I literally just paid someone to half drown me

I had no idea the soles of my feet could touch the back of my head and if it wasn’t for the fact that my chin was scuffing along the seabed at the same time I might have been impressed. To add insult to injury, as I emerge from the sea like an 80 year…

Choose wisely, grasshopper

It’s the last day of the retreat today, last day of relaxing with nothing to do but yoga and free time, let’s enjoy this last bit of calm before going back out to reality. No, that would be too sensible, let’s fit in as many activities as possible! We start with a 0600 hrs reveille…

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…

Would you like my parking ticket?

You know sometimes you say things without thinking because you are trying to be nice, then the second the words leave your mouth, there is regret, yeah that’s me right now. I park in the same car park each night when I go to hot yoga, if you get there after 6pm it’s only £1…

Naked webinar anyone?

Yes I’d love to update my computer, now is the perfect time, said no one, EVER. You know those times when you have all the time in the world and then all of a sudden 2 hours have gone by and you are going to be late, that’s me right now! I updated my computer…

Strong warrior

You are all strong warriors the yoga teacher tells us, “yes I am” I say in my head as I hold the pose. I raise my hands up and change my gaze upwards, on the way I have a sneaky look in the mirror around the class and notice that whilst I am not perfect,…

I’m too stressed for yoga

It’s 6:40pm and I’m lying down on my yoga mat, I’m breathing in to the count of 6, holding for 6 and exhaling for 6, wondering if I can calm down for class, wondering if I should get that angry and do yoga. Less then 10 mins ago I was in my car, getting rather…

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…