Biting the bullet

So, on the recommendation of my yoga teacher, I’ve booked onto a workshop that’s being held at Merchant City Yoga in Glasgow.
It’s Yoga asanas and Hindu Mythology with Coral Brown. Susan who takes the class I go to says Coral is a wonderful teacher, and I’d get a lot out of the workshops.
The first is “Jai Hanuman – the Faithful One” and is about Hanuman, and Hanumanasana (split pose). I opted NOT to go to this one, as I got the fear about the idea of the splits! Turns out it would be ok, as you’re not expected to actually do the splits, but will come out able to get lower than you could previously.

The workshop I signed up for is Vira Rasa – the Essence of the Warrior, and the description is “The archetype of the Warrior embodies the energy of devotion, focus and commitment. This energy is grounded in grace, confidence and respect. The yogic texts personify these attributes through the story of Shiva’s side kick and best friend, Virabhadra.

In this dynamic story telling flow we will highlight the many attributes and expressions of Virabhadrasana (Warrior Pose). We will observe, explore and connect with the different qualities and manifestations of our own warrior essence.”

It’s not till September, but I’m already looking forward to it. Susan reckons I’ll get a lot out of it and really enjoy it.

I’ll keep you posted.

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Paddleboarding

It was my birthday on Friday, and my wife had booked a paddleboard/canoe experience for me. So, yesterday, I tried canoeing and paddleboarding for the first time.

Canoeing was fun, but pretty hard work. Any “Into the Wild” type fantasies of packing a bag, jumping into a canoe and getting away from civilisation, well that bubble popped there and then 😀
The paddleboarding on the other hand…..that was a lot easier effort-wise, but there was the balance issue to contend with, and yes I took a dunking three or four times, but damn it was fun.

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Lurgi

Well last week was a bit of a write off. Monday was a bank holiday, so we headed to Largs for the day, and had the traditional ice cream from Nardini’s, which is always good.

On Tuesday I had the lunchtime beginners kettle bell class again, which while not enjoyable (to me anyway), does leave you feeling that you’ve done a good work-out.

Then it went belly up. Didn’t sleep well Tuesday night, and woke up Wednesday with nasty sinus pain, a streaming nose, and I couldn’t stop sneezing. And that, was basically the state of play until Friday evening when I started to feel human again.
On the plus side, I hadn’t caught up with the last season of Dr Who, so I managed to binge watch that. I also discovered Rick and Morty, which is fun.

Saturday, feeling human again, we headed to the 1st Canal Festival, which was fun except the weather was rotten. We stayed for about an hour, and would have stayed longer if it wasn’t for the rain.
After bailing on the canal festival, we headed to the Newlands Country Club to use the pool and spa, as Karen had got a day pass through her work. The pool was nice and quiet, and after a wee session on the treadmill, I had a swim before hitting the jacuzzi and finishing off in the steam room, which totally cleared out my sinus’s.

We finished off the weekend with a long walk through the Linn Park, and lunch in the Old Smiddy.

So the weekend made up for the lurgi write off earlier in the week.

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Well that was different!

Just back from a beginners introductory kettle bell class. Damn that was knackering!!!

The lower half of my body feels like it belongs to someone else, and isn’t really talking to the rest of me. My lower back feels really “loose” – that’s the only way I can describe it – and it’s great.
There’s another 3 weeks of the beginners class to go. I feel great, but at the same time I can’t believe that people “like” a kettle bell session!

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TRNSMT Festival

Been a wee while, but I’ve not really been up to a great deal lately. Until this weekend.

On Friday I went to the TRNSMT festival on Glasgow Green, principally to see Radiohead. I wandered round checking out the smaller stages, but to be honest, spent most of my time at the main stage, where I saw Rag N Bone Man, London Grammar, Belle and Sebastian, and finally Radiohead.
It was a great day, but as usual you were at the mercy of the overpriced food and drink, so before I went in, I stuffed my face in the city centre so I only needed a snack later, and I just had to bite the bullet when it came to the cost of a beer (£5 for a pint of Carlsberg which would const about £3 usually).

Anyway, it was a great day. Here’s some pics.

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Radiohead

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#fail

Wednesday was International Yoga Day, and there was a planned open air yoga session in Glasgow’s George Square, that I was adamant I was going to.
So, after work I headed to the square, and got caught in the rain. “Bugger this” I thought. While I loved the idea of an open air session in the middle of the city, I wasn’t up for getting soaked, so I headed to the station to get the train home.

As the train pulled out I noticed the rain had gone off.

Damnit!

Made up for it at last night’s class though. There were only three of us there plus Susan (the teacher), and it was an amazing session. Felt great afterwards.

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Nice weekend

The weather in the tropical paradise that is Glasgow, was, for a change, really nice.

On Saturday we headed to the Linn Park with Karen’s friend, and just relaxed in the sun for a while, before heading to the Old Smiddy (I still think it should be spelled “Olde”) for a lunch of 50 chicken wings, and a bowl of Dirty Chips (chips covered in BBQ sauce and bits of bacon).

Yesterday we headed to Bellahouston Park for some inline skating round the cycle track next to the sports centre. 10 laps on a really hot day was all we could manage. Fun to be skating again though.

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On Wednesday, it’s International Yoga Day, and there’s a mass yoga session taking place in George Square.
Depending on the weather, I might take part. Would be pretty cool.

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Yoga and your happy place

Last night’s yoga class was cancelled last minute. It was replaced with a pilates class as they managed to get a pilates teacher to step in.
I got offered that as an alternative, but didn’t take them up on the offer. I probably should have as I’ve never tried it, an my wife who does both, reckons they complement one another. (any other opinions would be interesting)

At the pub quiz last night, I just wasn’t enjoying myself. Felt a bit down (don’t know why). This morning, I nipped into the gym and did a wee yoga session on my own.
I’m currently buzzing with endorphins, and feel really awake, and in a happy place, in total contrast to last night.

So, yeah, I know have proof that even a little bit of yoga can have a really positive effect not only to physical health, but to mental health as well.
What’s not to like 🙂

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Weekend photos from the garden

Been playing with the camera in the garden at the weekend. Here’s a few wee pics to be getting on with.

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Today’s the day

That I find out if I can get my kilt altered enough to fit me again.

I’m heading to the kiltmakers to see if they can alter the buckles so that it fits again!
With losing 2 stone (that frankly needed losing), my kilt is now too big. I know they can alter it up to a point, so hopefully it’s going to be do-able, otherwise, I’ll have to invest in another.

This is the downside to being healthier (JOKE!!)

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(UPDATE:- looks like it’s good to go. Will still be about 1/4″ too big round the waist, but the belt will take care of that, and at least it won’t end up round my ankles!)

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