The world is beautiful in Eleuthera!

The sailing vessel Summer Wind and her crew has been discover the tiny island Eleuthera in the Bahamas. IMG_4823.jpgIf a slower paced, off-the-beaten path trip is what you ŕe looking for, the bohemian vibes of Eleuthera could be the paradise you´re looking for. This is the place to completely unwind and disconnect! Eleuthera define The Bahamas with endless pineapple fields, pink and white sand beaches to secluded coves and miles of coastlines.IMG_5139Eleuthera´s sleepy island “capital” Governor´s Harbour overlooks a broad and handsome harbor, it has some faded architectural reminders of its official stature. Much of the architecture and way of life was influenced by British Loyalists who settled here in the 1700s. This style has since been adopted by others Bahamian islands.IMG_4857IMG_5036IMG_5035The Eleuthera charm us with  approximately 11000 residents. The people who live here either fish for country of farm the rolling across of pineapple plantations. IMG_4871IMG_4870IMG_4868IMG_4874IMG_4888Island Farm was my favorite place on the island to shop for food as they grow everything themselves organically on their farm. They have the most amazing fresh fruits and vegetables, with is so hard to find on the island as everything is imported. They have beautiful looking kale, so many varieties of greens, herbs and amazing fresh fruits and vegetables. They also sell their own delicious homemade Bahamian sauces, pesto from home-grown cilantro, and salsa. Island Farm also bake hot cinnamon rolls and bread twice per week. IMG_5867IMG_5870IMG_5871IMG_5876Most of our stay we cooked delicious fresh food on the boat or eat on the beach.IMG_5868IMG_4841Snorkling on Eleuthera is a fantastic way to experience a colorful, living adventure! The snorkling was wonderful as we enjoyed seeing coral gardens, turtles, and many species of fish.DCIM100GOPROGOPR1225.JPGDCIM100GOPROGOPR0801.JPGProcessed with VSCO with kp9 presetIMG_4886We visited the Hatchet Bay Cave. The rough-stone entrance to this miles-long cave is between Gregory Town and Alice Town, on the southwestern side of the Queen´s Hwy. Several chambers bear charcoal signatures dating back to the mid-19th center, and there are some impressive stalagmites and stalactites.IMG_5080IMG_5081IMG_5084IMG_5087Lovely Eleuthera also harbors boutique hotels, revered surf breaks and some tasty restaurants and small coffee bars.IMG_4909IMG_4911IMG_4910 Eleuthera is generally a very isolated island of casual sophistication, weep-developed resorts, rocky bluffs, low-lying wetlands and massive coral reefs that create magnificent backdrops. The beaches are not populated so endless morning beach hikes without seeing a single soul, except my captain is so special!IMG_4923Processed with VSCO with kp9 preset

For lovers of white sand beaches and easy-going life there may be no better place to explore than lovely, Eleuthera. 

 

 

Summer Wind exploring the Turks & Caicos Islands

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The Turks & Caicos Islands, hiding at the southern tip of the Bahamian Archipelago, string of low sand cays and endless beautiful beaches. The pace of life is easygoing.

Providenciales is the capital of Turks & Caicos and Summer Wind visit the Tutle Cove Marina for 5 weeks, feeling the might of the Atlantic and waiting for good friends visiting the sailing vessel.

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Grace Bay Beach is world famous and offers several miles long stretch of coast, powdered with white sand and close enough to the reef wall to se the Atlantic breakers.

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Grand Turk is a step back in time. The Island is 10,5 km long and the Cockburn Town has narrow streets frequented by wild donkeys and horses. Beaches rim the land and calm blue water invites us in for a refreshing swim in the sunset.

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So grateful for this sailing adventure!

Summer Wind sailing to Bimini in The Bahamas

Summer Wind is out sailing again and this time we step into The Bahamas and realize beautiful beaches, colorful life under sea and the smiles on the faces of the Bahamian people.

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The fist leg goes to Bimini that is located 50 miles off Florida´s coast and is the closest Bahamian island to the United States. Bimini consist of two main islands – North Bimini Island and South Bimini Island and a numerous cays.

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Known as Ernest Hemingway´s favorite escape, Bimini is historically significant.

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The crew on Summer Wind enjoyed its historical complexity and renowned past, including boasting miles of pristine beaches and the pace on the island.

 

Why practice your practice?

When the going gets tough, and it will, PRACTICE.

Take time and soothe yourself to release some tension.

Stay present.

The cat-cow pose is a great tension release for the pelvis and lumbar spine and a calming pose.

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Moves:

The cat-cow pose (Marjariasana) increase circulation in and around spine, upper back and shoulders. The cat-cow pose also strengthens muscles of the chest, core, shoulders and arms.

Stand on all fours and align knees hip-width apart and stack them directly under the hip joints. Align wrists shoulder-width apart and stacked directly under the shoulders, or slightly forward. Ground the weight through both knees and both palms, end evenly throughout each hand.

Turn inside, slowly inhale, exhale, then:

Cow: Inhale and curl the toes, press the hands down and gently stretch the chest and sternum forward creating a forward arch in the upper back.

Cat: Exhale and gently round the spine like a cat. The tailbone curls toward the floor and the spine rounds.

Let the breath move you through this sequence and repeat 3-6 times or as needed.

Rest well.

 

xx,

Christina

 

 

 

 

Why do you practice yoga?

Life is a journey and there is a beautiful strength that comes from the Simplicity of Being, and when we remain humble and receptive life unfolds in a beautiful way.

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Yoga is for me as life, a journey and a way to better health and well-being during the trip. I practice yoga and meditation regularly, ensuring that the practice will be safe and effective, to create a deeper understanding of balance, joy and stability. While I nourish my need for sweating, focus, discipline and determination during my Asthanga practice, I have discovered a way to nurture the more energetic and spiritual side of my nature through Yin yoga and meditation.

When practicing yoga in everyday life, the body becomes softer, the heart feels more open and I feel stronger and more motivated. I find peace through the strength of my yoga practice and I give room for change to happen.

Yoga is far more than physical exercises on the mat and there are many ways to apply what we learn about ourselves on the yoga mat, and transfer it into the everyday life.

Yoga challenges me both physically and in the mind, and is for me patience, concentration, exercise and again training. When I’m in yoga, I sometimes get a beautiful stillness even in motion. I feel more comfortable and it feels like the body I live in and my senses get better space. I am more conscious, awake and present in what is now and my ability to focus increases.

Yoga is a wonderful resource, yoga opens doors of understanding we might not even have known were closed. It offers us a way to leave behind, and return to our true selves, where healing takes place. Therefore, when embracing the practice with mindfulness and an open heart, I love to experience the effect, step by step.

The practice of yoga is like watching a tree grow, it will take years and in the early stages it needs care and attention. I know there is a long way to go, but……

As a human we have a large capacity stored in us and yoga helps us better understand that potential.

 

 

Why eat clean?

The health is a constant subject that each and everyone of us is addressed with on a daily basis whether we are conscious of it or not. Good nutrition – an adequate, well balanced diet combined with regular physical activity is an cornerstone of good health.

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Each day we make choices in what we let enter our mouth

The intake of food, considered in relation to the body´s dietary needs. Every bite is a new opportunity to feel healthier and happier. This is about healing, revitalizing and restoring our bodies from inside and out. Food is medicine, nourishing our mind, bodies and moods. Prevention of disease through food and movement is the most powerful option we have. The understanding that each body is unique and thus has a unique path to optimal health. Knowledge is important but at the end of the day, you need to be the driver of your own vehicle. We are all different and therefore, it is important to listen to the body and become an expert on our personal health.

Generally, eating clean means avoiding packaged and processed foods and eating foods as close to its natural state as possible. The majority of food in a clean food diet should be fresh (avoid items that come in containers; bag, box and package) and free from additives as preservatives, artificial sweeteners and food coloring. Whole fruit is encouraged, avoid foods with added sugar and refined grains. If the clean food diet includes eating meat, lean varieties is chosen, such as skinless chicken, turkey and fish. Consistently eating clean food fills your body with plentiful vitamins and minerals, high-quality protein and healthy fats, which improve heart and brain health, assist with weight management, build a stronger immune system and increase energy levels, among other benefits.

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The act of choosing plant first is going to do a number on you mentally in a every positive way. When you eat clean, your body will tell you what is needs and warns you when you are eating something it does not agree with. The benefits from adapting plant based lifestyle is improved digestion, clearer skin, whiter eyes, shinier hair, stronger nails, weight loss, muscle tone, heightened mental clarity, hormon balance and a feeling of stability.

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There are choices

You choose. Think about a craving. You just got home from work and the energy is low. The quickest way to boost dopamine is to eat sweet foods, or taking a glas of vin. Cravings have a shape – they build, they crest and then they fade away. We often reach for whatever it is we have learned will make us temporarily feel better. The brain stores that pattern as information. It is a learned response an emotional experience. It is a message telling you that you want to feel better. Notice if the root is stress, pressure, sadness, or hurt? Cravings tend last some where between 3 and 10 minutes. Next time, try to address the cravings before you reach for something to calm you. This is about understanding the effect food has on your mind and, in turn, your body and vice versa.

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Personally, I find freedom and well-being through a holistic and plant-based lifestyle, based on fresh fruits and vegetables and sometimes some fresh seafood, chicken and turkey. Many of us walk around in a constant state of bloating or inflammation of the gut, however we rarely recognize it as such. When you eat food that nourish the body and abundance of fresh, nutrient dense plant-based food, the digestive system can work efficiently and more energy can be spent on repair.

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The idea is to aim for balance in all aspects of life which are meant to benefit you and also the health of our planet. According to a new comprehensive overview (by Joseph Poore from Oxford University, Science), we can reduce the world’s agricultural area by 75% and CO2-emissions from agriculture by 50% by growing grain and vegetables instead of keeping animals. 15% of large-scale meat producers release 1.3 billion tonnes of CO2 and use an agricultural area on the size of China!

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By getting in touch with your internal dialogue, you will find the space that give you the information on what the body is feeling and what it needs.

Eating clean regularly, in season and hang on to it, and you will feel more healthy!

 

 

 

The Journey 2018

Maybe the journey isn´t so much about becoming anything, maybe it´s about un-becoming everything that was never really you to begin with, so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place?

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This is me full of presence pleasure. Thankfulness finds it´full measure in generosity of presence, both through participation and witness.

I would repeat this entire year again, every last thing, as hard and deconstructing and beautiful as it´s been, to be where I am today.

When you say yes to something, you say no to something else. How can we refine the time and priorities to create a whole life?

Letting go is hard, but holding on is hard too. If something feels off, it is. There´s a part of you that knows. Maybe you will be grateful that things didn’t work out the way you once wanted them to?

Attachment often leads to suffering. Attachment to people and things, to place and time, to ideas and desire. Attachment to expectations and relations. When you lean in, release and show up anyway and knowing that everything ends. When we stop grasping for anything outside of ourselves to fulfill us there is more room for gratitude, for freedom and love in all the unexpected ways that would never be relevant had we not let go.

Thank you 2018 for holding space – the space to showing up for each other gives us an untouchable feeling of connection, of being seen and seeing. We all have our arms full of thoughts, worries and questions. Holding space to listen and empower the other create freedom for both. I think when we share, it reminds us how powerful we are together. If you need to lay down something, let go or lift it together. Let´s root for each other and watch each other grow.

It´s almost here.

2019 we are ready for you!