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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 1. ADVENT - GEWINN VON VERYYOGA

Nicole Dechow

Selflove Adventskalender mit Gewinn von veryYoga

Dieser Adventskalender ist ein Adventskalender mit 4 Türchen, an jedem Adventssonntag öffnen wir ein Türchen für mehr Selbstliebe. Ich verrate dir 1 Tipp der dir helfen wird mehr Selbstliebe in dein Leben zu bringen. Und etwas zu gewinnen gibt es natürlich auch!



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Urban Sports Club - darum trainiere ich jetzt flexibel - mit Rabattcode

Nicole Dechow

Raus aus der Komfortzone
das war für die letzten 3 Monate mein Motto.

Vielleicht habt ihr es ja schon mitbekommen, ich habe vor 3 Monaten ein intensives Coaching begonnen und es war klar, wenn ich etwas verändern will muss ich raus aus meiner Komfortzone…
Mit dem Rabattcode SOULANDUSC erhältst du direkt 10 EUR Rabatt auf deinen 1. Monat bei Urban Sports bei der M, L und XL Mitgliedschaft….

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Neumond - Kurzanleitung für dein Power-Ritual

Nicole Dechow

Der Neumond - Zeit für neue Intentionen und Herzenswünsche

Ganz egal ob du an Astrologie glaubst oder dich schon mit der Wirkung des Mondes auf uns Menschen auseinandergesetzt hast, ist der Neumond ein spezielles Ereignis. Und genauso wie die Mondphasen z.B. Auswirkungen auf die Gezeiten haben (Ebbe und Flut.. ) haben die Mondphasen Auswirkungen auf unser Leben. Früher lebten wir …

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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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THE LAW OF LOVE - a poem by Yogi Bhajan

Nicole Dechow

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Here is one of my favorite poems about Love, that inspired me in many ways over years.

The Law of Love
Love gives you power to merge,

From finite to Infinity.

Love gives you power to trust,

From nothing to everything.

Love gives you power, the most powerful.

Prayer between you and your Creator.

Love gives you vastness,

As vast as there can be.

Love gives you the hold, the experience,

And the touch with your own Infinity,

As beautiful as there can be.

Love is that surrender.

When you surrender at the lotus feet

Of the master, you become the master.

When you become the master,

You surrender your universe to the Universe.

Then you become divine.

When you surrender your divinity

To the Infinity, you become Infinite.

That is the Law of Love.

I found this poem back in 2009  in a teachers manual, when I just finished my Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training.
If you want to find more about the transforming teachings Yogi Bhajan  gave us you can visit the Kundalini Research Institute here.

Love always, Nicole.

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? 

Soul Talk with Lauren Lee, international yoga teacher and founder of raiseyourbeat.com

Nicole Dechow

Lauren Lee, international yoga teacher and founder of community platform raiseyourbeat.com

Lauren Lee, international yoga teacher and founder of community platform raiseyourbeat.com

Soul Talk is a short 3 question interview with inspiring people from the yoga and mindfulness community all over world.
Today answered by international yoga teacher and longtime friend of mine Lauren Lee, 28, from Boston, USA. 
She has a  passion for exploring herself and the wild, beautiful world in which we she lives in. 
I met Lauren 6 years ago in Goa, India and since then we stayed in touch being on different parts of this beautiful earth, connecting through yoga and our spiritual path.  Read what Lauren answered to our 3 soulful question.

What l love:

  • My daily meditation practice — I always try to incorporate 3 things I am grateful for to start my day with abundance and joy.
  •  Sacred Goddess’s within traditions — the Divine Feminine energy is bold, creative, wild, fierce, nurturing, intuitive and unconditionally loving. These are all traits I aim to embody in my own life. 
  • Tropical islands…the sunshine, fresh fruit, slower pace of life and cleansing Ocean water always makes me feel completely present and alive! 

What Yoga means to me:

To me, yoga is a way of life and cannot be defined in one way. I believe yoga is all encompassing and a state of integration of body/mind/heart awareness. Yoga is represented in so many different forms and practices, yet the ultimate yoga is one which invites consciousness, celebration, collaboration and union within our diverse inner and outer landscapes. 

I truly believe that yoga will heal the world and the true teachings of yoga can always be practiced at anytime, by anyone. 

My Health Secret:

Taking time for myself to rest, reflect and integrate. The more I teach and travel, the more time I need to spend with myself — I do this through my own Sadhana, lots of sleep, yoga nidra (especially when I can't sleep!), nourishing foods and being ‘okay’ with not over committing myself with social obligations.  

Lauren teaches, loves and learns around the globe. 
Find out more about Lauren and the wonderful community she created here:
www.raiseyourbeat.com

The best 5 tips on how to start meditating

Nicole Dechow

Some years ago meditation was just an addition to my yoga practice. But during the 3 years I lived in India I discovered meditation on a deeper level. I spent a lot of time in the Osho Meditation Center in Pune, where meditation became something so natural and so effortless to me. These days my mediation practice has become something I don't want to miss. It connects me to myself and my purpose. 

Most of us  live a busy lifestle with a schedule that is filled for weeks, sometimes months and I know it can feel that you just don’t have enough time to sit still and “do nothing”. But the truth is meditation is not taking time away from you infact  it is giving you more valuable quality time.
There are many benefits of meditation such as overcoming stress-symptoms in the body, being more focused and productive but also meditation is a journey to understand yourself and life. You will make better decisions, you will feel better and be more aligned with your outside and inside world.  If you want to set your day right start to implement meditation in your morning routine or how Russell Simmons says it in his own open words “ I ain’t do shit before I aint meditate.”

Here are my 5 tips to start your meditation practice at home

1.     Meditation journal
Keep a meditation journal. Just write whatever comes up in whichever form it suits you. I sometimes write a whole page, sometimes just one word. It i really your own personal experience.

2.    Meditation space
Have a committed space – so you know exactly where to go in the morning. If it’s a meditation pillow keep it in there. Maybe create a small altar or decorate it with small things that mean something to you.
My friend Christina from Happy Mind Magazine makes amazing travel altars. Check them out.

3.    Schedule it
Set an alarm in your phone, ipad, or your calendar to meditate. Everyday.

4.     Meditation Technique
Find the meditation technique that works for you. A simple technique often referred to as breath awareness is wachting your own breath at the tip of your nose.When you become aware of your breath with each inhalation and exhalation slowly the mind relaxes and the thoughts stop. They will return but you can slowly train your mind to come back and become aware of your breath.

5.    Be patient and compassionate with yourself
Always and just keep showing up in your meditation space. One day will be amazing, one day you will bet thinking about all the things you don't want to think of. That is normal and we all experience that. Just keep going.

I wish you the most beautiful meditation journey …oh and if i can give you one advice I learned from one of the greatest meditation masters and a great teacher for me :
don't mistake meditation with concentration – it’s the opposite .
Meditation is relaxation.

Love and Peace,

Nicole

Soul pick of the month November

Nicole Dechow


November - to me is a month for being cozy at home, taking long walks in the woods being at awe with the autumn colours, making pumpkin soup in the kitchen or simply reflecting on life and taking time to look inside. To be honest, after living more than 3 years in the tropical heat of India, it is still not easy for me to adjust to the cold season. But I am feeling that the more I celebrate the cold and cozy, knowing I am exactly at the right place at the right time (ok.. mostly), I am beginning to like the cold (to say love would still be too much).
So here are a few items that I love and use recently:

1. KARMALOVE
Shawl: "We rise by lifting others" 
These soft and beautiful shawls carry wonderful messages and they all are handmade in Nepal.
I am happy and proud to be part of the Karmalove tribe.
You can get yours here
Note: you can receive a 10% discount by sending an email to: sendinglove@karmalove.com mentioning "Nicole Dechow" 

2. BYREDO "GYPSY WATER"
I absolutely love the Byredo perfumes as I am not a big fan of synthetic perfumes. Gypsy Love is my all-time favorite - I use it almost every day.
Read more about Byredo here

3. AURA SOMA POMANDER "MAGENTA"
I use the whole Aura Soma System for inner healing work, healing work with students and energy balancing since almost 9 years and I absolutely recommend it. The pink pomander is the newest creation and you can use it on yourself to balance your energies. It carries the energies of self love and compassion. 
Read more about Aura Soma here
Get the Aura Soma Pomander here

4.LOVETUNER
The lovetuner is a tool for mindfulness. It carries the vibration of the heart frequency 528.
I absolutely love the loveuner sessions and it is a great design that you can always carry along as a beautiful necklace.
Find out more about the Lovetuner here

Have a wonderful November filled with love and magical moments,
Nicole

National Geographic Documentary "Before the flood"

Nicole Dechow

"All life is sacred and all creation related.
What we do affects the whole universe.
So let us walk in balance with mother earth and all her people." Smiling Bear

 

This powerful documentary from and with Leonardo DiCaprio is worth watching:

Before the flood english

Before the flood german

 

NOTE : Unfortunately the free streaming was only available for a short period of time and is now no longer available
Enjoy the documentary and if you like me know what you think in the comments below, love Nicole 

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

Full Moon Release Ritual /updated November 2017

Nicole Dechow

The time of the Full Moon is often a very special time, where we come to the end of a phase in our lives, a project or an emotion. It is the end of a cycle and the beginning of a new one.
This full moon on the 4th November 2017 in Taurus brings up magic - use it wisely. It is a full moon full of hope and expansion - a time to dive deep and look what beautiful secrets are still hidden inside of you.

Many of us can feel the influence of the full moon as emotional states of being sensitive, overwhelmed or sometimes even  a bit angry or shaken. That is all ok and normal and instead of not using this energy and being stagnant, we should instead turn it into something that moves us forward on our paths.

I am sharing with you today a 2 step Full Moon Release Ritual, that I often held on my retreats or trainings. During the time I was living in India I learned to see rituals not as something religious or as a strict follow-through routine but as a sacred, heart-opening and powerful offering towards something higher than myself.
I invite you not to use your mind too much and try to understand everything with it (because that is absoluelty not possible) but instead go into feeling and open yourself up to the idea that you are connected to this universe, the sun, the moon and the stars. And that you consist of the same energy. And that you are a powerful human being of light that deserves all the blessing of the universe.

Full Moon Release Ritual
A ritual to release the past, to release what doesn't serve anymore and create space for new beginnings.

Preparation: 
-find a space where you can be for yourself for about 10 minutes.
-you will ned 2 pieces of paper.
-prepare yourself by washing your hands and putting on some comfortable clothes.
-prepare the space by lightning  some candles, incense or smudging some sage.
-if you want to listen to music I prepared a playlist on Spotify called "Full moon magic" and recommend the first song ("Aad Guray Nameh" by the talented Jai-Jagdesh).

Step 1: 
-Sit in a comfortable position. Choose if you want to listen to a mantra or sit in silence. Both is great.
-Close your eyes and ask yourself these question; "What does not serve me anymore?"  "What does not belong to my life anymore?" " What am I repressing?" "What does not serve my higher purpose?" "In this moment, what can I let go of?"
-Take about 3 minutes and do not try to judge whatever is coming up and instead allowing it to flow. Take your piece of paper and write it all down.  
This can be 1 word or 2 sites of words, that is all up to you.
-Read it out loud again as if you were reading it to the moon and then tear this peace of paper into pieces - if you have a fireproof place you can even burn it  carefully in a candle but only if you have a fireproof vessel close to you and it is absolutely safe to do so.

Step 2:
-Close your eyes again and feel the liberation of everything that you just teared apart on that piece of paper. You can even imagine a bright flame at your 3rd eye point (Ajna Chakra) - the point in between your eyebrows. When you close your eyes try to look at this point, looking up just a little and relaxing the eyeballs. This flame will clear your whole body and even the energetic body around your physical body. 
-Now for a moment think about what serves your path, what serves you? What is it that helps you to stay happy, joyful and at peace?
-Open your eyes and fully allow yourself to feel into these things, feelings or anything that came up for you. And then write these words and intentions down on the other piece of paper. 
Read it out loud again as if you were reading it to the moon and close with this affirmation:

'I am a powerful loved human being and I deserve all the light and blessings of the universe flowing towards and through me."
 

Keep this piece of paper close to you - at least unitl the next New Moon and from time to time look it up, read it or just connect to the words. 

I hope you enjoy this ritual, sending you love and blessing, Nicole.

PS: I also created a board on Pinterest with some full moon inspiration. You can see it here. 
And please leave a comment how this ritual went for you or share it with someone it can be helpful for.

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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Soul Talk with David Lurey, yoga teacher and bhakti artist

Nicole Dechow

-Soul Talk is a short 3 question interview series with inspiring people from all over the world-

I met David almost 7 years ago while we were teaching in the same yoga studio in Hamburg, Germany. I was amazed by how he combines his playfulness and knowledge in his yoga classes and even more how he touched his students hearts with his songs. Let me tell you, I saw many joyful tears in savasana. I was not surprised that later on he released a much wanted and loved album and highly recommend it to all yoga students and teachers. 

David, 43, yoga teacher and artist -&nbsp;getting out of Savasana with David's songs leaves you 100 % &nbsp;blissed out &nbsp;// Photo @ Edgar van Kesteren

David, 43, yoga teacher and artist - getting out of Savasana with David's songs leaves you 100 %  blissed out  // Photo @ Edgar van Kesteren

What I love:

Life itself... on a daily basis and all the miracles I witness.  I love my family.  I love nature in all its many forms.  I love applying philosophy to daily life in ways that push the edge of how to interact peacefully with all beings.  I love my guitars and singing mantras.  I love dark chocolate and taking sun on the beach (but not at the same time... the chocolate melts!).  I love flying in airplanes (and yes, I know the carbon implications of that and do my best to balance where I can).  I love trees and movies that make my heart open. 

What Yoga means to me:

Finding as many ways to bring body, mind & spirit into a positive relationship with each other as possible... on and off the mat.  Also, exploring ways to expand my consciousness in all directions equally.
 

My Health Secrets:

-Scraping & Milking the tongue on a daily basis
-Coconut Oil for the hair (and skin when it is warm outside)
-Observe your poop to have a clear vision of digestion... a key to overall health.
-BALANCE!  Not too much, not too little (of all things)
 

Thank you for sharing your gifts and light with the world, David. I will forever keep playing your songs in my yoga playlists.
 

About David:

David, E-RYT 500 was introduced to Yoga in 1996 as a way to tone his body and relieve work related stress. Using those as a foundation for building an Asana practice, the other limbs of Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga began to unfold leading him to the path of teaching transformational Yoga.

David is currently based in Palma de Mallorca, Spain co-creating courses and trainings to ‘Inspire Health and Vitality’ with his beloved wife, Mirjam Wagner. 

Find more information here:  www.findbalance.net
Listen to David's music here: https://davidlurey.bandcamp.com/

 

Soul Talk with Karen Henson Jones- Author of " Heart of Miracles" and Kundalini Yogateacher

Nicole Dechow

-Soul Talk is a short 3 question interview series with inspiring people from all over the world-

I met Karen in 2009 in Rishikesh at Parmath Niketan where we spend 4 weeks together being trained as Kundalini Yoga teachers. I am deeply touched by her book and her personal story. 

Karen Henson Jones, 39,&nbsp;lives in the Phillipines and the USA.

Karen Henson Jones, 39, lives in the Phillipines and the USA.

1. What I love:

The macro:

Coincidences and miracles
When a heartfelt dream comes true (for me or anyone else)
Travel
Tibetan Buddhist monks
Studying healing modalities, the saints and spiritual masters  
Flowers, Music, Romance
Family & Friends
Loyalty, people who pull you up  
God and the natural world, especially the oceans  
Self

The micro:
Andy Borowitz New Yorker Cartoons
Shakshuka
The Norweigian tv series Occupied
Paulo Coehlo and Lang Leav books
The Coldplay songs Clocks and Vida La Vida because they contain layered messages  
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
Films: All You Need Is Love, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Nine Queens
Philippine gardens, beaches and people

2. What Yoga means to me

Yoga, to me, means union, and union happens through the process of meditation. Asanas are the preparation, and meditation is the nectar.

Through meditation, we become aware of what we really are: creative spirits having an experience of God that is within us. Yoga has been essential to my personal development, because it has helped me to re-pattern my mind, heal body, heart and soul, and accomplish much more than I ever through possible. Yoga is a passport to new life. 

Yoga takes you beyond a discussion of God to a vivid experience of it. When we develop our third eye, we become equipped with an interior compass to guide us.

Through meditation we can also access past lives and “try on” future possibilities. As the saying goes, you cannot play your part role in time until you understand who you are in eternity. (quote by sufi mystic Meera)

Yoga also means long lasting friendships with wonderful people and opportunities for travel, teaching and study. It’s taken me to people and places I could hardly imagine before.

And finally, it is the foundation for mental peace and confidence. It helps us to break mental patterns, and to be more confident because when we practice yoga, we feel strong.  Three of my top pick words to describe yoga would be: union, strength and awareness.

3. My  Health Secrets

1.     Loads of fresh vegetables. My grandmother is nearly 101, and she still works as an insurance agent in Manila. Her number one secret is vegetables.
2.     Live a purpose, not a career.
3.     Organic lifestyle ~ eat organic foods and use chemical free personal products. Once you get into the lifestyle it’s not as expensive as people think. In fact, it can even be more cost effective.
4.     Find a good doctor that is knowledgeable about current information, and one who is health conscious him or herself and will keep you motivated and tell you the truth.
5.     A modality of internal energy healing called Vibrational Activation.
6.     Exercise.
7.     Spend time in nature.
8.     Affirmative thinking, meditation and prayer.
9.     Be nice to yourself. Much nicer!
10. Through all things, Be Love.  

Thank you for this inspiring and soulful insights, Karen.

 About Karen:

Karen Henson Jones is the Philippine-American author of Heart of Miracles. She has been featured on CNN Philippines Profiles, and in The Washington Post, Yoga Journal Russia and LA YOGA. She has spoken at Talks@Google and is also a contributor to The Huffington Post. She attended the Lam Rim teachings taught by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in India. Karen is a graduate of Cornell University, London Business School and Golden Bridge Yoga.

www.karenhensonjones.com

 

INNER PEACE - 5 ways to find it right now

Nicole Dechow

choose peace over worry

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

&nbsp; &nbsp; Peace starts from within

    Peace starts from within