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My yoga journey

The problem with yoga books

I love yoga books. I have half a bookshelf of them. However sometimes I hate yoga books.


I hate how yoga books always use super flexible models to show photos of the yoga poses. They show an unrealistic ‘perfect’ pose for 95% of people and don’t show how most people will look in the pose.

I have one yin yoga book that suggests that in butterfly pose, baddha konasana, you should come forward until your forehead touches your feet. In the yin version. Where the same book has an intro that says that the aim of yin is to relax into poses and not force yourself into them. Even in a dynamic practice having done lots of hip opening and warming up fully I’d have trouble getting my forehead to my feet and holding it there without a lot of pushing forward. That to me is not yin.

It frustrates me greatly when I know that even at my fittest when I practiced yoga 4/5 times a week I still wasn’t able to do some poses as shown in books. They never show more than one adaptation and usually that’s to make the pose harder rather than easier.

I would like a yoga book that shows you the different options in poses and the ‘beginner’ or less flexible options as well as the more advanced options. I don’t know if such as book exists but if you know of one let me know and I can add it to my library.

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Yogi tea wisdom

I love yogi tea and the little mantras added to the tea bag labels. Sometimes they are really random but other times they are spot on.

This was last weeks advice,

I like the idea of sharing happiness. I do notice that if I’m surrounded by happy people then it’s easier to be cheerful and to build myself up.

What do you do to help with your happiness?

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Mindfulness in Nature

One thing that I have worked on improving since I got my dog is mindfulness. It’s a lot easier to go for walks in nature and be mindful about it when I’m walking with her.

You can’t help but be in the moment when walking with a dog. Especially when it’s a dog that is nervous around other dogs. I have to be aware of other people and dogs and how she will react to them. I have to be aware of roads, bikes, runners and the surroundings. If I don’t notice something and she starts to bark at them then I’ve failed. It’s difficult to be present and mindful. There are times where I want to just sit on a bus and get to my destination and not have to walk in nature and be aware of others but that’s not what she needs.

I have to put her before me at times and it’s hard.

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Become a Pilates Instructor for £12

I love Pilates and want to get back into classes as I feel that it compliments my yoga practice well. However when I see things like this it worries me. On a deal website Wowcher you can buy a Pilates Instructor Training course for £12


Perhaps unsurprising it’s an online course but it is described as enabling you to teach.

Would you like to do a class taught by a teacher who’s teacher training was entirely online and was only an investment of £12? I’m not sure I would.

I know that some teacher training courses aren’t great anyhow and some teachers are great despite it. However it worries me that with just online training and no in person requirement people can get qualified and insured to teach.

I’m not 100% convinced about requirements to sign up for Yoga Alliance or other training bodies but at the same time it gives some certainty around what training a teacher has had.

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Shoes in the studio

So I’m slightly worried that this may make me come across as crazy but still, who cares what random people on the internet think of my opinion.

Shoes in the studio. Just no. I’ve a sign on the door, one on the shelves that are right next to the door and I always ask people to removed their shoes when they come for the first time.

Why on earth would you then keep your shoes on and walk across my studio and that them off sitting on my mats. Ugh.

I want to be able to but my face on the floor knowing that it’s clean-ish and wearing shoes on it doesn’t.

Maybe I should make the sign bigger or be braver at telling people to stop until they’ve removed their shoes.

Don’t even get me started on the lady who stood on my mat wearing shoes…

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Finding my breath

Last week wasn’t such a great week for me. I came down with a cold that then spread into my chest. I ended up with a chest infection and not really able to breathe properly for almost a week.

In yoga classes so often the instruction is find your natural breath or move with your breath. Well what about when your breath isn’t working?

It was such a challenge to do anything, even going to the kitchen to make tea left me out of breath and tired. I had my humidifier which helped but also caused me to cough.

I’m so glad that I don’t suffer from long term lung issues as I can’t imagine feeling like that for more than a few days. Take a couple of deep breathes and appreciate that you can.

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Kino MacGregor Ashtanga Weekend

Ekk! So I’m going to have to change my personal yoga practice from predominantly yin to returning to Ashtanga. I’ve booked into a weekend immersion with Kino MacGregor in September.

I’ve not done any ashtanga for over a year but I loved my morning mysore practice even if I did get injured during it. I’m not entirely sure that I’ll be able to manage all 11 hours of yoga over the weekend but as long as I stick to my theory of not doing everything and that it’s ok to skip poses that hurt my hip then I think I’ll be fine.

It’s mainly that I want to meet Kino and get my book signed that I’m pushing myself to do it. Plus it’s not for 8 months so that gives me time to get back into dynamic yoga practice.

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Restorative Yoga

Ahead of my course in March I have to attend some restorative yoga classes and write reflectively on them. It’s a bit odd but I understand why it’s part of the course.

I went to my first restorative yoga class as part of this at the end of January. It was run by Kat of Karma Yoga. It was at Om Therapies in the same room that I did my YTT in. I’d forgotten how cool the room could be and hadn’t worn enough layers so ended up wrapped in my wrap for most of the class. There were blankets so I would have been ok without it but next time long layers are needed.

It was a really lovely class with lots of moves that I hadn’t tried before. I especially like a move that was essentially a supported one leg locust pose. I hate the dynamic version of this but with a bolster on a block under the leg this was a lovely opening across the front of the hip and one that I’ll be doing again.

Kat also gave lots of hands on adjustments and used eye pillows as mini weights on the back of your neck to help to release into the pose. I’ll certainly be back as it was a lovely relaxing way to spend Sunday evening and I really enjoyed being a student again.

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Teaching Poses I dislike

At the end of last year I realised that there are certain poses that I dislike, both in terms of personal practice and teaching. So I haven’t taught them often. One of my teaching aims in 2018 has been to teach at least one of them each week.

So far I’ve taught four poses that I dislike,

Square pose – I just don’t get it. I don’t get that great a stretch in it and I don’t think that I’m ever going to get my knee to my ankle.

Cat Pulling it’s Tail – I like this pose but I don’t like teaching it. Someone always gets the wrong foot, rolls off there mat, can’t reach there foot or just generally hates it.

Melting Heart Pose – Yep my heart doesn’t love this. It just isn’t that great a chest opening for me.

Mermaid – It’s not that I don’t love this pose personally it’s just some people look so awkward in it and start to squirm after 30 seconds and I feel that I need to try to make them have a better alternative.


It’s great to expand the poses that I’m teaching and it’s certainly something that I’m going to continue to do over the next couple of months.

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Capsule Wardrobe

So I’m almost 4 weeks into my capsule wardrobe and wearing just 36 items of clothes. It’s mainly been not too bad.

I’m struggling a bit this week as I’ve not got a couple of ‘safe/easy’ outfits to wear. I’m also still working out what works together and different options. It’s kind of good in that I know I have outfits that I can wear but also I’m still having a few meh I don’t want to wear any of these outfits days.

I also have to get better at laundry, ironing and putting clothes away. Where as before if I didn’t do laundry or a wool wash for over a week it wasn’t too much of an issue. Now I start to run out of jumpers or cardigan options and often am picking combinations that aren’t too great towards after 5 or 6 days. I guess I just need to wash them more often or maybe accept that I can wear a sweater for multiple days without washing it. Humm.

In general it’s been good and I’m looking forward to seeing how the next two months go.

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