Tuesday, 14 November 2017

and there's more...: 3 weeks? that cant be right

and there's more...: 3 weeks? that cant be right: Hi there.... I cant believe it has been 3 weeks since my last blog reason.... for the love of my yoga ( or not at the moment �� ) Wh...

3 weeks? that cant be right

Hi there.... I cant believe it has been 3 weeks since my last blog

reason.... for the love of my yoga ( or not at the moment 😣 )

Why do I do this to myself?
Related imageEverything was going fine, I was not working, I was doing 6 classes a week, yoga and body balance, and going to the gym!!! yes I was feeling damn good.
No stresses ( well hardly any, obviously still got my husband, 5 children and 8 grandchildren...but hey, thats norm...right? )
But could I be content?   No!
I had to find something extra to do!
I could do more classes?
I could do more retail therapy ( theres only so much you can do ! )
I could do more girly lunches?
OR........ I could train to be a yoga instructor!!!!!!!!  Mmmmmm 
So how lucky was I, when I found out that one of the instructors from my local leisure centre was just enrolling on such a course 😃 and would I like to join her?
( I hadnt thought of doing it quite that soon!!! )
So the suggestion was no sooner said and I had enrolled.
 ( Yes its fair to say I have seriously lost the plot)
So its been several weeks and the stress is killing me ( yes I know ..I thought yoga was supposed to relieve stress too )
I knew it was going to be tough but really, I had no idea what I was letting myself in for.
1st practical weekend was so intense, Asanas, breathing exercises, teaching...
And the assignments, well they are something else.
By the end of the 2nd day I was numb, I seriously could not take any more information in.
Uttanasana Image result for uttanasana    I couldnt even remember where my knees where!!!!!



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Yep all I wanted was sleep  zzzzzzzzz

But as we all know.....stress levels do not equal a good nights sleep.....or good digestion or anything else that good !
When I am awake all I am thinking of is yoga yoga yoga and I am praying for sleep...and when I am asleep I am dreaming about it and wide awake after an hour or so ... full of energy NOT!!!!
Hence...why I am wide awake at 3am blogging.....
Wish me luck on my journey
(I am definitely gonna need it ! )

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Monday, 23 October 2017

and there's more...: Get stretching - Parsva Sukhasana

and there's more...: Get stretching - Parsva Sukhasana: Good morning... its time to stretch  I start with a few gentle breaths to waken the body.. here goes.. Tadasana - mountain pose ...

Get stretching - Parsva Sukhasana



Good morning... its time to stretch
 I start with a few gentle breaths to waken the body.. here goes.. Tadasana - mountain pose

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Inhale through the nose and stretch your arms up and above your head, keeping feet grounded and close together..letting the in breath inflate your chest 
exhale through the mouth, returning the arms back down to the sides of the body, noticing how the chest deflates on the out breath.. repeat this several times making the breath deeper with each breath..filling the lungs with fresh oxygen and expelling the stale breath
focus and keep breath smooth and controlled... try to stretch as tall as possible ( keep upper body soft and legs strong, knee caps lifted  )
A few sun salutations to warm up the body as seen in previous posts...
and onto some side body stretches... ( some of my favourite asanas )

Image result for seated side stretch yoga poseStarting off in an easy seated side stretch- parsva sukhasana.  This is an excellent stretch for the waist and side of the body, including the neck and shoulders.  
I find this beneficial for my obliques and back, a part of the body that I dont usually stretch in my usual day to day movements.
This is one of the asana that I have seen noticeable improvement since i started practising yoga.  I love the lengthening that I feel from doing this pose.  

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A more advanced asana can 
be seen here Parivrtta janu sisasana ( seated side stretch ) it also shows which muscles are being used.This gives the sides of the body a fantastic stretch as seen in the diagrams, it has many benefits including opening and lengthening the side of the body and intercostal muscles between the ribs.
It also massages the abdominal organs improving digestion.

It is important to keep both sitting bones down and to keep lengthening before stretching over to side. 






Friday, 20 October 2017

and there's more...: meno-inconvenience

and there's more...: meno-inconvenience:   well hello... its been a few days hasnt it ? ...and I'm surprised i can remember I even have a blog just lately!! Seriously ...

meno-inconvenience

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well hello... its been a few days hasnt it ? ...and I'm surprised i can remember I even have a blog just lately!!

Seriously ..dont know what it is just lately but I just cannot be bothered with anything, I seem to be in backward mode... 
I have been to the gym once this week.  ( now that is unheard of and YES... i feel s**t )
I'd like to say that In have got loads of my course work done..but ..that would be a lie... 
And it's not for the want of trying, I get the books out , put the computer on, and then..NOTHING.. 
I read the pages but nothing seems to be going in...  ( and yes I think its all to do with the dreaded menopause, and its damned INCONVENIENT ) and I definitely have not got time for this s**t
Funny thing is ...I keep saying to myself 'I will start tomorrow'   and tomorrow comes and goes... and the words still dont register.
And my course work due date is getting closer and closer ( and the really odd thing is ..I dont seemed bothered..usually I would be really stressed.... 
my 'get up and go' and got up and gone!!!!
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What the hell is going on....

Monday, 16 October 2017

and there's more...: Happy Cat

and there's more...: Happy Cat: Not every day is the same and that is also the case with my yoga practice. Today was one such day, I was really looking forward to it, main...