Motivating Mondays

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Wow it has been too long!

Although a few Mondays have passed since I last wrote I want you all to know I have still been finding my Monday Motivation in other aspects of my life, and I hope you all have too! When I look out my window today I don’t see spring just yet, there is still snow, a heavy fog has settled down and nestled in. But in my life I have begun to clear, move forward and leave behind the state of hibernation. This week is jam packed and filled with what I like to think of as soultentions. Intentions  crafted from how I want to feel and where I want to be.

+ On Meditation

I backed this wonderful project a few weeks ago and there are only 4 days left until their goal is to be reached! Watch the trailer, feel the presence of each teacher, the gifts that are going into this film to be created and support the wonderful movement of spreading meditation to all corners of our earth. Elena Brower and Gabrielle Bernstein are just two of the many who are interviewed.

http://onmeditation.com/

+ Sexy Baby

This documentary was an eye opener to what teens are being exposed to today. To think that just a mere 7 years ago I didn’t even have a Facebook account and had no idea the power or influence of the internet. The environment that teens are in today is vulnerable, exposed and has no boundaries. The entire 50 min left me in shock and a bit worried about our future, and only fueled my desire to reach out to girls and women that we are not here to be a prop,  but rather a tool to change and heal. It is time that women and men step up to the plate and empower women and young girls in a positive and transformative way.  The last 7 years has been a blessing with the internet, but I want to be apart of movement that continues to use this tool as a means to create a supportive and loving community. Let’s not use the internet to fuel judgment, criticism or fear. If you live in Norway you can watch this on NRK direct.

+ Spiritual Teachings

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Yoga and spirituality are still relatively small here compared to the United States or Western Europe, however it is starting to creep its way into the Oslo scene, which I am very grateful for. Starting Thursday I’ll be filling my evening with a yoga class by Venerable Lobsang Nyingpo. Friday will be with Kadam Bridget Heyes and Saturday evening I will be at 8Treasures with Geshe Michael Roach. If you live in Oslo come join and be inspired. I would love to say hi to you as well : )

+ Monday Mantra: Witness. Witness where you feel fear, anxiety, love and support. Just be a witness this week and see where it takes you.

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+ Jivamukti

I spent this past weekend at a Jivamukti workshop in Oslo. Øystein and Niclas were here in January at the Yoga Festival and their class moved and inspired me. I loved the spirituality that was weaved in between the asanas, the challenging poses that were set to perfect tunes and the energy from the instructors that brought us all into the present moment. This past weekend did not disappoint me, the class was intimately small and gave us all time to enhance our practice with guided assistance.  Saturdays class left me feeling cracked open, vulnerable but alive, while Sundays class brought be back to earth, grounded and complete. They both give yoga the energy I search for, the presence I love and push me over my own comfort zone. They create an exhilarating experience filled with possibilities.  This clip was played to start off our practice yesterday, I feel it should be a clip that is played every morning.

+ Books Worth Reading

9a2374ac57ea59a8efefcb5e22e74135I love a good book. The comfort and enjoyment I get from those pages in a novel always bring me to a state of being grounded. Unfortunately I have been neglecting it recently and choosing short articles or blog posts, a quick fix and rushing along with my day. This week I will be slowing down and letting the pages and words soak in, settle and ground me. Here are a few of my favorite past reads:

+ Instagram

My Instagram is filled with yoga, food and beautiful friends. Here are a few of my favorite accounts:

Sweat and Oranges, Amy Landry and Sarah Pohl

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+ Monday Mantra: Restore. Renew. Relax. Restore your faith in Humanity. Restore yourself.

Friends + Friday

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Two of my favorite things are friends and Friday. What better than to bring the two together! I met Najiah in Bali at our Teacher Training and I was immediately struck by her sense of calm, the beauty of her poses and how she challenged herself every day. Every fear we were confronted with during our month together Najiah did it with a smile and with grace. She comforted us who cried, and listened to those who needed to speak, she exemplified the most invaluable lessons I have learned in Yoga, the art of giving, being selfless and love. I am beyond thrilled she is my first Friday Friend post! If you are ever in Singapore be sure to reach out for the BEST places to eat. I was only with her for 5 hours but I must have had 6 meals, it was fabulous. If I was to name the one gem Singapore has it is hands down Najiah.

+Hometown: Singapore
+Favorite destination: London or Italy
+Favorite food: Oh God. Too many. But if I had to pick one, I guess it’s real fresh sashimi.
+Favorite Yoga pose: Dancer pose. Just because it’s just so beautiful! And requires an incredible amount of both strength and flexibility! It’s all about the balance (:

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+How did you discover Yoga? Through a friend at work when I was worried I was putting on the weight in a sedentary working environment
+Why do you practice Yoga? For the calmness and serenity it brings me during and after practice. And of course for its endorphins. (:
+What inspires you? Beauty. And people who are true to themselves and others and who pursue what they truly want to do. I find there is some kinda fire and beauty in that.
+Where do you go to find calm and serenity? The Yoga Shala.
+If you had an entire day to show a loved what would you show them in Singapore? Arab St area, the Esplanade, Robertson Quay, China Town, Little India, my home.

+Where and what would you eat? Too many things oh we’d be so stuffed. Dim Sum, nasi lemak, chicken rice, hokkien mee, black pepper crab. The list is endless. Go check out ieatishootipost.sg!

+What is the best kept secret in your current city? Me. Well, okay, I believe it’s my grandmother’s cooking.

Life in a nutshell:

My morning routine is…. Snooze till I can’t snooze anymore. ):
The world needs more…. Love.
I believe in…. Being true to myself.
Love is…. Selfless.
I can’t get enough of…. Learning. About myself, life, food, yoga, anything that interests me really.
Yoga is… something I’m really thankful I found in life for helping me find some balance in a crazy world.
In 2013 I want to…. Oh gosh, I just set my goals (thankfully) few weeks ago. One of them is to practise self-love. Many a time I think I don’t appreciate myself for who I am and am too self-critical, especially when my self esteem isn’t great due to constantly being told I was never good enough since young. So this year, I’m going to tell myself I’m beautiful and give myself little treats to show self-appreciation. (:
My mantra for life is…. to be a good person, someone I’d respect and can trust.

Thank Najiah : )

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Even though spring has not yet arrived in Norway, I feel the season is just around the corner. Maybe it’s the warmer temperature (+1 this weekend!!) Or maybe it’s the mere fact that since February 1st we have a whole 2 hours extra of sunlight today. It makes all the difference. And to me this is a sign of spring, longer days, warmer weather and cooler foods. But until all our snow has melted and I pack away my boots I am going to enjoy these last weeks of winter, enjoy my warm soups and lighting candles to burn through the night. This weeks inspiration is a mix between yoga, meditation, granola and to be willing.

+Granola

pageHomemade granola makes my heart sing. And with either homemade almond milk or Greek yogurt I can happily say I am one grateful morning person. This recipe is fun and simple. You really can add whatever you wish to your own granola. I have been experimenting lately but I’ve enjoyed this one thoroughly.

Mix :

1 Cup gluten free oats. 1/2 cup quinoa. 1/2 cup almond pulp (This was left over from making almond milk). 1/2 cup mix of sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. 1 1/2 cup mix of walnuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, pecans, almonds. 1 cup mix of dried fruit. 1/4 cup coconut shavings. 2 Tbs of chia seeds

Heat:

1/4 cup coconut oil + 1/4 cup raw honey on the stove. Stir continuously until it has all melted together.

Combine:

Coconut/honey mixture with dry granola ingredients and stir.

Bake :

At 170 C until golden, stir every 20 min. Let cool and store in sealed container, Enjoy!

+ No Fear

This is a wonderful clip on fear, and how “People may be just socially accepted levels of insanity”. It’s genius, he explains this concept of our fear in such a concrete and effective manner. And how do we stay away from insanity? Awareness, being present and mindful. You can also call this meditation. Meditation is not sitting on a cushion and saying “OM” for 20 min. Meditation is being aware of the words that you speak in the present moment, being aware of the conversation you are having with a loved one and the conversations you have with yourself, whether that is of love or doubt. Meditation helps to quite that fear based constant chatter and brings your more peace. Here are a couple great places to start. Headspace is for those who are practical and want structure yet change in their perceptions. They do a wonderful job for beginners in bringing this concept of mindfulness into your life in a very simple and effective manner. Smiling Mind has the same concept for the young and Deepak Chopra adds in more spiritulity for those who want that aspect.

+ Inspiring Conversations

“Why We Breathe” is a wonderful exploration of yoga and the impact it has on our lives. The way I feel and think about yoga was beautifully presented in this short documentary. These are the words I wish to use to explain my passion for yoga and the way it has not only impacted my life but how it impacts everyone. I will be watching this again.

“The Conversation” with Amanda de Cadenet. I had never heard of these episodes before Friday and I am so grateful that I have now discovered it. Powerful women with a voice and a message to share. Honest, raw and inspiring. Some of my favorite were Gwyneth Paltrow, Zoe Saldana, Eva Longoria and Diane von Furstenberg. I don’t usually follow celebrities at all, I am never up to date but seeing them all in this setting and speaking about life brought them down to earth and let me see them for who they really are.

+ Monday Mantra: Be Willing. Be open. Be present. phonto(3)

What is inspiring you this week?