Archive for November, 2017


November 11, 2017

It's over a year since I last did a workshop, Harmony in Bristol. I used to be like a kid in a sweet shop doing workshops with all and sundry. One of the first was with Louisa Sear, I was so far out of my depth I almost did a runner during the lunch break and I've still no idea how I got home I was so shattered. I do remember the next morning when my legs refused to take me back downstairs and I pulled a sickie!

I've become a lot more discerning, especially since the fracture and all that's followed, the odd one with Kino, though her workshops are just too crowded with her instagram followers these days. Harmony's was excellent, it was a small group and everyone gained a lot from it. I've got to a point where I don't want specific backbend or twist workshops, I like my practice with Louise at AYL, I just don't feel the need. Workshops have also become VERY EXPENSIVE, especially at studios like Triyoga, who are hosting Annie Pace in the new year, but a room of 60+ at those prices, no thank you.

Dena Kingsberg is the one exception, despite having known Dena over 20 years now, I always feel I come away with something, not always about asana either, some of her subtlest comments resonate far more deeply about our lives off the mat.

Last night I heard that the wonderful Panterhai Shala in Hamburg is closing its doors for good. I've practiced there with Dena every couple of years, something I hoped to do again in 2018.

I checked Dena's website hoping to see Berlin or perhaps Stockholm, 2 other places I've practiced with her over the years, but no. Then suddenly I scan again and see she's in Edinburgh in July, I know she's done stuff there before, but it's only been the odd day or weekend. This time it's a weekend and week long Mysore, I hit register and pay.


Paddling in the AYL stream

November 5, 2017

Last weeks Conference concentrated on the meanings hidden within chapter 2 of The Gita, which Hamish managed to para phrase into "how we deal with our own shit", I have nothing but respect for teachers who are able to translate seemingly impenetrable archaic texts in to language I can understand.

This week we had a moon day on a Saturday, so not really a day off above the norm, but it did mean, as I had to be in the city anyway, that I could attend AYL's new moon day meditation and sitting practice with SuYen. A lovely hour of calm before the mania began. I began to sit a couple of years ago after distance learning to sit, thanks to Angela over in An Arbour. I try to sit after practice for a few minutes when I have time, I find I get a much more restful Savasana. But more often than not it doesn't happen.

Practice is becoming more consistent and less painful, particularly in my Hip and lower back since the Osteopath has been doing her work and I replaced my 20 year old Japanese Futon with an actual mattress, it's like sleeping on a bouncy castle compared to the rock hard Futon, but I'm getting used to it, I've stopped waking up worried I'm rolling over the edge.

During the meditation SY said something along the lines that entering the Shala is akin to stepping in to a stream and being taken along on the current of energy, AYL feels like that, it certainly takes less mental if not physical energy to practice there than it does to slog through home alone the rest of the time. I need to have a more consistent rest day, rather than just getting on my mat every day until one day I realize I'm knackered and it's not happening and am forced to rest. I heard someone say to Louise this morning (Sunday) they hoped their practice wouldn't be "that bad" all week. L told her Sunday practice isn't a portent of how the week will be, but is more a measure of how well rested we are on our days off, i.e. Do we rest properly or do we just replace Yoga practice with something else in terms of time and energy?

Elf n safety at work

I realized how true L's comment was, although I usually do practice on Saturdays purely because I have the time, I usually have a day off in the week, when life is more busy. Currently I'm taking Tuesdays off practice, however instead I'm not actually resting as such, but doing a core stability course to assist the osteopaths treatment, targeting what she wants me to work on, so rather than a 2 hour plod through practice I'm doing an hour of fairly intense core work. I did notice Wednesdays dropbacks were some of the most controlled in a long time, but by Friday I was landing on my head, I'd run out of energy long before I got to backbends. Dropping a day to have a proper rest is looking the only option, rather than 6 practice days and a core stability day, not to mention work is getting crazy in the run up towards Christmas.