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My yoga journey

2018 Q2 Aims

Here we go with the end of June 2018 aims and were I am with them. My starting aims were, and my Q1 update is here.

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

I’m slowly starting to do this. I’m getting more into the habit again of doing a home practice at least one evening a week. I’m also currently doing about 15 or 20 minutes at the studio before I teach on Mondays.

Monthly attendance at yoga class or workshop.

I’m not sure I’m really managing this, I only managed in April and May because of a course and then being away at Omassim. I didn’t manage a June in person class due to life being in the way but I’ve one booked for next week.

Monthly blog posts

I’ve managed to continue to write almost weekly posts. They might not be super long or insightful but it’s been helpful to keep it up.

Complete restorative yoga teacher training

All done and certificate received 🙂

Complete current stage of professional exams.

I’m being in decisive with this, I’m not sure I still want to do these and I’m behind with doing them too.

Run quarterly workshops.

I’m now holding monthly restorative ‘workshops’ and I’m also going to be holding a eye mask and yoga workshop in July.

Yoga Studio to continue to break even.

There are a couple of extra expenses this month but it is just about still broken even for the first half of this year.

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Whole 30 ish for July

My diet has been really bad for the past while. I’ve been eating too much processed food and not enough of what I should.

As a result I am starting doing a whole 30 diet. I’m doing a couple of variations on the way it’s prescribed to be done.

I’m allowing myself to drink milk, just unprocessed whole milk.

I’m allowing myself to eat all legumes. I don’t see the advantage of removing them in unprocessed from my diet. I’m not going to have soy sauce or other such derivatives.

I’m going to allow minimal portions of oats, rice and corn. Again I don’t see the advantage of completely removing them from my diet. These again are in whole form so not corn syrup but sweetcorn, corn on the cob etc are allowed.

Mainly I am removing all processed food from my diet and making everything from scratch myself.

Snacking is going to be the hardest thing for me. I’m ensuring I have lots prepped like portions of nuts, fruit, carrot sticks and a couple of dehydrated receipts that I’m going to try.

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Reframing my attitude

I listen to podcasts while driving and enjoy Yoga By Candace’s one. It’s short episodes at about 20 minutes and nicely focused on a different topic each week.

This weeks podcast was on the law of attraction. The basic premise of this is that what message you send to the universe is what will come back. Send out a message that you are in pain and that nothing will help it and that’s what will come about.

Pain is linked to mood. If you’re positive then you feel less pain. The placebo effect is a strong one and generally I have been positive about it but the last steroid injection doesn’t seem to have worked so it’s difficult.

So my current framing of it is that I have pain but I am able to walk, do yoga and enjoy my life. I will be able to find a solution to help this be sustainable and relaxing helps this.

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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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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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