Stockholm, Yoga

Stories from the yoga path: Onwards and upwards

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A lot of mindfulness in a little cup

In case you were wondering if I had disappeared in a thick cloud of gloomy homesickness, moping about in the Nordic landscape – I haven’t. I have just been busy. Way too busy to mope.

In fact, life has been pretty good. More or less by coincidence, I got to teach my first yoga class, which resulted in the studio owner offering me to teach regularly in the New Year. I am also looking at a venue to rent to start teaching a community class once a week in Stockholm. Like most things, yoga is almost prohibitively expensive here. Time to change that, me thinks.

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Having said that, I generally embrace the Swedish expensiveness and the ‘less is more’ approach, as I find myself becoming more and more mindful with regards to my own consumerism. Take coffee, for example. Because a Starbucks latte in London doesn’t cost the world, I would happily (read: mindlessly) dash into my local coffee shop on a daily basis to get a coffee and a pastry. Spending three pounds fifty doesn’t hurt if you do it once, but it most certainly adds up.

There’s no Starbucks in Stockholm. In fact, there is only a (admittedly very nice) bakery where we live. A bakery that charges the equivalent of five pounds fifty for a decaf latte and a pastry. Yes, pain threshold definitely reached. As a result, a trip to the bakery has become a weekend treat, and I am having breakfast at home, with a coffee or tea in a reusable take away cup.

Get me, all mindful and ecologically sensible. I don’t know if it’s Sweden or if it’s yoga – but I do know for sure that it works. Namaste 🙂

11 Comments

  1. Switzerland is like that in terms of expensive it cost though they do have a Starbucks, but who wants to pay 8$ for a hot cocoa. So exciting you got to teach your first class and that you have an offer for a position in the New Year. Looks like things are coming together.

  2. I am so happy to hear this and you know what, life has this very funny way of sometime making all dark and gloomy before suddenly going “TADAAHH here are some amazing opportunities, take them, I know you want to!”. No rainbow without rain and all that. Enjoy the ride, it looks like you have just got on a really cool one! x

  3. Helloitsgemma says

    Having scaled back and then back again , I’ve come to love the less is more. Things have a bit more depth, are a bit more indulgent when they become a treat. The price of a Swedish coffee & pastry freaks me! But I like the overall approach – it seems more considered. We don’t consider enough here. Beautiful photo btw.

  4. Helloitsgemma says

    Oh and congrats on the yoga teaching for the new year. You seem to have found your path.

  5. Honest Mum says

    Wow huge congrats on the teaching gig, amazing news. Yoga has literally changed my life too. Wouldn’t everyone be so much nicer with yoga in their lives. Go you with your recyclable cup too, that bakery sounds pricey x

  6. Congratulations on the yoga teaching; clearly, it was meant to be. And in this post you are sounding a little more upbeat about things. Are you feeling happier now, like life is beginning to fall into place for you? X

  7. Rachael says

    Congrats, Metmum! I’m so happy to hear the news about the yoga class. I’ve been following your blog for a couple of years now and since I’ve moved around a bit myself, the whole moving to Sweden thing hits home. Here’s hoping lots of kindred spirits emerge for you…

  8. I’m so happy that you broke through the Scandinavian yoga barrier! Congratulations! A less is more approach is definitely on-trend as well 😉

  9. Excellent Post. Very inspirational.
    Yoga, my fav, is the foundation of a
    clear head, which in turn promotes
    positive energy, attitude and well being.
    All the Best -x-

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