Creating space: 

 

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From upper left, clockwise: Coffee vanilla from Cosme Kitchen Juicery (Shibuya), Cacao Maca from Marugo Deli (Ebisu), Banana protein from LA Juice (Hiroo), Cacao Avocado from Trueberry (Nakameguro)

“Go with the flow” is commonly used, but just like everything else in the world (and beyond), it can be taken in different ways depending on how a person percieves it in a certain situation.

It can be difficult for me at times. Sometimes you do need patience. You can’t rush things. You DO need to go with the flow.

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Morning coffee.

Today was a slow morning. I’m not on a “stable” schedule right now (leave that story for another day) so for days like this when I’m working from home, I have some flexibility.

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From upper left, clockwise: Drip coffee&milk@home — Milk tea@Haneda Airport — Americano@Cafe Gavroche in Singapore — Almond decaf latte@my soul sister’s home

We all find comfort in stablility. Even if you think you’re all over the place, as long as you know you have one stable something–whether it be a person, house, job, hobby, etc… it makes you, sane. And…happy!

At times when I feel like I’m in that tunnel, and not quite sure where I’m going— all I can really do is to remind myself that the light is right around the corner. So I just try new things, take new challenges, and go with my curiosity. But I find that possible because I know that unconciously or conciously, my family and friends are there to support me. That’s stability.

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On-point “wellness” series.

I stumbled across this series and instantly felt a spark: “what on earth is wellness?”.I love the very down-to-earth Camille Rowe who explores this broad topic, though intended for the well-being of people, can do the exact opposite at times.
Either way it’s no doubt confusing, with information that bombards us daily. We always need to find that balance. To have knowledge is essential, but that gut feeling is too, just as important. Each episode is so relative, real and I’m sure we can get a little something from it.  Xxx

Finding the root 根本をたどる。

When something in the body doesn’t feel right, whether it be a cold that keeps on coming back, or chronic pain—we have to notice that these are signs the body is giving us. And usually, the answer is not taking an energy drink & some Asprin. As this can get you through the day of rough work (I understand, first hand experience!), it’s temporary. Continue reading

A bit about yoga ヨガのお話

※日本語は後に続きます:)

Some may think yoga is something for flexy-bendy people, or requires you to be “kale-loving”…but this (really,) isn’t the case! Yoga is for anyone. I genuinely believe its beneficial for the well-being of all people regardless of anything.

Yoga has taught me to accept my body, let go of judgments, and fulfill in the present. Through practicing, I’ve learned to let go of “trying to be” and realized how whole & happy I am able to feel. And how much easier it is to just, be.

I’ve taught people of all ages-many of them for their first time, (elementary school kids to senior yoga for ages 65 and up!), husbands who were introduced by their wives and found it eye-opening (just what the body needed!) and many people who find it as a complimentary to their sport. And of course, I’ve been so happy to hear that just noticing the breath and being aware of the body from yoga practice has brought peace to people’s ordinary daily lives, and helped them deal with stress at the workplace, or even just during the crazy commute. 

Every-body is unique. The more I teach the more I realize how different we are. Even just taking the physical aspect of a person, I realize that the capability is different for each. Sometimes my students are capable of a certain position because their arms are longer! And depending on your day the situation can always be different. Continue reading