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Cool things about Prague

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Cool things about Prague

Prague is a gorgeous city. It is so well preserved and renovated after the wars, with a rich history, expansive parks, Vegas-style nightlife, and even a hint of romance. It really does remind me a little bit of Paris or Venice with the mesmerising river and cute little pubs. I used to come to Prague often when I was much younger but haven’t been here for over 12 years and a lot has changed. There are way more tourists, prices are higher, the food is more international, everybody can speak English, and more foreigners live in the city. But the city’s core - cobblestone streets, quaint medieval houses, incredible charm that make Prague — is still there.

We spend 3 days here and it was good amount of time to explore the city. Our friends were Czech, which made it easier and wonderful but you can do all of this alone too as the city is really safe and easy to discover and explore.

Don’t be afraid to stay a little bit outside the main city centre as the trams and metro are really easy to use and Uber is affordable although apparently illegal in Czech Republic. I wouldn’t use it in rush hour as you will get stuck like everybody else and you will quickly realise that it was much better to just walk (talking from experience, we were once late over 30 minutes). 

Yoga

As a yogi who loves to try classes in different languages I dragged my tired legs to one of the classes available at Dům jógy Anděl which was lovely. Great little studio with lots of classes, even Aerial Yoga and really friendly staff. Loved the tea they make for everyone. Who doesn’t like a nice cup of tea??? 

You can also do Yoga during summer for free! There are free yoga lessons at Letna park, the meet-up is at Sparta tram stop, every Thursday at 7 PM, then there’s 50 CZK (2 euros) Yoga on Tuesday, same place & time. It’s a beginner’s yoga in Czech but it’s not so hard to follow others. They speak really fast though, I normally can understand Czech if they speak slowly as Polish is similar but even I was struggling:) it was great fun though!

Ice-creams

Summers in Prague can be excruciatingly hot. Especially in the past few years, as Czechia (they are now using the new abbreviated name for the Czech Republic, although all Czechs I have met absolutely hate it) has been getting more tropical weather from the South. As temperatures reach 30C, the cobblestoned streets heat up, and air-conditioning is hard to find in the Unesco-protected historical centre. So be careful and eat Ice-creams(which are delish…)

Random info that I have discovered: Trdelnik 

This is pretty random piece of information, but somebody must write about it. Trdelnik aka chimney, the donut-like pastry baked on metal rolls is literally everywhere! You can buy it in every shop and cafe or stall in the city centre. It may also be the most Instagrammed thing from Prague. All those stands with the “traditional Bohemian” pastry weren’t here some years ago when I used to come here with my family. Apparently trdelnik is the essence of a tourist trap in Prague. (And it's NOT a donut, people!). It is a great piece of street food tho: the caramelised sugar and cinnamon smells amazing and very tempting and the rotating movement practically spins money out of your wallet. It’s not as great as you think and from what I have heard it’s not even an old recipe! 

Beer! (now that’s a better topic)

Naplavka is the Prague’s best and newest hipster hangout. I don’t remember if it was there when I was younger but even if it was my parents wouldn’t probably take me with them. 

Prague has an endless amount of beer gardens and parks. While there are often long, never-solved debates as to which of Prague’s famous beer gardens is the best place to beat the heat or enjoy a nice autumn day, Naplavka, has emerged as something just a bit different and my absolute favourite.

Naplavka is a stretch of pavement next to the banks of the Vltava, under the Jiráskův bridge. In the colder months it doesn’t even exist as the boats hide away, but it is in the summer when its warm this place truly comes alive. Bordered by boats and modest riverfront restaurants, during summer evenings Naplavka transforms from a boring stretch of riverbank into one of the liveliest and nicest social pace in Prague. You can sample a variety of local beers and listen to different kind of live music. If you are feeling a bit peckish, Naplavka will not disappoint. The culinary choices are dizzying and you can either grab a meal from a nearby food truck or even a passing grill boat, or cash out on a restaurant (on a boat of course). We opted for burgers and my vegetarian burger was mouth-watering!

Beer cosmetics

This probably should be in the ‘random information’ section but Czechs love their beer so much that they even have beer cosmetics which will moisturize your skin and soften your hair. Beer cosmetics by Manufaktura with high content of beer, vitamins B and glycerine is suitable for everyday use.

What to see in Prague is coming soon...

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Digital Detox

It’s true that the body has a very intelligent detoxification system built right inside us. But it’s also true that our bodies aren’t always up to the challenges we modern human beings throw its way. Our lifestyle exposes us to an increasingly complex environment, situations and emotions, so that detoxification systems must work overtime just to process the toxins we encounter everyday. It’s also true that January is when people start buying juicers and detox books! After Christmas and New Year are over and the reality kicks in, we know we need a proper cleanse. 

Check yoga and fitness studios around you, you will notice that each of them is writing about cleanse or detox. Which is great as this is what our bodies need post Christmas food explosion. However as I was writing my detox programme, it stroke me that we forget about one of the biggest toxins polluting our body and mind: phones!

Yes, owning the newest smartphone makes it more convenient, and yes it makes life easier! Period! You can keep in touch with people who matter and communicate with them regularly. It also occupies your mind when you are queuing in a shop, traffic, commuting and in general waiting and having to be patient and still. But do you even know how to be bored these days? Boredom can be a very creative place as this is the time when your mind can wander and create!

The richness of communication channels, ways to advance your learning and exploring via your phone is so immense it almost lefts as partially everywhere and fully nowhere. It puts on us the pressure and constant fear of 'missing out’. I often scroll Instagram at 11pm telling Phil that this is my way of checking what’s new in the world of yoga. I travel with all my friends to distant lands and studios, eat great food, do yoga but as a side effect I deprive myself from my precious sleep. Various studies have shown that smartphones have detrimental effect on your sleep and concentration. How can you sleep when your brain is trying to process all the pictures and information you’ve just accumulated. 

How often do you spend you holiday searching for wifi rather than observing and enjoying the moment? Or instead of listening to your partner’s story you scroll your Facebook. With technology where you can search any topic, google became a conversation killer. You no longer ask ‘how does this work’, you just go and google it rather than engaging in a conversation. Which is partially great as all this knowledge is as far as one click but it makes you more detached from your physical surroundings. As yoga teacher (and a yogi) I have spent years observing people’s postures. We are gradually moving from looking forward into people's eyes, to looking downward into our phone screens. This not only messes up the alignments of the spine vs. the head and closes the chest but also builds a barrier between other human beings, discouraging people to connect.

Ownership of a smartphone doesn’t make you a better or worse person. The act of numbing yourself and login out of life because it’s boring, painful or disappointing is something we all do regardless of technology. You are the very person responsible for your own actions and life. How about approaching your detox this year by adding a little technology detox. 

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Sri Dharma Mittra, yamas, niyamas and other observations

Sri Dharma Mittra visited London this weekend bringing series of fantastic workshops (hosted by Indaba Yoga). I had the pleasure to study with Sri Dharma before in New York at the Dharma Yoga Centre, a fantastic studio welcoming students of all levels and intentions. 

This weekend made me reflect on yamas and niyamas. We talked a lot about main causes of pain and finding contentment. I couldn’t help to notice the connection with the eight limps of yoga, especially yamas and niyamas. It was quite refreshing, as recently I have been attending classes rooted in anatomy and alignment where the link to the origins of yoga was quite often lost or not as manifested. Dharma yoga is based on Ahimsa, non-violence that should be applied to all beings around us, whether they are humans or animals, as well as it should be cultivated within ourselves. Treating our bodies with love, respect and compassion. Dharma kept reminding us to see ourselves in all things as 'when we start to see ourselves in all things, you can't do harm to anyone or anything, because you see everything around you as yourself'. To me, apart of Ahimsa it is also connected to Sara Pranidhana: seeing a tiny bit of divine in yourself but also Sacha: treating your body as a temple and not polluting it with unnecessary words, food or thoughts. 

Following this Sri Dharma Mittra is a big advocate for veganism and vegetarianism. He won't demand students to go meat-free but he will mention it in all classes. He jokes about there being "a lovely vegan food place just under the studio" and he will say this in every class that finishes around meal time. This screams for Ahimsa but also Asteya - don’t take what is not yours, especially life!

From my studies in New York I remember Dharma constantly telling us: “see yourself in the practice you are not able to access right now. Imagine yourself in it.” Encouraging us to try a pose, regardless what our mind tells us and even if it means that you fall.  Dharma classes are advanced and you can throw your Iyengar or Ashtanga alignment out through the window! He often says, “these poses have nothing to do with meditation or enlightenment.” As an anatomy nerd it’s a hard concept for me, however I strongly believe that we should move in a way that feels good! In Dharma classes first few poses may be advanced, we are talking crazy advanced! But to him you should move your body every day, no exceptions. It doesn’t have to be an asana practice, but maybe mindfulness and meditation. You rarely use props, or walls but instead you work with breath and concentration. Not in a violent way but with love and care and understanding that in life we fall, may even get hurt but we get back up. As a result we become stronger and with time can find that point of balance needed for staying upright. That’s your Tapas: discipline, generating heat and energy to do amazing, impossible things. This leads to Samosa: contentment where you are at and not trying to be greedy in your attempts (Aparigraha) but also the other yamas as Satya: truthfulness towards yourself and well as preserving and using your energy well (Brahmacharya).

To Dharma, meditation is the key. You can skip your asana but never skip meditation! It is incorporated in every practice and sometimes it can pop in bang in the middle of the class. He uses asana as a tool so the inward awareness is present throughout the whole of the lesson, to remind you that your mind is here and now. Same as Svadhyaya he invites us to take a very personal inventory.

Finally, he’s funny! Probably one of a very small number of gurus who doesn’t take himself too seriously! You definitely have to leave your ego at the door before entering a Dharma yoga class.

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Why I love Strala yoga

  • Freedom. Even after so many years of practice I still often feel heavy, sluggish and restricted on so many levels. Strala tells you to ditch all of this nonsense and just move. Move in whatever way feels natural and free from being forced in a pose that you just hate but you feel the pressure to survive 5 loooong, painful breaths. In a stroll class every person is doing a slightly different modification so you really can just let go and choose your own rhythm
  • Internal focus - feeling and connecting with your own amazingly strong body. It's either this or starring at people having fun and loving heir practice which is really irritating and infectious, trust me! At some point you start smiling to yourself (creepy, eh?) so you may as well just do it from the very beginning
  • Mad abdominal exercises especially by Mike (multiple exclamation marks, my abs still remember it)
  • Feels like family. Tara makes everyone welcome and special. She will always find time to chat, laugh or hold your leg in a handstand
  • It feels so light and easy, even though some of the poses are quite advanced. You are invited to do as much as you can and in the end you always surprise yourself how much can you do. You don't stay in poses long enough to fatigue the muscles. You constantly contract and release the muscle fibres in an intelligent way which builds muscle strength and elasticity, keeping them healthy
  • Music! ACDC, Queen bunch of 80/90s stuff... C'mon! You must love it. At Strala's main studio in the NYC where you have plenty of wall space (and every wall bares prints of people's feet) you really can rock it! This place definitely feels like home

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Om Yoga Show - London 2015

I was thrilled to attend the Om Yoga Show in London this year. It was a three-day yoga madness consisting of classes, lectures and stalls filled with lovely, healthy stuff. It brought together an exceptional group of wellness professionals to share their wealth of knowledge with yogis and non-yogis.  

Alexander Palace was a fabulous venue and far away from the craziness of London. Sometimes you could almost forget you are in this concrete jungle. 

The yoga business is huge right now and shows like that are a great way to connect with different companies, small and big and learn about all the new things that are out there. Although, you need to understand that those conferences are definitely out of your Ommm zone. It's not a time to properly relax and restore. It's a time to show your skills as a teacher, 'test-drive' instructors and see what's hot in yoga world. It doesn't mean you won't get a lot of it. Whether it was a lecture-based workshop or two hours of flow, I was surprised about what I was getting out of each class. 

As a teacher I loved teaching at the On Yoga Show. You get such a diverse crowd and yes it's harder as you have less prep time, you can't really go and chat with each person, check their injuries etc. It's loud and chaotic but that's the challenge! You can't always teach at your own, cozy, lovely studio, supplied with all the props you need. Sometimes you just need to jump into the fire and come out of it unburned. 

Insider tip: take a change of clothes – it gets sweaty! Bring a few of your own power snacks to keep you going – the food is quite good but you could end up spending quite a lot of time ordering it and since you literally run from one class to another it’s better to hide a few snacks in your pocket. Don't try to do everything, you won't manage, or if you do, by the end of the day you will be so tired you will turn into a zombie.  

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Moon days vs inversions

'There has been a monumental conflict between inversions (or in some cases even yoga) and feminine menstruation for many years now. [..] But the bottom line is that yoga is full of contradictions, leaving each of us ultimately responsible for our own choices.' To read more please visit Movement for Modern Life website.

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The devil in a handstand

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The devil in a handstand

Anyone who did a handstand at least once in his or her life, know how powerful and invigorating this experience is. For me handstands are the same as an espresso shoot, adrenaline goes up and even the dullest day becomes more exciting. 

First the entire idea of going upside down is frightening. So you start with tiny steps, slowly walking your feet up into a down dog against the wall. You linger here a wee bit as it is safe and familiar. But eventually, you are growing braver every day to play with different variations (maybe one leg up or maybe even handstand splits). This quickly becomes boring because once you mastered DD at the wall you crave more! Especially in the era of Instagram, Facebook and #handstand365. Of course you want more.  We always want MORE. So, you start your first kicks into a proper handstand against the wall. That's a bit wonky but through multiple DD, maybe forearm stands, dolphins and other yoga animals, you've conditioned your strength enough to start the proper kicks. And you are UP!

And then you are stuck... Handstand against the wall becomes boring again but away from it just leads to multiple concussions! I have been there, I'm still probably there. There are so many people there! Here you go then. This is an exercise that 

a) makes it exciting again

b) gets you stronger on a completely different level

Once this feels easy - try your handstand again and see what happens! 

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pose of the week - crow (bakasana)

Crow or bakasana was the first arm balancing pose I conquered and in the split second I held it I felt like the king of the word! There is something really powerful about balancing your entire body just on the hands, knowing that if this is possible, anything is. It’s a truly empowering moment to realise how strong is our body.

Balancing on your arms requires a lot of internal focus, it's not something you just jump into. You build towards it and one day you gather all your troops, take a leap of faith and fly. And if it doesn't work the first time, you try again, and then again and then another 100 times. 

If you want to prep and build core strength check out the video below. It's a crunches exercise that will fire up your abs and give you the right fuel to just take off and fly into your crow pose.

Come into a plank pose on a hardwood floor, with a blanket, towel, jumper, anything really under your feet.

Firm your upper outer arms in, synch your abdominals and slowly either:  bend your knees and drag them tight into your chest, or if you want a hundred times harder version - keep the knees straight, use your abdominals and shoot your bum into the air, dragging feel to land between your palms.

Repeat until sweat is starting to cover your eyes, but keep some energy left for the final flight into your crow pose.

For crow: squat down with your feet just a few inches apart. If it isn’t possible to keep your heels on the floor, support them on a rolled up blanket or a block. Separate your knees wider than your hips, bend your elbows and snuggle your shins against the backs of the upper arms.

The hands are incredible tools that allow us to reach out into the world and bring our ideas, dreams and hopes into reality. Rather than judging our arms as being too weak or too big, just thank them for doing their job of connecting our hands to our bodies and to the world. So now spread your fingers wide so you create as much platform and grounding a possible. Push the floor away with your palms and feel how much strength you've already got. Synch your abdominals asking them to turn on, this is the core of your strength both emotional and physical. Slowly start leaning the torso forward and press your shins tighty against the backs of the upper arms by engaging your adductors.

Lift up onto the balls of your feet and lean forward even more, keep squeezing those shins in. 

Maybe lift one foot...maybe then lift the other foot...

If it is scary, put a pillow under your face. As a beginner, you might want to stop here and play a little bit with tap dancing your feet.

But if you are ready to play...squeeze the legs against the arms, press the inner hands firmly to the floor. INHALE and straighten the elbows.

You've got this!

*if you are hyperextending your elbows just as much as I normally do, keep your elbows slightly bent. 

Stay as long as you can, keep breathing. To release, exhale and slowly lower your feet to the floor, back into a squat.

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Pose of the week: twisting crescent lunge

Twists are one of my favourite poses in yoga. They feel fantastic when I feel stiff around my mid back but also they just get things moving. If something is stuck or trapped in your digestive track, a yoga sequence full of twisting poses (log or short, it doesn’t matter) is one of the best ways to support your body's needs naturally. Healthy twists bring healthy blood flow and circulation to your bowel but also to the entire body. While twists can have a beneficial effect on digestion, it is important to practice them with care. Move with your breath, allow every inhale to lift you up and every exhale to move you a little deeper into the twist.

Active digestion happens after you finished all the twisting, when you are resting in savasana or seating in a meditation practice. Only when the body’s idea of ‘danger’ has passed it starts to digest and eliminate. That is how yoga, meditation and breathing support digestion. Yoga calms us by training our nervous system to transition from a flight or fight (the sympathetic nervous system) to a restorative and healing response (parasympathetic nervous system).

You can do all sorts of twists: lying twists, seated twists and lunging twists. Of the three twist variations, lunging twists allow for the most movement in the spine. If the arms are not forcefully creating oppositional pressure, there is minimal risk to the spine.

For those of you who wish to add a little spice to your twists, open the arms, or even lift the elbows. Your side abs will turn on straight away! If you want to try more gentle twists, just put the knee down.

Anther fabulous way to spike up you digestion is by drinking a beverage with lemon first thing in the morning, at least 30 min before breakfast. This will stimulate digestion and elimination.

  • juice of ½ lemon or lime
  • 1 tbls of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp of honey
  • pinch of cayenne
  • small cup of warm water

Just mix it all together. 

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Pose of the week: neck release

In my yoga classes I always work with a specific intent. It can be entirely focused on a particular part of the human body that I am currently researching to understand it’s functions and dysfunctions. Or it can also be a mixture of an anatomical part and something I am learning about in my own life. I share those with my students but not everyone can make to my class so this is the reason why I’ve decided to start “pose of the week’ blog. 

In the past weeks I have been swamped with work and despite all the wisdom, yoga, meditation my neck and shoulders become the biggest victims. We all abuse our body in one way or another but those little guys always get beaten up the most. The neck gives us the ability to hold our head up high with confidence, but also to drop our it down and hide in the shadows. It keeps us always on guard, ready for the fight. Neck muscles may be small but they are mighty and often forgotten until they hurt. 

The neck is the support structure for the head and protects the spinal cord. The brain’s messages and major blood vessels travel through the neck to the body. This is why we often call the neck the 'gateway between the mind and the body'. Neck tension and pain can be produced by stress, computer work, sleeping positions or bad posture, among other things. When the neck is tense, the shoulders rise and the chin moves up and forward, causing further misalignment and pain. Neck tension can often lead to headaches, a problem affecting something like 75% of the general population. Chronic tension can settle into the neck, and literally strangle your aliveness.

Releasing those muscles will literally improve that circulation and your energy levels. It will clear up the gateway between your mind and the body and will give us greater ability to make wise decision. 

In Chinese medicine there is a group of ten points, which are called the ‘window of the sky’ or the ‘window of heaven'. I couldn’t find them in many of the more practical acupuncture books but they definitely have a lot of references even though they are not used commonly and are classified as more spiritual points. Interestingly they are being used within the Tom Tam Healing System for a range of conditions such as MS, Parkinson's, and brain tumours to facilitate the smooth flow of blood and Qi to and from the brain. Thai massage taught in northern Thailand is based on the same Tom Tam system to ensure maximum healing benefits to the body.

So perhaps just before you go to bed tonight you consider dedicating 5-10 minutes to care for your neck? 

neck release pose
  • find a confortable seated position, it can be on the bed, in your garden, even at your desk while you are at work. 
  • put left hand under the left sit bone, palm down, finger tips pointing towards your tailbone (it’s your own palm, don’t freak out;)
  • lean head to the right and take a breath. 
  • bring right arm over your head so finger tips are alongside your jaw line for extra weight, don’t push your head down! If your neck carries a lot of tension this may feel a bit uncomfortable so maybe don’t put the arm up just yet. give it a few breaths first
  • hunt for areas of tightens on the left side of the neck, breathe deeply and allow the head to be heavy
  • after a few minutes, release arm, roll chin to chest and breath to the back of the neck
  • release the hand you are sitting on, use it by placing it under your entire forehead, inhale and lift the head up
  • change sides

I love to follow this with legs up on the wall, especially after a very long day at work. Try it!

This is a great video by Kathryn Budig.

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serious questions - serious answers

oh I haven’t been here for a while…because for the last 8 weeks I have been concentrating all my energy on developing a new business: DP Wellbeing, that I share with Philip McIntosh, my partner in crime and life. Every now and then life stops us from running blankly ahead and forces us to make some serious decisions. Two months ago I was forced to sit down and answer some of the questions that have been bothering me for a while: do I want to jump of the cliff, take a leap of faith and open my own business or do I want to play safe and work for other people? What are my true passions? Where do I want to be: Dundee, Asia, Oz, US, somewhere where 100mph wind doesn’t blow in your face every day? How the hell should I do it? Where to start? OMG it's so expensive! When? Now?! Well, I've just spent 3 months in Asia, spent all my savings on diving, yoga, boxing and a hell of a lot of other stuff, haven’t got a job, I may as well JUST DO IT! (I may also have a lawsuit from Nike coming my way for using their marketing strategy)

Making this decision was as hard as putting it into practice, two months later and this is the first Friday afternoon when I can genuinely admit that I am sitting on my sofa, with a cup of tea and home made raw, gf brownie and I am not worrying, stressing, doing ‘to do’ lists or terrorising Phil that ‘we have so much to do!'. It’s been as hard as rewarding time and there is much more to come! 

Sometimes you just need to sit down, create and then achieve your own unique, and very bold personal vision of your life and your career. And yes, you can turn something that used to be your hobby and passion into a business. Here’s to another adventure!

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Wanderlust

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My last flight is booked. I've had a dozen vaccinations and I feel like a biology experiment! My medical insurance is ‘almost’ sorted and my visas are being processed. Surprisingly, even my accountant has finally stopped telling me off.

I'm about to study Thai massage. I'm going to visit my favourite elephant sanctuary, travel across Asia visiting all those people who I miss dearly. I'll be teaching and practicing yoga. I'm going to experience Tibetan culture, and will probably bring back with me another tattoo. I'm going to challenge myself, move out of my comfort zone and create unforgettable memories.

So, this is the list of all the places I'm going to visit. When it's written down like this it's intimidating, but also how exciting! 

Thailand -> Laos -> Cambodia  -> Vietnam -> Burma -> (still trying to squeeze this one in!) -> Bangkok -> Singapore -> Bali -> Kuala Lumpur -> Nepal (teaching yoga!!) -> India (more yoga)

I'm pretty sure that at one point or another my friends will get either a sobbing FaceTime message or a random paradise/handstand picture! But it will be worth it. Susan Sontag once wrote: "I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
— Mark Twain

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15 things I loved about Thailand (this list is growing every time I look at it)

In no particular order:

1) Simple things matters. You don't need much to be happy and content

2) It’s illegal to leave your house without underwear on or drive a car shirtless (just to clarify, this is strictly theoretical knowledge not based on experience ;)

3) The incredibly colourful, fascinating, diverse Thai nature

4) Food, food, food, I mean have you seen the size of their mango?!

5) Thai foot massage - possibly the best thing on the planet

6) Thai people will never say 'no' to you. According to the World Economic Forum, Thailand is the 13th friendliest country in the world

7) Thailand is the only country in south-east Asia that hasn’t been colonised by Europeans…yet

8) It is strictly against the law to criticise the monarchy - we would have such a hard time if this rule was enforced in the UK

9) Water taxis

10) Elephant Nature Park run by Lek Chailert

11) Bangkok’s real name is: Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit - now, try to say that!

12) The name ‘Thailand’ means ‘land of free’ and you can definitely feel it 

13) In the past, all Thai young men including the kings became Buddhist monks for at least a short period of time before their 20th birthday (I think someone told me it’s a minimum of a fortnight). I don’t think this is compulsory anymore however all the men I have met decided to do it anyway. 

14) This little guy called: mudskipper - potentially the coolest fish ever

15) Sexual tolerance

 I could keep going with this...


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Nepal

I have just had a confirmation that I had been accepted to participate in a project allowing poor and marginalised people to utilise the benefits of yoga to help overcome the physical and mental stress they often face in today’s Nepal. I am going to Kathmandu in March 2015 to spend 4 weeks working at a Buddhist Monastery teaching yoga. I am very excited about this project as I will be able to apply my knowledge and skills to work with people who need it the most and give back to the community, but also I will have a rare opportunity to closely mingle, study and learn Buddhist ancient practices. 

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