4 meditations for anxiety relief

Some times the world gets a bit overwhelming, and we need some coping mechanisms to get by. We have both tried lots of different things - yoga, breathing techniques, long walks, therapy sessions and just a good old cup of (something) ;)) One thing that we keep coming back to is meditation. Meditation helps center our energy and release tension in the body and mind. I thought I would share my four current favorite meditations that I do regularly to stay sane! Hope you like them.

How to meditate?

Meditation can be done in many different ways. Usually I like laying down in my bed, on the flour or sitting on a cushion. Do it any way that suits you, and how you feel comfortable.

Hope this gave you some inner joy & peace ☮️ Do you meditate? What are your favorite videos/apps/podcasts?

Things we failed at

I listened to a podkast in the car the other day, and the episode was about things she “failed” at along the way of building her business and life. It got me thinking about the past couple of years and how bumpy our road has been even though it all seems pretty straight forward on social media. It reminded me of a spring when we were just moments away from opening our dream café. Except it wasn't . Our gut feeling told us it was not the right way to do it, even though we just spent weeks and months dreaming and planning it, even finding our first employee. Weeks and months without any income. It reminded me of the time we did bad business deals and trusted the wrong people. When we gave more of ourselves than we ever got back. It reminded me of the times when we didn’t feel a sense of direction at all and felt completely lost. It also reminded me of the times we felt completely alone. But you know what. It may have broken us a bit a long the way, made us feel small, like we failed. In reality it thought us so much. How important it is to know what kind of people you want in your life. What your gut feeling feels like and how its actually worth following. How much we are worth and how some closed doors just leads to another one opening up. How important is it to take risks, because if you never do, you will not grow and build the life that you really want.

A new chapters are coming up soon. New risks. A new chance to win or to grow. Maybe both. The same terrifying feeling of stepping away from everything that is secure. We have taken risks before. We will do it again. It would not be as easy did we not know what we do now.

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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 magic

Is walking barefoot all over. Er å kunne å gå barbeint hele hele tiden.

Is swimming in the ocean every day. Er å bade hver dag.

Is spending quality time with those you love. Er å tilbringe kvalitetstid med de du er glad i.

Is a quiet city and an eternal feeling of weekend. Er at pulsen i byen går ned og det ikke finnes noe hverdag.

Is that everything is possible. Er at alt er mulig.

Good news!

Er det flere som meg der ute som unngår for mye “vanlige” nyheter? Det er nesten uhørt å fortelle om, og litt utenfor normen. Jeg får med meg de viktigste sakene fra nyhetsbrevet Skumlest, NY Times Climate Change News Letter og nyhetspodkaster. Jeg kjenner mange som bruker flere timer daglig på på scrolle nettaviser for å holde seg oppdatert. Det er absolutt ingenting galt i det, men for meg er det som å bli bombardert med forferdeligheter, dårlige nyheter, grusomme menneskehandlinger og lidelse som vi ikke kan gjøre noe med. Personlig synes er jeg generelt imot å formidle med fryktbasert fremgangsmåte, og er opptatt av at det man fokuserer på er det man får mer av. Med en litt sart psyke kan det være mye å ta inn (hehe). Det blir som en mindfullnesshandling - å passe på hva man tar inn og lar seg påvirke av. Jeg vil derfor tipse dere om noen veldig fine sider.

  • Verdens Beste Nyheter formidler fremskritt og positive resultater fra utviklingsland.

  • Good News Network er en motreaksjon på alle de negative historiene som formidles gjennom ordinære media, og deler positive nyhetshistorier fra hele verden.

  • Huffpost Good News er en egen side på Huffpost hvor de deler positive historier om alt fra politikk til popstjerner.

  • SunnySkyz er en lignende side som Good News Network, hvor vi blant annet kan lese om positive miljøtiltak!

Det er utrolig motiverende å lese litt om hva som faktisk går bra her i verden for å bli inspirert til å fortsette å stå på for at verden skal utvikle seg i riktig retning <3

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ENGLISH: I am one of those people who easily feel really down reading the “regular” mainstream news. I don’t know if you can relate, but do you ever feel hopeless, depressed and discouraged by reading in depth about all the sad stories, disasters, catastrophes and awful things going on in the world? I therefore choose where I get information and inspiration from very wisely, also because I am a really sensitive person who takes in a lot from the outer world. I would therefore like to tip you about following some news outlets than mainly focus on the good stuff!

  • Good News Network is an antidote to the “barriage of negativity experienced through mainstream media” and offer positive news stories from around the world.

  • Huffpost Good News is a page within the Huffpost universe where they share positive stories on everything from politics to popstars.

  • SunnySkyz is a page similar to the Good News Network, where we can read about positive environmental projects, among others.

It is super inspiring to read about the good stuff in the world to feel like our actions matter and that the world actually is a quite good place!

Favorite books right now

Det er noe helt eget med å lese faktiske, trykte bøker. For meg er det den beste måten å koble av på, uten forstyrrelser fra sosiale medier eller omverdenen ? Vi har tidligere tipset dere om bøker her, her og her, og nå kommer en liten oppdatert liste.

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Camilla Pihl, Pihl i hjertet

For de som ikke har lest denne enda - ta dere tid til å bli inspirert! Boken er superfresh med inspirerende bilder og illustrasjoner, og vi får bli med inn i Camillas verden og oppvekst. Hun har en sterk historie som det står respekt av at hun deler med omverdenen. Hun gir oss også sine beste tips til å føle seg bedre - noe vi aldri får nok av! Det som er ekstra kult er at vi utgir bok på samme forlag - nemlig Pilar/Strawberry Publishing.

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After you & Still me, Jojo Moyes

Jeg digger Jojo Moyes sine romaner, og blir mer enn gjerne med på en tur inn i Louisa Clark sin verden. Disse to er de to oppfølgerne til Me Before You og den sykt fine kjærlighetshistorien mellom Louisa og Will. De er veldig lettleste, og er typen bok som er fint å starte med hvis du prøver å komme i gang med lesing igjen.

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Life changing foods, Medical Medium

Denne boken er ikke en roman som du setter deg ned og leser mange sider i, men et slags oppslagsverk over hvor utrolig fasinerende og helende forskjellige frukt og grønnsaker er! Du kan lese om hvorfor frukt er viktig for fertilitet, hvorfor kiwi har helende egenskaper og hvordan sitroner kan støtte deg når du får dårlige nyheter. Den er litt alternativ, og kanskje for spesielt interesserte innenfor helse (som meg), men gud så mye gøy man lærer. Medical Medium har hjulpet tusenvis av mennesker over hele verden å bli friske fra ulike sykdommer gjennom kostholdet sitt, og det er virkelig verdt å sjekke ut denne eller en av hans bøker.

ENGLISH: It's time to tip you about some of my favorite books right now! As you may have seen in previous posts, here, here and here, we both LOVE reading. The Norwegian blogger and businesswoman Camilla Pihl wrote a personal book on her upbringing and her best wellness tips. The book is called Pihl i hjertet, and is in Norwegian for the time being. I also love Jojo Moyes books for an easy read and relaxation. I recently finished After You, and am about to finish Still Me - both about the clumsy and charming Louisa Clark and her life after Will. The last book is a bit different, but equally as in inspiring, and its Medical Medium's Life-Changing Foods. Who else is a health nerd and loves to read about the healing power of plants? In this book you'll learn which foods can heal different diseases, how lemons can comfort you if you've gotten bad news, and why fruit is improtant for fertility.

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!

6 ways to start your day in the best way


How you start your day is how you live your day. How you live your day is how you live your life” Louise Hay

Our morning routines have changed a lot over the years and let's just say they have changed for the better. We hope that this will inspire you in some way to get a better start to your day!

  1. Set a nice alarm on your phone, there is nothing worse than waking up in a panic to a loud alarm!

  2. Set your phone in flight mode before you go to bed and don't turn in on or check your notifications first thing in the morning. The ideal is to wait until after breakfast. This way other people's stress won't interrupt your morning.

  3. Start the day with a short meditation. We recommend Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey's 21 days meditations, the app Calm or Headspace. There are also numerous free meditations on youtube.

  4. Do yoga! Anything from 10 minutes to an hour in the morning will make your body so happy. Yoga with Adrienne is a really popular youtube channel with easy and amazing yoga.

  5. Make your self a delicious nourishing breakfast. Have you heard of Chaga? This superfood mushroom is filled with antioxidants that make your skin beautiful and gives great energy. Try making a Chaga latte instead of coffee one morning

  6. Write down 5 things that you are thankful for, 5 things that you are looking forward to and 5 tasks that you want to complete during the day.


Våre morgenrutiner har forandret seg kraftig de siste årene, ogheldigvis til detbedre. Vi tenkte å dele våre beste tips til en god morgen, og håper dere blirinspirert!

  1. Sett på en fin alarm, ingen ting er verre enn å våkne i halvpanikk av en altfor høylytt alarm!

  2. Legg bort mobiltelefonen og ha den i flymodus til etter at du har spist frokost. På denne måten unngår du andre mennesker stress inn i morgenen din.

  3. Start dagen med Deepak Chopra og Oprah Winfrey. Innimellom har de en gratis 21 dagers meditasjon. Andre apper vi anbefaler er Calm, Headspace eller youtube

  4. Gjør yoga - om det så er 5 minutter eller en halvtime. En solhilsen eller noen få tøyinger gjør virkelig underverker på kroppen

  5. Lag en sykt god frokost og en balanserende drikke. Har du hørt om chaga? Dette er en skikkelig kul sopp som har utrolige helsefordeler. Den vokser faktisk i Norge og det er mulig å finne det i skogen. Chaga er en naturlig antioktidant, og er fantastisk for både hud og hår. Hva med å prøve en chagalatte etter frokost istedenfor kaffe?

  6. Skriv ned 5 ting du er takknemlig for, 5 ting du gleder deg til og 5 ting du skal gjennomføre i løpet av dagen.

8 random things about us

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  1. Susanne was an astrology geek all summer and learned to read birth charts

  2. Anette loved being home alone when she was 5 years old and used to ask everyone in the family to leave so she could be alone for some hours

  3. Susanne's favorite meal when growing up was spaghetti ? (non-vegan) bolognese. She ordered it every single time we ate out for about 10 years

  4. Susanne surfed next to a sea turtle in Brazil(!)

  5. Anette once went to see a clairvoyant and got some good advice on dating

  6. Susanne's favorite snack are dates with almond butter

  7. Anette moved to Texas when she was 17, won her first tennis match in 40 degrees and drove around in a car with friends listening to Lil Wayne with cowboy boots.

  8. Susanne's favorite artist when she was a kid was Eros Ramazzotti and Jørn Hoel

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Guide to: October reads

We both love to read. It's such a good and important way to disconnect from too much time on social media or in front of a computer. The last couple of years we have finally got back the joy of reading, after many years of reading books with a sense of "should read" with regards to studies. Now, reading is about exploring and learning about things we are curious about, and it makes it so much more fun.Right now these are our favorite books, and we hope that these book recommendations can be inspiring to you as well!

~Material girl mystical world: The Now Age Guide for Chic Seekers and Modern Mystics by Ruby Warrington~

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We found this book randomly in a tiny little bookstore this summer, just two copies left, with the pink color just jelling "pick me, pick me".  Everybody interested in crystals, astrology, fashion needs to read this book! It's entertaining and gives so much (needed) information about everything from meditation, tarot readings and how to follow your intuition. It's basically a book exploring the "New Age" - wisdom that still is spoken little of in Norway. This is the perfect book for everyone who is curious about how to read your (or your date's) astrology birth charts, which is basically a blueprint of you as a person. You will also understand more about the benefits of keeping plants, about combining a fashion career with astrology, about love & relationships, and a tad on botox versus natural beauty.

~Skoglufteffekten (the forest air effect) by Jørn Viumdal~

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This is an elegant, practical and excellent book about plants and how you can create fresh plant air at home or at the office based on new science and research. Today most people spend around 90 % of their time indoors, in environments which are very different from our natural habitats. This can lead to symptoms such as exhaustion, headaches, stress, skin problems and brain fog. By introducing more plants to the places you spend a lot of time it has been documented to give better air, which has a range of health benefits. This method is loved by the Google office, among others.

~How to get sh*t done by Erin Falconer~

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Every woman should read this book, finally a productivity book by a woman for women! Often times while turning the pages I found myself gasping "oh no I've done this in the office" on examples on how especially young girls get tasks to please other people but does not really help us get that promotion or actually do a good job! Erin writes about the fact that women tend to live in a constant state of guilt, not doing enough, being enough, yet always overscheduled. Yet traditional productivity books—written by men—barely touch the many different aspects and cultural pressures that women feel when facing down a to-do list. This book gives great advice on where you actually should do less, how to get your priorities straight and how to get shit done.

~The History of the Bees by Maja Lunde~

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This is a novel about how important the bees are to humanity and how vulnerable nature is. The book follows three different stories, one in China in the future 2098 where bees are totally extinct, the second story takes place in England in 1852 and the third one USA 2007. Absolutely a highly recommended book which really makes you reflect upon how important nature and diversity in nature is and inspired us to take even better care of it.Enjoy!

6 tips to handle a rough time

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@anette

Hi gals&guys

I hope you are doing wonderfully wherever you are. I want to explain a bit more about how I have been feeling while struggling with depression, and of course to share my best advice with all of you. Last time I wrote about this, I got lots of feedback from you telling me how you have struggled with the same things, so I feel like building on that open relationship so we can help each other out! For me, it's more comfortable to talk about now, because I finally feel good and like I am in a place without depression, and able to reflect back on my experience. I have probably experienced depression more often than I have been aware of, I just never really understood what it was. I didn't understand how the physical and the mental parts of the body and mind are interconnected, and I didn't want to face the fact that my thoughts were making me ill. I actually thought the constant feeling of worry was a part of my personality, and I blamed my job, life situation and surroundings for how I felt.

In my down periods,  everything can feel incredibly hard to manage, and it just feels like I'm drowning and can't breathe. One year ago I was in a completely different place than I am today. I was in a job I didn't enjoy, my health was horrible and I was so depressed. I didn't see any escape or relief and I probably didn't want to either. But I decided that this was not how I was going to live my life, I am worth so much more and I intend to enjoy every single day of this ride. Since I made that decision my life has changed in so many ways. I love my life so much and can't wait to see what the future holds. However, the mind is a tricky thing. About a month ago I woke up with this very familiar feeling. I felt a sorrow lying in my chest, my stomach was hurting, I was had no energy. I could not fit into any of my clothes. I knew I had to change my mood somehow so I put on some nice music, tried to smile and just ignore it until I managed to drop my blueberry smoothie on the floor making it look like a crime scene. That was it for me, I just sat down on the kitchen floor and cried. This was also ten minutes before a meeting. If this happened to me one year ago I would just lock myself in the apartment and it would take me three weeks to recover. I was so exhausted that I just couldn't deal with people, places and myself. This year I have learned so much about myself and my mind and body and how it's all connected. Therefore I want to share some of my best advice if you ever wake up with a morning like this, or if you experience severe depression as I did last year.

  1. Accept the situation, and let your feelings out! Cry, be angry, be worried, whatever you are feeling just let it out. When you calm down again it's much easier to understand what's behind these feelings.

  2. Try to understand that you are not your feelings or your thoughts. The mind/ego will always try to make you believe this.

  3. Ask yourself in what areas of your life you´re not giving yourself love? Did you eat well, enough and nutritious food? For me, this is always key. If I go too long without eating enough I get super exhausted.

  4. Remeber that you are good enough just the way you are.

  5. Ask your self where you are placing others happiness in front of your own? Is it more important that your boss/colleague/mother/brother/boyfriend is happy than you? No, if you are not taking care of your self you can't take care of others.

  6. REMEMBER that life is meant to be enjoyed, stop taking it so seriously. When was the last time you laughed until your stomach hurt?

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I know how hard it is to change your mindset, but start with the small things, like making yourself a lovely healthy meal and you have taken one step in the right direction! Is this something you want to read more aboout? Comment and let me know <3

Book advice for spring part I

I often gather inspiration from books and want to share my current favorites with you. I love books that make me want to change something, that inspire me to try something new, or that shift my view on a topic. These are books that you can pack into your beach bag, bring along the road trip, to a café or that you can read curled up on the couch with a blanket and a hot chocolate.

Part one includes Anette's advice, and part two will follow up with Susanne's.Sometimes you get inspiration from pictures, cool people, songs or places. Other times you don't have to travel at all, you just have to open a great book. I noticed that I just sounded exactly like my grandma. For many years, I was so sick of reading school books that all other books just had to wait. Finally, my joy of reading has returned, and I find peace, joy, and inspiration through reading. That being said, I still have lots of improvement to be done with putting away my phone.Anyways - now that the summer season is upon us, I thought I would share some must-haves to bring along!

The Universe has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein

I found this book on the amazing @mallyandthemoon's blog about a year ago. For some, it may be a bit too spiritual, but wow it just changed my life. I brought it to the cabin this winter to show it to mom, and all of a sudden it disappeared, so I had to go and get a new one. When I came to the bookstore, I found out I would buy one for mom too. I have it on my nightstand constantly, so I can just read a couple of sentences here and there to become inspired. It's truly an anxiety relief. I highly recommend this one!

Indias Daughter byShilpi Somaya Gowda

This book is old, but I borrowed it just recently and was just captivated. It's such a pleasure to read a book that you just cannot wait to get back into, that makes you wanna put away Instagram for a while. It tells life stories from India, among others the one of Kavita that gives birth to a baby girl who is killed by her husband. Another is that of Asha that is from India, that grows up in the US and wants to find out about her roots. It's sad, beautiful and thought-provoking.

Healing Tonics: Next-Level Juices, Smoothies, and Elixirs for Health and Wellness av Adriana Ayales

Okay, so this one isn't a curl up and read a book, but truly one that inspired me to make some changes and additions to my diet! Susanne and I encountered this book in a charming store in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. The pages are filled with healing tonics (beverages) that are great for your body in different ways. We will have to share some recipes from this one very soon! Adriana Ayales knows everything about herbs, plants and other cool ingredients from nature, and how to use them for detox, getting more energy, glowy skin etc. You can also follow her on  @animamundiherbals for more inspo. As you will soon discover, she grew up in the jungle in Costa Rica, and now she is running her own successful shop in New York.I am constantly trying to improve my reading game, and would love to get some book advice from you guys? What are your favorites?//Anette

What Would Nature Do? Flow into Spring with Inspiration from the Ayurvedic Medicine System

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You did it! You survived winter, some powerful full moons, the equinox and the intense solar storms. Now that we are out on the other side of hibernation-mode, we can begin turning our faces towards the sun and give our bodies some much-needed spring nurturing. Since I discovered the Eastern medicine system of Ayurveda and started applying the practices in my daily life, it has become a transformative force for my own well-being and energy, and well as how I engage in the sustainable development of the world around me. Maybe it can also inspire you!

Extending the goal of health to embrace the health of our environment

A lot of people are practicing yoga, and have touched the surface of its essence, but less attention is given to Ayurveda, yoga’s system of healing. Practiced for over 5000 years by the sages and seers of ancient India, Ayurveda is an equally important branch of the yogic tradition’s tree of knowledge and extends even further into the realm of health and disease treatment. And if we start listening, it can teach us age-old lessons on how to tune into the subtle indicators of improved health in our inner and outer environment.First of all, in the Ayurvedic medicine system, ‘health’ goes much further than the body, mind, and spirit, but also includes the health of our relationships to our surrounding ecosystems. Because everything is interconnected, what happens in one part of the system, will, in turn, affect another. This means that if we take care of our personal ecology while reaching for our highest collective potential, we also contribute to creating more harmony and sustainability in the system as a whole. And all we have to do is ask is – what would Nature do?

"And all we have to do is ask is – what would Nature do?"

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Learning to know your Nature, and how to care for it

We like to think that we are in control of everything in our lives, and tend to forget that we are also part of a much larger flow, the universal river of Mother Nature. This river is in continuous movement, flushing away any sign of stagnation. The same goes for our bodies. In Ayurvedic theory, every human being has a unique constitution, as if each of us represents an entirely unique solar system or cascading river.This individual nature is called the Prakriti. If there is an imbalance in our Prakriti over time, this will cause disease. To explain the balance between the different constitutions of our bodies, Ayurveda uses the three doshas - the elemental constitutions of vata, pitta, and kapha. If there is an imbalance in either of these, meaning too little or too much of either, your body and mind will also be out of balance. Following the Ayurvedic guidelines for your individual dosha will help awaken and reinvigorate the inner intelligence that supports your natural healing process.

"Following the Ayurvedic guidelines for your individual dosha will help awaken and reinvigorate the inner intelligence that supports your natural healing process."

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When everything flows freely - from blood and lymph to water and air - the waste will leave the body as it should, and be recycled back into our environment. In the body, this waste (called ama in Sanskrit) can come from many different sources, such as environmental toxins, processed foods, unresolved emotions, or psychological stress. When ama accumulates in the body over time, the vital energy (prana) cannot flow freely. Blockages and resistance appear and become foundations for ‘dis-ease’, manifesting as anything from anxiety and intolerances to allergies and in the worst case - chronic illness. These internal conflicts also prevent us from living to our fullest and brightest extent.

Time to clean our inner and outer ecosystems and choose the right fuel source for our progress?

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There are many things we can change in our personal lifestyles to clear ama and speed up our internal waste management (read Radical Broccoli’s advice for a Spring Clean here). For a deep-rooted cleanse and detox, however, we have to go to the very core of our system, to make sure that the forces that are responsible for removing waste function in the most energy-elegant way. The more we can do to help this process, the better our body can recuperate, repair and revitalize itself.Our Prakriti (individual nature) also undergoes seasonal changes, and in the transition to spring, the body works even harder to shed build-up of waste that has accumulated during winter. We clean the house, our backyards, and beaches every spring, but when did we forget to clean the most sacred temples of all – our bodies?The first step in a spring clean begins with directing awareness to the fuel we choose to put in our bodies. In Ayurveda, the one component that influences our health more than anything is the metabolic fire, called agni. Agni drives the process of our physical transformation, drawing out nutrition, governing the digestion and turning the food into consciousness. What we choose to eat, to fuel the sacred fire, will, in turn, affect the balance of our internal ecology. In Ayurvedic practice, we say that the closer to its natural condition your food is, the less likely it is to cause waste and eruption of disease. It sounds simple, but very few of us actually take time to design a life and a diet that complement our own ‘biological blueprint’.The more I study and practice Ayurveda, the more I realize the power of this inheritance and its connection to overcome some of the most complex challenges of our time. As in nature, everything you need for your own healing is already within you-you just have to start paying attention and then act on the signs. Leaving only one question to answer - what would Nature do?

Inspiration for an Ayurvedic Spring Cleanse – it begins with YOU!

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Start with asking yourself some simple questions - How is your soil? Are you getting enough water? Where are your nutrients coming from? Are you stretching towards the light? If not, what is blocking your energy? What are the barriers that prevent our natural energy from flowing freely?• Take adosha-test to find out more about your constitution, and make the necessary adjustments to your diet and lifestyle. NB. achieving the best results requires committing to an ever deeper dialogue with your own body, in consultation with an Ayurvedic practitioner.• It’s all about the fuel. You become what you eat. Increase your intake of fluids, such as herbal teas and tempered water, try a juice cleanse, and switch to a lighter, detoxifying diet. More fruit, herbs and greens, less heavy, oily foods, and no animal products. I can also recommend reading The Detox Miracle Sourcebook: Raw Foods and Herbs for Complete Cellular Regeneration by Dr. R. Morse.Consider adding Ayurvedic supplements to your diet, for detoxing and strengthening the system after winter. I am currently using shilajit (detox, strength), ashwagandha (immune system) and triphala (balanced stomach).• BREATHE. Deep, conscious breathing (pranayama) can bring you closer to your inner nature - and towards the realization that you are your own medicine, and that life is an endless celebration.• Create daily routines for taking care of your body. I recommend dry brushing, tongue scraping, drinking hot lemon water before breakfast, daily yoga, meditation, and self-massage.• Replace your hygiene products with natural products that are good for both people, animals, and the planet - from cosmetics and clothes to containers and cleaning products.• Spend time re-connecting to nature as she wakes up from the winter sleep. Go forest-bathing, clean your local beaches, or make sure to connect to the sun if you can’t get out of the city.• Consider taking the next step and participating in a panchakarma retreat – an intensive, individualized detox led by skilled Ayurvedic therapists. We also have an upcoming yoga-retreat in Norway, where attention will also be given to Ayurveda see Nordic SATYA - Yoga, Tantra and Ayurveda Intensive with Uma Inder.Want to know more? Read my latest in-depth article, Nordic Ayurveda – Nurturing Our Modern Bio-Rhythm for Hauste, about my quest to adapt Ayurveda to our local contexts!

About the author

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Caroline has a Master in Humanitarian Emergencies and International Development from London School of Economics. She is also a certified raja yoga teacher and Reiki practitioner. While working as a diplomat for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nepal, she has immersed herself in the wisdom of Eastern medicine, focusing on the Ayurvedic system of healing. Caroline is the co-author of Growing A New Economy, advocating for the emergence of economics in accordance with nature. You can read more about her on Norwegian Sage and on her Instagram

🌝 hormoner i balanse

Nå skal du få høre noe av det kuleste vi har lært om kroppen på en stund. Det er noe vi skulle ønske vi kunne lært før vi måtte gjennom karusellen av strenge treningsmetoder og kostholdtips, «spis mindre fett», «spis MER fett», «tren minst én time daglig», «tren 7 minutter hver dag» og all annen forvirrende informasjon der ute. Det handler om HORMONER. Når man hører om hormoner får man kanskje assosiasjoner til crazy PMS-damer eller kvisete tenåringer. Etter at vi begynte å finne ut mer om hormoner var det en helt ny verden som åpnet seg i forhold til hvordan man kan ta vare på seg selv. Ikke minst gav det mulige svar på hvorfor man kan oppleve uendelig med småplager som hjernetåke, trøtthet, oppblåsthet, økt veskeansamling, aggresjon, akne, ustabilt blodsukker, nattesvette osv. Det er ikke slik at alle symptomer kan forklares av hormonene, men det er overraskende hvordan hormonene henger sammen med de aller fleste andre sykdommer og dermed symptonene på disse igjen.

Hvorfor og hvordan oppstår det ubalanse i hormonene?

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Har du for eksempel vært inni en stressende periode hvor du har trent og trent samtidig som du har spist sunt for å prøve å gå ned noen kilo, og kanskje bare endt med å gå opp? Dette kan være et tegn på hormonubalanse, og det er spesielt hormonet kortisol (stresshormonet) som er i spill her. Kortisol utskilles av binyrene når kroppen er under stress, og gir kroppen et signal om at den trenger å etterfylles med energi. Dette er en fantastisk virkning i de situasjonene hvor kroppen faktisk har brukt denne energien på å reparere seg selv etter en skade eller sykdom. Ved emosjonelt og mentalt stress derimot har du ikke forbrukt denne ekstra energien som da vil lagres som fettreserver. Dette mentale og emosjonelle stresset kan for eksempel være en stemme i hodet ditt som kjefter og klager på kroppen din fordi det ikke skjer noen positiv forandring, en stemme som sier at du aldri kommer til å klare det og at du aldri blir bra nok.

Det skal ikke alt for mye til å bli mindre stresset, men det første man kan gjøre er vel å innse at man er det. Av egen erfaring er ikke dette så veldig lett, spesielt fordi de fleste rundt deg også er det, og man tenker at «sånn det skal være». Tenk da, er det ikke litt morsomt at kroppen fysisk nekter å være stressa? Ikke bare med tanke på vekt, men med tanke på alle mulige funksjoner som humøret ditt, kroppstemperatur, søtsug, energinivå og så videre.Det som er så deilig er at man kan påvirke hormonene sine gjennom det man spiser og måten man velger å leve på. Ulike mineraler, vitaminer og næringsstoffer kan sees å arbeide i sammenheng med hormonene – og målet er å opprettholde balansen. Balanse når det gjelder mosjon – å trene er rett og slett stressreduserende. Men dersom du putter masse trening oppå dårlig kosthold og en stressa mentalitet, vil treningen ha motsatt effekt, og igjen føre til økte kortisolnivåer.  Balanse i forhold til hva du spiser, hvor mye du bruker energi og hviler, og hvordan du behandler deg selv. Det som kan hjelpe er noe som for mange høres ut som en «hippiekur», men det er virkelig verdt å prøve:

  • Sett av 15-30 minutter hver dag til yoga og meditasjon. Det finnes tusenvis av youtubevideoer man kan følge (kommer fler tips om dette senere).

  • Tenk over alt det fantastiske du har, og hvordan akkurat DU er skrudd sammen som du er. Vær takknemmelig – hallelujah vi har det godt :-)

  • Ikke vent på at du skal «fikse alt» etter den stressende perioden du er inne i. De små skrittene kan starte med en gang!

Kilder: «The Body Book» av Cameron Diaz «The Hormone Cure» Sara Gottfried, «Hormonbalansen» Kristian Løvås.

Hvem lever du for?

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Det er kanskje en klisje, men sannheten er at hver eneste dag som går er LIVET. Som pappas favorittquote (høres ca en gang i uken) sier så bra - "inte visste jag at dagarna som gick var själva livet". Veldig få mennesker tar seg tid til å stoppe opp og observere hva som foregår inni hodene deres. Det er enormt skille mellom å anse hverdagen som en evig lang to-do liste og det å anse hver nye dag som en mulighet for å ha det enda litt bedre. Hvem lever du for? Deg selv så klart!

Hva er det egentlig å være stressa?

Alle har hørt at stress er skadelig. Stress ditt og datt, du må ikke stresse, nå er jeg så stressa ass… Men hva er det? Det kan beskrives som å konstant holde på med neste oppgave samtidig som du driver med noe her og nå. Det vil si at kroppen og hodet ditt hele tiden blir revet mellom der du er og et sted i fremtiden. Snakk om å slite seg selv ut! Og ennå verre? Stress vil igjen omgjøres til fysisk ubehag i kroppen din – vondt i hodet, stiv nakke eller ryggproblemer. Er du for eksempel syk, vil stress forsterke sykdommen. Stress er sterkere enn deg og vil legge deg i bakken fortere enn du hadde planlagt. Vel, ikke la det gå en dag til uten å bearbeide hva du stresser over, det kommer nemlig til å dukke opp som en kvise midt i fleisen neste gang du skal på fest.

Så – til det viktige – hvordan årne dette?

Man må faktisk ikke være helt buddhist for å kunne stoppe opp en gang i blant og «leve i nuet». Det er lov å skru av mobilen, stirre i luften og bare smile litt. Sannheten er at alt ordner seg. Mesteparten av dine bekymringer er egenkomponerte, og har ikke så mye å gjøre med alle andre sine forventninger, men med dine egne forventninger til deg selv. Senk skulderne og gi litt faen. Prøv ut noe du aldri har gjort før, kanskje å male et bilde, dra på et museum, i parken, prøve yoga, svømme - you name it.

Det kommer innenfra

Nedlatende kommentarer om andre. Sjalusi på hva andre får til. Tanken om at det er urettferdig og at noen har det for lett. Forestillingen om at du må jobbe mye hardere enn andre for å få samme resultater. Hva har alt dette til felles? Det handler ikke om andre, det handler om DEG. Ting du kritiserer hos andre er gjerne dine egne aller største frykter. Når du fokuserer på det du ikke har i ditt liv, og det du ikke får til, vil du aldri føle deg fornøyd. Alle andres liv virker derfor mer attraktivt. Hvis vi derimot ser på hva vi kan og hva vi har, kan vi bli mer fornøyde og takknemmelige. I stedet for misunnelse og sjalusi, fokuser heller på det positive i de rundt deg og se de forsvandle seg til inspirasjonskilder. Det er ikke slik at du aldri kan tenke negativt om andre. For det gjør vi alle. Poenget er at man skal være bevisst over det, og kanskje tenke den tanken til neste ledd – hvordan det egentlig er relatert til deg selv og hva det er du kan jobbe med i ditt eget hode for å komme deg ut av den negative spiralen. Det kan være så enkelt som å bestemme seg for å våkne opp og glede seg over den nye dagen, å sende positive tanker til de rundt deg og virkelig glede deg over at bare du bestemmer hva denne dagen skal inneholde.

Det viktigste av alt – du lever kun for deg, du er designeren av ditt eget liv

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