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How to Visit Oslo, Norway!

If you’ve been entertaining the idea to visit one of the Scandinavian countries soon – you’re in luck! I’ve included a few suggestions to plan a quick trip to the capital of Norway. This video is meant to give you a head start on creating your itinerary, or for a fast trip in the city of Oslo.

In this video, I let you know the places I visited during my few days in Oslo, and in my next video, we’ll cover how to see the Fjords. The friend I visited is from Oslo and helped me plan all my adventures. So, follow along if you’d like to see what a Norwegian suggested!

Oslo is a great place for a solo female traveler and is very easy to navigate. I highly encourage you to visit this beautiful Scandinavian country!

I’d love to know if you have any questions or suggestions for a trip to the beautiful Scandinavian country of Norway!

In light and love,
Azahar

Holisitc Summer Favorites: Part I

The natural, green beauty products I’m loving this season. 

The search continues. I’ve compiled a list of the products I’ve been trying out to add into my organic and holistic routine.  

I don’t know about you, but the struggle is real for me to find products that are good (or at least neutral) for the environment and my body’s health, work like they’re supposed to, and won’t break the bank in the process.

In this favorites video, I cover my favorite dry brush (more on what that is for another blog!), hold hair spray, body lotion, amazing hand soap, mouth brush rinse, and a bamboo (for real) toothbrush.
 

I’d love to know if you’ve tried any of these out, or different brands of the same products that you’re loving (or what to avoid!).

In light and love,
Azahar

What are mudras?

Mudras are to the hands as yoga is to the body or meditation is to the mind.   They’re gestures, or a way of holding your fingers to create energy or a feeling, in your mind and body.

You’ve Seen Them Before
The most common place you’ve seen them are on a statue of those in peaceful meditation, curling the fingers into a round circle – the most common with index finger touching thumb.

There is an expression – that everything you do with your hands is an expression of your heart. Think of bringing your hand to your heart in a pledge or in a heartfelt moment, to balling up the fist in a moment of anger.

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How to Use Them
You can shift your energy from what you currently feel (maybe anger as a fist) to what you want to feel (relaxing the hand, flipping the palm face up as a welcoming gesture).

To hold your fingers in a certain way makes a huge energetic impact with very little physical effort; the perfect way to calm and quiet the mind.

This works to stimulate energy pathways in the body. It’s a huge benefit to incorporate anytime you’re feeling physically or mentally run down.

Example – Knowledge Mudra:  Touch index finger to thumb. Used for wisdom, which is why you see so many statues of famous spiritual leaders with this gesture.

It stimulates concentration, memory and may reduce headaches.

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Tap into energy of the elements: Fire, air, space, earth, and water
Each finger represents an element. The thumb for fire, index for air, middle finger for space, ring finger for earth, and finally pinky finger for water.

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Fire Mudra (Thumb): *Fold ring finger down completely, and touch thumb tip to directly between the top and bottom knuckles: Increases the fire in the body, and reduces the earth element.

Speeds up metabolism to improve digestion and regulates the thyroid gland.

Air Mudra (Index Finger): Reduces excess air in the body.

It’s said to be good for constipation, flatulence, or decrease arthritis and neck pain.

Space Mudra (Middle Finger): Reduces emptiness in the body.

It’s said to be good for strengthening the heart chakra, ear/nose/throat, regulates motion sickness/vertigo, as well as improves listening and speaking.

Earth Mudra (Ring Finger): Connects with our body’s vital makeup of skin, muscles, bone, teeth, nails.

It’s said to increase stability, confidence, and strength.

Water Mudra (Pinky Finger): This position helps to hydrate the body’s skin, muscles, and cells.

It’s said to improve skin conditions, as well as those in the mouth like dryness.

When and where to practice
Practice in conjunction with your yoga, meditation or de-stressing routine when you wake up or go to bed.  Easy enough to do in meetings or in class under the table, or while traveling.

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You hold healing power in your hands, literally in each finger points of power. Power points.  I challenge you to try it for 7 days and see how you feel.

Think of something that will trigger you to use the mudra (such as before going to bed), and notice how you feel before, during and after.

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Let me know your experience, or if you use mudras already and what you think of them below!  Also, be sure to check out my YouTube video Cleansing Mudra: How To Tips + Tricks to learn more!

Tips Every New Backpacker Should Know

I had the awesome opportunity to backpack through a bit of Central America (Nicaragua, Panama, & Costa Rica) this past spring and have frequented hostels in many of the 28 countries I’ve visited. From my travels, I kept a mental list to help others in the future.
 
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The Ultimate Travel Tips for Costa Rica

Lucky you! If you’re reading this, it means you’re either planning a trip to Costa Rica soon or fantasize taking a trip to Costa Rica… soon.  Either way, fun! These travel tips for Costa Rica are for you
 
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10 Common Jungle Phrases from Life in Costa Rica

I’ve never lived in the jungle before.  Therefore, I never believed I would utter any of the jungle phrases I’ve come to say on a daily basis.
 
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Coming Out of the Bohemian Closet

My Tribe

Everyone has their own quirks and special preferences that make them unique.  Mine happen to take on a hippie and bohemian quality. They smell of rose water and feel like sand beneath the toes on a Tuesday evening.
 
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How I Decided to Move to Costa Rica

If you asked me on New Years Day 2014 where I would be in 2015, I would have told you Europe.  Germany more specifically. After all, I was on my way to move in with my German boyfriend. To take a leap of faith for love.
 
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How to Successfully Attend Graduate School Abroad

My Korean Leap of Faith

If you are deciding to take your own leap of faith to study abroad in another country (graduate school abroad in this case), these tips will help you to get the most out of your time there.  Learn from my mistakes, and see what to look forward to (hint I’ve never regretted a leap of faith abroad).
 
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London: Going with the Flow

Ask Yourself the Scary Question

I arrived in London feeling like I shed the past and was on a new path.  I didn’t get the long-term visa I needed to live in Europe permanently with H, but I realized I had the opportunity to choose positive over negative, and ask myself a powerful question: 

What do I want to do?

 
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