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I want to know 1 person who does not have any self image issues whatsoever :) Im a kid of the 90's, bootylicious Beyonce, sexy Shakira, genie in a bottle Christina and yes sweaty Britney on the floor- were all a part of what influenced the image i got as a child for both attractiveness and female beauty. I believe our self image has to do with our self esteem / value as well as with our perspective overall. Our perspective overall is always in communication with the societies eye, the changing fashion, our inner voice and the current moment surrounding us. Somewhere around the age of becoming a teenager i started loosing a lot of weight, for a combination of reasons - some were healthier, some not. I always enjoyed being light and airy (the Vatta in me).. and yet a healthy border was surely crossed - and for several years ahead it was going worse and worse.. Studying my super heavy double degree for long 4 and a half years, stressing for a variety of different reasons - which nowadays look like totally nonsense and surly - the inner chase to be - perfect - is indeed a super tricky fellow sitting on your shoulder - jumping from supportive ambition to rock this life to a self sabotaging - disturbing state of mind. It takes time to find the best fitting applications for our unique experience of vibrant and healthy living. Life shows me it is always under exploration along the shifting balances of our day to day life components.

Being almost 10 years down the path of what feels as a life time journey through acknowledging myself in all means and I guess the road is yet long..

I can now look back and notice -

The strongest theme around which I gained the realization that a deep illusion of sight is standing between myself and what / how reality really is - was how at times I get a super twisted self image regarding some aspects.

Why twisted? And twisted in relation to what alignment? These are all philosophical questions and one can endlessly debate them :)

As we’re all unique each one has its freedom to choose, and I can truly respect each one’s expression of being - some are just less my cup of tea and that’s fine.

My challenge was to see how naturally perfect I am

Not needing to be skinnier or anything of this sort

Dropping the suffocating trial to fit a certain fashion rather finding my own best fit..

And yes i am surely up for working out and eating healthy and this is another big expression of self love - its all a question of a good taste and the amount of acceptance one has for the natural properties one was given.

I chose the path of sticking with the natural components of existence exactly for this reason. And yes, as much as I can allow whilst still being involved in the modern & more innovative components, always trying to keep that golden mid-line and find what works best for me..

Something about being amidst the forests, the trees, the birds and the oceans makes me feel the love, all around - as within me so through me and into it all. And this is my healer.

Love in one way means being in connection - including with our bodies, energetically / emotionally / physically.

So many other expressions of love but that’s not the point for now.

I feel nowadays how easy it becomes to love myself in means of not trying to change some things that are naturally me - thanks to being able to see their unique beauty and wholeness.

To treat all parts of my ‘body’ with kindness and respect - I’m sure I’ll discover even better ways and new perspectives.

This place was always a shelter to write down a message to the world

And I’m sure many young women & men could in some way - relate with any kind of self image issue.

Let yourself be

And stick to what makes you feel good

One has to discover what these things are and most importantly - how to manage or what to do when an inner critical talk is arising..

I truly find it is the most worthwhile research any of us can do :)

I’m inspired by some new projects coming up

All about loving myself

All about having a sweet balance between all that excites me and is now involved in my dreams, ambitions and desires.

Treat yourself as you would do with your most beloved ones

Invest in this intention

It brings great fruits 🍑🍓🍒

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The sutra that refers to these terms is sutra 2.46 - The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

This sentence can be roughly translated as “postures should be stable and comfortable”, and it is also often reworded as the balance between “effort” and “ease.”

Sthira refers to stability, intent, and strength. Etymologically it arises from the root -stha-, which means “to stand, to be firm”.

Sukha refers to comfort, ease, and openness, and the literal meaning is “good space,” from the root words -su- (good) and -kha- (space).

Sthira is the fire; the part of the practice that requires you to be fully present when you enter experiences of discomfort, whether it emerges from the physical body, the mind, or the energetic body. Finding stability in the body and the mind while practising asana, meditation, or any other yogic practice is what can ultimately bring us to balance. “Asana Sthiti”, the steadfastness in the posture. You’ll know you’re experiencing Asana Sthiti when the shape is steady, your muscles are engaged and your breath is rhythmic and supportive of the moment unfolding before you. Your mind will be present and observant. 

Sukha occurs when we learn to let go. It’s the part of the practice where, as we become more and more familiar with ourselves, we begin to relax and become more present in the experience without the need to do more or try harder; the law of minimum effort manifests. It is that part of ourselves that truly knows when we’ve “arrived” in the posture. Everything feels aligned and there is no strain in the muscles. The mind feels calm, content and spacious, and prana, the life force energy, can flow freely through us. 

On our mat and in our lives we’re constantly in search of harmony between both strength and stability, as well as flexibility and freedom. Having too much of one and too little of the other creates imbalance.

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According to yoga, normal breathing is breathing that can create space in the body.

Breathing is defined as the passage of gases in the respiratory system;

The introduction of Oxygen and the removal of Carbon dioxide.

But the breath has additional layers in which it creates space.

The breathing exercises in Hatha Yoga are called Prana-yama.

Prana - life energy

Yama- control.

That is, according to yogic and Hatha yoga philosophy, breathing is meant to fill our various layers with life energy. To revive.

Breath and space in relation with each one of the different layers that exist in us -

Breathing and space in the physiological layer:

When we physically take deep and full breaths; lengthening of the respiratory and the intercostal muscles occurs, and expansion in the rib cage is taking place.

As a result of the upper body being filled with air or prana as we choose to call it, our chest rises.

When the lungs are filled with air, the body expands from the inside.

Breathing and space in consciousness:

There is a two-way connection between breathing and consciousness.

In writings of different philosophers it is said;

The one who gains control over the breath will gain control over the mind.

That means, there is a direct connection between emotion and thoughts and breathing.

If you think about it there are many phrases and proverbs that describe an emotional state by breathing:

'His breath hitched' or 'Needing something like air to breathe'.

One of the goals of practicing yoga is to create silence in our mind.

By observing and concentrating on the breath, we limit the gaze.

You don't let the mind get busy with thoughts, and in fact by doing so, silence is created in the mind.

That is why there is also silence in the breath.

On the same idea - as soon as we succeed in producing the silence in the breath it will in turn affect what is happening in the mind.

Breathing and energy space:

The last layer that the breathing practice touches is the energetic layer.

It is hard to put into words but we must use words to describe an experience that is beyond words.

Each of us gives a different meaning to words and each different meaning creates creates vibrations in us.

Each of us gives a different meaning to words.

For example when I say cat; Some will say it's a disgusting animal because it rummages through garbage and some will say it's the cutest animal in the world.

The same word, the same object evokes a different interpretation in different people.

Therefore, when we come to discuss experiences that are beyond words, we must remember that there are different interpretations of what is said.

In the philosophy of yoga, a sleeping serpent is described at the base of the spine and we try to wake it up - The Kundalini energy. I like to treat this story as a metaphor for our abilities, and awakening of the kundalini as the journey of revealing the abilities that we do not express.

By practicing yoga and pranayama - the different yogic breaths, we try to create new experiences.

Other experiences from our everyday experience. Those that lead to a different vision, new understandings and the awakening of new feelings.

We try to develop new abilities or develop an ability to observe the abilities hidden in us.

New experience, new insight, new ability

All these produce a general feeling of ability in life (vs dis-ability) and a feeling of aliveness.

A general sense of space. A place of well being.

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Undina; Originated in Latin.

Undina means ״from the waves״.

In European folklore;

Undina is a water spirit or a sea nymph that

lives at sea and owns its treasures.

Content on site is a kind, loving, friendly gesture of collaborative spirit by various friends who are colleagues and artists. Read more 

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