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As you might have read in our November Newsletter we arrived in The Netherlands about two weeks ago. Being in Portugal was great. We found the location where we would like to buy land. Learned a lot about the Portuguese way of doing business, as well as their rules and regulations. The inspiration and knowledge we gained in the past 6 months will continue to help us in our search from abroad. (Find out more about the inspirational locations and people we have visited below)

Being pregnant came as a very happy surprise, but at the same time it added an unconscious pressure to our search. Due to this pressure we were hitting a lot of brick walls. To the point of finding land, but not being called back by several estate agents. Having all the papers sorted and then finding out the land was not completely owned by it’s stated owner. And many more signs that came up to show us we were swimming against a current.

Communication is very important for us in our relationship. I am so thankful we always reflect on our emotions and choices together. After talking, Richard and I realized that we both wanted to be able to completely enjoy the pregnancy.

We chose to come to the Netherlands, because we are truly impressed with the healthcare system. My wish of giving birth in water is a possibility here. Being close to my parents and friends also felt very important at this stage of life.

Arriving here we instantly entered the flow. A couple of days later I started teaching Yoga. Richard got a job and the process of becoming a Dutch citizen, was stress free and actually a quite enjoyable experience. After being hired for his job, Richard asked me to pull an Osho card. I would like to share this card with you:

Going with the flow
Every moment in life we have a choice wether to enter life’s waters and float, or to try to swim upstream. When this card appears it is an indication that you are able to float now, trusting that life will support you in your relaxation and take you exactly where it wants you to go. Allow this feeling of trust and relaxation to grow more and more; everything is happening exactly as it should.

This was our reminder to Relax and Create! I would love to hear what reminds you?

Thank you for reading our Blog.

Love,
Sandra

People and locations that have inspired us in Portugal:

 

I had the luck to travel at a young age. I left the Netherlands when I was eighteen years old. Tenerife and Mallorca were the beautiful islands where I started to discover my path. After working more then twelve hours a day in Mallorca, my body and mind could not take the pressure anymore. This forced me to reassess my life. Yoga entered my life in this difficult time. Focussing on the Asana’s, the physical part of yoga entirely. I loved the renewed energy yoga gave me and the way my body improved. Physical pains, like lower back pain disappeared. And reappeared when I would fail to do my Asana practice.

My love for Yoga grew and I decided to go to South India and study Sivananda Hatha Yoga. This 200 hour Yoga Alliance teacher training course taught me that Yoga Asana’s are only a small part of Yoga. It was a very confronting time, but this knowledge helped me gain peace in my mind and how to be the observer in my life. Of course it took a while to put everything in to practice. Things that were instantly obvious were again physical ailments that disappeared. Such as Asthma, due to Pranayama, breathing exercises. This gave me the discipline to continue with my personal practice. The more I continued with practicing all aspects of Yoga, the more I started to realize I had neglected my own boundaries.

Back in Mallorca I started teaching Yoga. It was a gift to be able to teach The Mallorca Ladies Club members and at The Rosemary Rhem Ballet school. Life there was beautiful, but I felt I was ready to grow and move on. I went back to The Netherlands to spend some time with my family and also to figure out my next location. Soon it became clear it was important for me to fall in love with my own country. I set up my own company Devi Health Center and started teaching as a freelancer in Almere and Hilversum. I got approached to set up a Wellness Center together with a business partner. Without questioning this possibility I dove straight in to this new project. I started teaching Yoga almost daily and in the mean time being the operational manager of our center. Working very hard, we got acknowledged by the Rabobank and became “Starters of the annual quarter”. Boundaries were still a learning process for me during this time. I felt unbalanced. I had to take a step back and remind myself of being the observer. I realized this was not the life I wanted. I did not want a successful yoga center in the city. I wanted to be close to nature and most importantly I wanted the freedom to create. I also realized our partnership was unbalanced due to my lack of boundaries.

The hardest decision was leaving the center. But for the first time I felt I was truly listening to my own boundaries. I was practicing what I was taught and what I was teaching with my whole being. During this time Richard was my anchor, supporting my every decision. We moved together to Scotland. Lived close to nature, and I got back into the role of being the student. I allowed myself to become one with all that I was taught. I felt connected with the flow of life. We got married in the beautiful Highlands of Scotland. After this magical day and discussing a lot about what we each wanted in life individually we were ready to move closer to our dream.

We moved to Portugal. In Portugal I found out that I am pregnant. A beautiful surprise, which only makes my practice of boundaries so much stronger. Being a student of Yoga is something that will never end. Being a teacher of Yoga is a gift to me. My students are an inspiration and I am thankful when I can inspire.