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...

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, mainly because I had been feeling a bit run down due to work load etc and I knew it would make me feel better.
Our instructor arrived looking full of 'sun salutation' as usual..she has a way of making me instantly feel fab, she is just so bubbly and full of energy


Practice starts with a gentle flow from  bitilasana ( cow pose ) through to  marjaryasana ( cat pose ),

A lovely gentle stretch to start our practice.


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This warms and stretches my spine and helps me to let go of the stresses of the week, it is an opportunity to open the chest and allow the breath to become slow and calm, inhaling through the nose, filling the lungs with oxygen, at the same time allowing the belly to drop towards the mat and lift the chin and chest and look upwards ( cow pose )... pausing momentarily,  then exhale through the mouth, drawing naval to spine and at the same time rounding the back toward the ceiling, and releasing the head toward the mat gently ( cat pose ). 



This has the effect of bringing me immediately into the moment, focusing on inhaling/exhaling deeply into the asana (poses ) using the breath to flow effortlessly from one to the other.

We repeat this 10 times breathing more deeply/slowly with each move, 
coming to rest, sitting back on heels in an upright position.  
Feeling Purrfect 😻 πŸ˜‰


Benefits of these asana include


  • encourages flexibility to the spine
  • stretches muscles in back, hip, torso, neck, shoulders
  • stimulates internal organs
  • opening lungs



Sunday, 15 October 2017

and there's more...: relaxed and calm Sunday

and there's more...: relaxed and calm Sunday: This is so unusual for me, relaxing is something I never think of doing  ( unless I'm in my yoga class ��) Its non-stop usually.....

relaxed and calm Sunday

This is so unusual for me, relaxing is something I never think of doing
 ( unless I'm in my yoga class πŸ˜‰)

Related imageIts non-stop usually... like most days.. 6.30, dive out of bed, prepare breakfast for the family... prepare sandwiches.. do a quick tidy round..  rush to one of my classes ( and rush to Mass on a Sunday! )
But today was different...still got up early, did a bit of my course work πŸ˜‰( cus I got to get it in )
and decided I was going to take a nice cup of coffee back to bed!!! 
and just CHILL with the husband... like I had nothing else in the world to do ( and it was fab... ) sometimes I'm just too busy living that I actually forget to LIVE.. and enjoy it.... 

 just spending the day with loved ones ( no exercise classes and no golf today! ) chilling and catching up, eating at home... 
Sometimes you just got to do nothing!!
but enjoy the life that the Blessed Lord has given you
Having a Blessed Sunday
Hope yours was too
x

Saturday, 14 October 2017

and there's more...: Not feeling myself

and there's more...: Not feeling myself: Good Morning ��or rather not got up at my normal 6.30 am and I'd got the worst headache ever ( i do have quite a few but this was a c...

Not feeling myself

Good Morning 😚or rather not

Related imagegot up at my normal 6.30 am and I'd got the worst headache ever ( i do have quite a few but this was a corker ) tried to ignore it and go about my business, but realised it wasnt going anywhere soon.  Then I realised it wasnt just a headache, my joints were aching, i had backache, my legs were hurting and i felt very sick, ( these are very similar symptoms I would experience before my period, which as I have said in previous posts are about every 3 months now) but its my inability to regulate my temperature i find really strange!!!
If I am not having a flush, with steam coming out of my ears!! I'm freezing cold.. what is it all about.
So I must admit I had to go back to bed, which I never do, much too hyper for that.  And as I feeling so cold,  I just welcomed my duvet. And it was bazarre because I just drifted into a deep sleep, almost dilarious  dreaming of things and people from years ago..very odd.
I emerged about lunch time feeling a little groggy and set about getting back to normal..  which took a while.
But next morning I felt fine, little washed out, but lovly, and was raring to go to my yoga class.
Very strange, too short lived to be a bug or a cold, or even anything connected with the 13th 😏, and I did think may be i'd eaten something that didnt agree with me, but I think there would of been different symptoms....and the fact that I have been having these temperature fluctuations regularly now for about 3 weeks is really knocking me off my feet.
I am definitely thinking more MENOPAUSE symptoms and I am really thinking of seeing my GP for some HRT!!!

Monday, 9 October 2017