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SOUL TALK with Maria Christina Gabriel - Spiritual Mentor, Plant Mystic and Birth Doula.

Nicole Dechow

Soul Talk is a 5 question interview with inspiring people from all over the world that I met on my path.  And I couldn't be any happier to introduce you to Maria Christina Gabriel today.
Christina, who is living most of the time in New York,  is a spiritual mentor that to me is very intuitive and on point.

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5 Secrets of Happy People

Nicole Dechow

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You can ask almost anyone in this world what they want to do with their life and their answer will most likely be that they want to be happy and they want others to be happy too. 
While I am not a big fan of pretended happiness, fake smiles or covering up your unhappiness and topics to be worked on, I encourage you and everyone to go after what makes  you happy and cultivate happiness in your life.
Live the life that makes you most happy on your own terms. It does not have to be the "perfect" lifethat you see in movies, social media or any media. Happiness is an inside job and your life should make YOU feel alive and fill your unique being with happiness.
I love quoting Yogi Bhajan with "Happiness is your birthright", because it is. You are an extension of source energy and you are allowed to be happy. It simply means that you do not have to do anything, be someone or act or behave in a certain way to deserve happiness. You are you and that is enough , you deserve to be happy and you can claim your happiness.
Only if you are happy you can contribute to the state of happiness of others.  And the good news is you do not ave to be happy all the time to do so, I am also not sure if that is even possible, but you can simply carry a sense of gratefulness and contentment, in yoga we call this state "Santosha", with you. Be grateful for this life and all the opportunities life brings to you. You truly deserve it.
So here are 5 habits I commonly discovered with people who seem to live a happy lifestyle:

1. Happy People don't compare and practice gratitude
We all are so unique and carry different gifts and blessings within us. Do not focus on others. Focus on you, be grateful for the blessings which are already in your life. Discover more and more of them everyday.
I highly recommend starting a gratitude list, a very powerful tool to cultivate daily gratitude in your life. 
Read my post about "How to start a gratitude list" here.

2. Happy People live in the moment
You cannot be truly happy if you think about what happened yesterday or what will happen tomorrow. True happiness can only be experienced in the Now. Breathe deeply, ground yourself, connect with nature and become totally present in the moment.

3. Happy People have a smaller but stronger inner circle and friendships
We are very influenced by the people around us. There is a study that we are slowly turning into the 5 people we spend most of  our time with. Our brains and cells are connecting with each other. Nourish the friendships and people in your life you love fully

4. Happy People forgive others and themselves easily and quick
Let's face it we are not perfect and so is none. We make mistakes and that is ok, as long as we learn from our mistakes. Forgive yourself and forgive others. It does not mean that you are ok with everything that has happened or a certain situation, but it does mean that you don not have to carry the weight of anger, sadness etc. around with you anymore. 

5. Happy People take selfcare seriously and make it a priority
You can only fill from a full jar, not from an empty one. When you yourself feel drained and unhappy you can't expect to make others happy or help them. Taking care of yourself is not only a selfish act but also an act of love for others. Also you deserve to take care of yourself, give yourself permission. 

love and follow your bliss,
Nicole <3 

What makes your soul truly happy?&nbsp;

What makes your soul truly happy? 

Ibiza.Yoga.Magic. ohh Ibiza

Nicole Dechow

1 week of yoga, ibiza and magical moments

1 week of yoga, ibiza and magical moments

Ohh Ibiza - I instantly fell in love with this island when I first arrived and until now it's a long-lasting love story – I would even say it's true love material.
The rough and beautiful nature, the crystal-clear turquoise water, the smell of oranges and figues in the air and this special energy around that you can only feel when you are on the island.  
I could write you a million love letters, Ibiza, but today I write about the love and magic at our yoga retreat I taught last week with my wonderful, talented most kind-spirited partner Jessica Ziesmer and a group of beautiful people who came with us to re-treat themselves with yoga, meditation and the nature of this beautiful place.

Breath-taking view from our yoga terrace

Breath-taking view from our yoga terrace

Ibiza. Yoga. Magic. We chose this name for our yoga retreats because we intend to create an atmosphere of magic for our students and let them experience magic in all forms - the magic of yoga, the magic of Ibiza and especially their own magic inside. A yoga retreat is always an opportunity to find time to look inside where find time away form the daily things and to-do-lists that keep us away from ourselves and what is going on inside of us. It's a time to recharge and refill your batteries.
This retreat was already our 3rd retreat on Ibiza and we couldn’t be more thankful for a group of wonderful people and a week full of magical yoga moments.
Our days always started with a more dynamic yoga session overlooking the magical rock "Es Vedra". This rock is sometimes described as Atlantis and it is definitely a powerful place that you won't forget too easy and pulls people from the whole island just to see the sunrise or sunset.
The classes had a different focus everyday to allow the students to dive deeper in their practise, gaining new experiences and take new insights back home.

The days were filled with some activities that everybody could choose themselves or just relaxing on the beach or pool. We discovered some new beaches on the west coast of the island this time, but still our "home-beach" the beach at Cala d’Hort with direct swimming in front of the "Es Vedra" rock is one of my favorites.

Our afternoon sessions were mostly yin and restorative yoga classes followed by special meditations. We also had a Yoga playground class for everybody who wanted to try out some handstands, armbalances and other acrobatic stuff and partner yoga.

On our first weekend we were lucky to visit the Ibiza Spirt Festival, which is a come-together of the spiritual community on Ibiza at the beautiful eco-resort "Atzaro" on the eastside of the island. There was a lot of yoga, dancing, therapeutic sessions, gong & sound healing, watsu etc. (I might have to write a separate post about it). One of my personal highlights was the drumming circle at the end of the festival. High energy, beautiful people and a sunset above one of the most beautiful locations of the island.

Intenion-setting was a big theme in our yoga week. To me setting an intention for your yoga practice reminds us that we are a part of a whole bigger plan, that our actions, words and thoughts matter and we practice mindfulness, awareness and manifestation. 
The highest motivation for me is to see the students going home with their heart full of new experiences, their bodies with new energy and their lifes with new ideas and intentions. That spark in the eyes says it all sometimes.
That’s what keeps me going as a teacher in the service of yoga and I am committed to do, with deep gratitude.

Ibiza, I carry you in my heart and I see you soon again.

love and gratitude, nicole.

Ibiza.Yoga. Magic. Retreat Dates 2017
26th May -2nd June and 22nd -29th September

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