September 2008


I seem to have not managed to write since Wednesday – I have been pretty busy, at work and choir so I haven’t really had time to write. Thursday practice was like the great ashtanga race, I waited near enough half an hour to start but had to be at work and ready for action by 9.30. I managed to fit all of primary into 55 minutes, but it was fast and un-relaxing. I have trouble speeding up my practice and still managing to pace it. I know if I get to the shala at the usual time, start right away and then do everything at my optimum pace then I get to work on time. As soon as I know I am under time pressure I speed up far too much. As I am too shortsighted to see the clock when practicing, so I can’t time check at all during practice.

I didn’t practice yesterday, I still didn’t feel that great and knew I had shed loads to do at work, including a morning doing staff appraisals, which meant no actual work was going to get done! I broke the no coffee rule and had a latte in the morning, and didn’t end up with a headache. I can’t really come to any conclusions from that as I also had 8 hours sleep and didn’t do yoga… could have been any of those! In the afternoon we were all supposed to be going bowling as part of our office (late) summer party. I organised it after being inspired by Susan’s office trip to the same place. Unfortunately, 15 minutes before we were supposed to leave the office, a client called with a list of things he wanted done before the end of the day, so there was nothing I could do but stay on at work and finish them, and hence, I missed the bowling. 😦 I did make it out for food and drinks after, so it could have been worse.

I was up early this morning for rehearsal then spent 6.5 hours in the office. I don’t really mind being there at the weekend as it is quiet and I can get on with stuff without being interrupted. I organised some bits and pieces and got quite a lot of work done, but really didn’t even break the back of the things that I wanted to make headway on. I can put in another 6.5 hours tomorrow too between rehearsal and the concert, so hopefully I will make some more progress.

At the moment I am in two minds about tomorrow morning. I need to be onstage for rehearsal at 10, and can’t decide if I should try and fit in practice too. Having missed Friday and having moonday on Monday, I really want to. I could leave here at 7, practice 7.30 – 9.00 then go to rehearsal, problem is that there isn’t anywhere I can shower. I know it isn’t too awful if I shower beforehand but I end up with horrible hair etc. Putting up with that all day and for the concert is a bit much. Due to a long standing plumbing problem, we don’t have any running hot water in our office (or a shower!) so I can’t even have a wash. The gym where I shower on weekdays isn’t open on Sundays either. I could get up and practice at home, but it isn’t quite the same. Probably it’s best just to get 10 hours of sleep! I think I need it!

I have booked the day off on Monday so hopefully can lie-in then. I may have to go into the office anyway at some point as there are various bits related to my client’s Friday frenzy that still need to be tied up – he is in Chicago though so I don’t need to deal with him until lunchtime… really, I want to lie in, slob around at home, go to a vinyasa class then go dancing in the evening… work, don’t you just love it…?

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Ugh, I’ve got the 11am headache again so am infusing with a second chai… a cup of chai seems to have a third of the amount of caffeine in it as a filter coffee… small steps! The online advice says it could take up to 9 days to stop feeling headachy and tired. They suggest you sleep more – how nice that would be.

Well, I did sleep more last night, half an hour more, after my alarm had gone off. I then zoomed out to the shala and managed to get there in reasonably good time. There wasn’t a queue today so I probably ended up starting at about the same time as I did the last two days. I put in my full practice too, although at an accelerated pace to normal. My hasty departures over the last two mornings had not gone unnoticed! Believe me, I would much rather spend more time at yoga and less time at work, but unfortunately my workload doesn’t allow….

I can’t think of anything even remotely interesting to say about practice!

It’s day two without coffee and I am feeling lousy. I am sure I posted much the same thing a couple of weeks ago when I tried for caffeine reduction. It gets to 11am and I have a gnawing headache. Not so bad to really trouble me, but it’s just there, in the background, being annoying.

It was another busy day at the shala; I waited 15 mins or so to start so didn’t have time for my full practice. I stopped this time after gaba pindasana, which comes AFTER supta kurmasana 😀 My spine still didn’t really appreciate stopping at that point, but really the poses after that are a bit silly so I don’t mind too much if I miss them out! I’m happy not to have done baddha konasana for a while too and my sciatic pain has gone away again.

Annoyingly, I am now getting a sore throat. I had a week of feeling generally tired, then a week off practice with a nasty, evil cold, and now my throat hurts. Bloody Autumn. I am singing relentlessly for the next few days as we have concerts on Sunday and Tuesday. Thank god Monday is moon day, I will need a lie in by then, 9 am rehearsals on the weekend are totally unfair! I have booked Monday as a day off, I just don’t think I can cope with another week without some kind of break in the interim. Maybe I’ll find the time to read a newspaper then too!

…. it’s a miracle that I made it to the shala this morning. My alarm went off and I lay there wondering if I should go. My hamstrings had started to hurt before I went to bed, then I wasn’t able to get to sleep – all that blasted coffee!! I then woke at about 2am feeing awful, so when my alarm went off, I just wanted to get back to sleep. Something about the fact that I didn’t practice at all last week made me think ‘what difference will one more day make?‘ on top of that I have had a crazy work day with meetings and clients and deadlines to worry about. But, in the end, I did get out of bed and drag myself to the shala, a bit earlier than usual too, due to the workload. Of course, when I got there it was busy, busy, busy and I had to wait for a space. I sat and did some preparatory reading for my meeting, so I suppose the time wasn’t wasted. It did mean that I couldn’t fit in my whole practice. I slogged through with my sore hamstrings until Baddha K, then finished up. I find that doing baddha K but not gabha P afterwards leaves my spine feeling very bizarre, possibly more so than back bending!

So, after yesterdays caffeine buzz I decided today that I am going to try and cut out coffee, so far so good, but I am on my third cup of chai – which is probably just as bad, although I drink it black, so there aren’t the milk calories in it!

I think I have a tendency to get dehydrated over the weekend. Most Fridays and many Saturdays invovle consuming a few drinks. I then get up on Sunday morning and sweat away at the shala and then just drink coffee all day. By the time I finish my dance class I am gasping for fluid and have been known to down two pints of water. So, as well as no coffee, I am going to try and drink sensible quantities of water over the weekend.

Hopefully practice tomorrow will be back to normal. I have no plans to go dancing tonight, so it is most likely just to be a late one at work then bed!! I am only having my first break of the day now 5.30pm, so have stuffed my face with a bean and feta salad from Paul and a chocolate and almond croissant which would have been nicer about 9 hours ago, but was nonetheless divine.

So now, onward with work – yawn!

I’ve generally had a nice day, but it’s got to the time where I start to feel a bit panicky as the weekend is almost over and I don’t have enough time left to do everything I want to do.

To do:
Tidy up the flat (total mess, stuff all over the place)
Do some prep for a meeting tomorrow which I won’t have time to do in the office
Actually read the Sunday paper I bought 9 hours ago
Go dancing
Get everything ready for tomorrow morning
Write this!

I went to the shala this morning, my first practice in a week. It was fine and relaxed, nothing special! Came home, messed around on the internet looking for KISW, without success (well, success isn’t really the right word, but I can’t come up with anything better now). Question: why do people happily e mail me but never actually suggesting meeting up? Am I supposed to do it? I don’t want to be in charge all of the time. I spend most of my days doing stuff for clients, making their decisions, keeping my staff happy, being a partner in a small business… is it too much to ask for someone to arrange a date? Well, obviously it is! Right, that diverted from the course of my blog post for a moment there!

Um, what else – As V wasn’t at practice I went for brunch with friends in Hammersmith, it was lovely to sit outside gossiping, reading the papers (well I looked at the pictures in the Style section) and have lovely food. I had two large coffees – Lola & Simon have the very nicest coffee in West London!- but I still feel a bit buzzy from the caffeine. I then ambled to the shops. I am back on Mac, and also seem to have lost my MP3 player, so I was quite open minded to buying an iPod. I have avoided ipod in the past because most of my music is in wma format and the thought of re-purchasing / burning CDs is awful (about 16GB worth!). Anyway, I went into two different electrical stores and nobody wanted to serve me at all – I was the perfect customer and would have bought something, if only they had bothered to try and make a sale. Oh well, their loss. I’ll probably buy online instead.

So, now I have exactly 1 hour to complete my chores before dancing, so I suppose I had better go….

Happy Sunday 😀

I’m trying to multitask by writing whilst having a pedicure. So far, so good.

I’ve had a week off practice, not on purpose, but with moonday Monday then a horrible cold and lots of work to do I haven’t been able to practice. I hope to go to the shala tomorrow, but that is sleep dependent. I really need to rest but don’t allow much time for it!

One advantage of my week off is that I washed my mat and it has had a 5 day airing. To be honest, it still smells of the shala, but at least its clean!

It’s a beautiful weekend in London so I’m off to a barbeque this evening.

Happy Saturday 🙂

I can’t believe it’s already Sunday night…. this weekend has gone so fast. (Nothing to do with wasting most of Saturday slobbing around with a hangover…?)

I haven’t posted since Thursday either. I practised on Friday but can’t remember anything to say about it at all. Friday night was my yogi night out with Susan and our mutual friend K. It was great fun, Susan and I started out at Gordon’s, where we didn’t have cheese, but another time we ought to because their bread and cheese is the best, especially when accompanied by fine wine. Gordon’s is a beautiful, grotty English wine bar, set underground with amazing little vaults all lit by candles. As it was actually a nice evening, we sat outside, but the vaults are great too.

We then went to the Buddha bar where we drank rather expensive cocktails and ate sushi. Strangely the cocktails didn’t seem that strong, but I guess the Vodka Martinis were, and hence my hang over! Susan and I need to sort the bill out as I came back with more money than I was expecting!! We had fun though and I got chatted up by a slightly arrogant but none-the-less amusing lawyer, who I was introduced to purely because I am a lawyer (of sorts) too. My brother makes a habit of pretending he is not a lawyer when he is out and about… perhaps that is wise!

Yesterday I slobbed out for most of the day feeling a little sorry for myself – binge drinking doesn’t suit me!! I drink nothing for a fortnight then drink my weekly allowance in one evening – so bloody British! In the evenign I wanted to watch rubbish TV and do my nails (was too hung over to venture out for the inteded pedicure). I don’t have a TV so have to rely on internet streaming, but my connection was playing up so I ended up watching my Kino DVD which I have had sitting around since the Dublin trip. It was very good and inspired me (not that I really needed inspiration) to go to practice this morning.

It was a nice practice, busy in the shala for a Sunday, most likely due to the moonday tomorrow). L works me hard in backbend, but god does it hurt! Slowly, slowly…. I still haven’t managed that Bikram class – Susan, you will have to drag me there at some point! I had coffee after practice with V and some other shala people, then went off to the Kings road for lunch and shopping. The shopping was unsuccessful on all counts, and nothing was bought at all. Possibly a success for me, as I buy far too much….

This evening I have had fun dancing, and indulged in staying out until 11pm as it is moon day tomorrow. I have a busy day tomorrow, work, a lunch with some of the ladies from the office, then entertaining a client after work, who I am hoping to escape from in time to go dancing again! The new dancing dress arrived on Friday, so it will get its first outing.

And now, I must tidy up my flat and go to bed…. and wish that next weekend rolls in quickly!

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