I've been practising yoga on and off since my early 20s. Yoga was physical to me. A form of exercise. It's taken me years - and a wonderful teacher - to understand how yoga is so much more than the asanas and how a "yoga mindset" can help me in my daily life.
You've done it before and you can do it again. Leaving our comfort zone often takes courage and can be scary and exhausting. But it is worth it. My article on what helps me to make that step has now been published on Tiny Buddha.
I was never sporty. As a kid I was good at running but that was about it. I hated any sports with balls (and did the thing of closing my eyes when a ball was thrown at me ... LOL). Mostly, I didn't even really try because I worried about looking stupid.
Even my back pain - which started in my late twenties - wasn't motivation enough to get more active.
This month's blog post is about what has changed in the last few months.
Even though cheerleading isn’t very big in Germany, I grew up having an opinion: I associated it with girls in skimpy outfits, judged on their looks alone and totally devoted and with brainless adoration for whatever sports team they supported. Not exactly a role model I was aspiring to (yes, you may judge me on my cliché thinking!). Not least because I wasn’t into sports, I never thought about what it would be like to be on the other side, i.e. being “cheerleaded” on. Moreover, I grew...
In 2012 my mum got diagnosed with cancer. After an operation, she was cancer-free for some time when in March 2017 it was discovered that the cancer had returned and had spread everywhere, notably to her lungs. In July 2017 she moved into a hospice and four weeks later she died. Her last four weeks were the toughest in my life so far and the first time I experienced the death of somebody close, and from such close quarters. At the same time it also turned out to be the most rewarding time. One...