If you have experienced something, then you have lived it and not just read or heard about it. You have felt what it feels like, tasted or smelt it, seen it with your own eyes.
Our experiences shape us, whether good or bad, each one helps us to grow on our own individual path – our soul journey.
“The only source of knowledge is experience” – Albert Einstein
After 15+ years of actively working in the music industry, I was exhausted, felt under pressure and was overwhelmed on a daily basis. I knew that I had to change something, as my priorities had shifted over the years and I had simply outgrown my sparkly 24/7 party dress. Not knowing which next step to take on my career path, freaked me out and kept me stuck. Throughout this time my yoga & meditation practice helped me immensely; it continuously recharged me, kept me sane and able to cope with my job.
At some point I was diagnosed with Hashimoto (an auto-immune condition that affects the thyroid and its function) and I knew that this was my wake up call. I could no longer just “manage” my unhappiness, but had to take a leap into the unknown and make drastic changes. I quit my job – a scary and also wonderfully liberating experience!
Now I had the time to dive deep into my yogic and holistic health practices and finally started teaching on a regular basis (I had done my yoga teacher training 3 years prior).
I felt more authentic, connected and in sync with my greater mission than ever, I felt alive!
Because of my “chronic” health issue, I continue to educate myself in ways that can holistically support and heal this condition. Hashimoto is very complex, has many triggers and different root causes. For me, a change in diet, lifestyle, yoga and meditation keep me feeling energized and nourished. Kundalini Yoga is a wonderful technology that balances the nervous and glandular system and helps to strengthen my immune system.
The most immediate transformations I´ve experienced are through breathing exercises and mantra meditations (chanting). These make my heart burst wide open, connecting me to my inner guide and help realign my throat chakra to fully express my truth.
These experiences have led me to where I am today – ready to take charge of my life, happiness and well-being. I now get to support others with similar issues, to regain their vitality and health, to offer guidance and take them by the hand along their personal journey.
“In Kundalini Yoga the most important thing is your experience.
It goes right to your heart. No words can replace your experience. Your mind may accept the words or it may not, but your consciousness will not accept just words.”
– Yogi Bhajan (Master of Kundalini Yoga)
This is why I not only want to leave you with my words, but with something profound you can experience yourself. Below are two breathing exercises that are very simple and effective. Enjoy!
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Long Deep Breathing • Bringing you back to your center •
Sit with a straight spine, place one hand on your belly and the other on your chest.
Take a long deep inhalation and feel how your belly extends outwards and then pull the breath up until the collarbones. With the exhalation, the chest sinks and then the navel pulls back towards the spine. (Continue for 1 – 3 minutes)
Sit with a straight spine and raise the arms up to a 60 degree angle. Curl your fingertips on to the pads of the palms at the base of the fingers. Thumbs extend out away from the hands and point up towards the sky, relax your shoulders. With the eyes closed, concentrate on your third eye – point between the eyebrows – and begin with Breath of Fire*. (1 – 3 Minutes)
To end, inhale deeply and bring the arms overhead with the tip of the thumbs touching each other and spread your fingers wide. Exhale and relax the arms down. Sit and observe the sensation of energy moving through your body.
*Breath of Fire: to learn this breathing technique – stick your tongue out all the way and start to pant like a dog. Feel how your belly contracts inwards with each exhalation. The inhalation comes in effortlessly between the exhalations, creating an easy natural balance of airflow. Equal inhalation and exhalation – no hyperventilation! Once you have the rhythm, keep it going as you close your mouth. Now you are breathing at the same speed, but in and out of your nose. (Note: no Breath of Fire if you are pregnant or on the first 3 days of your cycle)
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