Earlier this week, Karen asked me to look through my t-shirts to see if a black jumper she couldn’t find, had got mixed in with my stuff after being washed.
Didn’t find her jumper, but did manage to have a micro clear out, and there are now about half a dozen t-shirts in the charity bag, along with the boardgame Lords of Xidit, which everyone in my gaming group apart from me, thought looked too complicated.
(we play Pandemic FFS! How complicated can Xidit be?)
At yoga recently, we’ve been working on prep for headstands, and trying to actually do them. Last night I finally pulled off one unaided.
To me that’s as big an accomplishment as when I finally managed Urdhva Dhanurasana
(full wheel pose). It’s slow progress, but the fact I can do things at 53 that I couldn’t when I was younger amazes me. I love yoga 🙂
I’ve recently got back into running, training with a neighbour, who is in the running club that I was in (apparently I’m a lapsed member, as I never actually resigned from the club).
So in the last couple of weeks we’ve gone from couch (I’ve not been running due to holidays and tendonitis, and he’s also been injured) to 6 miles, averaging 10 mins/mile.
So we’re pretty happy with that.
Last night however, after running my, legs were not happy. I’d been to one of my regular yoga classes at lunchtime, and the legs were just taking a pounding yesterday. That’s when I realised that all my physical activities are/have been leg based. Yoga, running, karate, rock climbing, snowboarding, skateboarding, ice skating, inline skating (and the few days surfing I managed to tick of my bucket list) are all predominately leg based (with the possible exception of yoga, although there’s a hell of a lot of leg work involved).
So I’ve not posted much lately. Since the last post, there hasn’t been anything in the way of snow, and I suspect that winter has pretty much passed us by. (not good if you love sledging).
I’ve been attending 3 yoga classes a week, and doing the odd practice on my own at home as well, and I’m still loving it. In fact, last night’s class was awesome. I really enjoyed it, and had a great post practice buzz. So much so that I didn’t stop off for a pint on my way home as I didn’t want to spoil it.
I’m eating less meat, and more veggie equivalents. I love a roll and sausage on a Saturday morning, and Linda McCartney sausages are a great alternative to meat. I also found Malcolm Allen veggie lorne sausage, which taste wise is no different from the real thing, but the texture isn’t quite right. Other than that there’s no difference, it’s excellent.
I’m just back from a lunchtime yoga class.
Lately (last few weeks) I’ve started being a lot more aware of how I feel mentally, after doing yoga, as well as physically.
I feel a lot calmer, more relaxed, and very chilled.
It’s got to the stage that – in the case of a post work evening class – I no longer grab a quick drink while I’m waiting for the train home, as the alcohol would kill this really pleasant feeling that I’m experiencing. So, I take a slower, more meandering route to get to the station instead, and enjoy the sensation of calm that is washing over me.
So, double the benefits. The physical – that I’ve always been aware of – and now the mental, which I’m experiencing more vividly than before.
So I’ve been lax in posting here. My bad.
It’s not that I haven’t been doing things to post about, I have. But I’ve been doing and not posting, so here’s a quick update.
We’ve booked a trip to Cambodia for next year. Stopping in Singapore on the way out, and coming back via Bangkok – which is in danger of usurping Paris as my favourite city – and Dubai.
A week on Saturday I’m taking part in a charity yoga event. 108 sun salutations. I may be a broken husk afterwards, but it’s all in a good cause.
Last weekend I got a new tattoo (see below), a Green Man. I’m seriously happy with the way it turned out. I’m going to book in again soon to get the Celtic animals/knotwork on the same arm, touched up so it all blends together really nicely.
This last week I’ve been a bit achey. Holding my arms up in Warrior 2 was making my upper arms ache, and yesterday, doing vinyasas, I struggled not to faceplant onto the mat!
After last night’s class I was talking to someone, and they said it’s probably not the upper arm muscles, but my shoulder muscles, that are stiff, and my arms are compensating, hence the achey arms.
The question is, does anyone have any recommendations for any exercise to loosen off stiff shoulder muscles?
Any advice gratefully accepted.
Last night at yoga, I just felt that I wasn’t getting it. I honestly felt that I did better the very first day I walked into the class 3 years ago.
My balance was off, I was getting cramp in my toes in child’s pose, did I mention my balance?
Don’t get me wrong, not everything felt like a step backwards, and I did pretty good afterwrds, but it’s proof that we can only do what we can do on any given day, but it’s not easy to accept. Acceptance is the key I think. If you don’t accept that’s how it was and move on, then it will play on your mind and create a downward spiral where you psyche yourself out.
Onwards and upwards.
Been a bit…..meh today. Can’t pin it on any one thing.
So, that’s why I’m really glad I went to yoga at lunchtime, instead of a union meeting that I was supposed to be be going to (who organises meetings at lunchtime? Seriously, don’t)
Anyway, I feel in a much better place now, so I’m looking forward to this evening after work, when we’re going to take a wee drive down the coast to either Troon, or Ayr. (Troon is closer, but not much is open in the evenings, whereas Ayr has a bit more going on but is about another half hours drive away)
So, after last week’s yoga/pilates binge, this week has been a total drought class-wise.
No Tuesday lunchtime, went Tuesday night, Wednesday lunchtime was cancelled, and I’ve got my usual class to go to tonight.
I’ve got a half-day at work tomorrow, so I might manage the pilates class, but there’s things to do before I head off on holiday for a week, so I’m playing it by ear at the moment.
Saturday morning we’re up and out the house at stupid-o’clock to get to Edinburgh airport, then it’s Abu Dhabi for a week. Got the travel mat sorted, so yoga will not be abandoned.
Before that though, I’ve still got to pack, and get the cats over to my mum’s house.
I’ve found more classes at the gym that I can go to. So far this week the scores are.
Monday – Pilates
Tuesday – yoga (lunchtime) and yoga (evening)
Today will be lunchtime yoga.
Thursday will be evening yoga
And finally Friday will be lunchtime pilates.
Saturday I might not be able to leave the house 😀
I still don’t actually “enjoy” pilates, but I feel great afterwards, so I’ll stick with it.
We’re off for a weeks holiday on the 8th, so I’ll be taking a mat with me and at least doing some yoga while I’m away.