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Visiting my Mum who now lives in Veliko Tarnovo & exploring other destinations.

Yoga in Bulgaria & Yoga Thoughts

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It’s been a short while since I’ve posted anything on this blog that is yoga related and about my own personal yoga journey. I felt like I just wanted to share with you a few photos from my time in Bulgaria practicing some yoga whilst we were on day trips as well as some thoughts and life reflections I have already been discussing with my partner. First of all, I don’t know if you have noticed but I am a lot calmer than I used to be. In previous posts and in articles I was a woman ablaze with anger seeking justice and respect for my life choices whilst encouraging others to stand up for what they believe in too. But now I am beginning to see the fruits of my labour and people can see all my hard work is slowly paying off, the critics have nothing to be critical about and so I am left in peace to do what I want and it feels marvelous to explore my life without feeling weighed down by judgement. I personally detest unwanted meddling masked as advice, I enjoy constructive feedback when I ask the person I feel is appropriate for the advice but other than that I’m extremely headstrong and will reject opinions I never wanted in the first place, which can make me appear rude and abrupt to the person who is rudely telling me how to live my life (without my consent) Oh the Irony!

I personally don’t understand the need to be negative and critical of others, to me its a waste of good energy and really emphasizes how mean an individual is at their core and then I question why that person ended up like this? A kind of bitter resentment for their own life that they have to crap on other’s choices and journeys?
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“…Even Patanjali understood that the human brain does not compute negative instructions or negativity in general and so in his teachings of the yoga sutras he doesn’t bother with any form of negativity at all. In the world we live in, there is a huge emphasis on criticism, but yoga and yoga philosophy does not bother with that and Patanjali’s yoga sutras has a complete lack of negative construction because he believed in the power of building people up, not knocking them down. The Yoga Sutras encourage us to have awareness, be mindful and allow ourselves to deploy energy and resources skillfully. The Yamas and Niyamas are active principles that can help us in our daily life to foster harmony, cohesion and integration in all we do…”– James Boag, Spectrum Magazine 2017.

So with that in mind, my partner and I have been discussing the near future together (no we are not engaged). We love traveling, he loves working on his travel photography and videography and I want to have the freedom to teach wherever I want, I don’t want to be confined to work like the part time retail job I have now, it’s suffocating me, one work colleague once said to me “You are not like the rest of us, you can’t live in a cage”. I’ve made the decision to go and do a 200hr yoga teacher training with either Samma Karuna in Koh Phangan Thailand because they offer a discount on the training if you do a month of seva yoga with a charity associated with them or Sadhana yoga school in Bali because they offer scholarships to those with low incomes (and I fall in that category) and then eventually go on to specialize in Yin Yoga and Thai Yoga Massage. This will be a slow process because I really don’t earn much, but I have hope, patience and an Oxen-like determination.
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People can criticize me all they want for my decision, I am OK with it now, I realize their negativity is deep rooted and a projection of their own ideas of how the world works, it’s their illusion. I also choose to be positive & proactive because I know I have good intentions and I am a humanitarian, this decision to do these trainings goes beyond myself, I can’t be an activist who is part of the global change if I am stuck serving selfish consumers throwing tantrums because the product they want is not in stock, if I stayed in that reality for the sake of comfort, pleasing the critics and money; my soul’s purpose will be wasted. Something bigger than me is gently pushing me to do great things, to teach others there is more to life than the lies the media spoon feeds us, to be of service in schools, youth centres, refugee camps, homeless shelters and perhaps even the NHS? I have so much to offer because I have a big heart, pure intentions and now I acknowledge my self worth so I am actively giving myself the unconditional love I deserve and as my Nanna used to say “You can’t love others until you love yourself first.”

Everything I have done up to this point has been with love. I created this blog from the ground up out of love for many things, I worked my butt off in a part time retail job to fund my studies and training so I can have skills and build a career I love, I’ve saved money in order to travel, not for the sake of holidays but to learn about other cultures, I’ve written articles for the love of writing and sharing knowledge and I am now teaching workshops because I love helping people and being a bridge who can guide them to love themselves and I want to continue being a vessel of love and grow as a person in order to cultivate more love to share and if critics have a problem with that I’m just going to carry on being me, that’s all I can do to counteract the pessimism. And I will go on proving that living a life of love and integrity feels far better than living a gloomy life of resentment, jealousy, boredom and cynicism.
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So right now in my life I can now say with pride that I am a fully qualified TEFL tutor specializing in teaching English to young learners as well as Teaching English online and I am also a kids YogaDance teacher, with skills in leading arts & craft sessions too. In a few weeks time I will be a Teen yoga teacher also, I have worked so hard to get to this point in my life and the next step is bringing it all together and being given the opportunity to work abroad. If a language school, summer camp or family retreat centre/studio/tour company in Bulgaria are interested in hiring me please visit my contact page or email me.
I am also interested in working in Cyprus (because I have lived there before), Greece, Spain, Portugal, Thailand, Nepal, Vietnam and Bali.
I am well traveled, please take a look at my TripAdvisor page to see I have bundles of Wanderlust.
Otherwise you can follow me on my facebook page or Instagram.
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Yoga in Veliko Tarnovo

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Here I am at Hotnitsa waterfalls practicing yoga. I know it seems like all I do is do a quick pose that Jon photographs, but I also do sun salutation warms ups and my personal practice has become more consistent.
I do envy those who have a strong home practice because it is hard for me, due to being a sociable person I relish in attending yoga class, being able to watch and learn from my teacher motivates me and interacting with fellow yogis before and after class is important to me as I can be quite a solitary person with the rest of my life.

I feel like my body has become a lot more soft but also starting to feel stronger too. I ease into asanas better and my upper arm strength is coming along really well.

Due to my Mum now living in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria and it being a place I will visit regularly I am hoping to make connections with local business owners (Expats or Bulgarians) who own hotels, gyms, studios, retreat centres, community centres and much more who would love me to run kids yoga-dance workshops and women’s belly dance classes perhaps sometime in the summer months. It has been something I have been thinking about and manifesting for a couple of years now. Veliko Tarnovo is pretty central in Bulgaria, it’s only three hours away from the capital Sofia, two hours away from Plovdiv which is an artsy, cultural city and three hours away from Varna (Sunny beach) which is full of resorts and tourists. Veliko Tarnovo itself is quaint and peaceful, much like the lake district back in the UK, thus making it a potential hot spot to facilitate my own retreat-like summer (or weekend) workshops in the neat future?
I am now qualified as a TEFL teacher (Teaching English as a foreign language). I love that I am becoming a multi-faceted teacher and there are more exciting things in relation to this that are all part of the bigger plan and I will announce it all soon.
Until then, if any local business owner in hospitality, fitness and health residing Bulgaria (Primarily in Veliko Tarnovo) fancy hiring me to run art sessions, belly dance workshops or Kids Yoga-Dance classes do not hesitate to contact me to discuss things further via the contact form here.
Photo credit: Jon Roberts Photography

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Bulgaria: A day of lounging in the Sun

We finally made it to my Mum’s safe and sound. When we first arrived in Sofia it was cold, dark and raining. We worried that maybe our entire holiday would be like this due to the weather forecast showcasing numerous thunderstorms on their way throughout the rest of the week. Apparently these thunderstorms have been happening almost every night for the past 6 weeks but clear up by morning.

Jon has been a bit poorly with what seems like a flu virus and so traveling to my Mum’s in Veliko Tarnovo took it’s toll on him so we had a nap the moment we arrived and a long nights sleep soon after tea and woke up at 10:30am the next day. Jon is now on the mend, with his fever completely gone, sore throat calmed down, his appetite back and only a slight cough and gruff vocals left to clear up.

We spent most of today relaxing in the sun by the pool and playing with the dogs, allowing Jon extra time to heal. We are now planning a day trip for tomorrow whilst munching on a fresh tomato, cucumber & goats cheese salad that Mum brought us back from the market.

The weather has been glorious all day at 25°C and we’ve already caught the sun on our faces; so far this holiday has been delicious! I wonder if another thunderstorm hits tonight? I do love them, they are a favourite weather system.
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Blagodarya!

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Blagodarya! (Hello!)
It has been a while since I wrote a post so here I am! I am still in Bulgaria, although our holiday is very fast approaching an end. We leave on Wednesday next week but Jon will remain in London to photograph an event over the weekend whilst I continue on to Plymouth.

It has been great so far, we managed to go on some lovely day trips including a nature trail and bat caves, visiting a monastery and the Veliko Tarnovo old town plus excursions to some beautiful waterfalls, a fortress, Yoga selfies in a Gorge and not to mention swimming in my mum’s pool and playing with her three dogs.

Mum seems well adjusted and settled, I am very proud of her for moving to Bulgaria, it’s a massive step that most people would fear to dream of doing so she is an inspiration to me. I adore her new house and it’s gorgeous huge garden, there is still work to do on the grounds but she is lovingly taking her time and just enjoying every moment. Every night here you can hear the crickets sing, the local bat whistling in the trees and the pack of wolves howling at the moon at around 10pm every night. It really is lush here.
I have plans to venture back this time next year and perhaps include a mini break to Bucharest in Romania or Istanbul in Turkey too.

On other news I have passed my Chakra Balancing course with flying colours, my tutor said my work is exceptional and will be posting my certificate to me very soon.
I hope you guys have a lovely weekend and if you didnt know, I now have an instagram where I post daily photos of my travels, belly dance, yoga selfies and lifestyle, hop on over and check it out, follow me to keep up to date with my adventures: Katiesunflowerteeth

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Bulgaria!

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The time went by so fast! I remember when we had just gotten back from Nepal in March and feeling awful knowing we had to wait 5 months for our next trip but it’s flown by! We are now off to Bulgaria for 10 days to visit my Mum who moved out there to her new home last November, I haven’t seen her in almost a year and even though I have been to Bulgaria before (when I was 6) I have never seen her house, other than in photos and I have never visited Balvan in Veliko Tarnovo so it’s all exciting stuff! Plus Jon and I do really need a break, we have both been working on varied projects the past 5 months and it would just be lovely to relax, take a dip in my mum’s swimming pool and wander about local attractions. In comparrison to Nepal this will be a peaceful, slower holiday much like Croatia was to Morocco.
I will as always try to do mini updates whilst away, although the internet is not so good.
If you would like to view previous travel write ups click here and I also have a TripAdvisor account.
As well as this I now have an Instagram too! I will be posting photos whilst away so if you wish to follow me click here!