Be YOU! 15 augusti 2017

Be adventurous!

Smile!

Go your own way!

Pave your own path!

Stay curious!

Laugh!

BE YOU! You are unique, never forget it 🙂

 

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Check out ‘Hello World’ – Best Tech Innovations 7 augusti 2017

Ever heard about or watched the Bloomberg series: Hello World? (broadcast on Bloomberg)

I just stumbled across it on my Apple TV yesterday. Interesting, short, digestable episodes on best and innovative tech creations around the world. Great concept! (at least for me and my curious mind).

Hello World invites the viewer along on a journey, together with the show’s host Ashlee Vance, who travel the globe to find the inventors, scientists and technologists who are shaping our future.

Each episode explores a different country and uncovers the ways in which the local culture and surroundings have influenced their approach to technology. Host Ashlee himself, says he’s on a quest to find the freshest, weirdest tech creations and the beautiful freaks behind them.

I have been fascinated by Space since the age of 5. At this age I dreamt of becoming an astronaut, after having read the book ‘The Little Prince’. If you haven’t read this book, then do! I reread it on the plane to Luxembourg a few weeks ago, as I was co-hosting the live broadcast of Asteroid Day, and I both laughed and cried when I read the book on the plane. It is such a sweet, charming anecdote and tale about seeing the world out of a child’s curious, spontaneous and inquisitive eyes.

Bildresultat för the little prince

The reason I mention this is that one of the episodes of Hello World is on Alma – the largest astronomical project in the world.

 

Atacama desert in Chile is said to be the driest place in the world and turns out to be the perfect place to build a telescope. However this is not the home of just any telescope, it’s the home of Alma, the largest astronomical project in the world.

Due to the high altitude and lack of moisture in the air the view of the stars here is practically unobstructed, to the delight of astronomers.

Alma can see in the cosmos what the human eye or telescopes can’t see. Alma can see the mm range of the electromagnetic spectrum, far beyond the visible range seen by any optical telescopes or the human eye.

With this superhuman vision, Alma can discover all kinds of magical stuff in the universe that would have been invisible before.  It can see the cosmos in more detail than ever before, detect how stars and planets are formed, detect molecules, learn where our stars and planets are from, what’s inside the moon, the chemistry of life etc..

Astronomers are using Alma to look for the origin of stars, life and the universe itself.

And will soon be able to answer the question… if were alone out in the universe or not….

Check out this and other episodes on Hello World.

I love learning new things, acquiring new knowledge, learning about innovations and listening to brilliant minds. Don’t you? Always stay being curious!

As Albert Einstein once said: ‘Creativity is intelligence having fun’

Yay! It’s Yoga Retreat Time On Ibiza 7 augusti 2017

Hello lovelies,
hope you’ve all been enjoying beautiful summer holidays. I just came back from 2,5 weeks on my favourite island: Ibiza. It’s my haven, my paradise and where I recharge my energy, retrive my balance and harmony and reconnect with my zen.
Free spirit, goddess, femininity, sensual, connected body and mind, chilled and happy – that’s me and Ibiza.
As I mentioned in my previous post, for me Ibiza is a magical, energetic, serene and beautiful place where I feel at home. Where I blossom into my free spirit and goddess nature. Yay!

Ibiza has a very special energy, that either invites you or challenges you. For me I felt this energy, – a magnetic, powerful and spiritual energy – that resonated with me the moment I placed my feet on the island.
I feel at home when I am on Ibiza and every time I leave, it’s always with an intention to be back soon again.

For me Ibiza is beauty, health, nature, ocean, versatility, beauty, chill, yoga, fun and play – all in one wrapping. Ibiza has so many sides, and versatility. From the beaches, music, yoga, party, people to cuisine.
The island has been labelled with an unflattering image of just being a hard core party island but it has so much more dimensions than this. On Ibiza you can explore and find hidden gems every time, or just relocate to your favourite spots every time.

As a yoga practitioner and a keen indulger of healthy living, organic local foods, tasty cuisine, beautiful locations, the choice of serene or party beaches, hanging out with chilled n cool people, transformational massage treatments, energetic healing, vibrant music and feeling the flow – I encounter all this on Ibiza.
I love the chilled, laid back and sensual lifestyle the island offers.

And I have several wonderful friends who have relocated to Ibiza part-time to check out from the stress filled lifestyles of  London, New York, Paris ….

This time I, true to tradition, I attended a one week yoga retreat ‘Rejuvenate – yoga & holistic fitness retreats‘ at Ibiza Retreats, one of my favorite yoga retreats on the Island. Helt in the north part of the island and the lovely Can Amonita.
The week of  includes every day yoga, meditation, HIIT Training, hikes, spacious and lovely rooms for accomodation, afternoon chill by the pool, excursion with the boat to Formentera and a restaurant treat on the last day.

 

 

The food at the retreat = totally nutricious, organic, ayur vedic based, is ahhh sooo delicious, tasty, yummy and beautiful to the eye. And after a week your tummy and digestive system is like a child’s again – all clean/alkaline, in sync, light and re-energized and purring with content.

We all ask for the recipies after each retreat.  spacious room and mind blowing treatments

One of the best parts with going to the yoga retreats are the amazing people you meet from all over the world. Every time I have gone to Ibiza Retreats I met interesting, fun, genuine and lovely girls and women (it’s most female participants, eventhough men are of course welcome). This time we were 3 from the US, 2 from UK, 2 from Netherlands, 1 from Switzerland and me. Successful, interesting and curious career women, mothers, models, students and yogis who are all coming to the retreat for some time out, rebalancing, recharging energy, cultivating their yoga, upgrading their health, bonding or just sharing an experience.
After the retreat it is not unlikely that you have a new handful of friends in your life. This time around the group connected really well – we were a really great group of people. After the retreat 4 of us booked an airbnb in Ibiza town so that we could have some weekend fun and play.

After the retreat, I stayed on for 1,5 weeks with some friend’s in their beautiful villa in Cala Bassa. Awesome days hanging out with friends from different parts of the world and enjoying the island and Formentera.

If your interested  to try a yoga retreat on Ibiza then I can warmly recommend Ibiza Retreats. Just to give you a taste with a brief intro:

Photo credit: Ibiza Retreats

 These two wonderful women both come from professional, hectic, successful careers in metropolitan cities. Demanding careers, lifestyle and crashed relationships led them to find inner peace and solice in yoga… that finally led them to Ibiza. Once on Ibiza, they never looked back and have stayed on the island since starting Ibiza Retreats in 2008. Today, both have found how to cultivate that balancing act between career, life, motherhood and relationships.

Larah recently gave birth to her beautiful baby girl and Susie is a few months pregnant. And their mutual baby, Ibiza Retreat, is growing up rapidly and Ibiza Retreats has today transitioned into Ibiza’s No 1 Tailormade Retreats and Wellness Consultancy

#I needed to find the confidence, clarity and self-belief to break-free from the relationship and mental ‘gridlock’ of London living,” Larah explains. “Every cell of my being was aching to retreat. Yet I couldn’t find, at that time, any retreats in Ibiza that offered the whole holistic package of coaching and wellness, yoga and meditation, integrated treatments and therapies, spiritual guidance and consciously created cuisine. I realised that there was a thirst for this, a market niche and a need.”

This creative duo have built up an ecosystem of health, yoga, wellbeing and women empowerment. Practicing what they preach is certainly a fundamental part of Larah and Susie’s lifestyle.

“Ibiza became my place to grow, throw off the mask I had been wearing and align with my true self. Authenticity and honesty are some of the greatest freedoms – and helping people to tap into that has been a humbling journey.” says Susie.

”Our retreats are there to allow our guests to let go and experience the true nature of abundance – wellness. We are connecting world-class teachers and group leaders with the island’s incredible retreat locations, therapists and chefs to facilitate our own inspiring holistic retreats.”

 

It’s Larah and Suzie’s dedication to teaching and inspiring women around the world to take time from their, many times, hectic, busy city lifestyle, to find (inner) peace, health, balance and life energy during their retreats. The retreats can be transformational, inspirational, empowering, fun or just simply a nice vacation. They offer a more holistic approach for a getaway or vacation.

”With women searching for something more fulfilling in their precious free time, healthy retreats have become the new go-to destinations for weekends or vacays”

I would encourage anyone to take a break and nourish yourself by visiting Ibiza and Ibiza retreats.

”Time to retreat – to rest the mind

and allow your heart to dream”

I hope you feel inspired to pamper yourself to one of Ibiza Retreat‘s five or six blissful days of recharging with morning yoga classes, a juice detoxing, fresh organic delicious brunches and dinners cooked by private chefs, wellness consultations, beautiful excursions and personalized body treatments.
And come back home feeling rejuvenated, vibrant, energized, harmonious and in touch and centered with yourself, once again. If you decide to go to Ibiza, let me know!

Healthy Ibiza -Time to Retreat. To rest the Mind and Allow your Heart to Dream. 7 augusti 2017

 

Ibiza… You beautiful, sensual, spiritual and vibrant island. Island of the feminine, sign of the scorpio.
Protected by the female goddess Tanit, goddess of fertility.

 

 

 

I have previously written about some of the main passions in my life of healthy living and healthy lifestyle, where travel, yoga, spa, nutrition, dance, nature and a healthy mind are the building blocks of this lifestyle.

There is one alluring island where I can practice, refine, indulge and experience all the key, life thriving ingredients for a healthy, happy lifestyle; body, mind and soul: IBIZA. 

Yes, I know what you may be thinking at first glance of the word Ibiza. Isn’t this more a clubbing capital and watering hole for thirsty party animals, who party until the sun rises?

Well, every coin has two sides and so does this beautiful Spanish Island. It may be hard to believe, if you haven’t experienced this enchanting side of Ibiza, this island is also a getaway for healers, yogis, and wellness practioners,  (of every level). Even if you may not be a yoga devotée, Ibiza is attracting and blooming into a health and spiritual destination for people seeking an alternative to partying away their vacation (or combining both).
The island offers a fine balance between laid-back beaches, lively bars, restaurants with gastronomic prowess, (specially in Santa Eulalia, unofficially quoted as the culinary capital of Ibiza), delicious local foods, hippie markets, fashion boutiques and a variety of healthy cafés.

Pictures from my trip to Ibiza and Ibiza Retreats in 2015

Every year I try to travel to Ibiza to experience a yoga retreat.  I thrive to continue to discouver and experience new retreats, yoga teachers, yoga trainings and hidden gems of hotels and agroturismos around the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enabling me to share and portray my experiences in this blog, with the incentive to inspire you all and encourage you to visit yoga retreats and experience some magical transformation of your body, mind and soul.
Or just simply have a great week of yoga, wellness, nutrition, adventure and bliss.

 

 

 

Today I want to introduce a yoga retreat that is one of my absolute favourites on Ibiza: Ibiza Retreats. It’s run by two amazing women: Larah Davis and Susie Howell.

Photo credit: Ibiza Retreats

 These two wonderful women both come from professional, hectic, successful careers in metropolitan cities. Demanding careers, lifestyle and crashed relationships led them to find inner peace and solice in yoga… that finally led them to Ibiza. Once on Ibiza, they never looked back and have stayed on the island since starting Ibiza Retreats in 2008. Today, both have found how to cultivate that balancing act between career, life, motherhood and relationships.

Larah recently gave birth to her beautiful baby girl and Susie is a few months pregnant. And their mutual baby, Ibiza Retreat, is growing up rapidly and Ibiza Retreats has today transitioned into Ibiza’s No 1 Tailormade Retreats and Wellness Consultancy

#I needed to find the confidence, clarity and self-belief to break-free from the relationship and mental ‘gridlock’ of London living,” Larah explains. “Every cell of my being was aching to retreat. Yet I couldn’t find, at that time, any retreats in Ibiza that offered the whole holistic package of coaching and wellness, yoga and meditation, integrated treatments and therapies, spiritual guidance and consciously created cuisine. I realised that there was a thirst for this, a market niche and a need.”

This creative duo have built up an ecosystem of health, yoga, wellbeing and women empowerment. Practicing what they preach is certainly a fundamental part of Larah and Susie’s lifestyle.

“Ibiza became my place to grow, throw off the mask I had been wearing and align with my true self. Authenticity and honesty are some of the greatest freedoms – and helping people to tap into that has been a humbling journey.” says Susie.

”Our retreats are there to allow our guests to let go and experience the true nature of abundance – wellness. We are connecting world-class teachers and group leaders with the island’s incredible retreat locations, therapists and chefs to facilitate our own inspiring holistic retreats.”

It’s Larah and Suzie’s dedication to teaching and inspiring women around the world to take time from their, many times, hectic, busy city lifestyle, to find (inner) peace, health, balance and life energy during their retreats. The retreats can be transformational, inspirational, empowering, fun or just simply a nice vacation. They offer a more holistic approach for a getaway or vacation.

”With women searching for something more fulfilling in their precious free time, healthy retreats have become the new go-to destinations for weekends or vacays”

I would encourage anyone to take a break and nourish yourself by visiting Ibiza and Ibiza retreats.

”Time to retreat – to rest the mind

and allow your heart to dream”

I hope you feel inspired to pamper yourself to one of Ibiza Retreat‘s five or six blissful days of recharging with morning yoga classes, a juice detoxing, fresh organic delicious brunches and dinners cooked by private chefs, wellness consultations, beautiful excursions and personalized body treatments.
And come back home feeling rejuvenated, vibrant, energized, harmonious and in touch and centered with yourself, once again. If you come in July, I hope to see you on Ibiza!

Happy Midsummer! 23 juni 2017

Today it’s time for one the most traditional of traditions of Sweden: Midsummer Celebrations!

And the sun and sunshine has so far showered this day with it’s light, happiness and joy :). I have come to love and cherish traditions more and more. If we loose our traditions, (old traditions with an attached history and above all a moment that gathers the family), then we loose part of a heritage in a sense. I think of it as a pay it forward mentality. And I am more talking about traditions per say, more out of a family perspective, than religion.

Arrived this morning to our country house and celebrating Midsummer with family and loved ones.

Just finished our Midsummer’s lunch and now it’s time to head for the local ‘Midsummers stång’ and dance around it and also pick flowers to make a traditional ‘midsommarkrans’.

#harmony #happiness #joy #traditions.

Matcha Latte the best alternative to coffee 22 juni 2017

Good morning!

What does your morning breakfast routing look like? Coffee or tea person?
As I mentioned earlier, I always start my morning with warm water with fresh ginger and some squeezed lemon. That’s the first thing I drink to help cleanse and detox my body after a nights sleep.

To breakfast I either have a coffee with warm, skimmed Oatley milk or I choose to make a matcha Latte.

Every tried matcha?

It is a great and healthy alternative to coffee. And also a great addition to make if you have any stress related symptoms. If you are experiencing stress, aniexty, panic attacks etc, then I highly recommend that you eliminate coffee for a time. Coffee can really add to aniexty and stress, if your body and nervous system are stressed or burnt out. In this case it is a worthwhile alternative to add matcha latte to your life and eliminate coffee for a while.
I talk of own experience, as I got stress symptoms last year and one of things I instantly noticed had a negative impact was coffee. My heart would race and I would feel the sense of aniexty grow in my body. So I switched to matcha latte for about 6 months, and it proved to be a good choice during this time.

Matcha latte is also a rich source of antioxidants.

Easy to prepare:

Boil water. Let it cool slightly (they say matcha shouldn’t be put straight into boiling water as it can lessen the effects of the antioxidants). Poor one small teaspoon of matcha into the warm water, add some skimmed hot milk of preferred choice (I prefer Oatley I-Coffee milk or almond milk). Sprinkle some cinnemon on the top. Yummy.

Voilà! Enjoy.

Have a great day!

Check this out – the ultimate workout – Megaformer. 21 juni 2017

Hope you all are enjoying this day that is dedicated to the celebrating the International Yoga Day.

I started this morning with my yoga practice and meditation on Gratitude and I will round off this day with a calming and harmonizing yoga session before I go to bed tonight. If you want to check out some good yoga videos online, then one I can recommend is: Yoga with Adriene. She has a lovely variety of yoga guided videos for all aspects of our daily lives.

I also did some fitness training today after my last work meeting of the day. It’s my second time to try this. Have you heard of Megaformer workout? That’s the one I tried.

Megaformer is one of the latest trends, that was really hot a while back in LA and NY. It’s a machine based workout focusing on cardio, strength, balance, and flexibility at once. And the focus is a lot on the butt, which brings a smile to my face. You can never do too much ‘ass’ enhancing workouts ;).

The machine reminds of the Pilates Refomer, in case you’ve tried this but still not the same. contains of a carriage that slides back and forth along two rails and is attached to a row of springs, that are varied depending on the amount of resistance that you want.

It was created by Sebastien Lagree, the French-born fitness visionary who created the machine and soon became a big buzz in LA and then travelled around the world. I took the classes at Be.Core in Stockholm.

A Megaformer – this is your workout partner

Megaformer training in action

It’s an intense 50 minutes on the machine. Initially I thought it would be quite easy, with every moment focusing on more a slow movement than quick. But I realised that the emotions during a work out can range from confidence (“I’ve got this!”), to confusion (“Eh, wait a minute…that pose looks easy but hey this is actually hard”) to frustration (“Why are you failing me, abs?” Come on! It’s only like 20 seconds left)  to relief and slight astonishment when the workout is actually over.. But with a sense of wanting to do it again.

”Just think with the Megaformer you are one step of the way closer to firming that body!”

Of what I understand Lagree is busy working on a new prototype of the next generation of the Megaformer, which is to get a whole lot more high-tech. I look forward to this combination where technology enables an ultimate megaformer workout.

In the meantime I am sticking to this version, until the updated one comes to Sweden or London. The teacher said that one should notice a difference, and apparent stronger core strength, after 6 sessions. It’s my second today and before the holiday on 10th July, I’m going to have done the 6 sessions, to see if the promise stands. (and I am travelling most of the time until the 10th July, which is the main challenge to getting the 6 sessions in).

Time for bedtime and a winding down 10 minute yoga on my mat and with a candle beside it.

Sleep well, beautiful bloggy friends!

Celebration of International Yoga Day! 21 juni 2017

Dear yogi and bloggy friend,

Take a breath, land in the present moment and embrace that today is the International Day of Yoga?

The theme for the 2017 celebration, organized by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, is ‘Yoga for Health.’ The theme highlights the fact that yoga can contribute in a holistic way to achieving an equilibrium between mind and soul. Health and wellbeing can make a direct and useful contribution to humankind’s quest to achieve sustainable development and move towards lifestyles that are in harmony with nature??

Namaste.

Inhale – Exhale – Feel Gratitude – Repeat. Small gestures – big impact 20 juni 2017

Are you passionate about yoga? Do you meditate? Start your morning with some breathing exercises or pranayama? Do you take 5 minutes to do de-stressing mindfulness practice (there are such a great variety of apps to choose from) when you feel some tension or stress creeping up on you at work?

Yoga for me is a lifestyle. That doesn’t mean that I do 2hrs of yoga and meditation every day. I wish. I have the intention but I don’t always have or make the time. However, I do prioritize to get some yoga, meditation or breathing exercises into my daily regime. Not because I have to but because I want to.

It makes a difference. And it’s the best gift I can give my body, mind and soul. Best remedy for stress, aniexty, worries etc. Quickest way to re-connect with myself and center myself. And for me this is important.

If you are open to include yoga in your life, you can always start by adding a few minutes to your daily routine, in the morning or evening, by just following a guided yoga session online. With that you can always manage to get some minutes into your day. And if you also include going to a yoga studio, to your training, fitness or Power walk or run – then even better!

There are lots of great yoga videos online, and you can also check out this website YOGOBE, (founded by a friend of mine) where you can find great videos from some of the best yoga teachers and practitioners around.

If there is one recommendation I would make. It would be:BREATH.

Your breath is your life elixir.

Honestly, just take a few seconds, to reconnect, recharge or take down your stress levels by just focusing 60 seconds on your breath. 60 seconds of connecting with YOUrself. Focus on your inhale and then focus on your exhale (try to make your exhale slightly longer than your inhale).
When you remind yourself about your breath is when you remind your body and mind that you are connected and in the present. And it’s a little gesture that rewards you so much. Cause without your breath, you cease to exist so take the time to acknowledge your breath. Inhale – Exhale – Feel gratitude – Repeat. Every day.

And never forget: You are UNIQUE. You are AWESOME. You are PLAYFUL. You are friggin FABULICIOUS – just the way YOU are!
The race isn’t with others or anybody else. Stop comparing yourself to others, or at least try to do this less by realizing if and when you do this, and let it go.

Remember one important fact that can never be changed, diminished or taken away from you:

There is only ONE YOU
– make sure to acknowledge this miracle every day.

If you can give a compliment to yourself, show appreciation for yourself, wrap your arms around yourself and say ‘I am enough and I am worthy’ once in a while – then trust me, you will be able to receive the same appreciation, love and complimants from others too.

It all starts with YOU!

Best way to start the morning 20 juni 2017

This is how I start every morning. Hot water with fresh ginger and fresh lemon. Sometime I spice it up by adding honey (nice sweetner), sometime a splash of apple cider vinegar (great for digestion and metabolism) or fresh mint (simply yummy). The most effective use of the ginger is to boil fresh ginger root in water, then cooling it, add some lemon and then drink.

Benefits of warm water with fresh ginger?

Best way to clarify the body after a night of rejuvuination and detoxifying the system.
Good for digestive discomfort
Helps decrease inflammation
Powerful source of antioxidants
Balance blood sugar
Throughout history, ginger has been widely used to relieve nausea

Have a lovely day bloggy friends!