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My yoga journey

Yogi and Bare Box

After failing with my first attempt at a yoga subscription box I signed up for a one off from Yogi and Bare Box

I’ll update more fully once I’ve used all the products but there was quite a good selection.

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It included a mat bag and strap, that I’m not sure that I’ll use as I have better versions of both already and I think most people who would sign up for a yoga box would too. img_4146

 

It had some snacks which I’ve not tried yet.

 

Some facial wash which I used last night and was quite nice. It smells good and seems to agree with my skin which is always a good thing. I’ll keep using it for a while to see how it goes.

A necklace that I quite like but I’ve not worn yet.

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And finally a sheet mask. A friend is very into these currently and I’ve not yet tried one. I love a good face mask in the bath so this will be coming out soon.

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Un-Yogi Yogic Thoughts

I am starting to teach more classes over the next few months. I’m back to two classes on a Wednesday with different times and we’ll see how that goes on, I’m teaching a monthly Friday night class and another monthly yoga with alcohol class. In general I’m busy with yoga and it’s a good thing.

I also am trying to teach a morning class at my office every two weeks. This is going to be by donation (to our office charity of the year), in my own time and very chilled.

However, when I sent an email out about the class stating that it would be on one of two mornings. This was as I can make these mornings on a regular basis and it suits me. I got a reply back from one of my colleagues asking if I could hold it on a different day that suited them better.

Erm no. I’ve offered to teach it when suits me. I already teach four classes most weeks and am trying to work on a personal practice too. I don’t want to change things so I don’t get to do things that I enjoy doing because it suits you.

It made me really annoyed. I ended up taking a couple of deep breaths before replying that days other than the ones I stated didn’t work for me but if they were ever available on the mornings that I’m teaching then they’d be welcome to join in.

It’s hard to be yogic about yoga all the time.

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Meditation Practice

I feel that so many of my posts recently have been that I’m working on improving things. I’ve had at least a month of not doing self-care and it’s starting to show.

I’m back doing more short yoga practices on a regular basis and now I’m working on incorporating mediation back into my daily routine. I’ve been suffering with an increased stress level and not been sleeping that well or relaxing easily. Work has been on my mind even when it shouldn’t be.

I’m trying to set aside 5 minutes a day to mediate and I’ve managed for the past five days. It’s had when you have 101 other things going on and things that you feel should be more important.

One of the things that I’ve started using again is BreatheSync. It’s a handy little app that tracks your pulse and breathing for 2 minutes at a time. It keeps track of how you’re doing and gives you a score. 

The aim is to have a score of 90 or above. Last Friday I got a 35. Self care has to take priority to improve this. 

 

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Weight loss Update 

So it’s been a month since I last posted about my weight loss journey. I’m doing this to be happy with my body rather than just hit a number.

However this past month has been challenging. I’ve not lost any weight. I know why this has happened, I have been stressed, busy and not swimming or exercising as much as I would like. I’ve still got 60 days to get back on tack. I’m not sure I can loose 10lb which would take me to the 120lb aim that I set in that time but maybe I’ll aim for 8lb or just under 1lb a week. 
I’m back on my meal prep and ensuring that I have lots of different options that are healthy and low calorie in the flat. I’ve got snacks and easy preparation food so when I’m stressed and getting home late I’m not tempted to get take away. 

I’ll post another update in two weeks when I hope to have made some progress. 

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SUP Yoga Retreat

My holiday in September has changed considerably since I booked it. I was meant to be travelling to Panama via Toronto with a friend but she now can’t come. As a result I’m staying in Toronto and then travelling to upstate New York.

When in Toronto I’m there at the same time as a Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga retreat. I’m looking forward to it as it’s on an island with camping. There is evening paddling, a camp fire, dawn yoga class, SUP yoga and a bag making workshop.

It’s going to be a really nice start to the holiday and a lovely way of connecting to nature in what’s going to be mainly a city based week.

I can’t decide if I want to try to incorporate more SUP into my holiday as I’m going to Niagara Falls and the upstate NY lakes which both have SUP hire available.

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2017 Aims Q2 Update 

This year seems to be flying by. It doesn’t seem that long that I gave my end of March update.

Do at least one yoga class per week.

I’m still not there with this. I’m trying to be better but life is super busy and it’s being a challenge. I’m getting better at doing short practices in the morning even if it’s just 5 minutes.

 

Look into and book Yang Yoga Teacher Training – probably not starting until 2018 but at least sourcing a course that I want to do.

Nothing yet booked but a few options that I’m looking at. I’m hoping to have something booked by September.

 

Make the studio cost neutral.

It’s still making money and I’m happy with how things are going. I’m still working on class timings for after the summer but I think I’m going to go back to three classes a week but with different timings.

 

Teach 3 workshops.

I’m still working on planning for this. I’m confident in teaching hour classes and have started expanding these to longer 90 minute classes but I think of workshops as being at least two hours long. I’m hoping that within the next quarter I’ll try one but I’m certainly growing towards this.
Find out cause of Hip pain and path to solve it.

I’ve got the cause of the pain formally diagnosed. I’m still working on how to minimise it for as long as I can. I have been swimming lots more and it’s not causing me too much more pain. I’m also taking a lot of different supplements which seem to be helping.

 

Travel to two new cities.

I’ve not been anywhere new this year yet but I’m headed to Toronto and Niagara Falls in September.

 

New kitchen fitted.

That’s the kitchen done and it’s beautiful. I’m enjoying having everything back in it’s proper place and bring able to cook.

 

Already completed. 

Finish my 200 hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training.

New Aims

I’m not 100% sure on what to add, I feel that I need to focus on adding yoga into my life on a more regular basis. I miss it and I know that I feel better when I do more classes. I need to find a way of making time for classes or get better at home practice.

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Eating Essential Oils

I’m not sure if it’s just me but there seems to be a lot going around just now about eating or drinking essential oils. It’s mainly from doterra suppliers and users so I’m not sure if this is something that they’re pushing just now. 

It seems a bit wrong to me. I love using essential oils both on my skin and in an aromatherapy sense. I have a water based unit in the studio that gives it a great smell and atmosphere. 


But drinking them mixed in water or adding them to food? Nope. To me no matter how pure you think your oil is, it’s still an unregulated industry. I’m sure that detorra oils are good quality and come from great ingredients but am I going to ingest it. Nope. 

I lived with an awesome aromatherapist after university and she was extremely cautious about using mixing up her good quality undiluted oils with carrier oils to ensure that none got on her skin due to the damage it could cause to her skin. Can you imagine what’d happen to your mouth if you left a drop on the side of a cup and drank it? Ekk! 

I’m sure most people who drink and eat essential oils come to no harm but it’s not something that I’m willing to do. 

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Summer classes

This week I made the decision to cancel one of my classes over the summer. I’ve only got two people signed up and one is away for two weeks. I’ve managed to fit both into the earlier class so it’s not a loss in revenue overall. 

Still it feels a bit like I’ve failed. 

I teach two classes a week that are full, that have no spaces on a regular basis. I’m making money from my studio, it’s profitable. Or a more accurate description is, it’s starting to repay me the investment that I had to put into the studio to get things going. 

Maybe the time of that class is wrong? Maybe it’s not a good fit. I don’t know. I’ve got 6 weeks to think about it and decide if I want to keep the class going to try for a different slot. 

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SUP

Last weekend I did something a bit rash. I bid on a SUP. And I won!

I’ve only been about half a dozen times but I love it. I find it super relaxing and such a great work out that’s low impact. 

I had to buy a few more accessories than I thought as it didn’t come with a pump or leash but overall I’m happy with the price I paid. 

I’m headed out for the first time on Thursday so I’ll see how it goes. 

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Bluetooth Yoga Pants?

Yep you read the title correctly. Bluetooth Yoga Pants are now a thing. They are from a company called Wearable X and cost $300. Ouch!

Having read the website I’m not 100% sure how they work and how they know which pose you are doing. They have vibrating feedback to help your alignment and movements. It seems a lot of money for leggings that I don’t understand how they work.

I could spend $75 on leggings and then the $225 would get me 11 classes or 4 one to one sessions which I’m more likely to get better feedback on poses and how to correct my alignment.

Diffidently not something that I’ll be buying.

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