Hallo, Yoga Welt!

Schön wieder hier zu sein, lasst uns was kochen und wieder eine coole Szene werden - die gutes schafft! ;)

Jetzt haben wir bereits über zwei Jahre Pandemie hinter uns gebracht.

Eine Pandemie, die insbesondere Selbstständige auf die Probe gestellt hat. Auch im Wellness Sektor gab es einige Hürden zu meistern. Unterrichten, massieren, beraten – all das, scheint langsam wieder möglich zu werden, ohne größere Einschränkungen.

Erschreckt hat mich während der Pandemie, die erstarkende Querdenker Szene – vornehmlich innerhalb der Yoga-Szene. Diese war bereits vorher da, im Wesentlichen unbedeutend und wurde von vielen belächelt. Die Ausmaße wurden so abstrus, dass ich mich von der Szene “Yoga,” und “Ayurveda” scharf abgrenzen musste und wollte. Auch nach zwei Jahren kann ich nicht nachvollziehen, wie all diese Ansichten und das Demonstrieren mit der rechten, menschenfeindlichen Szene in das Weltbild oder die Philosophie des Yogas passen sollen. An unterrichten war nicht zu denken – was, wenn genau diese Menschen meinen Unterricht besuchen?

Meine Hoffnung für dieses Jahr ist, dass einige wieder ihre Ratio finden, wieder den Kern des Yogas begreifen und sich nicht in Verschwörungsmythen verlieren. Damit sich Yoga zu unterrichten wieder gut anfühlen kann, das Besuchen von Yoga-Seminarhäusern nicht mehr bedrohlich. Die Verantwortung für andere Menschen, die ein*e Yogalehrer*in nun mal hat, realisiert werden, die Vorbildfunktion wieder positiv konnotiert. Insbesondere vulnerable Gruppen, die in Yogazentren ihren Halt fanden, sollten durch diese Menschen nicht gefährdet werden. Dazu ist aber die Haltung der Yogalehrer*innen und Studioinhaber*innen gefragt. Wem gebt ihr Raum und wem verwehrt ihr diesen? Seid euch der Konstruktion eurer Realität bewusst.

Es ist schön, wieder hier zu sein. Jetzt lasst uns etwas leckeres kochen und uns zauberhaft und wohl fühlen! 😉

Even Yogis can have a major mental breakdown.

It´s been a while now. I am very sorry about that. But how can you write inspiring posts, when your whole life is a mess? After the month of December, everything went wrong, now August is over, and I finally have some muse to sit down on my desk and reflect on the past months of my life.

I am still not sure if it is the weird year 2020 itself, that brings so much craziness and sadness to so many of us or if I have a worse year for myself. But the last days of my vacation, traveling a bit through the Netherlands, watching a sunset at the beach, seeing the night sky, and visiting Rotterdam pulled me out a bit out of my rabbit hole.

My dog died very unexpectedly in February, and the whole world was closed down the end of March because of a deadly virus. I work from home most of the time and meet rarely people because I moved to a new place. So being alone, super broke because some crazy people just stole from my bank account, at a new place, without my dog. I even lost my lust to cook and ate just vegan junk food all over.

The only constant line is still my Yoga practice. And my love for music and maybe also my sunshine mind, that always holds me above the deepwater somehow. But now. Today. I felt it again. I am longing to go back to my Ayurvedic routine and healthy decisions. And I also think I finally pulled myself out of that rabbit hole. I am on a waiting list for a street dog from Hungary, and I walked around in nature lately a lot. I started to work out again and move my body regularly.

But – the topic of my text – is that I also understand in general how hard it is for so many of you, to start over with your strenght. To find the strenght and motivation to do something healthy for you and your body and get rid off old routines. (Old habits die hard is a thing, huh?) And that even some healthy living person like me, can have weak moments. I really would love to support and inspire so many of you to find a path to change, what you want to change. Especially in these crazy times, I think – Ayuvreda and Yoga are great tools to help us, to find our center again. (If we lost it or if we never had the feeling that we found it.)

But what is also important to me is, that we take slow steps on our way. Because we struggle enough in our day to day life and our brains are full, maybe in 2020 even our pockets are empty. We lost friends, we maybe even lost loved ones because of a disease and maybe because we didn´t agreed on what is right or wrong about the Covid topic. But what is important to me, what is a wish deep down from my heart, is that we all can pull us out of the sadness and chaos and find peace of mind.

I will start with blogging again regularly and share easy and affordable recipes and will upload Yoga videos, meditations – and maybe we can all thrive together and make the last months of 2020 a bit more magical and peaceful for us.

Because you are worth it. I am worth it.

You are a wonder and everything will be alright at the end.

Where I found my center again….


Monday Motivation Interview – with Balaram Das from Project KRISH – Girl child education and women empowerment

Today´s interview is as I promised – about Project KRISH – which helps to offer education, meals and a safe space in India for underprivileged girls. With love, Pitta drive and compassion a group of Devotees created a beautiful village and started to work their Dharma.

I talked to Balarama Das from Project KRISH and it was one of the most inspiring interviews. Balarama Das and me are connected in another way as well, as we both come from the Hardcore Straight Edge Scene and so this collaboration comes truly from a deep connection and the bottom of our hearts! It is also a talk where you can see how connected all the fields of Yoga and Ayurveda are.

Find out for yourself and get inspired and motivated this Monday!

  •  From Ayurveda With Love means compassion and finding our Dharma in life, so can you tell us what you are compassionate about?

Since I got involved in the HC Punk scene in the early 90s, the compassionate spirit within my heart was gradually reawakened.

Moreover, when I was introduced to the Krishna Bhakti culture, which is the path of selfless love and causeless compassion, the spirit of compassion became considerably manifested.

I’m trying my best to be compassionate to myself, other people, especially the helpless, to animals, to mother earth and other living beings.   

  • Tell us where do you come from, what you are doing and what your plans look like?  Where do you teach/work/heal actually?

 I am from the Philippines and I grew up there. Right now, I’m trying to live here in Vrindavan, India. I came here in 2016. I am working/serving in one NGO which provides free education to the underprivileged girls in the village of Vrindavan.

My plan is to live here in Vrindavan and serve the Brajabasis as much as Srimati Radhika allows.

  • What do you know about Ayurveda? Do you practice it already?

Ayurveda is an ancient secret of living in harmony with each individuals‘ nature of existence. I’m trying to practice it.

  • What are your thoughts about Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is the antidote to modern hyperconsumerist-materialistic-self-destructive lifestyle.

The modern world is pulling out human beings away from their natural environment of quality life. By practicing an ayurvedic lifestyle it will gradually help each individual to uncover their real self and will unmask the artificial and unbalanced impositions.

It is a great science of understanding how the human body works within and without.

  • Do you know which Dosha you are?

I’m predominantly Pitta.

  • How does your perfect morning routine looks like?

Usually, I get up at Brahma Murta hour, about one and a half hours before sunrise, sometimes, earlier than that. I do some basic stretching and recline positions.

Then I drink 1-2 glasses of lemon water with black salt (no sugar). Then I will take a bath. I will do some mantra meditation for a few minutes and will start serving my Govardhan and salagram silas. After that, I will take early morning breakfast, usually fruits/nuts and some nice hot Indian rice porridge. This is my daily morning routine here in Vrindavan.

  • How do you integrate Ayurveda into your day to day life?

I guess I’m unaware that I’m living half of my life in the principle of Ayurveda. I became a vegetarian 20yrs ago and prefer to buy vegetables from local farmers or community markets. Avoiding all the artificial canned or manufactured stuff. Spending more time on meditation and serene environment. Walking, Yoga, cycling, and nature tripping.

Every time I buy stuff, I usually choose natural, fresh and genuine Ayurvedic products. When I get sick, I prepare to make my own medicine from herbs and make an Ayurvedic tea. Since I’m In Vrindavan now, it’s more natural to live it. But I still need to work on some aspects of it.

  • I would like to hear more about the n4s zine! Can you tell us what exactly our zine is about?

I started the n4s zine in 1996. It’s an account of our life (those who are involved in N4S) especially our adventures and travels. When I was involved in the anarchist movement, I usually featured anarchist punk bands and different pieces of information on autonomous movement and collective.

The n4s zine becomes an unofficial manifesto or guide to DIY lifestyle in the local HC punk scene in the Philippines.I stopped writing the zine when I started to take the path of Krishna Bhakti at the beginning of 2000. 

But I realized, if some individuals were inspired by the contents of our zine, then it would be better to encourage them into something positive that will uplift their consciousness and life. So I revived the zine and took it in a new direction and started to feature bands that are Bhakti oriented and into a sober and positive lifestyle. Not just bands, but different individuals that will help inspire other people.

  • You are also involved in a project called „KRISH“ – what is this project all about?

Project Krish is about giving hope to the underprivileged girls of India. Currently, we are working on Vrindavan village. We established a school, the Braj Gopika Vidya Mandal in Nandgaon. This school provides free education, free meals, and free school supplies to poor girls. We also give them weekly skill development training.

Basically, it’s about women empowerment and educating the girl child. You may ask why girls? In India, especially in rural areas, women are still considered the low class. Most of their basic rights are being denied and violated, and they experience tremendous abuse, exploitation, and harassment. Child labor, child marriage, child prostitution, dowry system, violence, poverty; these are some of the problems the young girls of India are facing today.

Most parents prefer to have a boy instead of a girl child. Female infanticide is a very common practice here, they killed the baby girl after birth or even inside the womb. It’s not surprising to see a girl fetus in a trash bin or thrown into the drainage in India…. Our attempt to save the girl child and to make a change is very insignificant, but we need to start somewhere.

These horrible things are not just happening in India, but in other countries too. So we must do something about it.

  • Where can we reach out to you and support this project?

Support our campaign for Girl Child Education and Women Empowerment, please call us at +91 8979999497.

Send your donations here: projectkrish.com/donate/

Visit us at http://projectkrish.com/

Follow us on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/projectkrish/

Like and share our Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/projectkrish/

  •  What are your goals the next months according to Project KRISH and your Zine?

 I’m planning to release the next issue of my zine next month and will try to continue writing for the zine so I can regularly publish it.

About Project Krish, we will continue our activities in school whatever we’d started. And we are looking forward to more admissions and expansion. We wouldn’t be able to pursue our goals without the help of our supporters. We only depend on you. So please help us in any way you can. If you can sponsor a girl, please donate. You can also send books and school supplies. If you will visit Vrindavan, you can come to our school and spend some time with the girls, talk to them, play with them, teach them and inspire them. There are so many ways we can do, you can simply share our social media pages. That would be enough. We need to reach more people. Thank you so much.

  • Is there any final quote you find inspiring and want to share with us?

“In a world full of hate, violence, destruction, and degradation; being kind and staying positive is an act of rebellion.” –n4s-

Radhe Radhe, Balaram Das! Thank you so much for finding time for this interview and making the world to a better place.

If you liked this interview, go and also like their Facebook and Instagram page, share their content so spread the project as far as possible to reach many people which could help!

Also subscribe to “From Ayurveda With Love” if you want to make a connection with us and don´t miss interesting projects, healers and so much more! You can also write for our blog if you want to!

From my heart to yours,

Namaste,

Krishnaprema

Real Dharma Doo – Project KRISH is helping girls to get education in India

Today I want to share a project with a good cause! It is about women´s and children´s rights and is originated in India, the home country of Yoga and Ayurveda.

The team of project KRISH believes in a social change, in education for every child and is on the way to make the world a better place.

They get free education, meals and skill training

They established a village in Nandgaon, named “Braj Gopika Vidhyamandal.” Here have young, underprivileged girls the opportunity to get free education, meals and also skill training to get more confident and get a chance to improve who they are and what they want to be. In India it is still very common to send female children to work or marry them early away. Also there is often no school around which they could go to – especially in rural areas of the country.

Education should be accessible to every child

The team believes that education should be accessible to every child because it can be such a big help to uplift families and communities to get out of a circle of poverty. It creates more chances for everyone when children are educated!

There is also an elevating effect out of child labor, childhood marriage, prenatal deaths, sexual harassment, abuse or exploitation – by proper education social issues like that can be avoided.

Confidence, self-esteem and finding themselves

The possibility of skill training is helpful to develop women´s self-esteem and grow confidence. The girls have the possibility to train every Saturday with volunteers from an underprivileged background to find their talents and skills by making new experiences. They also build up a sense of pride within themselves and culture by trying martial arts, mehndi, cooking classes, drawing, handcrafting, singing, playing musical instruments and more. They also learn Yoga and the Orissa dance, drama playing.

I make a wish….

If I had a birthday wish for this year, I would wish that as many people as possible donate to this project and help all the girls who deserve education and a better life. I decided to provide regularly donation based Yoga classes to send there some money. I also want to grow my business so that I can provide more help to awesome projects like that!

Now it´s your turn! How can you help?

Click the website for more information. http://projectkrish.com/

Follow their social media accounts and

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/projectkrish/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/projectkrish/

spread this awesome cause and project!

This is Dharma-Doo in it´s purest form! If you want to know more, feel free to write me or the peeps on Project KRISH – we are more than happy to answer all of your questions.

Tune in tomorrow for an inspirational interview with Balarama Das from Project KRISH! 😊

Thank you so far for your attentention and have a beautiful and inspiring start into your new week!

From my heart to yours,

Namaste,

Krishnaprema

My Ayurvedic Self-Love Journey

The day I decided to stop damaging my body through drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and change my lifestyle was a no-brainer.

For sure I had to choose a path where I can wake up in the morning and feel rested, balanced and happy. 

For sure I had to choose health, well-being and less stress caused by stupid decisions and drama.

I was on a very dark side and had all the effects an unhealthy lifestyle could bring – dizziness, sickness over and over again; sleep deprivation, hair loss and an unhealthy skin.

After starting a Yoga teacher training I began to see clear – and after a while, a path of sustainable health made the most sense for me. I was vegan already forever on that point of my life – but you can also live an unhealthy vegan life as you might know! During my YTT I have made the connection with plant based wholefoods and after a while I felt awesome on a SOS-free high carb vegan diet.

I started to practice Yoga regularly, later daily. I worked out a bit to strengthen my body. It had a huge effect on my mind, body and soul.

Why am I telling you that? Because I made a choice. And you can also make choices. Every day of your life you can decide in which direction you want to evolve. Choose the path for a life you desire and you feel awesome with.

You are here on earth for a special experience. Choose a positive mindset. Choose a happy you. Break cycles which obviously don´t make you feel great.

Step out there. And shine. If I can, you can do as well. Commit to your Dharma. I believe in you! 💫🙌🏼

Ayurveda saved my life

If you want to thrive and evolve with me, you can subscripe here:

Thank you so much for being with me on my path!

Yours,

Krishnaprema

Meet Angela Perger from “The Simple Ayurveda Podcast” – Monday Motivation Interview

There are people who are talking about Yoga and Ayurveda, and people who are living Yoga and Ayurveda. Angela Perger from the “Simple Ayurveda” Podcast is one of the most authentic people I have met around the last year at the Internet. Her simplicity to explain Ayurveda and make it fit into our day to day life is mesmerizing. How she is teaching her kids the Ayurvedic lifestyle is adorable. Her Podcast is like listen to a dear friend while you are having tea together. Her Instagram is full of aesthetic and minimalistic impressions. And just by looking at her, I feel so grounded. Just convince yourself with this Monday Motivation interview…let´s get the week started… 🙂

1. From Ayurveda With Love means compassion and finding our Dharma in life, so can you tell us what you are compassionate about?

I feel so much compassion for Mother Earth, for plants, for animals and for fellow human beings. I believe dharma is about being our true selves and understanding where we are able to shine our inner light out. I see dharma as a path, rather than something to be achieved. For me, my path has evolved from elementary school teacher to Yoga teacher to mother to someone that shares Ayurveda. I hope to make Ayurveda easy to understand and apply to anyone and everyone’s daily life.  

2. Tell us where do you come from, what you are doing and what your plans look like for 2019?

I was born in Florida and my husband is from New Jersey. We split out our time between the two and currently we’ve been living in an RV with our children, ages 2 and 6, for the past few months in Florida. My plans for 2019 are to continue studying and teaching Ayurveda through various workshops and trainings, both in person and online.  I am also really excited about hosting The Simple Ayurveda Podcast!

3. Where do you teach/work/heal actually?

I started Simple Ayurveda in 2018 as an online resource. After years of teaching continuing education courses for Yoga teachers in person, I am excited to offer them to distance learners. The first session of Simple Ayurveda for Yoga Teachers had students from Canada, the United States and Europe. It was so awesome to connect with like-minded people from around the world. I will offer the course again in September 2019.

4. What do you know about Ayurveda? Do you practice it already?

Ayurveda has absolutely changed my life. After years of trying every diet and healing protocol I could find to heal from diagnosis of ulcerative colitis and a rare liver condition called primary sclerosing cholangitis, Ayurveda has offered not only relief, but a deep understanding of “why”. Rather than feeling like a victim, I feel empowered to be in charge of my own health and well being.

5. What are your thoughts about Ayurveda?

I look at Ayurveda as a lense in which to view life. I don’t think that we have to follow every recommendation perfectly to get the benefits of Ayurveda. I use the principle of like attracts like and opposites to create balance to make everyday decisions. For example, when I am feeling easily irritated I ask myself questions like “Have I been consuming caffeine or other stimulants? Or have I been on my phone too much?” It’s such a gift to be able to get the root cause of any imbalance.

6. Do you know which Dosha you are?

I am primarily Pitta Dosha, although it took me a long time to realize it. For years I thought I wasn’t athletic or competitive enough to fit the typical descriptions. I now see that for me competition shows up more as self-doubt or the need for perfectionism rather than the urge to compete with others. As I’ve become more balanced I’ve gotten better at the physical activities I enjoy like SUP and surfing.

7. How does your perfect morning routine look like?

My morning routine is usually meditation in bed without waking up the kids, tongue scraping and oral care, sometimes Abhyanga followed by a shower and then making breakfast. My perfect morning routine would include Yoga too, but for now that usually happens later in the day.

8. How do you integrate Ayurveda into your day to day life?

One of the biggest ways is through following a daily routine. I try to wake up, eat and go to bed at the same time every day. Another big shift was switching my heaviest meal to noon. Mindful eating practices and paying attention to my Agni are a continual effort.

9. Is there some Ayurvedic practice you would like to try but never had the chance?

I still haven’t tried neti yet.

10. Are you into Yoga or practicing it?

I’ve been practicing Yoga for 11 years. I started teaching Yoga to adults and kids 8 years ago at a campground. Since then I’ve taught it to children in Costa Rica, Mexico, Philadelphia, in schools, preschools, and a studio. I’ve also taught prenatal, mommy & me, Vinyasa and Yin Yoga. I’ve held a daily practice through two pregnancies and believe it’s the most powerful thing any of us can do.   

11. Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?

I’ve stopped trying to plan out my life, but I definitely see myself teaching Ayurveda and Yoga. I would love to grow Simple Ayurveda into a network of Ayurvedic practitioners with diverse offerings. My kids will be seven and twelve and that’s sort of wild to imagine.

12. What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?

I can be impatient (Pitta). I tend to get a lot of ideas and be really excited but then sort of lose interest (Vata). I am focusing on being present and creating boundaries for myself so that I can cultivate a little bit more grounding, sustainable energy (Kapha).

13. How did you find the path you are on right now? Was there a key moment?

There were a few key moments along the way. As an inner city school teacher in Philadelphia I fell in love with Yoga for the stress relief. I signed up for Yoga teacher training with the intention of only teaching to children, never adults. The seed of Ayurveda was planted in that training as well as the confidence to teach adults.

Years later I worked with an Ayurveda health counselor after trying a naturopath, a top university doctor and countless other experts. When the health counselor wanted to refer me to someone with more experience I realized no one could solve my health imbalances for me. I decided to study Ayurveda for myself to get the bottom of everything. Again, I had no intentions of becoming a coach or a teacher but once I felt better I felt like I couldn’t keep the information to myself so I started a website and podcast.

14. How important is meditation to you?

It is essential. I practice every day in some way or shape. Sometimes it’s a walking meditation. Other days it’s a Yin Yoga practice. Many times it’s seated first thing in the morning, still in my pajamas in bed. I don’t believe meditation has to look a certain way.

15. What is your philosophy and spiritual path?

I love the quote by Yogi Bhajan, “Be the lighthouse.” I feel like this sums up my philosophy on life. Our Dharma is to be our true selves. The spiritual path falls into place when our everyday actions line up with our higher selves.

16. What have you done into the last year to improve yourself?

In the past year I have stopped consuming caffeine and alcohol. My energy and emotions are much more even which affects everyone around me. I’ve also worked with an intuitive healer to let go of some ancestral trauma.

17. Who has been your greatest influence?

Over my life it has been the strong women in my family including my mother, grandmothers and aunts. Over the past decade I have had some amazing Yoga teachers.

18. What is your greatest strength?

I have been told my superpower is the gift of transformation- that I can turn any situation into something better.

19. How do you handle stress and pressure?

In the past I had the tendency to feel overwhelmed and run away from it. Through Yoga I am working on patience and surrender. Yin Yoga has been extremely helpful with this.

20. What are your favorite self-care practices and rituals?

I love Abhyanga or Epsom salt baths with essential oils based on my mood or what I need for that day. Some of my favorites are lavender, frankincense, sweet orange, cedarwood and jasmine.

I celebrate the new moon each month with my kids. We use The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit Deck to draw a card and we set intentions/draw pictures for the upcoming moon cycle. Another favorite ritual is creating a vision board inside my planner every year. I love being able to look at it anytime throughout the year.

21. Are you into Wellness?

Yes! Feeling well and happy is the best way to enjoy this precious life.

22. What are your thoughts about the Zero Waste movement and do you also try to reduce your waste?

Simplicity and minimalism have been my gateway into the Zero Waste movement. Although I’ve always cared about the environment (I used my allowance to join the Save the Manatees club as a child), it was really the overwhelm of clutter that led me to reducing my possessions and to stop using shopping as an activity.

Life is just easier when things are simple- a mason jar has so many uses and I don’t need to go out and buy a bunch of different kinds of containers. Cooking and focusing on fresh, organic food has helped me to (mostly) give up the takeout habit that contributes to so much waste. I’m still a work in progress but I believe it’s better for all of us to be doing something rather than giving up because we aren’t doing it perfectly.

As a mother, I work really hard to reduce all of the waste that comes along with everything offered for kids. We skip balloons and goodie bags for parties and ask for no birthday gifts. They still get presents from family, but they don’t need a bunch of stuff from everyone they know. As every parent has experienced, this is a constant struggle but a lesson that I am willing to work on with them for the sake of our earth.

23. Where do you find your ideas for your creative content? Is there also a “outer” life besides posting and blogging, like painting?

I love the beach and simple, neutral colors so my creative content reflects those interests. I feel like it’s important for people to know Ayurveda doesn’t have to look a certain way. At its core, Ayurveda is about connecting diet and lifestyle with nature’s rhythms. It’s about honoring the sacredness of everyday life. I hope that Simple Ayurveda’s aesthetic invokes feelings of easefulness and relatability.

My outer life revolves around being a mother and spending time in nature. I don’t sign my kids up for activities- we spend our free time chasing each other at the park, exploring nature trails, making sand animals at the beach, swimming, cooking, reading and playing.

When I have time to myself I’m either curled up with a book (always nonfiction) or walking at the beach.

24. Where can we find you on Social Media and in the World Wide Web?

On Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/simple_ayurveda/

The Simple Ayurveda Facebook Community:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1924000204595413/?ref=group_browse_new

The Simple Ayurveda Podcast is available on Spotify and iTunes.

25. Do you have got a favorite quote you would like to share with us?

“Our journey is about being more deeply involved in life and yet, less attached to it.” ~ Ram Dass

Thank you so much Angela for taking the time to answer in such a beautiful way! Wishing you a nice Mother´s Day on Sunday and a Beautiful week!

Show Angela some love and give her pages a view, tune into her Podcast with a cup of tea and have the best possible start into the new week!

If you liked this Interview and don´t want to miss the next ones, you can subscribe her to my blog – and also leave some love in the comments! Namaste!


Interview with Montserrat Arias aka “Sassyyogagirl” – a honest talk about mental health awareness and women´s rights!

Get to know one of my loveliest friends, far away from Motivation Monday this week, but a truly inspiring Wonder Woman and Yogini, fighting for women´s rights, spreading love and beautiful art! Sassy is such a unique person – read more about here! And promise me to watch her page! 🙂

From Ayurveda With Love means compassion and finding our Dharma in life, so can you tell us what you are compassionate about?

Pretty much every living being on this earth, humans have become so selfish, values are all confused, and for me compassion is the only way to make a real change, compassion to the earth, the animals, to other human beings and yourself. The world is upside down, but I have so much hope that there are so many people that want a change, and that change starts with love and compassion, no other way. And I consider myself one of those persons that want a change.

Tell us where do you come from, what you are doing and what your plans look like for 2019?

I am from Mexico, I am a freelancer at heart, so I don´t have a particular job. I work in so many fields, and my plans for this year is to open an online jewelry store. I am a firmly believer to the power of crystals, amulets, symbols, and I want to finally give life to that project.

Where do you teach and work actually?

As I mentioned before,I have different types of jobs, I work as a Yoga teacher in workshops for women empowerment. I work as an English and Spanish teacher. As I do some work as a model.

Tell us more about your latest project on Instagram – you work there on a project on domestic violence. What it is exactly about and how did you get started about this one?

At some point, social media became so confusing, even toxic in some way, although it has lots of beautiful benefits, as reaching out to amazing people but the dark side, is pretty dark. April is my birthday month and I had the need to make something meaningful, more than just upload photos. So I contact this group, and as April is the month of domestic violence awareness, and I know they do an amazing cause helping men, women, even children and persons with trafficked background to heal through Yoga practice, I decided that was going to be my birthday present.

You also donate for this project; tell us where people can help with and how!

The campaign is called #healmetoo, the groups name is @exhale2inhale and you can find them on Instagram with that name and they have an ongoing fundraising, and this April you can go to my Instagram account @sassyyogagirl and there’s a direct link to make a donation. Going back to the first question, its all about compassion, even if you don´t feel related with the subject, you are a human, same as them, and the fact that people support them in the healing process through Yoga is so meaningful. Because they are humans, as you, as me and we all deserve compassion.

You represent a strong female character in your art and social media accounts, what are your thoughts on feminism?

Feminism for me means equality, equal rights, and equal opportunities, stop that conception that women are either fragile things that need to be protected, or whores and sexual objects, for doing exactly what men can do and they are not condemned.

Do you think that the Yoga scene is also a problem with it´s mostly white, skinny, privileged role models they show on magazines and social media?

This is such a deep question, I mean I love to see beautiful images but it´s sad at some point that social media is projecting Yoga as wearing matching outfits, that are ridiculous expensive, doing super advance postures, and so many girls are so obsessed to become part of that movement, it seems sometimes that the practice becomes to get to a posture and post it with certain outfit, and that´s so far from the Yoga wisdom. I fell into that pattern for sure, giveaways, challenges, likes, followers, and that’s when I realized how toxic this could be. I am very open with my followers about dealing with depression and anxiety and how much Yoga has helped me in the darkest moments, but there´s so many people that look to those photos with crazy postures and beautiful sets and the trendiest outfits in super skinny bodies and they just feel like Yoga is not for them, because they don´t fit with that images. The world needs more Yoga, I can´t imagine what could happened to me without it, and this image of perfection can create so much confusion for people that, as in my case, Yoga could save their life. What do you know about Ayurveda? Do you practice it already?

I am just opening to it thanks to Jasmine, and it’s such a huge world of wisdom, mind, body, soul, and the importance of balance and interior work. I am just starting to learn about it, and how can I open myself and integrate it to my life, moreover with the disease that I deal with, I think it will be so helpful.

I am curious…What are your thoughts about Ayurveda?

As I think about it ´s like programing your mind to work for your benefit, to use the great power of it to live your best version. 

Do you know which Dosha you are?   

I don’t, but I will.

How does your perfect morning routine looks like?

Begin the day with a gentle Yoga practice, a deep meditation, and I take a lot of care of my skin, since I started with mental issue I developed cystic acne so my routine takes a while, but I like to give myself those couple of hours, before I start with my obligations.

How do you integrate Ayurveda into your day to day life?

I am so interested in the relationship with the food, and I would love to know more about it.

You obviously practice Yoga – what is your routine?

Yeah I practice pretty much everyday and I try to have a morning and night practice.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?

You know that´s a question I really avoid, when you have a mental disease the first person you have to be compassionate is with yourself, some days you are a functional person, you can even go out and have a social life and suddenly you are afraid to even get out of your room, and you feel so much pain, and loneliness, and because of the huge stigma around mental disease, you isolate yourself from the world. And is really something that you have to take day by day, so I rarely thing about anything but the 24 hours ahead of me, and set goals for the day and try to accomplish them, if I can´t I don’t beat myself anymore, tomorrow it´s a new opportunity.

What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?

My disease. Understand that it is a disease, that it can be cured, and that I am taking the correct steps, and moreover and what really changed the game is becoming really compassionate with myself.

How did you find the path you are on right now?

I always have been very active, and I use to practice Yoga but not really getting into the whole world of it, but Yoga is so magical that even if you don´t realize it you get the benefits! When my condition began to be something I was not controlling anymore, I wasn’t eating or sleeping and I went from alcohol to meds, and things just got so out of control. I ended up in the hospital- and that day I decided, I need to do something, or I am going to die. And that same day I enrolled to my first 200hrs of teacher training and literally it saved my life. And it gave me the need to share how amazing it is.

How important is meditation to you?

So important, before I started to practice it, and understood it, which is not easy -and I had panic attacks the first time, which is something I really don´t wish to anybody – meditation has become my hand break, when I feel the first symptoms, I just stop everything and do some meditation, and it definitely works.

What is your personal philosophy and spiritual path?

Love is the only way, and you are in this world for a purpose, trust your path, and let your spiritual self guide you, let go of control.

What have you done into the last year to improve yourself?

I know I have repeated a lot, but I learned the importance of self love and compassion, when you deal with this type of diseases you always feel guilty, ashamed, a burden to everybody, and it´s not easy, but I practice compassion towards me all the time and the fact that through my experience I have reached people with the same issue in a positive way, that means the world to me.

Who has been your greatest influence?

My mother, she´s such a special human being and do so much for so many people, and is always fighting for the indigenous people rights that sadly in Mexico they are so mistreated, she practice equality and love. And I know I wouldn’t be alive if it wasn’t for her and her unconditional love.

What is your greatest strength?

I would like to believe that I have opened channels that allow me to impact lives in a positive way.

How do you handle stress and pressure?

I don’t hahaha, but I guess I avoid falling into destructive patterns with Yoga, meditation, time and self-love.

What are your favorite self-care practices and rituals?

My skin care routine is a most, I am always searching and trying different natural mixtures that improve my skin, and also my crystals cleansing techniques are such an important moment for me, as the practice of Yoga itself.

Where do you find your ideas for your creative content?

I am very lucky to have very close an out of this world artist, such a genius, and for me creating different characters for photo shoots is like therapy, and I embrace my sensuality with no guilt or sense of look at me.  It’s my body, my rules, my ideas, and in that area I don’t care much about criticism or the opposite of men thinking you are that way to give place for them to be disrespectful, I really have learned to be myself and don’t let anybody make me feel bad about it.

Where can we find you on Social Media and in the World Wide Web?

I am working on my website, which I intent to blog and open the subject of mental health, so many people live with this condition in different ways and the stigma is so big, if I can reach one person and make them feel they are not alone, I will feel so fulfill, moreover if I can get to more people. I have my Instagram account @sassyyogagirl and YouTube channel with the same name where I want to share so many things but I haven´t really develop it as it should be, as I said sometimes you feel that little things that you really want seem like a marathon ahead, but I will make it, and in Mexico I have a Facebook page with the same intention and spread positivity and Yoga.

Do you have a favorite quote you would like to share with us?

“Life is a journey not a destination.”

Thank you so much

With love, Montse

Thank you so much Montserrat for taking all the time! And now – let´s donate for a great cause and watch Sassy´s page on Insta! I am sure we all have some extra money left after the Easter holidays! Spread some love and see you on Sunday,

Namaste! 🙂

Monday Motivation Meditation

Find here my first video of a guided meditation! This meditation is for beginners and will help you to start reflected and inspired into your new week!

Grab a pillow or folded blanket, or a block and sit down with me for a few cycles of breath and setting an intention!

Cultivating a practice like this can help you to focus more on the important things in life and find joy and peace. Find better sleep, wake up more energized, concentrated and relaxed!

I had fun doing this and will do some more for sure! Exploring the possibilities of techniques and technology was fun! If you like my blog, I would love a subscription – visit us soon again and have a beautiful week ahead!

Namaste!

Meet Kevin Parenteau from Vancouver – The most handsome Yoga teacher!

Kevin is a wonderful Yoga teacher from Vancouver in Canada. He is sharing his journey for a while

on Instagram and I also can not wait to work with him. Let your Monday and new week get inspired by

some gentle Shiva energy!

From Ayurveda With Love means compassion and finding our Dharma in life, so can you tell

us what you are compassionate about?

I help a local animal rescue by fostering and delivering dogs.
   
Tell us where do you come from, what you are doing and what your plans look like for 2019?

I live in west Vancouver, Canada. I own a design build construction firm called reVISION Custom

home renovations. In 2019 my Yoga plans are teaching more Yoga, take a Bernie Clark Yin Yoga

training and serve a 10 day Vipassana. Likely I’ll add a thing or two.

Travel a bit – I’ve got some plans, but things are being added as I write this.
   
Where do you teach actually?

I actually teach at “Studio 202” in North Vancouver.

What do you know about Ayurveda? Do you practice it already?

I was introduced to it in a Yoga teacher training years ago. I don’t practice it yet.

 What are your thoughts about Ayurveda?

Thought it was interesting but don’t know a lot about it.

 Do you know which Dosha you are?

Someone told me they thought I was Pitta. That’s about all. (Kev, we need to change that!)

 How does your perfect morning routine looks like?

Wake at 5 am to shower etc, go to yoga at 6 am, leave about 8 am, eat the breakfast I bring with me.

What kind of Yoga do you practice actually or mostly?

I practice Ashtanga Yoga at a local Mysore Shala.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?

Living half the time in California and traveling. Likely still working in my business.

Perhaps some special building in California!

 What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?

Micro management…I’m doing nothing about it.

 How did you find the path you are on right now? Was there a key moment?

I don’t know if there is a key moment. It’s been a series of exploring my curiosity and interests.

How important is meditation to you?

It is as a daily thing and the yearly retreats are key.

Tell me about your Yoga Teacher training!

I trained with a traditional Tantra Yoga teacher for a while then I moved to a Vinyasa program

and completed my RYT200 there.
   
What has helped you to improve your classes since your first started teaching?

Experience and being willing to try new things. Maintaining a strong personal practice.

Getting feedback has helped too!

What is your Yoga philosophy?

I don’t know if I have a specific philosophy. I believe it has many tools to clean the mind and body.

A strong asana practice helps create a space for the other Yoga tools to work.

Why do you want to be an Yoga instructor?

I love Yoga and sharing. It is fulfilling. Plus – I love the Yoga community!

What is your philosophy and spiritual path?

Don’t have anything concrete. Also Gautama Buddha teachings I’ve learned in Vipassana and some

I observe and adopt some of reading.

What have you done into the last year to improve yourself?

Applied more discipline to the personal practice.

Who has been your greatest influence?

Not sure. I’ve had many influences but there is no one that I follow. That being said Vipassana

retreats have pivoted my life in a very meaningful way.

What is your greatest strength?

I would say team building and leadership.

How do you handle stress and pressure?

I try get ahead of it with my practice. Work on not not being attached to the stress and

letting it go as good as possible.

What are your favorite self-care practices and rituals?

Yoga, retreats, intermediate fasting.

Are you into Wellness?

Yes!

Where do you find your ideas for creative content? Is there also a “outer” life besides

porsting and blogging, like painting?

Creative ideas are everywhere. I’m a curious person so I find inspiration in many things.

I love discovering independent and emerging bands. Love collecting records and going to concerts.

Where can we find you on Social Media and in the World Wide Web?

At Instagram it is @kevinparenteau and you can find my Homepage

here: http://www.revisionrenovations.com/

Do you have got a favorite quote you would like to share with us?

“You can accomplish anything in life providing you don’t mind who gets the credit.” (Harry S.Truman)

Thank you so much Kev and see you soon! 🙂

I also hope you enjoyed this little chat and have a perfect start into the new week!

Next Monday we will have some Monday Meditation together! (Yaaaay! A video!)

Can’t wait to see you here! Namaste!

AyurYogaDetox – Free E-Book available now!

As we start tomorrow the #AyurYogaDetox Challenge on Instagram (look up there for @fromayurvedawithlove), I offer you a 50 pages free Detox guide, that plays along with the challenge. This guide makes an Ayurvedic Detox practice easy – you can do it at home – along with the challenge, or whenever you feel ready to do it!

I created the E-Book and when you subscribe here, you will receive an E-Mail with a Link to Download it via File-Upload.net (no registration needed).

There will be no Newsletter, Adds or stuff like that. Promise! If there is a Problem with traffic or you don´t recive any mail – please just text quickly to fromayurvedawithlove@gmail.com and we will help out!

Would love to see you on our Instagram Challenge – let´s detox and learn together. We will give you the best possible way to do something good for you and your health! The combination of Yoga, cleansing techniques and Ayurvedic Detox will blow your mind!

Namaste,

and read you hopefully this evening – Topic today is an Ayurvedic diet for April, which goes along perfectly with our Detox!