Archive for December, 2014

2014 in review

December 29, 2014

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here's an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 19,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.


Waiting impatiently

December 25, 2014

Waiting outside the Shala Christmas Day 2011

Christmas Day 2011 I practised at KPJAYI, a sea of Santa hats doing the first sun salutations as Sharath called “Ekum”. It’s been a bit of a journey since then, I seriously wondered if I would ever be able to do my full practice again, let alone return to Mysore.

Since October I’ve been working part time in the Santa and elf business, those who know what I think of Christmas will probably find this hilarious, bah humbug. I have a contract only until mid January, with a “maybe” of something more permanent, but still part time after. It’s been a nice place to work, the people are good and Mol the dog obviously doesn’t want her BBQ Hula Hoop supplier going anywhere soon!

Working in Santa’s workshop

A couple of days ago I was asked by the boss lady what my plans are after January, obviously my reply was along the lines of ” I started looking for another job, or if nothing comes along I’ll go away for a month or so, then hope to find something when I get back”. The £1million question follows, “we loved the work you have done, would you be interested in staying, but February is basically a dead month (ie not many hours)?”

The perfect scenario as far as I was concerned had appeared, so I said “what about if I still go away for February and start again in March?”

She said “Yes”

Get the kettle on, I’m (hopefully) coming

Guess what I did next, yep I filled in the online application form to practice in Mysore, Sharath is already full, so I ticked the Saraswati box on the form and I’m now checking my email at regular intervals in the hope of finding the “you may come” email, but no luck as yet.

I hope it comes, after all that’s happened it will be amazing to be back there, so I’m crossing fingers and toes and anything else yoga has taught me to cross.

Last AYL Sunday for this year

December 14, 2014

Last Sunday was the last philosophy group until April, as Mel is off to India, all these people going to India, I wish, though I’m still thinking about going to Saraswati in February if my contract isn’t extended. Philosophy followed by lunch, sutras for mind and stomach.

Philosophy group

Today was my last practice at AYL for 2014, they close on Friday for the holidays with some of the teachers and assistants heading for Mysore. What a year it’s been, without having this practice, a great teacher and the shared energy of the ashtangi’s my shoulder would not have made so much progress, not that there isn’t still some way to go yet, especially in terms of strength and stability.

The arm still catches me out at surprising moments, if it hurt during Mari D I could understand it, but the painful spasm I get that shoots across down the arm to my fingers in Savasana was very unexpected, I now do Savasana with my left palm down instead of up, stressing the muscles on the front of the shoulder much less.

The last practice of the year (in the Shala), felt like it was all there, everything gets bound, apart from a couple of the transitions requiring Bhakasana which is still a struggle, Urdva Dhanurasana my hand still slides on the slippy Mysore rug I’m using now, I’ve abandoned the Yogitoes, it just won’t stay put, the plastic dots have been mangled by the washing machine a bit too often it seems and it just wrinkles up.

Dropbacks are safe now, standing up is still erratic but coming. Three super assisted dropbacks today followed by L’s trademark mega squash.


Louise says it’s now a time to rest a lot, stretch a little and to take our mats home otherwise they will apparently be chopped up for Elf bedding!


Yogi breakfast was a spur of the moment “full English” , it made a change from croissants, we didn’t realise we had been photo bombed until later, but does explain why the Waitress who took the photo was laughing so much!

7th December

December 7, 2014

Two years ago today was the day I snapped my Humerus in half. It’s been a long journey back to my practice. 7/12/12 I spent the morning in agony in A&E, 7/12/14 I spent the morning at AYL having a great practice in my favourite spot next to the radiator.

Both sides of Pasasana bound, Bhekasana with a wonderful assist from Louise, who has been instrumental in getting most, nearly all of my practice back, not to mention hundreds of hours on my mat, with a super massage therapist and the Hungarian physiotherapist who helped get back my range of motion.

This morning I could drop back on my own and stand up from the half thick block in the Shala for the first time in two years. At home where I can experiment more I can do it from the floor. I made a video just to see what I’m doing, ok my feet are too turned out and my arms a bit wide and not straight, but up is up, it’s a work in progress that at times over the last 24 months I doubted I would ever be able to do.

The strength is coming, hopefully 2015 will be a year of progress after two years of relearning.