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by Ceylan Ayik, www.ceylanayik.com/

We are almost approaching the end of September and most of us are very busy settling into the new school year and even busier work schedules.

September is a bit like new year to me! New decisions, resolutions, goals for a new season! Maybe that’s a way to cope to with the end-of-summer-syndrome!

Actually, autumn is a great season to embrace changes, get stronger and lighter as nature does every year.

Here are some suggestions and events that will help you to re-energize and continue stronger on your busy days. We all deserve these breaks and self-investments to continue with fresher minds and bodies!

Hiking season!

We are so lucky to live in this beautiful region with endless hiking opportunities! We always use the Swiss Hikes website to choose, and use its app when we go. Also check out the My Switzerland website for more.

Living in Geneva, we love the hiking trails in St.Cergue, Vevey, Montreux and Neuchatel.

The best part is usually the picnic time with the amazing view of Lac Leman and the Alps! As a healthy eating fan, I always pack some fruits-nuts and raw veggies and can find a salad in bakeries (yes there are salads in bakeries now!) while my family usually prefers the delicious sandwiches!

Start trying new classes!

You might be one of those many who came back from holidays and long summer days with some extra “luggage” and want to get back into shape as soon as possible, especially before the new year craziness start!

This month most of the fitness-gym-yoga-pilates-dance studios have open house trial days. Make use of these days and start or re-start a practice that you really enjoy doing and make it an important part of your life!

If you do not feel motivated enough to start exercising again, then listen to what Mel Robbins says about motivation.

You can also read my blog post on “How to get back on the Wellness Wagon” to get some quick tips to help you on this journey.



The season of workshops has also started and even if you think Geneva is a small city, there are so many of them in the region that my weekend diary is already fully booked!

Here are the ones I will attend and one that I am organizing!


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SANJEEV BHANOT, Yoga Malish, Antastha Yoga and Yoga Nidra Workshops

My dear teacher Sanjeev Bhanot is visiting here for a series of classes in Nyon, Lausanne and Geneva.

He will give an Antastha Yoga Workshop in Geneva, at Swiss Pilates and Yoga.

Antastha Yoga is a holistic approach by which the human being is perceived in its integrity and is being guided deep within.

The essence of Antastha Yoga is twofold: withdrawal of sense through pratyahara, achieved using a blindfold, and self- study through Swadhyaya. Through the use of a blindfold, you are drowned to tap into your innermost potential to practice the asana, thus reaching a meditational state.

Sunday 24.09.2017, Sunday 10:00-12:00.

Price: 70chf

Location: Swiss Pilates and Yoga Fit For Life

Address: Rue Adrien-Lachenal 24, 1207 Genève

Registrations: e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I will be in there and be more then happy to meet you!

On 23-24th of September, he will be teaching Yoga Malish in Lausanne at Yoga Flame.

This practice for healing and flexibility uses self massage done in a warm room with ayurvedic oil while practicing specially selected yoga postures.

This combination gives you a new unexpected flexibility that lets you glide into the asanas.

More info and booking here: https://yogaflame.ch/en/workshop-sanjeev/

And on 25-27th of September he will be teaching in Nyon Yoga Moves,

Monday 25. Sept. 9:15 - 10:30 h CHF 35.-
Hatha Yoga Session in Sanjeev’s style

Tuesday 26. Sept. 19.00 – 21.00 h CHF 50.-
Antastha Yoga Yoga session to dive deeper into yourself

Wednesday 27. Sept. 19.30 – 21.00 h CHF 35.-
Yoga Nidra & Meditation: experience yoga magic in double pack

+4122 362 13 13
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All about movement

A workshop by my teacher Andrea Freely.

In this session Andrea will explore different techniques to understand human movement better. The Bowspring, functional movement, mindful strength and more will be blended into this dynamic workshop designed to challenge and deepen your movement practice. Come prepared to move in all kinds of ways, sweat, laugh and play. For eager students and teachers.

Sign up by email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Price: Fr 60.- per person

On Saturday, 30 September, 14:00-16:30

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Beginners yoga and low-carb diet talk

Are you new to yoga? Or maybe you gave a long break and want to come back slowly.

Do you want to learn more about the effects and ways of lowering carbohydrate in your diet? It is one of the most efficient diets in weight loss yet you need to know a few basics before starting.

Then join our workshop on 29.09.2017

Price: 40chf

You can do only yoga or only the talk, half the price.

And this workshop is delivered by me!

Details are here and book at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Personal development: Compassionate communication

Another dear teacher Mironel De Wilde is in Geneva at the end of the month for his beautiful series of workshops.

Compassionate communication, also known as Nonviolent communication (NVC), is a practical approach to communication with oneself and others for connection and integrity whether at home, at work or in the community.

This workshop will explore in depth the NVC process that brings consciousness and responsibility to our experience of interacting and communicating, the art of listening for developing our capacity of empathy and self-empathy and self-compassion to shift our experience of pain towards a mindful and compassionate healing experience.

30.09.2017 and 01.10.2017 Shaanti Club, Geneva

More details are here.


Check out Know-It-All Passport’s Events calendar for more and keep yourself active and remember to give breaks and taking time for relaxation!

I am always here to answer your questions,

Have a lovely September and coming autumn months.

About the author

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Ceylan Ayik is a certified Integrative Nutrition Healthy Living Coach and RYT 300hours Yoga Teacher, whose aim is to empower busy women on their journey to becoming happy, healthy role models for their children, family and friends.  She is passionate about helping them to transform their minds, health and bodies through optimal nutrition and yoga.

She leads groups workshops on nutrition as well as one-on-one health and nutrition coaching packages. They include pantry detoxes, cooking lessons and clean food shopping trips.

Alongside her busy coaching practice and yoga teaching, she is a mother of two, wife, and writer for her fitness and gourmet blog, Fitgurme.