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!

 

To step “off grid”

DCIM100GOPROGOPR1239.JPGPeople often say that they want to get off the grid. Beyond just meaning getting away from it all for a while. Sometimes we forget there´s a whole life out there. Our lives behove consumed with tasks and work, the point we let each day pass without even recognizing it.

When was the last time you took a break and enjoyed the wonderful life?

One and a half year ago my husband and I decided to live it all behind and for a while and bring some nice forward motion on travel matters, start some new chapters and a host of new beginnings.

Thankfully, for the journey so far I´d like to step back in time and share more of the adventures from the past year.

Let´s take a break, relax and enjoy for a moment and go exploring Green Turtle Cay in the Bahamas!

The Green Turtle Cay is the most northern and popular cay in the Abaccos, Bahamas. The Bahamas was originally known as “Baja Mar” a name bestowed by the Spanish settlers who arrived in 1492 in San Salvador by the aid of Christopher Columbus, believing they had found the East Indies. The name “Baja Mar” means “shallow sea”. In actuality, the islands are mountain plateaus that grew out of the Atlantic Ocean hundreds of thousand years ago.

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There are so many beautiful things to see in Green Turtle Cay. The cay is small, idyllic and lobstering and tourism is the main industries of the island today. The reef just off Green Turtle Cay have gained an international reputation for their pristine beauty and abundance of sea life. The reefs, exposed to the tidal currents of the Atlantic Ocean, are just on the edge of survival as hard corals. The base of the corals is extinct, but the top as a healthy growth of Star and Elkhorn corals. Mazes of tunnels and caverns are etched out of the base reef by tidal currents.

The unofficial Ambassador of the Goombay Spirit Brendal Stevens from the Brendals Dive Center, offered us a full day of diving, where we catched our lunch and cooked it on the beach. We´ve source as much food as we can from the waters beneath us and have been catching and cooking lot of nice sea creatures, but we will never forget this wonderful memories.

Grateful, for this diving adventure – a trip full of nature, wonderful humans, happiness and joy!

 

Happy Exploring The Bahamas Islands!

Exploring The Bahamas Islands with the sailing vessel Summer Wind.

_MG_2745-2.jpgThe first big leap in the journey to the Bahamas is crossing the Gulf Stream, an ”ocean river” flowing northward at two knots or more with the greatest speeds in the center of the Stream. It is a passage not to be taken lightly by either novices or old salts. When planning the crossing the crew on Summer Wind had a number of factores to consider; wind speed, wind direction and sea state as dictated by current weather system, the optimum crossing angles, preferred departure and arrival point, the speed of the vessel, the choice of a day and night voyage. We decide to departure from Port Carnaveral in Florida and after 19 houers crossing, Summer Wind arrived the West End, Old Town on Grand Bahamas Island.

Next stop, the Abacos is a jewels of islands and cays spread across 120 miles in the northwest of th Islands of the Bahamas. Summer Wind visited the privat island Spanich Cay. We went for a hike along the beautiful island and meet two nice couples from Vermont and Minnesota and invited them over at our boat Summer Wind. They had a lot of experience sailing in the Bahamas and they let us know about many nice places to visit. We `re grateful for the expertice of our freinds who are willing to make our adventourous even better by sharing their knowledge about the beautiful Bahamas Islands.IMG_2977-2

DSC03681.jpgStill getting to know the sailing vessel Summer Wind. As we explore different parts of the vessel, learn the systems and trial different ways to getting things done.

It actually feels homely!