Sleeping in Savasana

My yoga journey

Acupuncture

I am incredibly fortunate in that my full time job includes private health cover which includes physiotherapy and acupuncture. As I’m almost at the end of the claim year and I still have allowance I decided to book an extra session with BodyWorks.

I’m not always 100% convinced that acupuncture works with the needles and that it isn’t the manipulation and massage that goes with them that helps me more. Still the overall treatment seems to help me so I still go for sessions every few months.

It was a therapist that I hadn’t used before but she was great. She asked me about what I needed, mainly to release tension in my shoulders and try to relax more.

It was only a half hour session that I’d booked and it was ok but I definitely need an hour next time. I actually was in a lot of pain later that day but the next day everything had eased off and was starting to feel better.

I’d certainly recommend that you go and acupuncture if you’ve not.

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Frustration with Teaching

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Not all questions can be answered by google and sometimes you need yoga.

However, when you host free classes and 60% of those signed up don’t show how do you answer that?

It was a beautiful day and everyone wanted to go be outside rather than in a yoga class but still it was frustrating. The majority didn’t cancel on the booking system, email or message me to let me know that they weren’t coming.

When I used to give the option of paying at the first class I had a higher no-show rate that I do now that I don’t reserve places (except for regulars) without receiving payment. Maybe the answer is to charge a little for taster classes, that way even if half don’t show then I still get paid and don’t feel that I’m wasting my time being there for two people when I should have six.

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Outdoor Yoga

It’s finally got to being warm and not snowing so last week I took my yoga class to practice outside. It wasn’t quite as warm as I would have liked and it was a little too cold for us to stay in savasana long but I just love outdoor yoga practice.

In general I love to be able to not wear shoes and to have sandals, flip flops when possible. I always take off my shoes when arriving indoors even at other people’s houses who do wear shoes inside.

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We’re quite lucky in that there is a beautiful park less than five minutes walk away from the studio and it’s big enough that we can be away from other people. It’s a good change to be able to get the sun on your face, hear the birds in the trees and generally the challenge of having an un-even surface under your feet when trying to do poses.

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The other fun thing about the park is that I’ve discovered that there is a Military Fitness Class that happens at the same time as my yoga class. They were far enough away that it didn’t matter. It was slightly amusing when they ran to near to us and then had to do press ups and then sprint off. We had just done gentle side bends and then moved into childs pose. I know which group I’d rather have been in.

I’m really hopeful that I’ll be able to teach more classes outside later this year as it’s so nice and always makes me and the people in class smile.

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Trendy Yoga

So do we need more Trendy yoga in the world? I found an article on Do You Yoga about why trendy yoga isn’t a bad thing.

I kind of agree and I love trying new styles and types of classes. Goat yoga, yep I’m not so sure but I’d probably give it a go once. Yoga and alcohol, yep count me in.

In a world that needs more yoga, trying fads or trendy yoga to encourage more people to try yoga then it’s a good thing. Who knows, goat yoga might be the first class of many and if it makes it accessible then why not?

If it doesn’t suit you then don’t do it. I used to do a lot more dynamic classes but now I find that they don’t suit my body and my mood so I don’t do them any more.

 

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How much do I spend on Yoga?

The Guardian has a series called ‘How I spend it’ which one of had a person who spent £3000 a year on yoga. She has to live frugally and works two part time jobs on top of her freelance media job to do this.

It made me think about how much I spend on yoga. I’m quite fortunate in that I have a full time job that pays me quite well and I also teach two evenings a week, which doesn’t pay so well but more than covers the costs of the studio and occasional courses.

So my spending on yoga this year is likely to be,

Monthly classes – £10-15 per class – £150 per year

Quarterly workshops – £50 per workshop – £200 per year

Kino McGregor Workshop – £225

Restorative Yoga Teacher Training – £400 + travel and accommodation £350

Other teacher training or weekend workshop – still to be booked – £300

Yoga Week in Portugal including flights – £600

Annual Total £2,225

When my dog is a bit more comfortable being at home alone for an evening I’m hoping to go to at least three yoga classes a month, so that’d up it to around £2500.

For me it’s worth it for my physical and mental well being and it’s also a way that I’m working towards long terms.

 

 

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Handstanding Yogi

After a weekend of doing acroyoga earlier this year I was recommended to get this book to help work on my handstands. I’ve not had time to read it properly yet but it’s got some really good exercises and techniques so I’ll be starting on them over the next few weeks.

Handstands are back on my agenda and things to work on. I’m certainly aiming to get more in balance over the next few months along with building up my home practice.

 

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Home Practice

As part of my restorative yoga teacher training I have to do 60 minutes of restorative every week. It doesn’t sound much but I’m finding it a challenge.

I’m doing two 20 minute sessions in the studio before I teach and it seems ridiculous to say I’m struggling to find 20 minutes in the other 5 days. I guess I hadn’t been making it a priority.

The last two weeks I have left my mat on the living room floor and I think it’s helped. When I come back from taking the dog out to pee and fed her instead of going back to bed and reading Facebook or the news at least two mornings a week I go straight to my mat.

I’ve also been doing slightly more dynamic practice if I’ve done my 60 minutes of restorative yoga. I’m remembering why I loved doing YouTube yoga with Yoga by Candace and it’s been good for me to get back to moving this.

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Snowga

The weather in March was pretty awful and as a result I managed to do some snowga.

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Meditation in the office

As part of a recent staff meeting we did a whole company mindfulness meditation session. It was lead by someone who I’d not done anything with before and I’m not sure I enjoyed it.

Firstly my head space wasn’t right for meditation. I was in office mode and has 200 things to do and could have done without a half day meeting that this was part of. I also had my dog in the office and meditating with a group, with a dog who occasionally barks at unexpected noises is anything but relaxing.

The person who lead the meditation practice, spoke super slowly. He also took his shoes off to lead the session which was a bit odd in an office environment. He gave a good introduction to mindfulness but the last meditation was 10 minutes and the dog wasn’t settling during this so I was standing to one side holding the dog. Most people stayed still and in the moment.

Also there was upset a couple of days later as a photo of people meditating was posted on the company Instagram without having asked people or told them that photos would be taken during the meditation.

In general I’m glad that my office is trying to introduce people to mindfulness and meditation but I’m not sure that this was the best way for me.

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Finding balance

The weather here is all out of balance. One day it’s sunny and a pleasant spring day. The next we have snow. A lot of it.

I feel like the world is trying to right a balance and going too far one way or the other. I’m also doing similar in my personal practice.

After not really doing much for the past month outside of teaching and planning classes. I went the other direction and have done practice for 30minutes to an hour each day for the last week. I feel better for it but it’s not sustainable. I’d like it to be but currently I can’t commit that long each day to practice without other things going out of balance.

I need to work towards a middle that’s sustainable long term.

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