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The ultimate Sunday combo

The Yoga Story and Best of You are teaming up to bring you the ultimate Sunday combo for body and mind.

Join us for a morning of soul searching and body bending as we take you on a journey combining life coaching exercises with a yoga session, followed by a delicious vegan brunch sprinkled with bubbles in the backyard of Ling Long.

Life Coach Sandra Aggemo and our very own Yoga teacher Mo Oléron will join forces and lead you to go deep within yourselves, listen, connect, release emotions and let it all go!

Practical information
When:
 27th of August 2017, 10:30-14:00
Where: Ling Long, Riddargatan 6
Price: 395 SEK
Registration: Get your tickets here
Additional information: Yoga mats will be in place and some light food will be served in the beginning, followed by Champagne and a awesome vegan brunch after the class. A little goodie bag surprise will also await everyone.

For more information contact Best of You at contact@bestofyou.se and remember to check out Sandra Aggemo and The Yoga Story on Instagram. Looking forward to meeting you.

Lots of love from Best of You


Photo cred: The Yoga Story

Be Inspired

Vacation mode ON

Vacation time is upon us, and we guess most of you are already unwinding with a good book somewhere. And that’s exactly what vacations are all about: unwinding.

The time has come for us to take a little break as well. We want to follow our own advice and disconnect to be able to reconnect. We are headed out in the world, exploring new places, feeding our souls with new impressions and create new memories. We will leave our computers behind and be back 1st of August with lots of new articles and inspiring events.

We wish you all a relaxing summer and remember; live in the moment and smile as much as possible, because life is such a beautiful thing!

Love from Best of You

Previous Events

Celebrating the Love

On Saturday 13th of May, the Best of You team invited all their friends, partners, sponsors and readers to share an afternoon filled with bubbles, popcorn, chocolate and laughter.

It has been such an honor to be able to present our new and improved concept to such a lovely and supportive crowd. We want to thank all the people who directly or indirectly inspire us everyday to chase our dreams and spread our vision. A huge thank you to our sponsors, Oatly and The Healthy Box, and collaborator Anhs Naglar for helping us create a magical moments for our guests!

Take a look at some of the magic captured on camera.



Head over to Facebook to see more pictures from our event and to keep track on whats up next.
You can also read more about our relaunch in some of the amazing articles and blog posts written about us:
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By: Morgane Oléron & Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: Sean Choi Photo
(And one or two borrowed images from Marie Emre & Cristina Castillo)

Baking Nutrition

Mid-week delight

There’s nothing better than the smell of fresh muffins baking in the oven. These muffins are made with whole wheat flour, and are dairy- and egg-free.

With only 10 minutes needed to prep, and about 18 minutes of baking, these vegan almond-blueberry muffins will be ready to devour in no time.

Ingredients
1 ½ cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup brown sugar
½ cup white sugar
½ tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
 cup coconut oil
1 cup applesauce
½ cup almond milk
½ cup old-fashioned oats
1 cup almond slices
1 cup blueberries (can be frozen or fresh)

Instructions
Preheat the oven to 400*F and grease your muffin pan. Combine all the dry ingredients, then add the wet ingredients. Fold in blueberries. Pour batter into muffin cups, I filled mine to about ¾ full. Bake for 17-18 minutes and then they’re ready to be enjoyed!


By: Samantha Thayer

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Just breathe

On December 17th, we had a yoga workshop in collaboration with Subhechha Yoga at Clarion Sign in Stockholm. Mikaela and Morgane, the two lovely souls behind Subhechha Yoga started off talking a little about how to stay centered in the midst of the Christmas chaos, before guiding us through a 75 minutes Hatha yoga class, leaving us feeling relaxed and centered.

Christmas for many can be stressful, and it was nice to see so many beautiful yogis show up and dedicate that time for themselves. Such an amazing way to welcome the holiday.

We want to thank Grounded Factory for lending us their beautiful mats, Clarion Hotel Sign for letting us host the event at their amazing hotel and Run & Relax for a whole outfit for one lucky winner to bring home! And of course; NOA, mymuesli, Tidningskungen, Holistic Sweden and Nova Concept who helped us create goodie bags filled with lovely treats.











For more pictures, head over to our Facebook page!


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: Ellinor Ravelin

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Girlpower

Yesterday we had a bunch of lovely ladies over for a ladies’ night and what a night it was!

With some bubbles in the glass we listened to makeup artist Mathilda Hedin Ekwall  who gave us some tips on how to apply the perfect makeup. Tips where shared and some also got their nails fixed by the lovely Anh Le while we mingled, talked and enjoyed our evening together. Afterwards everyone received a wonderful Glossybox to bring home.

We want to thank everyone that came, our sponsors and readers. Thank you for sharing your time and positive energy! It couldn’t have been a better night!
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By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: Victoria Thoors

Be Inspired

One year anniversary

One year ago, we launched Best of You with a mission to inspire readers all over the world to focus on happiness and live a joyful life. Now, one year later we can’t believe how lucky we are.

Being able to write, share, collaborate and meet so many beautiful souls truly makes it all worth it. It’s so beautiful what people can create together and hearing someone tell their story, share their experience and let Best of You be a channel for that is truly amazing.

We want to thank our readers, you are without doubt our biggest motivators and nothing makes us happier than to hear that we inspired someone with our posts. We hope you will continue reading, sharing and giving us feedback.

So, today we raise our glasses for ourselves, our readers and for the beautiful world we live in!

Cheers <3


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: Pinterest

Be Inspired

Fun activities to do indoors when you’re not a fan of the cold!

Winter is coming – or is already here in some parts of the world – and along with it comes the cold breeze, snow, hail, and rain. Where I’m at in the states, it hasn’t snowed yet, so I’m preparing by curating a list of fun and snow-free activities that I can do from the warmth of my own home!

Hopefully this list helps you get creative and have fun on days you don’t feel like dealing with the cold.

Puzzles
Puzzles are a great activity that you can do solo or with a group. They’re a great, creative way to work on problem solving and critical thinking skills. When done in a group, they can help build communication skills as well! According to this article, puzzles not only “sharpen your memory, improve brain function, but the clarity of mind and thought helps clear out the clutter in your mind.”  When you’ve finished your puzzle, why not save or frame it?

Baking
Baking is a fun way to pass time, and great to do on your own or with family/friends. Why not try our version of healthier cookies? Not only will you have a tasty snack in no-time, but the chocolate will probably cheer you up!

Read a book
As someone who is constantly buying books and never finding the time to read them (oops!), winter is a great opportunity. Sitting down with a good book is a great way to practice mindfulness as well as learn something new. We have curated a list of some great books here. If the idea of reading a book doesn’t appeal to you, check out our list of the health benefits… you might just reconsider.

Treat yo’ self
Not feeling like hitting the slopes for skiing or snowboarding? Treat yourself to a nice spa day at home. Make a bubble bath, try a facemask, paint your nails, or deep condition your hair.  Do whatever helps your stress levels and relax! You have all the time in the world – pamper yourself.

Clean and organize
Ok, so this one isn’t exactly the most fun on the list. But if we’re getting serious, cleaning and organizing your place can improve your mood and lower stress levels! Take an hour or so out of your day to clean or organize anything you want – it doesn’t have to be your entire place. Ever wanted to organize your closet? Now is the perfect time!

You may have noticed I left some things off this list… namely, anything dealing with technology. Sometimes taking a break from social media is a good thing, especially when you’re planning to hibernate all day – don’t want to feel FOMO!

So whether you’re staying indoors on your own or with friends/family, make a point to stay present.


By: Samantha Thayer / Photo Cred: Viktor Hanacek

Body

Ways to make working out fun

Fitting exercise into your already-busy daily routine can seem like a chore, and often something comes up or gets in the way of you making it to the gym. But what if it didn’t have to be a chore?

We’re going to give you some tips on how to make your workouts fun and interesting – so you’ll want to make time for them!

Take it outside
That’s right! Take your workouts outdoors. You’ll find it’s a great way to keep you distracted (mostly) from the hard work you’re doing. Instead of running on a treadmill, try running on a trail through the mountains or along a lake or ocean. Instead of lifting weights at the gym, why not go to a park to do a bodyweight workout? There are some great examples of these here, and here!

Bring a friend 
Get your friend, or friends, involved. You’ll work harder because of the moral support (and maybe a little healthy competition)! Having a friend come with you also holds you accountable.. Find something you both love to do whether it be a walk through the park, yoga, or barre.

Try something new
If you feel like your workouts are getting stale and boring, you might be experiencing some burnout. A fun way to change things up is to look at fitness studios nearby and take a free or discounted class there. Try something exciting like aerial silks, sailing, or roller derby! Who knows, you might be surprised by what you find, and want to continue after trying it.

After going through these ideas, and you feel like you’re still too busy to work out, try one of our other suggestions found here!

What’s your favorite way to get a workout in (outside of the gym)? How do you keep your workouts fun? Let us know in the comment field below!


This post is contributed by Samantha Thayer, Online Outreach and Education Specialist from What’s Up, USANA?. For more information on health, feel free to visit their blog or find them on Twitter @USANAInc.

Body

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting a New Exercise Routine

Starting a new routine – whether it be a new school, job, or workout class – can be a little daunting. I’m going to share with you five things I wish I knew before starting a new exercise routine, and I hope it will inspire you to try something new. 

Ask questions
One thing that helped me feel more comfortable when starting my new exercise routine was to ask questions. I signed up at a new studio and made sure to call and ask questions before I started. I was able to meet with the front desk and an instructor to talk about the class, what they recommend bringing, and got a tour of the studio.

Arrive early
Arrive early to give yourself plenty of time to get ready for your new class! Arriving early ensures there is enough time for you to find the studio (in case you get lost!), put everything away, and calm your nerves a little before starting class.

Don’t apologize
Something I struggle with is apologizing… for everything. Especially when I’m in a new class. Instead of apologizing for doing something wrong (or when an instructor corrects your form), say “Thank You!”. Let them know you appreciate them helping you. A little trick that helped me break this habit was trying to go the entire hour without apologizing or saying “I can’t”. Even though it was just an hour, it really helped change my perspective and I could feel myself getting more confident.

Smile
Smile. Smile. Smile! It’s always nice to smile at your instructor and fellow classmates so they see you as approachable, or at the very least, friendly. Whenever I exchange a somewhat awkward smile with someone in class, we usually end up talking for the duration of the class and cheering each other on.

Have fun
This is probably the most important piece of advice I can give. Remember to have fun! The whole reason you’re starting something new is to have a new experience, right? Who wants to do something that they hate? Make sure to have fun, be patient with yourself, and even laugh at yourself a little bit. You took the first step to trying something new – that in itself is a big accomplishment!

So, remember to have fun and don’t give up on the goals you set for yourself. The biggest change happens when we step outside our comfort zones. Even if you think you’re not gifted at something, remember that the people who do well at things practice every day to get there. Stay positive and keep trying, you’ll be surprised at how far you can really go!


This post is contributed by Samantha Thayer, Online Outreach and Education Specialist from What’s Up, USANA?. For more information on health, feel free to visit their blog or find them on Twitter @USANAInc. / Photo cred