For this week's Beauty Detox blogging assignment we're getting our move on!
I've always loved being outdoors ever since I was a child. Being lucky enough to grow up with a big garden surrounded by woodlands in a little street where lots of other children lived, we spent most of our days playing outside, climbing trees and generally getting into as much mischief as possible. Unlike most parents who'd get a panic attack whenever they saw their little darling swinging from a huge oak tree, my mother would stand below the tree smiling, cheering me on to climb even higher than I dared, and I always knew she'd catch me if I fell.
So today I would love to tell you a little more about my mother, who is the most joyful, loving, beautiful, spirited, stubborn, strong, brave, wise, warm and wonderful woman you can imagine. Whew. I know. She is all that and so much more though, and those of you who have met her know that even these words don't do her justice. She means the world to me and I simply couldn't imagine one without her.
This is one of my favourite pictures of the two of us together, taken a few years ago at the lovely Paramahansa Yogananda Gardens in Encinitas, California.
She's 65 years now and as ever a radiant example of health and natural beauty to me. We love to go for long walks together and last weekend we went to the beach, where I snapped this sweet picture of her.
Now what am I up to at the moment? As some of you might have remembered from a previous post, I love motorcycles. I've been riding for eleven years now but have only recently returned to riding on racetracks. My next track day will be in less than two weeks and I'm getting butterflies in my stomach just thinking about it! Riding on a track is physically very demanding, so I also do HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts 3-4 times a week to stay in shape. A typical HIIT training session incorporates both cardio and strength based exercises and lasts anything between 12-50 minutes, depending on how much time and energy I have. I've never been stronger or had more endurance than with these kind of workouts. They're incredibly effective and I really love them. They're also easy to modify when traveling. Even in cramped hotel rooms using only your bodyweight, you're able to get a seriously challenging workout, so I've been 'hiitting' it happily for about 3 years now.
And it pays off! Here are two ladies cruising on a sunny afternoon at the racetrack of Le Mans about a month ago - and the first gal is me. :)
There is a fantastic neo-traditional dance movement happening right now in Europe, especially in France, Portugal, Spain, but also in Belgium, where modern interpretations of traditional dances, such as the waltz, schottische, mazurka etc. are danced to live music in couples, but also in groups.
For instance, the mazurka kind of feels like a European version of the tango, very sensual and slow, but freer and with more room for improvisation. I've been lucky enough to have experienced some truly magical dances in the five years that I've been a part of this dance scene, and there is nothing like being swept off your feet and feeling reality melt away in that shared moment of harmony. So this coming weekend you'll be able find me at a sweet little dance festival in the south of the country that is held in a castle (how romantic could it be!) dancing from dusk till dawn. :)
Aside from what I am currently doing, I would also love, love, LOVE to take up some form of yoga again, as I truly believe in its many qualities in terms of aligning the body, mind and spirit. (And yes, I admit I want to be able to do those fabulous inversions and handstands one day as well! :D). So I'll just keep on moving forward happily with the flow of life and see what wonderful things - a yoga mat perhaps? - it will be sending my way!
Wishing you all a beautiful day,
P.s.: This what I got for underestimating those deceptively innocent looking little waves: wet trousers!! ;)
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