability with yoga and self-development in some way, though I don’t know how exactly yet. My motto is to go with the flow of life and live fully in the present moment.