Health, self-development

Naming and shaming

Either, you’re too fat and don’t have any control over your life, or you are too skinny or fit and are arrogant as you use so much time for your looks.
Either you’re eating meat and don’t give shit about animals, slaughtering and what you put inside your body, or you are vegan and a hippie who has no idea about real life.
Either you are a relationship type, who just can’t stand being by him/herself, or you are single, which means you have a bad personality, bad looks or even both.
Either you are a mom who stays at home, which means you gave up your life, or you start working again, which means you don’t care about your kids and don’t deserve any respect.
Either you are a dad who stays at home, which means you are under your wife’s thumb, or you don’t stay at home, which makes you a conservative snob, who doesn’t know his kids.

As you can see, no matter what you do, you definitely do it wrong.
You can never be good enough, your decisions can never be the right ones and generally your life is a complete disaster according to society and the ‘shamers’.

But you know what, if you act according to your beliefs, I’m proud of you.
I’m proud of every person who tries to eat less meat, I’m proud of everyone who buys consciously and informs themselves, I’m proud of the single mom who has to work, of the dad that provides for the family, of the singles, who love their freedom, of the chubby girls and boys who don’t define themselves over their looks.
I am not proud of people, who make others feel uncomfortable, unloved, unworthy! I’m not proud of vegans shaming vegetarians for eating eggs and I’m not proud of flexitarians shaming vegans for following their strict rules. I’m ashamed for women making other women feel small for working or not working, for making the decisions to have kids or not.
The thing is – IT IS NOT YOUR DECISION TO MAKE.
You can only live your best life, you cannot control someone else’s life.
On the other hand it means, that instead of shaming others, take responsibility for your actions and choices and stand up for it. That’s not easy either, but it’s 100% in your hands.

So, if you ever get shamed for who you are, or what you do, keep in mind, that the person shaming you, probably doesn’t have her/his life under control and it’s way easier for them to point their finger at you. Don’t take it personally. It actually means, you did something right, you triggered something in them. You are just their mirror, nothing more, nothing less.
You can go on and live your life, don’t waste your energy on people who make you feel bad, bring your focus on the life you want to create, work your way towards it and stand up for yourself.

You only have this life.
It is your life.
It’s your decisions.
It’s your choice to make. Be wise. Live in peace.

Health, Mobility, Movement, self-development

Embody your Movement.

Maybe you’ve asked yourself what this mysterious thing is that I’m so passionate about, what it is that I call Embodied Movement.
Well, it could actually be anything and everything – and that’s the thing about it.
There are no rules, nobody that can tell you the right’s and wrong’s, do’s and don’ts. It’s neither dance, nor Yoga.
This will probably not be a satisfying answer for you.

So I will let you know, what it is and does to me.
I always wanted to be a dancer. Started Ballet at a young age and gave it up a few years after, I tried gymnastics – it wasn’t for me. I loved dancing in clubs, where nobody was looking, where I could move freely, but the atmosphere was toxic. During studying I came across pole dance, which I really liked, but it didn’t get to my core.
I have always been looking for more.
More than those rigid patterns that someone has invented, but that never really fitted for me. I came to the colclusion that dance is just not for me. That it’s something you have to be very flexible for, where being able to do splits is a necessity and where you need to be able to follow a choreography, which I would always forget. So i just gave it up. I stopped dancing. And I stopped listening to the urge, my body felt.

During my long Asian Yoga travel I was at this Extatic Dance, which I absolutely adored. Nobody was drinking, it was daylight, no talking, no phones, no nothing, but you and the rythmn of the beat. I completely let go and danced it out for hours.
When the music became quieter and people slowed down util they layed on the floor to relax in Savasana, I kept sitting and feeling.
And I saw this couple. They were dancing. Without choreography, a style I didn’t know, something modern and passionate and honest and raw and everything that filled my heart with all the love for dance that I had forgotten about for so long.
Tears kept running down my face and my heart was bursting.
This was the moment I knew I had found something profound.

This moment kept me digging and seeking for a danceform, a form of expression that allows me to be me. Suddenly all those amazing teachers came into my life, just at the right time.
I went to so so many dance and bodywork classes, I gained all the knowledge possible. About animal motions, solo dance, partner movement, self-trust, intuition, flexibility-strength-workout. acrobatic styles and much more.

But in the end, all the knowledge didn’t make any difference. Because all the knowledge was already inside of me, it just needed someone to guide me to that place inside of me, to that spring of joy and expression and passion. Watching the dance of those two people and finding my inner voice healed so many parts of me and allowed me to stand in my power.

If you silenced your inner desires a long time ago and didn’t dare to release them since, then take a slow step, allow yourself to open up. Find someone that guides you gently to your inner wisdom, it can be whoever and if it is me, it will fill me with so much gratitude to be part of your growth.

Health, spine, Yoga

It’s just bones

To be exact – 24 freely moving bones with 23 intervertebral discs, as well as sacrum and tailbone. So why is everyone making such a big thing out of those tiny bones?
Because it’s the spine that allows us to stand upright.

“You are as old as your spine.” – Chinese proverb

and this proverb could not be more right. if our vertebrae or discs suffer, our whole being suffers, movement gets painful or impossible and even sitting and breathing can cause tremendous pain.
Not only the elderly are affected by those sicknesses – like slipped disks, pinched nerves, skoliosis, or “just” severe backpain caused by years of too little movement or wrong posture. More and more young people need to frequently visit their physiotherapist or use painkillers and this is alarming, especially as there is so much you can do to prevent to avoid or enhance your condition.

This is where Yoga got me first.
I’ve never recognised back pain, I seriously thought this tension is normal, feeling stiff is part of every-day-life and needing a massage therapist is not only popular but necessary.
It was maybe my fith time trying Yoga that I realised the lightness and difference after practising and I was astonished to feel relief where I didn’t know there was discomfort.

This is where Yoga really got me. It made me feel good on so so many levels. It made me feel young, energetic and gave me the freedom to move in any way wanted.
Yoga has evolved over hundreds and hundres of years and has gathered so much knowledge about the spine, what it needs and how to preserve the fountain of youth coming from it. All the stretches and motions into different directions, the circles the gentle stretching and squeezing (consiously with a lot of awareness) awakens what our spine is for, as we tend to lose all those abilities of it over our monotonous (non)movements.

If I had any advise for you to strengthen your health, it would be – strengthen your spine!
Get up, stretch, hop on your mat, draw circles with your body, get tiny, get big. Create seperate movements with the different parts of your spine – cervical , thoracic and lumbar spine. It’s like a wake-up call for the hidden magic inside of your vertebrae. You only need to give your spine 5 minutes after geting up and work in the 6 directions of

  • flexion
  • extension
  • lateral extension (right and left)
  • twisting /revolving (right and left)

and you will soon feel the benefits of this powerful practise.
Give it a try – your body will be thankful!

Health, Retreat, Yoga

Retreat Yourself

Stop for a second. Breathe. Just be.
Feel how your nervous system instantly calms down and how you can create space inside?
Imagine you had time to just focus on this for days.
Imagine how much space you could make for yourself, how you could reconnect to the subtilest of feelings inside.
Imagine how you could feel your power rising from your roots, from mama earth up to the sky. Feel yourself expanding.

If you only had time.
The thing is, there will never be enough time to sit, explore, feel.
There will never be the perfect moment to surrender to yourself.

You have to take this moment.
You have to make time for yourself.
You have to own your time.

For me it’s difficult to get this deep connection at home, where there are so many things that take my attention away. There is always something I should rather do, than taking care of myself. There is always someone who reaches out for me, there is every-day-life coming in the way.

I invite you to join me on a journey to the higher self in a holy space.
Let me guide you through a gentle yoga practise, self exploration workshops, juicy yin classes and so much more.
Let’s meditate together in the beautiful Austrian Alps and create some magic.
Let’s have fun like kids and treat our bodies like a temple.
Let’s eat food that nourishes us.
Let’s stop.
Let’s breathe.
Let’s be.

Don’t miss it -> 23.05 – 26.05. 2019 in 5640 Bad Gastein, Austria.

Drop me a message for more information on it.
Your body and soul thank you for it.

Mobility, Movement

Mobility

Too often, I see trainers, coaches, movement teachers of all kind (Yoga, Pilates,..) getting stuck in their used patters of moevement, stuck in their passive range of motiong, by repeating the same things over and over again.
By repetition of the same patterns, one will only see the same results.
Often people strengthen one muscle excessively, while they forget about the counterpart, which leads to problems in posture and can even result in chronic pain. (e.g. back and abs should be worked equally).
Same applies to active and passive stretches. It’s nice if you can pull so hard on your feet with your hands that you can make a ‘proper-looking’ forward fold (who even came up with how that should look like?!), but how about your joint flexibility and your stretch without you pulling hard on your bodyparts?

The ultimate goal of movement of any kind for me is to have fun, explore and get to know myself better, and most of all to keep my body healthy. So I don’t want to bend until it hurts, just for the sake of a good instagram picture, I don’t want to get into the deepest stretch of all students of yoga class just for the sake of my ego, and I for sure I don’t want to ruin my body, the home of my soul, just because someone told me how something has to look or feel like.
My body is different to yours, and your body is different to anyone elses. No one can tell you how a posture, a movement has to be done. Of course, you can get guidance and introduction to get a feeling for the bigger picture, to get some knowledge about staying safe during your movement practice and to support you on your journey to your movement, but don’t let anyone ever tell you to go deeper than you think, to stretch harder than you feel and to do movements your body tells you not to do, because they don’t feel right.

I invite you all to get explorative with yourself and to start moving a way you have never done before, to take movement classes you’ve never taken before and to encounter yourself in an unknown, new way, but always listen closely to what your body has to tell you and know your boundaries. (you will get better at it with practice ;))

If you are interested in this kind of explorative journey, feel free to join me in one of my ’embodied movement’ workshops all over Austria.
We will dance together, move like animals, have fun like kids and get to know ourselves in a different way, within a safe space of expedition.

First workshop – (Sunday) May 19th 10:00 – 13:00
Diefenbachgasse 54a, 1150 Vienna
Early bird 40,-

 

Environmental issues, food, Health, Information, Safe the planet

Facts about meat consumption

  • livestock farming is one of the leading causes of deforestation as well as water pollution – 14.5% of all global greenhouse gas emissions are caused by it.
  • if every person on this planet went vegan we could stop crossing the 2 degree mark of climate change, which will probably be reached in 12 years if everything stays the same.
  • methane is over 80 times more potent at warming the planet than CO2 – so livestock farming is playing a big role in climate change.
  • ham, bacon and salami are proven to higher the risk of getting cancer significantly.
  • most soy is not consumed by vegans/vegetarians, but by meat eaters, as they (indirectly) take it in with their meat, as soy is the major food for cattle, hens and pork.
  • the average EU citizen consumes about 60 kg of soy yearly (via meat consumption), which leads to deforestation around the world, as soy for animals is mainly imported.
  • for the production of one single beef patty, you could shower for 90 minutes.
  • 100g of beef results in about 100kg of greenhouse gas
    100g of organic tofu results in about 3.5 kg of greenhouse gas
  • Veggies that pack more protein than meat:
    – Black beans (1 cup equals 50g pork or 80g chicken)
    -Almonds (1/4 cup equals 1 cup of full fat milk)
    -Buckwheat (1 cooked cup equals one cooked egg)
    -Organic Tempeh (18g equals 100g chicken)

 

 

Health, Movement, self-development, Yoga

About movement

As babies our biggest desire is to move, to explore, to experience.
We want to be able to move in our own, towards every possible direction.
We explore our range of motion without judgment, or a how-it-should-be mentality, which gives us freedom to expand peacefully.
But at some point we lose this ability to be non-judgemental, to be at ease with ourselves, and that’s where stagnation happens. Our movement turns linear and by time we lose more and more of our range of motion, we waste it away.
The good thing is, that it’s never too late to regain it. You can start now. There will be no better time than this exact present moment.
Move in a way you haven’t moved for a long time, explore your body, experience yourself. And be ready to get surprised by what you are capable of, when you allow yourself to let go of any expectation.
You might not look like a professional dancer, maybe you look like a turtle that lies on it’s back, but you know what, it absolutely doesn’t matter, as long as you can feel the freedom of movement, the freedom of simplicity and authenticity.
And when you’ve practiced for long enough, at one point you might be able to take that rawness, that genuineness away from movement and even integratet it into your daily life, your habits and all the layers of yourself.
This is where movement can lead you.
To a more authentic life.
To a more authentic Self.