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Importance of being adaptable as Yoga teacher

  Many time we teachers before workshops or classes tenden to make strickt plans how the class is built and how it is going to be. 

Sometimes we even get disappointed or mad towards us selves if the plans don’t go through. 

When I started to teach Yoga I had so clear visions about the class all the way from beginning to it’s end and I remember how devastating it was when the plans did not go together with the reality. I felt so little and sad about the fact that I could not deliver a ”perfect” class to my students. It was heart breaking. I’m all the way into the bone marrow one who wants to serve and hate making others disappointed. I was terrified to loose my tone in shanting or say something totally wicked.

But what surprised me was that many times when I lost my plans during the classes, and when the class ended people started to come to me to thank me for a really great class. I started to soften. I started to loosen up and were not that afraid of making ”mistakes”. 

Today we have had Mind Day on one of the places there I teach yoga. I’m used to hold my classes alone and used to compromise with just my self and the yogis on their mats, so today was a totally new experience. Today I teached  in pair with a fellow teacher. 

We had not had time to do the test classes together to do a test drive before this day because sometimes Life happens and time runs out.

Hahaha… I can tell you, this day didn’t go at all as planned BUT we adjusted so smoothly on the situation and we made it to ROCK any ways! And it was a great deal of fun!!

We had planed a technique class and after a class based on these asanas but as the OMies wanted to continue with the techniques to find the asanas for each one of the students, based on their own physical abilities. So we decided to do double asana technique class. And I have to say that I’m a total technique nerd!! So I did not mind at all. It was so beautiful to feel the energy of these lovely people studying the asanas and to find their way of the movement and finding the ground, strength, relaxation and connection to the breath. I’m so tired but happy right now. But there is still one class to teach today… Sunday Funday 😉

And what comes to the making mistakes… I did do some today. Maybe I was the only one noticing, maybe not. But it’s not a big deal 🙂

Sometimes I do give quite funny instructions in my class and I offer the class a really good laughter. Or while doing balances ; hand balances or headstands, giving instructions, forgetting to concentrate on the asana and loosing the balance and ending up in face plant or falling down…. Not a big deal. I’m used to be the clown of the group through whole my life and it’s my way to shake of things like that. This has actually even turned to my benefits. 

Like one of my students said so nicely.

”I love your classes because you are human in first place instead of a Teacher, which feels so relaxing.”

But I think it’s all about being humble. I don’t know everything. I’m on the journey too, just like everyone else.

We are all humans. No one is better than the other. Teacher or student. And by remembering this makes the practice easier for all the practisers in the shala. Many times there is this fear of not being good/ flexible enough to practice on classes on the shala that holds us back from taking the next step in our yogic journey. As we put aside the feeling of ”not being worthy” the magic happens and the great journey can begin. This comes even for teachers…. We are all different and there will always be students who are guided to you for a reason. Be grateful, be joyful and Shine your light.

I feel like I kind of ended up on side ways now but what I want to say is;

Life is on constant movement. You never know what you will meet in your class. Feel out the energies and don’t force a surtent class to happen as planned if the energies don’t support it. Be adaptable to form the class to what your students needs not what you want to teach or show. Be humble and serve as a teacher.

  

Journey to Padmasana – The Full Lotus Pose

Do you have struggle to get into a full Lotus pose? Your knee hurts and your ankles are killing you??

I know how it feels and this has taken me 2,5 years to come here and I still manage to stay only a really short time. But as with every pose, it takes practice and you need to feel the asana in your body. if you are not feeling your body, if you are not being present in your own body the development will maybe ever happen. When you learn to listen and find the connection between the body and the mind and you learn to be present in each moment in the asanas. You will find the way for the body to move in the positions with out resistance.

I’m still searching my way to find my free connection to my hips. I know it will happen. It is a journey I need to do before getting there. The same journey learns me to be patient. That personality trait has never been the strongest of my traits. So I made this video for you, because this is how my journey has developed from Sukhasana to Padmasana, even if it just is for a moment 🙂

Hope it inspires You,

Enjoy!

Namaste <3

 

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8ioRu6jHag]

Lovely, awful hip openers. The Double Pigeon Pose and the Modification.

Hips! Those darn hips! Okay, so this is definitely my achilles heal. And in todays post I’ll show you Double Pigeon Pose and the Modification to it. I have quite divided relationship to these Lovely, awful hip openers. My hips are just made of stone and steel and I work on them and then I work some more on them. 

And the progress seems to be so slow. And I know why…. Do you?? Because I have been cutting down in hip openers because I did not do as I have learned. Ego…. I have forced my hip openers too hard and ended up to injure my knee even more.

So, no matter what position you struggle with, DO NOT FORCE IT! It will come when You are ready. If it ever does happen. Either way feel that it is okay. Accept the space you are in right now. Don’t do what I did… We should always remember that we always are right where we should be.

There are though some facts that affect how deep you get into hip opening poses. 

  • The tightness of the soft tissues like muscles, fascias and ligaments

  • Bone structures

  • Deepness of the joints

The muscular and fascia tightness is possible and good to work with but we have to stay aware of when the stiffness is not in these tissues. Ligaments should not get stretched and by pressing into poses, that are because of your bone structures not made for you, is nothing to force into.

Anatomy Lesson

 

IMG_9792We all know the general area of our body we have in mind when we talk about our “hips”. Here is some actually information of ”the Hip”. To be specific, we can say that the actual hip joint is located where your femur (thighbone) meets your pelvis (hip bone). For all the anatomy nerds here, let’s be technical and define the hip joint as the place where the head of the femur (the ball-like prominence at the top end of the bone) articulates with the acetabulum, a concave hemispherical socket located on the side of the pelvis.

The hip is a joint, which means that it’s a moveable part of your body.  Motion at the hip takes place when the femur and pelvis move in relation to each other.  There are lots of movements available at the hip joint, including hip extension (moving the thigh behind you, as in Dhanurasana), hip flexion (forward bend – uttanasana), hip abduction (moving your thigh out to the side, like your back leg in Warrior B), hip adduction (moving the thigh toward your midline – think Eagle Pose), and internal (Shoe lace pose) and external (Lotus ) rotation.  Ideally all of these motions would be fluid and easy for you all of the time, but all too often, our hip joint movement is restricted in one or more planes (or all of them), resulting in hips we experience as “tight”.

What Does It Mean to Have Tight Hips?

Even though some teachers and even therapists says that the hips movements are are not because of stiff joints but because of the tight soft tissues as muscles and fascias, the truth is that your joint itself is sometimes really the issue. Because every human being is unique in the bone structures and the hip joint is placed in different directions and ankled very different. Some have hip joints that is not to much to the front of the Pelvis and the articularis / joint is shallow, which makes most of the poses for hips easy to get into when the muscles softens up. If the joint is too much to the front and the joint is deep the bone structures from femur and pelvis will collard and it’s never good to try push beyond this point. The deepness of the joint as well as the length of the femoral neck is very different from person to person and it makes the movement of the hip unique for each and one of us. I have worked almost 10 as a Sport therapist and seen lots of these issues. But I got even better eye opener when I study to Yoga Teacher and one of our Teachers, Joe Barnett (Yin Yoga teacher) went really deep into the bone structures when he was teaching us the understanding of teaching and guiding students into poses. He learned us to understand and respect our own bodies as well others. 

And sometimes actually the muscles and fascia that cross your joint that restrict your movement. And how do these tissues become tight? Your body adapts to what you do most frequently. And the one body position that we as a culture tend to assume most frequently is sitting with our hips and knees flexed at 90 degrees. Even if you don’t think you sit a lot, or if you have a job which requires you to stand, you’re probably forgetting all the other time you do spend sitting because it’s so ingrained in your daily lifestyle that you almost don’t even realize it. Fortunately many of the office working places here in Finland are having now a days adjustable tables so you can vary between sitting and standing during the working day.

The difference of the pain when it is bone structural limitation or soft tissue tightness is not always easy to tell, but if you feel sharp pain and / or hard resistance  and if there is softer resistance and milder pain or more as uncomfortableness in a position is an indication of muscular / fascial tightness.

In a nutshell, our over-use of the sitting posture shortens the muscles that cross the front of our hips (hip flexors) and the muscles that line the back our thighs (hamstrings), as well as effectively inactivates our otherwise so powerful glutes, and just turns our whole hip area out of balance. So the tight and unhappy hips drive us to our yoga mats to get some relief. Just remember, that the balance is what we strive for, strengthens and releases tension and respects our body, as it is made.

Here I have a video for the SAFE practice of Double Pigeon. Both; guidance to full pose and to a modification for all the tight hips out there in the world.

Enjoy

 [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LrQnKaU978]

About Being vulnerable in a role of an Yoga teacher.

Yesterday We had This awesome gathering with my fellow Yoga Teachers in our shala. We drank tee, laughed and danced whole evening and reconnected us selves with every part of our body. I can’t remember when I’ve felt so alive in every single cell in my body. It was a really needed evening with these Lovely ladies.

To be honest, the last few weeks have been tough emotionaly and All these discussions and decisions with myself have been draining me and I sure needed to dance it of. Take a brake.

But what definitely have been giving me strength to stay focused during this period is that I feel so secure in my space as a teacher. I know that I don’t need to fake anything or pretend to be perfect in any way. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean that I tell about all my ups and downs for my students, but I can for exemple just start with words….

”Well, We live interesting days when sometimes nothing really goes as planned, and I’m sure everyone has these days. I’m so Honored and Glad to find my Self here with You All today to work on our mats to find our inner peace and trust for What’s coming…”

I see it as showing your authentic You as a teacher to your students, You encourage them to be authentic too. I believe that if we are trying to be something You are not, You soon end up losing your students because they Will feel if You are holding a false image.

I know it is a really thin line to show your vulnerability and to show too much, but I also know that certain type of people are drown to You what ever you are showing out to The world. Your students Will always respect You as long as You are staying true.

I see also that even though I have had lots of pain and tears, it gives me the deeper understanding for others situations and I see them as a blessing. They give me the tools to guide and help these in pain to find the way easier out. Both in self-development as in Yoga asana practice.

We talked about all this yesterday and I must say that I feel so blessed to have these colleagues to brainstorm and change experiences with. It’s a safetynet to fall Back on when You need  the support. Either if You are a teacher or a student yourself I think that the importancy to have a mentor is crucial.

One of the people that I see as my Yoga mentor is Petri Räisänen and his wife Wambui. They are really down to Earth type of Yogis and I love their way to be so uncomplicated. I really recommend their workshops and retreats to Everyone. Even though I teach Hatha and soon Yin and he Petri and Wambui teaches Ashtanga I really love learning From them. Petri is amazing on hands-on guiding and last time I were on their retreat I found such a new levels to get in to positions.

I think that my way of being true in my self even when I teach is lots of Thanks to them. You can feel what You feel, be vulnerable, without making a huge number of it.

I would love to hear your thoughts about this is, if You are teacher or a student.

Hope, my lovelies, you’ll have a really beautiful Easter.

Love and Light <3

Karoliina

3 most amazing benefits of Yoga for Cancer patients

Today I wanted to share today is the 3 most magnificent benefits of yoga when your body is sick in cancer. Or even other illnesses but this journey with Cancer is what I know from my own experiences and I really hope to spread the knowledge about it.

In 2012 i got diagnose of Hodgkins Lymphoma state 4BX, which means that cancer has spread in both sides of diaphragm, 4 or more main organs, the B stand for the form of the cancer cell that in my case was bulk and the X was terminal as in the end of that race. In that time when I got the diagnose I was so tired I barely stayed awake enough to go to restroom, but some how I managed to pull my self together and start consciously breathing and talking and listening to my body. Soon I managed even to start moving a bit. some asanas every now and then. There were very few positions I managed to do at all because of my huge spleen that was full of cancer and swollen, as well as my diaphragm and my right lung. But I did what my body asked for. I was started to be aware of my body and breath 24/7. Just did my asanas, breathing and doing Yoga Nidra as I got the orders from my dear body.

This next information will blow your mind!! So keep on reading after you watched the slide show. With this slide I want to show you where I come from and why I’m so passionated about this.

After I started to do all these practice I knowledge that I started be more and more precent, I did not have as much sleeping difficulties, I was calm and felt the energy flowing and healing within me.

When I got my first pneumonia during my chemo I ended up in Hospital emergency and when they tok my oxygen saturations they had to change the machine because they thought it was broken. It showed that my oxygen levels were up 98% with tumors in my lung and a pneumonia! The other machine showed the same. The Doctors and Nurses could not believe their eyes. And my blood works showed that my hemoglobin was higher than most healthy people have with is amazing when you think that I did have a blood cancer form. My pulse was slow and study and my blood pressure just perfect.

During this pneumonia I had my neared experience 2 weeks later that turned my healing process to something that no one expected, but that is a whole another story. (coming up in my book)

When I was again well enough to be at home I started soon to notice that I did not want to have the heavy pain killers anymore. I had been on morphine for quite a high dose and longer time and I wanted it out of my system because I felt it disturbing me in many levels. My spleen hunted a lot but as I kept on breathing and doing my gentle asana I noticed that every time I started to breath more consciously the pain disappeared and my mind became still. I did this every day. Many times several times each day or overtime I felt pain somewhere, I started to breath slowly in and out . Inhale – let, Exhale -go… Let go…. That was one of my mantras. I also had to go through whole my life, all my traumas and just forgive everything and everybody, even my self.

Each check up I did at the Oncologist they were surprised over that I had survived the first month and that I was actually making progress. My spleen had started to shrink and was mostly pain free. Even if the process to get cancer free tok almost 2 years, I did it. Little by little. Many times under the asana practice I did most of the healing in my soul level. I believe that when we get stuck in too much trauma that we don’t work our way through it will in some point manifest as a illness of some sort.

Cancer has it’s roots in deep wounds, being stuck in sadness, hidden secret or grief that troubles your soul or being stuck in anger. It all had to go. And Yoga definitely gave me the tools to handle it all.

So here is the 3 most amazing benefits of Yoga;

  1. Breathing consciously (Pranayama) highers your oxygen levels and benefits your cellular healing process and calms your mind. 

  2. Asana practice and breathing relieves pain, releases stress and anxiety.

  3. It helps you to cleans your body from toxins and mobilize your body, less pain in your spine and joints.

So this is something that I think is really important to spread out. For me it feels like it saved my life. It really did. That has also inspired me to keep on studying so next November I’m traveling to Goa to study Yoga Therapy and maybe I can help some more people.

And what comes to being old or sick so you can’t exercise, Yoga is even for you. No matter how bad in shape you are, there is always a level for you. Conscious breathing is where the journey begins.

If you feel difficult to keep in touch with the breath, start counting it. 1 – inhale, 2 – exhale and keep on counting 1, 2. even when your thoughts start to slip away, go back to breathing slowly in and out, 1,2. And there you are, already doing yoga in one of the many levels.

I have worked now as a yoga teacher about a year and reached around 300-350 hours and I just love it. My students are everything between 15 to 94. Yes, you read right 94… I just recently started to teach Chair Yoga  on a Nursing Home and I have to say that the once who are there are amazing and love the laughter in the room when we do our practice. Just remember Yoga has no labels. It’s for everyone no matter of race, size, health or sick, old or young. And What I know for sure is that Yoga is just perfect way to support you during and after Cancer treatments.

Hope this inspires and helps someone who needs this little push. If you have any thoughts about this I’m glad to chat chat with you.

Namaste <3

Karoliina

 

Create your Space and Own it.

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What is that chick / dude trying to do? What a show of! How often Are you noticing how someones in the yoga class are watching around to the neighbor mat and fellow yogis? Rolling their eyes. Or just pushing them selves in way too deep pose just for to be a better yogi in asanas than that neighbor mat person who is just such a “wanna Be” Kino McGregory…. Gah! Give me a brake!! You are thinking!…

But hey hey HEEEYYY! Wait a minute… If you just noticed someone eye balling around in the shala, it only means that you should also be giving more attention on your own practice. Turn back in your own breathing, your own intension. Turn back your attention to your  own body and the reflections of how the breathing, moving on your mat it feels.

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I know it isn’t always so easy. And definitely at the begin of your yoga journey it’s really tough to let go of your ego and the desire to be that awesome flexy thing  making ten knots of them selves and still having a fabulous smile on their face. I know this because I’ve been there. Not in yoga but in martial arts and it just leads to you hurting your self . Not only your ego but also physically. And let me tell you, it’s just not worth it.

How You look in the asanas is a not the important thing. How you feel in while you are breathing and moving and grounding on your mat is the true journey. The Journey to find out WHO you are. Finding out your true seer. Cleaning your views from the layers of curtains that hides your true self behind it all. It is not always a pleasant journey but in the end the feeling of Space of harmony around you and the feeling of Peace inside of you, will pay of the growing pain in the end. At first you may think the yoga is you and your mat but sooner or later you will notice that the Yoga practice is much more than the asanas. It is the way you live and love your life and every aspect of  it. And when your practice feels uncomfortable or you find out new sides about you that you didn’t know where there and maybe these new sides even scare you or makes you feel less, remember this; You can always decide how to react and act on any kind of information or thoughts. I know this so well and is the main reason for me starting teaching and inspiring others to do yoga. I’m maybe one of the stiffest yogis on biz, but I have found my way of movement as everyone else will find their own. Cancer and my old way of living did leave scares and marks on my body and I just have to accept it forgive myself doing myself harm that way and let it rest. I have learned my lessons the hard way. Here is couple of experiences from life….

Lets say You have invested time and maybe even founds on new business but realize that it was for you. Here you can get stuck in a negative, loosing founds and time and disappointment and accuse others of your failing OR You can concentrate to see the positive sides, what have you learned on the way and maybe you have made even some really good friends on that journey. For me the lost founds and time I see as investment. I found some amazing souls to connect with and I learned how to brand my self, write books (heads up, my autobiography coming during this year 2016), I learned A LOT techy stuff like running successfully Instagram accounts, make ads and marketing on FB and sooooo much more. If you have questions or need advice about these things just let me know.  I do not know everything, but I sure know quite a lot 😉 Every biz needs the social medias now a days, so if you don’t have IG and Fb fan page ready to roll, do it. For me the positive side is that i don’t need to pay anyone to run my ads and social medias. I realized that I burn more for to help others with health and Yoga than that I’m burning to make bugs on online marketing. I love people and I love helping. It gives so much more joy!!                              Later this year I’m coming up also with my own online yoga site for my followers and students. I’m starting to study Yoga Theraphy soon and I look forward to be able to help others with their health even more. I’m excited over it and of corse the fact that the school is in Goa. I will be needing voluntary patients too so let me know if you are interested <3

Or let me also give another example…. for me my Cancer was even though it was 2 years of just surviving the day with pain, nausea and tons of medicines a blessing. I could easily have got stuck on feeling sorry for myself  and choose the victimhood but instead I learned to see the beauty in each moment and I learned to be grateful for the smallest things, like  the beauty of a snowflake or a little flower braking through the dirt. I started also to sink more into conscious being and living. I did several times each day Pranayama exercises and a couple of asanas of Yin every now and then. I was way too week to do Hatha or Asthanga practice so i just did what my body wanted to do. No forcing or violence – Ahimsa. You can read more about journey on my first post on this blog or get my free ebook Here.

The same way you think when you develop in your own yoga practice. You may have to start in the most basic levels and still find it hard but the acceptance of your own being and allowing the progress take it’s time. Embrace the moment and stop forcing. You will have resistance on that path every now and then but by landing on it and letting it take it’s time you will learn so much about your self. How even in the moment of resistance and discomfort you can find peace in your mind. You will every now and then feel desperation and agony of being stuck and not making as fast progress you want but see how far you have come!! If you are beginner, see you are doing a great job coming on your mat time after time. Just breath through it. Don’t ever compare where you are with someone else. What comes naturally for someone else, is pain for you but remember there is always a pain point even for that other person in a different asana or movement or just in the mind, You just never know. I sometimes suggest my students to close their eyes and just sink in their own experience to eliminate the possibility to COMPARING.

Couple of my favorite quotes about this is;

Yoga is not about self-improvement, it’s about self-acceptance. -Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa

Yoga is not about touching your toes. It’s about unlocking your ides about what you want, where you think you can go, and how you will achieve you get there. -Cyndi Lee

No mud, No Lotus. -Gandhi

So soften in your self on your mat next time. Do not care what happens on the mat right next to you. That is someone else’s journey happening there and you should be doing your own. And as you shouldn’t be judging someone else’s practice, don’t judge your own nighter. You are in the right place, in just a right time. Enjoy every moment of it. You are Amazing – Feel it.

Namaste – Love and Light

Your truly,

Karoliina

P.S. My Yoga IG account is freedom_samprema and my personal account is karromilla for those who want to hit follow…

Yama, Niyama – How You Treat The Others And How You Treat Your Self.

I share with you guys today 2 of my favorite Old Yogic Wisdoms. The Yoga Sutras Of Patanjali By Sri Swami Satchidananda And Bhagavad Gita By Mahabharata I can really warmly to recommend for everyone who is interested about yogic lifestyle and philosophy. Those are my favorite  Master Pieces to study. They are books About Finding Your True Seer And How To Live A Yogic Life In All Aspects. Yama, Niyama are the guidelines that I would recommend everyone to take a deeper thought over – How You Treat The Others And How You Treat Your Self.

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  • Patanjali is talking about to really go in your self and finding the true reflections of your mind and soul. How we are constantly getting disturbed of other peoples reflections and in that way we loose our selves to false impressions.
 
 
 1. Dharma and Karma, what’s the difference ?
I would like to clear up a bit about life purpose ( dharma ) and how people often mix it up with karma and try to live to someone elses dharma instead of their own. Wich is never to recommend.
It’s always better to do your own dharma even if your outcome of is less than perfect, Than do someone elses dharma perfect. Even if you do it perfect it is not yours to do, so you will get stuck and never get the satisfaction of it. And what is your Dharma it’s your job to find out . Karma is your action and the outcome of your action. So if you really are aming for good outcomes of your actions, you better have your purposes and intensions headed in the right things and the right directions. If your actions are fully driven of your ego , you maybe get far to the beginning but somewhere the karma will kick in and straighten you up.
This is a big wisdom I learned from a book named Bhagavad Gita.
2. Yoga Sutra 1.33 of Patanjalis
The wonderful script of  Yamas – How we should be cultivating our attitudes towards others  and through  that to find piece within us selves.
How many times haven’t you got irritated when some one has been really happy? Or getting mad and hateful towards someone being mean?

1.33 By cultivating attitudes of friendliness towards the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous and disregard toward the wicked, the mind-stuff retains its undisturbed calmness.

So Patanjali gives us four keys: friendliness, compassion, delight and disregard. There is only four kind of  locks in the world. Keep these four keys always with you, and when you come across any one of these four locks, you will always have the proper key to open it.

And what are those four locks? Sukha, Duhkha, Punya and Apunya – happy people, unhappy people, the virtuos and the wicked. You use those keys and you will be able to keep your mind calm and stabil.

This Sutra is my golden treasure ( As the whole book is. ) ! Test it as you find a lock next time!!

Niyamas – How we should be cultivating our attitudes towards us selves. That one isn’t neither to taken lightly. Your negative thoughts and actions towards your self is always doing harm and bringing you down.                                                                                                                                                                                            So that is something we have to stop with. Make instead a commitment to your self and every time  you   get a negative thought about your self, STOP and turn it to opposite ! It takes time to train your mind to it, but as you get better you will feel de difference within you.

Click Here to Learn More About Yoga Sutra 1.33 of Patanjali

As I have for many years helped others with their physical problems, before with massage and consulting to training and now with Yoga, I also like to help people to get knowledge of helping then selves too.
As you know it’s only possible for you to help someone to certain point and after that the helping is not anymore on you. If you give a man a fish, he is satisfied for that day but hungry again tomorrow. If you learn that man how to fish, he will have food on the table for rest of his days.
These wisdoms I wrote about above is a good start to getting to the right direction of good outcomes of your actions.
I wish you a peaceful Monday and Go ahead BE AWESOME !
SamPrema – Peace and Love
Yogas citta vrtti nirodhah. ( When your mind is clear of reflections, you are in state of  YOGA.)
Karoliina

Talkin and repeating or listening and learning??

To get further, to get wiser – You have to get humble and open your self and your mind to learning new things from others. And to learn something new every day is basics to geting where you are heading. Like it or not but if you would all ready know everything you would have reached your goals all ready.

Before I experienced my life stressful and I felt desperate to survive. But while struggling to survive my cancer  I found my inner power to get me my health back and get my life back. I realized that it would only happen if I just really set my mind to it. So as I was laying there in my suffering body I started to see me as healthy and glowing and full of energy. And as impossible as it sounds I started to get better and better.  And that feeling when you realize that that visualizing works with anything in your life. WOW !

That’s very much thanx to my awesome FreedomPreneur friends I’ve met during this latest year. Such a punch of awesome and wise souls. The way to make the biggest changes for a better life is – Sit down, listen, learn, be humble !

Lately I’ve REALY learned and printed in my mind that what my life is and will become, is my decision to action. What I choose to see, feel and believe is the keys to that outcome to your actions. I’ve got such a inspiration of Gabrielle Morrison, Alicia Colon, Regina Van de Velden and Rhonda Swan. And that is just some of the awesome people I’ve met. But to be honest, my biggest teachers in my life still are my kids and my awesome husband. I love the way they support me in every crazy idea I get. lol!

But if you think very carefully you notice that you learn something new from each and one of the people you meet in your life. So even when we meet people that maybe are not behaving in a way we appreciate we should be grateful of meeting them because they have made us more aware of how we don’t want to be. As well as the people we admire, we are copying and implementing their goodness in our actions. So every human being here walking this earth is your teacher in some how.

Since I stepped in the world of teaching yoga and learning more and more my self and not just about yogic philosophy, I have started to feel energized, focused and peaceful even if I’m excited and full of action.

I have worked on to be more aware of the quality of my thoughts so i keep my feelings as positive as possible. When we loose focus on the greatness and start to notice more the things that aren’t the way we wan’t we get stuck and drained. But something we also have to be aware of who we spend our time with. People who make us feel good and energized or people who drain us? Choose wisely. Because keeping people with negative minds around you is not serving neither you or that person, so don’t feel bad about letting go <3

That may just be the ”eye opener” even for that other person – You just never know…

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Today we shanted on my  yoga class one of my favorite texts :

Om Saha Navavatu 

Saha Nau Bhunaktu

Saha Viryam Karavavahai

Tejasvi Navaditamastu

Ma Vidvisavahai

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi

 

May both of us be protected

May both of us be nourished.

May we work together with great energy.

May our study together be brilliant and effective.

May we not hate or dispute each other.

Om Peace, Peace, Peace.

So don’t be afraid to make dreams, goals and take action. 

Make your life joyful and brilliant, life shouldn’t be only surviving.

SamPrema – Namaste !

Yours Truly

Karoliina

Here is me and my little Om ( Frida ) having a good time .
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Yogamama and little Om

What's life all about?

Hi Everyone and Welcome to my Blog !

I shortly tell you little about my self and about some wake up calls.
I’m a mother of three wonderful kids, I’m a wife,sister, daughter, therapist, artist, a yoga teacher / soon to be a yoga therapist and I’m a training addict and lots of other things I’m a sure of. But these are the topmost things I can list from my hip 😉

Most of us live our days stressing around without ever or not that often thinking about that this day may be your last – That your life could chance in blink of your eye.
That suddenly your kids could be orphan. Your partner would stand alone with your kids in middle of a chaos mentally, economic… With everything and nothing.

September 2012 our world stopped spinning. After several years of being entrepreneur as an sport therapist, working early mornings and late nights as taking care of others.

Somewhere middle of all that I lost my self to my work. To just serve and help others and forgetting to help and take care my self. I forgot my family….

Where almost nothing home, trained and worked and worked and trained. Until I got the call that was necessary for me to realize that in that point even of being one of most wanted therapist I’ve had lost my life. As an mother, wife and as a friend. And as being ME.

I got sick.

Really really sick.

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Just before christmas 2012 I got diagnosed with, Cancer, Hodgkins’ Lymphoma in terminal phase, 4BX.
My organs where shutting down and I was literally dying.

Medicins where not doing any good and doctors started to loose their last hope. As I got weaker and weaker one night I was slighting away, I know, I felt that I was dying.

Right in that moment I got my thought – HELL NO !! I’m not going anywhere.

I have to much to see and do! I’m not leaving my family.

As the same time I got so deep knowledge of that I would just have to surrender to everything in that room and space and let go of all harm from past. Leave all my bagage of my train and start to build a new me. That, my dear friends, was a night of magic!!

That was the moment when my body started to take action – Because it was my choice. Now I have 23 months of cancer free life behind me. And I’m so full of life. So full of Loving it all!

With this little story to show you an example how powerful your mind is. After I’ve started to focus more to getting back on track I realized that I could never but my self or my family to that kind of stress again that we all ready lived in many years. I’ve decided that my and our life will now on be based on Freedom. Freedom to do things with the whole family. Freedom to enjoy life everyday, with out any economic panic – every single day just FREEDOM.

Now with my mind focused on me and my family’s Awesome future I’m so exited every step of it. Because Life should be all about Freedom and Joy. And it is if you REALLY want to. Be creative and embrace the growing as a unique piece of art of this universe as you are.

What is YOUR Dream? What would YOU do with your Freedom? What is Your BIGGEST Dream?

If you feel that you have some questions feel free to connect with me.

SamPrema – Peace and Love

Karoliina