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Do you remember to appreciate all those things which work, in contrast to those which do not?

Every time I experience that something isn’t working out well, I try to draw my attention to that which does, and realize new opportunities. To me, that is ”Santosa” (contentedness) at its best.

A reoccurring problem I have is wrist pain, which makes my ordinary yoga practice session a great deal more challenging, since I do many intense inverted poses.

I cannot do without yoga, so I must think in new creative ways and more than often this turns into that my practice sessions take a calmer and more meditatively focused approach than usually.

I’m grateful for the possibility to do something different and find great satisfaction in discovering new ways to practice yoga.

Appreciation of thinking and acting differently and being content with what is, is not always that easy, and which personally speaking is something that requires a great deal of effort from me, but nowadays, I see it as a gift that gives me a more positive outlook on life.

Husker du at påskønne alt det som fungere, i modsætning til det der ikke gør ?

Hver gang jeg oplever at noget ikke er fungere for mig forsøger jeg drage min opmærksomhed til det som gør, og se nye muligheder. For mig er det Santosa (tilfredsheden) i sin bedste form.

Et tilbagevendende problem for mig er smerter i håndledet. Hvilket i den grad komplicere min gængse yogapraksis, hvor jeg står meget i omvendte stillinger.

Jeg kan ikke undvære yoga, så jeg må tænke nyt og ofte bliver min yogapraksis med et større meditativt fokus og en mere rolig form for Yoga end normalt.

Jeg påskønner med taknemmelighed muligheden for at gøre noget anderledes og finder stor tilfredshed i at finde nye måder at dyrke yoga på.

Taknemligheden for at tænke og agere anderledes og tilfredsheden med det som er, er naturligvis ikke altid nemt og noget som kræver særlig meget øvelse i hvert fald for mig, men nu er det gave for mig som giver mig et mere positivt syn på tilværelsen.



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I en travl hverdag fuld af to do lister og ofte med et fokus på det næste man skal foretage sig, kan det være godt med en pause fra det hele til at mærke nuet og kroppen gennem en kropsscanning.

Kropsscanning er et super meditativt værktøj da kroppen er i fokus og der derfor ikke er så meget plads til tankerne. Da man hele tiden bliver mindet om at have fokus på kroppen.

Meditationer hjælper en til at være mentalt tilstede i nuet og hjælper derved til en bedre livskvalitet.

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The philosophy of yoga might seem like an afterthought to the psysical yoga practice, but in reality, it can help put a new broader perspective on yourself and life around you both in the past, present and future, and improve your day-to-day experiences. However, this might still sound very theoretical, so I’m going to tell a little story from my own everyday life as an example of how the yoga philosophy can come into use.

The other day while at work, my favorite yoga tights were accidentally ruined when they got snagged in a vending machine which resulted in a tear on the back. Naturally, I was upset that they were ruined, partly because they were expensive, but mainly because that they were the best yoga tights I had.

I reminded myself of the first two branches of the yoga tree, Yamas and NiyamasAparigraha and Santosa.

Aparigraha, which means to not attach yourself to materialistic possessions and Santosa, to be content with what you already have.

Thanks to these aspects of the yoga philosophy and my awareness of them, I let go of my initial glumness, and reminded myself of all the good things around me. Besides, it was only a pair of tights – Nothing which cannot be replaced.


Yoga filosofi virker måske som en tilføjelse til den fysiske yoga praksis, men det kan faktisk være med til at gøre ens hverdag bedre og få et større perspektiv på nuet og ens selvopfattelse. Men det kan stadigvæk lyde meget teoretisk så som et eksempel har jeg en lille historie fra hverdagen hvor yogafilosofien kom til udtryk i praksis

Den anden dag på arbejde blev mine yndlings yoga tights ødelagt, de sad fast i en automat, og der blev revet hul bag på dem Jeg blev naturligvis ked af at de var blevet ødelagt, både fordi de havde været dyre, men mest fordi det var de bedste yoga tights jeg havde.

Jeg mindede mig selv om de første to grene af yogatræet Yamas og Niyamas - Aparigraha og Santosa.

Aparigrahasom vil sige - ikke at have tilknytning til materialistiske ting og santosa - at være tilfreds med hvad du har.

Takket være Yoga filosofien og min bevidsthed omkring den, gav jeg slip på tristheden, og i stedet tænkte jeg på alle de gode ting omkring mig. Det var jo bare et tights - ikke noget uerstatteligt.

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The other day I went to see the doctor for a simple health check.

The doctor asked me: “How are you” and I paused with confusion. Naturally thinking it had something to do with why I came for a health check, but I then came to the understanding that he just had asked me with no further agenda. He had just asked me with human interest.

It got me thinking.. I was surprised when he asked me “how are you” because I rarely get asked how you are. It is much more normal to get asked how are you doing or how is it hanging and people who are excepting you to tell them that everything is fine.

So then I started to be aware of asking people “How are you” instead of just asking how is it hanging. I thought if there were the slightest chance another person would feel just a fraction of what I felt then it would maybe become a better day for another person.

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I had a wonderful experience with Yin Yoga, in the most amazing surroundings at the top of a wellness facility, with a perfect view calming music and great props.

Nature truly has a healing power and whenever possible I practice Yoga outside. And even though I was not outside, the view calmed my mind.

Yin Yoga is a slow form of Yoga where the Yoga postures are held for 3-5 minutes. Because of its slow pace, it slows down the mind and has a calming effect on the mind and body.

In the Yoga class we used bolsters as props, which I really liked and I have adapted it into my own Yoga practice, and I would like to share it with you.

Every morning I start my Yoga practice laying on a Yoga bolster (you can also use a pillow) – grounding down – feeling the contact to the mat and the bolster, and the stretch, the bolster provides for my back. It helps me to come into a deeper meditation in the start of my yoga practice.

                                                        Savasana with the bolster placed at the center of my back.
                                          Supta Baddha Konasana with the Yoga bolster placed at the center of my back.

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I have been attending two different types of Yoga classes in Norway - Vinayasa and Ying Yoga - more on the Ying Yoga class coming up later. Both Yoga classes were taught in Swedish, and for the first time, when attending a Yoga class in a different country, I understood almost everything she said. The classes were excellent, and I would like to share the best parts with you.

We started out with a breathing technique called sama vritti translated as– same wave/movement. It is a breathing exercise that helps to stimulate concentration and build up energy.

Sit in a seated position and inhale while you count to four, and then exhale counting to four again and repeat. There are a lot of different variations and you can decide youself the duration of your inhalation and exhalation.

The Yoga class was built up with different variations of Sun Salutations with nice and calming music. There was especially a great variation of the Malasana pose and the Ninya pose, both asana (yoga postures).  You will feel a great stretch on the inner thighs, and it helps to involve balance in a great and fun way as you are balancing on your toes.

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The third limb of the Yoga Tree is the asana also known as Yoga postures. Even though the asana are much more than just physical postures.

Pantanjali’s yoga tree is bulid up by 8 limbs. Each limb leads to the next one. The first two limbs Yamas and Niyamas leads to the third limb Asana.

Read about Yamas and Niymas here:  https://nouw.com/themindofmathilde/yamas-niyamas-29790370

The first two limbs of the Yoga tree are incorporated into the practice of the asana. For example Ahimsa – Non violence not being violent towards your body and mind while you are practicing the asana (yoga postures) and Santosa - Satisfaction being satisfied with where you are in the practice.

Your flexibility, balance and strength can vary from day to day. Yoga is not about perfection but it is about creating a union between the mind, body and spirit and to be present.

The asana can also help you to achieve certain effects on your mind.

Generally the seated positions helps you to ground drown and to be calm, and the standing postures helps you to be confident and to be open to the world and life.

Your personal yoga practice can therefore be build up for special purposes. When you start in sukhasana, (a seated position) - it will help you to ground down and to connect to the breath. A standing position where you are drawing the sun with your arms, will help you to be more open and confident.

It would be a shame, only to describe the asana as something physical, because it is bigger than that. It is not only something physical but also a part of a mental practice.

Sukhasana

Standning positiosn - Drawing the sun

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Something I love to do is to take a footbath, whether I feel good or not.

It helps me to be aware of the foundation that is carrying me around each day, and to ground down through the soles of my feet.

The warm water helps me to be attentive of my feet. It helps med to ground down.

Days when I feel good, the footbath is simply a treat to myself, a relaxation.

Days when I am not feeling good it helps me to connect to myself and be with what is troubling me.


It helps me to be present in the moment.


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When I was at Roskilde Festival I had been carrying either a heavy backpack or a rucksack for a week, and I got a terrible pain in my back, shoulders and neck, and I found that these two Yoga postures really helped to ease up the pain.

Uttasana Shoulder stretch

Stand in an upright position.

Place your hands on your lower back and intertwine your fingers.

Bend forward and let your hands fall down toward your head.

Standning Neck Strech 

Stand in and upright position

Intertwine your fingers and place them on the back of your head

Let your chin drop down towards your chest.

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Yoga for beginners

As usually I try out Yoga classes, when I am travelling. This time I travelled to Roskilde Festival.

My first experience with a Yoga class at Roskilde Festival was a Yoga class for beginners.

We did not start out connecting to the breath. We just started out standing. The postures where easy, and there was no connection to the breath - Not my cup of tea, but at least we finished with a relaxation and the sun came up.

My personal Yoga practice does not only consists of different types of Yoga postures. The breath are always having the utmost importance in my practice and mediation is also a part of it. I always frame my physical yoga practice with meditation, it can be just two minutes, but it is always there - and then my physical Yoga practice becomes a union of the mind, body and spirit.

Acro Yoga

I had a wonderful experience with Acro Yoga. We started out with closed eyes connecting to the breath and noticed the surroundings - the people around us, the sounds, the wind and the sun.

We sat in a circle, and we put a hand on each others back and leaned back. So everybody helped to hold each other. It gave a nice feeling of us all being united.

At first the exercise was simple, we started out standing in the middle of 5 other people and with closed eyes we let us fall back as someone catched us, and gently pushed us over to another person. It helped to evolve trust to one another, and was useful when the postures got more advanced.

Slowly the practice increased and got more advanced. My understanding was that everybody had a nice experience and felt secure in the different head and arm balances.

Acro Yoga is really a form of Yoga there helps to evolve trust to yourself and to other people, and it helps you to rest in your own skin.

In the end of class we relaxed while laying down with closed eyes, and another person held the feet and moved the legs back and fourth.

So nice that the Acro Yoga was framed by small kinds of meditations.

Acro Yoga is defiantly something I would recommend. It is very good on a lot of different levels.

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