Saturday, 27 August 2016

BALANCE, Yoga Practice Off The Mat! [Part 2. Being a First Time Driver]

Awareness! How can you achieve it when you thought you already had it?
It's not simple... Mindfulness has become the core of my yoga practice on and off the mat, and balance is the ingredient that makes everything a little bit more easy (or complicated if you can't put it into practice). Let me tell you a short story.

I started my driving lessons a few months ago. I haven't practiced as much as I wanted but I'm doing it at least twice per month. To be honest, it's taking me ages to feel comfortable driving a car. (Although it doesn't look like it in the picture below) :P




When you're taking driving lessons (or just practicing with somebody else help) you notice that every action you perform requires Balance. It's like another type of yoga but in a car. For example, you need to learn how to move the maneuver maintaining good position (not too much to the right, not too much to the left). You also need to change gears very often, and you can't change from 4th gear to 3rd if you haven't matched the right speed. You always need to be aware of all the details around you, lights, people, bikes, etc. It's overwhelming to pay attention to everything when you're learning to control the car! Multitasking and relaxation become crucial to succeed (even when you're not driving). I'm afraid I'm still in the process, I can't completely relax and drive safely. Sometimes I hate the gears and I wish I didn't have a manual car but it is what it is, and now I have to embrace it... like anything else in life.

I know people say that after some time, you learn how to drive without even thinking about it. That's wonderful, your mind takes control of things like an automatic pilot. However, this experience teaches me once again that yoga exercises happen quite a lot in our daily life (in many ways). We just need to pay attention to them and built awareness. Acquiring good balance will come as a result if we keep practicing and gaining experience in every aspect of our life.

Yoga exercises off  the mat are now my new routine!

Sunday, 14 August 2016

BALANCE, Yoga Practice Off The Mat! [Part 1. The science behind buying goods & services]

To me, balance is one of the most difficult things to achieve. For example, when you want to change your lifestyle, and support sustainability, you need to spend more time trying to buy products and services that adjust to your new eco-friendly ideas and needs. This might mean buying more organic, eco-friendly products or handmade accessories. However, I wonder, can you really achieve this 100% of the time? Should you feel ashamed when you can't accomplish it all the time?

This is the journey I'm transiting at the moment. To be honest, most of the time I can't reach the level of support I'd like to give to the trends I'm starting to follow and promote. I just want to share my thoughts and learning process about this new interesting path, and see what I can achieve from it.

This weekend I did my weekly shopping at Tesco and even though I wanted to buy organic products I noticed most of them have packages that can't be recycled! Can't you believe that? So, it's a bit ironic... I ended up buying some of the other products that weren't organic but didn't have the non-recyclable plastic package. How can I keep the balance there? Well, maybe I'll buy 50% organic and 50% non-organic. I'm still figuring this out, but I told myself not to worry about it. This is another yoga practice off the mat (there are so many!). 


There are similar situations, like buying clothing or furniture. That's why I really like The Rediscovery Centre project in Dublin. Sometimes you can't avoid buying products that are not eco-friendly, but at least you can reuse them in other ways, the idea is to avoid generating waste material so often. This project inspired me to buy a sewing machine so I can contribute a little bit more. Although I know I won't be able to amend or reuse everything, some things will end up in the bin... but at least I'll make my effort to reduce the amount of waste as much as I can.

So that's it... BALANCE. You do what you can do to master a balanced life! Sometimes you won't have the time or the easiness to make eco-friendly decisions but you can compensate that in other occasions.

What happens when you want to become a vegan to prevent animal cruelty? I think our society is not yet 100% prepare to become vegan (although there are many who already are), but we can reduce animal meat consumption until one day we don't feel the need of eating red meat or even cheese (which I can't deny I enjoy a lot). Meanwhile, I think we need to find the right balance. Do our best to have a healthy diet and allow ourselves to work towards the balance we need in every aspect of our life.

It's time to do yoga off the mat and find the balance and flexibility we need to be happy! 

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Sunday, 7 August 2016

Choose goods/services, choose wisely!

I've been thinking about how often we choose a brand because everybody knows it or because it's "sign" of exclusivity or good quality. It's the way the world seems to work, but it's not always like that... Sometimes well-known brands sell terrible products or services!

I recently discovered many handmade products sold by independent sellers. People like you and me, trying to sell their own creations/goods. I used to buy most things on Amazon, but I've started checking other websites like https://www.etsy.com/ - http://www.madeitmyself.com/ etc.

Now, I want to start making my own goods or buy them from people who are making an individual effort to sell them. Most of these people (small business owners) are following their love and passion for something. That's the kind of products and services I'd like to promote and buy from now on.


I've recently decided to buy products from 3 sellers on Etsy: DaisyChainCrafts, ButterFlyDawnAroma and LittlePumpkin Store. These are amazing online shops and I feel so happy that I'm supporting them. Many independent sellers (in Ireland and over the world) need our support. Especially if they sell eco-friendly, sustainable goods or even spiritual/healing services (like Susan who is an amazing Reiki healer in Ireland. This is her website http://susanssoulconnexions.com/)

The online shop I promote myself is YoaGirl on Etsy Here, the idea is to sell organic T-shirts inspired by mindfulness, yoga, healing, and meditation.

The message: Breath Deeply and Let go of fear! 

This message means a lot to me because that's what I'm working on every day! I'm sure this is something many people can relate to. We all need to remember that things happen for a reason, we need to trust the universe and let go of fear!

Visit http://bit.ly/yoagirl to order yours!
I'm an online marketer and I love blogging. I've decided I'm gonna use my skills for good causes, promoting businesses that really matters or have a special meaning to me.

Even if your business is not related to sustainability, healing or awakening, there are other type of businesses which also help people improving their life and career, like English42.com designed for foreigns who wish to learn English from home. I do know the importance of *that* for non-English speakers. I also need to improve my English skills every day because my first language is Spanish, so I'm happy to promote this website too.

Today I'm writing about this topic and mentioning these businesses because I really like them. I just want to spread the word about small businesses (not big corporations). Sellers who deserve to be mentioned and promoted because they make a change in today's society

Well done to all of you!

Read next: 
BALANCE, Yoga Practice Off The Mat! [Part 1. The science behind buying goods & services]

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Calm Your Monkey Mind & Find Your Life Purpose

Do we need a life purpose to live in peace and joy?

I do think we need a personal purpose to feel happy and to be able to get up every morning and do our best. However, I know that sometimes we feel sad and anxious about things we can't control. That's why it's important to live the present (in harmony) and plan our future without worrying too much about it. We need to perceive everything as a gift so we can appreciate it. There's a subtle force within us and around everything that we need to learn to trust and listen to... However, knowing this doesn't mean we can achieve it so easily!


I'm still learning how to do that and that's why I write, so I won't forget what my inner self is trying to tell me. I recently receive a healing session (Reiki) by Susan Mc Cann in Baldoyle, Dublin and I must say I'm amazed by the power of energy and her channeling skills. Susan is so kind and can also help you seeing things from another perspective. The holistic world is immense and I feel that is becoming part of my life purpose.

It's difficult to choose a purpose in life when there's so much information to process every day, especially when you have easy access to the internet. We still need money to survive, possessions and holidays to feel that we've been rewarded, etc. However, I wonder what about our daily life? Are we too busy or distracted doing our jobs without having a deep sense of meaning every moment? What would happen if we didn't have to work anymore? What if money weren't necessary to survive? The point of these questions came to me so I could realise that we're used to be busy, distracted, active, etc... and that's why we find so hard to connect with our inner self. Our mind wanders in the outside world all the time. Yoga has taught me that... and I'm on a journey to find out what happens when you go the other way around.

Can you stay in silence for at least 10 minutes without thinking or feeling you have something else to do? I mean, can you really do that? Can you observe your own thoughts coming even when you said you didn't want to think about anything? Can you tell them to go away without falling asleep? Who is in charge? Your mind or you? Can you notice the difference?

This Buddhist monk explains the first step towards meditation in 1 minute. I find it very useful and similar to the meditation exercises we do after a full yoga practice.



This is just the beginning of a long journey for me. Meditation can go so much further than this, but my monkey mind is still in training! First steps are always necessary.

Hope you find this information useful to calm your own monkey mind ;)
Tell me if it does!