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Yoga und Faszienrolle - dein "Fitnessstudio" für zuhause

Nicole Dechow

Rückenschmerzen? Deshalb hilft die Kombination Faszienrolle und Yoga

Wir kennen es wahrscheinlich alle, der Rücken schmerzt und zieht und unser Wohlbefinden sinkt nach unten. 

In unserem Alltag sitzen die meisten von uns viel zu viel. Ob am Schreibtisch, im Auto oder auf der Coach. Dadurch verspannt sich der untere Rücken oder auch der Nacken, und schon sind Rückenschmerzen da.
Wenn wir diese nicht behandeln oder ihnen entgegen

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5 Dinge, die ich von meinem Life-Coach Ashley Paquin gelernt habe

Nicole Dechow

Kennst du das auch? Du fragst dich, was jetzt der nächste Schritt ist und wie du all das, was vor dir liegt überhaupt schaffen sollst?
Genauso erging es mir. Ich war nicht am Boden zerstört und alles lief ganz ok in meinem Leben und in meinem Job aber irgendwie hörte ich immer diese Stimme “ Das kann nicht alles sei” und "Da muss noch mehr sein”. Ich habe mehr als einmal daran gedacht, einfach alles hinzuschmeissen und was ganz anderes zu machen. Oder am besten nochmal auswandern. Nur leider

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3 Last Minute Weihnachts-Geschenke mit viel Herz

Nicole Dechow

Der Adventskalender meines Sohnes sieht schon so richtig leer aus, die allererste Adventskerze ist auch schon fast runter gebrannt und in jedem Coffeeshop oder Laden den man betritt läuft “Last Christmas” von Wham. So langsam kommt doch ein Weihnachtsgefühl oder einfach auch nur die Aussicht auf ein paar ruhige Tage auf.
Falls du noch ein schönes Geschenk

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SELFLOVE WITH NICOLE 3. Advent Gewinn von Moodbooster Candles

Nicole Dechow

Hast du auch schonmal gesehen, dass Leute mit den Augen rollen oder sie weit aufreissen, wenn du von Selbstliebe sprichst? Glaube mir, ich sehe es ständig. Wenn ich Menschen erzähle, dass ich Selflove Coach bin denken die meisten entweder an schräge narzisstische…

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Skinfood mit Ogænics // german

Nicole Dechow

Unsere Haut ist unser grösstes Sinnesorgan über das wir unsere Umwelt wahrnehmen. Häufig ist unsere Haut ist auch der Spiegel unserer Seele. 
Stress, unregelmässige, falsche Ernährung und Schlafmangel können dazu führen, dass unsere Haut mit Irritationen und müdem, fahlen Aussehen reagiert. 

Ich habe in den letzten Wochen die Produkte "Timeless Skin Komplex"  und  "Skin Glow Komplex" mit Tremella, auch Bio-Hyaloron Säure gennant, von dem Label Ogænics getestet.
Das Label hat mich sofort überzeugt, da alle Produkte zu 100 % vegan sind und natürlich hergestellt sind.  Was sich wie selbstverständlich anhört ist heutzutage gar nicht so einfach zu finden. Wenn man sich die meisten Labels von synthetisch hergestellten Vitaminpräparaten genau anschaut frag man sich ob die Inhaltsstoffe nicht eher schaden als gut tun. Bei Ogænics ist das zum Glück anders, die Vitaminpräparate sehen nicht nur gut aus, sie bestehen auch aus komplett natürlichen Inhaltsstoffen.
Eigentlich bin ich davon überzeugt, dass es das Beste ist, genügend Vitamine und Mineralstoffe über unsere tägliche pflanzenbasierte Nahrung aufzunehmen. Aber auch ich kenne es, wenn gerade so viel passiert in unserem Leben oder man durch besondere Lebensumstände, Krankheiten, Reisen und anderem einfach mal einen Extraboost benötigt. Meine Haut hat auf die Produkte von Ogænics sehr gut reagiert. Als nächstes möchte ich unbedingt die neuen Probiotica von Ogænics ausprobieren, denn unser Darm spielt häufig eine grössere Rolle bei unserer Gesundheit als wir denken.

EXTRA: In dem  Online Shop von Ogænics erhaltet ihr mit dem Code "soul&spirits10"  noch bis zum 30.05. 10 % auf das gesamte Onlinesortiment. 
Anmerkung: In diesem Zeitraum kann der Code auch mehrmals angewendet werden.
Er ist aber nicht mit anderen Gutscheinen kombinierbar. 
Schaut gleich mal hier vorbei.

xx, nicole.

- Für diesen Artikel wurden PR Samples von dem Label Ogænics zur Verfügung gestellt -

 

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? 

Gratitude List - how to start one and use it to attract more things into your life to feel grateful for

Nicole Dechow

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“The attitude of gratitude is the highest form of Yoga” @Yogi Bhajan

Oh how I love my Gratitude List – it is my personal tool to change my vibration and apply the law of attraction. With this list I attract and invite more things into my life that I feel grateful for.
The list has been a part of my morning routine since over a year now and has been of great help and service to me. Sometimes you just need a reminder to shift your vibration and set a "tone" for the day. It is like tuning your radio into the right channel, the channel of gratitude and love.

Every morning after I wake up, while having a cup of coffee or matcha latte I write down at least 3 things in my gratitude list. I become fully present in the moment and pick whatever is there inside of me that makes me feel grateful. Sometimes it is things from the past sometimes in the present or even in the future. It can be big or small things, situations, people, projects or any topic that comes up for me.
I do love pretty notebooks and real black pens but because I still travel a lot I have my gratitude list on my phone in the notes. 
I also journal a lot but that is more for my creativity, progression and class preparation. But my gratitude list has definetly become my favorite these days.

It is a simple law – the more you feel grateful,  the more you attract things into your life to feel grateful for. And it does not have to be big things always, it is mostly the simple things in life like cuddling with your kid, finding the perfect avocado, seeing the sun rising over the ocean, finding a parking spot direct in front of the yoga studio or getting a phone call from an old friend.

Today I wrote down these 3 things:

- I am grateful to wake up and see the colours of fall on the leaves of the trees
- I am grateful for the last night giggles with my friend over the phone
- I am grateful for feeling connected to my path and sharing yoga, meditation and spirituality with others

Here are a few simple steps how you can start your Gratitude List today and apply the law of attraction:
1. Decide where you keep your Gratitude List (notebook, calendar, phone, laptop). It is good to keep it in a place close by and that you see or use everyday.
2. Close your eyes, connect to your breath and yourself and whenever you feel ready open your eyes and write down 3 things you feel grateful for in this moment.
3.  Read them out loud again and feel into this feeling of “gratitude”.

A few guidelines for the beginning of your Gratitude List:
 -i t does not always have to be a big thing you feel grateful for
- you can feel grateful for the same things on different days
- if you forget to write down at least 3 things on one day just add more things the next day
- be creative, it is your list, so you can write down whatever you want.
- do not judge the things you feel grateful for and do not compare it to others in your mind.

Start now - What do you feel grateful for today?
Write it down, make it a habit and attract more things to be grateful for. You absolutely deserve it.

Love and Gratitude, Nicole

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
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INNER PEACE - 5 ways to find it right now

Nicole Dechow

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choose peace over worry

Inner Peace sounds big and often we believe that to achieve a state of inner peace we need our lives to be perfect, do something or earn that state of peace. We tend to believe that when we achieve something, do something or be something we will find peace. The truth is we are always evolving and will never stop evolving and be perfect. In fact right now, in this moment on your journey you can find peace. Peace comes from within.
By finding your inner peace you are reflecting peace to the outside world and as we know these days our world can need an extra dose of peace.

Here I share with you 5 ways to find your inner peace – right now:

1.     Make peace with your past
Whatever happened on your journey, make peace with it. That doesn’t mean it’s all ok and you agree with everything that happened. At the same time make a cut and do not allow your past to determinate who you are today or even will become in the future. Forgive yourself and forgive others.

2.     ME Time
Commit to time with yourself. Meditate, do whatever makes you feel connected to yourself like art, listening to music. This time is so important and trust me you can only be happy with someone else when you can be happy with yourself first.

 

3.    Authenticity
The only way to love and to to be loved as the hightest version of you is to be truly authentic and be who you are.
That’s a powerful statement and its absolutely true. You are unique and you are amazing like that. Share your uniqueness with the world. 

 

4.    Connect with nature
Spend time in nature, everyday. Look around, appreciate nature and soak up the energy. It’s like a recharge for your soul and your being. Breathe the good and fresh air.

 

5.     Move
Move in whichever way you can. Your body loves to move. It allows stored emotions in the body to get released and keeps your body strong and flexible.
We all know how many emotions we can let go of if we move deeply into hip-openers in yoga class or how releasing it can feel to hit a punching bag.  Run to work, choose to take the stairs or take your friend on a yoga date.


By changing ourselves first we can make an impact and by that change the world.
Sending out love and peace,
you are loved and you are worthy,

Nicole 

Yagna - a fire ceremony to purify body, mind and soul in Rishikesh by the river ganga

Yagna - a fire ceremony to purify body, mind and soul in Rishikesh by the river ganga

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    Peace starts from within