Monday, 31 July 2017

and there's more...: 100 years Passchendaele

and there's more...: 100 years Passchendaele: 100 years on, we remember the soldiers from all over the world that gave their lives at Passchendaele during WWI The "courage and br...

100 years Passchendaele

100 years on, we remember the soldiers from all over the world that gave their lives at Passchendaele during WWI

The "courage and bravery" of those who fought in one of the bloodiest battles of World War One has been remembered, 100 years after it began.
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Prince Charles, Prince William and Prime Minister Theresa May were among those who paid tribute to soldiers who fought at Passchendaele, in Belgium.
Some 4,000 relatives attended the ceremony at Tyne Cot cemetery, Ypres.
In the three months of fighting, half a million Allied and German soldiers were killed, wounded or went missing.
Prince Charles addressed the service, saying: "We remember it not only for the rain that fell, the mud that weighed down the living and swallowed the dead, but also for the courage and bravery of the men who fought here."
The conflict - officially known as the Third Battle of Ypres - was fought from 31 July 1917 until November that year.

    It was not only infamous for the number of casualties but the mud. Many drowned in the thick quagmire, caused by weeks of relentless rain.   (Taken from the BBC webpage )
    God bless these wonderful human beings ..many of whom never returned....let us not take them for granted
    Lest we forget........

    and there's more...: now thats weird s##t

    and there's more...: now thats weird s##t: duvet moment..... ( I was quite concerned !!! )�� So as usual I had washed and dried the bedding ...and then...YES I'd forgot to put...

    now thats weird s##t

    duvet moment.....
    ( I was quite concerned !!! )πŸ˜•

    So as usual I had washed and dried the bedding ...and then...YES
    I'd forgot to put them back on the bed ...
    so found myself doing it at 8 o'clock at night

    Image result for cant put my duvet cover on !!!Nothing unusual about that I hear you say....
    But I couldnt remember how to put the duvet cover back on!!!!! πŸ˜•
    really...I just stood there with it in my hand ( as u do )
    I looked at the duvet...them at the cover..back at the duvet..Yes you get the picture..
    ?????????????
    Yes I suppose I could of been half a sleep ( but I wasnt )
    Yes I could of had to much red wine ( but not in this case )

    It was only when I put the duvet cover down that I realised what I needed to do.....
    In my case..the duvet cover needed to be flat on the bed and me holding the duvet!!!!!! 😜
    then it all just fell into place ( if you'll pardon the pun ) and not quite actually...
    a bit of poking that corner into that corner and a bit of shaking etc...yes I'm sure you get the gist

    But really...how weird????
    I will definitely be keeping an eye to these senior moments......

    And you are reading this my daughter...keep an eye on me 🀣

    Saturday, 29 July 2017

    and there's more...: heel pain in yoga downward facing dog Adho Mukha ...

    and there's more...: heel pain in yoga downward facing dog Adho Mukha ...:  Adho Mukha Svanasana,  has been giving me a few problems...or rather my HEEL has when I attempt to do this asana!!!   which to say the...

    heel pain in yoga downward facing dog Adho Mukha Svanasana,

     Adho Mukha Svanasana,  has been giving me a few problems...or rather my HEEL has when I attempt to do this asana!!!   which to say the least is getting on my nerves πŸ˜“
    So I have been looking to see if any one else has this problem...
    and these are some of the results that I have found...   
    (hopefully it may help some of my readers )

    Image result for Adho Mukha Svanasana,I have had on a number of occasions what seems to be tiny ligament tears in my feet during stretching. It seems like there forms a weak spot, which over a period of weeks is annoying and occasionally painful if I am not careful when stretching. After having torn probably a dozen micro fibers over that time, after about 6 weeks it is healed and causes no problem again. It never bothers me during normal activities, only during stretching. I am just getting over one of these. I probably hadn't experienced it for 10 years. It's probably happened to me half a dozen times in my life.
    ( this is exactly how mine feels)

    Friday, 28 July 2017

    and there's more...: No pain no gain....

    and there's more...: No pain no gain....: Good morning (and i use the term loosely ��....) too early to be up really.... But the back has won again... Yes its still ruling the roo...

    No pain no gain....

    Good morning (and i use the term loosely πŸ˜‰....)
    too early to be up really....
    But the back has won again...
    Yes its still ruling the roost...
    It still painful especially when lay down....
    but on the plus side...it is marginally better
    wouldnt like to say I found a magical cure ( unfortunately 😐)
    Related imagemore likely to be a combination of stretching, keeping mobile, body balance ( just working to sensible level ) yoga, mudra 
    (not many pain killers to be fair )
    so I will be at my balance class later on and hope and pray ( oh yes prayers are always good )
    that it continues to get better
    unbelievable the affect that a bad back has on your life....  
    ( truly feel sorry for people who suffer from it on a regular basis )
    it has made me feel miserable, incapable, tired, slow, irritable, unbalanced ( too name a few )
    cant believe that it has actually been responsible for injuring myself more !!!
    bumping into things, not being quick enough to avoid things,,,
    due to not wanting to injure my back more!!!
    the list is endless!! 
    just from a bad back!!!
    so I will definitely be careful in future....try to build more core strength...and check my posture etc

    Thursday, 27 July 2017

    and there's more...: back pain mudra...

    and there's more...: back pain mudra...: Its fair to say that if we are in pain most of us will try most things... this usually starts with some basic pain killers... which somet...

    back pain mudra...

    Its fair to say that if we are in pain most of us will try most things...

    this usually starts with some basic pain killers...
    which sometimes if the pain is mild can be very helpful I've found..

    then moving onto stronger painkillers if no relief is found....

    And then the list goes on depending on the pain and WHERE it is!!!
    Getting professional help is an option for some...( but by the time you get to see a GP its probably better!!! )

    could remove the offending body part!!!!!😱
    ( ie a tooth etc  πŸ˜‰.)
     ( and quite often my hair because that gives me great pain most days when I look in the mirror😦)

    But I've found that back ache/pain is one on its own!!!! 
    (literally a pain in the #### )
    rest it is usually the advice... (then ts goes stiff and you cease up )
    Image result for my back hurts cartoontake pain killers..(in my experience they dont work..unless you have perscription drugs < then back to the time scale with GP!! )
    massage it...hmmmm I cant reach it....(because it hurts to twist !!)πŸ˜“
    stretching exercises ( as in yoga ) yes these can  give some relief...but again its how long it takes
    ( and as any one who has back ache knows... the longer it lasts..the worse it seems..mainly due to the fact that we assume this ridiculous body position to get away from the pain !!! )
    Which in turn gives us aches elsewhere!!!
    So I am going to try good old fashioned Mudra
    Back pain Mudra
    Back Pain Mudra

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    This also gives me an opportunity to explore this fascinating area of yoga

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    Wednesday, 26 July 2017

    and there's more...: when my grandaughter comes visiting!!!!

    and there's more...: when my grandaughter comes visiting!!!!: ( NB please see footer at end of post )  true to say that stress usually accompanies my grandaughters visits.... this involves torture....

    and there's more...: how does my body feel since yoga

    and there's more...: how does my body feel since yoga: probably not the best day to do this blog.... (back not good... due to a long windey car journey.... i think ) but hey...any day is a goo...

    how does my body feel since yoga

    probably not the best day to do this blog....
    (back not good... due to a long windey car journey.... i think )

    but hey...any day is a good day to blog..( or do yoga πŸ˜‰ )

    so its been about 4 months since I started to do yoga classes..( I must be honest this was mainly due to the fact that we lost our body balance instructor )
    but to say it has turned my life around is an understatement.....

    I absolutely love my new yoga class and our instructor is amazing ( thank u )
    Yes it is very hard most days..pushing me to my absolute limit
     ( and I know yoga is about your own limits and a gentle maximum, but I am competitive, even with myself and I do like to challenge myself...but thats just me)
    Every one should work to their personal best OR indeed to where they are at on a particular day.

    Obviously due to doing body balance I am familiar with some of the positions..but not with the correct names
    SAVASANA: corpse pose....etc
    ( lol..this is the pose I need most at the end of a class πŸ˜‰)

    I am very keen to learn these..( they are so difficult to pronounce )

    Back to how I feel....
    I feel stronger ..more flexible..more positive...more chilled
    And yes I have lost a few pounds..partially due to change of diet I will admit..( but I do think the idea of yoga has made me feel like I want to be healthier )


    Image result for yoga for lifeIts early days yet I am very eager to continue with my yoga and to see if the improvements last....hopefully for a lifetime....    

    and there's more...: when my grandaughter comes visiting!!!!

    and there's more...: when my grandaughter comes visiting!!!!: ( NB please see footer at end of post )  true to say that stress usually accompanies my grandaughters visits.... this involves torture....

    when my grandaughter comes visiting!!!!

    ( NB please see footer at end of post )
     true to say that stress usually accompanies my grandaughters visits....
    this involves torture.... anything from... fixing my hair....crawling all over my lap and ruining my knees....checking my eyes for foreign bodies...
    pinching my neck... ( she has a fixation with necks or any other loose skin..elbows etc associated with us 50 somethings...and different to her beautiful plump youthful skin ( shes !!  4 ) )

    But this was on a whole new level.....
    today she introduced me too her new found frend!!!
    ' stroke him under his neck Granma ' ( the neck thing ) not a chance!!

     all fotos by chardonnay 2017

    Please be assured that No Granmas or newts were harmed during this photo shoot....granma was returned to her rocking chair with a large glass of the red stuff.... and newty was returned to his normal wet environment too....no harm done πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

    Monday, 24 July 2017

    and there's more...: Princess Diana

    and there's more...: Princess Diana: Unbelievable to think that its been 20 years since Diana died in that awful crash in Paris I remember it like it was yesterday.. I woke ...

    Princess Diana

    Unbelievable to think that its been 20 years since Diana died in that awful crash in Paris

    I remember it like it was yesterday..

    I woke up..flicked the TV on whilst I made a coffee..
    (this was my usual routine ..I enjoyed a solitary half an hour most mornings before it would be full steam ahead...my treat.  my youngest of four was just 7 months  old..)

    The screen was just full of sirens and flashing light....
    Pandemonium on every screen....

    I was in shock...I had always loved and admired Diana
    I loved her smile..her tall lean figure..her fab dress sense...her open show of love to her children...and also her vunerability 

    Its true to say I wept...and also now find myself very emotional writing this...
    such a sad and tragic event ( which is fair to say affected millions all over the world...not leastly her lovly boys  )Related image

    The picture of those boys following their Mother's coffin will stay with me for ever..


    So impressed with Prince William and Prince Harry at how they have kept her memory alive..
    She would be so proud of  how they have grown up....( every credit to you Diana )
    I will be watching the programme 'Diana, our Mother'... which is due to be screened tonight
    and yes I will probably need the tissues.....
    RIP Diana you beautiful Lady.... Image result for princess Diana

    Sunday, 23 July 2017

    and there's more...: You take the good with the bad

    and there's more...: You take the good with the bad: this is not about me having a bad day..or even about me having a good day... God knows I am grateful of all my days/blessings this is abo...

    You take the good with the bad

    this is not about me having a bad day..or even about me having a good day...
    God knows I am grateful of all my days/blessings

    this is about what eva kind of day/week/etc I have...and the fact I can never share this experience with the people I once held so dear πŸ’”
    sure I believe that my Mam n Dad look down and watch over me every day...but its still not the same 


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    'Hey Mam.... we got a new grand child'....
    'Hey Dad....come and av a drive in our new car...'
    'luv ya and miss ya'
    Dont misunderstand me ...I have beautiful kids and grandkids...and I Thank the Lord fornthem every day...but it dosnt stop the needing for ye parents,,,
    So if you still have yours....go visit them...ring them..share things with them
    Cus if theres one thing I can tell you for sure.....they wont be here for ever......

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    Saturday, 22 July 2017

    and there's more...: do i need to be a vegetarian

    and there's more...: do i need to be a vegetarian: this is a question that often comes up in conversation when people realise you do yoga R u a vegetarian???? If I want to be a PROPER yo...

    do i need to be a vegetarian


    this is a question that often comes up in conversation when people realise you do yoga

    R u a vegetarian????

    If I want to be a PROPER yogi...do I have to be vegetarian...

    ( and obviously I asked the question myself as I am very serious about yoga...) but didnt particularly want to change what I ate.

    Most people see yogis as a litttle bit hippie...a little bit stretchy...a litle bit strange
    and almost definitley Vegetarian.....right?

    This is a general stigma that for many years, was attached to yogis...

    yes Yoga has always been closely associated with vegetarianism....
    perhaps due to the following

    • Indias ancient hindu beliefs
    • may be for climate reasons ( eating vegetables/fruit etc safer than meat in hot climates)
    • or because of the attitude of non-violence towards animals etc 
    yes vegey food is considered wholesome..but yogis do not rule out fish or meat

    humans in the large, are omnivorous... ( mainly !!)  as such will have survived on a very varied diet

    I think what is important is moderation....
    If your present diet is not working for you..than look at others
    and Yoga is about being the best you can...working in unity with yourself...

    Related image    am I a typical yogi.....
    with yoga becoming very popular it has adapted, as have the people who now practise yoga
    many people with high profile jobs find it very beneficial for de-stressing ( particularly the meditation side)
    also it has been introduced to professional sports people, again due to benefits ( both mental and physical )
    people in the media also rave about yoga and the benefits....which has helped with its new found popularity..
    So I think its fair to say that not all of these people would want to follow a vegetarian diet...

    so as we progress and learn more about yoga...we realsie that we  want to eat what is good for us and what makes us feel good...
    everything in moderation........


    and there's more...: the weekend is upon us

    and there's more...: the weekend is upon us:    so for most of us this is a time when we can chill back....may be have a lay in...may be do something a little different.... do some fu...

    the weekend is upon us

    Image result for weekend   so for most of us this is a time when we can chill back....may be have a lay in...may be do something a little different....
    do some fun things...
    turn off the alarm....and be your own time keeper...
    enjoy some out door activities....time with the family....eating out....
    or just spending time doing NOTHING at all.....some 'you' time
    you deserve it..... you owe it to yourselves

    ENJOY😍

    Friday, 21 July 2017

    and there's more...: with the best will in the world

    and there's more...: with the best will in the world: I usually wake quite early...btween 5.45 and 6.30 so you would think that I would be able to get to a class at 8.30..right ??  'no...&#...

    with the best will in the world

    I usually wake quite early...btween 5.45 and 6.30
    so you would think that I would be able to get to a class at 8.30..right ??  'no...' 😐

    I had every intention of going to my 2nd ever GUN ex class...
    it is approximately 15 mins drive away...

    and I was all ready to leave bout 8am....
    shock..horror...
    I couldnt find my car keys...and by the time I had realised that I was not going to find them
    ( because one of my boys had decided to put them somewhere I would never have found them!!!!)
    and located my spare set....it was 8.20!!!!😨

    so I took off like a mad woman...
    willing every set of traffic lights to stay on green..
    and daring any red ones to change before I got to them..For fear that I would beat them to a delicate pink version!!!!  ( yep..me talking to myself en route ) 😠😦

    and me a changed character...my deep breathing didnt get a look in tho...it was replaced by great balls of fire..... and rapid breath!!!  (which did not help)

    and inevitably I did not make my 8.30 class.....😒
    and to say I was devastated was an understatement....😒
    BUT....I accepted it for what it was.... (eventually)
    for what ever reason I was not meant to be on the road at the earlier time...
    and a few deep breaths later I was chilled and waiting patiently for the 2nd of my planned classes😌

    Moral of the story...      What will be ..will be  
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    Thursday, 20 July 2017

    and there's more...: act of kindness....

    and there's more...: act of kindness....: How true.... Imagine how you would feel if for no reason at all someone showed you kindness with no expectation of thanks or payment... (j...

    act of kindness....

    How true....
    Imagine how you would feel if for no reason at all someone showed you kindness
    with no expectation of thanks or payment... (just the feeling of WOW...I just did a kind thing)
    may be you are the lucky person that this has happened to....
    and imagine if this happened when you were at a particularly low period of your life


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    most of us would say if given the opportunity...we would be kind
    and that we would be happy to do a kind deed for another human being...
    but how many of us actually did a kind deed today or yesterday..
    or indeed this month/year....
    you can see where I am going with this????
    So the moral of this story is....
    Intention is fantastic....but doing is amazing....
    imagine if we all did just one random act of kindness ( for no reward ) each day.....  

    Lets start today...
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    and there's more...: 1st day of 'Gun ex'

    and there's more...: 1st day of 'Gun ex': oh my days... Only a 45 minute class...they said...�� now I understand why!!! You wouldnt do a 46 minute class �� And to anybody looking...

    1st day of 'Gun ex'

    oh my days...
    Only a 45 minute class...they said...πŸ˜ƒ
    now I understand why!!!
    You wouldnt do a 46 minute class 😨
    And to anybody looking in.. this is just swinging a rope...Easy.
    yeah right


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    dont think I was expecting this to be as hard as what it was...
    exhausting...will I do it again????
    watch this space...
    ( and no...unfortunatley.. these guys were not in my class )😭

    #GUNNING™ is a group exercise with GUN-eX® COBRA elastic ropes. Recommended group size is 10 – 20 people.
    Benefits of training with GUN-eX ropes are: high energy expenditure, muscle toning & pumping, developing speed, acceleration, strength, and power.

    Wednesday, 19 July 2017

    and there's more...: cant mix oil and water

    and there's more...: cant mix oil and water: so this is the science of it...hmmmm...oh well it all makes sense now!!!!   so how do I apply this to members of my family.... becau...

    cant mix oil and water

    so this is the science of it...hmmmm...oh well it all makes sense now!!!!  


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    so how do I apply this to members of my family....
    because it dosnt matter how I try....
    SHAKE>>STIR>>PUSH>>SQUASH>>ENCOURAGE>>

    and just like a good oil n water...u think they are mixing....and turn ye back fr a minute and they separated again

    they just cant mix....obviously different POLARS!!!!!
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    Tuesday, 18 July 2017

    and there's more...: crash bang wallop...descending crow

    and there's more...: crash bang wallop...descending crow: From Bakasana to.....fall from tree �� so this was the day ( today ) that I fell from grace or to be more precise from my crow pose!!!! I...

    crash bang wallop...descending crow

    From Bakasana to.....fall from tree 😒

    so this was the day ( today ) that I fell from grace or to be more precise from my crow pose!!!!
    I know the instructor said come down gracefully!!!!πŸ˜•

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    and yes I have done it in the past...well even as recent as last week

    but just to keep me on my toes ( literally speaking ) it was decided by a higher power than me
    that I should fall flat on my face ( and shoulder )

    its true to say that I have been working out a lot on my arms this week!!!
    and yes it was just too much for me...

    what can I say...
    'Its a learning curve '   ( curve being the operative word ) 
    Related image  and yes it did hurt..incase you are wandering
    No pain ...no gain...
         

    and there's more...: letting go

    and there's more...: letting go: So we have just celebrated several birthdays in one week!!! BIG FAMILY!!! �� yes to say I'm exhausted is an understatement.....physica...

    letting go

    So we have just celebrated several birthdays in one week!!!
    BIG FAMILY!!! πŸ˜‰
    yes to say I'm exhausted is an understatement.....physically and emotionally
    not just due to running round organising...
    shop runs for food etc....
    selecting cards ( which always presents.. (pardon the pun )   me with a massive headache )..πŸ˜“
    keeping the peace!!!
    so its fair to say an emotional roller coaster
    which is always worse when you remember the people that are no longer able to celebrate the birthdays with you πŸ’”
    the sad thing ( may be sad isnt the right word ) is when the family get together its painfully obvious that its no longer just my family...
    its my family with their ' husbands and wives ' my extended family
    all with different personalities....even my own childrens personalities have changed
    and the painful truth is I as a mother, who in the past has been very much in control, am no longer in control...
    I cant say 
    'go and sit down and stop being difficult '
    ( well I cud..but they might not take kindly to it πŸ˜‰especially the outlaws..oops I mean the Inlaws)

    Related imagethe moral to this story??????

    And just accept the fact that I need to Let Go......



    Sunday, 16 July 2017

    and there's more...: Namaste

    and there's more...: Namaste: Namaste.....???? Some of you may be looking at the screen in confusion.... has she changed language? has she mis-typed has she been dri...

    Namaste

    Namaste.....????

    Some of you may be looking at the screen in confusion....
    has she changed language?
    has she mis-typed
    has she been drinking ( possibly πŸ˜‰)

    I'm guessing a lot more will recognise it as a 'Yoga term '

    The literal translation of the word “Namaste” breaks down into three sections…Nama means bow; as means I; and, te means you. Thus, I bow to you. The gesture is one of greeting in India. Most often we hold our hands together in the prayer position at our heart chakra. Often our hands move from our third eye to our heart in acknowledgment of our teacher. And usually Namaste is said at the end of a class, but it is equally appropriate to utter it at the beginning as well.

    greetings to you....

    its fair to say that I am loving my yoga...and love discovering something different every day
    problem is ..I am in such a hurry to learn more that I am jumping from one new thing to another without really taking anything in....

    But I guess this is true of so many things in life...especially when we are loving them...
    racing along to discover the next new wonderful chapter

    ( and really I need to slow down and enjoy the moment...enjoy today ....enjoy everything about it....the smells, the sounds, the sensations, the sorroundings,the sights... the discovery )

    wow... the 5  'S'  lol  πŸ˜‰

    I hope you will enjoy being with me on my journey ...not just my yoga journey....but my life journey


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    Friday, 14 July 2017

    and there's more...: Make it one of your one aday

    and there's more...: Make it one of your one aday: It makes sense... go on....make Yoga one of your one a day...�� even if you just manage to find 10 minutes a day thats 50 minutes ...

    Make it one of your one aday


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    It makes sense...

    go on....make Yoga one of your one a day...πŸ˜ƒ

    even if you just manage to find 10 minutes a day

    thats 50 minutes a week
    ( thats with weekends off πŸ˜‰ )

    200 minutes a month...
    wow ...

    and all it starts with is 10 minutes a day...
    it will be as familiar as brushing you teeth or 
    doing your hair...

    Benefits enjoyed include....

    increased flexibility
    increased strength
    increased core strength
    increased balance ( surprisingly )
    increased calm..ummmm
    increased control
    and so much more

    Image result for Enjoy yoga everydaysurprise yourself...start a little journal....a daily diary....and just be wowwed with your journey
    but always remember...its your journey...not a competition with any one else....
    listen to your body...be kind to yourself...be gentle on yourself....and just go to your gentle maximum
    and each day is a new day....
    just because today didnt feel improved....tomorrow may do....

    Let yourself be amazed.....
    Namaste






    Wednesday, 12 July 2017

    and there's more...: Yoga every damn day

    and there's more...: Yoga every damn day: OK OK.... may be not every day at a class....BUT .. we could do a little bit at home if its not possible to get to a class... ( some people...

    Yoga every damn day

    OK OK.... may be not every day at a class....BUT ..
    we could do a little bit at home if its not possible to get to a class... ( some people even prefer to work out at home ..on their own  πŸ˜‰ )

    And on another plus..you can spend time getting that position right...reaching your gentle maximum..
    Because its YOUR JOURNEY.....

    So we can take those stretches and Asanas (a posture adopted in performing yoga.)
    and that all important Meditation with us...from the class and bring it home to practise and use it when it is practical to do so

    Feel that positivity...enjoy your day....

    A YOGA ADAY.....😺

    Saturday, 1 July 2017

    and there's more...: Yoga day

    and there's more...: Yoga day: Loving my Yoga ...loving our new Yoga instructor....loving how it makes me feel... so after we lost our body balance instructor its f...

    Yoga day


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    Loving my Yoga ...loving our new Yoga instructor....loving how it makes me feel...

    so after we lost our body balance instructor its fair to say that I didnt think Id feel the same about any other class..
    BUT...
    here I am ...couple of months on and I am loving my Yoga classes

    Its tough .. but our instructor is awesome... she makes us feel anything is possible
    I am not just enjoying the asanas..but also the meditation...
    I feel I am a lot more relaxed, that I can really get into the mode...
    I know its just the beginning of my yoga journey and I am looking forward to it...
    So in the word of our instructor......BREATHE
    (lovin it)