The lion, the backflip and the elephant

I’m excited about today, we have lots planned but I’m also loving lying in bed as I’ve found the sweet spot. You know the one you normally find 10 mins before your alarm goes off after a rubbish nights sleep. My fear of being late gets me up and in the shower before we head…

Levitation I could do with you right now

I’ve never walked on hot coals before, never really felt the need to be honest. Today was the closest I’ve ever been and it’s not my favourite thing. The day started at 0400 when our traveling companions arrived at least 12 hours later then planned due to flight delays and missed connecting flights as a…

Extraction

It feels like I’m back at school on the last day of term or after completing a course which was fun and you are sad to leave. Today we leave this lovely tranquil place behind to start four days of adventures, but first we must say our goodbyes. We have our breakfast early but we…

Ain’t no party like a yoga retreat party

I’m wishing I’d set my camera to time-lapse earlier, the best of the lightning storm that has been going most of the night is over and we find ourselves making weird shapes in-front of the camera to make it interesting, of course I could just switch it off and admit defeat. The cool thing about…

Close to parole

Today we rise early, the sun is peaking its nose over the hilltops around us, it’s slightly misty in the valley so makes for a nice picture from our balcony. Downstairs a fellow inmate is completing a HIIT circuit with a PT, I admire her but not enough to join her, plus I’m a stickler…

Let them eat cake

My love is like a white, white lotus Any day that starts with a nice card and expression of love will be a good one. I had brought a valentines card from the UK for Rich but when my friend popped to the shop the other day she saw a card which she thought might…

Escape and evasion

Come on that can’t be 15 minutes, I’m good, I can sit here all day, well that’s an exaggeration really, but I could defo do another 5 mins. No songs today, well maybe “we are the champions” but that’s only as I write this and because I had no pain in meditation today. I wasn’t…

It’s like Christmas

What day is it? I have no bloody idea. I’ve lost track of days like you do at Christmas. I know it’s the morning but we flew on Thursday and then I slept and lots of stuff has happened, all this forced relaxing is confusing. I feel a little like Pavlov’s dog, every time a…

Tea for two and waterfalls too

Today is day release! We go on a day trip and we are off to a tea plantation. The 1 1/2 hr trip brought us back through the busy windy roads that brought us here and then up and into the hills. The last part was very windy and narrow and I wondered how the…

I think my chakras are clogged

The song freak by muse is resonating in my head whilst I try and breath through the pain of sitting cross legged and completely still during meditation. You know the line, “what the hell am I doing here, I don’t belong here”. It’s short lived as a chipmunk joins us for class and starts shrieking…

Day 1 – Prison routine

We are woken up at 0730 by a gentle ringing of a bell outside our rooms, we are quite keen and eager as it’s day one, so we rise immediately, get dressed and head down to our first yoga session. We all quietly choose a mat, one at a time, and sit down ready for…

Introductions – my spirit name is Blackfoot

As I sit down and cross my legs in the yoga shala for our first gathering, I look at me feet and I’m immediately drawn to the fact that I have what looks like black marker pen on my feet in the exact same pattern of my flip flops. What the F, how has that…

Follow the yellow brick road

Outside the station we were met by our driver and swiftly joined the queue of traffic to get out of the station. I asked if it was quieter than Colombo and the guy replied, no traffic same as Colombo. Bugger. He didn’t lie, it was just as busy but here there are only single carriageways,…

Train spotting for beginners

We arrived at a crowded Colombo train station, eager to jump onto our train to take us up the mountain. We were greeted by a rickety, rusty old train with no doors and only some windows. Panic did not set in as I know that we had paid for first class tickets! When I contacted…

Ready, steady, tuk tuk race

Waking up this morning in a luxury apartment was very nice but I am fully aware that this is not what the next week is about, or at least I don’t think so. We rise early, get showered and head out for food. There was a nice looking cafe on the corner when we came…