Sunday, October 16, 2011

Peace Piece

Bon Iver - Holocene (Official Music Video)

Such a great Sunday tune by wonderboy James Blake

My Lovely (gluten and sugar free) Fall Muffins

Ah, just got back from a lovely cabintrip in the forest with sweet girlfriends. I baked some muffins that were such a success, so I figured I should share the recepie with you here.

I normally bake without recepies, failing and trying until I get the results that I want, but this time I used a basic muffin recepie that I found, and turned it into my very own delicious gluten-and sugar free apple-apricot-rasberry muffins. Unfortunately I haven't bought a camera yet so there's no pictures to show what they looked like, but imagine them in the fall colours of red, yellow and orange. With slight sprinkles of coconut and cinnamon on top. Yum!

This recepies makes about 23-30 small muffins. Remeber not to stir the dough too much if you like your muffins on the fluffier side.

Here we go;

250 gr of melted butter
about 8 dl of flour; I mixed Buckwheat, Coconut and Hazelnut flour
4 tsp baking soda
3 tsp of Fiberhusk (psyllium seeds)
2 tsp linseeds (linfrø) (soaked in water over night, or crushed in a morter)
about 1/2 a cup of Sukrin (or Stevia) and 3 tsp of Yacon Syrup
about 4 dl of unsweetened soy milk and greek youghurt ( mixed together)
2 lightly beaten organic eggs (room temperature)
2 organic apples, sliced in pieces
about 10 dried apricotes, pre soaked, and cut into small pieces
1/2 a cup of frozen rasberries
vanilla seeds and 2 tsp of cinnamon mixed in the dough, plus some extra cinnamon and coconut sprinkled on top of the muffins.

Preheat the oven; 200 C, 15-20 mins, medium shelf. I used small muffin cups and filled them 2/3 full.

I started by soaking the apricots in hot water for about 20 mins. Then I melted the butter.
I mixed all the dry stuff together first, before I lightly stirred in the melted butter, the beaten eggs (done in a seperate bowl) and the soy milk and youghurt.

Then I carefully added the sliced apricots, apples and rasberries (frozen).

I let the dough sit for about 20 minutes before I put the muffins in the oven, for the dough to become fluffy and lighter.

These muffins tasted SO good, they were coved in the fall colours of red, yellow and orange, and dear reader; they're quite healthy;

High in fibre from the seeds, probiotic from the yoghurt, antioxidants from the berries, gluten and sugar free (except from the natural sugars from the fruit and berries). Both apples and dried apricots have low GI, so these muffins are great for diabetics, ladies with hormonal imbalences and others who are interested in keeping their blood sugar levels stable.

Enjoy these fall muffins hot out of the oven, with a lovely chai, a blanket and preferably a fire place next to you <3

Monday, October 10, 2011

Breathe, surrender, let go

Picture and link to an article about hipopeners from Yoga Journal. Informative and suitable for this week's focus, which is; yes Hipopeners. Hope to see you during the week!

Blissful Mondays

I love Mondays! A few years ago, those words would not have been uttered in my mouth, nor typed. But these days I cherish the first day of the week. I start my week with an office yoga class, bright and early, and like today when I'm walking down the street towards the company where I teach, I love the feeling of a new week unfolding. New and fresh, with a lot of potential a head. And there's something about sniffing in fall's crisp morning air. And getting up early. When the city's still asleep, it's dark out and the only light comes from the candles you've lit. A cup of hot tea and just listening to the special sound of silence that you only find in the very first hours of the day. Morning bliss. Monday bliss.

My job as a yoga teacher gives me so much satisfaction, and I love that I can achually make a living out of my passion. I am living my dream.

Yesterday I deactivated my Facebook account, and felt an immediate sence of freedom and release. Beacause FB doesn't really bring me much of substance, a part from one, very cool music group. (Widen my musical horizon, please. Check it out, it's open to everyone, filled with great tunes!) Maybe I'll feel the desire to come back soon, but until then life seems more beautiful and real without it.

I broke my camera recently, but as soon as I get a new one (Ah, dreaming of a Leicha V Lux-30) I'll start posting pictures for weekly sequences.

Yoga Journal have several good sequences and tips for your home practice. Check out this link for a little yoga destressor at your desk;

This week's physical focus will be HIPOPENERS. We'll work on the consept of creating space; Noticing the pause between breaths. The pause between moving in and out of the different asanas. Imagining the pauses beteen the poses as achual poses. Can you reside in the pause?

So come flow with me this week. My dynamic flow classes are juicy, challenging and fun with a long yummy restorative relaxation at the end of class. In my other flow classes, we move more slowly, going deep into our practice and listen to the sound of silence. We need a little bit of both, so check out my weekly schedule at, and find the class suitable for your needs and desire<3

Go comfortable in the direction
of your dreams,
live the life you have

As you simplify 
your life,
the laws of the universe
will be simpler:
solitude will not be solitude
poverty will not be poverty,
nor weakness weakness.

Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Do what you love and do it often

Yoga heals

How long it has been. I've felt a desire to blog for a while, but much has happened the last few months so I haven't had the inspiration nor the energy. Until now.

Life happened, as it tends to do; I lost my beautiful father on a rainy day this August. I was so very fortunate to be with him, next to his bed the night before he passed away, and I was sitting by his side as he took his final breath. One of the strongest, sadest and yet most beautiful moments of my life. I experienced a great peace in the moment of his transition from this life into something, somewhere new.

The days and weeks following his death have been filled with sorrow and yet much beauty. And in the midst of it all I've had my yoga practice. Of wich I am so very grateful. I find much shelter, peace, therapy through this practice. When things seem unbearable I breathe, move my body, find the soft spot, a gentleness; and then the pain becomes less intense, and sometimes it transforms into something else all together, something good.

"Yoga teaches us to cure what need not to be endured
and endure what cannot be cured."
BKS Iyengar

For my teaching schedule this week, check out my webpage

I am looking forward to sharing all the different layers of this beautiful practice with you, this time from a different continent:)

Sweet dreams