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, veganism

Facts about meat consumption II

A few months ago I wrote an article about why consuming meat is bad for ourselves, the environment and of course the animals. As it is way harder to change habits for something, that is not US – like the earth, the sea or random cows, one doesn’t even know personally, I will start with US, with OUR health.

Cancer, especially in the stomach, colon and liver, is often caused by meat consumption.
Particularly nasty are red meat, sausages and cold cuts.
Sausages and cold cuts contain a lot of nitrite. This further develops into nitrosamine, which is HIGHLY carcinogenic.

Red meat contains a carbohydrate with the name Neu5Gc, which is a component of many living beings on earth, but NOT humans.
This carbohydrate is mainly processed by our liver. It has shown that it’s 5 times more likely to develop liver cancer, because of red meat consumption.
As our body is very intelligent, it builds antibodies against Neu5Gc, because it’s identified as foreign matter. Our body does that every time we consume red meat and this production of antibodies against the Neu5Gc leads to a chronicle, systemical inflammation. (Systemical means in the whole body).
Furthermore the WHO (world health organization) graded red meat to be as carcinogenic as tobacco.

As well as meat, milk products are responsible for a huge imbalance inside our bodies.
Especially cow milk contains way too much estrogen for the human body, this can provoke prostate and breast cancer.
The high level of estrogen is caused by the industrial milking process in mass production. (called “concentrated animal feeding operations”)
The cows in mass production are milked up to 300 days a year, even during their pregnancies (when the estrogen level is 33 times higher than normal).

This post should not be any offense against people who consume meat or milk!
This should only encourage you to investigate your consumption habits.
And as always, it’s not about hop or drop, go for that special-occasion-steak if you feel like it, but replace it with something else in your daily life.
Get curious and creative and find new habits, new tastes and with it a healthier lifestyle.

 

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)

 

 

Movement

Movement is everything.

Everything is movement. And movement is everything.
With the new seasons, there come new people, new lovers, new passions, new hair colors, new movements and a new self.
It’s all ever changing, as it keeps on moving.
Sometimes swaying from side to side, sometimes jumping from A to B and sometimes taking a step back.
And even in the darkest of times, when you think your feet have forgotten how to dance to the beat, that your ears can’t hear the melody anymore, your heart still feels the subtile tones and beats along the rythmn.
So dare to trust in your self, in your rythmn, in your movement.
Let it guide you through the journey of life. Let yourself be moved to tears, to dance, to action. And be the person who gives others the freedom to move in their unique way.
And when the day comes, that your heart makes its last move, know that your movement through life has forever had an impact on others’ movements, and therefore we are all eternally living forth in the movement of the people we have touched and of the soil we have walked on, for it will will forever remember the way we moved through life.