Grounded Portrait: Matilde Wergeland

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do/ who you are?
 
I’m Matilde! I am working as a content creator (and love everything about social media, writing and photography) and as a Holistic Health Coach. I’ve just launched my own health coaching practice, Health by M (healthbym.com), and I see clients online and in-person here in Stockholm. Health has always been such a big passion of mine and I absolutely LOVE everything about nourishing food, mindfulness, workouts, etc.
I spent my childhood by the coast outside of Gothenburg, but I have lived
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 many years abroad, e.g. in London, Sydney, Paris, and New York. My biggest dream in life is to have an own family, write books about health, organize health trips to wonderful retreats, become a yoga teacher, travel lots, and be able to live part time in Cape Town!
 
 
What does yoga mean to you?
Yoga means self-care and exercise for both mind and body. I started practicing yoga when I was 14 years old. I played a lot of soccer at that time and love how that high intense workout combined with my yoga practice made me feel so amazing. However, my true passion and love for yoga started when I lived in New York and found the incredible community “Yoga To The People” which consists of donation-based studios on Manhattan and in Brooklyn with amazing teachers. I used to go several times every week and my passion for yoga really grew more and more. I started to look into different retreats and workshops to develop my practice and also try it while traveling. This is also the time when my dream and goal to one day become a yoga teacher was born.
 
 
Do you have a favorite studio/ retreat you want to share with us?
I think the best studio is outdoors if possible. I love to practice yoga outside in nature, but if you have to be inside, I have a few favorites. I love Hagabadet’s yoga in Gothenburg, especially the hot yoga classes. And except from Yoga To The People studios in New York (especially the one on Astor Place and in Williamsburg) I love doing yoga at the retreat Cal Reiet on Mallorca. I’ve been there twice and hope to be back soon again. Last, but not least, yoga by the beach in Tulum, in the stunning shala at Tri hotel in Sri Lanka, and in a spa right by the water on Ritz-Carlton Hotel in the Maldives are definitely my top studio experiences that are hard to beat…
 
 
Pls share your best tip on how to stay grounded on and off the mat.
I try to concentrate on my breath as much as I can when I’m on the math. That helps me to stay grounded both physically and mentally. Also, I try not to be too hard on myself and if random and disturbing thoughts arrive, I don’t judge and just let them go.
Last tip - have a great yoga mat (a Grounded Factory mat for example) that don’t make you slip! J
 
One of my best tips off the math is to meditate. I still want to improve this area and do it more often because it makes me feel so good. My goal is to do it every day, even if just for a few minutes. I also think it’s important to give yourself some daily down time to relax and/or do something fun, as well as having both a morning- and an evening ritual that set the mood for the day and night before you go to bed. I often start the day with a run, then breakfast, and then checking emails and going to work. Then, I end my day with tea and a few relaxing minutes in bed reading, watching a series, or something else fun before going to sleep.
My rituals help me to stick to routines and to feel grounded. I also keep a journal every night and write down three things I am grateful for, three things I’m proud of, and three wishes.
Lastly, I feel grounded when my life is clean and organized. That means that I love to eat clean food, write to-do lists and update my planner, clean my home often, etc. Moreover, I also try to remove toxic people out of my life and say no to activities that don’t align with what I genuinely like and stand for in order to feel grounded and happy.

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