Category Archives: Yoga

Silent day in Bali.

Yesterday we had a silence day (Nyepi) on the island. Nyepi is part of the Balinese new years celebration that goes on for 6 days. Everybody have to stay at home (tourists in their hotels) and wifi and electricity is supposed to be off. It was a special experience. I had time to go through all my writings since first day of my trip. It turned out to be a good space for reflection.  I’ll share some words from my journal I think is a good reminder for all of us.

We do not need to be hard on ourselves. We need to love ourselves. Love our humanness, laugh a little or a lot to the human mess we sometimes notice or touch in to. Smile to the uncertainty of life and breath through the heart of the moment.💙

THE STRANGER

I spent 3 days in Singapore with beautiful gardens and great food. On my way back to Bali they cancelled my flight, so I spent 17 hours at the airport. A meeting with a stranger stood out and made me creative…resulting in a poem in the middle of the night..

THE STRANGER
In moment unsure
while left on the shore

with plans in the sea
you came to me

guided me through
some moments with you

spreading the light
while catching your flight

you´re one of a kind
unusual to find

driven apart
but still in my heart

time is behind
and you in my mind ~Caroline

How to silence an american man..


Had a late lunch on the restaurant of yogabarn the other week and an amerikan man in the age of my father shared the table. He was a non stopper when it came to talking. Could not sit in silence for a minut. He went on about hes new yoga rutins. Taking 3 vinyasa (very sweaty high intense classes here in Bali) a day. While fasting. (Not eating only drinking juices) He could not stop talking about it, maybe it was hes hunger, I dont know. After many other questions he ask me, have you ever tried fasting for 7 days? And I answered, yes, I have, I did it for 7 years, and I found out, its not for me.
Finally he got quiet and I could continue my meal😋 I know a cleansing can be good for the organs in our bodies and Im not against it. But important is to be kind to ourselves in this sometimes so very body fixated society. To nourish ourselves with kindness, humanness and nourishing healthy food.

MY BUTTER FLY

A second poem wanted to come through, so I share it here with you 💛 it´s about letting heart guide you from the known into the unknown.

MY BUTTER FLY

Butterflies come
to show me the way

shivery, shaky
they dont seems to stay

holding my hand
in summer y land

their road is a flight
how can this be right

the path so unknown
for only me shown

with moment so sweet
in jungle of heat

I suddenly hear
their wisper in ear

the wind and the sun and the bees
and the trees

with us you belong
dear, this is your song.
~Caroline

SINGING WORKSHOP & CANGGU

This month I started singing. In one fearful rabies-vaccination day they found me. The mantras. And something deep inside opened. Singing together is powerful. I never got it before when showing up for kirtans, but this intelligent woman made clarity out of old wawa-wowos and put clouds ideas into simplicity. Its a kind of meditation when we repeat the words. What yoga is for the body, mantra and meditation is for the mind. We want a flexible body in yoga and a flexible mind in meditation. Now I sing every day. And I like it.

ME AND THE OCEAN, THE OCEAN AND ME.

Keeping my mission of bravely sharing my words, I’ll share my first poem about the ocean here with you today. Feel free to read it out loud, though words are ment to be tasted
☺️💛

ME AND THE OCEAN, THE OCEAN AND ME.
I burned my feets in hot boiled sand
when ocean came to save me ⍨

still standing on her cooling ground
in moments lost by mind

a bird comes bye
with presens so alive

her peaceful sound
now holds my ground

while
waves of life keep rolling in to shore
sweet, salty, bitter and sour

shown so clear in daylight sand
with body white from far away land

now
summer holds my hand ~
melting to the sound of sea
ocean dancing tight with me ~Caroline

UDARA BALI

When exterior makes interior sing and dance🥰 Happy heart. Found this amazing calm place a bit outside busy Canggu. 3 open yoga rooms with breathtaking view, 4 pools with different temperature and delicious food from heaven. Going back there for sure ❤️ First photo is a balinese woman learning a western woman how to make the healing jamu drink from here. The third photo is view from the outdoor meditation room in the top outdoor tower room.

SOURCES

The importans of finding your sources.
Energy. Oh my, how clear it gets to me here how important it is to go to right sources for energy. Doing so takes some inner listening and self inquiry. Cause what is really your best resources, and specially, where do you find them when out traveling?

The rabies vaccination sometimes makes my heart work and my body silently shake from the inside if I get to hot, just like my dear companion Mac computer.
When I find myself out of balance wish life-circumstances easy can take us now and then, I try not to grasp for something coming from outside to save me, like the best coffee, a hug from a date, or a new beautiful Bali-dress (there are o so many). Instead I try to get myself into a calm and cool place where my brain is not melting (yeah, it happens sometimes here in Bali also in the shade☺️) and I sit with it.
First respons is always so drastic, like lets leave, book a flight back, but Im learning not to take decisions in this feelings, with time, allowing the race of mind to spin for a while, like watching a little juicy or half-juicy drama on tv. When the drama is seen it often gets more quiet and a better idé comes, like walk slow to a place that is really nourishing, the ocean, a yogastudio, turn on music you like, sing, call someone that feels home for you, feel in to your body and let whatever feelings be felt and noticed beyond acted on.
So survival kit when feeling out of balance on a trip. Slow down. Breath and take yourself to a place where your body can rest and all parts of you can be felt and free. And pay attention to what is nourishing for you so you can get there and charge yourself in a safe way❤️

Evening Singing

And as the darkness arrive we gather and we sing. We sing it all out, the worries, the joy, the words and the melodies. All voices melting in with each other in a perfect evening blend. Breath starting to syncronize as we sing the same words at the same time, connecting with the song, the moment, ourselves and each other. When I worked in an orchestra I did not notice this that clear. I just loved the feeling it gave me sometimes when I melted in to the music and let the instrument play almost by itself. Evening songs, what a nice way to end the day.

SUNDAY MARKET

Yeheey. One of those breakfasts turning in to lunch turning in to new friends. Caught in the moment. Time flying by. This place so smart located in this hot area, in between two open ricefields with view over the mountains and with a breeze dancing through the open space now and then. Makes me think about what a good environment makes for us, how big part the environment plays in our everyday lives. How it affects how we feel and interact with each other. When I travel solo its always on the hidden spots I find and is drawn to that I also meet the nicest people. Cause for some reason they were also drawn to come to the same place, at the same time. Then its a plus when the breakfast is in the side of 3 meals, not kidding😂☺️and soo delicious! 

Sunday market by the locals farmers and designers to support the balinese village. Trying out the healing oils and creams to support my latest tropical insect-bite☺️🌴last days cure for a misquito-bite worked amazingly well. They really know how to use the healing benefits from plants through food, drinks, natural creams and essential oils here. If you’re not to ill its a really good compliment for a healthy living.