This is a good thing.

Karate last night was good.  Pat has got me doing a bit more teaching, and it’s helping me to think about what I’m doing, and why, and not blindly follow without understanding or questioning.
This is a good thing.
When it came to me and Pat practicing together, I managed to land a punch, and to catch him out a couple of times, so I’m managing to deal with his attacks, and hide my own intentions.
This is a good thing.

I’m just back from a lunchtime core session.  My abs are feeling a bit sorry for themselves, and again.  This is a good thing.  So much so that it will be repeated on Friday.

All I have to do is to remember to book my place for the yoga class on Thursday, and the week will have been a good one.

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Had a reasonably relaxing weekend.
Went for a curry on Saturday to a place we’d not eaten in before. Saffron in Barrhead.  We’d got one of these Groupon deals, but I’d be more than happy to go back there and pay the full price.  The food was excellent.
The deal was for a buffet for two, and a sizzle platter to share.  Really nice it was too.

Afterwards, we headed to Paisley for a wander and a quick drink.  I was happy to see the pub had Old Rosie in the fridge, but unfortunately, it was obvious that the box was almost done, as the bag containing the cider was hanging out, and it looked like the box was prolapsing.  Now, it’s a rough, cloudy cider, but I’d hazard a guess that the amount of cloud in what was visible, would have led to explosive skitters in my near future, had I drunk it.  I thought better off it and had a pint of draught instead.

Sunday we went in-line skating in the morning, and followed it up with chilling out and watching episodes of Vikings, Outlander (last few episodes) and Lucifer.  Later we watched The Devil’s Double, based on Saddam Husain’s son and the man who was forced into being his double.  (Great film btw).

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Fail

Yesterday morning I forgot to book a place at the yoga class, and by the time I’d realised, all the places had gone.

Double fail, as I’d put off meeting someone to get a copy of his band’s cd, as I had the class. (it’s all ok, though as I’m meeting him this afternoon).  Not only do The Swamp Born Assassins have an awesome name, and album cover, but they’re damn good too.
(Check them out here ).  It’s great to discover really good local bands.

 

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Sods Law

In Glasgow, at the entrance to Central Station, there’s Gordon Street Coffee, which, does great coffee.
Over the last few months, I’ve noticed some mornings, they’ve set up a wee tuk-tuk type van just off Buchanan St, and have a mobile coffee shop set up in it.  It looks really cool, and I want to get a photo of it, BUT……every time I’ve got the camera, it’s not there.  There’s a beer delivery to the pub it sets up outside, or I’m too early or <insert lame excuse here>, and if I don’t have the camera?  Yup, there it is teasing me.

I’m going to bite the bullet and try and make sure I’ve got the camera every day next week.  I WILL get a photo of this awesome little coffee truck, and I WILL post it here.

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Only me

Yoga class tonight before I head home.  While I’m looking forward to it, I’ve always wondered why yoga doesn’t seem to appeal to many men.
In the class I go to I’m the only regular male.  Occasionally another guy will turn up, try the class, maybe come for a couple of weeks, and then disappear, never to return.
Someone I used to work beside, started going to a yoga class a few months back, and although he was really keen to start, he actually went online to ask if it would be “weird” if I guy took up yoga.  I just don’t understand why (in the main) guys don’t do yoga.

When I first when to the class, it was with the aim of getting more flexible for karate, but now I do it for it’s own sake, and enjoy it.  The yoga, plus some meditation, help me when I feel stressed.  I’m really bad for bottling things up, and this counteracts that stress really well.

So, does anyone have similar experiences, is the lack of men doing yoga typical ?

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Yoga, karate, meditiation

Last night I was at karate for the first time since new Year.  It was good to be back.  Pat, who runs the club, had me take some white, and red belts for kata.  This was good, as it got me back into training, and I got some more experience of teaching, which I’ll have to do more of if I get my black belt this year.

Today I’m going to do the gym at lunchtime to work on my core.  Combined with the diet I’m currently on, I’ve lost 2 1/2 inches from round my stomach in 3 weeks.  When I get home tonight I’ll do some yoga as well.

I’ve picked up a book on Kundalini awakening.  I have been doing mindfulness meditation, but had heard Kundalini was a good practice, so I’m going to have a read and see how it goes.

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Really sore. But in a good way.

After yesterday’s little rant, it’s back to the usual programming.

On Monday I did an early morning gym session with a work colleague, concentrating on upper body – which I’m guilty of neglecting – using kettle bells.  The workout went like this :-

10 kettlebell lifts
1 pushup
10 kettlebell lifts
2 pushups
10 kettlebell lifts
3 pushups

Repeat the lifts and pushups, increasing the number of pushups by one until you do 10 of each.  If that hasn’t completely burned you out, or your a glutton for punishment, keep going, but reduce the number of pushups each time till you get back to one.
It’s a tough one, but I did really feel like I’d done some good.

This morning we concentrated on core strength, which again was tough, but really good.  Tonight after work, I’m going straight to my yoga class (Vinyasa flow).  (Think I’ll deserve that G&T when I finally get to the pub quiz tonight.)

I’m actually feeling really motivated at the moment, as I’m also on the Atkins diet, and I’ve lost 2 1/2″ off my belly, which is great.

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Social media in need of an enema

For the last week or so, all my social media feeds have been jammed with political posts.  What with Brexit, and Donald Trump’s antics, people are getting so riled up the usually apolitical people I know, have descended into rabid political bests.
Now, while I think Brexit MAY be a monumental clusterfuck, I’m perfectly open to being proved wrong. In fact, since it looks like being a done deal, I’m hoping it’s not the aforementioned clusterfuck, and that (as usual) the UK media is scaremongering.

As for The Donald…… I can’t help thinking he’s all smoke and mirrors.  Cause chaos, get people out on the streets protesting about something which he will ultimately do a u-turn on, all the while sneaking some really damaging things through on the quiet while everyone is distracted.

While I don’t like Trump, or May, I do  think the political systems need a shake-up, as there are too many people in it for what they can get out of it, and not for what is good for their counties and the people.  I just don’t think Trump is the man to do it.  In the UK it could be Corbyn, but the so called Socialists in the labout party have it in for him as they’re now indistinguishable from the Tories.

Just my 2p worth.  As always YMMV, and I’m good with that.  Not looking to rant or argue politics, just highlighting that while a lot of that’s not right is going on, politically, the world certainly isn’t boring at the moment.

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Waterfall

Waterfall in Linn Park, East Renfrewshire.  Just outside of Glasgow.dsc_0048

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Yoga and Sons of Anarchy (not related)

That Thursday Iyengar yoga class I mentioned in the previous post?  Despite being told “Lunchtime is Vinyasa Flow and evening is Iyengar”  it turned out that yes, lunchtime IS Vinyasa Flow, BUT evening is ALSO Vinyasa Flow.
When I walked into the class and saw the teacher, my initial reaction was “Aw….shite!”, but I have to say I did enjoy her class, even managing one of the two “hands on the floor feet off the floor” poses that she included.  I can’t remember the name off-hand as I was concentrating on actually doing the pose rather than what it was called.
I’ll do the Iyengar on my own as and when, as I’ve read that it complements other styles, and if the Iyengar starts up again, I can always go to that as well.

At the weekend I saw the last episodes of Sons of Anarchy, and was (a) gutted that it’s all over, and (b) happy that they finished it the only way they could.  It was a superb show.  Best series I’ve seen since Breaking Bad.

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