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

6 eco-friendly tips for Easter!

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Easter is finally here and someone asked us on Instagram to share som eco-friendly tips for the holidays! We love sharing tips with you guys to here are our 6 top things to do this Easter

  1. While the stores are still open, make sure to get your bike ready for the spring season and repair those pants you never use.

  2. Visit a local gallery, a botanical garden or see an inspiring movie at the cinema. It's so important to be inspired.

  3. Check out some new restaurants in your area and enjoy a delicious vegan meal.

  4. Do yoga! It's so important to take the time to stress down and find some peace and quiet. This way you will get new energy to do the things you want in life.

  5. Pick up trash in your neighborhood!

  6. Make an Easter egg filled with vegan candy and share it with someone you love.

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Å endelig er det tid for påskeferie! De aller fleste reiser kanskje på fjellet og nyter naturen, mens andre blir igjen i byen og har bypåske. Jeg skal kjøre en liten kombinasjon, først noen dager i byen og siste helgen på fjellet. Jeg gleder meg så innmari til å ha noen dager helt uten planer og bare tid til å nyte. Noen spurte på instagram om vi hadde noen tips til miljøvennlige aktiviteter å gjøre i påsken, og det vil jeg gjerne dele med dere.

  1. Bruk dagene hvor butikkene fortsatt har åpent til å reparere plagg, legge opp buksen du aldri får brukt eller å få sykkelen i stand til vårsesongen.

  2. Besøk botanisk hage, en utstilling du lenge har hatt lyst til å se eller se en inspirerende kinofilm. Det er så deilig å fylle opp med inspirasjon!

  3. Sjekk ut et nytt spisested du ikke har prøvd før for noen digge veganske smaksopplevelser. Jeg skal teste ut den veganske pizzaen på Peloton kafe som visst nok skal være Oslos beste. Andre steder jeg gleder meg til å teste ut er Monsun og Coyo!

  4. Gjør yoga! Kanskje det til og med blir varmt nok til å gjøre yoga ute? Det er så viktig å stresse ned og skape overskudd for seg selv. Da får man en ny og fin energi og kanskje ny motivasjon til å gjøre noe bra.

  5. Plukk søppel en dag du er ute og går! Det tar så utrolig liten tid, men hindrer det du plukker opp i å havne i havet.

  6. Lag et påskeegg med vegansk godteri og gi det til noen du er glad i!

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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!

24h in Copenhagen

For noen uker siden tilbragte vi noen dager i København hvor vi begge har studert og bodd i flere år. For meg er det nesten mer hjem i København enn i Oslo. Det er kanskje ikke så rart siden jeg har bodd der lengre. Vi tok i hvertfall en tur tilbake for å mimre, å feire bursdagen min, å titte i botanisk hage og å møte venninner som fortsatt er boende i den kule, danske hovedstaden.

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Våkner av lyder utenfor rommet. Det var tidligere enn forventet, men elsker å stå opp tidlig når jeg ikke har på vekking. 

08.15

Ut av sengen for en kopp te. Pusser tenner med øko tannpasta og bambustannbørste og skyller ansiktet. 

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08.30

Tid for yoga, må vekke kroppen kjenner jeg. Hvordan er det mulig å være så stiv?? Spiser noen plommer jeg kjøpte på vei hjem i går. Er skikkelig treig og ikke en solstråle om morgenen. Stikker ned på «jungle gym»et i kjelleren på hotellet for å få litt endorfiner. Musikken er heftig og folk virker som de har vært i gang med treningen i mange timer. Herregud for en energi. 

09.30

Ferdig med yoga og en slags sirkeletyrkeøkt med Anette. Har ikke stålkontroll men prøver meg frem. Sirkeløkten bestod av roing, russian twist, mage på ball og kettlebell! Nå: dusj i verdens deiligste dusj med håndklær av øko materialer. Luksus. 

10.00

Mails og telefoner med kunder om en jobb vi skal gjøre for dem. Avtaler tid og dato for publisering mens jeg drikker en digg Pukka te med lakris. 

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11.00

Endelig frokost! Spiser vanligvis litt tidligere, men ble en treig start i dag. En stor smoothie bowl på The Organic Boho i Christianshavn. Bestiller en matcha latte og Anette kjøper en blå latte med spirulina.

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12.15

Drar til indre by. Tid for å se i vintagebutikker! Før det tar vi enda et pit stop på Dina. En fransk perle. Tar masse bilder med det analoge kameraet. 

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13.00

Drar innom Episode, Carmen, Wasteland og Knigge Vintage. Finner en sykt kul sebrastripet 80talls jakke/bluse/topp på Knigge og en veske med leopardstriper. Har bare én veske hjemme så denne blir nyttig. 

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14.00

Lunsj på Hope Organic. Her serverer de i utgangspunktet bare vegansk, også kan man velge å ha kjøtt hvis man vil. Velger en type bowl med rosa hummus, bakte gulrøtter, spinat, bakte kikerter med digg krydder og god dressing. 

15.00

Botanisk hage! Utrolig at jeg ikke dro hit mer i løpet av de fire årene jeg bodde i Køben, har bare vært her én gang på en piknik, men besøkte aldri Palmehuset. Herregud for et fint sted! Ble en liten tur til tropiske strøk, jo. Filmet litt til en vlog vi planlegger å lage. 

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17.00

Tilbake til øko-hotellet Manon, som er en del av kjeden Guldsmeden. Følte for å tilbringe litt tid her siden det var så sykt fint. Når man velger bosted der man skal er det en fin ting å velge lokale steder eller steder som gjør en ekstra innsats for miljøet, som Guldsmeden gjør ved valg av produkter, materialer og mat som er økologisk. Inn i morgenkåpen, på med tøflene og opp i himmelsengen med seg. 

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19.30

På tide å karre seg ut av sengen og spise middag!! Vietnamesisk vegansk pho er planen. Finner et sted som minner om NY - bra vibe. Fult av lokale og storfamilier. 

21.30

Stikker innom butikken i lysten på noe søtt. Kjøper noe frukt, tørket frukt og god te og kaller det en dag. Lurer på hvor gammel dame jeg egentlig er :) Ser på alle de kule folka på syklene sine.

22.30

Hjemme. Prøver å skru av mobilen en time før jeg sovner så jeg ikke tar den med i oppladingen min. Det funker sykt bra for søvnen! Lurer igjen på hvor gammel dame jeg er?? Leser heller en kul bok på sengekanten. Dagens er en om astrologi og hvordan man kan få det meste ut av livet avhengig av hva slags stjernetegn man har. Haha litt skrullete, men mange bra tips uansett. Som for eksempel å kjenne etter om man setter stor nok pris på seg selv på jobben eller om man bruker nok tid i naturen. Fine ting å jobbe med! Natta. 

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Herregud for en magisk by. Savner det.

5 things to do on a Sunday

Sundays are always special. It’s like my body just knows it’s Sunday and automatically goes into resting mode. I usually like to make my work out light on this day, like a walk in the woods or yoga. I am so used to working all the time, so when I all of a sudden have a whole day to myself, I almost forget what I like to do with my space time. So I gathered some inspiration and made a list of activities to do on a Sunday <3

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1. Make lists

I love to make lists. I use a program called Evernote, and I probably have over 100 different lists on there, from things I have to do, to my bucket list, to films and moves to watch or names I like. I love making lists, it takes the buzz out of my head and down on paper (or my Mac).

2. Go for a long walk outside

I love working out, and during the week it’s almost always indoor workouts. So Sunday is a perfect time to take a walk outside, either with a friend or with a podcast and get some fresh air.

3. Make some good home made food

Go crazy in the kitchen and test out a new recipe that you have been wanting to make. Since most stores are closed on Sundays, I like to make something easy like energy balls or granola of the things I already have at home. Even better, make home made banana nice cream with chocolate! All you need is 2-3 frozen bananas, 3 squares of chocolate, and 3 dates for a creamy consistency. Mix it all together and enjoy!

4. Organise at home

Some people really love organising, and others hate it. The thing most people have in common is that we like the end result - a neat and tidy home, and actually knowing where all are stuff is located. Spend some time organising at home, cleaning your room and the kitchen, and you will feel super good about it tomorrow and the rest of the week.

5. Make a good playlist on Spotify

If it’s one thing I can’t live without, it’s music! Life just get’s better with it. Or, you can subscribe to my list of chill out songs here.

the trip that made me take plastic seriously

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I november reiste jeg til Sri Lanka, som lenge har vært mitt drømmereisemål. Det endte opp med å bli en helt spesiell tur, både i form av møter med flotte folk og med hvordan vi mennesker har tullet til havene og naturen vår. Sri Lanka (tidligere Ceylon) er en vakker øy syd for India. På Sri Lanka finner du vakre strender, grønne frodige skoger, ville dyr, jungel, yoga, ayurveda, plantebasert mat og perfekte bølger for surfere. 

// In november I travelled to Sri Lanka, which has been on my bucket list for a long time. It became such a special trip for me, with regards to the people I met, and realising how we have done so much harm to the oceans and our nature. Sri Lanka (previously Ceylon) is a beautiful island south of India. You will find amazing beaches, lush green forests, wild animals, jungel life, yoga, Ayurveda, plant based food and perfect waves.

Dream life, plastic and saving the world

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Min plan var å reise ned og surfe, gjøre yoga og bli kjent med det vakre landet. Hver morgen i femtiden våknet vi til munker som sang, etterfulgt av yoga, frokost og surfing. Min drømmehverdag, for å si det sånn! Den første uken av turen opplevde vi en syklon (kraftig storm), og dagen etter dro vi og surfet på tross av advarsler fra de lokale. Det var som å se drømmeomgivelsene bli forvandlet til et mareritt. Det fløt plast overalt i vannet i form av sugerør, plastposer, potetgullposer og til og med en barberhøvel (!). Uheldigvis for meg klarte jeg å svelge litt av vannet. Det er ikke det smarteste jeg har gjort, det blir man dårlig av! En av grunnene til at det er så ekstremt mye søppel på Sri Lanka er at de mangler et fungerende søppel- og resirkuleringssystem. Søppelet kommer også fra båter, andre land, turister og overfylte søppeldynger. Det er ikke uvanlig å se at folk brenner plast i gatene fordi de ikke vet hvor de skal gjøre av det. Dette blir man direkte uvel av.

// My plan was to surf, do yoga and get to know the beautiful country. Every morning at 5 am we woke up to munks chanting, followed by yoga, breakfast and surging. My absolute dream of an everyday life. The first week there was a huge storm, and the day after we went surfing despite warnings from the local population. It was devastating seeing the dream surroundings transformed into a nightmare. The ocean and beaches were covered with plastic straws, bags of chips, plastic bags and even a razor! Unfortunately I managed to swallow some water, which is far from the smartest thing I’ve done… One of the reasons that there are extreme amounts of trash in Sri Lanka is that they are lacking a proper garbage collection system. The trash comes from boats, other countries, tourists and overfilled landfills. It’s common to see people burning plastic in the streets because they don’t know how else to get rid of it.

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What can we do?

Det som er så kult er at man kan gjøre en forskjell som turist. Her er mine 5 beste råd for å bidra positivt til miljøet mens du er på reise:

  1. Vær bevisst over problemet. Vis det frem på sosiale medier og ikke ignorere det.

  2. Få med deg venner og lokale på en strandrydding. Legg ut bilder på insta for å inspirere andre. Sjekk ut verdens kuleste Marthe sin instagramprofil for inspirasjon. Husk #tavaha og #plukkanopp!

  3. Bruk forbrukermakten din. Velg å spise på restauranter og å bo på hotel som tar dette problemet på alvor. Der hvor jeg bodde hadde de forbud mot plastflasker, hadde masse økologisk og lokal mat og vi fikk kokosnøtter servert med metallsugerør.

  4. Ta alltid med den en flaske og reisebestikk når du er på tur.

  5. Spis lokalt, sesongbasert og plantebasert <3

// The wonderful thing is that we as tourists can make a difference. Here are my top 5 tips to make a positive contribution while travelling:

  1. Be aware of the problem. Show it on social media and don’t ignore it and showcase just the beauty.

  2. Make friends and gather for a beach cleanup. Post images on social media to inspire others. Check out my friend Marthe’s instagram for inspiration. #tavaha

  3. Use your consumer power. Choose local restaurants and stay with local people who take these things seriously. Where I lived there was a ban against plastic bottles, they served organic and local food and we got coconut water with metal straws.

  4. Always bring a bottle and travel cutlery.

  5. Eat local, seasonal and plant based <3

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Hvis du vil lese mer om hvor du bør bo, hva du kan spise og hvilke aktiviteter du kan gjøre på Sri Lanka kan du sjekke ut dette innlegget her.

// Read more about where to stay and eat in Sri Lanka here.

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🌝 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.