Tuesday, October 31, 2006

chaturanga - I need to take it carefully!

I've started a tentative yoga practice again - just at lunchtime at work at the moment, but will go back to class soon. I wanted to have the freedom to just do a few poses and not feel pushed (or caught up in the class energy) and do too much too soon.

And actually, last night and today I've been feeling it a bit. I had been reading this discussion on chaturanga on the Ashtanga discussion board and realised I've been doing it wrong all this time. My hands have been definitely under my shoulders, not further down my body. So was trying to do it more correctly, and of course it makes for a much deeper 'up-dog' section of the pose, which in turn stretches your abdomen more. So I think that's why I was feeling a few twinges and aches on the side of the missing ovary last night! I'll have to back off a bit on that pose for a while longer.

Perth trip is getting very close - in fact this time next week I'll be in the air! I'm not going to be blogging from there (well, it's only for 5 days, and I'm not even posting once a week, so ... :) ) but I will be taking lots of photos, so prepare to see some of them when I get back!

And rehearsals for The Messiah have started again - last night was the 2nd week of them. Performance is at the end of November in St Johns Cathedral in Brisbane. I do love singing this so much - but I've got a lot of work to do on it. I've got very rusty on a lot of what I did know, and there's still a few choruses that I've never got on top of - eg the Amen chorus! ! I'm going to take my iPod loaded up with the Alto part of the choruses with me, plus a photocopy of the music. I'll have to hope I don't start singing out loud on the plane while listening to it!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Flowering pots

This is a picture of pots on my front deck - gardenia in the background and New Guinea Impatiens in the front. Look so pretty, and the gardenia perfume is to die for!

Went to see my 'surgeon' today. All is well (well, I knew that!) and she said I can start doing yoga again. And just to do what feels OK. So tomorrow hopefully I'll start again. Was going to be today at lunchtime but I took too long going to the doctor.

This time 2 weeks I'll be in the air flying to Perth - yippee! Really looking forward to that. Am starting to think about what to take (not too much as it'll be 4 people's bags in the back of the car!)

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

A new look

Decided to use a different Blogger template. I rather like it - nice and clean! One of these days I'll get myself together and do my own template, but in the meantime ...

I was off work last week - had to have minor surgery done last Monday, and although it was minor (ovarian cysts - benign) the anaesthetic was more than I'd bargained for! I ended up having to stay in hospital overnight as I couldn't keep anything down. But apart from that, I didn't feel any pain and very little discomfort. Does take it out of you though! I was pretty tired, and although I've gone back to work this week I'm leaving early and taking it easy.

Of course no yoga. I read the leaflet about keyhole surgery (laparoscopy) and it said 'no strong exercise for 4 weeks' - yikes! I think I'll start trying a modified practice next week, which will be 2 weeks. okrgr - a doctor from the Ashtanga noticeboard, gave me some suggestions on what to do and what not to do, and I'll follow that ... thanks :)

Still holding the magic from Maharaji's event. I feel so lucky.

And in 3 weeks time I'm flying across to the other side of Australia to meet up with my sister and hubbie from London, plus my Mum, and indulge in a spot of wine-tasting (more than a spot!!), wild flower admiring and maybe even whale-watching!! Might be a bit late for the whale-watching, not sure! But whatever, it should be great fun - haven't been to Western Australia at all really - just passed through Perth a couple of times.

Monday, October 02, 2006

5 days in heaven

That was just the most wonderful 5 days ... 5 days of leaving 'everyday life' behind and just diving into that peace inside which was somehow manifested externally. 5 days of sitting and listening to Maharaji remind us all of that peace that is inside each person. 5 days of hearing others express their joy and gratitude. 5 days of being reminded that it is all just a breath away.

We heard some of the beautiful comments that have been made on Maharaji's website and in guestbooks at public events from people who had just come across this possibility. And a question from someone who had just been shown how to go inside - "I feel like there is light dripping from every part of my body. Is this how I'm supposed to feel?" !!

And now it's the week after and I'm back at work, but I'm still feeling it inside and I just hope I'll continue to be in this place ... Can't say any more right now :)


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