Tuesday, 22 August 2017

and there's more...: Mindfulness

and there's more...: Mindfulness: Mindfulness/Meditation what is this? Meditation is a simple practice available to all, which can reduce stress, increase calmnes...

Mindfulness

Mindfulness/Meditation
what is this?

Meditation is a simple practice available to all, which can reduce stress, increase calmness and clarity and promote happiness. Learning how to meditate is straightforward, and the benefits can come quickly. Here, we offer basic tips to get you started on a path toward greater equanimity, acceptance and joy. Take a deep breath, and get ready to relax. (david gelles)

for me I initially found even the idea of it very strange ..and difficult....
to lie in a room at the end of a yoga session,  full of people/strangers, possibly with my eyes closed was very uncomfortable territory....
I thought that I would never feel comfortable...my mind would be racing...wandering what I had to do later.....I could feel my heart beating and it felt that it would beat right out of my chest some times!!
I did not get anything out of it at all...to be truthful, sometimes I would leave before the meditation...
it just didnt suit my hyper personality
the concept of strangers/instructors seeing me at , what i percieved to be a very vunerable position, filled me with stress ( the complete opposite of what it should do)
But, 12 months on, I'm pleased to say that i stuck with it and hung around for meditation more often and it started to feel a lot less alien.. and.I actually find myself looking forward to it 
its fair to say that some days are better than others...I can get to quite a calm state in a few moments ..listening to the instructor and taking it all in....
an instructor can be a really good focus and I personally think I would find it a lot harder on my own......on a good session I experience a calm that that I have never felt before....a stillness..a quietness.. quieten the mind....
And then other days ..i struggle...  even to relax..I am constantly distracted, 

It is very early days for me and I am looking forward to learning more about meditation...
we are instructed to remember the calm and to take it with us..to be recalled when we find our selves anxious....I find it fascinating
NAMASTE

and there's more...: Total Eclipse Splendour

and there's more...: Total Eclipse Splendour: Good Morning on this historic day when The USA got a wonderful show of A Total Eclipse T hey saw the moon blot out the sun, cause a...

Total Eclipse Splendour

Good Morning on this historic day when The USA got a wonderful show of A Total Eclipse

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They saw the moon blot out the sun, cause a drop in temperature and turn daylight into twilight. It is expected to be the most observed and most photographed eclipse in history.
for some people a once in a life time opportunity.....
Day turned to night for two minutes during the eclipse, visible in a 70-mile-wide (113-km-wide), 2,500-mile-long (4,000-km-long) zone in the US, drawing one of the largest audiences in human history.
The last time such a spectacle unfolded from the Pacific to the Atlantic coast was in 1918. The last total eclipse seen anywhere in the United States took place in 1979.
The Canadian Space Agency described the initial glimpses of the eclipse as "Beautiful!" as Americans watched in wonder through telescopes, cameras and protective glasses.  ( as reported in the telegraph )
Related imageThis brings back memories of when I saw the eclipse in the Uk.... my memories are vivid and it feels like it was only yesterday... it was infact 11th august 1999 ๐Ÿ˜ฎ  and we were in woolacombe...
It was very eerie.. it dropped cold...darkness descended on us and there seemed to be a stillness with everyone observing this fascinating sight... the birds could be heard singing..as they would at the break of day..very odd sensation 
I  was blessed with  4 children then and no granchildren and I am now blessed with 5 and 8 granchildren..( thank the Lord for them )
So I cant wait to see how much my family has grown when the next eclipse shows itself ( which is 2024..God spares us ๐Ÿ™)
Have a fab day๐Ÿ˜˜

Monday, 21 August 2017

and there's more...: yoga for life....golden yogis

and there's more...: yoga for life....golden yogis: Namaste so my previous blog was all about the celebrated yoga teacher Tao Porchon-Lynch 98 years old           ( Named “Oldest Yoga Tea...

yoga for life....golden yogis

Namaste

so my previous blog was all about the celebrated yoga teacher Tao Porchon-Lynch 98 years old          

( Named “Oldest Yoga Teacher” by Guinness World Records in 2012)

yes an amazing lady to say the least...
and yes, surprisingly, there are a lot of amazing older people out there who devote their lives to being healthy and fit and include yoga in their recipe for a long and healthy life. 
And funnily enough lycra leggings are NOT essential๐Ÿ˜‰
Related imageThe recent UCLA research took brain scans and memory tests, comparing the effects of 12 weeks of memory exercises with a course of yoga and meditation on 25 adults over 55. The latter not only had better improvements in their spatial and visual memories, but also more reduced depression and anxiety and increased resilience to stress. “Although this study is small, it suggests that we should be doing more research into the benefits of yoga and meditation as additional ways to keep our hearts and brains in good health as we age,” says Dr Clare Walton of the Alzheimer’s Society.

There’s no need for hours and hours of headstands to benefit. In this study, volunteers did just one hour of Kundalini yoga a week. This is a gentle form of yoga that incorporates breathing techniques, meditation and some chanting of mantras. The latter may feel silly at first but can be easier than other forms of meditation. The study participants also did 20 minutes daily of Kirtan Kriya, a type of meditation involving chanting, hand movements and visualization of light.

there are many benefits that yoga can give to every one... but especially beneficial as we get older:
Increased flexibility
Strengthens muscles ( including ones that we may have forgotten about ! )
Creates mindfulness ( giving a feeling of empowerment, improving sleep, improving the way we breathe )
Improves Balance ( especially important as we get older )
Gives confidence ( an opportunity to join classes and regain a social life and companionship )
So be the best version of YOU at any age...its never too late to start Yoga
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and there's more...: Life is short..live it

and there's more...: Life is short..live it: These kind of statements can conjure up many kind of feelings/emotions and indeed, memories............    foto by chardonnay For my...

Life is short..live it

These kind of statements can conjure up many kind of feelings/emotions and indeed, memories............  
 foto by chardonnay

For myself, it has in the past, been something I would say/or think about in times of extreme sadness.
For example when I have lost someone very precious to me....
Or at times when there has been tragedy in the world...(remembering the victims and families of the attacks in spain this weekend๐Ÿ’”)
Or even when someone has hurt my feelings and I feel that may be I shouldnt waste time on people who dont care....
so at mostly sad/down, times in my life....
But more recently I have seen this as a positive statement...may be its because I am getting older...( I dont know wether that means I'm less sensitive...or more positive...or just aware time is passing me by..... ๐Ÿ˜‰)
Related imageIt spurs me on to do things that I want to do...and not to keep waiting...not to keep worrying what people will think, waiting for approval......... the only approval you need is from you...do it for you...

Time is of the essence..if there's something you want to do ..dont wait..do it today..
So long as it doesn't hurt any one in the process go for it....follow your dreams..no matter how small or big....
because tomorrow is not promised
(So do it today....๐Ÿ˜‰)

Sunday, 20 August 2017

and there's more...: All good things come to those who are patient

and there's more...: All good things come to those who are patient: My cousin and I have now been at our new gym for about 6 weeks. And we are really impressed....all be it there has been a few mishaps ( bu...

All good things come to those who are patient

My cousin and I have now been at our new gym for about 6 weeks.
And we are really impressed....all be it there has been a few mishaps
( but that is with injuries ..not the establishment )
I think its fair to say that as 2 older ladies ( one in her 50's and one in her 60's... and I'm not prepared to spill the beans about who fits into which Category!!!   because she'll kill me !!! ๐Ÿ™Š )
we are in quite a hurry to crack on and try all the different classes and be the best we can....
and we are both probably being a little ambitious...and we want results yesterday..
and to rush anything is probably not good but..to rush to be fit is going to have problems!!
specifically INJURIES!!
thankfully the injuries sustained by us are pretty minor..and more inconvenient than anything else...
(I hurt my back...which I can not say for certain was during my classes, then i hurt my shoulder, which I admit was being too ambitious in the classes...It happened whilst trying to do 'Wild thing')
Image result for wild thing yoga pose cartoon(my cousin ..who will admit, although very fit/active, is not a regular at the gym until now...also injured her shouder whilst...would you believe doing 'wild thing'......)
It is ..i think an advanced move...combining twist and balance and strength....and like all asana's should be worked to ones own limits..and of course there are variations for beginners.... (definitely a note to us I think !!)
For me ..it just meant that I had to take things easy..and yes I still went to the gym..yes silly I know 
But for my cousin it has meant she has had to have a fortnight off too date...this has led to her being very frustrated and feels that all her hard work in the early days has been wasted.
But its not the end of the world and hopefully once she has rested it fully she can come back and do some more gentle poses....
still managing to work our arm ( to lift our coffee cups....ok ok and our wine glasses ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and our facial muscles ( smiles/laughs and chats๐Ÿ˜‰) so not all bad news
Moral too this story...
All good things come to those who wait....And who do things gradually ๐Ÿ˜‰       Namaste
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Saturday, 19 August 2017

and there's more...: yoga nonagenarian ...there are no limits... Tao P...

and there's more...: yoga nonagenarian ...there are no limits... Tao P...: I look with envy at the beautiful supple healthy 20/30 something yogis...who bend their bodies into seemingly impossible positions.... Its ...

yoga nonagenarian ...there are no limits... Tao Porchon-Lynch

Related imageI look with envy at the beautiful supple healthy 20/30 something yogis...who bend their bodies into seemingly impossible positions....
Its this that I aspire to be....
And lets face it ...its never going to happen...I am never going to look like that again ( not that I ever did!! )
But it definitely gives me the motivation to push forward with my yoga practice...
because at the end of the day...I will be the best version of me...
so imagine my surprise and delight when I came across this
well prepare to be amazed as I was, whilst flicking through some yoga articles I came across this amazing lady...Related image      
This amazing lady was born in 1918 and still teaches Yoga
And unlike the majority of all-natural, vegan yogis, Tao Porchon-Lynch wears big earrings, has brightly-painted nails, is always in high heels (well, except for when she’s doing yoga) and she loves wine.  She is definitely outside the box..bless her  


Tao Porchon-Lynch has always led an exotic life  - she was born in India, moved to London in 1940, danced for soldiers in Europe and then moved to Hollywood, during her fascinating life she’s spent time with Mahatma Gandhi, Noรซl Coward, Marilyn Monroe and the Dalai Lama.
It was whilst growing up in India that she discovered yoga: at the age of eight, she spotted boys on the beach contorting their bodies into strange poses. “I went to my aunt and said, ‘Can they let me be part of it?’ And she said: ‘That isn’t a game, it is yoga and it’s not for girls. It’s not ladylike.’ So I started doing it,” Porchon-Lynch told the New York Times.
Image result for tao porchon-lynch  free imageThis lady is a true inspiration to us all aspiring for that  healthy and long life...and she says that the ancient practice of yoga not only keeps her body young, but it improves her mind and soul as well....and adds that she eats small vegetarian meals and does not over eat or eat just for the sake of it..but that she enjoys a piece of chocolate
She admits that time has taken an inevitable toll on her health; just a few years ago, she had to have a total hip replacement, and in 2011 she broke her wrist... 
When I read this it certainly inspired me... especially as I am the other side of 50..and I often find myself wandering if I have left it too late to start a life and may be a career in this wonderful ancient practice.
'Tao's philosophy is: "There is nothing we cannot do if we harness the power within us."'

And if its good enough for Tao Porchon-Lynch.....


Wednesday, 16 August 2017

and there's more...: My Damaged Chakra

and there's more...: My Damaged Chakra: So what is a 'chakra?'. ...... is what I was asking a few months ago... And its fair to say that I'm not really any the wiser.....

My Damaged Chakra

So what is a 'chakra?'....... is what I was asking a few months ago...
And its fair to say that I'm not really any the wiser...but I am working on it
What I know so far:


and there's more...: The way forward

and there's more...: The way forward: A yoga a day....make it one of your 10 a day...  Go on ..you know you want to

The way forward

A yoga a day....make it one of your 10 a day... 

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Go on ..you know you want to

and there's more...: B/P update

and there's more...: B/P update: Good Morning Beautiful People  Yes I suppose you could be forgiven for thinking 'what is going on with the fuel company?' Sorry ...

B/P update

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Yes I suppose you could be forgiven for thinking 'what is going on with the fuel company?'

Sorry for the confusion.....I am talking about my high blood pressure drama (B/P) ๐Ÿ˜‰
well actually the lack of it....
Yes would you believe after being told by several health representatives that I have high B/P and couldnt go in the gym ( ๐Ÿ˜ข) until I had seen my doctor, I have now been given the all clear

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I had my B/P monitored for 24 hrs...which involved wearing a monitor for 24 hrs including sleeping with it (๐Ÿ˜’) but all worth it...my readings were then printed out and 
HEY PRESTO....my blood presure is normal....
( and that probably the only thing NORMAL about me ๐Ÿ˜˜)
with 49 readings ranging from 137/69 - 97/63 ( which was when I was sleeping )
giving an average of 135/85 day and 120/70 evening

Another thumbs up for my yoga and body balance ...
(I'm not saying for one minute that it will cure everyones high B/P ..but it will certainly make you the BEST YOU  ๐Ÿ˜ƒ )
Have a fab day......


Tuesday, 15 August 2017

and there's more...: Cant I do the tadpole

and there's more...: Cant I do the tadpole: So our very lovly yoga instructor said it would be a good idea to have a go at the frog pose  -  Mandukasana mandu: frog asana: pose    ...

Monday, 14 August 2017

and there's more...: when you dont know your CHATURANGAS from your CHIM...

and there's more...: when you dont know your CHATURANGAS from your CHIM...: Namaste So when I'm just flicking through the internet looking at Yoga posts...and I come across this little beauty.... It ...

when you dont know your CHATURANGAS from your CHIMICHANGAS



Namaste
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So when I'm just flicking through the internet looking at Yoga posts...and I come across this little beauty....
It read..
'so you dont know your Chaturangas from your Chimichangas'

I had to admit to myself I didnt....๐Ÿ˜ ( yes i know my chaturangas ๐Ÿ˜„) but is there really a 'chimichangas?????
the 1st image that came into my head was a pair of shoes!!!  Jimmy choo ??? Chimi...changas ( ok ..I do like shoes ) ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜ƒ  yes I know..very materialistic
So I knew it couldnt mean that....( really!! I did )
a bit of further investigation was required....
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So I popped it in the search .... imagine my surprise..
 wow...these little beauties came up....
I'm salivating already....
Image result for vegetarian chimichanga mexican free imageAnd again I am impressed how good Yoga is for you...
because I now know what to order when I go into a Mexican restaurant ๐Ÿ˜˜ ( these look amazing )
And it made me smile....๐Ÿ˜Š
Moral to the story is.... 
Researching yoga is good
More chimichangas  means more chaturangas ๐Ÿ˜œ
have a fab day x


Saturday, 12 August 2017

and there's more...: Now that is amazing

and there's more...: Now that is amazing: Good afternoon   �� So its the weekend...and got to say this week has fled by.. I swear if I would of blinked I would of missed it....

Now that is amazing


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Good afternoon   ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

So its the weekend...and got to say this week has fled by..
I swear if I would of blinked I would of missed it... ( but people say as you get older times goes quicker !!! on that note ... there's nothing we can do about it so enjoy and make the best of it๐Ÿ˜‰)
 So it has been quite an eventful week for me..
6 days at the gym..doing either body balance or yoga ๐Ÿ˜Š , in concession  ..now I must say thats new for me
had annual check up at GP... told me I have high blood pressure..
yep thats new for me too...
And apparently  I am now nearly 5ft 3inches ( nearly 1.61544 metres)...and thats definitely new for me   ( because Ive always been 5ft 2 !!!! )
And apparently its the yoga thats done it ๐Ÿ˜‰ ( hope thats not the cause of the high B/P  ๐Ÿ˜•) lol
And I'm damn happy about that ( no, not that its the yoga...the fact that I'm taller!!! yes I know its only half an inch...but its half an inch taller..NOT shorter...๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™Œ)
Related imageSo by the end of the year I should be 5ft 4   right? ๐Ÿ˜œ
I always wished I was taller....
So onwards and upwards as they say ๐Ÿ˜—



Friday, 11 August 2017

and there's more...: Body balance and body jam...Body exhausted

and there's more...: Body balance and body jam...Body exhausted: Good morning So I am feeling motivated at the moment ( ok..and a little bit mad ) I have done classes every day this week and its f...

Body balance and body jam...Body exhausted

Good morning

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So I am feeling motivated at the moment ( ok..and a little bit mad )
I have done classes every day this week and its fair to say I feel exhausted  ( in a good way..if thats possible )
one particular day....I had a fab body balance class
...and I thought ( ambitious little so and so...) that I could do the body jam which was running immediately after!!!!
Related imageWell...I have never done body jam before ...and it is quite fast...with lots of left and rights..and arms and legs!!!! 
Nothing wrong with that...I hear you say...
BUT anybody who knows me ..knows that I am going to struggle!!!!
dont know my right from left...co-ordination not fab..never done it before....already exhausted!!!
yep..u getting the picture.....
It was a disaster...lol
But ..I will try it again...once I've recovered!!!!
No pain ..no gain...right?
And this is the 5th day in succession that I have got to the gym!...
And I am feeling very motivated....
So must fly... Body balance awaits.....
What ever you're doing...have a fab one 
And remember
be the best you can...
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Thursday, 10 August 2017

and there's more...: Blood pressure...high...u must b high!!!

and there's more...: Blood pressure...high...u must b high!!!: Symptoms of very high blood pressure If your blood pressure is extremely high, there may be certain symptoms to look out for including: ...

Blood pressure...high...u must b high!!!

Symptoms of very high blood pressure

If your blood pressure is extremely high, there may be certain symptoms to look out for including:
Tick box...
Image result for high blood  cartoon freeSevere headache.....at certain times of the month I do have very bad headaches...
Fatigue...of course ..sometimes.. ( but then again I get up between 5 and 6 am...go to the gym..shop etc
so yes...about 3pm I could do with a nap..but never do..and am still going at 10pm most evenings )
Vision problems.... I guess you could say yes....I've worn contact lenses for 30 years!!๐Ÿ˜
Chest pain... NO...
Difficulty breathing... NO
Irregular heartbeat... NO  ( i dont think )
Blood in the urine... NO
Pounding in chest, neck, ears...occasionally have palpitations   

So when I was told I couldnt go into the gym because my blood pressure was high...you could of knocked me over with a feather...literally...
'U need to see the Dr first'
I thought she was having a laugh... ( and yes I know its no laughing matter....I completely sympathise with anyone who suffers from it...family members have...so I am familiar with it )
But I was shell shocked...I class myself as being very healthy and never really seen myself as having health problems ( thank The Lord )
So over the last couple of days I have approached anyone who was able  and asked them to take my B/P
i.e. drs. pharmacy.
'I just need a letter to show to the gym so as they can see I have not got a problem with my B/P'
I told them
Each one one showed high blood pressure!!!!  How can that be?
And yes the more I asked them to take it again...the more it went up!!!!
So now I have to be monitored for 24 hrs to get an average!!!!
God only knows what that is gonna flag up!!

 To control/prevent high B/P 
  • Keep your weight at a healthy level: you can achieve this by a combination of healthy eating and regular exercise.
  • Eat a healthy diet: this includes eating only the amount of food your body needs and choosing foods high in nutrients and low in fat, sugar and salt.
  • Limit how much salt you eat: just avoiding adding salt to your meal plate or when cooking, and limiting how much processed foods you consume, can make a huge difference.
  • Limit how much alcohol you drink.
  • Don’t smoke tobacco: and minimise your exposure to secondhand smoke(passive smoking).
  • Get regular exercise: try to get at least 30 minutes of activity each day. Exercise relieves stress and helps you control your weight.
  • Don’t let stress build up: the chemicals your body makes in response to stress make your heart beat harder and faster and your blood vessels tighten. All this makes blood pressure higher.
Moral of the story   
Image result for eat a healthy diet cartoon freeJust because... I eat a healthy diet..dont smoke...not overweight...exercise regularly...do yoga...does not mean that I am healthy....and that I am NOT going to get high B/P
( but be assured I will continue to do my best to be healhy ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜œ and that will even include a glass of the red stuff occasionally )

. GO FIGURE