Thursday, October 25, 2012

Life goes on ...

Life goes on ... my yoga practice is coming back together, slowly but surely. Still only managing 3-4 practices a week at the moment but hopefully that will expand over the next few weeks/months. I'm not going to sweat it - I remember how surprised I was to discover that I had somehow ended up with a 5-6 day a week practice without me realising it! So that should come in its own time - when the planets align!  And as we're going through a spell of unseasonably hot spring weather (even for sunny Queensland, Australia!) I don't always feel like walking across campus in the midday sun to the space where I can do a lunchtime practice ⟨grin⟩

Still enjoying my Sunday morning yoga practices with Helen. Sometimes other friends join in, sometimes it's just us. Last Sunday Helen brought out a DVD that we used to use way back when we did Friday lunchtime yoga sessions at the University about 3-4 years ago. Really nice - set in a subtropical garden in Byron Bay - or so I've always thought! Anyway, it was lovely to see it again, and catch a few hints as I did my own ashtanga practice!

My health is inching its way back to normal. Still coughing but less, and I no longer feel like I'm operating at 80% or less!

Choir rehearsals for The Messiah started again this week. I was really reluctant to make the (rather large) effort required to get to rehearsal, but of course am really glad I did! To be honest I don't even know if I'll be able to sing in the concert - that all depends on how my cough is going then. There's nowhere to hide when you're part of a large choir sitting on the 'stage' in the Cathedral when you're not standing and singing your heart out! But even if I can't sing in the actual performance, I just love singing it and it's wonderful to be part of the choir going through all the choruses again ... Do hope I'll be able to sing though ... :)

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

yoga practice re-started

IT's been a long weekend here, which was wonderful. Time to laze around, time to be in the moment, time to do some yoga again. I started off by going to a vinyasa class at work on Friday lunchtime, and then on Saturday I went back to my normal class. I cannot begin to think how long it has been since I was there ... but it was so good to be back and practicing again, even though a reduced, shortened practice. Lots of adjustment/alignment in Parsvottanasana ... a lot to think about there!

Then on Monday I went to my friend Helen's in the morning and we did a yoga practice. And - wow! I was so stiff. I could hardly get my hands to the floor in the sun salutes! Really showed me I had just been playing at yoga practice in the past few weeks, if that's what happens after one shortened practice at the shala. It is, as the saying goes, 'all good'!!

Apart from that I didn't do very much at all ... went to the library, wrote a few emails, made a few phone calls. Made some bread. I've kind of given up on sourdough (making) for the moment, and tried a 'no-knead' recipe from one of Bill Granger's books (Bill's Basics). It turned out quite nice, though I think I should have left it in a bit longer.


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