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The power of choosing joy

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Yes! I just love Warriors <3

Have you ever had one of those days when You just would like to stay in bed and pretend that you don’t even exist? Feeling the struggle getting stuck in your throat but you can’t scream? How to overcome these negative thoughts and feelings??
Honestly, I have had one of those days today. For a moment I frizzed and felt after if I should just call it a day and hide at home instead of do those things I had planed to todays evening. But just for a moment. I had to snap out of it…
It is so easy to let your mind get gripped of panic, frustration and disappointments and get stuck in those moments and feelings. But the real question is, is it serving you some how? And don’t get me wrong. It is totally human to have bad days and it is okay to brake down for a moment. But you will do your self a huge favor if you after you have noticed the feeling, accept it and then let go of it. And it is really important that you accept that feeling  and do not try to hide it away. Every feeling is okay to feel. But there is a difference to reflect and accept feelings and thoughts and to get stuck in to those.
Like I told, I almost got stuck today. I’m that kind of person who often are stuck in a feeling for a very short time and then I’m over it and all positive again. My feeling that I’ve got little stuck in started yesterday. I got some little worrying news. Don’t know yet any facts on this problem but just because I saw my husband breakdown in to tears got me totally out of my mind setting and I got stuck in the feeling of disappointment.
Disappointment towards that there is a change that the cancer might be back. And that still is just MIGHT. So today I was really tired and had lack of joy . I had booked a dinner date with a new friend that i had ever seen before, but she is a New exam Yoga teacher and I felt that she is someone I would really like to know. But I felt the lust of hide at home quite big. Nighter did I want to go and teach Pranayama today… I felt so lack of everything. And then I had wonderful talk with one of my dear wise friends and she advised me to listen to do what I needed. If it is to stay at home, then I should do it… I had to just stay in that feeling for little more.
Then I got this voice in me again. “Okay, done with feeling sorry for your self yet? Are going to continue and feel even worse or do something about it??”…
OH THAT VOICE!!!
Sometimes it really is annoying when it hits me in the head with a hammer. Okay, so quick check up…
For the first, I do not have any facts yet. So why get all messed up!?
For the second, When has a meeting with a interesting wonderful person got you feeling worse??
Or when has teaching Yoga or Pranayama made you feel worse??
The answers to these three questions are no, no, and no – EVER!
So I did what I had planed. I met this awesome person who I believe to be a new good friend, we had a really good laughter for the first because we had managed to pick all the same colors on our clothes; scarfs, jackets, tops, pants… That’s kind of funny but doesn’t stop there. After we had enjoyed a good vegetarian dinner we went to the Yoga studio there I teach and she would be with me doing the pranayama practice too and as we took our calendars out of our bags we saw that our calendars both were pink….And we both had the same color of socks. You can only imagine how we laughed! The Pranayama turned also to be really good as always. And I just love these classes and all the Yogis and Yoginis participating. The space in these classes is unbelievable.

 

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But friend, my point of this post is basically that most of the times what is standing in your way of to moving forward is you and only You.
It is okay to be vournable. It is okay to be angry or sad or disappointed but just don’t let it own you and color you with its darkness.
Accept and embrace the feelings and then kiss them good bye.
And You are already on your way to a next wonderful moment.
Love and Light!!
Thank You for this very lovely day  and thank you for the reminder <3
Yours truly,
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