Embrace Self-Care as A Lifestyle: Well-Being Journey with Paulina

Embrace Self-Care as A Lifestyle: Well-Being Journey with Paulina

Are you craving a space where your well-being takes center stage, where community, support, and acceptance flourish? Look no further than Paulina’s nurturing sanctuary in Munich.

As a Well-Being Guide and Yoga Teacher, Paulina’s mission extends far beyond the range of traditional yoga classes. With a deep focus on community and holistic wellness, Paulina invites you to embark on a journey of self-discovery, stillness, and connection like no other.

In today’s fast-paced world, where the demands of daily life often leave us feeling drained and disconnected, prioritizing self-care and overall well-being has become essential. Amidst this hustle, finding a sanctuary where you can truly nurture your mind, body, and soul is like finding a hidden gem.

 

Discovering True Self-Care

In April and May ’24, I joined Paulina’s Wellness Sanctuary and was so impressed that I had to share my experience with you.

In Paulina’s Wellness Sanctuary, self-care isn’t just an occasional treat but a fundamental part of your everyday life. With a diverse range of offerings, including yoga classes, meditation sessions, supportive community circles, and much more, Paulina encourages you to prioritize your well-being and connect deeply with yourself.

From the moment you join Paulina’s Wellness Sanctuary, you’re not just signing up for a few yoga classes. You’re entering a transformative experience where you feel welcomed and comfortable, where you can feel like you belong.

 

Cultivating Well-Being in Every Moment

Paulina believes in and encourages you to cultivate well-being in every moment. Her sessions are not limited to the mat but spread throughout your daily life. Her holistic approach nurtures your mind, body, and soul through self-care practices, reflection, journaling, meditation, and gentle movement styles. With her guidance, you experience a deep sense of inner peace and balance every day.

Yoga Class. Ture Self-Care beyond the matt. #self-care #yoga

 

The Self-Care and Wellness Sessions That I’ve Joined:

Yoga (in person)
Self-Care Yoga Class – 90min Move & Rest

Every last Friday of the month, there is a 90-minute yoga class that combines Vinyasa and Restorative Yoga. The one I attended was amazing. It left me refreshed and rejuvenated, it was the perfect blend of stimulating movement and deep relaxation.

Yoga Class in English with After-Class Tea

The 60-minute class was a powerful mix of meditation and pranayama. We worked on balance, strength, and flexibility.

Yoga Class in English and Group Dinner

This 60-minute class was focused on mindful and therapeutic Vinyasa-inspired yoga, a mix of meditation and pranayama. We worked on the connection between body, mind, and soul. After class, we all had dinner. And oh boy, what a beautiful evening that was!

Meditation (video calls)

For me, it was a “discovering something very valuable” experience, as it was the first time I had meditated with someone I am familiar with and have a connection with. It was a different experience in a positive way. And I learned how to journal.

Monthly Community Circle (video calls)

I really enjoyed the Monthly Community Circles at the Wellness Sanctuary. We focused on a different topic each month and discussed our feelings and experiences while offering support. In one session about joy, we talked about finding joy in everyday life. During the Nervous System Healing session, we learned about breathing techniques and how to manage our nervous system. These sessions were full of valuable knowledge and care.

Self-Care Circle (video calls)

I enjoyed attending these sessions as much as I enjoyed attending Monthly Community Circles. The intimate gatherings allowed us to share and connect on physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and relational well-being. The small group size ensured everyone received attention while still allowing for diverse perspectives.

Cacao & Sound Circle Connection (in person)

Ceremonial Cacao is a special kind of Cacao that is distinct from regular cocoa. It is a heart-opening medicine rich in magnesium and antioxidants. In the Cacao Circle at Paulina’s home, we reconnected with ourselves, honored Mayan wisdom, and expressed gratitude for nature’s teachings and our souls. This experience was followed by a sound meditation, which helped us switch off and fall into deep relaxation. It was the first time for me, but certainly not the last!

Every session I’ve attended was designed for different aspects of well-being, from restorative yoga to mindful meditation. Paulina’s diverse offerings provide a comprehensive framework for self-care, using yoga therapy and trauma-informed techniques to guide you toward greater self-awareness and empowerment.

Here, I share a more detailed review of all the sessions I’ve attended:

Fostering Community and Connection

At the heart of Paulina’s Wellness Sanctuary lies a warm and open community built on principles of connection, support, and acceptance. Through regular community and self-care circles, members come together to share their experiences, pieces of advice, wins, and challenges. It’s a space where judgment is replaced by understanding, and vulnerability is celebrated as a sign of strength. Here, you’re not just a participant – you are part of a family – a supportive network that uplifts and inspires you on your journey toward well-being.

after class dinner

I liked Paulina’s space so much that I decided to interview her and share all the goodness with you. Here’s what she says about her life journey, self-care offerings, and the community she’s growing:

Expanding Wellness Experience Beyond the Mat

What truly sets Paulina’s services apart is her unwavering commitment to her members’ well-being, both on and off the mat. With accessible support channels and personalized guidance, Paulina ensures that you’re supported every step of the way. Whether you’re unrested with stress, seeking clarity, or simply craving connection, Paulina is there to lend an empathetic ear and offer valuable insights. It’s this ongoing support that transforms self-care from a class once a week into a shared path toward greater self-awareness and fulfillment.

 

Embracing Acceptance and Self-Love

In Paulina’s Wellness Sanctuary, acceptance isn’t just a concept – it’s a way of being. Here, you’re invited to embrace your authentic self fully, free from judgment or expectation. Paulina creates a safe space where vulnerability is praised and self-love is nurtured. Regardless of where you are on your wellness journey, Paulina meets you with compassion and understanding, providing a safe, judgment-free environment without comparison. It’s a space where authenticity thrives – a sanctuary where you’re celebrated for exactly who you are.

 

The Power of Intentional Living:

Through Paulina’s guidance, you will come to realize that self-care is not a collection of unrelated practices but, instead, a way of life that you intentionally and purposefully live. Every aspect of your life, from your practice on the yoga mat to the thoughts you cultivate in your mind, can be an opportunity to practice self-care and mindfulness. It’s a change in mindset that empowers you to take control of your actions and create a life that aligns with your deepest values and ambitions.

 

Paulina: Your Companion in Self-Care

With hundreds of hours of training in therapeutic yoga and a wealth of personal experiences, Paulina is more than just a yoga teacher. She is a trusted friend on your journey towards holistic well-being. Her dedication to ongoing growth and learning ensures that her offerings evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of her community, making each session a transformative and enriching experience. With Paulina by your side, self-care isn’t just a destination but a lifelong journey of self-discovery, empowerment, and joy.

Self-Care with Paulina

Who Are Paulina’s Services For?

Paulina’s services are tailored for individuals who prioritize or need help prioritizing self-care and well-being – someone who needs or wants assistance and company on a wellness journey. Paulina embodies warmth, openness, and authenticity, creating a nurturing environment where community members feel supported and accepted.

In her sanctuary, perfection is not the goal. Instead, it’s a place where members can freely express themselves without fear of judgment or expectation.

Paulina is originally from Poland but spent most of her life in the UK. So, if you speak English and it is your preferred language, the Wellness Sanctuary is perfect, as all events/sessions are held in English.

If you are the one who leads a busy life and cannot dedicate regular hours for self-care or attend scheduled classes, Paulina has a rich Online On-Demand Library where you can access the recordings at any time.

So, whether you cannot make it to the session, are traveling, or want to keep your self-care practices to yourself, a wide range of recorded sessions are available online to watch or listen to at any time of the day.

Paulina’s On-Demand Library includes:

  • Community Monthly Circles Recordings
  • Self-Care Circles Recordings
  • Meditation Recordings
  • Yoga Recordings
  • Moon Guides

… & much more!

 

My Biggest Takeaway

My biggest takeaway from spending time with Paulina is once again proving to myself that self-care is not an occasional practice. It is an everyday and every-moment practice – it is an intentional lifestyle. And even though I knew it, it was good to be reminded that taking care of myself and feeling love for myself has a positive impact not only on me but on those around me, too.

I am taking away very valuable practices learned, such as journaling and pranayama. I have already started to apply these practices and can see unbelievable results! I now know how to care for myself more, appreciate myself more, and love myself more.

Thank you, Paulina, for a beautiful experience.

 

Conclusion: Embrace Self-Care as a Lifestyle

In a world where self-care is often reduced to brief indulgence and quick fixes, Paulina’s Wellness Sanctuary offers a refreshing alternative – a holistic approach to well-being that embraces self-care as a lifestyle.

Through a combination of yoga, meditation, a supportive community, and much more, Paulina guides you toward greater self-awareness, empowerment, and connection.

Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or a complete beginner, Paulina’s inclusive approach ensures that everyone feels welcome and supported.

Furthermore, you’re not just attending a yoga class or meditation session here. You’re embarking on a transformational journey guided by a compassionate teacher dedicated to your growth and well-being.

So why wait? Take the first step on your well-being journey today and discover the transformative power of embracing self-care in every aspect of your life.

Beautiful Lakes in Bavaria: My Top 5 Places to Unwind

Beautiful Lakes in Bavaria: My Top 5 Places to Unwind

If you’re like me, enjoying getting away from the hustle and bustle of city life to indulge in natural beauty, then I have some great news for you. I want to share my top 5 favorite lakes in Bavaria, which are just a couple of hours away and offer a perfect blend of tranquility and excitement. These beautiful lakes in Bavaria are my go-to places for self-care to escape everyday chaos. So, put on your hiking boots or grab a paddleboard, prepare a picnic basket, and let’s visit these gorgeous jewels of Bavaria.

The Top 5 Lakes in Bavaria to Escape A City Life and Unwind

1 – Eibsee: A Bavarian Gem

Of course, Eibsee has to be at the top of my list. Even before making Munich my home, I knew this lake would take a special place in my heart. This true Bavarian beauty is my favorite lake of all time (so far). Eibsee is tucked away at the base of the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest peak. It is like something straight out of a postcard with picture-perfect turquoise waters surrounded by lush forests and gigantic mountains – a sight to behold.

The best way to experience Eibsee is by taking a leisurely stroll along the lakeside trail or by paddling. The views are breathtaking, especially on a clear day when the sun dances off the surface of the water.

If you love getting your feet wet and crave a bit more excitement, rent a paddleboard or kayak and explore the lake from a whole new perspective. Looking to cool off? Take a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters with mountain views – trust me, it’s an experience that will reset your energy instantly.

When you’re ready to get some food, there is a cozy lakeside restaurant where you can have a meal while soaking in the stunning scenery. But honestly, I prefer just to pack a lunch and enjoy a little picnic on Eibsee’s beach or one of the little side pocket shores that the lake has all around. My favorite spot to picnic and rest after an adventurous day before traveling home is a little rocky beach with a perfect view of Zugspitze Mountain.

Top 5 Lakes in Bavaria - Eibsee #lakesinbavaria #eibsee

Tips:

  • If you are planning to read a book or take a nap on one of Eibsee’s little beaches, don’t forget to pack a thicker picnic blanket. It will be more enjoyable and comfortable to lay on rocks.
  • The same goes for swimming. Pack your river shoes if you plan to get your feet into the water. The rocks can be sharp and slippery.

Eibsee is one of the lakes in Bavaria I have visited the most so far (and I also take all my guests here all the time, haha). I come here any time of the year, mostly for walks and, in summer, for picnics, swims, and paddling. I like that you can never predict the color of the lake, as it changes like a chameleon. I love its beauty!

2 – Walchensee: The Bavarian Caribbean

Next, one of my favorite lakes in Bavaria is Walchensee, also known as the “Bavarian Caribbean” due to its clear, turquoise-green water.

This gorgeous lake, situated near the charming village of Kochel am See, offers a tranquil retreat from the chaos of everyday life, inviting you to unwind and reconnect with nature. Walchensee is my preferred destination for summer weekends for activities such as paddling, swimming, sunbathing, and picnicking. It’s an excellent location to relax and enjoy the sunshine, especially if we have a hot day in town.

Nestled amongst the rugged beauty of the Bavarian Alps, this teal water lake is nothing short of spectacular. Its serene waters reflect the greenery that surrounds it, and the views from the lakeside are mesmerizing. The lake’s crystal-clear waters stretch out before you, surrounded by little rocky beaches and tranquil meadows, making it the perfect spot to unwind and soak up the sunshine. We, who live in Munich and around, are so lucky to have this lake nearby.

What I love about Walchensee most is that its real magic lies in the endless opportunities for outdoor adventure. No other holiday destinations are needed when you have Walchensee on your doorstep, and if you are into windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, paddling, or just lounging on the lakeside shores, there’s something here for everyone.

Also, I love that no motorboats are allowed here, so the water meets the requirements of class I water quality. And if you’ve had enough swimming and you’re feeling particularly adventurous, why not hike up to one of the nearby mountain peaks for a bird’s-eye view of the lake? The vistas are truly out of this world, offering a glimpse into the raw beauty of the Bavarian Alps.

Top 5 Lakes in Bavaria - Walchensee #lakesinbavaria #Walchensee

3 – Alpsee: Where Nature and History Meet

The third one on my “Favorite Lakes in Bavaria” list is Alpsee, a lake located southeast of the small town of Füssen in the Ostallgäu district. Although it has just under five kilometers of shoreline, it is surrounded by lush forests and rolling hills, making it a picturesque destination. This crystal-clear lake is also full of history, with Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles nearby, giving it a storybook-like feel.

Alpsee is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, offering a variety of activities such as hiking, biking, swimming, and paddling. When you’re ready to take a break, there are plenty of cozy lakeside cafes where you can relax and enjoy the lakeside atmosphere or have a picnic on the shore of the lake to take in the stunning views.

While Alpsee may not be the best choice if you’re looking to sunbathe or just lay around on the shore, as the main beach can feel touristy due to visitors coming to see the castles, that’s not to say that more private beaches cannot be found if you move further. I haven’t explored this lake enough yet, so if you know of any good spots, I would love to hear about them!

Top 5 Lakes in Bavaria - Alpsee #lakesinbavaria #alpsee

4 – Königssee

Prepare to be awestruck as we make our way to the majestic Königssee, often referred to as the “King’s Lake.” Tucked away amidst the towering cliffs of the Bavarian Alps, this glacial lake lies just south of the town of Berchtesgaden, in a deep cut that is surrounded by sheer limestone mountains within the Berchtesgaden National Park.

Königssee is one of my favorite lakes in Bavaria I like to visit in autumn, when the trees burst with colors of gold, orange, and red, creating a stunning and picturesque view. When the wind blows, the rustling and dancing of the leaves add even more magic to the scene, making it a natural painting that is truly incredible.

Königssee offers a wide range of activities, including boat tours and kayaking excursions on the lake, which allow you to explore its pristine waters and stunning shoreline. Moreover, there are hiking trails that wind around the lake and into the surrounding mountains. These hiking trails offer breathtaking views and opportunities for wildlife watching. You can also find some of the best scenic viewpoints around the shore of Obersee Lake, another one of the most beautiful lakes in Bavaria, which is a perfect spot for enjoying a meal amidst the natural beauty of Königssee.

There are many things to do in Königssee, such as walking around St. Bartholomew’s, hiking to Obersee Lake and Röthbach Waterfall, or simply swimming in the lake. However, the real highlight of Königssee for me is the boat trip across its shimmering surface. As you glide along the tranquil waters, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the scenery, including the iconic Obersee and the towering Watzmann mountain. It’s the scenery that is truly majestic and will leave you speechless – trust me, I speak from personal experience.

Top 5 Lakes in Bavaria - Königssee #Königssee #lakesin bavaria

5 – Tegernsee

Last but certainly not least on my list of “Favorite Lakes in Bavaria” is Tegernsee – a true Bavarian gem nestled amongst the rolling hills of the Tegernsee Valley. I call Tegernsee “Summer Fun” lake, as this sparkling lake is surrounded by charming villages, lush forests, and picturesque mountains, making it the perfect destination for a peaceful but full-of-things-to-do getaway.

One of the best ways to experience Tegernsee is by taking a leisurely stroll along the lakeside promenade, where you can soak in the stunning views and breathe in the fresh mountain air or just lay on the beach. And if you love water as much as I do, why not rent a paddleboard, catamaran, or kayak and explore the crystal-clear waters at your own pace?

But Tegernsee is not only for swimming and watersports. There are many beautiful hiking and biking trails to explore the surroundings, offering stunning views and opportunities to unwind. Picnic areas and scenic viewpoints are scattered throughout the area, providing perfect spots for enjoying a meal while taking in the natural beauty of Tegernsee.

Also, Tegernsee isn’t just about outdoor adventure – it’s also a haven for foodies and culture enthusiasts. Be sure to sample some of the local delicacies at one of the lakeside restaurants or breweries, and don’t miss the chance to visit the historic Tegernsee Abbey, which dates back to the 8th century.

Tegernsee is one of those lakes in Bavaria where you never get short of things to do. There’s always something for everyone, whether you are into watersports, love keeping your feet on the ground, like adrenaline, or prefer to take it easy. There is a vast variety of activities, including cultural attractions, local events, festivals, and relaxing spas and wellness centers.

Top 5 Lakes in Bavaria - Tegernsee #Tegernsee #lakesin bavaria

As with many lakes in Bavaria, they can be a little crowded. To avoid that, I always walk or drive a little bit further from the popular areas and find little beaches where I can enjoy more privacy and peace. Honestly, most often, those little places turn out much cuter and cozier, where I can enjoy serenity, journal, meditate, and escape from busy city life.

In conclusion, the lakes in Bavaria offer a diverse array of natural beauty and recreational opportunities, each with its own unique charm. Whether you’re seeking adventure or simply a place to relax and unwind, these tranquil escapes are sure to captivate your senses and leave you longing to return time and time again.

This post summarizes my favorite lakes in Bavaria. However, I plan to describe each lake in a separate post to provide a comprehensive travel guide with more details, such as how to get there, things to do, and my favorite spots to run away from the city. Subscribe so you do not miss out on upcoming posts.

 

P.S. Also, I think that the sixth lake is coming up here on my “Favorite Lakes in Bavaria” list. The Lake Hintersee in Ramsau is next on the lakes to visit, and I think it is going to be magical, so it’ll have to join this list. Stay tuned!

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