Here you’ll meet a language enthusiast, yoga teacher, mother & dog owner who advocates Low Carb High Fat/Paleo food and generally healthy eating, which might be the only thing that keeps me sane in a whirlwind existence – except for daily yoga routines.
My yoga path started in 2007. Before that I had been into different kinds of fitness for years: starting with aerobics and gym training in the 1990s and moving on to long distance running, and Pilates in the 2000s. In 2004 and 2005 I ran 4 marathons – one for each of my children.
Before I even got started with yoga, I instinctively knew it was for me. But because of various other things going on, I had to wait for the right moment, which finally came in Sigtuna, Sweden, where I had the chance start regular yoga practice and also to deepen my knowledge of Pilates with Monika Ruokokoski.
In 2009 I studied for a Power Yoga instructor’s exam at The Y-lab institute in Stockholm. In 201o I continued my yoga studies in Finland with Jani Jaatinen. In August of 2013 I completed my Yoga Alliance RT200 teacher studies at Yoga Nordic and I’ve also continued my Pilates studies. This year I’ve also started the path of Reiki, completing levels I and II of Reiki therapy. During 2014 I will continue my Reiki Master studies under the guidance of Riitta Tissari at Valon Voima.
The positive health effects of yoga and Reiki have overwhelmed me and I truly feel that we can make ourselves healthy. Perhaps you might think that any kind of exercise could do the same? So did I. But after having practiced various rigorous workout regimes for over 20 years I didn’t become any healthier: I still had those regular winter flus, sinus infections, asthmatic attacks and allergies. Since I started doing yoga more than 3 times a week, I haven’t been ill at all. And having now added on the benefits of Reiki therapy and a regular routine of meditation, I’m embracing a newly found calm in my life.
Another important benefactor in my healing process has been the change I made in my eating habits in 2010. I cut out all sugars, flour and starch and substituted them with plenty of greens, fat and proteins. Since sugar is a well-known inflammatory agent, I’m not surprised by the results: the odd stomach ailments which had troubled me since my twenties were gone – within days. And I felt more energetic, less tired and got rid of my food cravings and mood swings in the process.
All these facts combined made a huge difference for me and I think that being healthy is our natural state, being ill is not. But in today’s world it certainly takes some effort. My purpose with this blog is to share this knowledge and perhaps inspire you to try a similar change.