self-development, Yoga

Self-trust

I’ve had a wrist injury 10 years ago. It made me quit playing the violin and made me lose trust in my body. I didn’t even realize – only in hindsight – that this injury made me feel weak, that it made me think my body is not capable of things I didn’t even consider twice, before the injury. I remember avoiding putting weight on it, even avoiding using my left hand, if not absolutely necessary.
Even after I’ve recovered, that pattern stuck with me.
I’ve started practicing yoga a while after my injury and I’ve always avoided arm balances, handstands and everything that could drain my wrists. I always wanted to do crows and wheels, but only practiced half-heartedly. And I also realized, that I used this injury as an excuse. I was hiding behind it, for it is easier to say ‘my body doesn’t allow me to do this’, than ‘Hey, I’m new to this and I’m not good at it’ or even ‘I’m not new to this, but I’m not good at it’. I was fascinated by that insight, and of course a little bit ashamed of it as well.
And than there came a turning point, about half a year ago. Mid practice, I decided that I no longer wanted to be the victim of those patterns, of my past, of my thought-carousel. I allowed myself to be a beginner, to be not good at it, to fail and fall (over and over again).
And eventually over time, my arm-balancing practice became more steady, more balanced and I gained confidence.
Realizing the difference between what doesn’t serve my body and what is just thought patterns, took quite some practice, as this can be easily confused.
The closer I listened to what my body, my ego, my thoughts really told me, the easier it was to listen to what feels good and the better I got to know myself.
It felt like with the growing confidence, the strength came back into my wrists, into my body and by now I feel even ‘good enough’ to teach those Asanas.

Is there a thing, that you would like to do, but are too afraid of trying? Because you are not good enough in this or that, not strong enough, not tough enough, not adventurous enough, not educated enough, not intelligent enough? (I could go on with the the list of ‘not enough’s’ for longer). And of course the arm-balancing example is just one out of many situations in my life, where my thoughts keep tricking me into not believing in myself, but now that I’m aware of it, it is easier to decide against that harmful self-talk.
One thing is for sure – you will always find a reason not to do something.
But if you look the other way, you might as well find 10 reasons why it’s worth trying.

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.

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.

Health, Yoga

What Yoga is and why we all should start..

Translated from the Sanskrit, Yoga means union.
When practicing Yoga we unify our mind and body.

Yoga reduces stress by decreasing our Cortisol Level in the Body!
Especially in combination with meditation and breathing techniques, it affects the body and mind positively!
And as having a relaxed body and mind helps you to relax in general, also the quality of your sleep might very likely increase. So if you struggle from sleeping issues, then do 15 minutes of gentle Yoga just before going to bed.

Of course developing a Yoga routine will make your muscles and joints more flexible, while building strength, but it also helps you to find more balance (inside and outside). That’s the reason why most top athletes have started to add Yoga to their exercise routine. When you’re stuck at a certain level in your Sports routine, Yoga might be the complementary part of the puzzle, that has been missing – try it out!

Pranayama (the yogic breath) which is practiced while moving on the mat, will help you to reconnect to your breath. That might sound strange, but if you really think of it – how often do you bring awareness to your breath? That barely happens! Focusing and reconnecting to your breath will help you increase your vital capacity, which is especially beneficial for people with asthma or lung diseases.

Those are just some of the benefits, that our body can profit from by doing Yoga, so just grab a mat, and start practicing 🙂

(I’ll do another article, focusing on the mental benefits)

 

food, self-development, Yoga

How to stay sane?

Hunting after adventures is my big passion for sure, but what really matters in life is health and mental well-being. I only realized this, when I lacked those essentials, so I figured out, that prevention is the key for fullfilling my best life and chasing my dreams.

In my adolescence, when I just moved out of my parents house and into my new students life in Vienna., I had a lot of troubles with adapting to all the changes and that resulted in health issues. Not only did I get sick on a monthly basis, but I kind of got a depression and just felt completely lost and worthless. So i started digging deeper, to find the cause of the change in my personality and body.

I really got into traditional chinese Medicine (TCM), which helped me reconnect with myself again. At that time I changed my sleeping routine and my eating habits. I started my day with a warm (cooked) breakfast like soup, got rid of most milk products and cut sugar and alcohol out for some time and I went to bed and got up at the same time every day. I quickly realised, that those 2 factors had such a huge impact on my well-being and so I found a way to integrate them into my day-to-day life.

At About the same time I started doing Yoga, which is now one of my professions and my biggest passion. I first got into it, because I wanted to have an athletic body, but the more I practiced, the more I realised, that yoga is so much more than just downdog and handstands.
I finally felt my Body again, I didn’t even know, that I havent felt it properly for years. All the breath work combined with really turning inwards and just being changed my view on all the things on the outside, and I reconsidered the presence and importance of a lot of things and people in my life. I got rid of everything/one that didn’t serve me anymore and kept me from growing and being my true self.

The latest discovery I made sounds really simple, but has so much power.
TAKE IT EASY. Stop stressing About Things, that are not in your power to change, and focus on the things, that you can actually change. Find trust in the universe (or however you like to call the higher power), and most important trust yourself again, as everything already is to be found within you.

 

Let’s raise #healthawareness for ourselves and for supporting the people that suffer from a lack of health.