Looking back at September it has been a busy but fun month spent mostly reconnecting with family and friends and with all the lovely yogis at my studio, Leela Yoga. It has literally been rainy and/or cloudy every single day for the past five weeks, but no matter the weather, it is always nice to be back and hang out with all my favorite people. Besides, rain outside means the perfect weather to sit inside and write, read and drink my favorite cup of Joe.
September is also the month where my grandma (who’s now soon to be 91!!), my sister and I have our annual trip to our cabin in the mountains of Norway for a weekend. As grandma has gotten older, the tradition has become that my sister and I do a hike one of the days, while grandma relaxes at the cabin. I wrote about how the Peruvian Andes mountains are pure magic last month, but it turns out we have a piece of magic here in Norway as well! More about hiking in one of Norway’s most stunning national parks below.
It being the season where the trees are shedding their leaves here up north, here’s a reminder from the beloved Rumi:
Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop – Rumi
WANDERLUST : JOTUNHEIMEN
Visiting the Home of the Trolls
Every September, grandma, my sister and I travel up to our cabin in the mountains of Norway for a weekend. As grandma has gotten older, the tradition has become that my sister and I do a longer hike one of the days, while grandma relaxes at the cabin. Our cabin being located at Beitostølen, at the very entrance of one of Norway’s most beautiful and spectacular national parks, Jotunheimen (meaning the home of the Jotner – or trolls – in the Norse mythology), we decided to hike one of the many mountains in this area.
Last year we did Synshorn via feratta, while our plan this year was to hike the spectacular walk from Gjendebu to Memurubu over Bukkelægret. This is a less known walk than the very famous hike over the mountain ridge of Besseggen, located in the same area, but as both of us had hiked Besseggen before, we were ready for a new challenge.
We got up early to catch the ferry from Gjendesheim (click here for timetables and tickets) to Gjendebu at 07.45 am. Gjendebu is the Norwegian Trekking Association’s oldest lodge, and is located at the innermost end of Gjende. the mesmerizing turquoise lake at the picture above. For those seeking to spend more than a day hiking Jotunheimen national park, Gjendebu has 119 beds and is the perfect starting point for walks further into the Jotunheimen mountains, as well as for the one we were doing over Bukkelægret to Memurubu.
Bukkelægret itself is a steep climb of about 500 metres (1640 feet) straight up from Gjendebu, and if Besseggen is known to be steep, Bukkelægret is a lot steeper, and may be a bit of a challenge for those who are scared of heights. However, if you are used to hiking this should be no problem, and the picturesque scenery that awaits you as you reach the top is more than worth the climb up – and down!
This walk can be done in both directions, and normally takes 4 to 6 hours. We are both in good shape, but as we did not walk particularly fast, taking time to stop, take pictures and enjoy the scenery, we spent a total of 5 hours doing the hike. Sarting our walk from Gjendebu at 08.30, we arrived at Memurubu at 14.30, in good time to catch the boat back to Gjendesheim at 15.30.
Want to hike Besseggen instead? Recommended by National Geographic, the Besseggen ridge is Norway’s most popular mountain walk and attracts around 50,000 visitors a year. The hike along the infamous Besseggen ridge normally takes about 5 – 7 hours, and may be done either from Gjendesheim to Memurubu (return by ferry), or from Memurubu to Gjendesheim (start your trip with the ferry to Memurubu). Most people choose to take the ferry from Gjendesheim to Memurubu and walk back across the Besseggen ridge, and that way you don’t have to worry about walking fast enough to catch the last ferry back to Gjendesheim.
For more amazing trips all over Norway check out the Norwegian Trekking Association (Den Norske Turistforening, DNT).
FAVORITES from SEPTEMBER MONTH
Energy healing is a holistic practice that activates the body’s subtle energy systems to remove blocks. By breaking through these energetic blocks, the body’s inherent ability to heal itself is stimulated.
Energy healing or energy medicine is one of the most powerful tools I’ve come across on my healing journey, which is why I’m so passionate about this work myself. Do you live in Oslo and would like a chakra balancing session? Wanting to share my passion, I have a special deal until I leave for California on October 15th: Only 200,- NOK for a 30 – 45 chakra balancing session. Email me at email@example.com to book your spot! Read more about the powers of energy medicine here.
Namaste! This past month I had the pleasure to spend a weekend with Yogeswari as she was visiting Oslo, teaching one of her Jivamukti immersions. I don’t teach Jivamukti myself, but is one of my favorite styles to practice, and I can recommend this wise and powerful yogi with all my heart. Be sure to check out her website and have look at her tour schedule and see when this gem of a woman visits near you.
For a yoga teacher I have had remarkably little interest in the ancient Indian scriptures. Looking East, I’ve been much more enchanted by Buddhism and Sufism, but this month this sudden urge to look deeper into the yoga philosophy came over me, and I decided to dive in as the desire was still there. During the yoga immersion with Yogeswari we spent several hours both days, breaking down the Bhagavad Gita , and maybe was it simply the way she was presenting it in such an interesting and fathomable way that sparked my interest to go deeper on my own. My choice fell on The Upanishads. I’ve read this little jewel before, but I wanted to take some time to really break it down and understand the essence. In my search for a good translation, I came across Eknath Eswaran’s Essence of the Upanishads: A Key to Indian Spirituality, and it’s nothing short of amazing when it comes to break down this old wisdom, making it available to everyone. A must read!
Ever since I were first introduced to the concept, I have been fascinated of the idea of twin flames. This month one of my dear friends sent me this article from Elephant Journal, and it quickly became a favorite. My S.O. and I are fascinated by, and often talk about, how it’s possible to feel so connected to another person, to have this undeniable feeling of home in one another, and as we read this article we were equally amazed about how incredibly spot-on it is for how we both experience our relationship. A must read for all the romantic souls out there. Read the full article here.
ASTROLOGY : LIBRA SEASON
It’s Written in the Stars
Peace and love everyone! It’s LIBRA season! From September 22nd until October 23rd the sun will be transiting the sign of balance and beauty, and that also means birthday month coming up on my end. Oh yeah!
“As we bid adieu to the efficiency and detailed focus of Virgo season, it’s time to welcome more pleasure and communal vibes into our worlds. Virgo helped us spot the flaws; now Libra season invites us to join forces and fix them up, working in synergistic partnerships and embracing …” Read the Astro Twins full astro-insight for Libra season here
Yoga for Libra Season
Libra – symbolized by the scales – is all about balance and what better place for your mind, body and soul to get back in to equilibrium than at your yoga mat. YogAstrology® for Libra season includes… read more
Mantra of the month of Libra
“I am in perfect balance and harmony. I am at peace”
October 10th one of the heavens beneficiaries, Jupiter, will travel from peace loving Libra and in to the deep waters of Scorpio. “Jupiter’s transit through intense and passionate Scorpio urges us to go after our hearts’ desires. As Jupiter moves through Scorpio, we learn and understand that in order to heal, we have to cut out the fluff and focus on what really matters to us…” Read more about what Jupiter’s transit into Scorpio means for you here
The Zodiac and the Tarot
One of the main reasons I created Magic is something you make, was to connect all the dots of how everything is interlinked, for you to mix and mach what resonates with you. Like astrology and the tarot deck. The tarot card connected to Libra season is XI JUSTICE so why not take some time to dive into the energy of this powerful tarot card while the sun visits Libra until October 23rd.
Did you miss out on my Full Moon and New Moon write-up this month!? Why not have a quick look back at the past month and the lunar influences of the soft and fluid Pisces Full Moon and the more rigid Virgo New Moon. Maybe it’ll give you some clarity around certain incidences that happened to you around those times.
Astrological Natal Chart Reading
Want to get to know yourself a little better? Book a session with me today and get your private, personal natal chart reading to unlock the secrets of your birth chart. Your natal chart provides a “road map” to yourself so to speak, and diving into my own chart has for me been one of the greatest tools for self acceptance. Read more abot astrological chart readings here
YOGA : TEACHING
Oslo yogis! Last chance to come practice with me!
Until October 15th I am back in Oslo, teaching at my studio Leela Yoga. I’d love to see you on the yoga mat, so please come check out one (or more!) of my weekly classes.
My schedule for October runs as follows…
Monday October 2nd
Vinyasa Basics : 20.00 – 21.00
Tuesday October 3rd
Hip Flow : 17.00 – 18.00
Heart Opener : 18.15 – 19.15
Yin + Yoga Nidra : 19.30 – 20.45
Wednesday October 4th
Vinyasa : 13.30 – 14.30
Hip Flow – 19.30 : 20.45
Thursday October 5th
YogAstrology® flow – Full Moon in Aries : 12.00 – 13.00
Core Flow : 16.30 – 17.30
Tuesday October 10th
Heart Opener : 18.15 – 19.15
Yin + Yoga Nidra : 19.30 – 20.45
Wednesday October 11th
Hip Flow – 19.30 : 20.45
Fridays October 6th + 13th
Core flow : 13.30 : 14.30
Yin – 16.00 : 17.00
Vinyasa – 17.15 : 18.15
YOGA : TEACHER TRAINING – Only 1 Spot Left!!
Whether you are a yoga teacher wanting to learn how to apply Yogastrology® to your classes and workshops, or simply curious and wish to deepen your knowledge of the yoga + astrology correlations, the Yogastrology® Initiation Training is for you!
In the Yogastrology® Initiation Training you will learn…
- …more about yourself and your sun sign, connecting astrology to the divinity that is your body.
- …how to connect yoga + astrology, building bridges between the ancient sister systems.
- …how to embody the four elements / Fire / Air / Water / Earth, transforming your everyday wellness into a personal healing ritual.
- …powerful intention settings, and healing ways to work with journaling throughout the seasons.
- …how to create simple rituals in sync with the natural rhythms of the sun + moon.
- …how to put it all together to lead gatherings/workshops/women’s circles, or simply for your own personal spiritual practice.
- And much more!
WISHING YOU A beautiful OCTOBER