Been feeling pretty run down this week, so I haven’t been to the gym, and I’ve not done as much yoga as normal.
I’ve got a corn on one of the toes on my left foot and I woke up on Tuesday to an eye with a sty in it, that was so big my eye may as well have been closed over.
Like I said, run down.
Today the sty in almost gone. On the advise of a pharmacist, I boiled some water, allowed it to cool to the warm side of tepid, and soaked some cotton wool and just lay back with my eyelid steeping. It’s worked, and the swelling is vastly reduced to the point it’s almost healed.
The corn is another story. I’ve self referred the podiatrist at the local health centre to get is seen to, as I previously used corn plasters, but it just came back, so I need to have it treated properly.
It’ll probably take a while to get an appointment, but if it gets to much, I’ll just pay someone to sort it out.
That aside, things are pretty good. I just finished reading Siddhartha by Herman Hess, and really liked it. It’s a great read, highly recommend it.
Anyway, I’ve got a yoga class to go to tonight, so onwards and upwards.
Last night’s yoga class was tough but fun. Side crow was a mess (see the previous post about breaking sweat and slippy skin 😀 ) but I am getting closer to almost doing a passable ardha chadrasana (half moon pose), so, swings and roundabouts. Just going with the flow (vinyasa flow 😀 )
I’ve joined a group on FB for skateboarders of a certain age. It’s really good as it was started by a couple of women in their 60’s who decided to try skateboarding, and love it. It’s really inspiring in that it proves that age isn’t a barrier if you want to do something.
There’s a little news report about them here.
And there’s a little clip of me longboarding here.
So the regular class I go to started back last night after the Christmas/New Year break, and I discovered one very important thing.
The practice I was doing at home over the break, while not exactly slacking, wasn’t up where I’d been before the break.
Last night was tough. Really tough. But really enjoyable as well.
Other things I discovered were (a) short sleeved t-shirts are not good to wear if you’re sweating buckets, and trying to do crow pose. Slippy 😀
Also, while I can do tree pose no problem with no-one else around, it just takes one person in my peripheral vision to has the slightest wobble, and my balance is all over the place.
So, what have I learned from last night? To wear t-shirts with sleeves so I can do crow pose when I’ve broken sweat* and focus on a point on the floor when doing balance poses so I don’t get the wobbles when someone else does.
Oh, and to do a proper home practice and make sure it’s not a case of going through the motions of just doing poses I find easy.
(* how do you actually do crow pose at a Bikram class? Surely you must be really sweaty, and it’s hard to lock your knees in place?)
Yesterday I got a little letterbox droppage with two books. The first is Siddhartha by Herman Hess, on the recommendation of my wife who read it long before we met, and thought I’d like it.
The second is the Bhagavad Gita. I did have a go at reading this before, but the copy I had had been given to me by the Hare Kirishnas, and between the passages, was the original Sanskrit, and then an explanation of the meaning of the passage, which while I appreciated being given the book, made it a bit of an effort to read – skip the Sanskrit as I can’t read it, read the passage, then read the explanation before reading the next passage.
I wanted to read a straightforward translation and see what I got out of it, not what someone else said I should get.
So with that in mind, and after reading reviews of different translations, I went for one by Eknath Easwaren.
I’m looking forward to reading these.
So we’ve got the trip for this year booked, and I can’t wait.
We’re off to Thailand. Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Bangkok, with 3 days in Dubai to break up the flight home.
I’ve been to Bangkok before for a couple of days on the way to Bali, and I wasn’t expecting to like it, but I really loved it. It’s a fantastic city. I’m looking forward to a three weeks of superb food and of course, there’s going to be yoga by the pool, and in the case of Phuket, on the beach. Can’t wait.
In the meantime, having done a reasonable dvd cull, I’ve moved onto cd’s. The downsizing continues. We have to avoid stuffication.
I got an email from the teacher who takes the vinyasa flow class that I go to every week. Starting in March she’s doing a six week introduction to Ahstanga yoga, and thought I might be interested and would benefit from it. So this morning I signed up. I’m looking forward to it. I’ve been to a workshop that she recommended at the same studio, and loved it.
I’ve got 4 days left to run on the free pass for the gym/spa that we’ve been using since the 2nd. I’ve been using the pool and doing 20 lengths every evening before chilling out in the jacuzzi and the steam room.
I don’t usually get swimming that often these days, unless I’m on holiday, so I’ve been taking advantage of the free pass to swim every day.
I’ve not posted at all over the festive period. It’s not that I hadn’t been up to anything, but I tried (and sort-of) failed a digital detox. I succeeded in not turning on the computer, but I have Instagram and Facebook on my phone, so I posted photos on insta, and used Fb to keep in touch with friends and organise some social activities.
We went to a 40th birthday, and a wedding reception. Had a walk along a bitterly cold beach, and went sledging. We ate too much, and took advantage of a free 12 day pass to a gym/spa.
But, now I’m back, and hopefully I’ll have something better to post than this!!!
To anyone who follows me and is reading this, a Happy New Year to you all, and I hope 2018 is a good year for you.
So I never made it to yoga class last night (last this year), as I was out for lunch, and felt stuffed and bloated.
Bit gutted to miss it, but what a lunch 🙂
Had a wander round the Riverside museum and saw the 1966 Batmobile, which is visiting this month. My inner geek was well chuffed.
Also got some cool pics of the Art Galleries (where we had lunch) and Glasgow University as well.
Great wee day.
Glasgow Art Galleries
Yoga last night was pretty full on. I was having issues with poses that I didn’t have issues with before, my balance was a bit wobbly, I was totally knackered by the end of the class.
Afterwords I felt incredible. The post class buzz was amazing.
Yes, I’ve done better in other classes.
Yes, this was probably the worst practice I’ve ever had.
Yes, I probably need to push myself a bit further out of my comfort zone when I’m practicing at home, or I’ll never improve, BUT at the end of the class, despite it all, I felt great.
When you’re not having a good practice it forces you to concentrate more in the moment, so from that point of view, I’d say that even a bad practice is a good practice, but you might not realise it at the time.
Recently I picked up the book Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World. and am half-way through my second week of using it.
The book comes with a cd of guided meditations, and the idea is you do meditation 1 twice a day (if possible) for a week, and then for week 2 do meditation 2 etc for 8 weeks.
I didn’t have too much trouble with the first week, as it was similar to the meditation that took place at the meditation group they used to have in my work.
This week, week 2, that’s a whole other story. I’ve nodded off a couple of times, and the chatter in my head seemed to be really frantic compared to week 1. Last night I completed it without nodding off/zoning out, which I’m taking as a positive, but it did highlight the amount of seriously random thoughts that I have rattling about in my head. At least last night I managed to notice them, acknowledge they happened, and just let them pass on their way to wherever it is they’re headed.
I do feel a lot more relaxed for doing this, and immediately after a meditation, I feel amazingly calm, so it’s doing something good.
If you’ve fancied trying mindfulness meditation this seems to be a good book/cd to have a go with. The reviews are good, and I’m finding positive results. Try it and see.