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Interview Series: Living Yoga off the mat with Kosta Miachin

Interview Series: Living Yoga off the mat with Kosta Miachin

Posted July 11, 2014

This blog series is a reflection of how incredible yogis are taking the powerful and ancient principles of yoga off the mat and into their world. Today we have Konstantin ‘Kosta’ Miachin, of Vikasa Yoga. I was lucky enough to stay at the Vikasa Yoga Retreat and met Kosta, The founder of Vikasa Yoga. Kosta’s passion for yoga blossomed in 2004 when he set out on his own journey of self-discovery. This journey has taken him to the far reaches of the world, from remote Himalayan ashrams, to his initiation by a master monk in a sacred Sak-Yant ceremony in the North East of Thailand. Kosta is a certified yoga instructor with four different schools: Yoga 23 (Ukraine), Sivananda (India), Ashtanga Vinyasa (Thailand) and Andiappan Yoga (Hong Kong) and maintains close ties to many other yoga schools around the world. ++ Finish this sentence: My yoga practice is… ongoing, and ever evolving. Seems like the more I know, the more horizons open up that were hidden before. To me, yoga means…. evolution, creativity, understanding and wisdom, all leading to enlightenment through practice. The biggest shift/epiphany/moment of insight I’ve ever had during yoga was…when I experienced the energy of kundalini awakening, and realizing that that is only the beginning of spiritual practice. Many realizations happened at once when this happened. Many mysteries and doubts dissolved, and a lot of things became very clear… I can say that was a spiritual awakening… It changed my understanding of practice greatly. Quick Fire Questions What are the lessons you carry on a daily basis, off your mat? They are countless… a really big one is not taking things personally… people act the way they act because they are who they are, they do things because they want to do them, not because they are trying to affect you in a certain way (most of the times). Therefore, a big lesson is to learn to accept the reality the way it is, and stay neutral and conscious all the time. Neither me, nor anyone else is the center of the universe, it does not revolve around any of us – realizing that makes life much easier. Why are these important to you? If I don’t follow this simple wisdom I will simply burn out during the teacher trainings. On average we have 35 people, who are all going through heavy emotional cleansing, and of course I am at the center of it all. Therefore if I start taking it personally, a burnout is guaranteed. Every teacher training I learn a lot from this, and this is also a very good practice for me and for keeping the ego under control. It helps me evolve in so many ways. What yogic principle have you translated for yourself – what, how and why? I’d have to say I can summarize all the Yamas (yogic principles) in one sentence – treat others the way you want to be treated yourself… And treat yourself the same way first. Do what’s good for you instead of judging yourself. (that would summarize Niyamas) Those are so simple to think about, but sometimes hard to follow What does ‘Living Your Yoga’ mean to you? Actually, one of my favorite sayings is: You cannot do yoga, yoga is your natural state… what you can do is yoga exercises, which will reveal to you where you are resisting that state. Therefore, living my life means living my yoga to me… Realizing that you are already one… Once you realize, that realization is not going anywhere, it stays permanently, and then you are living your yoga… BIO: Konstantin ‘Kosta’ Miachin and his pioneering brand of yoga called Vikasa, represent the ‘evolution of yoga’. His vision is one of raising human consciousness and making the world a better place by spreading the message of love and peace. This mighty task is being accomplished at Vikasa yoga retreat by focusing on the study of yoga with an emphasis on holistic health, organic food and an inspiring environment that is conducive to personal transformation. The vision for Vikasa yoga was born on Koh Samui with Kosta’s realization that the deeper dimension of yoga is a spiritual journey and a conscious evolution of the individual. Seeing this as the ultimate human endeavour, he committed his life to supporting others on this path. Connect with Costa / Facebook / Website Featured Image by Kevin Wrenn Photography ++ I love that I was able to share Kosta with you and his beautiful way of living yoga. I love his perspective and I especially love this comment that we should treat others the way we want to be treated. SPOT ON. I dig that he’s a guy and highlights that yoga is NOT just for women. It’s for every soul out there whether they are black, white, male, female, gay, straight etc… It’s unifying. Ok my gorgeous readers, your turn. Let’s give Kosta some love in the comments below! Love + light, Claire x Read more

5 Time Saving Tips to do more of what you love

5 Time Saving Tips to do more of what you love

Posted July 01, 2014

Sometimes we take on too much of what we don’t want and there is no time left to do and experience more of what we love – what we actually want to do. And you know what happens next? We live in a bubble of frustration – we are constantly annoyed at life – finger pointing life accusingly as we huff and puff our way through disappointment. Disappointed our life feels like a bundle of chores. Annoyed that we aren’t feeling happy, alive and inspired. Weighted down and overwhelmed by our own self-made lists Sound familiar? I’ve been there and sometimes find myself back there, again and again. A feeling of tightness in my chest creeps in as I stare at my diary and to-do list. Dread setting it as I realise I have ALL these things I want to do competing with the an equal or longer list of what I have to do. Then the juggling act proceeds. Stress and anxiety is not far behind. (deep breath) Ok, exhale… there is a way out! And it’s simple. Here’s the answer. Are you ready? Outsource baby. Yep, that’s the answer. I want to share with you 5 of my favourite time saving tips – my little tricks to help free up space, to let the steam out of the pressure cooker, to lighten the load. 1) In really busy times get someone to COOK for you. I know, expensive and indulgent right? Or is it. Take for example the incredible Eat Fit Food I recently tried. The amount it costs to get a few days of super insanely healthy food delivered to my door would measure up to the same I’d spend on my own produce and then add to that the time to cook and the stress that comes with it. Now I can’t do this all the time, but having just tried EFF, going forward when I know a busy time is ahead (work is crazy, lots of travel and social engagements etc) I’m going to lean on EFF. 2) Stop ironing. My god- I can’t stand ironing. SO I don’t. I send my husbands shirts (at a dollar a pop) to the local Laundromat and anything else I might need. Every time I do I get a few hours of my life back – maybe you can too? 3) Get a cleaner. I don’t like a messy home (although I’m no longer OCD about it) but I also don’t see value in spending my life cleaning my home. $60 a fortnight and I get a house cleaned from top to toe. +2 hours free at least 4) Hire an assistant. Ahhh I’ve just done this and it’s heavenly. From a business perspective it’s really taking the load off to do less of the stuff I don’t need or want to be doing and more on the other stuff. Like write this blog post in my pajamas. I have friends that have ‘life assistants’ too… could be an idea? 5) Shop online! Do your groceries online – order organic food boxes, get your household bits and bobs online and even go as far as ordering clothes etc. Maybe a good job for your assistant? Or set up a standing order so it just happens automatically at regular intervals as you need it. Do an audit of your life. See where you are expending a lot of time and energy on things that perhaps you hate doing or that you could really off load. Be realistic of course – some things are best done when we do them. But truthfully I bet there is at least 5 hours you could reclaim and spend doing the things you love more instead. Your turn: I know plenty of you have some incredible tips and suggestions – anything you can share with us? Comment below. I’d love to hear your time-saving tips! Claire x Read more

10 Steps to Eat Better at Work

10 Steps to Eat Better at Work

Posted June 24, 2014

Hands up if you have made crappy choices for lunch (and even breakfast) with the poor excuse of ‘I was at work’. ‘I was on the road’. ‘I was too busy’.   Yeah, I said it. They are poor excuses. But I get it, nonetheless. I know what it’s like – life seems hectic and overwhelming as it is without having to worry or think about what you are going to eat.   We all know that at work you need to be on you’re a-game, right? I know I do at least. Many of us work with clients, seeing people all day, liaising with customers, managing team. We need to be switched on, energetic, focused.   Not to mention that your health SHOULD NOT suffer because you work full time.   Never fear, I have a little trick for you. And before becoming a home-based entrepreneur this is exactly what I would do weekly. Yep, I am sharing with you a tried and tested way to eat better at work.   10 Steps to Eat Better at Work 1)    Identify a time during the week where you can get into the kitchen for 2-3 hours. Perhaps a Sunday afternoon? That was my favourite time. 2)    Brainstorm a list of recipes. Food you love, food that you want to (and can) make, eat and enjoy. Recipes that are flavoursome, healthy and easy to store (freezer or fridge). Come up with 3-4 ideas max. (Don’t overwhelm yourself) 3)    Book out the selected time with your family/flat-mate. Let them know what they are doing and get their support. There is nothing worse than cooking up a storm in the kitchen whilst your kids are climbing over your legs or your husband is coming in asking for a snack. 4)    Of course, shop. Seriously – get the groceries sorted in advance and if you are super pressed for time shop online babe! Get an organic veggie box delivered or order from your favourite super market and get it delivered. 5)    Make your cooking space sacred. Light a candle, play your favourite music, make the space clean and tidy. Get a new apron. Ritual is important, especially when you are cooking and getting creative in the kitchen 6)    Start cooking! Cook up a storm. Multi-task where you can. Go for BIG batches and work in an organized manner. Keep a pot of tea on the go to keep your alert and refreshed. 7)    Clear space in your freezer/fridge. Start portioning off your meals in lovely containers (if you like buy a new set that you dig so you feel spesh with your food) 8)    Label your stuff. Maybe you made extra for your kids, for dinners, for your partner etc. 9)    Take out your meal from the freezer the night before or the morning of. 10) Do this weekly. You’ll never have to eat that white bread sandwich drenched in mayo again. You’ll have enviable lunches that make you feel amazing AND you’ll save a lot of time and frustration figuring out what and where to eat (especially if your work requires you to be on the road all the time!)   BONUS TIP: You can do the same for breakfast! Making egg muffins, pre-made bircher, or packing a little lunch bag with your favourite healthy bread +avocado to take to work. Getting healthy is about getting organized. Take out the confusion and room for error.   Be consistent and be willing to do what you need to do. Eating well is only difficult when you make the choice to NOT eat well.     Your turn: Do you have any tips for getting organized that you can share? Love + light, Claire xx Read more

Claire Obeid

Hello there, I’m Claire

What am I about? Oh-so-much. A soul-centered and heart-driven life. Inside-out wellness. Shadow work (from the darkness comes the light!) Truth-seeking. Leaning into the joy of life.

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