“Sommerwind” – Part 2

“Sommerwind” – Part 2

Hello again! In “Sommerwind” – Part 2  I would like to show you more of my paintings which are currently exhibited in Rastede, a small town in the North of Germany.

8. Tree of Life, Mixed Media, 70 x 100 cm, 2017

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9. Intuition, Mixed Media, 90 x 120 cm, 2017

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10. Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu, Mixed Media, 50 x 100 cm, 2017

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11. Quiet the mind, Mixed Media mit getrockneten Blüten, 60 x 80 cm, 2017

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12. Chakra garden, Aquarell, 50 x 100 cm, 2016

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13. Arngaster Leuchtturm, Mixed Media, 50 x 70 cm, 2017

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14. Willowing & Oak, Aquarell, 60 x 80 cm, 2017

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Please come back to have a look at Part 3 which will be available in a couple of days.

May your day be filled with blessings! Namaste!

New fabric design

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November dreams

November dreams

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Today we were greeted with the first snow of the upcoming winter season. Although the arrival of snowy weather  almost always gives me migraines I tend to find snow very calming and  soothing. The blanket over the earth enables us to look inside rather than outside and search for our deepest wishes and hopes for the next year to come.

At the moment I am taking the e-course “Do what you love” by the amazing Beth Kempton and she teaches us to dream big and visualise your future as detailed as possible in order to bring your dreams into reality. If you want to change your life for the better I can honestly recommend taking this course as it offers you tools to detect your desires and shows you ways to implement them. Also the online community is incredibly supportive and I found a couple of lovely new friends there.

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What are your goals for 2017? Do you want to be more loved and respected, do you want to get better paid for your work, or do you want to quit your job and start your own business? Now is the time to do some serious planning ahead. Write everything down, make lists of what you want to change, what to want to keep. Map out your future and send your wishes to the universe. Making positive wishes for everybody in your life will transform the reality and soon you will be living the dream.

I started this year by making lists of want I want to achieve, where I would like to go to, negative things I would like to get rid of, etc. And I must say, most of it has already come true because I had visualised it very clearly before.

Now I am planning to put all my knowledge of visualisation into a brand new workshop that I am going to offer in early 2017. The workshop will contain elements of yoga and chakra meditation as well as encouragement training and mindfulness tools.

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Artistically I am working on more recipe illustrations for They draw and cook. I love to come up with new vegan or veganized recipes and am grateful for having to possibility to show them to the world via this fantastic website.

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There will also be another exhibition of my yoga / meditation paintings in my hometown Oldenburg in early 2017. More details coming soon.

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Last but now least I would like to inform you about my new yoga courses which will start in January. There will be a course for beginners on Tuesday nights and an open class on Sunday afternoons. You can find more details on

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I hope all your November dreams will come true, don´t forget to make a wish on 14 November when there is a potent full moon in Taurus.

Namaste!

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It´s May – time for entertainment and events

It´s May – time for entertainment and events

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For the last six months I have been busy setting up my creative business. I took lots of classes, spent millions of hours in front of the computer in order to learn Adobe Illustrator, created dozens of designs, and now it is time to put it all out into the universe (meaning to you, my customers).

The first event coming up is the “Koffermarkt” (suitcase market) in Oldenburg which will take place next Saturday (7 May 2016). In the lovely scenery of the local theatre Susi´s Cauldron (that´s me) will sell greeting cards, mugs, throw pillows, pouches, mousepads, fabrics, bags, etc. directly out of an old vintage suitcase.

One week later there will be a revival of the little Vegan Café in our garden. My daughter Debbie and me are going to treat you with lots of delicious cakes, muffins, brownies, sandwiches, etc. Let´s hope the weather will be nice for that occasion.

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On 15 May I will be at another garden event (Tag des offenen Gartens), this time at the wonderful garden of Dörte Wemken and her family in Bad Zwischenahn. I can truly recommend you to come there as you will be delighted to see her beautiful plants and animals. Susi´s Cauldron will be there among other artists to promote their products and artworks. Some of the photographs I took there last year were turned into greeting cards or other items.

This is where the garden event will take place!

On 22 May I am going to teach a Chakra Meditation workshop at the Home of Yoga in Rastede, there are still some spaces left.

In case you like food illustrations please have a look at my Instagram page as I am taking part in the #100dayproject for which I chose to draw what I eat everyday. You can find my illustrations  using the hashtag #susisveganfoodillustrations

Please have a look here 🙂

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Whatever you do – have a great May and try to get a lot of sunshine!

 

 

Goodbye 2015

Goodbye 2015

We have reached the end of the year 2015, and how fast it has rushed by…

For me 2015 was a good year, a year I will remember.

I started the year by taking the course “30 days of grace” by Alena Hennessy which was truly inspiring. It was a great way to begin the new year in a creative way.

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Jobwise the year started busy and it has stayed busy till the end. Being a freelance teacher for English, Yoga, and Chakra Meditation that is what you want. I taught yoga to people between 11 and 73 years, to men and women of all sorts of backgrounds, as well as to migrant women from Turkey, Russia, and Iran. I started to teach English at the local Centre for Adult Education (Kreisvolkshochschule) which I enjoy a lot.

In April and June I visited a further yoga training called “Yoga Dancing” in Melle and I graduated with the title “Yoga Dancing Instructor”. The course was very nice and I made some lovely new friends.

In summer I took part in the “Make it in Design” summer school and that was a very wise decision. I had a lot of fun drawing and designing and therefore I decided to take more courses in the field of pattern design.

In September I started the course “Designing your way” again by MiiD and that opened up a whole new world for me. As a teenager I always wanted to become a designer – and now 30 years later it might still be possible! How amazing! Again I made some awesome new friends from all over the world.

With the help of “Skillshare” courses which I highly recommend  I created my own logo for my new creative identity as “Susi´s Cauldron” and opened up online shops on Spoonflower, Society 6, and Redbubble.

Please have a look

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In November I held my very first art exhibition at the lovely yoga studio “Home of Yoga” in Rastede and there are plans for further exhibitions in 2016. herbstlichti

So all in all it was a very successful year for me! I even sell some products in the local Ausstellwerk 95 in Oldenburg where artist can present their work.

I am very grateful for everything especially for all my students – even if I am the teacher I can learn so much from working with you! Let´s continue the good work in 2016.

I would like to wish all of you a pleasant start to an exciting new year with lots of new ideas, insights, and laughter.

Namaste!

Shape up your Chakras – Part 3 – Manipura

Shape up your Chakras – Part 3 – Manipura

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The third chakra is called Manipura which means City of Juwels (that is a lovely name I think). It is situated just above your belly button, when you pull in your stomach muscles you can feel it pretty good. The third chakra is all about self-confidence, power, and your ego. The colour connected with this chakra is yellow. The element is fire. You can imagine this chakra as a little sun inside you. You can breathe energy into the chakra area, and while breathing out you can imagine bringing all the purifying fire energy from the chakra into your whole body.

In Yoga all the standing exercises are supposed to open the three lower chakras (as the first three are called).

If you want to know whether your third chakra is blocked ask yourself the following questions:

– How do I feel about myself?

– Can I handle decisions? Can I stick to my decisions?

– Do I need a lot of attention from others?

– Am I afraid to be alone?

– How do I handle responsibilities?

If you discover an imbalance in this chakra you could e.g. attend an encouragement course or practise encouragement in your personal life. Tell people when you think they did a great job, and they will tell you, too!

Shape up your chakras – Sacral Chakra

Shape up your chakras – Sacral Chakra

 

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The second chakra is called the sacral chakra or Swadhisthana. It is located along your spine a little bit under your belly bottom, approximately where your inner sexual organs reside. Like the womb is the place where you create new life, the second chakra is the seat of your power to create. May it be art, music, literature, anything really that you can create.

The colour associated with the second chakra is orange.

So if you want to embrace your creativity I´d suggest you do a little energy massage and the following meditation:

Lie on your back and breathe in deeply and out slowly. Put your right hand on your belly ( 2 fingerbreadth under the belly bottom) right above your second chakra, now put your left hand on top of the right one. Every time you breathe in you bring cosmic energy into your hands, and every time you breathe out you release that energy into your second chakra. In your mind you go back to the time when you were between 7 and 14 years old. What were your hobbies when you were a child? What did you really like to do? Who were your friends? What did to enjoy playing? Now compare that to the present, what is missing in your life now? Would you like to pick up singing in a choir or learn to play an instrument? Let your inner child out and allow yourself to play and explore what is good for you! After a couple of minutes come back to the present, breathe in deeply and stretch your body.

I guess your belly got pretty warm by now! Repeat the energy massage whenever you feel you need it!

Happy creating!

Shape up your Chakras – Starting with the Root Chakra

Shape up your Chakras – Starting with the Root Chakra

When I came home this morning from the usual 7:30 doggie walk, I thought I had to start spring cleaning the house, and so I did … I used an organic cleaner with orange aroma which got me thinking about the chakra system again, and I came to the conclusion that not only the house needs a spring cleaning but me and my chakras could use a good make over, too.

So let´s start with the root chakra called Muladhara which is located at the bottom of your spine and is connected with the colour red and all things basic like eating, drinking, sleeping, drives, etc., everything you need in order to survive. The chakra is also connected to the first seven years in your life, the time where you learn to do the basic things on your own, and also the time when you develop trust.

Now in order to shape up your chakra and bring it to function full on you should try and activate it by grounding exercises, running, dancing, or mindful walking, meditating about your childhood, remembering things you enjoyed in that crucial time, all of these actions can help you balancing the root chakra. In yoga we have all the standing positions which activate the lower chakras.

I decided to put on some upbeat music (Marilyn Manson´s new album was my choice of the day), get rid of shoes and socks, and dance and jump barefeet for half an hour. That was really fun and now I am feeling awesome!

Have a nice Monday! And come back soon when we are shaping up the second chakra! 🙂IMG_8620

Welcome to my blog

Welcome to my blog

Introducing myself

Hi, my name is Susi!

I am a translator, a yoga instructor, a mum of four kids, a hobby photographer, a hobby watercolour artist, a vegan, etc.

In my blog I would like to share with you my thought on Yoga, meditation, education, and lots of other interesting themes. I hope you´ll like it.

I live in Oldenburg, a very nice town in the North of Germany. And for a start I would like to show you some of my photos of my beautiful hometown. Enjoy!

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