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My yoga journey

2018 Aims Q1 Update

2018 seems to be flying past and I know I’ve not achieved as much as I would like to have.

My starting aims were

40 minutes of home practice per week. Either in one session or two 20 minutes videos.

I’m doing better as this after being at my restorative yoga training as part of the coursework was home practice for 6 week and I’m still doing this.

Monthly attendance at yoga class or workshop.

I managed this and think I’ll manage this for the next few months.

Monthly blog posts

I’ve managed just about weekly posts and although they’ve been short it still has been good to write again.

Complete restorative yoga teacher training

I’ve done the in person part of this and just have a little bit of course work to submit at the end of April then I’ll be finished.

Complete current stage of professional exams.

I’m behind on this one.

Run quarterly workshops.

I’ve not ran one yet but I’ve a days in the diary for May.

Yoga Studio to continue to break even.

Yep we’re doing good this quarter.

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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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The problem with yoga books

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

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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

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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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