About

“Your only responsibility is the state of your own consciousness.”

Eckhart Tolle

Welcome to Yoga Spoon & Pencil!

The ideas I share on this site are inspired by many beautiful people I have met, as well as many great books I have read and things I have experienced in my life so far.

I am fascinated by life and human nature, and I love to explore how we can create the best versions of ourselves. How we can feel better in our bodies and connect to our inner wisdom, which I firmly believe lies within all of us.

I love to slow down and feel the body’s intelligence. Feel the breath, the heart beating. Feel that everything in the body is connected and works together. It kind of fascinates me and helps me feel calm, centred and connected to the inner wisdom. Or consciousness or life force or whatever we call it.

I believe that when we step into this power, when we connect to what lies beyond our minds, we start to feel beautiful, think beautiful thoughts and do beautiful things. We  start to create beautiful vibes around us and attract things and situations of the same quality.

There are many tools which help to support connectedness in our lives and they can differ from person to person. For the purpose of this site I chose three main areas which I love. Yoga – as a union of the visible and invisible, the body and soul, food – as a magic bond between the Earth and our bodies, and drawing – as a creative process which keeps me in the present moment and fills me with joy and fulfilment.

I really hope you enjoy your time here and get inspired in any possible way!

Sincerely,

Renata Rucka or (Pia Brunost 🙂

If you are interested in my personal story continue reading here:)

Who am I

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This is a question we might want to ask ourselves more frequently. Who are we?  Why are we?? You might have heard: “We are not humans having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having human experience.” This resonates with me quite a lot, so I boldly use it to introduce myself as a spiritual being who came to this planet to experience humanity. My parents called me Renata, which comes from Italian re-naissance – rebirth.  (Find out what your name means here🙂

I was born and grew up in the Czech republic, in the heart of Europe. My town is called Trinec. It has beautiful hills and forests. It also has an iron factory, so some people like to call it  The Mordor.

As a child I liked to dance, draw and create things. Also I loved to be outside and explore the world. In the geography class I would stare at the map of the world and dream myself  into many far away places. I specially liked the Nordic countries. After secondary school I went hitch hiking in Norway together with a school friend Marcela. The trip was one big adventure full of exciting situations, interesting people and fascinating nature. I fell in love with Norway and wanted more of that!

The fall came and with it my university studies. I chose to study law because my mind said it made sense. I did not ask my heart because at that time I did not know I should. During my studies I attended hatha yoga classes and self studied Norwegian. I loved all the weird letters and sounds this language had to offer. Every year I would save some money for a little trip to Norway, the fairy tale land:)

My education led me to Prague where I got a law related job. It was a good, safe job, from 9am to 4pm with often business travels. My job learnt me a lot, but also helped me realise that I wanted something else in my life. It took me 3 years to find the power to actually change it. Big thanks to many OSHO books and every day morning meditations and visualisations.:) I finally decided to quit my job and move to Norway. This time I asked my heart for answers. It felt so right! I felt free, alive and ready for new episode of my life.

It was not easy to find a work which I would like to do in Norway and this would eventually make me feel frustrated. At that time I learnt a big lesson. We don’t always have to do it all by ourselves. We do our best and then let the Univers take care of the rest. Realising this and letting go, the job came. I spent next 3 years working part time at a refugee center in a little Sami village far away north. It was a valuable and intense experience which I am very grateful for.

My life in Norway felt like a beautiful fairy tale. Raw mountains, sharp arctic air, ice cold sea, wild berries and open people. It’s been almost 6 years since I moved to Norway and every single day I am amazed at how beautiful the nature is.

Since my job was part time, I had much more time to do things I loved: drawing, hiking, experimenting in the kitchen and doing yoga. In 2012 I discovered Tara Stiles and her amazing yoga videos on youtube, and here is when Strala yoga luckily enters into my life. I travelled to Strala headquarter in NYC a couple of times to attend Strala summer camp and Ready to lead 200 hours teachers training. In February 2016 I was also given and amazing opportunity to be a guest guide at Strala NYC – an experience which I am beyond grateful for. You can read more about my  relationship with Strala yoga here.

So, this is me. Every day I forget who I really am. I even forgot it while writing these lines!:) I keep on tuning back inside again and again. I practice staying conscious and remembering my roots, making sure they get enough nourishment.:)

Let me close with an inspiring quote from the amazing book The Celestine Prophecy

“You are so much more then what you think you are!”

James Redfield