My tip to you

I often hear people express how much they long for their summer holidays and they lyrically talk about all the things they are going to do and experience in their 4 – 6 weeks of holiday.

Many studies, though, show that the holidays can be one of the most stressful times of the year. There are so many thing we want to have time to do, places we want to see and people we want to visit. So we plan for more activities and events than we possible can fit into the time allotted. And the result is frustration and stress and a lack of satisfaction. As well as feeling tired and unrested when it’s time to go back to work.

In other words, the whole purpose of the holiday, which is resting and restoring, has failed.

I’ve said it before and I will say it again that I feel it is so incredibly important that we allow ourselves time to do absolutely nothing.

Time to sit and stare out in front of us, where-ever we are and just let thoughts come and go. Without doing anything. Not checking the phone, not reading – although that can be highly relaxing too – but I really, truly believe that we should take some time every day to just sit and allow the mind and brain to rest. If you can do it in a beautiful spot in nature, it’s even better. But even staring into a wall will be beneficial to you.

Just sit and breathe without any pressure to perform or to feel anything in particular and allow your gaze to become soft and your mind to relax.

Do that every day and after the summer, let me know if it changed something for you.

One of my favourite spots is the one in the picture below.

June 20, 2022

The day has finally come

 

I’ve had a dream. A long time dream. A dream of my own yoga space out here in the archipelago. A space that is available for my yoga and meditation practices any time of the day, any time of the year. My own temple.

And now the process has started.

Actually, it started early last spring when we took down a lot of trees here, that were then transported to a sawmill to be made into timber and planks. Some of the wood was driven to a window carpenter.

However, building even the smallest shack in Finland requires going through quite a bit of red-tape. Plans, construction details, building site, constructor, architect, supervisor etc. have to be approved by the authorities, neighbours are to be heard and so on and so forth before you can start doing anything.

With all that done, the actual building is now about to start. And this morning at 8 our trusted “badger” arrived with his machinery to start clearing the site. It is so impressive to see how he moves that big shovel with millimeter precision. Tugging, cutting, lifting, swinging loading everything on a trailer, not leaving any debris behind.

The builder also came by and early tomorrow morning he and the electrician will be here to make the plans for the next phase of the project.

Do I need to say that I’m excited?

May 19, 2022

Our amazing body

A couple of weeks ago I decided to join an online challenge called Move2Improve2022 led by a Doctor of Physiotherapy; Jen Esquer. Felt it would be both fun and beneficial to do a 30 day mobility and strength challenge with someone I’ve followed online for a good while. Not instead of my normal practice, but in addition to it.

The assessment the very first day got me thinking of what an amazing instrument the body is, given the right tools.

One of the things we were to do the first day, was to assess our squat. And as I went down in my squat – checking how my body responded to it – I could note that my bottom went down well below 90 degrees, that my knees stayed in line with the 2nd and 3rd toe, that there was no pain in the hips, knees or low back. That the chest and upper back stayed lifted. And that my heels stayed on the floor and I had no trouble not falling back.

You may think that this is only expected of a yoga teacher. And yes, perhaps. But then again, taking into consideration all the injuries my lower body has experienced it may not be totally given.

My right hip was replaced three years ago. I’ve had surgeries on both knees. My right knee has no ACL, the medial meniscus was split in two and the join capsule ruptured years ago. In the left knee the medial meniscus was torn in pieces that had ground a large hole in it. In addition to this, I fractured the patella (knee cap) a few years ago. And on top of these injuries I’ve sprained both ankles more times than I can keep track of and also have torn muscles and ligaments in both calves and hamstrings.

So where do I want to get with this?

My point is, that the body is the most amazing thing! Capable of healing and re-gaining mobility and strength if only we give it the right conditions.

For me that has been yoga. Different healing practices that have given me back both mobility and strength. And in addition to the physical yoga practice, good nutrition that has offered the body the building blocks it has needed to heal and recover.

So, never give up!

Lots of water under the bridge

A new blog post at last. If you would like to read it, please use the link below. I may come back also to this platform once I figure out the changes they’ve made, so that I can make the post look the way I want.

This is the link to the post. Filled with tempting photos. Or at least I hope you’ll enjoy them!

https://www.tovepalmgren.com/blog/2022/2/17/lots-of-water-under-the-bridge

See you there!

Tove

Ticks and oils

I have once again had good reason to marvel at the wonderful Lavender essential oil from Young Living.  And this is just one of its numerous uses.

This morning as I was making my breakfast, all of a sudden I started itching like crazy high up on my inner thigh. As I checked to see what it was all about, I found I’d been bitten by a tick. I removed the tick, but the area was already red, swollen and itchy. 

Using information I found in the Refguide 4 EO app, I started putting on a drop of Lavender oil once every 5 minutes for 30 minutes. 

That done, the bite is barely visible and the itch was gone after the second drop. 

I just love how these Young Living essential oils are helpful in my daily life! 

If you want to know more about them, please don’t hesitate to contact me. There are so many uses for essential oils to support your health and wellbeing. All naturally and chemical free. 

I wish you all a good start on the autumn season! Hard to believe it’s September, when the sun is blaring down on us from a clear blue sky and the temperature is 22° C out here by the sea. 

Have a lovely Sunday everyone!

Tove

September 1, 2019

Young Living supplement Sulfurzyme


Since I’m not able to organize or participate in any Young Living Day event tomorrow, August 10th, I decided to put together a little information about one of my favorite Young Living supplements, Sulfurzyme. 
Did you know that Young Living isn’t only about essential oils, they have a whole heap of other products to support your health as well?

Sulfur is important for the health of your skin, nails, hair and connective tissue. Every single cell membrane in the body uses sulfur as a building block.

In Sulfurzyme Young Living has combined MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane), which is a sulfur donor, with wolfberry. This berry in its turn provides the minerals that your body needs to assimilate the sulfur. In addition, wolfberries (as in NingXia Red) are a fabulous source of antioxidants. 

MSM also supports the immune system, liver and circulation. As does wolfberries, it fights free radicals and reduces oxidative stress.

In addition MSM a building block for a very important detoxifying molecule called glutathione. This molecule, with a big sulfur atom in the middle, detects fatty toxins in your body. It then sticks to the fatty toxin and makes it water soluble, so that the body can get rid of it through its normal elimination. 

Sulfurzyme also supports healthy joints and helps the body recover after exercise. 

In other words, a supplement beneficial to all of us!

The next stage

Once I healed from the fracture in the left knee and started moving again, I began to notice that my right leg was rotating externally every time I did a forward bend. Slowly I started experiencing pain in the joint as I practiced and fairly soon also when I walked. Having had an MRI it showed that the cartilage wear was substantial. The orthopedic surgeon talked me into having a shot of cortisone given straight into the joint using ultrasound. This was done in late september last year. It kept the pain away for almost two months. And I was happily walking and moving around. Practicing, although not with the same flexibility as before. Then the pain came back and the process was renewed a little before Christmas last year. This time the shot didn’t help. It actually made things worse. And since that time it’s been a long slide downhill.

I tried to maintain mobility in the joint through my yoga practice, the specific ones my teacher Aadil Palkhivala had recommended and other exercises designed to strengthen the muscles around the joint given to me by my daughter, the physiotherapist. I added supplements for joint health to my diet. I used Sunrider foods to support it and Young Living oils to ease the discomfort. I saw my wonderful osteopath Jonna regularly, had massages and acupuncture. And I used the Heartfull™ Meditation techniques recommended by my teacher Savitri to support the hip.

However whenever I did any kind of extension of the hip, external or internal rotation the pain was severe and the movement extremely limited.

Although in the end I wasn’t able to stop the progress of the osteoarthritis, I am ever so thankful that I did all of this! Why? You’ll see.

The images below are from Orthoinfo AAOS and picture a healthy hip joint and one with osteoarthritis, meaning that the cartilage that absorbes shocks and makes the movement of the joint smooth has worn down. In my case I was completely bone on bone.

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November 24, 2018

WHEN OBSTACLES COME IN YOUR WAY

A little over a week ago I wrote the following post on my facebook page:

This morning I went through hip replacement surgery. And I would like to, once again, share with you the amazing power of the combination of Heartfull™️ Meditation and Young Living Essential Oils! 

Before going in I used White Angelica while cocooning – helping to connect deeper with my soul and to ward off negative energy.
On my chest and temples I put Valor for bravery and on my wrists I rolled Tranquil.
This combo worked like Magic! I was not nervous at all and felt trusting and confident.
In the evening before I used some other oils as well, and slept like a baby through the night! 

I would also like to thank my teachers Savitri: and Aadil Palkhivala for their love and support throughout the entire process and all the rest of you who have supported me in this, teachers and students and friends alike. 💖

Love and gratitude to you all! ❤️❤️❤️

Since then several friends and fellow yoga teachers have asked me to blog about my experience of the process. I was quite reluctant to the idea to start with but as I understood that it could be of use to others, I’ve decided to go along with the request. It was pointed out to me that mine might not be the typical experience, so if anything I’ve done can help either others in a similar situation or yoga teachers to take better care of students with hip replacements, I’m glad to be of help.

A bit of background:

It recently came to me that the very first time I felt that something was off in my right hip was three years ago. I had just come back on a long flight from a Therapeutic Teacher Training with my teacher Aadil Palkhivala at the Alive & Shine Center in Bellevue, Washington, USA. Only shortly thereafter as I was walking the streets of Stockholm a very sharp pain in the hip joint stopped me. The pain slowly faded after a few days, but from about then on the mobility in the hip started changing. Both X-rays and an MRI were taken and they showed that the cartilage was fairly worn. But the pain went away and I continued as before.

If I go even further back in time, some 25 years or so, while I was practicing Ashtanga Yoga six times per week, that same hip would sometimes feel as if it would dislocate.

My joints have always been extremely mobile and for years I did a very strong asana practice with very little awareness of alignment or anatomy. Maybe that’s when the physical process started. Who knows?

However, in February of 2017 I slipped on black ice and fractured my left kneecap. In a brace and on crutches for 6 or 7 weeks is what finally started the slide toward the surgery.

I’ll leave you with that for now and will tell you more about the stage after that in my next post.

Editing ‘When obstacles come in your way’

My new website

As of today the website www.tovepalmgren.com that has been in the making for a good while is live and up and running! It feels good and a bit nerve-racking to have it exposed to anyone and everyone to look at.

I am really grateful to Tiina Gaasedelen, who has been the co-creator of it and to Brad Waites for his valuable input!

With the new website I am moving my active (yes, I will be more active) blog there and if you want to continue reading what I’m sharing this is the link for you.Skärmavbild 2018-06-18 kl. 17.01.19