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The Mind Is Like An Intelligent Dog

My dear Global Yoga Community,

I have been working with my dog now for months on changing her behavior and I felt that I have come quite far.
As some of you know, it took a lot of patience, time, discipline, restrictions and being conscious about any signs that I receive as well as give.

The last couple of days I felt like going back to square one. First she ran away after she was searching for her food in the woods. The next day, she ran off while searching for her food. Today left even earlier and was even gone for an extended period of time. I started with her dealing with consequences on the 2nd day; like staying outside and no more food till the next day. It worked a few months ago in the learning phase, but this it didn’t have an effect at all.
To tell you the truth, it was and is pretty upsetting and frustrating, but I consciously tried to change my response to it, like laughing/being amused by her being so strong minded. I know she is testing me, trying to get away with things one more time. That’s what intelligent dogs do. And if you let them get away with it, the next time it will be even worse.

As I was sitting on a pile of rocks close to the car waiting for her, I was thinking to myself “that she is pretty much like how our mind behaves as well”.
When we decide we want or need to change something – the most obvious time is New Years and our resolutions. We start with a strong determination to follow through this time with the change of diet, working out every day, stop drinking alcohol or smoking. Then after a week or two we might slag here and there and then more and more. The mind convincing us of various reasons to go off track and soon all is out the window.

Dogs can sometimes be mischievous or attempt to do things they aren’t supposed to. How about if we would treat our mind like an intelligent dog and not let it get away with anything. Not let our mind engage in thoughts or behaviors that may not align with conscious intentions or desired outcomes. This could include impulsive or automatic reactions that go against our conscious goals.

The moment we thing we got it and we go with business as usual, it will throw a bigger or harder test at us to see how committed we are. So next time you are going through a change, you may think about your mind being a dog in behavior therapy. Instead of getting upset with yourself and beating yourself up, you might be able to laugh at yourself how it caught you off guard again 🙂
Then continue your journey in your new found spirit!
Consider smaller steps towards your goal that you can’t set yourself up for “failure”.

Using this metaphor, is an acknowledgment that the mind, like an intelligent dog, requires attention, training, and understanding. It emphasizes the need for self-awareness and the ability to guide one’s thoughts and actions consciously.

Monday 22.01
Self-Love
Slow Flow

Wednesday 24.01.
Three Breaths
Flow

Thursday 25.01.
Open Theme
Yogis Choice

Friday 26.01.
Feel the Alignment
Elasti-Band-Flow

Wednesday 31.01.
Happy Hips
Flow

Thursday 01.02.
Open Theme
Yogis Choice

Friday 02.02.
New Perspective
Slow Flow

After all my dog gave me at least the inspiration for this blog!

Love,

Nicole

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Resilience Of The Soul

@danielhannah

My dear Global Yoga Community,

The proverb “The eye is the window to the soul” always resonated with me. Which brings me to my main subject for this blog.
What does it mean to have a resilient soul?

A resilient soul typically refers to an individual who possesses the ability to bounce back, adapt, and overcome challenges, hardships, or adversities in life. Resilience is the capacity to face difficulties, trauma, or stress, and then recover from them with strength and grace.

A resilient soul is often characterized by a positive mindset, the ability to learn from experiences, and a determination to persevere in the face of difficulties. Resilience doesn’t mean avoiding or denying pain; instead, it involves coping with and growing from life’s inevitable setbacks.

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When the soul’s immune system runs wild
Amygdala, hippocampus and somatic markers are helpful systems that work for us – or under certain circumstances against us. Because our soul is a developed system of conscious and, above all, unconscious programs. Just like our body, it must be fed with good food that the mental immune system can fend off the attacks of so-called psychological viruses. Experts such as the specialist psychologist for psychotherapy Dr. Hans Menning understand it as “penetrating harmful thoughts and feelings that have become lodged in us and cause us to ponder and make us unable to act.
Furthermore, Dr. Menning explains, “These are very powerful, often self-damaging programs; we often don’t even notice their intrusion, but once they are inside, they develop and control us. They often start with ‘you are…’ followed by a negative adjective and a reinforcement of what was said. ‘You’re chaotic, you always misplace everything!’ This seemingly harmless sentence has it all, it’s a classic psychological virus that can unfold and become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Of course, there are much more complex and subtle psychoviruses. We are exposed to attacks from a variety of viruses and are surrounded by ‘You must…’, ‘You shall…’ and ‘You must not…’. Ideally, we quickly leave these determinations behind us, but sometimes a virus takes hold and we ‘internalize’ it.”

Research shows, there are ways to stimulate the soul’s immune system, like the color blue. A blue sky has a particularly stimulating effect on our self-healing powers. This is because blue is the color of calm and serenity, embodied by water and sea, sky and horizon.
Brain researchers have discovered that the color blue has a particularly positive effect on the pituitary gland which regulates the entire human hormonal system. But blue is much more than that – it is one of the colors that particularly symbolize nature and is associated with a happy childhood. The fewer beautiful “blue” moments and the more dark experiences someone has had in childhood, the higher their risk of developing heart disease.
~ The immune system of the soul (Happi-Health 2/2019)

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I think most of us are striving to be resilient. All forms of stress – physical, emotional or environmental, has an impact on our well-being. It’s a reminder that physical and emotional well-being are interconnected and intertwined, and the conclusion is taking care of both aspects contributes to a holistic sense of health, vitality and overall resilience. I am a strong believer that we always have the ability to change and reverse things in our life and in our body!
Let’s start with taking one positive action: Wear at least one blue item in class for the next two weeks 🙂

Monday 08.01.
Free your mind
Flow

Wednesday 10.01.
Happy Body – Blossoming Soul
Flow

Thursday 11.01.
Open Theme
Yogis Choice

Friday 12.01.
Through Resistance to Resilience
Elasti-Band Slow Flow

Monday 15.01.
Where do you feel stress
Flow

Wednesday 17.01.
Looking Inward
Blind Flow

Thursday 18.01.
Open Theme
Yogis Choice

Friday 19.01.
Embrace the Pain
Flow

I am looking forward to exploring the different aspects of resilience with you!

Love,

Nicole

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Interconnectedness of Transition, Change & Transformation

My dear Global Yoga Community,

Wishing you all Happy & Peaceful Holidays!
I have been contemplating lately about these three aspects that have had and big impact on my life over this past year. I think they have been a good guide for my “fresh” intentions.
As we all have our own process and life journey I hope this blog will resonate with you or inspire you in the way you set your intentions as well.


Transitions from one year to another, from one life phase to another, and from life to death are profound and inevitable aspects of the human experience.
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Change is a fundamental aspect of life, and transitions represent the various phases or stages of these changes. 
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Transformation goes beyond surface-level. It involves multiple changes that are integrated into a holistic shift while transition is the bridge between the old and the new in the transformational journey.

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Transition, change, and transformation are not isolated events. They are continuous processes. Transition offers an opportunity for growth, self-discovery, and the reshaping of one’s narrative.
While some transitions are joyous and celebratory, others may be challenging and require resilience and adaptation.
Here are a few key points to consider:

Inevitability of Change
Change is a constant in life. From personal development and relationships to career paths and societal shifts, change is inevitable. Embracing it can help us to navigate transitions more effectively.

Life Transitions
Life transitions encompass a wide range of experiences, such as moving from one stage of life to another (e.g., adolescence to adulthood, retirement), changes in personal relationships, career shifts, and more. Each transition brings its own set of challenges and opportunities.

Adaptability
The ability to adapt to change is a valuable skill. Life transitions often require us to be flexible, open-minded, and resilient. Developing these qualities can contribute to a smoother adjustment to new circumstances.

Growth and Learning
Transitions provide opportunities for personal growth and learning. Whether through challenges or new experiences, we can gain valuable insights and skills during times of change.

Psychological and Emotional Impact
Transitions can have a profound psychological and emotional impact. They may evoke feelings of excitement, anxiety, uncertainty, or a mix of emotions. Acknowledging and understanding these emotions is crucial for managing transitions and transformations successfully.

Support Systems
Having a strong support system, including friends, family, or professional networks, can be crucial during times of transition. Sharing experiences and seeking guidance can help us navigate the complexities of change and transformation.

Reflection and Planning
Transitions sometimes prompt us to reflect on our values, goals, and priorities. This introspection can lead to intentional planning and decision-making, guiding us toward a more fulfilling and purposeful life.

Cycles of Change
Life is characterized by cycles of change, and transitions are part of these ongoing cycles. Recognizing that change is not a one-time event but a continual process can help us approach life with a sense of adaptability and resilience.

Time and Phases
Transitions, changes, and transformations often have overlapping timelines. Transitions may be short-term adjustments within a longer change process, and changes may be part of a broader transformational journey.

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In essence, understanding and embracing the interconnectedness of transition, change and transformation can empower us to navigate life’s journey with greater resilience, purpose, and personal fulfillment. Ultimately, they contribute to the rich and complex tapestry of our human experience. 

Wednesday 27.12.
Celebrating Yourself
Slow Flow

Thursday 28.12.
Open Theme
Yogis Choice

Friday 29.12.
Freedom of Choice
Flow

Sunday 31.12.
Fresh Intentions
Slow Flow

Wednesday 03.01.
One Change at a Time
Flow

Thursday 04.01.
Open Theme
Yogis Choice

Friday 05.01.
Transitions are Bridges
Flow

Wishing you all a Healthy, Happy New Year with fresh & exciting Intentions!

Love,

Nicole

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Life Purpose

@Johnhain

My dear Global Yoga Community,

Did you ever ask you the question: What is my Purpose in Life?
In the last few months I saw what a difference it makes even for a dog to have a purpose. There were certainly times in my life where I felt like a dog without a purpose.

The purpose question came up quite a few times in my life and every time I found out something new about myself. A few months ago I signed up with Sirius Joy, an astrology site that recently they offered a course on 40 days of my Truth and Purpose. It is all very complex, but I definitely got many new insights and I am starting to understand my Self better.

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“When you love what you are doing, you are not ambitious, you are not greedy, you are not seeking fame, because that very love of what you are doing is totally sufficient in itself.”
~ J. Krishnamurti (Bombay 5th public talk 24.02.1957)


One of the values in my life was that I want to do for a living what I love and I since it was a few things divided it up over a few things.
I believed when you do just one thing 100% it “kills” the love for it, because of the high pressure on it. I managed to live like this for a long time.
Now I feel at a cross road where I don’t know if I can maintain this way of living. I am certain there are a lot of people just like me influenced by the pre and after covid changes.
I am not sure yet what the answer is, but one things I do know is that our purpose is to shine, to be a light on this planet. Our purpose is connected to what we love with our whole being. How that plays out for each one of us is our individual process and life journey.

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This is what I found in the net about life purpose, in case you are not sure yet or want to explore of you.

Determining one’s life purpose is a deeply personal and subjective endeavor. It often involves introspection, self-discovery, and a willingness to explore your passions, values, and beliefs. Here is some guidance on how one might discover it:

Self-reflection
Take time to reflect on your interests, values, and the activities that bring you joy. Consider your strengths, weaknesses, and the skills you enjoy using.

Passions
Identify your passions and what activities make you lose track of time. Your purpose often aligns with what you love to do.

Values
Determine your core values. What principles do you hold dear? Your purpose is likely to be in harmony with your values.

Impact
Consider the impact you want to have on the world. How do you want to contribute to the well-being of others or make a positive difference?

Feedback
Seek feedback from friends, family, and colleagues. They may provide insights into your strengths and areas where you make a difference.

Challenges
Reflect on the challenges you’ve overcome in life. Your ability to navigate difficulties might give you a clue about your purpose.

Experiment
Don’t be afraid to try new things. Experiment with different activities, hobbies, and experiences to discover what resonates with you.

Learn from role models
Look up to people who inspire you. Examine their life paths, values, and the impact they’ve made. It may provide insights into your own aspirations.

Professional alignment
Consider how your professional skills and career goals align with your sense of purpose. Can you find meaning in your work?

Evolution
Remember that your purpose may evolve over time. Be open to reassessing and adjusting your goals as you grow and change.

It’s important to note that finding one’s life purpose is an ongoing process. It’s okay not to have all the answers immediately, and your purpose may continue to unfold as you go through different life stages and experiences.

Monday 11.12.
What is your strength
Slow Flow

Wednesday 13.12.
Growing Roots
Flow

Thursday 14.12.
Open Theme
Yogis Choice

Friday 15.12.
Pelvis Alignment
Elastiband – Flow

Monday 18.12.
Activating the 3 Ab-Layers
Flow

Wednesday 20.12.
Shoulder/Neck Release
Flow

Thursday 21.12.
Open Theme
Yogis Choice

Friday 22.12.
Heart Opening
Slow Flow

I am glad to be able to share my love for movement, health and the body with you!

Love,

Nicole

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The Art of Balancing Giving & Receiving

My dear Global Yoga Community,

We always strive for balance in our life.
One topic that is not so much talked about, but is a big part of daily life, is finding the balance of giving and receiving.
For me it has been always easy to give while receiving has been a bit of a challenge.
The first time I became really conscious of my issue with receiving in all areas of my life, was through my journey with the Human Garage. This and the recent experience in my retreat in Morocco inspired me to have a deeper look into the possible reasons behind it. This is what I found and would like to share with you.

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Balancing giving and receiving in relationships can indeed be a challenge, especially for individuals who tend to be more inclined toward giving. It’s essential to find equilibrium to maintain healthy and mutually satisfying connections. Here are some insights and tips that might help:

Understand the Importance of Receiving
Recognize that receiving is not a sign of weakness or dependence. It’s a natural part of any healthy relationship. Just as giving brings joy to others, allowing yourself to receive can bring joy to those who care about you.

Acknowledge Your Needs
Be aware of your own needs and desires. Understand that it’s okay to have needs and that allowing others to meet them fosters a sense of connection. It doesn’t make you a burden or less self-sufficient.

Practice Self-Compassion
Treat yourself with the same kindness and generosity that you extend to others. Acknowledge your own worthiness of care and support. Self-compassion can make it easier to accept help or gifts from others.

Communicate Openly
Share your feelings and concerns with those close to you. Let them know that you appreciate their generosity but may struggle with receiving. Open communication fosters understanding and allows others to support you in the way you need.

Start Small
If receiving feels uncomfortable, start with small gestures. Accept compliments gracefully, express gratitude, and gradually allow yourself to accept more significant forms of support or kindness.

Shift Your Perspective
Consider receiving as an opportunity for others to experience the joy of giving. By accepting what others offer, you allow them to contribute to your well-being and happiness.

Reflect on Your Beliefs
Examine any underlying beliefs or fears that may be contributing to difficulty in receiving. Addressing these underlying issues can help you become more comfortable with the idea of receiving.

Set Boundaries
It’s crucial to set healthy boundaries in relationships. Understand your limits and communicate them to others. This ensures that you receive in a way that aligns with your comfort and values.

Practice Gratitude
Regularly express gratitude for the kindness and generosity of others. This not only reinforces positive behavior but also helps you become more mindful of the support you receive.

Remember that finding balance is an ongoing process, and it’s okay to take small steps towards change. Developing a healthy balance between giving and receiving contributes to more fulfilling and sustainable relationships.

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My magical yoga retreat in Morocco let me feel the fulfillment of this balance in depth. These wonderful group of people attending, created a precious space of love and kindness where everyone experienced a natural flow of giving and receiving. I am ever so grateful to all of you!

Monday 27.11.
What do you need
Flow

Wednesday 29.11.
Self-Compassion
3-Breaths Flow

Thursday 30.11.
Open Theme
Yogis Choice

Friday 01.12.
Feel the Healing
Slow Flow

Monday 04.12.
Shift Perspective
Flow

Wednesday 06.12.
Counting your Blessings
Slow Flow

Thursday 07.12.
Open Theme
Yogis Choice

Friday 08.12.
Power of Belief
Flow

I feel blessed to be able to keep on learning from you!

Love,

Nicole

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Season Of Change

@johnhain

My dear Global Yoga Community,

There are so many changes happening around us and most of them are very unsettling and stressful I find. To bring a change forth in this world we need to come back to
“The (wo)man in the mirror” as Michael Jackson tried to bring his message across already 35 years ago. It seems maybe more valuable then ever today!

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Autumn is a season that encourages change and reflection. The transformation of the nature during this time can serve as a metaphor for personal growth and transition in our own lives. The falling leaves and the cooler temperatures provide a perfect backdrop for contemplation and renewal.
There are a few ways we can embrace change and make the most of the autumn season:

Taking time to reflect on the year so far. What do I have achieved and what lessons have I learned?
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Using the changing season as a motivation for what you want to change or improve in your life. Whether it’s personal, professional, or health-related, autumn can give you a fresh start to commit to positive changes.
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Taking advantage of the beauty of the autumn colors and embracing the unique flow of this season by spending time in nature. Connecting in some way or form with the changing environment.
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Autumn’s unique atmosphere can make it easier to be present and mindful. Consciously experiencing the senses like the crunch of leaves under the feet, diving deep into the colors around you, the crispness of the air on the skin and the special smell that comes with it.
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Just as trees shed their leaves in preparation for winter, we can use this season to declutter our life. Letting go of things that no longer serve us, whether physical possessions or negative habits.
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The holiday season is just around the corner.
Taking this time to connect with loved ones and strengthen our relationships. The warmth of human connection is a source of comfort and joy especially in the colder months.


“In every change, in every falling leaf there is some pain, some beauty. And that’s the way new leaves grow.”
~ Amit Ray

In embracing the unique flow of autumn, you can find inspiration and motivation to make positive changes in your life and appreciate the beauty of the season.

Monday 30.10.
Celebrate your Achievements
Flow

Wednesday 01.11.
Tap into the Senses
Slow Flow

Thursday 03.11.
Open Theme
Yogis Choice

Monday 06.11.
Trust your Heart
Slow Flow

Wednesday 08.11
Letting Go
Flow

Thursday 09.11.
Open Theme
Yogis Choice

Friday 10.11.
Gratitude
Flow

Monday 13.11.
New Intention
Flow

Wednesday 22.11.
Grounding
Slow Flow

Thursday 23.11.
Open Theme
Yogis Choice

Friday 24.11.
Thanks for Twists
Flow

I know that all of you are open hearted beings and that is one of the reasons why I love you. It is easy to be swept away by the energies around us and I hope these classes will provide for you a space of comfort, to recharge and build resilience 🙂

Love,

Nicole

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The Big Gap Between Thinking Vs Feeling It

@mohamed-Ben-ammar

My dear Global Yoga Community,

Some of you might remember the story of my mother and I not having a good relationship. Each time when I would go and visit, I would think ‘she can’t hurt me anymore, I am past that point and age’ etc.
Boom – there she did it again. This year I went to see her and I felt deep inside of me that she can’t anymore.
Guess what?! She couldn’t even though she said hurtful things again. I am grateful for the Human Garage and their facial maneuvers that lead me to feel changes physical, mentally and emotionally.

“Change is not something that we should fear. Rather, it is something that we should welcome.”
~ Nelson Mandela


That being said this is not the end of the journey. So many more layers are waiting to be peeled off.
I have been working on self love and I progressed a bit by setting more boundaries, making myself the priority etc.
Last weekend when I did my first IG reel for the human garage, I fell into a big crises. Seeing and hearing myself in the reel over and over again while I tried to edit, let a storm break loose inside of me. I tried to ignore my feelings of shame, self-judgment, criticism, embarrassment and posted it anyways. I could feel myself spinning down, everything narrowed down on me and I had a huge crying fit. I had no idea that this would hit me so hard and I could tell that came from way deep inside and was tucked away very well.

This as an other example of me thinking I am loving myself by doing all the right steps, but I am far from feeling self love. I am sharing this so openly, because being vulnerable shines light on my darkness and I hope to inspire some of you to look at yourself where you are just rationalizing and thinking and where you really can feel the depth of that emotion.

Teaching movement is my safe heaven where I am of the picture. When I feel my body and all the information comes to me in the moment. All critics inside of me are not present and I enjoy the movement, being at service.

Monday 16.10.
How does it feel
Slow Flow

Wednesday 18.10.
Midweek Detox
Flow

Thursday 19.10.
Open Theme
Yogis Choice

Friday 20.10.
Three Breaths
Flow

Monday 23.10.
Fascia Balls
Flow

Wednesday 25.10.
Elasti-Band
Flow

Thursday 26.10.
Open Theme
Yogis Choice

Friday 27.10.
Fascial Maneuver
Slow Flow

I am grateful for your appreciation and trust in my evolving, changing classes!

Love,

Nicole

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Honoring The Natural Wave

@agzam

My dear Global Yoga Community,

We all feel them, but not always properly acknowledge them – our ups and downs in life. Partly because we are spending most time of the day in our head and not in our body.

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Honoring the natural wave of life and not resisting the downs is a philosophy often associated with embracing the ebb and flow of existence. It’s about acknowledging that life has its ups and downs, and each part of this cycle holds its own significance and purpose.
Here are a few inspirational thoughts on how to lead a more meaningful and fulfilled life.

Acceptance and Mindfulness 
Embrace the present moment, whether it’s a high or a low. Mindfulness encourages being aware of your thoughts and emotions without judgment. When you accept and observe your downs without resisting, you can better appreciate the natural course of life.

Resilience and Growth 
Viewing the downs as opportunities for growth helps build resilience. Challenges can teach valuable lessons and foster personal development, preparing you for the inevitable ups that follow. Every low point is a chance to learn, adapt, and become stronger.

Gratitude and Perspective 
Experiencing the downs allows you to truly appreciate the ups. Gratitude for the highs becomes more profound when you’ve experienced and overcome the lows. It’s all about gaining a broader perspective on life’s fluctuations and being thankful for the entire journey.

Balance and Harmony 
Understanding the natural rhythm of life helps you find balance and harmony within yourself and with the world around you. Just as nature has its seasons, life has its cycles, and finding peace within this understanding is key to navigating the journey.

Embracing Impermanence 
Recognize that nothing stays the same forever. Impermanence is a fundamental aspect of life. The downs, like the ups, are fleeting. Being mindful of this impermanence can help you ride the waves with a sense of equanimity.

Creativity and Inspiration 
The ebb and flow of life can inspire creativity and innovation. Some of the greatest works of art, literature, and inventions have been born out of challenging times. The downs can fuel your creativity and drive to make positive changes.

Connection and Empathy 
Experiencing the downs allows you to relate to others who are going through similar challenges. It deepens your empathy and compassion, fostering connections and a sense of community.

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The more I resisted the natural wave and flow of my life, more pain and suffering I would experience. Changing my perspective, spending time in nature and moving my body help me to move stagnant energy. This way everything stays in a flow.

Monday 02.10.
Acceptance and Mindfulness 
Flow

Wednesday 04.10.
Resilience and Growth
Flow

Thursday 05.10.
Open Theme
Yogis Choice

Friday 06.10.
Gratitude and Perspective
Slow Flow

Monday 09.10.
Balance and Harmony
Flow

Wednesday 11.10.
Connection and Empathy
Slow Flow

Thursday 12.10.
Open Theme
Yogis Choice

Friday 13.10.
Embracing Impermanence
Flow

Let’s gracefully ride the waves together backed up and supported by our beautiful global community!

Love,

Nicole

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Setting Non-Verbal Boundaries In Your Life

My dear Global Yoga Community,

This is the translation for above:
“You don’t have to learn to endure more, you have to learn not to allow everything”

I am certain that the dog I chose, came into my life for reason. She is suppose to teach me something valuable and I believe that it is like this for everybody who has an animal. Just like people as well.
As you know I have worked on myself and with my dog on living more harmoniously side-by-side.
One thing I came up against over and over is:

SETTING BOUNDARIES

I can’t believe that it took me more than half of my life to fully comprehend the extend of these words. I slowly manage to do it and I can see and feel just a glimpse of how empowering and freeing this can be on all levels. This time I am determined to follow through with it.
The beauty of learning it with your dog is that it is non-verbal which makes it even more powerful, but also easier because of their conditional love. If you mess up you can start the next day fresh over again with them.

I was researching “Setting non-verbal boundaries” and was blown away by its actual simplicity and clarity. We have been here before – simple, but not easy! For me the key is that boundaries are set in an unemotional manner.

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Setting non-verbal boundaries is a crucial aspect of communication and interpersonal relationships.
Non-verbal communication, including body language, facial expressions, and gestures, plays a significant role in conveying your boundaries and ensuring they are respected. Here’s how you can harness the power of setting non-verbal boundaries.

Body Language
Posture: Maintain an assertive and upright posture to signal confidence and self-assurance.
Eye Contact: Establish and maintain appropriate eye contact to convey attentiveness and seriousness about your boundaries.
Personal Space: Demonstrate your boundaries by managing your personal space and not allowing encroachment without consent.

Facial Expressions
Firmness: Use a firm and composed facial expression to convey the seriousness of your boundaries.
Disapproval: Express disapproval or discomfort through your facial expressions to signal when someone has crossed a boundary.

Gestures:
Palm Up/Palm Down: Use palm-up gestures to welcome appropriate interaction and palm-down gestures to indicate a stop or boundary.
Gesture at a Distance: Use appropriate hand gestures to indicate the desired distance or space you want to maintain.

Voice Tone and Volume
Firm Tone: Speak in a firm and clear tone to assert your boundaries without being aggressive.
Appropriate Volume: Adjust your voice volume to match the situation, emphasizing your boundaries when needed.

Consistency
Ensure that your non-verbal communication aligns with your verbal communication and remains consistent across various situations.

Awareness:
Be mindful of others’ non-verbal cues and respect their boundaries as well.
Pay attention to how people respond to your non-verbal cues and adjust them if needed to effectively convey your boundaries.

Practice Self-Awareness:
Understand your own body language and the messages it conveys. Practice using non-verbal cues consciously to communicate your boundaries effectively.

Empowerment and Confidence:
Cultivate self-confidence and empowerment, as these qualities will naturally reflect in your non-verbal communication, reinforcing your boundaries.

Remember, setting non-verbal boundaries is about communicating your needs and limits effectively without necessarily using words. It’s a powerful tool to ensure your boundaries are respected and to maintain healthy relationships.

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Who new that the body language one would be the hardest for me! I know if I manage to get my dog to respect me fully, all other areas of my life will be influenced and changed.

Monday 18.09.
Set an Intension
Flow

Wednesday 20.09.
Set an Intension
Slow Flow

Thursday 21.09.
Open Theme
Yogis Choice

Friday 22.09.
Set an Intension
Flow

Monday 25.09.
Intension on Self-Boundary
Slow Flow

Wednesday 27.09.
Intension on Self-Boundary
Flow

Thursday 28.09.
Open Theme
Yogis Choice

Friday 29.09.
Intension on Self-Boundary
Flow

I hope this is an inspiration for you, unless I am the only one who has issues with setting healthy boundaries! 🙂

Love,

Nicole

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Who Are You Able To Help?

dimitriwittmann

My dear Global Yoga Community,

I arrived back home from my trip, but I am still continuing my inner journey. I have been and will be as honest and authentic as possible with you while I am taking you with me on that journey.
The video from the Human Garage was presented to us to watch. Following questions were raised to reflect and share our answers to:

“What is your biggest takeaway from this story of helping people?
Do you help people without them asking?
Do you try to help people when they aren’t ready or willing to help them-self?
If yes, what have you learned?”

This video left a big impression on me and maybe it will have an effect on you as well.

This is what I shared back then:
I have tried to help my family and people around me all my life without them asking for it and was seldom heard. Somehow I felt it is my obligation to help my family, but my mother is one of the victim behavior individuals and hearing this gives me the reinsurance that it has nothing to do with me nor can I help.
I always had a hard time asking for help that’s maybe one of the reasons why I wanted to help other’s without being asked.
Listening to this powerful interview I will be even more aware of it and more likely will ask for help myself now 🙏 

It comes natural to me, wanting to help or be of help. Since I saw this interview I did conscious changes to come out of this habitual pattern of trying to help no matter what. I also started to ask for help myself. I don’t know what has been more challenging 😅

Monday 04.09.
Listen to Help
Slow Flow

Wednesday 06.09.
What do you need
Flow

Thursday 07.09.
Open Theme
Yogis Choice

Friday 08.09.
What do you need
Flow

Monday 11.09.
What do you need
Flow

Wednesday 13.09.
What do you need
Flow

Thursday 14.09.
Open Theme
Yogis Choice

Friday 15.09.
What do you need
Slow Flow

Glad we have a safe and loving community where we can ask for and be of help!

Love,

Nicole

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