Yoga and sleep

Some say that yoga can help to improve sleep, and depression and anxiety share a deep and difficult connection.

For me, with yoga I boost relaxation and I beat insomnia by soothing my mind and body before bedtime. If you can’t seem to sleep enough, yoga can help. Regular yoga practice is known to cure several ailments, including insomnia or abnormal sleeping habits.

Yoga is a spiritual, mental, and physical practice that’s been around for centuries. I believe that yoga is for your mental and physical health. It connects you to your breath, the connection calms the mind as it redirects the point of focus, yoga practice opens the cardiovascular system and so it delivers nutrients and oxygen to all cells in the body. Your body’s circulation system is responsible for sending blood, oxygen, and nutrients throughout your body and mind. Yoga opens it up throughout which assists with accessing the better sleeping pattern.

How?

I would ease into a restful night with a quiet yoga practice focused on deep breathing to calm my mind and release physical tension. The combination of breath and movement activates parasympathetic nervous system, which helps counteract stress. Many of the versions of the poses encourage relaxation around the eyes and additional smoothing of the nervous system.

Many people are suffering from sleep problems. If you are someone who has trouble sleeping, scientists recommend trying yoga.The great thing about yoga is there are very few limitations to start, and various ways to gain benefits.

It’s a good idea to work with an instructor if you’re just starting out. They work wonders on keeping you in the moment and stopping you from being so hard on yourself.

Love & gratitude,

Vitality

Second chakra, Sacral Chakra, Svadhishtahana, is located 5cm (2inch) below our navel. Colour orange is recognized as the color for that chakra, and this energy center is about our Vitality. Vitality in a sense of feeling our inner emotions, and transmitting this into the overall being of ourselves. This is a very powerful energy center that deals with our innermost emotional intelligence. It shows us who we really are in our feelings to ourselves, and connection with others. This is where our inner child is, this is where our authenticity lies. Being connected to this energy center and looking for balance, means being connected to our emotions. Each of us have a different feel, taste and smell to things that matter to us. This determines our authenticity. The more we are within our true feelings, the more we can transmit this truthfulness to the upper energy centers, and function in the most possible way to ourselves. 

So how does it happen that this energy center of our body doesn’t work the way it can?

  • Emotional abuse
  • Confusion of partner roles
  • Rigid religious and moral principles
  • Influence of parental systems on the child system
  • Rape
  • Transferred experiences from a past life

We should ask ourselves a few questions if we want to find balance in this powerful energy center:

  • Do I enjoy the physical aspect of life?
  • Do I feel that I deserve it?
  • Am I able to receive abundance in my life?
  • Do I feel there is a flow of creativity in my life with things that I engage with?
  • How do I perceive sexuality?
  • Am I able to obtain a deep and loving relationship with another person?
  • Do I know who my inner child is? Is it angry? Resentful? 
  • Am I scared or do I surrender? 

These are intimate and important questions to ask ourselves. Healing our inner child, and building our emotional intelligence is the journey to our true authenticity. It holds the power that can be transmitted to the beautiful creations, which will reflect into our physical body. If we feel guilty, if we can’t sense the feeling of pleasure in life and enjoy life, if we don’t feel sensual, if we can’t reach orgasm, and if we can’t look after ourselves we also can’t look after others. These are all things to consider and sense within ourselves if we want to heal.

If this energy center is unbalanced, it reflects on our physical body in our reproductive area, urinary tract, ovaries and cysts, candida, fungi, frigidity, asthma, allergies, depression, pain in lumbar area due to the suppressed depression, menstrual pain. 

If this energy center is overcrowded, we try to gain things by force (at some point I was called Mrs Forceful..lol), one would have emotional outburst, tendency to be invasive to others, emotional luck of independence and unsustainability, attachment to others, sexual addiction, hedonism, exaggerated sexuality, claiming from others; basically all excessive = congested. 

If this chakra is closed then one feels compression in emotions, which results in lack of orgasm, and/or no desire, there are no emotional boundaries, pleasure is extinguished: there is frustration and aggression, and sexuality and vitality is suffocated.

I started the journey of healing in this energy center by journaling, and essential oils helped me greatly to fine tune with the emotions (wild orange, clary sage and bergamot), and gently change the frequency of this energy center. Gently is the key.. Focusing on being grateful for what is in front of me (there is always something that we can be grateful for!). Writing it down, and in that way feeling it deeper within me. Asking myself questions that I posted above (and many more). Taking one meditation at the time and journaling. It is still work in progress. But it is worthed. Everytime that I feel having less life energy force, and that I am not looking after myself (you know that feeling when you look at yourself in the mirror thinking oh fck..) I then tap into this work. It doesn’t have to be extensive work, consistency is the magic key. Half an hour a day is planty: 10min of movement with the focus on the hips and lower abdominal, 10min meditation and 10min journaling. That is all for this magic to start to unfold. My life then feels more balanced, with more positive expressions, I feel stronger, I feel and enjoy more in all aspects in my life, I feel more sensual and my private life is full of magic. Sense of guilt that I’d carry would be less intense, and I’d feel worthy of things that come my way. All this magic is then transmitted to others, in a sense of being able to share and receive, and it is felt as being authentic as it comes from my personal emotional connection and intelligence. 

It is amazing  what we can get from our bodies and minds. And it doesn’t take long to feel the change, and every change is another step to your true happiness. I feel that consistency and the right approach is the key. But any work is a start, and should be appraised and appreciated. 

I hope this finds you well.

Please, let me know your thoughts.

Love, 

Kiki xo

Golden Milk

Ok, I’ve been using this once again regularly now and it Really does work! It’s super easy to make, it’s tasty, it’s cheap and it’s a natural remedy for those sneeze down feeling games! Few important trick must be applied to get the full benefits. 

Coconut oil is added for absorption, black pepper to activate turmeric but adding honey only on cooled milk as it can be poisoned otherwise. This all smart talk is from Ayurveda principals. 

Why do you want to use this?

  • Supports digestion
  • Anti Inflammatory 
  • Strengthens immune function
  • Helps in maintaining cholesterol levels
  • Digestive tract
  • Regulates high blood pressure
  • Memory and brain function 
  • Triglyceride reduction
  • Neurological disorders
  • Detoxifies liver, and even possibly offers protection from some types of cancer
  • maximizes the natural antioxidant power of turmeric because it is a) hot and b) combined with other beneficial spices and a little bit of fat.

How to make it:

Paste (you make this once and you can keep it in the fridge for months)

  • ¼ cup turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon pepper 
  • ½ cup filtered water 

Bring it to boil on high heat and mix constantly until paste is formed 

  • Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil

Keep it refrigerated in a glass jar. It can be stored for months. 

Golden Milk (1 dcl max.) for one serving 

  • 1 cup of milk of your choice (coconut or cashew is my favorite; its sweet taste gives a nice flavour)

Heat up the milk the add

  • 1 teaspoon of Paste 
  • + optional: ginger and cayenne pepper and cinnamon ~ this will aid digestion and produce heat in the body.

Let it cool down then add teaspoon of honey (do NOT put honey in hot milk) or you can add some other sweetener of your choice maple or agave syrup 

Turmeric can have contraindications with certain medicines so make sure you contact your doctor if you’re on some long term medication. 

Why do I like to teach yoga?

Your body and mind meet in the concentration of doing a yoga pose; you experience clarity, focusing your attention, muscles, bones, and breath towards experiencing the particular pose. Again and again, as you approach each pose, this capability to meet each sensation with awareness increases. This experience of harmony of body and mind then transfers to your everyday life; you are more alert to the beauty and wonder of life that has always been right before your eyes and in fact, available to all your senses.

This is the magic of Yoga.

When you feel, as a teacher, that this magic is possible to give someone as a gift it gives a sense of purpose in this world. Once one accepts this magic and moves forward with the practice, body and mind takes a different shape. Mind is more receptive, focused and giving. Body is more flexible, healthier and glowing. As a teacher you are a witness of this process. A witness of someone who is meeting her/his own glitter. Her/his own power, and ability to bloom to its own potential.

Yoga is the union. When I teach I feel I am contributing to the individual unity of building that connection. When one practice and observes the teacher’s’ instructions, the teacher and the student are in uniquely combined unity that is fully understandable to the teacher and student only. As a teacher I also grow and learn about myself in my approach and inner strength to develop and give. While a student learns about her/his individual inner goal. It’s a wonderful dance that keeps on growing and moving and nourishing. I cannot imagine a better engagement in this earthy living.

I hope to see you on the math and share this magic with you

Love & gratitude

Inner POWER

It feels magnificent when I feel I am in my power. When I am in my authentic self. When I have the strength to feel what feels right, and pursue my desires. When I come across conflict, I still can be balanced within my emotional state, without having a feeling of heaviness and lack of love for life. 

Our 3rd energy center is located in the stomach area. This is where our power lies. This energy center is related to the feeling of yourself. To the feeling of your willingness to go about with the balance of ego. If you are capable of engaging with challenges, and not being left with exhaustion, or a need to show that you’re right. Being alive and spontaneous, responsible and reliable, but with the feeling that this is right for You, not for someone else’s ideas. Warm personality, but firmness in your decision. 

How to make this chakra energy center to start working, in its full potential to your unique values? This is when you say NO! No to things that don’t serve you right. You know that feeling when you agree to something, and you are left with bitterness in your mouth? Yep. That’s when you compensate yourself. Noone and nothing is more important than You! It is a difficult game at the start, you may find yourself alone, and doubting your decisions. But this is the start of the journey to explore your unique power. If you believe that you are strong, and bring that strength to the right channel, your actions are spontaneous and fruitful. It feels as a gift from above: giving yourself truly is felt deep within many layers of yours or receivers being. Priceless. Fulfilling. Rewarding. Magical and unique. Talking to a therapist or good friend who will now judge can also activate and change this energy. Shame is the killer to this power center, so try and open your mind to others, and explore the meaning, allow them to grow. It will come back to you in a nourishing way. The goal here is to define ourselves, and we can do this only by learning about what feels good for us, not for others. 

Some things can help us greatly in terms of development: negotiation, visibility, freedom of expression of our will, development of self-discipline, urge to feel oneself, putting oneself in the center of the world, realization of oneself: otherwise we get increasingly attached to our partner and/or our children

If this energy center, chakra, is overloaded and it needs to release the excess energy. Some of the ways to express through the 5th chakra, throat: shout it out, get it out of your system. Sing, talk, chant, scream if you need to. And of course, movement: dance helps me greatly. And it doesn’t matter how you dance, close your eyes and just let your body take you to the journey of movement. Whatever comes is what your body needs. 

If this energy center, chakra, is empty and it needs to be filled up, push the energy upwards. If you feel overly tired and lacking the desire to move and live, or if you have a constant pain in your muscles. Energetic healing is a great help but also a good friend that can listen, hear and ‘see’ You so that you can feel it. Being accepted for who you are and being able to express yourself in your full authenticity in that particular moment, you’re then entering the space of healing. 

Affirmation: I am strong and powerful, I accept myself, I make my own choices. Put the posts on the wall so you can remind yourself who you are. Because you are powerful and you are strong. It’s in you, you just have to activate it!

Very rarely one has fully functional 3rd chakra, plus this also changes constantly. If we are carrying the condition of shaming and embarrassment, because our parents couldn’t allow us to just be seen, then this ‘broken’ system can be activated by some interaction and relationship. Fully functional 3rd chakra is: good feel of ourselves and our power, balance between willingness and ego, capabilities to handle challenge, balance between self discipline and organisation, warm and comfortable personality, spontaneity and liveliness, dependability and reliability 

Overloaded 3rd chakra:

urge to be right, violent outbursts, aggression, stubbornness and unprovenness, arrogance, competitiveness and hyperactivity. Because our authentic self was not accepted, one imposes their own will with aggressiveness to the point of bullying. It results in being exhausted, because it takes the energy from the emotional connections from the 2nd chakra, and connection from the 4th chakra. 

Closed 3rd chakra

Susceptibility to follow up others, lack of self discipline and self motivation, unreliable, shy, depression, chronic tiredness and lack of energy, worthlessness and lack of self, emotionally cold and passive, the feeling that he is a victim and that others are to blame, collapse in conflict, no contact with anger and aggressiveness, respects rules and lets others to rule. 

Health problems: disorders of the digestive system, pancreas, liver, eating disorders, ulcer, stomach, diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic fatigue, nervousness, muscle problems.

An affair of 3rd chakra is

Impulse for individuality and personal will (power) 

Conscious will and activity

I personally found that yoga, meditation, journaling, essential oils and healing crystals greatly shifts my consciousness and impulses. And it doesn’t take much, 10min a day for the start and within a week you’d feel the shift. Consistency and right approach is the key to this magical journey. Once you tap into this magic you are able to shift your emotional state very quickly. It is amusing what we can do with placidity of the mind and flexible emotions. 

I hope this finds you well.

Let me know what you think.

Love, Kiki xo 

How can we go through this busy life with some help at that moment in time? I have been practicing yoga since 2004. And have been teaching since 2009. Traveled and went to many many workshops and meditation centers but I found it difficult to find something that can assist me with little crazy Kiki when that moment of craziness arrives. And not until I started to work with the Breath that I have found my unique ingredient. Pranayama is what I would practice regularly and that would keep my stability, but then I would get off the track or something out of ordinary would happen and I would be out of balance again. 

Rib cage breathing. 

Inhaling, your diaphragm contracts and moves downward. This increases the space in your chest cavity, and your lungs expand into it. The muscles between your ribs also help enlarge the chest cavity. Your heart gets more supply. Your whole body gets more breathing space. 

To start, bring your hands to your ribs and take longer breaths, both inhale and exhale being the same length. Make sure you do not go into totality of the full capacity as this will bring tensity. And if at any point you feel discomfort come back to your natural flow of the breath. Goal is not to have your shoulders moving while you breathe to your rib cage. 

This I found works as a magic wand to me. Now after some time of practice, I engage in this whenever I possibly can. Especially when my little daughter starts screaming, tantruming or needing Me and I feel crazy Kiki is crawling into me. It feels to me as if I am channelizing all that tension and bringing some new supply to myself and automatically to my daughter. I feel I am here in the moment of Now, and she feels that, and because my body is not taking in this unbearable tension but it is channelizing. Relaising. 

In the evening or when time allows, I lie on my back and bring my hand to my heart and my lower abdominal. To feel my heart. To channel these feel good energy to my core. Connecting my heart to my core of myself. 

Happy breathing and send me questions if anything arises, or if you want to just talk about it. 

I apply this everywhere. In the shop when a crazy lady is crazy to me, when I need something done and I do not feel it, when Tara needs me, when I feel the lower me is about to come out, when I drive…….It is that simple and free and available to you all the time. The trick between this and just breath, that I have heard so many times, is that I feel ribs expanding and that tunes me in. It gives me a deeper feeling. 

Sending you love 

Kiki

Grounding. 

For a long time I had an idea of being perfectly grounded. Even though I was falling (losing my ground frequently), being scared of life (even though I traveled the world and changed careers), socializing, teaching yoga, holding presentations in big corporations (but sweating as a pig for unknown reasons = insecurity), and so on. When I was introduced to yoga and its philosophy, I got closer to the idea why things are not working for me. Even though I was walking barefoot  as much as I could I somehow did not get that sense of feeling grounded afterwards, my head and my senses were in different spaces above.

I always wanted to get to the meaning of grounding. Feeling it. Not until recently that I started to feel it deeply in my core what it feels like. Feeling is the key. Understanding is just a small fraction of the complete dimension. Feeling that I am safe and that everything will be ok. Believing that I am safe and capable of changing my circumstances. Understanding that heaviness and laziness is my energy point being congested. Feeling: I am Safe, I am Secure, I Trust, I Believe. Those are big words, it’s a journey to the feel of those words, and the physical journey of self discovery and healing. At least mine was, and still is. 

Have you ever seen the tree with big, massive roots coming out of the ground, because of the vastness and thickness? This is the vision of yourself that you want to embody: Roots coming down to the earth, spreading deep into the ground. Enabling you to be firm, stable and safe in your ground, and branches spreading upwards high and wide, open to receive, protect and connect. 

Neurobiology also recognizes now the energy centers in our body. Grounding as Muladhara-first chakra: it develops early at the stage of being conceived at birth, and socialization shapes it further. Important factors are socialization, family, sense for existence, security, and physical identity, just to mention some.

If this energy center, which is located at the bottom of the spine, is complete (which is very rare), then one would feel: sense of security, confidence in the world, in yourself, presence, grounded, stable, vital. 

  • Injuries that cause this imbalance: negative experiences, feelings of fear, physical abuse, wars, illnesses, traffic accidents, death. If you believe in past life, which at this point has been talked about and recognised by loads of people, problems related to past life and inheritance of trauma from ancestors (etheric body) is another reason for feeling ungrounded. 
  • Person with congested hyperactive chakra would experience: stagnant heavy energy, immobility, wants to sit most of the time, bored, lack of vitality, insecure, fixed on material things, urge to accumulate, overeats, lethargy, laziness, rigid boundaries, order of the routine gives security. If this energy center is overcrowded and draws too much energy from above and below: the chakra is compressed, scattered scattered.
  • If chakra is closed: one is most likely gracefully thin, unconnected to the body, insecure, scattered, experiences a feeling of not belonging, has problems with calcium in the body, carry huge fear, constantly has financial problems: ‘I have to create a lot of money’’; the idea to remain poor = death: total fear and system breakdown. One sees security in money. Restlessness while sitting, no clear view, spinning constantly, trying to make himself invisible. It lacks self-discipline and body care
  • On the health aspect, it reflects on cortisol and the adrenal gland: the hormone of fear, thinness, susceptibility to disease, insomnia, high blood pressure, sympathetic activation. Fear starts to be a source of security: if one is afraid it feels secured; yes, pretty contradictory and double knife edge. 

So what can we do? Discharge: shake, dance, yoga, meditation: with the right approach! Walk bare feet but mindfully i.e. feel your toes, every single one of them, explore the feeling of the senses i.e. if it’s a grass: is it wet, is it soft, is it firm = be mindful of your feet wherever and whatever you do. Food: root vegetables, juiced, raw, cooked. Visualisation: as mentioned above, or chakra meditation: basically bringing the awareness to the bottom of the spine: there Is an energy center (at this point they tested it and measured it, there Is science behind it!), and if you really focus on it it is almost impossible not to feel it. Essential oils, good quality one: it changes the frequency of your energy levels (there is measurable science behind it!), and with the right oil and right application we can balance/heighten that energy center. 

I hope you enjoyed this read!

Let me know how you feel!

Love

Kiki

xo

The probiotic in Kombucha can help with a healthy gut. It is a fermented tea that has been drank for thousands of years but became popular in the last few. Fermented foods like kombucha can assist with the digestive system and boost your immune function. 

I am writing this blog because few of my friends asked me how to make it, and this will be easier to pass on. 

I absolutely love kombucha! As my daughter says, njamy njamy. It is slightly bubbly with a savory taste and you can add the flavour with your favorite fruits. Kids should not drink more than 1-2 dcl a day, I would say over 2 years of age. And adults not more than 3 dcl a day. However, I can say that I drink at least 4 dcl a day and all is peachy. I love the taste and I feel it really gives me that tiny bit of euphoria. That being said, this would not happen to one whose body is consuming much alcohol, coffee and other alternatives for the highs. 

I used to buy them but now making my own tastes and feels even better. And the ritual of making it makes me proud and super happy. I found with white tea to have a gentle easy taste. Kombucha with sacha green tea has a stronger taste but in a nice gentle way. My favourite fruit to put in are berries.

The secret process given by my dear teacher.

  • 1 teaspoon of white tea or sacha green tea.
  • 2 tablespoon of white sugar.
  • Poor 2 litres of boiled water over that.
  • Place it into a glass container and leave it overnight. Do not put scoby into this.
  • In the morning, drain the tea and put scoby in. Cover it with cloth so it has some breathing space and leave it for 10 days at room temperature.

After 10 days, in a glass bottle (I got mine in IKEA for €2.95), put a few bits of your favourite fruits and put in the liquid. Drain it, do not put scoby into the bottle, but start your 2nd batch. 

Leave it for 10 days at room temperature. And viola! Open gently because it comes out as a bubbly champagne.

After some time, scoby will grow, and so will your batch and stronger taste of kombucha. The longer you leave it the fuller the taste. I cannot wait for mine to grow to make many more.

Happy gut happy You xo

Love 

Kiki

Self Love = Self Care

That’s the start. But how do we start and from where. Especially when we have a child and our time is super consumed in totality. We need to be present. We need to be well. We need to be also human and show whatever is within us so that our child feels our core. To get to know us. 

So much literature is out there on this subject. So many people talk about it. SO many philosophies. But when I was/am really down all this is just a bunch of crap, in my mind at that present. I tried all that and none of it worked for me because my head is too strong and forceful. It puts all this shits racing and making stories, that at some point those stories become my reality. And before I know it I am feeling down and nothing makes sense any more. But then here is my little star still wanting and needing. Me. Needing and wanting me. It’s not about what you give your child to eat or where do you take them but what energy, what state are you in.That is what they feed on. That is what they build their blocks with. All the rest is secondary. 

So how do you do it? What do you do? I found that I can pretend but somehow my child is not ok. Because underneath and all I am Not Ok. So how do I love myself if I have these stories that are racing in my head and makes stories where I pick up hate. How?!

I found that the start is by feeling myself. Feeling where I feel it in my body. But mostly how is my heart. Is it beating fast, is it beating slowly, or is it beating at all?! Is there a pain, can I feel that pain, I put my hand on my heart and I breathe as I feel is the best I can breath in that particular moment. If tears come down my face, they are welcomed. Anything that comes I just stay with that heart beat. Tuning into the beat. Into that beat as it is. And listen. Feel. WIthout judging or labeling. In other words, when that crazy mind comes again and gives me stories I get back into that hand and feel that beat. If possible feel that breath that comes with it. Hand on the heart helps with the feeling. If I know I can take a few minutes I put an alarm on my phone for 5 minutes. Because otherwise sometimes 1 minute feels like an hour but knowing that alarm will remind me when the time is up, it brings more grounding into the process. If I don’t have the time, and my little precious daughter is here, we do it together. It teaches her how to feel herself. 

This little simple practice was my start of developing self love. Because I started to feel myself. Heart is the center of our love. Our Love. The center of yourself. What are we made of and how much we can give and feel in all lies in our heart. And we are all different. We are all made from different materials and different social and family backgrounds. But what we feel we can give and it is precious in our own special way. Feeling yourself is a start to loving, accepting and providing to what we need. Not what some books and some philosophy says. It is individual and it contains no artificial ingredients. It is unique to You. 

This is not a special magic wand and it will not happen overnight. But you are not a simple creature with all that staff going around and taking you away from you. Give yourself time. Feel yourself every day, every moment that is available to you. And slowly get into the layers and feelings of that heart of yours. And when the time arises, ask yourself, What do I need now? And slovely self care will start in your own unique way, the way that is only applicable to you. And within that self love will slowly start to develop, grow, get some direction.

With love from my heart to yours

Kiki