Xmas Greetings from Team Yogobe

Yogobe and I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are wishing you the best for 2018! We hope you enjoy the song and video!

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December Disconnect to Connect

There is so much about the Holiday season and end of year that is absolutely gorgeous and unique! But how the F are w going to be able to enjoy that, if we are running around like chickens with the head cut off? Get holiday gifts (but also enjoy the gift of peace)! Go to all work holiday parties (but also enjoy the peace of solitude)! Have a holiday bake off (but also enjoy healthy holiday snacks)! I mean WE ARE ONLY HUMAN, and this will just not cut it. Something's gotta give people! 

I want URGE you to give yourself permission to disconnect to connect. To really enjoy the fact that we've lived through a whole year, had new meetings with other amazing (and maybe not so amazing) humans, rejoicing that a new beginning is close. In a busy day-to-day life, which clearly is exacerbated during the holidays, we stay on the surface of everything because there is simply NO time to dig deep and feel, smell, listen, touch and taste ANYTHING. Every single little thing on the holiday list is rushed and barely touched with love. In fact, taking the time dig deep in one or two simple areas, will give enough love and peace to radiate and generate more. The gift that keeps on giving: Love, Attention, Intention, Savoring. Now doesn't that sound like something you want? 

Try this please. For a moment of the day, or a whole week. Maybe the entire month of December? How ever much or little you try, it will generate and radiate love and joy. And sometimes, it won't even transfer to people around you who are used to an equally fast pace, media soaked, overly busy bee every day life, and that's ok. I promise you, that if you have the deepest intent to move forward, it will bring magic to you and your loved ones.

Your new holiday to-do list:


It can also incorporate these easy tasks for relief

  • Have media free Sundays throughout entire December

  • Make some of your holidays gifts and experience. Give the gift of a interpretive dancing with the family. You will get the evil eye at first, but laughter after 10 minutes of interpretive dancing in the living room, is not a bad side effect!

  • Say no to baking. Its ok this year.
  • Go to 50% of the parties you're invited to.  For the other 50% spend tea time with people you love, and ask them about what was good with 2017, and exciting in 2018?
  • Say NO with a smile. It's still going to be hard to say "no", trust me. 

The goal is to create so much space that you tap back into the ability to connect. If you're anything like me, and chances are that were similar die to just being Human, I drop the ball on this ALL the time. The fact remains that we're not looking to be perfect, we're just gently reminding ourselves of our humanity, and how hugely amazing we are shaped and formed to be able to feel, think, enjoy, savor, and decide. You have more wealth than any money can ever buy. Right there inside of your skin! Now go try some of it. Come on...we don't have all day...HURRY UP!!

Live Loud!

Feel-Good Is Closer Than You Think

Somehow saying that it's a right of ours to live a pain free life, is like taking our every day lifestyle for granted. We all strive to feel good, have fun and to not be distracted by every day pain, and anxieties. What if I said that we become lucky buggers when we realize that feel-good actually is closer than we think it is? The best moments can be distracted by low energy or body aches and pains, and when that happens we just get torn away from that thing that would make us feel better: complete flow and fun times in that moment! We can fix this on a daily basis with just a few easy tools, that are available to us. For free! Did I say free? YES! FREE!


Ok let's get into this: I'm talking about how we can help ourselves to feel better and live a better everyday, mundane or not-so-mundane life, without being distracted by some of the things we can actually do something about. 

Example: "Running makes me feel amazing and in my body, but lately my knees have been aching so I can't run as much." Maybe running without prepping the joint and appropriate muscles have tightened your IT band and surrounding tissues so much that the knees are showing the aches? Your #dailyFix is to foam roll the IT band (that thick, fibrous tissue on the side of your thigh), a few minutes every day. In addition to that, roll the foot on some massage balls, and do static and dynamic stretches for inner thigh, back of thigh and a few strengthening exercises for the gluteus and quad. Give it 2 weeks, adjust your running schedule and see what happens, any relief?


Example: "I want to play with my 5 year old, but after work I simply don't have any energy left. It's making me sad and depressed!" Maybe poor energy management, and poor diet is the culprit?  Movement is proven to increase energy! Your #dailyFix is to, with family-time as your motivator, commit to a 20 min brisk walk every day for the next 4 weeks. It doesn't matter when it takes place, but a great way to do it is to actually schedule it. In addition to that add some potent veggies to your diet every day. Make a green super smoothie to increase energy and healthy calorie intake. Food Is Life! If there is nothing else more "serious" going on (like disease or a serious depression), this could help you on the way to gaining more energy, so that you can take that hour after work and have playtime with your kid! 

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How amazing is that? If you stay tuned and keep up with me, I'll be giving you a free #dailyFix that might be just what you need! And did I say it's free? I really just want you to feel good and give yourself the chance to live a little deeper. So you bring the follow-through, and I'll provide the tools!? Cool?

Share with me what your concern is, and it will give me ideas on a #dailyFix that might get you on your way!

Live Loud!

Food Is Life

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So often I feel that the nutrition crazes make us treat food as an enemy and ourselves as someone who needs to be punished. Either we can't make a good life for ourselves if we only fall into the pleasure eating, or we miss out on any joy and pleasure by treating food the absolute opposite way. Can we strike a balance? Is there a mindset change that we can make, to feel like food really is joy? I mean who doesn't like to indulge in creamy scrumptious chocolate, without the feeling of gilt, or my favorite, potato chips? Or the opposite, does "healthy" food HAVE to be boring and uneventful? 

Let's explore! In his inspirational presentation, a great practitioner and Swedish friend of mine, Oscar Jöback,  suggested that instead of thinking of new things, hard things, and surprising things as something dreary, dark and difficult to do, we can train our mind to be curious by planting the thought of how interesting it could be instead. I think this is a great approach to life in general, but especially when it comes to food. If we by choice or necessity have to create a food plan that is on the organic, balanced and healthy spectrum, maybe we can set off time to learn how to cook tasty and  healthy foods! Everything worth gaining, has a price, and here the price is to prioritize and take the time. Another useful approach is to explore new fruits, meats and vegetables. If you're a meat eater, have you ever tasted buffalo? 

After finishing my new certification from Precision Nutrition, I've acquired new perspectives on how food really can become a part of our Lifeforce, and not just a meal plan, which usually in the end, fails. I really love a few of their staple points of view and skills to learn:

  • Calorie counting doesn't really work: Imagine easier ways to keep track of amounts of food and learning about that. Amazing!
  • Giving back to Mother Earth: Where does our food come from? What can we do to eat sustainably well, and give back to Gaia? Food is more than just filling the hunger hole!
  • How and what we eat is guided by chemicals, needs and behavior: We can learn about ourselves and create a feeling around food which can actually make us feel satisfied and healthy

This and so much more is something all of us struggle with at some point. I don't think we have to! I you want to make a change in the way you feel around food and food behavior, maybe a good place to begin is to approach from a curious perspective: how does the body work when I eat? What is considered healthy fro me specifically? Can I simplify the process around food and eating? 


Also, if you need any help with this, please contact me HERE! I will be doing personal nutritional coaching on distance and locally here in LA starting Oct 1. 

Summer Reading On-the-Go!

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I love to read. Books! It's pretty old school to carry that page turner with you, and that might be a perfect fit for a lazy day in the hammock, but you can also use a more updated and usually less heavy version like an e-reader such as a Kindle or iPad OR, if you'd rather have someone read to you, then try a service like Audible!

A great way to get your book on, even when you're moving around, or maybe even on a run!

Here is my list of all things motivational, cerebral, fun and heartfelt!

  • The Real Happy Pill
  • A Man Called Ove
  • The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
  • Your Movement DNA
  • You Are A Bad Ass
  • Why Buddhism Is True
  • The Alchemist

A Different Type of CLEANSE

Our wellbeing is hugely connected to the ability to connect, appreciate and feel gratitude. When we get too busy, or use distractions to get through the day, we essentially get further away from what we are actually looking for: that deep feeling of joy and connectivity. If a deep feeling of joy in fact IS what you're looking for of course! (Please don't let me define your reality). As much as the physical body sometimes needs a thorough cleanse of junk foods, too much cardio or what ever it might be, we can help ourselves move closer to joy by doing a little every day life cleanse of distractions. I found this TED talk that discusses how screen time can give us the illusion of finding the magic solution to disconnect, when in fact, knowing when to stop and smell the roses is a good way to engage all the senses and thus feel dialed in.

As a professional, and also someone who has friends and loved ones far away in the world, it is very easy to feel dependent on the screen. If I didn't post on Instagram I felt like my business would go under, and if I didn't check Facebook on what my friends were up to, I was feeling disconnected with them. But my Facebook habits made me call and connect with them less, and the Instagram posts started feeling compulsive and it just didn't make me feel good anymore. So I decided to do my own virtual reality cleanse, and I'd like to share it with you for inspiration. 

Me and my lover never bring phones to dinner. It used to be the thing everyone put on the table like everyone else, and now we're the weird ones! I kind of like being weird! 

Instagram is fun! I love seeing good and inspiring posts and what friends are up to.  But I reduced the time to just a few minutes per day. I share consciously. For my passion, love, work and fun. After all who doesn't love to watch unicorn dust farts and Trump jokes on a regular basis?

I don't get any notifications instantly fed to me on my phone. Instead I just check while working and when work is done, life and fun gets some more conscious space. Indulging in what and who is with me in the moment is connecting! 

At least one whole day on a weekend my phone gets to rest. Ill check it once but if there is nothing which seems like and emergency all my messages are answered the next day. This one is pretty hard to get used to but feels AMAZING when I completely forget about the phone.

All of these might feel pretty aggressive in this day and age, but even trying them out for a week is useful and freeing. There is freedom to be found in more time to have conversations, read, swim, dance, and simply look people n the eyes when talking with them. E N J O Y!!!

Live loud!

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Training for Life

This past weekend me and my Lover, capital L, had an adventure in the Sequoia National Park here in California. By the way, my Lover has a name, Jack and I'm forever attached to the sound of it! Well, a brit and a swede packed the car and headed to the AirBnB cabin by the river we had rented for the weekend. Because we think more about what food to bring and eat, a solid and balanced mix of everything we were craving (brioche, kombucha, beer and bananas), we missed the fact that going to a California national park in the summer might be the worst idea. Ever. 

As we at the destination, jumped out of the exquisitely tempered car, the 105 F wall of heat hit us right in the faces. This was not a good sign.

The weekend ended up being really beautiful, with a cool drive through the big tree forest and the best plate of eggs and collard greens I've ever had, even though we packed out little bags and headed back early. The cabin we rented might as well not have had an air conditioner at all. It was obsolete. 

When I put my hours into training and mind into staying as healthy as I can, this is what Im training for. Not 105F :), but to be able to travel and do active things, in essence to have the adventures of my life. I can run though a new village or city to explore it, I can climb the mountains and swim the oceans, and bike the roads. I can find a yogi in every single city and get connected to the mindfulness of kindess and peace. It gives me the most value of anything I do on a regular basis, because it keeps me healthy, alive and awake to see my loved ones all around the world. 

It IS fun to train for an event, but think about it: a lot of people sign up for the event of their lives, a marathon, and see the world  through the event. Check out these spots for your marathons!

  1. Napa Valley Marathon
  2. Virgin Money London Marathon
  3. Big Sur International Marathon
  4. Marathon de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel
  5. Big Five Marathon, Limpopo, South Africa

Life is my motivation to move, eat, sleep and enjoy consciously. There is nothing else. When you feel good and healthy, everything else is easier. Cherish your body, mind, spirit, on a daily basis, and see what happens! Please share your thought and feelings with me HERE

Live Loud!


Workout Apps: Good or Bad?

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There's a wonderful Swedish article that's come out about different workout apps and their respective benefits, and I was interviewed in the process. 

I think it can be very helpful to use a workout app if you are self competitive or work best with a goal in mind (I think most of us fit in at least one of those categories). Having a specific number of steps to walk each day or a number of calories to burn can help you achieve your goals and stay on track. 

For the whole article, visit HERE!

Since the article is in Swedish, I made a list of the different apps below so you can check them out yourself!

1. Endomondo: Get the most out of your runs, walks, rides, and more with this fitness tracker and personal training app. Visit HERE

2. Runkeeper: Gets you outside, tracks your progress and let's you set goals! Claims to get you to stick to running FOR EVER! Visit HERE

3. Strava: This is an app for both running and cycling! Visit HERE

4. Map My Run: Uses GPS to track your progress. Visit HERE

5. Sports Tracker: Also uses GPS to track your workouts. Plus a big online community to keep you motivated. Visit HERE

6. Runtastic: This app tracks your running, cycling, and other workouts. Visit HERE


Free Bendable Body Workout Video

Bendable Body is the best kind of workout for your body. It's restorative, makes you more flexible, elongates your muscles, and strengthens in a gentle way! If you want a little taste of the class, check out my latest YouTube video and get bendy right at home (or wherever!) 

Best Summer Workout for a Strong and Lean Body

Let's be clear: I don't believe in the perfect bikini body OR that you should work for a perfect bikini body. Why? Because a perfect bikini body doesn't exist. You have a body? Perfect. You have a bikini? Great. You have a perfect bikini body. What I want for you is to feel happy and healthy and that is different for each person. BUT, the workout I designed below will make you strong and lean and you don't need anything beside yourself. You will use your own body weight in all of the exercises, which requires you to have good form and balance.

Perfect form is important, so that you engage the right muscles and don't hurt yourself. Balance is great because you engage tiny muscle groups that you wouldn't normally work and you will most likely use your core in order to stay balanced - and who doesn't want a tight core? 

The Sweat Party portion of the workout is High Intensity Training, which you have heard me talk about quite a bit because I believe (and science supports me on this) that it creates optimum results. You spike your heart rate and work intensely for a minute or so, then cool down for a period of time, before you spike your heart rate again. 

The Bendable Body part of the workout creates strong but lean muscle, because you stretch and extend yourself. Just think if you worked your core and legs very hard, your muscles tighten and "bulk". Stretch and extend, to create space and length. 


1. Rollovers 

Gently stretch the connective tissue and muscles on both the front and the back of the body. Take a deep breath and find a rhythm that feels good to you. Here's how: as you breathe in, stretch your arms upwards and back while you bend your legs in a half squat. Make sure you stretch up and back, so that you extend the front of the body. Then exhale while moving your arms forward, rounding your back and extending the back of the body. Then inhale again and swipe up your arms to start over. Work in line with your breathing and repeat for 5-8 breaths.








2. Side Stretch

Improves mobility of the ankle joints and hips while stretching the back. Take your time and change it up, keep turning your body to stretch out in all different ways by reaching with your arms. We rarely move symmetrically in the day, so it is useful for the body to stretch out in ways that feel new and maybe a bit hilarious. Here's how: Stand wide and sink into a side lunge but keep your feet facing forward without lifting your toes or heels. Rotate outwards and diagonally with your arms and upper body to access new places. Then change legs. Repeat 5-8 times per side.


3. Side Angle Lunge and Dip

Stretches the hips and the long back muscles and provides deep breaths. Here's how: Position yourself into a deep lunge, one foot forward, one foot back, both hands placed on the inside of your front leg. Then extend the arm closest to the front leg straight up into the sky. Breathe. Come down with the same arm, bend, and touch your elbow to the floor. Repeat 5-8 times and then switch sides.


4. Frog Squat

Opens chest and hips. Here's how: Sit in a deep squat with your heels to the floor and arms stretched out in front of you, elbows to your knees. Rotate  your upper body to one side and stretch the opposite arm above your head, look up over your shoulder. Change side. Repeat 5-8 times per side.


5. Flip the Dog 

Extends the back of the leg, stretches your spine and entire front. Here's how: Stand in a downward facing dog, extend one leg to the sky. Open up the hip of the extended leg so far that your foot reaches the floor behind you. Place your foot on the floor, then lift your opposite arm upwards and back for a deep stretch of the chest, stomach and hip. Rotate back and switch sides. Repeat 3-4 times per side.


6. Three Legged Bridge 

Extends the chest, shoulders, biceps and increases mobility in the back. Here's how: Stand on all fours with your butt on ground and face up. Push through one arm and your legs. Press the hips and chest toward the sky while stretching the free arm backwards to increase the stretch. Repeat 5-8 times per side.


7. Front Leg Stretch

Extends the front of the foot, thighs and knees. This increases mobility of your ankles and extends the fascia of the shin that is often stiff. Here's how: Sit on your knees with your feet under you, tows to the ground. Shift your weight gently to one side, then lift the knee on the opposite side and feel how it stretches the front of the foot, the ankle and the lower leg. Hold for a few seconds and then lower the leg again. Repeat 3-4 times per side.



Each block consists of a strength part and a flush part: first you built up strength and therefore lactic acid, then you flush it out. 

Strength: First work through two strength exercises, 60 seconds each. High tempo!

Sweat Push: After that, work with two flush exercises for 15, 30 and 45 seconds - rest 15 seconds between each exercise. Do this: exercise Nr. 1 for 15 sec (rest 15 sec), exercise Nr. 2 for 30 sec (rest 15 sec), exercise Nr. 1 for 45 sec (rest 15 sec), exercise Nr2. for 30 sec (rest 15 sec), exercise Nr.1 for 15 sec (rest 15 sec).

Block 1

Strength Nr. 1: 

Take a big step to the side and sink into a side lunge with your feet facing forward, while rushing your elbows backwards. Squeeze your shoulders blades together properly. Step your feet back together and then take a big step to the other side. Keep going at a high pace.


Strength Nr. 2: 

Stand in plank position and lower yourself down, hold just before the ground. Press yourself back up and lift your butt as in downward dog. Lift one arm and  touch your hand to the same side knee. Shift your weight forward, lift one leg and step it forward into a deep lunge. Step the leg back so that it puts you into plank position. Then repeat the exercise from the beginning. Switch legs each time.


Sweat Push Nr. 1

High knees in place. Lift your knees as high into your chest as you can. Work fast but diligent. Move your arms in the rhythm with your knees. 


Sweat Push Nr. 2

Stand with your feet facing forward, hip distance apart and legs bent into a squat. Place your right hand to the ground. Push through your feet and jump, make yourself long and tall, land with your left hand to the ground. Repeat. Always keep your chest lifted. Jump at a high pace and switch sides at every jump.


Block 2

Strength Nr. 1

Stand on one leg. The other leg is lifted off the ground, knee forward and at a right angle to the floor. Gently kick your leg back, letting your upper body move forward in to a Warrior 3. Extend your arms straight forward from your head with your palms facing each other, thumbs t the sky. Then lift your upper body while moving leg back to the starting position. Repeat 5 times before switching sides. 


Strength Nr. 2

Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Bend and place your hands onto the ground over to one side. Push through your hands and jump to the side while lifting your feet and butt up into the sky, like trying to make a hand stand. Land back on your feet in a deep squat. Then push through your feet explosively and jump high. Do another one like this in the same direction before switching. 


Sweat Push Nr. 1

Stand with your feet hip distance apart. Take a deep breath and bend knees, pushing your butt as far back as possible. Then jump explosively and pull your knees up to your chest as much as you can. Land back into the squat position and repeat immediately. 


Sweat Push Nr. 2

Stretch your arms over your head. Then bend over and put your hands to the ground, then jump your feet back to plank. As soon as your feet in the ground behind you, jump back into a squat and stand tall. Repeat immediately.

Instant Gratification Detox!

How many times have you felt like a train wreck, needing to make changes in your life, looked up the trendiest diet and training fad on Pinterest, went all in for 4 whole weeks, had instant results just to crash and burn short there after? The dieting gave results quickly!! That feels GOOOOOD! The super sweaty fitness program gave you heart palpitations and a sore ass. That feels GOOOOD! It MUST be working. And it does work, for a very short, teeny, weeny, period of time. You thrive for about a month or two. Ok I'll give you 3. Just enough for the summer to come around and pass. Shorts season. Bikini body. Words like slim, skinny, sexy, and get ready in every single magazine, Instagram post and Facebook feed. No wonder we feel the pressure to do SOMETHING and do it FAST!

I hate to break it to you: It doesn't work. It just doesn't. Its not sustainable, human, healthy, not to talk about necessarily psychologically healthy to go through this cycle over and over again. Physically the body will also shut down after a few rounds of this type of torture, but while we are in the metamorphosis of the instant gratification and change, we don't think of the consequences. We just GOOOOOOO! The fact is that the physical body will go through so much stress during a period of this malnourishment, solicited fight-or-flight response, that it will have a hard time bouncing back. And for each time the cycle repeats, the further away from our true health and wellness we travel.

Thats not the kind of travel I envision when I hear T R A V E L!! (I'm more like: beach, sandy toes, tequila, bring it on!) Sorry, got lost for a second there. 

Wouldn't it be cool to stop torturing your body with bad and extreme food and movement habits and mindset, and start treating it like you LOVE it instead? Move like you want to feel, and eat to nourish and feel amazing? No over training, under eating, polluting the body and mind with instant gratification, but instead making LASTING changes and tapping into the WONDER of you? Instead of crash dieting, actually learning what works for you, and creating a sustainable habit...of FOOD LOVE? Instead of training until you almost fall apart, train to create strength, suppleness, the feeling of being sexy in your own skin? 

This transformation is possible. It is available to you. It is as scientific as rocket science, and as soul nourishing as a hug from someone you love. Maybe you can make that someone be You? If you're interested in putting the time in, and actually giving yourself the gift of Lifeforce, send me a note hereI will tell you like it is. No holding back. I will guide you and give you the tools you need for a long lasting love affair with yourself and your wellness. We can do all of this in person or on long distance. The coaching process involves YOUR effort and my GUIDANCE and EXPERTISE. We don't do a quick fix, instant gratification, one-night-stand. We get deep, commit, and reap ALL the benefits from the effort and engagement. Now THAT works.

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Movement (Can Be Your) Therapy

It somehow feels like a redundant statement at this point. That movement can heal. I'd say that there are actual studies done on how movement can prevent us from getting sick, but that it actually heals is a greater statement. Before I drag in the scientific studies that support my claim, I want to start at the other end.

Try this:

- Pick out your favorite song on your player of choice

- Play it loud

- Dance! Let yourself go! Bounce around for the whole duration of the song!

- How do you feel?

At this point there are new sensations going through your body. Whether they are euphoric, happy in memory of what that song means to you, or you're exhausted from the energetic combustion, it just made your body change from one emotional and physical state to another. By moving! If you were your own case study you could, by testing on yourself, prove that there were changes in heart rate, mood, state of mind. Pretty neat!

Now try this:

- Do a yoga sun salute where every inhale and exhale corresponds to one movement

- Reaching areas over head, inhale AND exhale

- Folding forward in rag doll, inhale AND exhale

- Move slowly and gently and allow the movement to dance with the breath

- How do you feel?

If we can create changes on the body by moving, how do those changes affect our bodies back? Can they be healing? Just dancing to your favorite song can give you such satisfaction, that you can heal a sad day or a moment of anxiety. You can use it as an instant energy changer! If that isn't revolutionary to us on a human level, I'm not sure what is. Vigorous exercise has been proven to be equally efficient as antidepressant medication for light and intermediate depression. Antidepressants come with SO MANY MORE side effects, but are easier to take of course. But movement is free! And the side effects are to feel strong and energetic. Not a bad option.

In his book, The Real Happy Pill, Anders Hansen brings up how intermediate cardiovascular exercise for 30 minutes per day, keeps the brain functioning high while we are aging. (Did I say exercise is in essence free??) Anders writes about how throughout evolution, the most important function of the brain has been to make us move. For a reason! The brains needs you to move to stay healthy. With that in-perspective, we are just tapping into the vast knowledge of what the romantic and symbiotic relationship between the movement of the body and the functioning of the brain really is. (Isn't this exciting??)

Check out Anders book HERE

Now try this:

- Watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXI4VyXrRVM

Need I say more?

Live Loud!!

Sharpening My Coaching Skills

I'm embarking on a new journey! As I'm truly passionate about my job, but also pretty passionate about keeping my brain oiled. I continue my education within my field, and add to the knowledge like a little curious monkey of sorts. I know I can be a better coach if I do, and I never really feel like I'm done learning. I'm also find myself perplexed that exercise enough is NOT in-fact enough to keep the old brain fresh! Speaking of what exercise does to the brain, read my blog HERE about what the real story is on that! 

For the next few months I'm adding to the data base of Tanja, with Precision Nutrition and their Pro Nutritional Coaching Program. For the longest time, I have coached my own clients with a holistic approach, meaning food and diet is a part of us, and can make us and our surroundings better! Finally I've found the greatest resource to deepen my knowledge that is based both in scientific studies AND in behavioral coaching. I've already skipped around with joy after reading things like "food is smart, and so is your body" and "good nutrition is sustainable for both ourselves and the planet" and am thrilled to share the learnings with you!

I find that the best way to keep myself motivated about my work, and life in general is to be curious without end. If we're curious, we can never ever be bored. Are you bored yet?

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Post Mallorca Retreat Rant

I'm finally back from the wellness retreat in Mallorca, hosted by Springtime Travel and Womens Health Sweden, that I have the privilege to be writing for. The second installment of our Lifestyle retreat dished up a feast of high level yoga and fitness, adventures and fun times for the 55 participants and us 6 coaches and lecturers. In my jet lag haze, I managed to actually have the best time and fill my cup to the brim!

I feel that there is not better way to get inspired and get a proper kick start thank to go on a wellness retreat! Traveling is fun, but for a lot of the girls that cane to the retreat, it was a relief to come alone and make new friends. There was also a healthy amount of fitness classes to partake, but also tons of free time to explore the island. 

I love to team teach, and this yearly trip with Women Health;th is something I always look forward too, but I also have the grey opportunity to host my own Lifeforce trips. The next one will be going to Santorini in Greece! Don't miss the info when it comes out, and also the sign up for the retreat. Sign up for the blog and newsletter below!

Live loud and hope to see you in Greece!

Sweat For Your Brain!

I'm currently reading "The Real Happy Pill" by Swedish author Anders Hansen, a fascinating book on the effects of training on the brain. I stumbled upon this easily delivered, scientifically based book through my old publisher. Although it starts of pretty light weight, with studies we have all taken part of, it keeps delivering one truth after the next from the last 15 years of studies on how exercise affects the brain. It basically states that we can help regenerate brain cells, fight depression, delay dementia, all from new fresh data. It is only 260 pages long, so even if you are NOT a book worm, you can make it through and come out on the other side feeling refreshed by knowing that you're putting your sweat capacity to the test for the sake of your brain! Anders makes the following claims:

-Cardio vascular training is essential for brain health. 20-30 min a day, five days a week, vigorous training! 

-A brisk walk is the BEST medicine against dementia

-We increase brain efficiency with exercise

-Creativity peaks up to 2 hours after exercise

-A workout per day is equally effective as prozac for milder forms of depression. And it comes with fewer side effects.

I don't know about you, but even though I love to move as it makes me feel endlessly better, the prospect that my brain is having a birthday every time I workout is just all the motivation I need. That and having a cute butt. Of course!!

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How would we look if we didn't have mirrors?

I dare to say we would actually "look" how we feel. That isn't completely untrue for a life with mirrors, but if we could re structure the way we experience ourselves, actually with or without mirrors, it could actually be freeing. Body Image and Body Culture is SO different around our globe. The fashion industry and fitness industry too, shape our worlds every single day. To some people it ends up being an inspiration and confirmation that were on the right path and that we are "ok" or " accepted, but for most its probably a bad comparison: were not thin enough, pretty enough, and therefore not successful (or happy) enough. Although were moving into an era (and can't you all feel the vibes:))??) of strong females leading from the front, and societies taking the responsibility to make a change for our kids and adolescents. If we want there to be a change in the middle and the top, we will just have to bunker down and make that change with ourselves first. How do we put out in the world what we really believe in? How do we actually start with "the man in the mirror"?

My work and passion has always been human behavior and physical movement. As long as I remember I loved to move, and I was good at it and got better. I received the proper push in the right direction just by having my small successes. I love the way dancing made me feel. Music took up all my times and just made me happy. Track and field made me feel strong, fast and powerful. I had very little time to get in trouble, although the way I grew up provided many opportunities and reasons to do so. Digging deep into the world of fitness made me realize that it provided a platform of joy and success, strength and identity, but also a race for perfectionism and objectification. The complete opposite of what we need to progress. Today, were in a constant fight over stress, and to eradicate the notion of that perfection.

Well, how about you give yourself the permission to not be anything but yourself today. This is so easy to say, but not the easiest thing to do actually. What follows are my own few suggestions that I like to use with my clients, and share. And to remind myself to not be too caught up, I use them myself on the regular.

1. The mirror is your friend. But a lot of the time we end up checking things out in it that we will then judge. Give yourself a few days off the mirror, and focus on how you feel when you're giving away your gift. Your gift is that thing you're great at. Hugs. Laughter. Being good at your work. Give and feel how that feels in and on your body.

2. Do a fun workout in a high intensity format (so that your heart rate goes up in peaks and valleys). Try one out that is outside, or if inside in a room, without mirrors. How does it feel to finish? That feeling can be the greatest reward! You just gave your body some love! The benefits of this type of exercise are so many that the last thing on the list is to actually fit into a certain size clothing. But that is a side effect too! More on this topic in another post:)

3. Spend some quiet time with yourself. Meditate. Take a bath. Pray. Clear the mind, and slowly see what forms. Daily! 

4. Learn something new. Get inspired by a book. A story on the radio. Revamp your mind to free your physical body of not so efficient role models. You can be your own role model!

I'm a firm believer that we can train ourselves to do anything with our daily lives. Win a race. Change our habits. Help ourselves. Cultivate that which makes us free and full of life-force. That might require hard work, time and maybe even letting go of things that don't serve us. But I'm here to say that you're worth it!

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The best fitness for you is...

By now the January craze of getting into the gym to stick to that NY resolution has started dying down. I mean, lets face it: it starts with a lot of enthusiasm! And then it goes softly down hill from there. At some point you might find yourself in a place where you just want to give up again and GET that QUICK FIX you know you can always reach for, to get RESULTS. After all, Instagram always militaristically yells RESULTS in your face: no matter what it is that you're really in need of. I agree to the fact that I don't want to necessarily waste time, or even worse, do anything that is damaging to the body, but in the jungle of something that is supposed to be HEALTH COACHING, we sort of come out on the other side less informed and more frustrated. So what can we do to change that? First off, I want to make a few statements that will clarify your vision. I mean, hopefully!

1. Health is to you, what YOU define it as. Not what someone decides for you. If you want to be moderately healthy for everyday living, then you should! No-one needs to tell you that you need to be an athlete. 

2. Information in media is most of the time misleading, because what media is talking about is taken out of context and without the reasoning behind WHY you're told to do this. Find REAL information which applies to YOU.

3. There is not BEST WORKOUT.

4. Judge any information by your own knowledge base. Learn. When you know better, you do better,.

If you take some time asking these questions, they might get you closer to your goals.

1. What is your short term goal with your health and fitness? Long term goal?

2. Why is the process to get there worth it? Can you invest the time, money and dedication it takes you to get there?

3. Why is this important to you right now?

Whether the answers to these questions touch on a long term problem, and a desire to make a long lasting change, or if the answers are only a short term fix, that answer will guide you in the right direction of resources you need to use. For instance: if you are looking for a long term change, it might be worth it to invest in a health coach who has a long education, and is more than just a physical trainer. Maybe you even need several practitioners to get on the right track. It's a greater time and money investment, but also a longer lasting effect!

If you're getting married in 6 months and you're pretty good with food and exercise but you just want to get those few last lbs off, maybe joining a training studio such as Orange Theory or using iPhone Apps for training. The investment in time and money is lesser, and most likely the short term goal will be met, followed by a gradual going back to the same lifestyle you did before that wedding. Thats OK too!! It's all up to you! As long as you DON'T expect a longterm change from a short term resource, you're on the right path.

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