From ZUMBA to Yoga – Selfcare

My ups and downs with excercise

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Ashtanga Yoga (visual)

It has been a while since I last wrote a personal entry. It looks like that I have been neglecting my body, mind and soul for a while. Not writing anything about my life here in Portugal makes me think that I must be moving to fast and hard to get my business off the ground.

We are already in November and almost a whole year passed with a minimal amount of exercise. A few weak attempts of running along the coast in Ericeira or going to my fancy Virgin Active gym in Lisbon has not only left me without energy BUT what is most disturbing to my eyes is my drooping belly and my upper arms becoming more wobbly at the age of 41! Yikes.

It is not really my fault though! Moving countries, building business, learning portuguese and having children makes it not very easy to find the spirit to go out for a run. Well, okay. Maybe it is my fault.

When I left California I was in ZUMBA fever and visited regularly my favorite place in Santa Cruz the Santa Cruz Dance Company. The teachers there are excellent which let me to do a ZUMBA teacher training with Joy Smith (she owns the Santa Cruz Dance Company). I’m not teaching ZUMBA nor was that my goal but I did want to know the choreography and teacher mind behind the thing I really enjoyed the most when it came to exercise. So I took a teacher training. Such fun times.

When we moved to Lisbon, I tried desperately to find a new ZUMBA class in and around Lisbon. No class I took fulfilled my love for dancing. Classes do exist and people seem to enjoy ZUMBA here very much but it doomed on me that I was missing the teachers back in Santa Cruz. I could not carry on doing ZUMBA in Lisbon, if really what mattered, were the teachers who gave the ZUMBA classes. Little did I know what a stranger could do to me. What an effect a single teacher could have on me. There is a person I don’t know, they move their hips in a perfect way, I start admiring them because their combination of dance and teaching makes me feel great, I want more of them, then I move and everything falls apart.  Wow.

Anyway, I’m back into exercise business. Through a friend and name friend of mine, Stefanie Birkholz who runs her own Ashtanga Yoga business “Room for myself” in Estoril and Cascais area, I got to know the Ericeira Yoga Studio. Maybe Stefanie will teach one day in Ericeira 🙂

Fortunately she has a good friend, Joana Cadete, who owns the Ericeira Yoga Studio (here is her Facebook site).

This one single referral from Stefanie, was my doorway to fall in love with yoga. It only took me a few years as I was trying to get into Yoga many times before.

I have been visiting classes with Joana with my husband, but last night Joana knocked it out of the ball park for me with her Ashtanga Yoga class. I have never felt so connected and peaceful with my mind and body. Two hours of pure happiness, joy and love. Love and appreciation for my body and gratitude towards friends and people who have the ability to influence my life in such a beautiful way.

Maybe it was the referral of a friend, maybe it was the class itself, maybe it was me being in the right space to receive and recognize this gift. I don’t know for sure but it shows me that one needs to be open to try new things, to engage with the world, to appreciate one another and to really take care of yourself first in order to return a smile and some beauty back to others.

After this class I was so centered & calm that I was able to really love my life, husband and children even more. So Thank you Stefanie and Joana! I will come back next week!

~ Cheers Katrin

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Our Summer Camp Trip in Portugal

 

Mafra ~ Beira Alta ~ Piódão ~ Salamanca ~ Tomar ~ Mafra

We have been in this beautiful country for a bit over a year now. We have settled in, kids have been going through their first year of school and the second one is starting next week.

Sasha with her 5 years is almost fluent in Portuguese. Thanks to her school Colégio Art & Manha in Mafra and patience of her teachers she reached a level Seth and I look up to.

Max made his way through 6th Grade German School in Lisbon. With the American School System as a background and speaking German only a little he had a lot to catch up to. He did really well. It was the second time that he had to show a lot of persistence and went all the way to make it happen. I can only applaud him. (The first time was his Junior Black Belt at his Karate school in Santa Cruz)

Seth finally managed to take a week off work. He has been working, so it seems, around the clock for the past 3 month. I’m glad we had the chance to discover some other parts of Portugal and spent even a day in Salamanca, Spain.  It was definitely a new experience for him to do “European Camping”. I think he was VERY skeptical at first. I tried to explain to him that my fondest memories of my childhood were the Camp trips with my parents to France and Portugal. My memories in short: Instant Camp friends to play with (I think my parents hardly saw me once we set up our tent), Parents could relax with a glass of wine and we took some great day trips returning to a fun dinner in an open air environment. I love camping. He will be probably writing his only little blurb about the trip here.

The Camping Spot was PERFECT! Camping Toca da Raposa. This little Camping Spot is located in the Beira Alta District of Portugal. The region is beautiful and has a lot to offer. From hiking over kayaking to horseback riding. If you want to have any fun in the outdoors contact Matt at Rock & River. He has a great team which will take good care of you. Our Kayak trip was a 4 hour trip down the River Mondego. We stopped and swam in the river and watched Firefighter Airplanes pick up some water from the river to kill a fire in Seia which was not too far from where we were.

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The weather was great and the kids were super happy. Sasha made a new little friend, named Lola. Lola had moved with her mom from England to Portugal. In this case Sasha had no language barriers to overcome.

Max had some great fun with kids from Belgium and Holland. With dutch being a bit similar to German (I said a bit! Lol), English and German he managed to play games, swam in the pool and enjoyed the grand finale of a night long thunder in the mountains with his new Camp friends.

Overall a really successful vacation and Portugal is just beautiful. Happy to live in this country.

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Salamanca, Spain

Health Food Stores in Lisbon (Portugal) area

If you are traveling through Portugal and you happen to be in Ericeira, one of my favorite spots, make sure you visit this small Health Food Store.

Where to find organic products in Portugal?

When I moved to Portugal, one of the things I was missing the most were Health Food Stores.

Santa Cruz, California had them all. I think there are more Health-Food-Nuts on a square footage than anywhere else in the world. Therefor you can buy the bumper sticker “Keep Santa Cruz weird” (Get a T-Shirt if you feel inclined). And the peeps are. In a loving way.

Anyway, I’m excited to report that we have options in Portugal too! It did not look like it at first, but after lots of digging they popped up. One choice after another.

Here is my list of stores and markets I frequently visit:

BE U – this store is small but has everything you need for your vacation and more. They do offer Pilates, Massage and sometimes workshops.

BRIO – they have a good number of locations now. In Lisbon as well as outside of Lisbon.

Celeiro – this one you can find almost in ANY shopping mall. They do have pretty much everything. The only missing part is fresh vegetables, fruit and bread. But they do have a lot of supplements.

Circulo Bio – I’m about to get my first order as they carry Dr. Bronner Castille soap for my Essential Oil Recipes and my toxin free Body and Facial products. They also offer some Aromatherapy Accessories I would like to try out as they are hard to find in Portugal.

Quinta do Arneiro – now these guys rock my world and of course my children ones too. If you live in the greater Lisbon area and you have a hard time distinguishing organic vegetables from non-organic on the vast amount of Farmer’s Markets you might want to consider to have those guys deliver your Yummies to you. Their website is in English an they are just GREAT. A bit on the pricey side but you know what you get. You can also visit their farm and they will open up a Restaurant on June 13th, 2016.

BIO/ ORGANIC Farmer’s Market – For a perfect Saturday, walk over to Príncipe Real Park in Lisboa. I love this area. So much to do and explore. Perfect with and for children as there is a playground in the park and they do have coffee and breakfast there too!

3 THUMBS up!

Lisbon - Organic Farmer's Market
Lisbon – Organic Farmer’s Market

From 9am to 3pm, fresh fruits and vegetables, hand-made olive oils, jellies, breads, etc., are for sale at the far end of the tree-lined park. Sit on the benches afterwards and enjoy the lovely neighborhood feeling… and don’t forget to buy a straw bag to carry your goodies home again!

Click the link above for further markets. The above one is my favorite.

 

HAPPY, HEALTHY Shopping!

SUN SUN SUN = Vitamin D = Katrin

 

 

Almond Orange Scrub

This just sounds wonderful for a Saturday morning start.
Just be careful with sun exposure while using any citrus essential oils right after the scrub.

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Exfoliate with Wild Orange

Which Essential Oil Company?

If anyone has doubts which Essential Oil company to use for their Family, in Aromatherapy, as a Health Coach or just for yourself you can watch this video, which will take that question away and leave you with an answer!

4 minutes that’s all it takes.

Happy watching!

~Katrin

Vitamins! Look, feel, and live younger, longer

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My Vitamin Trip

Since my move to America I have been introduced to Vitamins and Supplements in a small pill form in mass production. For a very long time I found it completely unnecessary to go down the road of purchasing expensive vitamins. How do I know if they will help? And if they help on which level should I see results? Is there a way of knowing?

I have been reading and experimenting with a lot of brands and different combination in order to see full results. Most of the time I have not seen or felt a difference. Quite the opposite. My body got rid of any excessive vitamins, which resulted in money wasted. When it comes to vitamins; more is not better. The quality is important.

I had more obvious results doing my juicing, detoxing, fasting and eating my 80/20 raw food diet. Also another amazing way of a daily start is my Lemon, Turmeric & Ginger drink. This is another subject matter though.

I did finally come across vitamins which leave me with more Energy, Better Skin and a Boosted Immune system.

Do you have those days where you feel you can’t get out of this lethargic and foggy state you are in, the missing mental focus you needed to perform another great presentation at work, the missing immune system when your kids bring all their germs from school home? Breaking of your nails and dull skin?

Often these are signs that your body is missing something.

For me, I found, that I was doing most of the basics: Healthy diet, Exercise and some days I had better sleep than others. I knew I needed to get my stress level way down (hence the move to Portugal and away from a corporate job) but in addition I wanted to boost my Immune system and keep a balanced level of vitamins in my system which can’t be derived from natural food sources anymore or are rarely accessible. Especially in the US.

After using my doTERRA oils for a while and seeing great success, I wanted to expand my self-tests to the next level. I stumbled over the vitamin section of doTERRA.

I heard a lot of good things about their choices on how to combine the necessary vitamins. Watch a video here.

They provide potent levels of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, co-factors of cellular energy production, and a proprietary blend of Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils.

These daily vitamins have become a routine and part of my staple diet. I do feel a difference once I don’t have my monthly supply available. I have them now on my monthly and automated order system with doTERRA and I can only give praise. At the end they are also doTERRA’s #1 seller.

It is a given that a body won’t heal, feel energized and complete if we don’t treat it the way it deserves to be treated.

If we don’t exercise, eat right, reduce our stress to a manageable amounts or if we try to conquer the world with non-natural  toxic sources we most likely will experience a let down at one point in our life.

I would say, you decide. Just make sure that you take the good, plant-based vitamins and don’t waste money.

Thanks for reading!

Katrin

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