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.

self-development

Changing of the seasons

As summer comes to an end and autumn slowly takes over the ship of natures life, so changes my personal life. The leafes slowly turn from green to red and brown and also the shades of my life shine in different colours than a few months, weeks, days or hours ago.
It’s a constant flow of “good” and “bad” changes, if one wants to label it. As life is a play of balance, there is always good in the bad and bad in the good.
Latley I had a lot of ups and downs and it felt like I started to lose control over the decisions made and someone else chose for me.
I decided to sit with myself and dive deep into myself and figuring out what I will make happen in the future and as I sat there solely, a deep freedom took me over and brought me back to my essence – which is pure light and lies in simply being. And there, every question I was asking, was already answered, inside myself. It lies all within us, but sometimes we need a little reminder, that we already have it all. 🙂

So I went away from my own insecurity and stepped into my goddess-power again. I got back my energy and saw the things clearly again. I choose to take action instead of letting someone else make the decisions for me.
And even if its a rough sea that I’m sailing through at the moment, I know that I and my surrounding will eventually change again, as winter is coming.
For me life always gets harder when I clinge to things, situations or people that are a part of my life at some point. Real freedom lies in letting go, in non-attachment and in knowing that there are so many more things to come in life.

Hopefully, when I’m mentally “walking through a dark and dusty valley” agian, I will remember those lines I wrote, when I was present in my strong and authentic self and I will read them and remember who and what I really am – pure light and love.

plastic, Safe the planet

Bend me, shape me, anyway you want me.

That’s the refrain of a song from the American Breed and it’s actually about love, but it could as well be about plastic – the most versatile material in the world. We can form it anyway needed.
So what exactly is plastic?
It’s a syntetic material, made by humans and consists of polymers (long molecules built around chains of carbon atoms, typically with oxygen, sulfur, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen filling in the spaces). There also exists natural plastic, like Cellulose, but since the beginning of the industrial age the use of syntetic plastic increased drastically since it’s easy to process and cheap in production. Nowadays we mainly use those syntetics, which has a huge impact on our environment, as we produce and throw away an awful amount of it.

As it still is a relatively new technology, the environment and the animals didn’t have a chance to evolve with it and can’t process or break it down. This waste of plastic causes problems like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a giant patch of floating plastic in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean made from plastic bottles and packaging.
A platic bottel for example Needs About 500 years until it is rotten and you can imagine, when the trash slowly breaks down in the ocean, it turns into small particles, called micro plastic. (smaller than 5mm). As those small particles have almost the same density as water particles, the inhabitants of the oceans (or animals in general) have no chance to distinguish between things they can eat and poisoning plastic particles.
And as most people eat meat, they also eat the plastic particles the animals ate. So a part of our bodies is already poisoned with plastic. (there are also particles found in honey).

The only solution to solving this issue is a quick change in our education, thinking and behaving. #educationiskey
If we want to keep our living standards, we can not just get rid of plastic. Actually plastic is a pretty stunning material, that allowed the invention of a Million things. We would not have cars, artificial replacement for body parts or water pipes if it was not for plastic, but we need to change the handling of it – how we make it, use it and recycle it in the end.

You can already recognise that a shift in thinking is happening as plastic straws and bags are banned or forbidden in many European countries. In December 193 countries all over the world signed a UN contract to stop plastic waste to enter our oceans and society in general changes the consuming behaviour and this is where everyone can start, buying unwrapped veggies (especially at the local farmers market, at the bio store or if you have the chance at a package-free-store). Stop using earbuds, get packagefree shampoo and look into the constituent parts of the things you use and go for the micro plastic free version.

Together we can make a change.

#safetheplanet