Sleeping in Savasana

My yoga journey

Infused Water

I’m trying to drink more water as I’ve gotten out of the habit and don’t drink nearly enough on a daily basis. To help fix this I’ve done two things, one is to buy 1 litre bottles of sparkling water instead of diet coke at lunchtime, and secondly I bought an infuser water bottle.

The sparkling water is good in that it makes me feel like I’m getting something more exciting to drink that just water and also as there is a Lidl near my work it’s only 37p rather than the £1.20 that a 500ml bottle of diet coke normally costs.

The infuser water bottle is also good for encouraging me to drink. What I’ve been doing is putting cucumber or berries in to infuse over night in the fridge and then emptying it into my chilli water bottle to take to the office. That way it stays cool all day and I can just pour it into a glass to drink and it’s still cold.

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I’m still experimenting and I’m not sure what else to put in it. What are your favourite water infused recipes?

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Gone Surfing…

When in Ericeira for this trip I decided on the second day that I was going to go surfing again. I don’t know why I thought I wouldn’t go more than once before I got there.

 

Even after three lessons over the week I amn’t that good a standing up. I love playing in the ways and riding them even without getting up. I’m sure that I will slowly get better but I need to get in the water more than once a year for that to happen. Now I’m back in Edinburgh, I’m not going to take up surfing here, mainly as my car isn’t big enough for a surf board. I am however going to go and try a body boarding lesson. This is much smaller to transport and can be done in smaller waves. I’m looking forward to trying it and wish I’d thought of it earlier and found body boarding lessons in Portugal.

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Omassim 2018 Trip

Last week I went back to Omassim for a week of yoga, vegan food and surfing. It’s a beautiful space and now my fourth trip here. I’ve written about my previous trips in this post, this one, and this one.

It’s a easy trip for me and hence why I’ve been so many times. It’s changed a little over the last year and half since I was last here but not majorly. The days are easy, yoga at 8 or 10.30 (or both) and breakfast either before or after. The depending on the tide timings then surf was either in the morning or after lunch. The other time you could go for walks, to the beach, sit by the pool, book a massage or go on a trip. I was intending on going on a couple of trips to explore the area but in the end I needed a more relaxed week.

The evening started with a meditation session and then a yin or slow flow yoga class. Dinner and then usually a workshop or extra meditation session.

The days were relaxing and a good mix between busy and chilled. I had a wonderful week getting fully relaxed and rested. I know I’ll be back again next year to recharge.  I’ll write more about my trip next time as I’m still very much catching up from a week away.

 

 

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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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I weigh the same as…

In a world of eating disorders and body dis-morphia, when converting pounds to kilos via google I found the Famous Fix list of celebrities over 120 pounds. 

Yep this appears on the top three links on Google when I typed in 128lb to kilos. Oh dear.

I now know that I weigh the same as Janet Jackson, also Naomi Campbell but she’s about 10 inches taller than me. I’m not sure I wanted to know that.

I sometimes wander if I have an unhealthy fixation with my weight, I weigh myself every week and feel positive or negative about myself based on the outcome. I know that my weight can easily vary by 5lb without me changing that much in my life. I know what I have to do to get down that extra 8lb that I loose and gain all the time. I just don’t always do it. If I wanted to be 120lb consistently then I could be but I’d ha

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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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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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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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