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Self-Realization

Instead of introducing myself, I’d like to tell you about one of the first moments I knew that my life was going to change forever. It was a very spiritual encounter that made me understand that I really needed to change my life. So, it meant defining who “I” really was and what “my” purpose was. This would eventually push me into a spiritual yoga path and help me to answer a very broad but intense question: Who am I?

Let’s begin.

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Overnight Pumpkin Spice Oats (Vegan!)

Yum! This is one of my favorite breakfast treats! And breakfast is my favorite part of the day 🙂

Best made in-season with pumpkin or butternut squash:

Ingredients:

  • Half butternut squash chopped & peeled
  • 2-3 carrots chopped & peeled
  • A small 200 ml can or box of coconut cream
  • 1 cup whole wheat or normal oats (organic, not quick oats!)
  • Appx. 2 tablespoons of Chía seeds
  • A few pinches of cinnamon
  • A couple squirts of agave or honey if not vegan

Toppings:

  • Coconut yogurt or Sheep Kefír/ greek yogurt if not vegan
  • 1 teaspoon ground flax seed
  • Pumpkin/Sesame seeds and mixed nuts
  • Any fresh fruit: I like banana and blueberry
  • Coconut flakes
  • 1 teaspoon of organic, natural peanut butter

Boil your carrots and squash or pumpkin until soft. Drain most of the liquid (leave about 1/4 c water). Add back to pot with the coconut cream. Mix with a hand mixer or if you have a blender (or fancier), use that! Add cinnamon and agave and blend until smooth.

Add some of your blended squash mixture to a large jar and add your chía seeds and oats. Mix with a spoon. Fill up the jar with more squash mixture and oats until full! Seal tight and leave in the fridge overnight or for at least 4 hours.

When it’s ready, spoon 1/2 c of your overnight pumpkin oats into a bowl. Add approx. 1/4 coconut yogurt (or sweetened Kefír or greek yogurt if you aren’t a vegan) and all your toppings! If you like it a bit sweeter don’t be afraid to add a bit more agave or honey.

Enjoy!

Kombucha

Sweet, efervescente, home-made kombucha

Kombucha is a new adventure. This sweet fermented tea dates back thousands of years ago and is known for its probiotic properties. Meaning, it’s good for your tummy and keeps overall digestion happy and healthy. Because it’s normally made with black or green tea, it’s also uplifting, effervescent and energizing!

I’m going to teach you how to make it today 🙂

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Put Her in a Box.

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Hello, Ego.

Egomaniac. Egotistical. Superegoist. Having a big fat ego.

Wait, what does having an ego even mean? When we use the word “ego” we often automatically think of people that are self-centered or pompous, self-serving and sometimes even narcissistic. They might like to toot their own horn, be a bit of a braggart and be wrapped up in themselves.

But when we get down to the core of ego, the truth is that we all have one. And while having an ego might be a way to describe someone’s inflated opinion of themselves, it’s actually also assisting that little voice inside our heads. You know the one- running it’s mouth to you all day. Telling you what to think, do and feel. Yeah, your mind. Well, the ego is the mediator between a situation that occurs and how we react and then attach ourselves to that situation through feelings, emotions and thought processes. Basically, we overly associate incidents with ourselves (our “I” and our ego) and becoming overly emotionally invested in these incidents. Our ego can even convince us of quite the opposite of stuck-up; it might even make us feel insecure, unworthy, or incompetent.

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Hatha Raja Yoga Flow

A full intermediate “coffee cup” class! I had to edit some things down, and so my head is cut off in a few segments. I’m not used to filming longer sequences on my own, but I had to share today’s beautiful fiery practice.

You can also find the video on my YouTube Channel 😁😊

Namaste beautiful yoguis. 🌎

I forgive you.

Dear You. I am writing to tell you that I’ve moved on. It took me a long time, and even though I still feel moments of anger and sorrow, I can finally say that I no longer love you.  I lived trapped with you in a roller coaster of emotions; between love and fear, anxiety and pain, and some sick yet sweet knowing that we had to stay in it.  No matter how ugly, we would see things through, lick our wounds, and stay together. Even if that meant upholding violence, resentment, moments of hatred, abuse and vile behaviour. The very low lows, met with those very high highs. 

I got out.

Looking back I can see how far in over my head I was, living in a cycle of abuse I did not know was abnormal. You were my drug. I was entrapped in the ups and downs of psychological manipulation: losing my sense of self to please you, withstanding endless gaslighting, believing every sermon that you preached to me, allowing you to tell me that I should just be a different person. Believing when you told me I wasn’t good enough. Keeping quiet when I wanted to tell you my emotions. Pretending I was ok when I was miserable because I wasn’t allowed to be me. Feeding into your manipulation because I didn’t know my own worth.

How could I ever deserve those things? No one does.

But I’m here to tell you that I see it for what it really was; and you, for who you really are. And it took a long time, but I forgive you. 

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The Gift of Balance

When I mention balance you might be imagining a tight-rope walker in the circus balancing across a fine rope and teetering slightly from side-to-side. Or maybe just the simple act of balancing on your tippy-toes. Or perhaps you’re thinking of balance in terms of a healthy lifestyle: the balance between exercising and lying around on the sofa with a glass of wine; the balance between that scrumptious date-night burger and your healthy midweek spinach salad.

But when I think about balance right now, in this present moment where we are forced to face tumultuous uncertainty and times of chaos, I think about how to find stability and centeredness in order to not fall off course from mental, physical, or emotional well-being. In face of racism, terrorism, sickness, and potential human loathing: How can we each keep our balance, stay centered and calm, and find strength and stability in such seemingly fearful times?

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Starting Over and Other Imperfections.

You might not be getting started with yoga for the very first time, rather, you might just be looking for a fresh start. You may be dreaming of getting back on the mat after a small (or big) break, or thinking about picking back up on your meditation habit that you left in the dust a few months ago. Or maybe, starting again means more than just yoga, like coming off that “vacation” week of eating out and wanting to go back to eating healthy. Or resolving to take the time to keep in touch with your family whose video calls you’ve been avoiding. Or maybe its a vow to go back to blocking your ex who you sought out for a little bit of attention in quarantine (COVID aftermath). This post is about starting over in every sense of the phrase, always with a yoga touch, but first and foremost with the knowledge that it’s ok to fall off the wagon.

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Self-Realization

Instead of introducing myself, I’d like to tell you about one of the first moments I knew that my life was going to change forever. It was a very spiritual encounter that made understand that I really needed to change my life. So, it meant defining who “I” really was and what “my” purpose was. This would eventually push me into a spiritual yoga path and help me to answer a very broad but intense question: Who am I?

Let’s begin.

It happened to be a low moment in my life. I was in a very toxic intimate relationship and we were giving it “another” go for probably the 10th time in as little as 1 and 1/2 years. On this particular day, I had not slept well because I’d been arguing with my partner. The next morning , in a desperate attempt to salvage the situation, I called him to make amends. But I was already on the receiving end of what would be another 5 day silent treatment stint with other added-in psychological abuse.

I began heading to work this particular day in the neighborhood of Gracia, Barcelona. It was a beautiful, sunny day in February but I was very sad and emotional. As was my habit in these frequent situations, I felt distraught, hopeless and glum about the future of this particular relationship. I felt scared. I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

In route, I was suddenly stopped by tourist. He asked how to arrive to Parque Guell. As I was indicating with my hands where to go, he suddenly asked me if he could look at the palms of my hands. Surprised, in an instant I had to decide if I was willing to engage with this stranger about this sudden request. He began to explain that he was very involved in reiki, yoga, and all this stuff I once thought very wishy-washy. He looked into my eyes, and he said,

“I should read your palms.”

I believe if it were another moment in my life, I would have let my judgement get in the way. I would have called him crazy and walked away. But something about that moment, this man, and the way he looked at me, allowed me to open my mind and agree to this reading. As he said to me at the end of our palm reading:

Esto no es una casualidad, es una CAUSUALIDAD.”

Which means, there is no such thing as coincidence, it is always destiny – it was something that was written in the stars to happen.

There are many other details of this event that unfolded- we sat in a park, he read my palms, we talked about yoga and books and youtube videos about the “divine being”. He told me about my life, how I felt, my hardships, my pain (which was all profoundly spot on) and also my dreams and what I would go on to accomplish that same year (which also did happen).

The most important message he gave me, was that I had plugged in a way of thinking that was completely wrong. The only way to move forward was that I must unplug that way of thinking and plug-in something new. I had already begun to think about these things after I had read Ekhart Tolle’s “The Power of Now” just before meeting him. He was confirming that this was my new beginning but with certain sacrifices that lay ahead in order to change. It wouldn’t be easy, or simple. I had to end my toxic relationships & addictions, I had to stop resisting my vulnerability, I had to let go and allow my transformation to begin. Non-resitance.

I speak of this encounter with love and tenderness – it is a moment that forever changed me. It was truly an act of God to meet this person. I also let the door open to allow my world to be different. In slowly allowing myself to be non-resistant, that door of intrigue and monumental change creaked open. As soon as I started to believe in the power of the universe, in “God”, in yoga, and in “miracles” many other spontaneous spiritual things happened to me that same year and have continued to happen ever sense.

My gradual “transformation” to “yogi” is still in process. It was not overnight, nor will it be finished in this lifetime. As I believe for every being on this planet, transformation is continuous and the process of self realization is a life-long process.

Many things happened from that moment until I began my Yoga certification course, but on one of the first days, my beautiful Yoga instructor, Katya Devi said to us:

“Raja Yoga is the process of self-realization.”

Destiny was knocking again. She taught me to travel into my interior or my “inner-self” to be able to connect with the universe. This is the purpose of yoga, which means “union” of self with the cosmic universe. In another sense, right your way of thinking, acting, believing and you can connect with divine. These are all founding principles of yoga which can also be seen in “Yamas” and “Niyama” – the first steps for building a foundation to guide you to enlightenment.

So, instead of telling you who I am, I can tell you where I started and what that truly means to me in relation to yoga. We are all floating atoms vibrating at certain frequencies in this giant universe- we are essentially all the same. But my purpose is to help guide you in your own yoga path- be it for whatever reason. To share my knowledge and information in the hopes that you too will begin a path in yoga, whatever small incorporation into your lifestyle that may be!

Remember that discovering who you are might change many times throughout your own life and even reincarnated life. But you might also want to start asking yourself: Who am “I”?

Thank you for reading.

Namaste.