May 2007


What to write when there is no yoga to talk about…. ?

I was given an amethyst by a reiki healer the other day, I have just stuck it to my computer monitor at work. Amethyst is supposed to have the following properties:-

* Calms emotions and reduces stress.
* Helps the holder of the stone to have a more optimistic and uplifting perspective.
* A powerful amulet for travellers.
* It is used as a transmitter of the healing power of the universe.
* It is used to increase psychic awareness.
* It is kept with other divination tools to enhance their qualities.
* Placing it under the pillow helps insomniacs and induces prophetic dreams.
* Used to induce harmony.

I am not sure that I will need psychic awareness in the office, but some of the other properties may be useful!

I might go to a yoga class with my old teacher tonight, it’s the last one for our TT year. Bad lady.

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So no yoga for the rest of the week if I follow the ashtanga rules… not pleased. Then on Sunday, I am rehearsing from 10am so I am unlikely to get any yoga done then either.

After last night, I am not sure that anyone would have wanted to practice next to me today anyway, I am sure I was exhaling alcohol when I got up at 6 this morning. As a general rule I try not to drink (much!) if I have yoga in the morning, but under some circumstances a bit of wine is a useful social tool ;). As I result I had a very fun night last night – although I headed home at 10.30 because I was yawning uncontrollably – late night for me, early night for your average person.

I am running the British 10K in 1 months time, so I will try and run every day this week as I shouldn’t be doing yoga, and I suspect jogging doesn’t send my pranic energy in the wrong directions! Wearing a bra at all, even the silly crop top things that I am wearing this week seems to be stopping my back healing, which is annoying. I don’t suppose a sports bra is going to do me much good either, but I can’t run without one!

Right, this post has very little to do with yoga at all, but now I am going to go and chill out and read some of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika as I want to find some additional material for my thesis. Even if I can’t practice asana, I will try and do a little yoga in some context or other…..

I practiced at home again today. I would have gone to the Shala, but there was nowhere that I could shower afterwards today. OK, so I could have probably taken a shower in Euston Train Station, but there was nowhere convenient to shower. I sweat too much when I practice. There is no feasible way for me to carry on my day without a shower after yoga – usually I go to my gym, but it is closed on bank holidays.

On Saturday I went to another one of my friends TT assessment class. She was the last one of our group to be assessed. It seemed to go well, and I woke up with stiff triceps and abs yesterday. I always find that even the smallest variations from straight ashtanga seems to work slightly different muscles. My practice today was fine, although I think I am being a bit lazy at the moment, taking the easy option, not pushing myself really hard. Avoiding disappointment maybe.

Currently hoping that ladies holiday will hold off for a couple of days so that I can get into the shala this week… as it’s moonday on Friday too.

I practised at home this morning, with my neighbour. I always feel stiff if I just get out of bed and step straight onto my mat, but after 3 Surya namaskar A, I felt as warmed up as I do on my first Surya namaskar A at the shala. It was nice to have someone to practice with as I must confess that my motivation and focus can go a bit off track if I am on my own at home.

I feel don’t feel much else coming for this post – I think I have burned out doing the 8 Random Facts 😉

I was tagged by Jenna for this meme. Here are 8 random facts about me, I promise that I am trying to make them interesting ones!

1. My mum has done yoga for most of her life, but as I was growing up, I thought it was the most boring thing on earth. I first tried it when I was at uni. The teacher looked like David Bellamy; we did things like ‘pretending to be trees’ and I hated it. I didn’t actually find that I liked yoga until I tried Ashtanga in 2003, then I was hooked.

2. When I was 7 years old I was expelled from Brownies for being a bad influence on the other girls.

3. I love putting links into my posts!

4. I absolutely adore ironing. It’s one of the only times that I will actually sit down, put on a movie, and relax, all whilst I iron the creases out of my clothes – and any one else’s if they bring them to me.

5. On New Years Eve 1998 I went to a house party of a friend of a friend of a friend, and decided to steal the green ball off the pool table. I still have it to this day…. Sorry Bill Campbell-Jones, if you happen to read this!

6. One of my favourite snacks is Campbells Condensed Cream of Celery Soup, but I don’t make it into soup, I eat it cold, on toast, straight from the tin.

7. I failed my ABRSM grade II piano exam.

8. I am still a massive fan of the One and Only Chesney Hawkes!

The rules
1: Each player starts with 8 random facts/habits about themselves.
2: People who are tagged, write a blog post about their own 8 random things, and post these rules.
3: At the end of your post you need to tag 8 people and include their names.
4: Don’t forget to leave them a comment and tell them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

I tag:

Vanessa
Openingslowly
Globie
Ahu
Gee
Tiff
YC

Don’t think I am fast enough to catch 8, and some of these have probably been tagged already!!!

I was going to entitle this post ‘I did it’ because I did get up and practice this morning. My thanks go to Jenna, whose comment on my blog yesterday inspired me to do my practice.

So, now I am at work, and looking at the piles of files and paper on my desk I have a feeling of great despair.

p.s. I have started my 8 random facts, they will be posted later, when I have more TIME.

I ended up staying up so late messing with my laptop last night that I didn’t get up early enough to practice. I had some minor surgery this morning to remove two moles from my back, and although I don’t imagine it’s really going to interfere with my practice, I have to try to keep them dry and have dressings to change, so practically speaking, going to the shala and showering at the gym are not going to happen. Boo. I guess I will be back there next week. If only the NHS could schedule appointments to fit around moondays and ladies holidays!

I will get up early enough to practice tomorrow, yes, I WILL.

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