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Holistic beauty & skincare

4 TIPS FOR DRY SKIN

My skin type is to the dry and sensitive side, so over the years I’ve found many things that help to combat dry skin and moisturise the skin both from outside and from within. I want to share those tips with you, so here you have my 4 tips for dry skin!

1.Facial oils

One of my first tips would be to try to experiment with facial oils. Facial oils are very moisturising, and can really help combat dry skin. If you have very sensitive skin and break out easily, you can try oils such as jojoba, rosehip oil or evening primrose oil.

2. Healthy fats

It is not just enough to moisturise the skin from outside-in, one of the best things you can do if you have dry skin, is to eat more healthy fats. Eat more nuts, seeds and avocados, these will moisturise your skin from within.
Hemp seeds, walnuts, cashew nuts, chia seeds, almonds, sesame seeds etc.

3. Avoid harsh products

I don’t know about you, but when I was a teenager, all the youth magazines promoted skincare products which was really harsh and damaging for the skin. At that time, I thought that if you were going to combat pimples and acne, that was what you had to use. Boy, was that wrong. These types of products actually damage your good bacteria on the skin, and dry out the skin. So avoid all types of ‘harsh’ products. Instead try fx some balm cleansers or some very gentle milk cleansers.

4. Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate

We cannot talk about dry skin, without talking about water. Hydrating your body with water, or watery foods (fx cucumber) is so important. Drink more water, and your skin will thank you!

Read also: 3 Herbal Teas for Clear Skin

Health

EPIGENETICS – YOU HAVE THE POWER OVER YOUR OWN LIFE

Your genes do not determine your life, how you live your life does! Today I want to talk about the concept of epigenetic, which is a concept that is getting more and more recognition today.

Earlier on we thought that genes affected our lives and how we were, which diseases we got etc. And they do to a point, because our bodies do carry the genes we’ve got from our mother / grandmother etc. However, more recent science have found that it is our lifestyle and our environment that affects whether the gene actually gets activated.

So if your grandmother had a specific disease, you might have inherited the gene to getting that disease. BUT, if you live differently from your grandmother, meaning that you; don’t eat the same food, live in a different environment, have another mindset, exercise more etc. compared to what your grandmother did, this means that the gene might not get activated.

You have the power over your own life

We have a lot more power over our own lives than we have previously thought. Epigenetic is about how signals from our surroundings modifies and regulates the genes activities. Our genes are constantly getting recreated as a reaction to our experiences in life.

Epigenetic = means ‘next to the genes’

Perhaps diabetes runs in your family, but maybe it is due to the overload of processed food and lack of exercise. So know that you can change that. Your genes do not determine how your life is going to be like, you can change the environment for your genes and make sure they do not get activated. Eat an abundance of vegetables, move your body, spend time doing what you love and you create an entirely different environment for your genes, and your life will unfold in another way!

All of this is also connected to fx how you can change your gut health, your micro biome, by changing the food you eat and the amount of movement you do in your daily life. If you want to learn more about this, you can read the post I’ve written about that here.

Sources

Fra genetik til epigenetik
Epigenetikken styrer vores DNA’s opførsel
Intelligente Celler – Bruce Lipton

Food Health

GUT HEALTH – GOOD & BAD BACTERIA

In recent years scientists have started to learn much more about the gut and how important the state of the gut is for our overall health. Today I want to share what you can do to get a healthier gut, as well as an overall healthier body.

“All disease begins in the gut” – Hippocrates

In the gut we have our ‘micro biome’. Microbiome refers to our collection of microbes and their genes. Your micro biome consists of an environment of bacteria. Bacteria are not just bad, more than 95% of the world’s bacteria are harmless to humans, many are actually extremely beneficial. But in order to have a healthy micro biome, we need an overweight of the ‘good bacteria’, otherwise you can get bacteria overgrowth (‘bad bacteria’) which can affect your micro biome, gut, digestive system and your entire body – including your skin. 2/3 of the immune system is located in the gut, and 99% of bacteria are found in the gut.


Change your micro biome by changing the food you eat

The good news is, that you can change your micro biome by changing the food you eat. With everything you put into your body, you have a change of feeding either the good or the bad bacteria. The good bacteria needs greens, vegetables, fibers to survive, whereas the bad bacteria needs processed foods and sugar.

But, food is not the only thing affecting our gut health. Also things such as getting enough sleep, exercising, relaxing is beneficial for our good bacteria. Whereas stress, lack of sleep and exercise, too harsh cleaning products and pesticides kills the good bacteria.


“Almost nothing influences our gut bacteria as much as the food we eat”
– Gut – Giulia Enders


How to get a healthier micro biome?

  • Eat a diet high in fiber, this is good for your digestion (fruits, vegetables, especially green ones like kale, cabbage, broccoli, quinoa, oats)
  • Avoid a too sterile environment, too harsh cleaning products
  • Relax. Stress allows for more bad bacteria to survive in the gut
  • Go for organic food, avoid pesticides
  • Eat probiotic foods regularly (sauerkraut, kombucha, miso soup, kimchi), you can also take a probiotic supplement to get more good bacteria to your gut
  • Eat prebiotics even more often (artichoke, asparagus, bananas, garlic, onion, parsnips, wholegrain, rye, oats, leeks)
  • Eat healthy fats; avocados, nuts, seeds
  • Exercise regularly
  • Get a good amount of sleep each night
  • *Extra Tips for mothers
  • If possible, giving a vaginal birth is the best. This way the child gets a protective layer of bacteria which gives it a healthy gut from the beginning of life
  • Another good idea for moms is to breastfeed for a long time, this gives lots of good bacteria to your newborn

Sources:

– Brain Maker – David Perlmutter
– The Beauty of Dirty Skin – Whitney Bowe
– Gut – Giulia Enders

Health Holistic & Spiritual living

3 PRACTICES TO HELP YOU RELAX & TUNE INTO YOURSELF

Sometimes we can become very overwhelmed and feeling stressed by having too many things going on. At these points in time, it can be very helpful to have some practices to help you relax & tune into yourself, which can help calm your mind and nervous system. So today I want to share 3 of these practices with you, which I personally use to help to tune into myself, relax and calm my mind.

Yoga

Yoga is an amazing way to help you to tune into yourself. Sometimes we spend too much time in our head, worrying, stressing, overthinking etc. And then it can be so helpful to come from our heads and into our bodies instead. Yoga is a form of practice which can definitely help you to connect your mind and body, and to help you calm down and help you to tune more into yourself.

If you want to calm down I can recommend some more restorative yoga, or Yin Yoga, which are very calming practices. However, sometimes moving your body some more can be exactly what you need, and when that is the case, you can look into trying some Hatha or Vinyasa yoga.

Meditation

One of the easiest ways to tune into yourself is to meditate. You can literally meditate wherever you are. All you need to do is to close your eyes and breathe and just let your thoughts come and go. Just focus on your breath, tune into yourself and relax. You can also practice mindfulness, which is being present wherever you are – whether that be doing the dishes, cleaning the house, driving in train or anything else. Just be present, breathe and be where you are.

Be in Nature

Sometimes, one of the best ways to relax and tune into yourself, is to go for a walk, or just be, in nature. Just feeling the sun on your skin, feeling the fresh air in your hair, listening to the birds sing, feeling the ground beneath you. Just getting grounded and being present in the now.

Do you have any practices that always help you to relax & tune into yourself? Feel free to share them in the comments, and let us all inspire each other.

Books Inspiration

BOOKS THAT HAVE CHANGED MY LIFE

Here are some of the books that have changed my life. There are, of course, many books that have had an impact on my life, but these are definitely some of the books that have completely changed my life perspective for, what I personally think is, the better. I hope this post can give you some new reading inspiration, and remember that if you choose to always stay open and to keep learning and growing – then wonderful things can happen!

The Magic (aka The Secret)

The Magic by Rhonda Byrne, was a book I discovered back in 2012 in England. It was a time in my life where I had lots of self doubt, and probably way to much doubts about myself and what I should do with my life. Then I came into a bookstore and this magical book just caught my attention. I remember first thinking “I want that!” and then my thoughts convinced me that “no, that is some sort of self-help book, you shouldn’t read that, that’s just stupid“, but after having walked around in the book store for a while I finally decided to buy it. I started reading it as soon as I got back to the hotel, and I was completely in love with it.

This book taught me about Gratitude, the Law of Attraction, Manifestation, and changing your life perspective to focus on the positive things in life. It’s a very practical book, because it has small exercises that you should do each day, and I recommend to completely follow it and do all the exercises. It changed my life, and I’m forever grateful for having discovered this book at the right time in my life.



Money & The Law of Attraction

Money & The Law of Attraction by Esther & Jerry Hicks.
I read this book recently, and it’s all about Manifestation & The Law of Attraction. It might be titled ‘money’, but this book is about so much more than just money. It’s about how to focus on the things that you WANT in life, and learning to attract these things into your life. It’s really good, and I probably wrote down half the book in my notebook while reading it, because there was just so much gold in it. If you haven’t heard about Law of Attraction and Manifestation before, then I would recommend reading ‘The Magic‘ first as an introduction to the subject, and then read this book later in your life, when you feel ready to dive deeper into the topic.

The Four Agreements

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz is a tiny little book with SO much gold in it. These life advices are some that I wish would be taught to everybody in school, because wauw, these are beautiful. I don’t want to say too much about it, because I think you should experience reading it for yourself. But it is a wonderful little book, that I think everybody should read.

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra is another little book which everybody on this Planet should read. It’s also about manifestation, and the flow of life. How in order to receive certain things in life, we must also be willing to give these things ourselves in order to keep the flow of life going. Just like with ‘The Four Agreements’, this is also a beautiful little book, so I don’t want to say too much about it, except for: read it, it’s worth it, it’s another one of those books that could be completely life changing for you.

Big Magic – Creative Living Beyond Fear

Big Magic by Elisabeth Gilbert is a book for creatives. Creatives of all kinds, whether you are a writer, painter, singer, and not only for ‘professional creatives’, but also for people who just practice being creative at home. It’s really inspirering, and gives you such a motivational spark to embrace curiosity and just start creating every time you feel that creative flow coming.

It’s also about overcoming the fear we might have that stop us from creating, which is such a shame, because as she mentions in the book, creating shouldn’t just be for coming up with a final result which we can ‘give’ to others or sell, creating should be something we do for the sake of the experience of creating something, because that is such a wonderful thing.

Think & Grow Rich

Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill is probably one of the foregoers to ‘The Magic’ and ‘Money & The Law of Attraction’, because he spend 25 years of his life learning about what had made successful people successful. This book might be titled ‘think & grow rich’, but this book is about way more than just the financial aspect, it’s about learning a whole new way of thinking which can completely change your life. It’s about finding your purpose, creating plans, staying persistent and believing in it. Again, I don’t want to say too much, because I truly believe that this book should be experienced by reading. But I will say that it’s an amazing book! I have highlighted tons of sentences in the book, I recommended by dad to get it as well, and I also just bought 2 copies for 2 of my friends. This is definitely a game changer!

The 5 Love Languages

The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman is a must-read for everybody. Not just for people wanting to improve their romantic relationship, but for everybody. This book can enhance your understanding of other people, and this can improve all your relationships. It’s about how there are 5 ‘love languages’ and that we all have a primary love language – meaning, a way that we receive and give love. But our partner might have another love language, and then miscommunication can arise as we ‘show and give’ our love in different ways and then the love might not be received by the other person, as this is not their primary love language. So if we can learn our closest ones love languages, then we can learn to ‘give’ love to them in a way that they can receive, which will improve our relationships.

These were the books that have been completely life-changing for me and my life. I would love to know which books have been life changing for your life?

Health Holistic beauty & skincare Inspirering people

INTERVIEW WITH ALANA OLIVERS

Alana Olivers is a very inspirering woman who I’m following on Instagram & Youtube. We have very similar interests, within health, skin, and the whole mind body connection. Alana works as a skin coach and is just such a positive person, and I am so happy to have created such a beautiful ‘online friendship’ with her, without even having met her in real life. I find Alana very inspirering, and she has so much knowledge within the field of skin & health, which she is going to share much more of in this interview.

Dear Alana, will you tell us a little bit about yourself? Who you are and what you do?

I was born and grew up in Switzerland but I now live all over the world. I am a skin coach (I help others to make their skin look and feel its best) and I run my own company in Switzerland where we produce 100% natural, personalized, cruelty free, vegan skin care. My passion is to empower and help others see how amazing their bodies’ healing abilities are and to show them how much modern medicine underestimates what the body and skin can do all by itself, without any pills, just by giving it the right ‘fuel’ and treating it as a whole.

I am an introvert who loves to read books about health, the skin, the brain, genetics, epigenetics, psychology and the mind, who didn’t have a social media account until 24 years old and now tries to figure out how it works while still feeling weird in front of a camera every time 🙂 .

I believe that our health is the biggest wealth we have in life and that we should appreciate and respect our body and trust in its abilities and I hope to inspire others to see that the same way.

You share lots of skincare tips on your Youtube and Instagram, what made you become interested in skin? And, how did you gain the knowledge that you’ve learned?

A couple of years ago I was diagnosed with something which made me spend a lot of time in the hospital getting treatments and surgery which ended up weakening my immune system massively. Apart from my completely weakened body, I started to get skin rashes and acne, my body overreacted to literally everything and no skin care helped. I tried everything from affordable to extremely expensive skin care, but somehow it just made things worse.

I started to look into the ingredient lists and I was shocked to find out how many chemicals were in there. I knew that there had to be a better way. I started to read all the books I could get my hands on about healing the skin and the body. I cleaned up my diet and my lifestyle as well as making my skin care myself to make sure I can control all the ingredients.

I decided to take courses in natural skin care, nutrition, holistic medicine, holistic healing etc. and I used every free minute to read everything about the skin and what influences its healing and wellbeing. Soon thereafter people started to take notice that my skin got much better and became interested in what I did, and I started to coach them with their own skin and through word of mouth I got more and more clients. That’s when I decided to make a Youtube and Instagram account to share what I love most with more people 🙂

What are your 5 best skincare tips?

  1. The foods you consume far outweigh the skin care you are applying topically, so make sure to heal your skin from within before spending money on something which can only (in the best case) help with the symptoms of your problem.
  2. NEVER be afraid of using oils on your skin. If you are choosing the right oil for your skin it will be the best thing you’ve ever done when it comes to skin care (and it won’t clog your pores)
  3. Be as gentle as you can and don’t overdo it with products (9 steps skin care systems were created by companies which want to sell you a loooot of products). Your skin was built to protect you from the world, it is an awesome organ and it just needs your support (not you trying to take over its job 🙂 )
  4. Never forget that your skin is just part of a whole organism, your body. You can never heal the skin without healing the body, and as soon as you heal your body, your skin will be healthy as well. 
  5. 80% of what you apply to your skin will be absorbed directly into your bloodstream. So make sure that the skincare you apply only contains ingredients which you would also feel comfortable with if you would have to eat it.



What is 1 thing you have experienced that most people do not think about when they want to improve their skin, which actually has a huge impact on how your skin looks?

Definitely the gut health. The health of our digestive tract influences the health of our skin directly. Many of my clients are a little surprised to say the least when I ask them about their bowel movements since they booked a consultation which should cover their skin problems. But your gut is an organ which is responsible to eliminate (literally:P) everything your body doesn’t need and the digestive tract also has the vital job when it comes to absorb nutrients and vitamins.

If your gut is overwhelmed or constipated it can happen that part of your already digested food gets reabsorbed into your bloodstream which leads to inflammation which in turn can lead to acne and/or rashes and eczema. It is so important to take care of your gut health, to me it is the seat of our health, really.

If your gut isn’t healthy your whole body (including your skin) is out of balance. So, make sure to eat enough pre- and probiotic foods, avoid processed foods and junk foods and lower your sugar intake. After taking antibiotics make sure to use probiotics to bring the “good bacteria” back into your digestive tract.

Do you have some daily rituals that you do every single day?

YEEEEEES 🙂 ! I am all about rituals, I believe that without creating small rituals around the things you want to improve in your life nothing really happens. The habits which made the biggest difference in my life are:

I always start my day with a 10-20 minutes Meditation and I usually also finish my day like this (it is one of the best rituals I have every implemented into my daily life).

The second thing I do is that I start every single day with lots of warm water (I either add lemon, ginger, turmeric, apple cider vinegar or some sort of tea to it, whatever I have on hand that day).

I also work out every single day since I believe that an active lifestyle is so important for a healthy body (and beautiful skinJ), I either run, go on a bicycle, go for a hike or do yoga.

Another ritual I have is that I read or listen to an audio book every day (usually before bedtime, and always when I commute) for at least 30min – 1 hour.



What is your skincare routine like?

My skin care routine is extremely simple. I use the oil cleansing method to cleanse my face in the evening. After that I always have a look at my skin and decide what it needs that day. That might just be some fresh Aloe Vera or a serum, or a mask, Vitamin C, or a product/DIY which contains AHA or BHA to exfoliate my skin (I only exfoliate my skin 1x a week). After that I just apply my 100% natural night cream and go to bed.

In the morning I usually don’t wash my face at all. I use some rice water toner (I have a recipe for that on my channel) and then I either apply some of my day cream (if my skin feels dry that day) or just leave it at that. Once to twice a week I go to the sauna and apply some manuka honey as a face mask. That’s basically it 🙂

You have also created your own skincare line. Can you tell us about the products you have created?

My Skin Care Company is based in Switzerland and is called “Natural Choices”. And this is exactly what the products are all about. They are 100% natural, cruelty free and vegan, they are free from  chemicals and preservatives as well as silicones and parabens.

I think our skin is so different from everybody else’s. That’s why all the products are personalized (that means a person comes for a skin analysis or has a skin coaching session with me and after that we choose each ingredient for each product specifically for that person and then creates a unique product).

The benefit of that is first of all that we can address the specific skin problems with ingredients which matches the specific needs of our client, and also that we can change the formulation once the skin starts to get better (as well as making adjustments for Winter/Summer time).

Which books have changed your life?

  • Super Genes (Deepak Chopra M.D & Rudolph Tanzi Ph.D.)
  • The Four Agreements (Don Miguel Ruiz)
  • The Telomere Effect (Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn & Dr. Elissa Epel)

What is your best advice for people who are dealing with skin issues and are feeling insecure because of their skin?

For sure it is always hard to deal with skin problems just because it is usually not something you can easily cover up and everyone sees it so you feel exposed and judged, at least that is how I felt.

The most important advice I can give is to try to shift your perspective about it. It is not an easy thing to do, but it is truly life changing.

Don’t see the rashes or pimples or dry flakes as something your body does against you but as something it does FOR you. Try to see it as the language your body communicates with you. It tries to tell you that something is wrong, that for example your digestive tract or your liver is overwhelmed (breakouts, dull skin f.e.), or you don’t get enough sleep (dull skin, dark circles), or that your body is chronically inflamed (rashes, eczema, acne).

If you look at your skin problems from that perspective, then first of all you can figure out the cause for it and solve your problem at its root instead of just treating the symptoms, plus you enter into a much deeper relationship with your own body and will soon learn to read every sign it gives you and act accordingly.

Once you have been able to heal your skin you’ll be so much stronger and grateful for the process you had to go through because other people will never get the chance to learn this.


Which 3 people have inspired you most in your life?

Deepak Chopra

He is one of the leading figures when it comes to the body mind connection. His books introduced me to Ayurveda, to mediation and taught me how important our mindset is for the healing process of our body.

Walt Disney

Walt Disney inspired my whole childhood into my adult life until now. Not him directly as a person but his movies. I sometimes still find myself scrolling through Netflix ending up watching Mulan or the Beauty and the Beast. I am a Disney Girl :p

My Brother

My Brother and me went through a lot together and have an extremely strong relationship. He unknowingly teaches me new lessons every single day but the most important thing he taught me is probably that being yourself and to stand up for who you are is certainly not always the easiest way but that it is always worth it, and in the end the most rewarding.

If people want to learn more about you, or support you in any kind of way, where can they do this?

I am on Youtube (Alana Olivers), as well as on Instagram (oliversalana) and for sure if anybody likes to check out Natural Choices it’s www.naturalchoices.ch and naturalchoices on Instagram

Thank you so much dear for answering my questions, and for being such a ray of sunlight that you are and for sharing your knowledge with such an enthusiasm and passion!

Thank you so much, I feel extremely honored 🙂  You are such a beautiful person!


Holistic & Spiritual living

CONNECT WITH NATURE

Sometimes all we need is just to step outside and be one and connect with nature. So today I don’t want to write a lot, but I will rather post some lovely pictures I took on a wonderful walk in nature a little while ago. 

 

“Nature itself is the best physician” – Hippocrates 

Sometimes we tend to get too stuck inside our heads, and it’s all bubbled up with all the things we have to do, be etc. Whenever you start to feel like this, take a break and just get outside in nature and just BE. 

Sit under the sun. Feel the fresh air on your skin. Feel the rain on your head. Sit under a giant tree. Feel the Earth beneath you. Listen to the birds sing. Just be there. 

 














Books Health

BOOK RECOMMENDATION – IDIOT’S GUIDES TO AYURVEDA

It’s time for the first book recommendation of 2019! The first book I read this year was “Idiot’s Guides to Ayurveda” by Sahara Rose. It’s all about what Ayurveda is, the three doshas, it contains an ayurvedic dosha test and so much more.

 

Speaking of books and reading, I’ve joined the ‘goodreads‘ site, it’s a site where you can keep track of all the books you’ve read and want to read. You can also make the ‘2019 challenge’ and put in how many books you want to read for the year and then add to the list every time you’ve finished a new book. I already wrote down the books I’ve read in a word document, but this is a bit more fun, so I can definitely recommend that! And now I can tick off the first book of the year: ‘Idiot’s Guides to Ayurveda’ by Sahara Rose.

You might remember the name Sahara Rose, because I already recommended her podcast ‘The Higher Self‘ in here. But Sahara is also the author behind the book ‘Idiot’s Guides to Ayurveda‘, if you are not familiar with the ‘idiot’s guides’ books, they are simply books explaining things in a very easy and understandable way.

So what’s it about?

Idiot’s Guides to Ayurveda is the perfect book if you are new to the concept of Ayurveda. Perhaps you’ve never even heard about this word before? Or maybe you just want to dive deeper into learning about your own dosha and how to balance it.

This book covers the basics of Ayurveda, the three doshas (vata, pitta and kapha), and Ayurvedic dosha test so you can find out of your primary and secondary doshas (I’m primarily vata, and my secondary dosha is pitta, but definitely most vata), how to balance your dosha both when it comes to food and lifestyle tips, ayurvedic self-care practices, all about the 5 koshas and the 7 chakras, good morning and night rituals, all about digestion according to ayurveda, ayurvedic home remedies and so much more!

I already knew a bit about Ayurveda and which dosha was my primary, but I’ve definitely learn a lot of new things by reading this book as well, so I will definitely recommend it if you are into holistic health, self development, growth, self-care practices and spirituality!

 

Read also: Book recommendation – Chinese Holistic Medicine

 

As always, if you have any good book recommendations, then please share them with me and everybody else below in the comments and let’s all inspire each other!

 

Ps, if you have taken an Ayurvedic dosha test then I’m curious, which dosha is your primary?

Holistic & Spiritual living Inspiration

PODCAST RECOMMENDATION – THE HIGHEST SELF PODCAST

I’ve discovered a new podcast that I really like, and I want to share it with you today! It’s all about Ayurveda, health and self-development and it’s called “The Highest Self Podcast” – created by Sahara Rose.

 

Hi everyone and welcome back here in 2019! 

It has been lovely with a little break off from blogging and Instagram, but now I’m back again with plenty of inspiration and I plan to post 2 blogposts every week. As always, just let me know if there is anything you want to read about. 
I want to start of with a new podcast I’ve discovered, which is really good and inspirering, so let’s get right into it! 

If you’re into Ayurveda or just health and self-development, then the ‘The Highest Self Podcast” by Sahara Rose is definitely a podcast I can recommend. Sahara Rose is a new upcoming leader in the Ayurvedic world and has even been named a “leading voice speaking to the millennial generation into the new paradigm shift” by Deepak Chopra himself (author of the book ‘Perfect Health‘). Sahara Rose is also the author behind the books ‘Idiot’s Guides to Ayurveda‘ and ‘Eat Right For Your Mind-Body Type Program’ , and her podcast is really great.

One of my favourite episode’s so far is the ‘How to Preserve Passion in a long-term relationship‘. That episode is really relatable for me, since I’ve been in a relationship with my boyfriend for almost 6 years, and from time to time it can get very everyday-ish, which is both really comfortable and lovely, but the lack of passion can certainly also be there. The podcast episode is a really good episode and it’s filled with so many good advice, for how to preserve passion in a long-term relationship.

 

Here are a few of the gold-quotes from the episode, that really resonated with me and inspired me:

“You need to communicate. Women often want men to read between the lines, but the man just see that the woman is angry, and if that continues over time without proper communication, the love and passion will disappear. We need to be brave enough to communicate, and express our wants, needs and desires

Only change that comes from yourself can last”

“When we dim our lights we are doing a disservice to others

 

I can for sure recommend listening to Sahara’s wise words, I’m sure you will find some inspiration from her. I’ve also just gotten her book ‘Idiot’s Guide to Ayurveda‘ in Christmas present, and I cannot wait to dive into it and learn a lot more about Ayurveda, because that is truly something I find so fascinating.

Other podcast recommendations

My favourite podcasts about health and spirituality

 

If you have any great podcast recommendations, please share them with me and everyone else below, and let’s all inspire each other!

Health Inspiration

30 DAYS YOGA CHALLENGE

I’m currently doing a 30 day yoga challenge. That does not need much explanation, it’s simply yoga each day for 30 days straight. But, I want to tell a little bit more about my experience with it!

I was inspired by Cecilie Blaksted and her weekly challenges, where she does something for an entire week which I found really inspirering. Cecilie also recommended this inspirering TED talk about trying something new for 30 days. I really wanted to get back into my yoga practice again, and saw this as a perfect opportunity for doing just that. Therefore, I decided to do a 30 days yoga challenge (because clever people say that it takes around 30 days (more precisely, 21 days) to establish a new habit).

I am now on day 28 (I started November 1st), and I’ve only skipped 1 day because I was simply too tired after work one Sunday. So because I skipped one day, I’ll instead just continue for 1 more day – luckily I have a Christmas yoga event with Cathrine on Saturday (1st of December), so that is just perfect!

So, how has it been?

It has really been great! I’m feeling way more motivated to move my body, and do things, and I just love the feeling of stretching my body. I guess I’ve always loved that, since I’ve been dancing for several years when I was younger, so it feels so good to do it regularly. And I’m for sure planning on doing yoga quiet regularly after this challenge is done.

What challenge did I follow?

I followed ‘Yoga with Adriene’s 30 days yoga challenge‘ (free on youtube), but in reality you could just choose whatever you want. Take a random yoga video each day, go to yoga classes in your local yoga center, or do freestyle yoga practice at home if you are more experienced. I really like Adriene’s challenge, since she is so down to Earth and gives several options if you do not feel like something hardcore and instead want a more chill pose, and her videos are very manageable since they range from 12-40 minutes, but they are not too long for everyday practice, which makes it much easier to keep it a daily routine.

 

I can for sure recommend a 30 days yoga challenge! Both if you are experienced with yoga and just want to get back into your practice again, but especially also if you are totally new to yoga, then this is a great way to get into it.

 

Have you tried a 30 day yoga challenge? Or, have you tried other challenges? I’m really hooked on trying new things for a week or a month. I’m considering a ‘no TV for a week’, ‘no sugar’, ‘go for a walk each day for a week’, ‘photo challenge’ etc. But I would love recommendations and inputs from you guys!

 

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