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Stay Grounded During the Holiday Season

Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

The holidays can be challenging.

How to Thrive – Not Just Survive – This Holiday Season

You name it, the holidays can create stress around it: Money, family, politics, food, alcohol, love. We can cultivate the best of intentions going into the holiday season, but, sometimes, things just fall apart: Fights about whose family to go to (or not!), gift exchanges, current events, why you’re not eating that third piece of pie or imbibing along with everyone else.
Stressful situations abound, and it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Read on for some helpful tips that can help you stay grounded and practice patience with the people and circumstances that are challenging.

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Recipe: After Yoga Nomad Smoothie

 

After Yoga Smoothie:  Nourishment for spirit, mind, and body.

What’s better after yoga than a delicious superfood smoothie?

This Nomad Smoothie is inspired by my recent visit to Nomad Cafe in Marrakesh, Morocco. It has a wonderfully thick texture and is perfect for cozy autumn days. The ingredients are a great source of good fats and vitamins. I love that it makes a yummy, nourishing snack.

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Connect to the light : The Gayatri Mantra

Connect To The Light : The Gayatri Mantra

I love when our yoga practice becomes practical, when we can take the tools we learn into our life off the mat and feel a shift in our usual behavior. 

One of the most transformative tools yogis have discovered are Mantras. And here is my story how I used one of the most powerful ones to connect to the light:  the GAYATRI.

 

But let’s first take a look at Mantras and what they are. It’s a very old practice to chant or recite mantras and in combination with the sound vibrations they have a very powerful effect on the mind and psyche of the individual. Mantras are written in Sanskrit, regarded as one of the oldest languages known to us, and also called the mother of all languages or the sacred language of the gods. 

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Have a vision, not a plan.

Have a vision, not a plan.

A friend asked me two days ago if I ever followed a plan for my life. She is studying hard and spending a lot of time (and money) on her education because she feels that’s what she is “supposed to do,” yet on the other hand her vision is to follow her dreams of living and working in a less constricted, formal environment, doing what she loves to do in her own unique style.

Dagmar achieved her vision of leading a yoga retreat.

It really got me thinking, did I ever have a plan I followed? And while I have been very dedicated and consistent with building my business and creating the life I dreamed of, I don’t think I could have ever planned my life like this, so what I had wasn’t a plan, but rather a VISION.

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Recipe: Make Your Own Raw Chocolate

Recipe : How to make your own chocolate

Easy DIY chocolate recipe with healthy and pure ingredients (dairy free-vegan).
Try these creative chocolates with superfood ingredients that will taste delicious and look very pretty as a gift.

Do you love good chocolate? I have always been knows as a chocolate lover and on the hunt for great chocolate. In Costa Rica you can get really great organic cacao, but not good chocolate in my opinion, because most of the organic ones don’t melt in your mouth and are tasting very sandy….and who wouldn’t want to enjoy their chocolate melting in the mouth?

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10 Yin Yoga Poses For Embracing Change

embracing change: cultivating the courage to make choices

a yin yoga sequence - images by Julie Ansiau

Have you ever experienced the voice inside of you calling Now Or Never? We know when it’s time for a change, but we are at the same time horrified to make changes and to jump into the unknown. Yet whenever you look back on your own life, those moments that implied a scary change and jump into the unknown led you to the best experiences in your life, didn’t they?

I was very scared to leave my familiar world behind when I turned 30, i left my husband, my job, my country and moved to Los Angeles, where I didn’t know a single soul. Looking back it was very scary, but the best decision of my life. It lead me to yoga, it lead me to meeting many inspiring wonderful friends and teachers and eventually to live the life of my dreams. And guess what, it wasn’t at all about pushing hard and fighting my way, it was about embracing my vulnerability, my softness and learning to let go and surrender. Once I practiced this more often, things magically fell into place and I was faced with wonderful opportunities in front of me, where I just had to choose between yes and no.

The practice of yin yoga is a wonderful tool to embrace our softer, intuitive side. It helps to strengthen our intuition, which leads to more courage to follow our heart and live our dreams. You can learn to make choices by observing more clearly, by accepting and embracing change.

The following sequence will include forward and back bends, as well as some hip openers and soft stretches. Focus on the language of your body, when does it say yes, when does it say no, where do you feel the yes/no, in your heart, in your belly? Practice becoming familiar and in tune with your body’s language is very powerful and healing. Letting be whatever is present, releasing emotions and stories is the goal of this practice. We store a lot of these emotions in the hips, so enjoy the deep stretching here. All poses are held for 5 min, if not indicated otherwise.

Please allow in-between poses for neutralising stretches like table top, down dog, windshield wipers.

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Yoga At Home – How To Create A Self Practice That Will Inspire And Last (Video)

I practice yoga for over 20 years now and I will admit: practicing yoga at home has been my biggest challenge, because I would always drop in and out of a regular practice. Sounds familiar?

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What If You Could Change The Story In Your Head?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What if you could change the story in your head?

The other day a dear friend of mine told me he was feeling at war with life and that he would feel the need to rest but since he had to fight this war, he needed to go on a little bit more.

It made me really speechless. What a powerful statement to make. And how sad to feel like you are at war with life? We all know our thoughts manifest our reality….I don’t even wanna go there.

It made me think. Can you change the story in your head? 

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How to cultivate the trust & courage to live the life of your dreams

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photo by Julie Ansiau

 

I left my country, my husband and job behind when I turned 30. It was the scariest decision of my life, but in retrospect probably the Best. What I learned in those years after the big change was how to cultivate the trust & courage to live the life of your dreams. I moved first to Los Angeles, then to New York and ended up moving to Costa Rica in 2001, after the twin towers fell.

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How To Organise A Successful Yoga Retreat

How To Organise A Successful Yoga Retreat
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Organising a successful yoga retreat might seem overwhelming at first. Yoga is an ever booming market, the number of US yoga practitioners has increased to more than 36 million according to the latest study. You can find more and more retreats being offered at magical locations all over the world, so how can you make yours stand out?

With my experience of teaching over 12 retreats in the past 5 years I learned that actually teaching the retreat is only one aspect to consider, because there is so much more to think about first. So where do you start to organise your successful yoga retreat?

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