Motivating Mondays

907c13476414cb693a0cee347ae141e3I do love Mondays. Which I know sounds crazy. And I cant decide if it’s because I treat it as a clean slate for the coming week with new tasks and goals or if  it is because I can look back on last week and see where I need to revamp and renew my motivation. Either way I love a bit of motivation to get me going so why not start the week off fresh with some inspiration, some space to grow and a bit of love for this gorgeous new day!

+ Handstands with YogaUnião

I love headstands. I fell in love with them while in Bali and I’m planning on falling in Love with handstands too. I’m thinking this fresh snow we are getting this morning will be a perfect opportunity for trial and error.

+ “Are You a Servant to Your Best Self or a Slave to Your Worst?”

Elena Brower wrote this beautiful article a few years ago. However it still contains the same amount of truth and importance today.

“Conscious service is not about giving away your power; to consciously serve by being attentive in any context actually magnifies your power and magnetizes abundance in your direction.”

+ February is all about Navigating the Unexpected

I love Mystic Mamma, she compiles some of the best inspiration out there. She brings such gems to her site.

“The key will be flexibility and presence and being able to see those open doors emerge when others close because you are paying attention…Be present, be playful, be flexible, pay attention, be spontaneous, expect the unexpected, be inspired by the surprises, allow love, allow change, allow growth, and allow deep healing!”

+ Monday Mantra:  “Allow”

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What’s your Monday Motivation?

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Yoga Hangover

This past weekend I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the Oslo Yoga Festival. This being my first yoga festival I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, but I will tell you what I didn’t expect and that was the lesson of patience, surrender, and the process of allowing.

Each day started at 6 am but I decided to give myself some breathing room and ended up coming in a few hours later. This worked out great just because I ended up practicing over 6 hours of yoga each day. And I felt this every morning as I fell out of bed and every night I collapsed into bed. I decided to take advantage of all the different types of yoga while there, indulging in Kundalini, Anusara, Jivamukti, Prana Flow, AcroYoga, Tantsu and Anukalana. Each one was so unbelievably individual, beautiful, inspiring and filled with love. I had this expectation that I would be sore and in pain the next day and this feeling I would also be working through some emotions, but my expectations were just not met. Instead of the emotional experience like I had at my teacher training, these 3 days felt more physical, almost as if I was detoxing physically. Every evening I went to bed with growing pains and tension headaches, and each morning I woke up feeling hung-over. I blamed this first on dehydration and then I likened my mix of yoga classes as if I had mixed too many different types alcohol the night before. Tantsu being my full bodied red wine, AcroYoga the fun and sweet Mojito and Jivamukti being the shot of tequila I knew I would regret in the morning but was such fun in the moment.

I had brought a notebook with me, the intention being I would be so overwhelmed with new information that I just had to write it all down. I didn’t want to miss that mantra that would be uttered by the teacher or the proper alignment and sequence for the new sun salutation I was learning. But I didn’t crack open my book at all. I realized that this weekend was more than writing it all down and later reading it over and over again, it was about being in the moment, letting the flow, the feeling, the vibration and community of the class sink into my cells and letting my body breath the experience. Not living the experience again off of paper but getting on my mat a week from now and being able to tap into that stored memory of my cells, looking back into my heart and remembering the grace, spaciousness and love of the last three days.

The weekend was a blessing, a beautiful experience and as I juiced some veggies, drank bottles of water and breathed into my heart each morning I felt the yoga hangover ease and my mind calmed. I let go of expectations, writing down my feelings and sank into that space where I listened to exactly what it was my heart was saying. “Allow”

Simple Things

Even though I am still in the midst of winter here in Norway, I am still summer & spring at heart. And this weeks Simple Things will start to bring some inspiration to my mind and hopefully start to thaw out my body.

+ One of my 2013 goals is to write more hand written cards to friends and family around the world. I absolutely love getting hand written notes and surprise gifts in the mail, and I want to send the same amount of love to my friends out there. These cards bring a whole new persepcitve to inspiration and warmth to get me excited to start writing.

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+ Feathers, arrows and hiking in the sun. I’m having a real love affair with all three lately.

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+ Gabrielle Bernstein. I’m reading her new book and I love it. I read Spirit Junkie but there is something about this one that gets me going, I’m active, receptive, forgiving, aware and most importantly willing. Its just the kick of inspiration and love that I needed to start 2013 off right.

+ Oslo Yoga Festival. Boy oh boy am I excited. I will be going with a wonderful friend here in Oslo who writes an inspiring blog with such a beautiful zest for life that I don’t know which I’m more excited about…a 3 day weekend of yoga or 3 fab days with this yogini. Either way I’m thrilled.

+ Spending time with my grandparents. Now that im back in Norway I try to have lunch with them once a month. And my favorite part by far is going through all their old pictures from WWII era and when they were engaged. There is something so beautiful and simple with love in the 1950’s, the lust for life after war and the eagerness to love and be grateful. Im so thankful I have them still to share what timeless wisdom they have for me.d16688985f2211e2a12822000a9f18f6_7

+ Green juices. Green smoothies. Anything green.  It makes me feel alive, vibrant and energetically blessed. What more could I want? This Recipe from Healthy Green Kitchen is a keeper.

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What Simple Things are you enjoying this week?

xox

“All I want for Christmas”

I just spent the last 45 min trying to find parking at the mall to do some Christmas shopping and after a frustrating encounter with an old man who I believe is this years Ebenezer Scrooge I drove home to unwind. There has to be an easier way to do Christmas shopping without the stress of the mall, parking lots and traffic. I decided to compile this list to help everyone who is unsure on what to get their yogi friend or lover because when it comes to shopping for them it should be as blissful and peaceful as a yoga class. Between Etsy, Pinterest and following my favorite yoga teachers on Twitter I have compiled a list of beautiful and inspiring gifts that will be sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.

Yogi Reading:

The Women's Health Big Book of Yoga: The Essential Guide to Complete Mind/Body Fitness

Kathryn Budig and Elena Brower have just come out with two empowering and great pieces of work when it comes to Yoga. ‘The Big Book of Yoga’  by Kathryn Budig has been getting rave reviews in the blogsphere, filled with Kathryns kind and strong wisdom, and beautiful pictures of practical yoga poses. She covers topics from yoga philosophy to a yoga sequence that will help with hangovers (New Years recovery plan!) Elena Brower has finally released her powerful and beautiful book ‘The Art of Attention‘  After waiting for this release I can gladly say that this will be in my stocking waiting for me this year. Its a handbook for teachers and a resource for deepening your practice, a piece of art and grace. Origin Magazine is over 200 pages of pure yoga/art/inspiration/culture and love.  Be prepared for fascinating perspectives and intriguing souls. The best part about of this? Its the gift that keeps giving every single month!

Yogi Gear:

PROlite® Mat 180cmYoga Tees and Tanks

I love a new mat. Especially one that has a lifetime guarantee and was made with a strong Vinyasa flow practice in mind. Spoil someone with this Rustic ProLite Manduka mat and watch their practice flourish. Whats almost as good as a new yoga mat? A new outfit, and whats better then a new outfit? A new outfit every single month! This might be the single most genius subscription ever. For $49.99 from PV Body you get a new yoga outfit (Top and Bottom) sent to your house every month. Just take a short test and PV Body stylists are able to put together your fierce yoga warrior outfit with brands that consist of Lululemo, Nux, Colosseum and American Apparel. Etsy is a treasure trove of beautiful handmade yogi finds, and this might just be my favorite, Erin Lorenzen has built a beautiful business around the concept of reusing and reclaiming, she crafts art and tees with soul. Support handmade and local artists, especially when they are yogi fans themselves.

Yogi Treasure:

108 mala rosewood prayer beads and genuine hand made Turquoise gemstone guru bead wrap bracelet or necklace yoga jewelryCrystal Necklace - Raw Quartz Gold Dipped - MEDIUM - Christmas Gifts Under 50 - Handmade Jewelry - Free Shipping in the US

Every Yogi deserves a beautiful string of mala beads and this gorgeous strand of Rosewood and Turquoise wraps delicately around your wrist making it a true gem.  A Raw Quartz Gold Dipped necklace is a perfect accessory for your yogi, bring in some serenity and peace this Christmas season and let them carry that forward into 2013! Last but not least why not treat a loved one to a yoga retreat? There are hundreds of wonderful retreats out there, and they will all inspire, empower and create miracles in ones life, so why not give the gift that just keeps giving? I love this concept of combing yoga with Italy, cooking classes and wine tasting. A trip to Tuscany in July with Jennifer brings a whole new meaning to manifesting and this might just be the ticket to creating a loving and powerful life.

Hope these ideas help you all out! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

xox Kelsi

For the Love of Kale

kaleKale: I love Kale! Fall and going into winter is my favorite season because of this lovely vegetable. I have been experimenting with this leafy wonderful plant lately and thought I would share some recipes, I hope these inspires you all to include it in your diet!

Benefits:

– Lots of great fiber which helps promote healthy digestion, reduces constipation and has shown to potentially prevent colon cancer.
– Leaves are undeniable rich in vitamin C and vitamin K
– Plenty of carenoids, which improves vision, slows progression of age related eye problems and is protective against heart disease
– A bounty of minerals such as manganese, potassium, iron and especially calcium
– Powerful antioxidants
– A great detox, low calorie and zero fat

image(1)Kale Chips:

One large bunch of Kale, washed, trimmed and roughly shredded
½ Lemon, juiced
1 tbsp
Chia seeds
Olive Oil
Pinch of salt

Tear the kale off from the stem and wash with cold water. Place in a bowl with enough Olive Oil to coat, freshly squeezed lemon juice , chia seeds and a pinch of salt. Let it all soak in for about 15 min. In meantime heat oven to 200 C. When you feel it is ready place it on a baking pan and evenly spread, placing it in oven for 10 min. You will need to watch it though to make sure it doesn’t burn. When you feel it is complete take it out and let it cool. Great healthy snack : )

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Fresh Crunchy Kale Salad:

Serves 4

4 cups Kale washed, trimmed and shredded
2 cups green cabbage, shredded
2 avocados, peeled, pitted and diced
1 cup of almonds roughly chopped
2 apples, julienned
1 cup Golden raisins

Tahini dressing:

1 orange,juiced
1 tbsp maple syrup
3 tbsp tahini
Pinch of salt
1/3 cup Olive Oil
Lemon juice to taste

For the dressing place the orange juice, maple syrup, tahini, salt in a bowl and whisk together. Slowly add the Olive oil and lemon juice to taste. Combine all salad ingredients in bowl and pour dressing over.

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A Kale Brunch:

Serves 2

½ sweet potato
One full bunch of Kale, washed, trimmed and chopped
2 eggs
1 avocado, pitted and sliced
2 tbsp pesto
1 lemon

Begin with turning your oven to 200 C. Using a carrot peeler ‘peel’ the sweet potato so you get slivers of potato, drizzling with Olive oil and placing in the oven for 10 min. Keeping an eye on it. In a frying pan heat the kale with some Olive Oil and stir around, once the kale has softened turn the heat down and add pesto and fresh lemon juice and stir. In a separate pot heat water to a boiling point, adding a dash of white wine vinegar. Once water has boiled crack the eggs in and set timer for 3 min. Spoon poached eggs out onto a paper towel to cool. Combine sautéed kale, avocados, roasted sweet potato and poached egg on each plate and enjoy!

Rooted Intentions

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Rooted is a word I’ve always played around with, a word I’ve tried to mold myself into. I’ve always wished I was rooted to a hometown or had deeper roots in my own nationality but recently I found that feeling rooted comes from within. Its a base of support that I give myself, an essential part of my character and my upbringing whether or not its in a hometown or with people of my own nationality. Rooted is where I am and who I am now in this very present moment.

Intentions, I think of stepping outside of my habits, breaking old beliefs and creating inspirational affirmations that guide me.  I think of healing, radical, transforming and healthy dreams that motivate me to change my life. I know that it can define an aim or purpose, a wish one plans to carry out but I found this to be the most compelling and fitting definition “A natural healing process” It instantly spoke volumes to me. An intention can lead to a natural healing process of our health, life, relationships, and career.

Rooted Intentions” is the practice of creating a base of support in the natural healing process of our lives. Through food, yoga, wellness, life’s inspirations and joys I want to share what my rooted intentions are and the impact it can have on your life. I want to inspire you on this windy, beautiful, sparkly and fearless road that we call life, so that we can create something magical together.