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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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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