March 2007


The brainchild behind Red Bull does yoga…. www.carpediem.com A 14 day yoga plan to tone your body and help you get rid of unwanted extra padding….

Some ‘asana’ and pranayama, including Nauli (day 11) taught in 10 second MP4 clips on the internet…….. interesting!

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Yoga is happening, but I just don’t have much time to write about it. I feel that I am slowly getting back into the London routine, although don’t feel totally ‘settled’ yet. I am still craving excitement and don’t really get that in London. Especially with the number of hours spent in the office. I need to start planning my next holiday!! It will be a yoga retreat, I expect!

Internet and speed dating is pretty rubbish – plus I don’t have time to be seeing anyone anyway!

This post has nothing to do with yoga and everything to do with wasting resources. I feel very strongly about wasting paper and get quite fired up by the amount of junk mail that gets sent out.

Yesterday I received a colour printed glossy A3 promotional leaflet from British Gas. Not mailed directly to me, but the kind where someone is paid to leaflet drop to a particular building. There are about 200 flats in my building, which I expect all received this leaflet. The leaflet was advertising how much more energy efficient we could be with a new British Gas Boiler.

I have two things to say to British Gas….

1. The building is serviced and hot water and heating are supplied (Oil run, I am told).
2. There is no gas supply to our building.

WHAT A TOTAL WASTE OF INK AND PAPER AND TRESS AND RUBBISH SPACE!!!

I may e mail them and mention how many other ways they can help save our environment. Rant over – I feel better now!

Far too much business goes on over lunch…. if you don’t want that pie and pint, then you are left out of important issues. It shouldn’t be this way.

I am starting to feel tired. I think, as a general rule, I always feel like this, so until I took a three month break, it just felt like normal. Now I am noticing it and I don’t really like it. Life always seems to involve dashing from one place to another to get things done. This can’t be a good way to live, but what other way is there?

I have to work in the day, I can’t work less than the hours I do now and get my job done. So, the job won’t give, therefore, if I am to have more free time to relax I would have to give up yoga, or singing, or seeing my friends (or paying the bills, buying food, cooking meals, doing laundry!). I expect lots of people feel like this, it’s not good.

Thinking back to my three months off, I spent a lot of my first 6 weeks asleep (on the beach, granted). I didn’t read any books, I just didn’t have the energy. Once I was on the sand, the eyes just closed. After that period, I felt more energised, started partying, probably partly because I actually had the energy to stay up and socialise.

It wasn’t until the last couple of weeks of my trip that I actually felt refreshed. Able to spend a day just chilling out and reading, in essence, enjoying my free time because it was free. Not desperately needing it to recharge my batteries.

But I can’t take three months off every year. I don’t want to give up my hobbies, and I can’t afford to quit my job. Oh well, I suppose I’ll just have to be tired then.

My practice this week has been good so far, I am still amazed by the openness of my usually pretty crap backbends – I still attribute this to evening practice, but it’s great nonetheless!

On Monday night, despite being really tired I hardly slept, but I did notice that having had only about 4 hours interrupted sleep that my mind was more at rest – too tired for thoughts that dart in and out of my mind and interrupt my concentration.

Awake at 4.45 am…. not good, I have been awake since about 3 and have given up fighting it. Was it that sneaky MochaLatte that I drank before my yoga class last night? I wonder. The class went well, there isn’t much more to say about it really.

I was pleased yesterday to hear from a friend that I made when I was in Thailand. He was keen to take up yoga and I did some basic Ashtanga with him for a week in TNP. He has now signed up at Triyoga on a beginners yoga course. It makes me happy to think that I have given someone else the desire to bring yoga into their life. I think that was all I was looking to achieve by taking the TT course.

Other than yoga, you may (or may not!) want an update on the internet dating! I have had quite a few e mails, from people who seem to be nice, but I am not sure I have clicked with anyone yet. It’s hard to find the enthusiasm to write a sparkling e mail at the end of a day when you are tired. I imagine it would take someone quite special to give you that buzz over the internet that you would get if you met someone you really liked in the flesh. I also get the impression that men like to make the first move…. either that or the three people I sent e mails to didn’t like the look of me!

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