Be you

What does that mean? Being you? Have you ever been thinking about how you would describe being you? The authentic and true you, where you do not transform into something else or adjust to what others think you should be.

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What do you believe in, what are your inner dreams? Do you have some behaviours, words, sayings or other traits that is characteristic for being you? Things that you do when being a leader or a colleague, a family member, a mother or father, a sister or brother, a friend. And things that you think is vital for being you, in these different roles.

It can be challenging to try to find what is unique in you, what trait and personality and specifics that only you possess. That does not exist within anyone else in the world. It is your unique expression, your own, personal DNA.

You can always listen in and reflect on your own behaviour. For instance, documenting in a journal on a day-to-day basis, to see the patterns. It is also helpful to ask someone who knows you well, what they see. Then keep in mind that this is a very sensitive question. So be mindful when asking and receiving this kind of insights.

In yoga, this is one of the five Yamas, called Satya, or truthfulness. Being true to yourself and to others. Truthfulness is also very linked to the first Yama, Ahimsa, or non-violence. To remind you that to be true and speak your truth should not involve harming others in any way.

Finding out about the ‘true you’ will give you a lot of understanding about yourself and this will help to guide your way forward. It will give your mind more peace and you will grow as a person.

Wish you the best of luck. Take care. Namaste.

Visualize to impact your life

Life really is one big journey. You never know exactly what to expect, but you can impact the way your life will turn out. I was listening to someone talking about visualizations the other day. How you, by visualizing something you want to happen in life, some kind of goal, for this person it was an award he wanted to win, but it can also be a competition you want to win, be the best at this or that (maybe even setting a world record, why not), being a millionaire, or turning your passion into your profession. Whatever the goal, they visualized this, every evening before going to sleep. Exactly how it felt to be in that place when achieving that goal. Standing at a podium, holding the price, or winning that race. Where they were, who was there beside them, what did they say. He had visualized this so often, so that when it actually happened, it almost did not feel as a surprise! He was so convinced that this would happen at some point, since he had been visualizing it for so long.

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You can actually impact a lot in your life and achieve practically whatever you want, as long as you put your mind into it and, of course, work hard to get there. Start by setting your goals. What do you want? And then you work consistently, in everything you do, to get there. Do not let your life journey be like rolling the dice, and letting fait decide, if you know what you want. Take control and go get it! It IS possible.

Wish you the best. Take Care. Namaste.

Being balanced

I believe that life is all about finding balance. Balance between your work and private life, the known “work-life” balance. Balance in your diet, keeping a healthy diet with not too much and not too little out of anything. Balance in raising your children. You need to be there, to show that you love and care for them, and still you need to step aside or away sometimes to make them grow and stand on their own.

It is the same in yoga, using your balance in a lot of your poses, being balanced in your breathing, in your transition in and out of poses.

When you are in balance it shows. Both in yoga, getting into the poses of balance is so much easier. You can keep focus, with ease. And in life in general then you have a balanced temper, your feelings are more balanced. So strive to find this balance of yours, in all that you do and in your everyday life. It will feel so much better when you do.

How do you do to be balanced? In life in general and in different situations. Feel free to share by writing a comment below.

Wish you the best. Take care. Namaste.

Stay positive

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How do you stay positive when things do not go your way, as you hoped they would? When you face challenges? When you go through tough times in life?

The most important thing to do is to continue to take care of yourself. The basics – eat, sleep and exercise. These basic things are often the things that you start to miss out on when things get tough. And even if I know, and you know this, it is SO common that you still do not take care of the most important person in your life when things get tough and we are faced with some of the challenges that comes with life. That most important person is You.

You start to eat too little or too much, you eat more unhealthy stuff, the number of fast food dinners often increases, for instance. You might not eat regularly, you eat too late, or you skip out on one or more of the important meals of the day (breakfast, lunch and dinner).

You do not sleep well, maybe you go to sleep too late, you have troubles to fall asleep, or you sleep too much, because you just cannot get out of bed in the morning.

And often, the very first thing you do when times are tough is also that you start to skip out on your exercise. You feel that you do not have the time, you do not have the energy or you just do not feel like exercising because you are in a bad mood.

So, how do you stay positive? By taking care of yourself! Stick to your routines, your vital basic needs. Eat well! Even if you are not feeling hungry, you need to eat, and at regular times during the day. And even if the mind is telling you that you want fast food, resist that feeling and go for something nutritious that will give you a lot more energy. You need even more energy when you have a lot on your mind that takes energy. Sleep well! Get in bed in time, shut off your phone an hour before you go to sleep. And if you want, instead listen to some calming music, do some mindfulness meditation or read a book in bed, that will help you fall asleep. And keep up with your activities! Even if you do not have the energy or do not feel like it. That is when you need it the most! It does not have to be more than a 30 minute walk, the important thing is to do something. Every day.

If you have any other interests or hobbies, stick to them! Even if you cannot put as much time on them as before, just doing something that you like or even love, will help a lot to keep a positive mindset even in challenging times.

Hope this post will give you some ideas on how to stay positive, even in tough times.

Wish you the best. Take Care. Namaste.

When the going gets tough

Sometimes I have to make you uncomfortable, otherwise you will never grow.

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You know that feeling when something challenging or uncomfortable happens and you ask yourself – WHY? Why this, why now, why me!? Then you can be quite sure that there is something else in the plan for you, something better, and you just need a little push to get there.

I do not know if you believe in this, but so many times it has proven to be just like this. At least that is my personal experience. When you do not get that something that you wanted, if it is a promotion, a new job you think you really wanted or needed, or if you are planning for a family, marriage, kids or whatever, and it does not work out as you wish. What happens is that then you get pushed into finding new ways instead, maybe make some adjustments in your personal plans and then you are on track again.

Or when you do get the opportunity to try something new and unknown, and it feels SO scary! Your head might be screaming NO, but your heart and inner voice says YES, this is what you need and really want to do. And when you dare take the leap and jump, you go for it, you take the opportunity, because you feel it is the right thing to do. And you end up getting rewarded tenfolds, by personal growth, increased self confidence and a lot of other positives. That feeling!

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So next time you find yourself in a situation where you feel uncomfortable, remember that there is something else, something better, out there waiting for you and that you will grow as a person by getting this experience. So try to hang in there even if it is tough at the moment. It will be very exciting to see what future will bring for you.

As always. Wish you the best. Take Care. Namaste.

Show the way

How do you show the way, and lead others? Train others, support others and learn others what you know? It could be your kids, your team or your friends. Or your yoga students. How do you explain something to others to educate them in what you know and want to share? If you have tried this, you know it is not always easy 🙂 You can say one thing, and the “trainee” will do something else. If you have kids, I guess you have experienced telling him or her to do something, trying to show the way as a parent, just to find out that they are doing the total opposite?! (This is of course part of the process of being a parent and for the kid to try out some things for themselves, getting independent and all that, but just to give an example). The point is that teaching others and showing the way is not only about what you communicate, but how you communicate your knowledge, what you say and how you say it. And adapt the way you guide others to the person you are talking to. If you do not adapt the message to the receiver, you will not succeed. There is an expression in Swedish saying “speak to farmers on a farmers language” meaning you need to adapt your way of communication to the person you have in front of you. Or group of people, a team, or a class.

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If you have a manager role you also know the challenges of showing the way. Not only deciding and knowing what way to go (set the strategy and targets for your team, department or your company, depending on your role), and go that way yourself, but also you need to communicate so that you will get your co-workers to understand, and to follow. How do you do this in the best way? How can you be the great leader you want to be, and show the way to obtain great results, and also, to have some fun along the way? (Do not forget to have some fun, then the likelihood of you succeeding will increase a LOT).

I think an interesting aspect of showing the way is to use the thinking of yoga teaching in your managerial role. How? If you should guide a person through a session you need to tell them what to do, by explaining and guiding, step by step. You start with setting an intention of the class (the business target), and before going into a new posture, you explain why you are doing a posture (to warm-up, to stretch, to be more flexible etc, compared to explaining why the business target is important to your business), and last, you explain in detail HOW to do the posture. (Stand with both feet hip-width apart, press navel to spine, etc compared to how you will reach your business targets. Then we need to do this, this and that.) You need to make the group understand not only what you mean, but why it is important, and to make them want to follow your lead, right? And make them feel comfortable and trusting you to guide them as their leader. It is the same with your role as a manager. You need to explain to everyone what direction you should take, and explain it in a way so that the team understands and can follow easily. Your success depends on your capability to show the way, to build trust, and to adapt. By being aware, and taking these small but very important steps along the way, I am sure you will be a great leader, in your personal as well as in your business life. Try it!

Wish you the best. Take Care. Namaste.

Love Yourself

Do you love yourself and treat yourself with the same consideration and respect that you want to get from others? If you do not, the risk is that no one else will see why they should either.

Try to be your own best friend.

Think about how you treat your best friends. Probably you are there to support them, ask them how they are feeling, supporting them when they need it, and you are most likely a very loving and caring friend, right? So start seeing yourself as a very good friend! Check in regularly to see how you are feeling, and listen in to what you need. Ideally every single day.

A very good way to do this is during your daily morning yoga. Start with a few minutes silence (meditation if you wish) and just listen to both your body and mind. How are you feeling today? Your mood? Any special feelings in your body? Anything else that needs special attention? Once you know, you can take care of it. Like you would if it were your best friend in need.

Finally, do not forget that you are already perfect, exactly the way you are! And you deserve all the love you can get, from yourself and from others 💕

Wish you the best. Take care. Namaste.

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Learn more and earn more

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The way to personal development is to learn new things. By constantly building on and increasing your bank of knowledge you will grow as a person. You can choose to enter a totally new field and broaden, and you will find that there are new worlds opening up ready to present themselves to you. Or, you choose to dig deeper in a field that you are already familiar with. Then you will be amazed on just how deep one specific area can be, and you will be able to become a specialist and even an expert in one field.

By learning new things you will not only develop and become richer as a person, but also you will benefit from this in your career and business life. The more you learn, and the more you know, the more tasks you will get at work, the more the company will rely on you. Maybe one day they even cannot do without you and your expertise? And with more tasks and more responsibility naturally comes a higher salary and maybe other benefits or rewards. By learning more you will eventually also earn more.

Invest half an hour or more every day to read, study, listen and learn, to get to know something better. A new or already familiar area, it does not matter. But if you pick an area that you are passionate about, that will help you learn quicker and learn more, when choosing an area that really interests you and makes you curious to learn more.

Wish you the best of luck with learning more! Invest time in this and you will be rewarded.

Take care. Namaste.

Dream Big

What is your dream in life? Is your dream big enough for you? Are you taking any actions to make it happen?

It is easy to let the past limit what you think you can do with your life. How you have been living your life, what and how you are today, what you are doing today, what relationships you have, what situation you are in, what profession you have, and so on. You keep doing the things you do, because it is the easiest solution, even if you might have a feeling that you wish you could do something else in the future. And you can! It does not have to be the way it is today for the rest of your life, if you do not want it to be so.

It takes effort to change and to transform into something else. And you have the power to change within you, believe it or not. It is just a matter of listening in to your head, what are you thinking about, and to your heart, what are you really feeling? What do you really want to do with your life? Maybe you know already, or maybe you need to do some soul work at first, to listen in to your inner voice, if you have not been paying much attention to it before. To help you with this work, you can always use yoga and meditation, a perfect way to start listening in to yourself, your thoughts and your feelings. To find what makes you feel happy and in balance, should there be something missing today.

Do not let your past limit your future, and do not listen too much to what other people think. Like Walt Disney said, ‘it all started with a mouse and a dream’. So go Dream Big and make it happen!

Wish you the best. Take Care. Namaste.

If you can dream it, you can do it.

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How Yoga Works

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I have just finished reading one of the proposed books in my yoga teacher training – How Yoga Works by Geshe Michael Roach (click here for more info about the book). A book explaining the Yoga Sutra (the oldest and most famous book about how yoga works) in a more easy and understandable way.

The story is about a girl (and her dog) getting locked inside a prison in a small town, and starting to teach yoga to the man who put her there. The man has a very soar back and he is in a lot of pain and that is why the girl starts to teach him yoga. You get to follow the journey from the very start where the man (the Captain) does not know anything about yoga. In all the lessons where the girl teaches the man yoga, she is always referring to the old book of Yoga Sutra, explaining with examples and stories on what it really means.

You get to know a few different people throughout the book, all of them with different backgrounds that put them where they are today, living lives with different kind of struggles and experiences, good and bad, as we all do. By finding out about their personal history you get to understand better along the way why they do what they do in different situations.

It is a sweet, although sometimes sad, story, where you really get to understand what the yoga sutra book is about. So if you are interested or curious in about this ancient teaching, and do not want to read the more “heavy” books, I can really recommend this one. I personally liked it a lot.

If I should pick one specific thing to share from the book, then I liked the thought of the different steps of your yoga journey. Starting with the Noticeable step, in the very beginning where you only notice small changes in your every day life. Secondly, you have the Surprising step, where positive things can happen that really surprises you, instead of small, just noticeable things. Thirdly, you have the step of Amazing, where things happen to you that is really amazing. Big things, that will change your life situation or leading you into another path in life maybe. Lastly, it is the Impossible step. Meaning you experience some things that you thought were impossible to happen. IF this happens, the message in the book is for you to embrace this, because it is really important how you respond to this. Do not try to find and explanation, but just accept. And I am sure you can benefit from approach in other experiences as well. Sometimes the best thing to do is just acceptance, not digging to deep to find answers.

I am not going to tell you the end for those of you who have not yet read the book How Yoga works, and want to do so. And for those of you who already have read it, I think you will understand why I choose the picture of today’s post.

Wish you the best. Take care. Namaste.