Herding cats and dogs

Picture the scene if you will, 12 adults of differing ages and abilities, different needs and wants, all going on a trek. Sounds simple, ever tried to herd cats? We start the trek from the Villa towards the lake and within the first 500m we have already lost one individual to a group of dogs…

Cleaning lady 3 – Zoe 0

It’s day 3 here now and we are well into routine, the only thing that scuppers it slightly is the cleaning lady. Every day she comes to clean in the mornings and turn the bed down at nights. She obviously has a set routine but there is now a battle of wills as to where…

I’ve got sore hips and I cannot lie

Hello darkness my old friend, I’ve come to talk to you again. It’s been a while since I’ve been here but Simon and Garfunkel are alive and well in my head right now. We’ve completed a chakra workshop, a back bend workshop and we have also done heart openers but the hip workshop is defo…

Yoga Spy

On the first night we were introduced to several people, most of whom I had forgotten straight away so the morning started with some polite nods and smiles. The first yoga session wasn’t to bad despite being 2 hours long. Our instructor was mindful we had all had long journeys to get there so we…

Yoga prison, return of the reluctant yogi

We arrive at the retreat after what has to be the smoothest of journeys, no hold ups at all, everything went well and the greeting at Rukgala did not disappoint. We were treated with friendly faces and a fresh king coconut to drink with a bamboo straw. A deliciously fresh vegan lunch awaited our arrival…

Hindsight is a wonderful thing

Sometimes I wear my noise cancelling headphones just so people won’t talk to me, sometimes it works and sometimes, not so much. It gives me space to think about things, again sometimes that’s good, sometimes……. I’m thinking about what I would do if I went to yoga prison and Sri Lanka again. Would I do…

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…