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…

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…

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,…

Chapter 1 – Yoga Prison

In 3 days time I fly to Sri Lanka for my first ever yoga retreat (something I have started to rename “yoga prison”). As I stare at my empty bag and a massive pile of yoga clothes I am starting to wonder how this happened. In August 2018 my husband (my fiancé at the time)…