Lifestyle Choices and Decision Making: the Role of Happiness in the Equation

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‘Whatever you decide to do make sure it makes you happy.’ – Paulo Coelho

I believe that all of us want to live a happy life, but we allow ourselves to get distracted from it and place great importance on other factors, which can lead to leaving happiness out of the equation when making choices in life. Many equalize happiness by status, achievement, look, or clothing. The problem with that is that it can never bring long lasting and true contentment. The only thing that does is an inner state of being, but when we replace that inner state of being with something external we can be sure that we will keep searching and seeking for the rest of our lives.
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An Energizing and Calming Morning Routine

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When you arise in the morningthink of what a precious privilege it is to be alive -to breatheto thinkto enjoyto love.”– Marcus Aurelius

The morning is a very special time of the day. It is an opportunity for a fresh new start, an opportunity to live another day, structure it the way you want, and make choices that allow you to feel good with your self. The way we start our day strongly influences the rest of our day. Allow the beginning of your day to inspire you for the hours ahead. In this post I will introduce you to such a morning routine. It does not take long to follow the routine and is suitable for everyone even if you don’t want to commit to getting up much earlier than you usually do.
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‘You Must Be a Yoga Expert Now!’- How My Friends’ Reaction Helped Me to Gain Even More From My Experience in India

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One of the most frequent comments I have been hearing from friends and family after returning from India and telling them about the three different amazing courses we did (Yoga anatomy with Gary Carter, Ashtanga Yoga Retreat with Mark Robberds and Laruga Glaser, 300hr Yoga Teacher Training) is: You must be a yoga pro now, a real yogi!
By ‘yoga pro’ and ‘real yogi’ they mean me being able to do very advanced postures- upside down, twisted, arm balances… I did learn a lot about the physical practice of yoga and improved my own practice, but much more important than that was Read More


Bliss and Joy: The Real Goal of Yoga

12792116_10153460094241094_998731744953159531_oWhen people hear the word yoga most think about people getting into pretzel like shapes or sitting in lotus position while ‘oming’. What they know as yoga are the asanas (bodily postures) and maybe meditation. What most people don’t know is that yoga is so much more than that. Yoga is an integrative and thorough approach towards a healthy and joyous life respecting the self, others, and nature. Thanks to its integrity it is so helpful in balancing our intense and mind-loaded lifestyle. In this post I’ll talk a little bit about my experience as a yoga teacher and introduce you to the teachings of yoga.
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One of the Healthiest Things You Can Do For Yourself Today: Rest.

E-session_Sarah_419Burn-out and fatigue are some of the top diseases in the western world we live in today. These diseases are caused to the degree many experience them, by ignoring the importance of rest, physically and mentally. The topic of rest came up within the first days of our anatomy and the fascial body workshop we just did with Gary Carter here in Goa. Gary pointed out the importance of rest for our body for maintaining overall health and also for improving. It seems like a simple topic, but it made me think:
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A Balanced Life is a Healthy Life. What Balance Means to me + Some Tips for Finding Your Personal Balance

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In yoga we find stability and balance through opposing forces. In the one-legged standing posture I attached to this post I am pushing the standing leg into the ground, and am at the same time lifting up towards the sky through the crown of my head. I am pushing my extended foot into my hand, and pulling back my hand. These opposing forces give stability, just like in life. We need light and darkness, happiness and sadness, determination and laziness…. The tricky part is that stability and balance aren’t necessarily achieved by including equal parts of each side.
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