Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Back to September 2014...

I love the opportunity blogging gives to look back. Now I have been looking back five years to September 2014. Doesn't seem all that long ago.
I met a friend in Skostredet in Bergen. I haven't seen her since.

 I had this kitchen window in the city flat.

 That autumn I did a course at the University College in Stord. 

 I had orchids that was blooming. Since I moved to the flat in  suburbia I can't make them bloom.

 She was three and already a cutie. I was five years younger.

According to a blogpost from the end of September that year, the sun was shining all month long. We will not be able to say that about September 2019. We have had so much rain lately.

Sunday, 15 September 2019

A change......

During my yoga teacher training I thought a lot about work. I had a job that I knew would come to an end at the end of this year, and I wanted very much to get away from island commuter life.  I decided to  try to get a new job over the summer, and I succeeded.

I got a new job in quite a small school closer to home and on the mainland. It's been a lot of work now at the start of the school year, but I am beginning to get into things. 
I had some doubts, as I loved my old job, but I know I have made the right decision. So I am back to working in the "ordinary" school, teaching Norwegian and English.  As I said; it feels good and as a step forward.

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Zap- it's the end of August and a silent Sunday

Suddenly it is the end of August. Summer flew by, but we still got a taste of it this week with a beautiful sunset over my new commuter home... 

Friday, 2 August 2019

Yoga teacher training.....

In June I did a four week intensive yoga teacher training. I have been practising yoga since 2001. At the time I was working in a skiing resort, spent my days standing and walking and as a consequence I got an achy, stiff body. This was the time when I found yoga through a librarybook. Like for so many others it was the physical aspect that I found back then.

The teacher training was set in a beautiful, remote retreat center in Northern Portugal. We where around 25 women from all over the world and in all ages that gathered. It is a clichè, but we became like a family. You find a community of like-minded people. Back home in my daily life I can't really explain why I want to move to the deeper levels of yoga, but I can explain it to them. They get it - they became my sangha.

So, why do you want to do a teacher training when you don't really want to teach yoga?  To get into the yoga terminology I think that for me this has been part of "moving through the koshas". The fact that yoga is not a sport and that there is more to it than the physical aspect is difficult for many to understand. I was becoming more and more conscious of this. Over the past few years I have felt the need to get deeper into the other aspects of yoga like meditation and philosophy. Yoga teacher training is a lot of physical yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, philosophy and anatomy.

It is perhaps during this past month back home, when things have settled a bit that I have realised the effect this has had on my body and mind. Another yoga clichè is that all the answers are there in the silence, and there is a lot of truth in that. Settle down, breathe and look inside yourself.

As I have said I don't really want to be a yoga teacher. At least not now, but I want to be a yogi. I am a yogi. I have developed into one over the past 18 years and I am still on that journey.  This teacher training was part of diving into it.

Yoga has gained huge popularity all over the world over the past few years. For most people it is the physical aspect of the practise that is so engaging, and that is all well - stick to it. Some people even regard yoga like a sport, which it isn't at all. And they will not ever understand all this other stuff I am talking about. That is all fine, as we say in the yoga world.

There is a lot I could have said, but I will stop here and just post some photos from the retreat center.

Sunday, 28 July 2019

Friday, 26 July 2019

X-ploring Gùimares...

Gùimares is a small town in the Braga district in Northern Portugal. It is on the Unesco heritage list, is the place for a historic battle which led to Portugals independent and therefore is called "Portugals cradle" or "birthplace of Portugal".
It is a medival town with castles and palaces, narrow streets and the city planning and architecture of a medival town.

We got the cable car up to a mountain view point and you can clearly see the circular layout of the medieval city planning in the middle of the picture.

When you attend yoga teacher training, you have to pose for a pose at one point. It is not easy to get the tree pose straight in trainers and jeans, so never mind that when I managed to get it fairly straight it was photobombed.

Thank you, Gùimares. Beautiful little town!

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Wandering in the countryside in Northern Portugal....

I spent all of June in the portugese countryside. Our base was in a small village in the hills, Cabeceiros de Basto. It was in a farming community, with small settlements and nice hiking trails.

In my spare time I did a lot of wandering around. Here are some images from Cabeceiros de basto from my wanderings. Scenery, churches and quintas are the keywords for this community. Mainly the photos can speak for themselves.

I just loved what they had done with the grapeplants. This was vino verde country.

Of course a lot of beautiful churches and chapels in a catholic country. A bit different from northern Europe.

We where told this was a meeting point. By the biggest eucalyptus tree in the area. And it was huge.