The Game Changers is out on digital!

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Yesterday I went to see The Game Changers at the movies, a movie that I’ve been excited to see ever since their very first promotion of it in January 2018! That’s a long wait haha. So my expectations where pretty high. And wow, it delivered guys.

Pro athletes turned vegan and boosted their strength and endurance

In the movie we are following the elite special soldiers trainer and Ultimate Fighter James Wilks on his journey in recovering from a knee injury. He is looking for the fastest and most optimal way to recover and heal his body, and stumbles upon the plant based diet. He begins searching for athletes who follow a vegan diet, and finds what seems to be a gold mine.

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James Wilks starts digging into the lifestyle of vegan food through meeting pro athletes, doctors, scientists and bodybuilders. In the movie we meet people like Arnold Schwarsnegger (bodybuilder, actor, mayor), Lewis Hamilton (five-time formula one world champion), Morgan Mitchell (two time Australian 400-meter running champion), Patrik Baboumian (world record-holding strongman), Scott Jurek (record-holding ultramarathon runner), Mischa Janiec (professional bodybuilder) and Tia Blanco (professional surfer) who ALL follow a vegan diet, and have seen huge benefits from it.

For those interested in the details, you can read more of the health and nutritional benefits (especially linked to sports) of a plant-based diet here.

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We all need to see this

Whether you’re a plant sceptic, a plant lover or in between, this is a great movie to watch. if you have someone in your life suffering from different health conditions, invite them over for a movie night that might change their lives.

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The great news - the movie is out on digital now!

Finally, after a period of exclusive one-day screenings in different cinemas (which was hard to catch for many), Game Changers is out on digital (iTunes, Google Play and Vimeo). FIND THE MOVIE HERE.

Have you seen it already? What did you think? Would love to hear your take on it!

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Adidas x Parley for the Oceans

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- One garbage truck load of plastic is dumped in the ocean every minute

- Within 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic than fish, by weight 

- Every piece of plastic ever made still exists

- Plastic that is eaten by ocean animals eventually end in our bodies

- There is one tonne of plastic in the ocean for every human being 

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There is no doubt we need to do something with the ocean plastic problem. Firstly, we all need to educate ourselves on the topic. It was not long ago that we learned that clothing made of polyester (a plastic based material) sheds small pieces of plastic in the washing machine, which means that the small plastic pieces end up in the ocean.

We’ve been looking for better produced (eco-friendly) workout clothes for a while now. There are not a lot of good options on the market, which isn’t so strange since training gear is usually made of polyester in order to absorb and transport the sweat so that you don’t freeze. Clothes of cotton are not the best match for work-outs, since the fabric draws in the humidity and makes the material heavy.

And we have good news! Adidas and Parley for the Oceans have teamed up to create a new fabric, a yarn called Parley Oceans Plastic™, which is made from recycled plastic picked up from coastal areas and beaches.

Photo: Michael Ray Vera Cruz Angeles

Photo: Michael Ray Vera Cruz Angeles

Together with a team of athletes, dancers, training influencers and bloggers we are fronting the new collection of training clothes here in Norway.

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ADIDAS W.N.D. PARLEY Jacket. Photo: Michael Ray Vera Cruz Angeles

The collection consists of tights, tops, sports bras, a jacket, caps, water bottles, bags and shoes. Check them out here.

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BELIEVE THIS PARLEY 7/8 TIGHTS. Photo: Michael Ray Vera Cruz Angeles

We always want to support brands that make a real effort to change in a better direction, and for Adidas to take this stance is huge, and an opportunity for many other brands to follow. 

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DON'T REST PARLEY BH. Photo: Michael Ray Vera Cruz Angeles

Even though the clothes are made of recycled polyester, they will probably shed micro-plastic pieces when you wash them, so make sure to use a Guppy Bag - a bag that you put your clothes into before washing them that is supposed to hinder the small plastic fibers to enter the waterways.

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You can find the clothes at bigger sports stores where they sell Adidas - and here in Norway more specifically at G-Sport! And remember to do a mini beach cleanup next time you’re out running!

Awesome Things Yoga Teaches Us About Honouring Mother Earth

As a yogi, there are certain things that we should honor. We should be gentler first with ourselves and then to others. Yoga is not just about going into poses to become stronger and more flexible. While the practice does offer that to you, it also asks that we give back to our community and the earth. Part of the eight limbs of yoga includes many aspects of being conscious about the outside world we live in. We can often become very stuck just being in our heads. The world needs your help, and you are connected to it. It’s important to feel that and to help in the ways you can.

There are many beautiful ways that yoga can teach us about honoring mother earth. It starts from within.

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Being Aware of Self

Yoga opens you up to the awareness of self. When you can learn to pay attention to your feelings and physical manifestations, you will also become aware of other things. If it upsets you to see garbage in the park, you can acknowledge why that upsets you. Someone has been deeply disrespectful to other people and also to nature. When you find out why that bothers you so much, you may come to realize how much the pristine nature that surrounds you actually means to you. Getting deep into the heart of things will help you do the right things in life. You’ll start to take action because you stand behind the feelings you identify.

Being Aware of the Energy that Surrounds You

When you’re inside of your mind all of the time, you don’t see what’s happening around you. Once you find that self-awareness, which is something a yoga class should help you with, you’ll want to look outside of yourself. You’ll begin to feel the connectedness that exists within every living thing. That includes the houseplant, a tree, other people around you, and a body of water. Awareness is the first step towards action. Once you are willing to open up to people and things that surround you, you’ll be more prone to care about those things.

The Reference of Nature in Yoga Classes

Many yoga teachers will theme their classes around nature. There are even many poses that mimic animals, mountains, the sun, and the moon. If you’re doing yoga classes regularly, you may begin to see nature in a new way. Perhaps seeing and acknowledging how precious it is. Appreciating a waterfall, a lake, or a creek a little more may promote an inner desire to preserve those things you love in nature.

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The Yamas of Yoga

The Yamas of yoga is our outer environment and how we deal with it. They are the universal vows that include our actions, words, and thoughts. There are a few of the Yamas that indirectly tell us we should be kinder to all living things. Here are a few.

Ahimsa is non-violence. This includes physical, mental, or emotional violence to yourself or someone else. The Buddhist practice of compassion can be used to help create non-violence in life. You can be unkind to people and all the earth in many ways. It’s all about being compassionate.

Aparigraha (non-coveting)

There are many things we may want to take from nature. If you look at the reasons we go to a zoo, for example, we love an animal so much we want to see them. This comes at the cost of their freedom. It’s not the right way, and we must become conscious of not coveting things. When we are all willing to do this, there won’t be animals in captivity for our viewing pleasure. Even the simplest things like a bouquet are coveting something from nature. Yes, others do it too so the rose will be cut from the stem regardless. There is a wisdom in all of us; however, that knows, there is power in just one person who decides to make a difference. By cultivating the act of not coveting things, you give people the freedom to do so also.

Yoga Teaches Us to Do No Harm

One of the eight limbs of yoga is to do no harm. This is why Buddhist monks won’t even kill a mosquito or ants that have infiltrated their sleeping quartered. If you follow the teachings of this ancient practice, it’s essential that you don’t harm other living things. This is everything. This is the amount of water you use, how much you drive, what kind of car you drive, how you purchase (is there a lot of plastic on your purchase?). Being aware of what is going to harm the environment is an essential aspect of yoga, which will likely be talked about at one point or another.

Yoga is a beautiful practice for you to do. It is also a lifestyle that exists beyond the mat. Being conscious about how you treat mother earth will come up within the community. It is a large part of yoga since it’s inception into the world so many thousands of years ago. As you become more aware of yourself and the world around you, you’ll begin to see how you can help mother earth.


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Guest post by Meera Watts

Meera Watts is a yoga teacher, entrepreneur and mom. Her writing on yoga and holistic health has appeared in Elephant Journal, CureJoy, FunTimesGuide, OMtimes and others. She’s also the founder and owner of Siddhi Yoga International a Singapore based company organzing yoga teacher training retreats worldwide. Meera is also among top 20 Yoga bloggers in the world as per Thoroughly Reviewed.

7 chakras yoga & meditation 🧘‍♀️

Hi ♓️

Har bare lyst til å anbefale dere verdens mest forfriskende serie av yoga og meditation fra Youtube, laget av en dame som heter Brett Larkin. Det er en serie for å aktivere og balansere “chakraene” i kroppen, også kjent som energisenterene, som skal få deg tilbake i balanse, i energiflyt og hjelpe deg til å føle deg som DEG.

// Just popping in to recommend a super good yoga and meditation series that I’ve found on YouTube. It’s made by Brett Larkin, and some of you have probably tried it before. If not - I highly recommend you to do the series one day at the time. It’s built up to activate each and every one of your “chakras” (energy centres) in the body, to make you feel amazing and filled with energy and vibrate good things!! You don’t have to practice every day, but this order makes sure the energy in the body is activated the right way and in the right direction.

This is how it goes:

Day 1: Root chakra yoga & meditation

Day 2: Sacral chakra yoga & meditation

Day 3: Solar plexus yoga & meditation

Day 4: Heart chakra yoga & meditation

Day 5: Throat chakra yoga & meditation

Day 6: Third eye chakra yoga & meditation

Day 7: Crown chakra yoga & meditation (the first yoga class - root chakra yoga)

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Find all the meditations HERE & the yoga classes HERE.

Summer day in Oslo

Jeg tror aldri jeg har opplevd en rarere og mer spennende yoga enn kundalini yoga. Dagen i dag startet med en heftig yoga session på Northern Lights i Oslo. Det er en helt annerledes type yoga enn den klassiske man ser for seg, og man jobber mest med pusten, lyd og noen litt annerledes bevegelser. Dagens time fokuserte på det tredje øye, også kalt intuisjonen. Vi startet med en helt crazy pusteøvelse ala Whym Hoff, for de som har hørt om han, som gjorde at man ikke trengte å trekke pusten på nesten et minutt etterpå, og hele kroppen dirret. Yoga-high! Vi sang også sanger og hørte på læreren spille guitar. Haha for en morgen. Kunne ikke annet enn å smile.

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Kundalini yoga at Northern Lights

// This morning started with a yoga-high at Northern Lights yoga school, and a session of kundalini. If you haven’t heard of it before or tried, I can highly recommend it, and make sure to prepare for some deep breath work and chanting!

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Etter yoga dro Noah og jeg i dyrebutikken for å kjøpe en ny sele, før vi møtte en venninne og hennes nydelige hund på Eckers. Eckers har ganske mange digge veganske alternativer, for ikke å glemme kombucha fra Norsk Kombucha!

// After yoga I took Noah to the animal shop (is that what it’s called??) to get a new collar, and then we met a friend and her doggo for lunch at Eckers. If you’re looking for a nice lunch spot outdoors in Oslo with lots of vegan options, Eckers is a good place to go! They have sandwiches, wraps and salads, and lots of juices and smoothies. And ofc kombucha.

Etter lunsj dro vi på valpekurs på Good Dog i Frognerparken. Det er superlærerikt, og selv om han bare er to måneder er det vilt hvor mye han kan lære allerede! Etter kurs var begge slitne, så vi dro hjem og lagde middag før Noah ble hyper og spiste på ting over hele leiligheten. Valpelivet <3

II Then we went off to puppy class. Today we learned to lay down, how to make the puppies comfortable with grooming and how to get their attention in any situation. I’m at GoodDog school which is super good. After class we we’re both tired, so we went home for dinner and Noah got hyper and started to steal things all over the apartment. yes.

Salad wraps for dinner followed by my fav summer snack: dates, raspberries &amp; blueberries and some chamomile tea with coconut milk

Salad wraps for dinner followed by my fav summer snack: dates, raspberries & blueberries and some chamomile tea with coconut milk

Barcelona with Parley for the Oceans

This weekend we travelled to Barcelona to run with Adidas X Parley for the Oceans. We have both been to Barcelona before, and we’re excited to go again. But my oh my our guilt over flying has grown immensely, and the decision whether or not to go was hard to make. We looked at options to take the train, but quickly found out it takes 50 hours from Oslo, which was more time than we had available. So we did a lot of research on how to best compensate for the travel. We recommend this article if you want to read more about flying and what you can do with it if you can’t quite ditch airplanes yet (like us). It’s a huge dilemma, and we can’t wait to learn more about it. If it’s one thing we want to do in the future, it’s to work with the aviation industry to make it more environmentally friendly, or make sure that the alternative options become more available and easier to use. Because right now it is just not good enough in any way. Not to speak of airports, where all you can find is unhealthy food packed in plastic (remember to bring a packed lunch!).

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Parley for the Oceans

“We’re fighting for plastic-free oceans by turning plastic trash into high performance sportswear.”


Anyways, we were in Barcelona with Adidas and Parley for the Oceans who are launching their biggest collection yet of athletic wear made out of plastic from the ocean. 🌊 It was such a good and weird trip. First of all our plane was cancelled on Friday witch made us so late that we missed the run we were supposed to attend and we ended up running the next day in stead. On Saturday Anette’s phone got stolen while eating lunch, so the rest of the afternoon was spent at the police station. Then we just knew we had to turn this bad vibe around, because bad things were happening all the time. You know that feeling when you’re stuck in a downwards spiral because all your thoughts are so shitty (haha)? So we took on our training gear and headed to the gym for a work out. After that everything felt better! We dressed up and went to a vegan taco place we found on Instagram - Gallo Pinto. When we arrived the waiter told us that we had to wait 1,5 hour to be seated. But 5 minutes later he came back and sent us before the line to a table and we had three waiters all night giving us the best food and service ever. Highly recommend this place!

Gallo santo - the first 100% vegan mexican restaurant in spain

Gallo santo - the first 100% vegan mexican restaurant in spain

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Flax & Kale


Sunday morning Anette had to go back to the police station again, and after that we got into a huge fight about nothing and everything. Every one keeps asking how it is to work with you sister, haha and here you have it. We became friends again shortly after and met up with a friend for lunch. After that we strolled around time and in the evening we went to a Tarot reading that was a really cool and weird experience. We have never tried it before, but this lady really good. After that we went to Theresas juicey, picked up two acai bowls, soups, cupcakes and sweet potato fries, headed back to the hotel and watched a lot of episodes of the Dynasty on Netflix.

What a wierd but nice trip. Barcelona is beautiful, and it was so nice to soak up some sun after weeks of rain in Oslo. The city has a lot to offer, but they also have a lot of work remaining on the eco-friendly side. If it’s one thing to appreciate with traveling, it’s to get perspective on things. It really makes you appreciate what you have at home, but also gain perspective of what’s going on in the world and that there is still a huge job to do. It’s also really hard to keep your cool when shit happens, but in the end your vibe has to much to say on weather you want to attract good or bad things. Working out to get out of a bad funk almost always works. Lesson learned.

Run for the oceans

Today, June 8th, is World Oceans Day! It is also the kick off of Adidas X Parley Run for the Oceans. If you download the app Runtastic and track your running, you will automatically run for the oceans! For each km you track, one dollar will be donated to the Parley Oceans School youth educations programs. It’s also a extra motivational boost to get active! Let’s go.

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Discovering the soft and feminine in yoga - Guest post from Iselin Amanda

Iselin Amanda is one of those inspiring people who make you want to take better care of yourself and the planet through cooking amazing plant-based food and doing more yoga. She tells us her story about discovering new parts of her practice and how we can learn to tap into different energies within us.

Last year I spent several months with a little bit of what I feel is best described as «soul-searching» in regards to my yoga practice. 

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As a yogini, a student of yoga and a yoga teacher for more than five years, my practice and I have been through more than any other relationship I have ever been in. My practice has been my rock through thick and thin, my safe-space, my feeling- space, my creative-space and in many ways my closest friend. As I have changed, evolved and grown over the years, so has my practice, and my relationship to yoga and it’s many aspects. 

For years, my yoga practice was rather physical. My first few yoga teachers were all ashtanga teachers, and so I was thrown into a world of postures, performance and dedication. And that is how I first fell in love with yoga. I loved seeing how capable our bodies are; how it adapts, changes and evolves with our practice and lifestyle. Furthermore, I loved observing how my inner state of being always (always!) was reflected back to me as I stepped onto my mat in the morning for my series of Surya Namaskar.

When I was in recovery from a decade-long addiction and eating-disorder, my practice was there to give me more space, more room to be; to breathe, to cry and to release. A place for me to really, really feel. And from there learnt how I could use asanas as a tool to get out of my head for a little while, to allow myself to be more in my body. It has been a beautiful, powerful journey, and my yoga practice has no-doubt saved me from myself and my own inner daemons many a time. 

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However, half a year ago, I noticed something had shifted. I didn't necessarily look forward to stepping onto my mat in the morning like I used to. And so I would post-pone my practice for the evening, but when the evening arrived, I still wasn’t feeling it. I kept persisting in my practice most days though, thinking it was just a phase, a phase I was willing to wait out. I told myself, as the yogini I am, that things come and go, and perhaps I just needed to push through. Perhaps change things up a little? Give myself new challenges. Seek more inspiration. Simply sit with it.

Because regardless of how I felt before I did my practice, I would always feel better once it was done.

Maybe that was the thing though. It eventually became clear to me that my practice these days more often than not felt like something I wanted to be over with. As if it was yet another chore waiting to be done. Something I had to tick off my list in order to get on with my day, with my life. 

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Perhaps this was the biggest realisation. Seeing how a practice I had adored and relied on for years, who had been my closest friend for so long, now seemed more like that not-so-pleasant neighbour that keeps bothering you, and that you have to deal with, just to get your sense of peace and quiet to enjoy your life.

I’m not having it, I thought. I refuse to let something that’s been so wonderful for years, so wonderful in fact, that I made it not just part of my morning routine, it was (is) my passion, my  lifestyle, my career. And so I thought, «now is a very bad time for me to realise that this is not what I want to be doing with my life. 

And I guess this is where I started digging a little deeper. Looking a little further. Asking myself what is really going on here?

Well, it us true what they say; Ask and you will receive. 

Not long after I started my quest to fall recklessly in love with yoga again, I stumbled upon a book that has been nothing less than life-changing for me. If you're a yogini, a female yoga teacher, if you’re a woman, or if you’re simply practicing and/or teaching yoga with/to women, I can highly recommend this book. It is a game-changer. 

A few chapters into Yoni Shakti, I thought to myself that «no wonder I haven’t felt good about my practice for a while. I am, and have been for a long time, practicing the wrong kind of yoga». I have been committed to a promise I made to myself a few years ago; that I will always seek out, learn and be open to become a softer, caring and loving person; as a daughter, a friend, as a sister and a lover. And of course in my relationship to myself. But then I began to realize, that over the years, I have also been practicing a form of yoga that in many ways went against all of this.

My practice was until this stage very physical; mostly Yang-based. In other words, it was definitely masculine practice. It was more than anything about dedication, discipline, consistency, and, as much as I hate to admit it, also about performance. 

The next following months led my on a journey into the feminine that exists within the yoga world. I started diving deeper into the beautiful world of softer styles of yoga; yin and restorative yoga, Shakti-yoga, slow-flow and yoga Nidra. I spent days researching the history of women in yoga, reading about practicing in tune with our menstrual cycles, and how we can use yoga to empower ourselves as women; as mothers, daughters, sisters, friends and lovers. And as practitioners of the yogic traditions. 

Perhaps for the first time, I was giving myself full permission to practice and flow with the natural rhythms of my own cycle.

«it is not necessary to have a womb to practice ‘womb yoga’, in all phases of womens lives, it is the presence of womb space energies, the energies of «Yonisthana Chakra», which has a capacity to provide deep intuitive wisdom, and to reconnect us with the earthed and watery energies of creativity, fluidity, nurture and fertility that are characteristic of this energy centre.» (Uma Dinsmore-Tuli,  Yoni Shakti)

From the wisdom born from connecting to our wombs follows a naturally arising global green consciousness rooted in a sustainable and respectful honoring of the natural cycles and energies of the earth, the womb that nurtures all life in our wor. So it is through this wisdom, this spiritual awareness that is literally encoded in the cycles of the female body, that we can access the deep healing that our planet urgently calls for now. We are in deep need of exactly such yoga.

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The excerpt from above simply resonates with me on so many levels. I swear that if Uma herself had been in the room with me as I read this the first time, I would have had no choice but to walk over and kiss her. 

And so this is what my practice has been about the past few months: Finding a feminine and soft approach to asana practice. Reconnecting to feminine qualities of fluidity, flow, creativity and nourishment. Cultivating softness, intuition and deep listening in my yoga.

And let me tell you this: it has feltso good.

I believe these last six months has taught me how to develop a greater respect and understanding of yoga as a practice that revolves around cycles. How our cyclical practices inspires cyclical living, and helps us connect to the ever changing cycles of  Mother Earth herself.

I believe that in giving ourselves, as teachers and students, not to mention practitioners, permission to flow with our natural cycle (especially, but not exclusively, for women) we will in turn change the way in which we practice, think and feel, about yoga. Right now it feels like a precious little gift that was given to me, and for the first time in a long time, yoga has again become my best friend. And our friendship has grown much deeper roots and reached beautiful new heights.

So there are many aspects of our modern way of practicing yoga that unfortunately disconnects us female practitioners from our wombs and cycles. And «it is because of our profound disconnection from our own inner sense of what is right for us that we choose to practice forms of yoga which further disempower us (as women). When we adhere rigorously, and without regard for our own lifecycles, to those versions of yoga practice that focus on maintaining power over the body, rather than power moving through the body, then we imprison ourselves.»

We know that menstruation is a time of the month where women should avoid most standing yoga postures, inversions, or any other vigorous forms of practice and movement. However, this does not mean we have to avoid practicing all together. Creating and practicing a sequence of seated and lying down-asanas, with gentle twists, can be of great benefit this time of the month. We’re looking at finding postures that will encourage a positive experience as a bleeding woman, and for this time of the month to be a cleansing, quiet and rejuvenating period. We need to find ways in which to cultivate responsiveness to the cyclical changes in our bodies, as this is, without doubt, an important aspect of our yogic awareness.

I want to teach fluid styles and sequences of yoga; a beautiful balance between fluid sequences and deep resting poses. Movement and stillness. Cultivating the ability to listen to our bodies wisdom of when to move, and when to be still.

«Yoga came to the west to change the west. But the west has changed yoga. We have created forms of yoga in the image of our own disconnection. Practicing this simply mirrors our own disregard for our own inner guide». Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Yoni Shakti

Follow Iselin Amanda on Instagram and her blog for a daily dose of wellness, yoga, delicious food and feelgood images. She has created such a dreamy world well worth following!

About wellbeing and an eco-friendly life with yogi Iselin Amanda

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Iselina Amanda is one of those incredibly inspiring people who make you want to take better care of yourself and the planet through cooking amazing plant-based food and doing more yoga. She tells us her story, about how she became a yogi and gives us her best advice for living more environmentally friendly life with lots of joy, passion, and happiness. 

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

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I grew up on a little Island south in Norway and lived there for most of my life. When I graduated high school at 19, I booked a one-way ticket to Australia and spent well over a year there, living, studying and breathing yoga.  I completed my teacher training in Byron Bay at Byron Yoga Centre during a twelve-month training (800-hours) and on the side, I worked part-time as a raw food chef at a beautiful café in the heart of town. After Australia, I moved back to Europe and lived in London for a while. Life in England was a huge contrast to the beachy hippie vibes I had grown so used to in Byron, but it was a wonderful experience. It’s easy to get lost in a big city, but I was fortunate to meet real and abundance of wonderful and inspiring people I deeply connected with, and who really helped me grow as a person and continue on my spiritual journey.I came back from England only a few months ago, and am now back to living in Arendal in Norway, at least for a little while. These days I’m teaching yoga four days a week, and absolutely love it. It’s been an experience in itself to be back home after not having lived here for so long. Life here is much quieter than what I’ve been used to, and so I spend a lot of time on my own reading, writing, being out in nature and on my creative projects. As for the time being I am really enjoying it, though I can see some drastic and exciting changes happening in the not too far away future.

How did you get into yoga?

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I started practicing yoga when I was 16. I’d love to say that I felt a huge call or that I had an epiphany, but really it began as a way to develop strength and flexibility. After a few months, however, I started to witness small changes within me. It felt as though there was more to this practice, something much deeper and more profound, than a series of physical postures. My mother and I pretty much started on this journey at the same time, but on slightly different paths. As I become more dedicated to my yoga practice, she began introducing me to books like “A New Earth” and Maya Fiennes’ Kundalini books. From there, it’s been a such a transformative and beautiful journey.Today, my yoga practice is a very holistic practice, a lifestyle to say the least. The physical asanas are a small aspect of a much much broader picture. Yoga is perhaps more than anything a way of life and a method of deepening my understanding of life. I believe that a regular practice of yoga has the ability to strengthen the mind as much as the body; creating space and raising our awareness towards the point of physical liberation and enlightenment; which is eventually what I am striving towards.

What does your morning routine look like?

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I don’t have a very organized morning routine, but I try to start each day with a few deep breaths and I love looking out at the trees outside my bedroom window first thing. I spend little time getting ready for the day, and usually just put on a pair of yoga pants when I roll out of bed. I always make sure to do oil-pulling (an amazing ayurvedic ritual for healthy gums and teeth) before brushing my teeth, and usually, I’ll put some oils on my skin and in my hair too (I am slightly obsessed with essential oils and carry a decent collection of them with me at all times). Most days I’ll spend a good hour and a half on my yoga mat at some point, either before, or after, a large soy cappuccino or a chai with fresh ginger and adaptogenic herbs. Then I’ll catch up on emails and messages, plan my classes, work on my blog, get creative in the kitchen or dedicate some time to the one thing I love more than yoga; writing and poetry (see The Flower Chronicles  for a collection of my poems).

What is your favorite meal?

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That is a tough call to make, but I think more than anything I prefer a homecooked Indian daal or stew, preferably with fresh Peshwari naan and mint yogurt. Also, I have to mention that I always end my day with a few squares of organic dark chocolate. I believe it’s important to feed your soul too ;)

Can you share your top 5 tips for living more environmentally friendly?

There are many things we can do to live more environmentally friendly, yet I believe a few things we do or change that really makes for a difference. Eating a (mainly) plant-based diet is my number one, as the meat- and dairy industries are such huge contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, rainforest deforestation and uneven distribution of resources. I believe in using what we have and to use less, and move away from the mentality of buying and throwing away “stuff” the way many of us do. I try to buy sustainably sourced clothes, and all my makeup and skincare products are organic and ethically made. I like to buy in bulk and reduce my plastic consumption as much as I can. Bringing my own reusable bags and containers when shopping for food was a given when I lived in Australia and is something I’m trying to implement into my Norwegian lifestyle. Lastly, to walk or choose public transportation instead of driving is something we should all be doing more.Follow Iselin Amanda on Instagram and her blog for a daily dose of wellness, yoga, delicious food and feelgood images. She has created such a dreamy world well worth following!