Monday, September 29, 2008
After my early classes I enjoyed a lovely practice with my friend and fellow yogini Gillan - yes I am a very very bad yogini for practicing on a moon day - but I felt like I really needed the grounding today as I new there was a lot of scattered energy inside me.....no excuse - sometimes you just gotta do as I say and not as I do ;)
Starving........I left Bristo to make way to City Cafe where I ordered some grub and waited for Chris to join me (Chris is a good yogi who did observe moon day) - we met up and enjoyed a coffee before heading out and about in town posting flyers and leaving handouts for my classes at Bristo - yeah he's the bestest - he spent a couple hours helping me promote my classes at Bristo - all because he's a nice guy! Thanks Chris!!!!
He left me about half past four to go to Union to teach his class and I made my way past Broughton street to take my laptop to the PC Repairman shop to drop my computer off for repair - YEAH.....Sucks....what is it this time you may wonder???? The little thingie in the back of the laptop that you connect the charger into to charge the battery - its decided its not gonna work for me anymore - but don't think its a strike, I think he has completely died. So the good ole Scottish PC repairman had to order the special part, which had to come from Hong Kong (Gateways are NOT popular computers in the UK) and it just arrived. PC man is gonna outsource the work to a shop where they can take my computer apart and replace this little ity bity piece - The whole job is gonna cost me £85, close to $180 - OUCH!!!! but if I didn't fix it now I could ruin my mother board, which we all know would be really bad! If I am really lucky I might get my computer back next Tuesday, but I have a good desktop at my flat - Caroline is nice enough to let me borrow it that is! You know I swear I am non so lucky when it comes to computers - but the good news is that while they have my computer all 'naked' they are gonna take a look at the internal wireless card that just decided to stop working on me a few months ago in India - if you didn't know about that - yeah totally stopped working and I had to buy an external wireless card......
Anyway, after dropping off my computer I made my way over to the Pleasance about 6pm to prepare for my brand new 7pm Ashtanga class for University students. I was obviously quite early but I wanted to take advantage of the location and posted more info about Bristo classes wherever I could find it might be beneficial, I stopped to enjoy not one but two delicious gala apples, and then found the room where I'd be teaching - good ole room 48a. There was an Iyengar class taking place when I arrived so I sat on the steps and waited for it to finish. The class was good - lots of newbies today but jam packed class of students interested in learning about ashtanga yoga. There were about ten people who showed up late that couldn't attend the class, and not because they were late but because there simply wasn't enough room in the class for them! And everyone seemed to really enjoy the practice - so they will all be back next week AND most of them were interested in more information about the lunchtime Bristo classes too :) score all around!
During my lovely stroll home I spoke to Kwang - he went on about the state of affairs in America right now and how the House just declined the 700 billion "Save OUR asanas" plan....Kwang keeps telling me I just don't know how bad things are back home right now...And I don't...but I pray that they get better, I pray they don't bring my friends and family and students down too much mentally - if days are bad just remember you have your yoga practice - and I know some people might say "SO F...ing what...like yoga is gonna fix the economy!!!" And the answer is NO, but if you make sure to get on your mat you will find a bit more peace of mind - some things in this world we can't control - some things we can! Focus on the ones you can - as Gandhi would say, "BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD!"
Sweet dreams all!
Sending my love from chilly Edinburgh!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
My personal practice has been rockin - although quite different in many ways than I'm used to - primarily due to the colder climate - partly the increased walking and biking - and partly due to the increase in physical activity in general...I have a new weekend ritual - Step class in the morning and West African Dance class in the afternoon....Sundays I do a Body Pump class in the early afternoon and then meet up with Chris for a nice afternoon practice, which is quite a treat on the weekends. Monday through Friday Chris and I meet up at Bristo Place at various times, depending on my teaching schedule that day, and do our practice together....I feel so lucky to have Chris here in Edinburgh - he's a lovely guy, great new friend, and wonderful practice partner!
The weather is definitely changing....the last two days have become increasingly colder and the wind is wiping - was so strong this morning I thought for sure it would carry me westward...BUT, the sun has been shining and its only rained once in the last week - for that I'm so very grateful! I can handle the cold, or at least I think I can....but I can't handle rain and cold and no sunshine, or at least I don't think I can - but from what I understand I may have no choice in the very near future! I may have to get used to the lack of sunshine when the nights start around 4pm, but that just means you'll have to get used to me complaining about the lack of sunshine ;)
Spoke to Kwang this afternoon and he was headed to the beach ;( BEACH!!! I can't even fathom siting out on the beach in a bathing suit enjoying the sun's gorgeous face! I admit I was a bit jealous, but that's ok because I live in Florida and don't think I'll ever get the chance to spend four months living in Edinburgh again - so I'm soaking up all the time I have here with a smile - even if some of the time I feel as though the cold has taken all feeling from my toes ;)
Lots of rambling......looking forward to the week ahead - more teaching, more practice, more walking, biking, sleeping and eating in good ole Edinburgh! I have been in my new home for a week now and I couldn't be happier - I really love where I am - feel at home - and plan to spend the rest of my time in Edinburgh here at this flat in Marchmont (it is a little closer to the city center than my previous flat but still a good 40 minute walk to the city center where my Virgin and St. Mary's classes are but only about 20-25 minutes to Bristo - not too shabby!)
I am off to bed after a wonderful dinner with Caroline and her family - such a lovely group of people :) I am leaving you with a very happy belly and a happy soul! Good night all - sweet dreams!
Sending my love from Edinburgh!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Pregnancy, Estrogen, and Women PREGNANCY Q & A & more!
Q: Should I have a baby after 35?
A: No, 35 children is enough.
Q : I'm two months pregnant now. When will my baby move?
A: With any luck, right after he finishes college.
Q : What is the most reliable method to determine a baby's sex?
Q: My wife is five months pregnant and so moody that sometimes she's borderline irrational...
A: So what's your question?
Q : My childbirth instructor says it's not pain I'll feel during labor, but pressure. Is she right? A: Yes, in the same way that a tornado might be called an air current.
Q: When is the best time to get an epidural?
A: Right after you find out you're pregnant.
Q : Is there any reason I have to be in the delivery room while my wife is in labor?
A: Not unless the word 'alimony' means anything to you.
Q: Is there anything I should avoid while recovering from childbirth?
A: Yes, pregnancy.
Q : Do I have to have a baby shower?
A: Not if you change the baby's diaper very quickly.
Q : Our baby was born last week. When will my wife begin to feel and act normal again?
A: When the kids are in college.
10 WAYS TO KNOW IF YOU HAVE 'ESTROGEN ISSUES'
1. Everyone around you has an attitude problem.
2. You're adding chocolate chips to your cheese omelet.
3. The dryer has shrunk every last pair of your jeans.
4. Your husband is suddenly agreeing to everything you say.
5. You 're using your cellular phone to dial up every bumper sticker that says: 'How's my driving-call 1- 800-'.
6. Everyone's head looks like an invitation to batting practice.
7. Everyone seems to have just landed here from 'outer space.'
9. You're sure that everyone is scheming to drive you crazy.
10. The ibuprofen bottle is empty and you bought it yesterday.
TOP TEN THINGS ONLY WOMEN UNDERSTAND
10. Cats' facial expressions.
9. The need for the same style of shoes in different colors.
8. Why bean sprouts aren't just weeds.
7. Fat clothes.
6. Taking a car trip without trying to beat your best time.
5.. The difference between beige, ecru, cream, off-white, and eggshell.
4.. Cutting your hair to make it grow.
3. Eyelash curlers.
2. The inaccuracy of every bathroom scale ever made.
hmmm...did you notice one missing from each of the 'top ten' above.....
Friday, September 19, 2008
Gosh so much has happened this week I don't even know where to begin.....How about with classes - they ROCK! I'm pretty full on in my teaching now and I couldn't be happier with my classes and students in general. This week, in addition to the 6 classes a week at St. Mary's I've been teaching and the two classes at Virgin, I added a private client, a class at Dance Base and 8 classes at Bristo Place. Just to translate all this for you: St. Mary's - these are classes Karen has built up - she rents the beautiful hall inside St. Mary's Cathedral twice per week on Tuesday and Wednesdays - I teach a beginner class both days, a led class both days, and a Mysore class both days - its a longggggg five hours in the evening but so enjoyable. I teach quite a large student base there and the space is GORGEOUS! Virgin as in Virgin gym - quite possibly the most beautiful 'gym' I've ever had the pleasure to work in and work out in. I teach two ashtanga classes per week there, and take full advantage of the facilities ;) Dance Base is a renowned national dance center where I teach one yoga class per week - but a rockin perk is that I get to take one class there for free - I'm gonna start the West African Dance class tomorrow and I can't wait ;) And then there is Bristo Place....this is my lil baby. These are all brand new classes, a brand new program that I'm starting, primarily for students at the University of Edinburgh but anyone can attend. I'm teaching three beginner courses and offering Ashtanga led classes Monday through Friday during lunch. This will evolve over the next month and a half - so by end of October beginning of November the led classes will become Mysore classes, once students have gotten a taste of the ashtanga practice and understanding of many of the basics of this system. Next week I will start teaching two classes at the Pleasance, which are also Ashtanga led classes for University students. As you can tell I've got a very busy teaching schedule here in Edinburgh - and I'm loving EVERY SECOND!
Here's the Scoop on Housing: I'm currently living in Morningside, a really beautiful area of Edinburgh in a two bedroom flat with a sweet guy named Peter. I'm actually just learning that he's super cool because he was out of town the first two weeks I was here. But I'm moving on Sunday...Morningside is beautiful but I want to be much closer to the city center - not that it takes more than an hour to walk to where I need to be, or thirty minutes by bike, or 20 by bus, but I'd like to be in the center of it all - and while morningside is beautiful so is the rest of Edinburgh. So I made this decision to find other housing about a week after I arrived....I was super happy to have someplace to 'land' but quickly realized I would be happier living elsewhere...Many of the free bits of time I've had in the afternoons and evenings the last few weeks have been consumed with finding and viewing flats. It's actually been great fun. I've me some really really interesting people in the process, a few of whom have become friends of mine; I've gotten a little 'peek' into the different types and qualities of housing that exist here in Edinburgh; I've learned SO much about the layout of the city and how to get around; and most importantly I've found the perfect place to live ;)
My new flat is located right on the Royal mile, which is super duper close to all my teaching venues. It is a clean and cozy flat on the top floor - nothing extravagant or luxurious, but everything I want in a place to live here in Edinburgh. And to top it off my flat mate seems really lovely. She works full time too and enjoys a quiet evening in or an occasional night out - and she said she is always down for a nice glass of wine - I was sold there but she proceeded to tell me she LOVES decorating the flat at Christmas.....OMG! She and I are gonna deck this place out with Christmas decorations and we are both excited to do it around Thanksgiving - which is something my mama used to do. I really didn't think I'd get to enjoy any kind of taste of Christmas this year, let alone get to decorate - so it made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside when she told me. I have to admit I actually haven't even decorated my house for Christmas in a good number of years because of my transient life and also knowing I'd go see my family in South Carolina who always do it up for Christmas - my mama will be so proud!
During the transitional time when Peters new flat mate moves in, i.e. this Sunday, and when my future flat mates roommate moves out, i.e. October 19th, I had to find a place to live. At first I thought it would be quite difficult - but I actually have two lovely options to choose from ;) So all is good on the housing front!
The weather is not bad right now at all - I'm really getting used to the chilly/cold and it's been raining less this week, which has been quite wonderful. Actually, days when its not raining I feel like this is perfect weather - nice and cold to keep you on your toes but the sun shines and the scenery is out of this world. The colder climate has really changed the way I approach my practice, but that is also a good thing - I'm having to be even more mindful of my physical body. Some days the body gets in the way of quieting my mind, but I'm realizing those days are good too b/c they really help me to focus on and understand the moment....everything about the practice here is quite interesting - taking one day at a time and finding gratitude in whatever I find on my mat!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I got an email from a friend with some tid bits about John McCain that I didn't know about and am posting here in the event you don't know either. I'd like to STATE that I'm not for or against any political party - so please no nasty comments relating to politics - this entry is simply an FYI - FOR YOUR INFORMATION
So in case you didn't know:
1. John McCain voted against establishing a national holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Now he says his position has "evolved," yet he's continued to oppose key civil rights laws.
2. According to Bloomberg News, McCain is more hawkish than Bush on Iraq, Russia and China. Conservative columnist Pat Buchanan says McCain "will make Cheney look like Gandhi."
3. His reputation is built on his opposition to torture, but McCain voted against a bill to ban waterboarding, and then applauded President Bush for vetoing that ban.
4. McCain opposes a woman's right to choose. He said, "I do not support Roe versus Wade. It should be overturned."
5. The Children's Defense Fund rated McCain as the worst senator in Congress for children. He voted against the children's health care bill last year, then defended Bush's veto of the bill.
6. He's one of the richest people in a Senate filled with millionaires. The Associated Press reports he and his wife own at least eight homes! Yet McCain says the solution to the housing crisis is for people facing foreclosure to get a "second job" and skip their vacations.
7. Many of McCain's fellow Republican senators say he's too reckless to be commander in chief. One Republican senator said: "The thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine. He's erratic. He's hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me."
8. McCain talks a lot about taking on special interests, but his campaign manager and top advisers are actually lobbyists. The government watchdog group Public Citizen says McCain has 59 lobbyists raising money for his campaign, more than any of the other presidential candidates.
9. McCain has sought closer ties to the extreme religious right in recent years. The pastor McCain calls his "spiritual guide," Rod Parsley, believes America's founding mission is to destroy Islam, which he calls a "false religion." McCain sought the political support of right-wing preacher John Hagee, who believes Hurricane Katrina was God's punishment for gay rights and called the Catholic Church "the Antichrist" and a "false cult."
10. He positions himself as pro-environment, but he scored a 0—yes, zero—from the League of Conservation Voters last year.
SOURCES:1. "The Complicated History of John McCain and MLK Day," ABC News, April 3, 2008 http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/04/the-complicated.html
"McCain Facts," ColorOfChange.org, April 4, 2008 http://colorofchange.org/mccain_facts/
2. "McCain More Hawkish Than Bush on Russia, China, Iraq," Bloomberg News, March 12, 2008 http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=aF28rSCtk0ZM&refer=us
"Buchanan: John McCain 'Will Make Cheney Look Like Gandhi,'" ThinkProgress, February 6, 2008 http://thinkprogress.org/2008/02/06/buchanan-gandhi-mccain/
3. "McCain Sides With Bush On Torture Again, Supports Veto Of Anti-Waterboarding Bill," ThinkProgress, February 20, 2008 http://thinkprogress.org/2008/02/20/mccain-torture-veto/
4. "McCain says Roe v. Wade should be overturned," MSNBC, February 18, 2007 http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17222147/
5. "2007 Children's Defense Fund Action Council® Nonpartisan Congressional Scorecard," February 2008 http://www.childrensdefense.org/site/PageServer?pagename=act_learn_scorecard2007
"McCain: Bush right to veto kids health insurance expansion," CNN, October 3, 2007 http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/10/03/mccain.interview/
6. "Beer Executive Could Be Next First Lady," Associated Press, April 3, 2008 http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5h-S1sWHm0tchtdMP5LcLywg5ZtMgD8VQ86M80
"McCain Says Bank Bailout Should End `Systemic Risk,'" Bloomberg News, March 25, 2008 http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aHMiDVYaXZFM&refer=home
7. "Will McCain's Temper Be a Liability?," Associated Press, February 16, 2008 http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=4301022
"Famed McCain temper is tamed," Boston Globe, January 27, 2008 http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2008/01/27/famed_mccain_temper_is_tamed/
8. "Black Claims McCain's Campaign Is Above Lobbyist Influence: 'I Don't Know What The Criticism Is,'" ThinkProgress, April 2, 2008 http://thinkprogress.org/2008/04/02/mccain-black-lobbyist/
"McCain's Lobbyist Friends Rally 'Round Their Man," ABC News, January 29, 2008 http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=4210251
9. "McCain's Spiritual Guide: Destroy Islam," Mother Jones Magazine, March 12, 2008 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=3519
"Will McCain Specifically 'Repudiate' Hagee's Anti-Gay Comments?," ThinkProgress, March 12, 2008 http://thinkprogress.org/2008/03/12/mccain-hagee-anti-gay/
"McCain 'Very Honored' By Support Of Pastor Preaching 'End-Time Confrontation With Iran,'" ThinkProgress, February 28, 2008 http://thinkprogress.org/2008/02/28/hagee-mccain-endorsement/
10. "John McCain Gets a Zero Rating for His Environmental Record," Sierra Club, February 28, 2008 http://www.alternet.org/blogs/environment/77913/
Monday, September 15, 2008
Just got this from my mama - a very enjoyable read - started my day off with a smile - hope it does for you too!
GREAT TRUTHS THAT CHILDREN HAVE LEARNED:
1) No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats.
2) When your mom is mad at your dad, don't let her brush your hair.
3) If your sister hits you, don't hit her back. They always catch the second person
4) Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.
5) You can't trust dogs to watch your food.
6) Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.
7) Never hold a dust-buster and a cat at the same time.
8) You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
9) Don't wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.
10) The best place to be when you're sad is Grandpa's lap.
GREAT TRUTHS THAT ADULTS HAVE LEARNED:
1) Raising teenagers is like nailing jelly to a tree.
2) Wrinkles don't hurt.
3) Families are like fudge...mostly sweet, with a few nuts
4) Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.
5) Laughing is good exercise. It's like jogging on the inside.
6) Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fibre, not the toy.
GREAT TRUTHS ABOUT GROWING OLD
1) Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.
2) Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.
3) When you fall down, you wonder what else you can do while you're down there.
4) You're getting old when you get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster.
5) It's frustrating when you know all the answers but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.
6) Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician.
7) Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.
THE FOUR STAGES OF LIFE:
1 -- You believe in Santa Claus.
2 -- You don't believe in Santa Claus.
3 -- You are Santa Claus.
4 -- You look like Santa Claus.
At age 4 success is . . not wetting your pants.
At age 12 success is . . having friends.
At age 17 success is . having a driver's license.
At age 35 success is . having money.
At age 50 success is .. . having money.
At age 70 success is . . having a driver license.
At age 75 success is . having friends.
At age 80 success is . . not wetting your pants.
Try to forget the troubles that pass your way;
BUT NEVER forget the blessings that come each day.
Have a wonderful day with many smiles
Take the time to live!!!
Life is short. Dance naked
And eat dessert first!
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Things are really wonderful, busy, exciting, did I mention busy? I've been getting in no earlier than 9pm each night, after walking out my front door between 6 or 7am. But no complaints! And I have to say that today has been an especially wonderful day. And its not because the sun was shining and the sky was blue and the air was far warmer than it has been the last week or so...It's not because it's Sunday and I enjoyed a day off...Nor is it because I'm getting used to walking and or biking all over town - and I do mean ALL OVER... Not because I had an amazing yoga practice either...although all these great things sure help make today quite special. It is because I can officially say that I am now settled in Scotland!!! These first two weeks have been a bit challenging for me - all good of course but challenging nonetheless. I've had to adjust to a new time zone, different climate, new country, learning my way around, getting back into the groove of teaching - and all new students.....and had to really work to adjust my practice and how my body feels in a much colder place (cold is relative for sure but this is cold to me in September - give me some slack here I'm from Florida and just flew in from India for Pete's sake) I digress.... I woke up today and really felt settled, a feeling that truly has no price tag. I can feel it from the inside out.
On another good note, nearly all my classes begin this week. I've already been teaching my 6 St. Mary's classes per week, and my two Virgin classes...This week I will add my 8 Bristo Place classes, my private clients, and my class at Dance Base; next week I'll add my two Pleasance classes and the following week when I add my class at the British Geological Society I'll be full on in full swing rockin it in Edinburgh with a mighty full schedule (can you feel the fullness ;)
Guess what - my friend Sasha is officially coming to visit ;) she bought her ticket a few days ago and made me a very happy lady! She arrives on October 12th and flys out of Dublin on the 18th! Thats right - we are gonna go visit Dublin - STOKED!!!
Kwang has purchased his plane ticket but he refuses to tell me when he's coming - he thinks he's gonna surprise me and says he's just gonna show up at my doorstep! But I say HA! Because I'm gonna be living in a different flat come November when he arrives and he doesn't have my new address - so there - poo on trying to keep someone in the dark on when someone's gonna visit....Now I'm all for surprises but I'd like to know when to plan for visitors - especially so I could try to get a few days off while hes here!
So yeah the whole new flat thing. Well I currently live in Morningside, which is a really really lovely area of Edinburgh in EH10. But I work in EH1 primarily - my entire day is in the city centre and its an hour plus walk from my flat to work, or a good 25 minute bike ride. I'm ok staying here - and I have a great flat mate - but I found an AMAZING flat right on the Royal Mile that's available mid October and I just don't think I can pass it up - I mean the LOCATION is phenomenal people. And the flat is gorgeous - and my CoMmUtE - its all of 3-5 minutes depending on which venue we're talking about (all except my one British Geological Society class and one of my weekly privates) - but everything else - forget about it - sooo close.....So I've got to sleep on it and figure out all the details tomorrow....
For now I must go to bed - it is nearly midnight and I must wake at 5:30am....not the 3:15am I was used to in India, but it feels harder here - I think because I know that outside my door a cold cold morning awaits - to me that is harder to swallow than the thought of getting out of bed at 3:15am - I mean com'on, in Mysore you wake up to some freakin amazing weather!
Sweet dreams everyone - to my friends in Mysore I should say good morning; my friends in the States - enjoy the rest of your evening; and for those of you elsewhere in the world, enjoy yourselves ;)
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Sunday, September 07, 2008
I was a bit out of 'sorts' this am and seemed to need extra time preparing for my bike ride to Kevins flat. I had to dig out the rain gear in case it rained and pack that in my bag along with an extra jacket and shirt. Then I started the process of dressing myself. First the undies of course, then the practice top, followed by a long sleeve shirt, then a sweater and that is topped off with my jacket. Today I put on a pair of hose before my yoga pants b/c I wanted to bike in them to Kevin's house. I put on Karen's uber warm uber long socks that reach my knees and then I put on my trusty tennis shoes (which I scored in Bangalore just before leaving India). After all that was accomplished I was ready to put on my beanie, put some tissues in my right side pocket for the inevitable nose drip that occurs during bike riding here, and put my gloves in my left pocket. And out the flat I was to the second floor to unlock and carefully carry my bike to the bottom floor. And then I could happily begin my 30 minute bike ride to Kevin's flat on this cold and windy (but not rainy ;) Sunday morning in Edinburgh. It was actually a lovely ride, aside from the nose drip (always annoying as #@%$!&)
And practice.....I have to seriously say one of the best I've had here so far. Kevin has a gorgeous flat with amazing energy and we have a nice room to practice in - we put on a little heater and while I didn't work up a major sweat, I did get warm! Something I haven't felt at all since the very first day I practiced here last Tuesday! All in all a really lovely practice. And luckily Kevin is interested in practicing together most days...Looks like we will practice Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays together in his flat....I'll practice at Virgin by myself on Mondays before my class...I'll practice at Marchmont with other yoga teachers on Tuesdays after my first class....And I've still got to sort out where and when and with whom (if anyone) I'll practice on Fridays...But man it sure does feel good to have some sort of practice schedule worked out ;)
Saturday, September 06, 2008
I spent the entire day, almost entire, exploring...I'd paid for a full day's bus pass so I went from walking to riding to walking to riding from about 7:30am til about 2pm...I walked home from the city center (a good 45 minute stroll) and on my way to my flat I stopped into a thrift shop where I SCORED a really warm scarf and a fantastic black cap that is long enough to cover my head and ears ;) - I also went into a camera shop and snagged a used lens - just the basic lens that comes with the cannon camera but mine went missing so I desperately needed to replace it. Sad thing is that VAT tax here is 17.5% (OUCH) and the damn used lens cost more here than it would new in America....Price you pay I suppose....
Came home for a (you guessed it) hot bowl of porridge (or oatmeal -depending on what part of zee world you are from :) and I attended to a few various things - one of which was talking to Kwang - he was in an uber silly mood yesterday, which was quite enjoyable for me. After our little conversation I walked back to the city to meet with my new friend ;) Kevin. Spoke to my mama for a while during my walk - really nice to have a better connection to my family and friends back in the States while I'm here - reception is better and getting in touch is so much easier b/c it is only a five hour time difference - makes all the difference ;)
Kevin and I met up for tea at St. Marys and had a lovely chat...Then we went to his flat so he could show me where he lives and so I could drop off my yoga mat (we planned to practice there together Sunday). I left him to make my way to the gym for a nice hour plus of movement - not that I'm not moving - I obviously walked a lot today but I wanted to get really warm and also take advantage of the gorgeous facility. I enjoyed a good cardio session followed by a bit of 'playing' around with some weight training - just had a good time moving on my day off from yoga practice and really love being inside that facility - you have no idea how nice it is in there - and warm ;)
I opted to walk home - well sort of....I walked through the old town a bit with my itunes a blazzin...I remember walking around thinking, "Ahhhhh, there is no place else I'd rather be right now!" It was so breathtakingly beautiful, so historic, so full of energy...After a good half hour of roaming I decided it was nearly 9pm and I should try to get home. Only problem was I didn't know where I was! So I grabbed the only bus that stops nearby and took it - but it went to a very different part of Edinburgh than I needed to - so I got off in an area of town that isn't quite so lovely - and waited for the next bus to take me back where I started....Then I sort of started over, found my way to Princes street and from there grabbed a bus that took me back to Morningside, where I reside (like the rhyme ;)
As I was getting off the bus Sasha called ;) she's coming to visit soon!!! She's supposed to arrive on the 12th of October and will be here a little over a week. We are trying to plan our little getaway to Ireland and think we will do it just before she leaves - I'm so excited to see here I can barely stand it! We said our goodnights and love ya's and I bolted into my flat on a mission - to eat! I was Starving......I made a salad and had some milk....and then headed for bed....A very full filling, very interesting day in Edinburgh.....Below are some photos I took of the city...But I had to use my nifty fifty lens bc I had not yet gotten my replacement 18-55m....so I'll have some more coming shortly!
Friday, September 05, 2008
But the shower here was rather lovely - well when put into perspective you know. The water was warm and, at the end of the day, that is all that really matters. You know I've taken a ton of cold showers/bucket baths in India - but it isn't quite so painful when its also warm outside...
After said shower, I got my layers on, packed my sack full or a change of clothes, locked zee door, unlocked my bike and took it downstairs (won't begin to go into the ordeal this is - takes a good five minutes to accomplish) and off I went into the windy, rainy, cold morning - made my way to the Yoga Room to practice with Chris and Rowena. I left at 7am and got there about 7:40am - ended up waiting about thirty minutes b/c I was early and they were late - but its all good cause I didn't know how long it would take me to get there from my flat - still learning a lot about this place - will likely continue to learn and adjust - and just when I feel like I've got this city down pat, I'll be getting my arse on a plane for my next adventure....oh well.....I digress....
anyway, once they arrived at the yoga shala we turned on the heaters (ha ha ha ha ha ha ha....was sooooo damn cold in there those wee little heaters would not possibly be able to heat the room completely, let alone in my lifetime....) So I opted to begin my practice with my socks and thermal on. The socks had to go by the start of Surya Namaskara B - but only because they were sliding off....my thermal stayed with me all the way til Marchi C - and it only came off then b/c I decided I didn't NEED it anymore ;) Don't get me wrong - it was still an lovely practice - any practice, having been completed, is a lovely one! That is the truth! I find that practice here takes on entirely different characteristics and has a bit of a different focus - but it is still the most important part of my daily life regardless of circumstances....and it is really great - this change that is - change in climate which alters my practice, change in consistency of location and time of practice, change in general - keeps me on my toes ;)
After practice I biked back to my flat - classes don't go full swing just yet so I had most of the day for me....I biked home in the windy, cold, rain (need you to FEEL this visual b/c I can't begin to describe the sensations I had during my ride - pleasure, pain, numbness, runny nose, huge smile, total visual stimulation from the castle looking out over the city.....) I came home and ate my flat! I was STarVinG... I had two, yes TWO bowls of porridge (or oatmeal as we call it back home ;) - I quite literally cooked a big bowl, ate it, cooked another helping, and ate that too! Then it was time for a nap - so much warm goodness required too much work from the digestive system - cut off some other systems in zee body - so I went back to my cozy, warm, COZY bedroom with my TWO down comforters and my amazing heater and I proceeded to nap away three more hours of my day :) gloriousness at its best!
When I woke up I attended to the UMPTEEN emails I had and did a few other necessary things before proceeding to prepare for my departure from the flat out into the cold, windy, rain. I had to teach a class in the center of town at 6pm and wanted to leave by 4:30pm as I figured it would take about an hour to walk there from my flat (and I was right :) - go me!!! The layers I put on my body were comical - you see this is what people here do during the winter - but this isn't yet their winter - god help me come November! But I must say that after my sports bra, shirt, thermal, mid layer jacket, jacket, and rain jacket - along with gloves, and my uber warm pink hat - I felt totally comfortable outside in the windy, cold, rain!
On my way to the class I noticed a little spa type shop - just poked my head down at the price list in the window b/c I was oh so curious as to how much a pedicure cost. While I had joked with friends in India about the astronomical cost of a pedicure - I was horrified to find out that my prediction was spot on - a whopping 26 pounds for a fu..ing pedicure! That's $52.00........................ Thank GOD I went to the trouble I did for that Final pedicure in Mysore before I left - the best 150 rupees I ever spent - and the last pedicure these feet will see for the next four months - oh the horror of even thinking about how disgusting my feet are gonna be....
Class at Virgin was lovely - was able to heat the room up more than I thought I would, and the students were wonderful!!! They all enjoyed class and I did too - this was my first official class since May....Always love coming back to teaching after a trip to India - not only feel fueled up but also feel like i haven't skipped a beat - love what I do - such a special gift I have to share with the world - just gotta always remember that when days are really long sometimes.
After class I spent an hour working out at the gym - place is so BIG and clean and BIG and CLEAN, and did I say big and clean? I enjoyed the workout and the heat production. I then re-CLOTHED myself and headed back out into the windy, cold, rain so I could walk home. There are buses here but I'd rather save those for the truly miserable days to come! Plus, I love walking and there is so much beautiful scenery around me here - it would be a SHAME to take the bus when I can walk and see the city....I just popped in my earbuds and jammed my way home....Besides, its only the last 15 minutes of the hour walk that become a bit, well a bit, ugh....like "enough of this wet rainy, windy, cold walk already!"
So now I'm home and I'm about to call it a night - guess what I had for dinner? More hot ass oatmeal - nothing else warms the soul like good old fashioned oats! Think that will be Krista's staple the next four months - good thing too cause its damn expensive to eat here ;) Well, ta ta for now people - wishing everyone everywhere a wonderful weekend ahead!
MARIA: Here it is.
TEACHER: Correct. Now class, who discovered America ?
TEACHER: John, why are you doing your math multiplication on the floor?
JOHN: You told me to do it without using tables.
TEACHER: Glenn, how do you spell 'crocodile?'
TEACHER: No, that's wrong
GLENN: Maybe it is wrong, but you asked me how I spell it.
TEACHER: Donald, what is the chemical formula for water?
DONALD: H I J K L M N O.TEACHER: What are you talking about?
DONALD: Yesterday you said it's H to O.
TEACHER: Winnie, name one important thing we have today that we didn't have ten years ago.
TEACHER: Glen, why do you always get so dirty?
GLEN: Well, I'm a lot closer to the ground than you are.
TEACHER: Millie, give me a sentence starting with 'I.'
MILLIE: I is..
TEACHER: No, Millie..... Always say, 'I am.'
MILLIE: All right... 'I am the ninth letter of the alphabet.'
TEACHER: George Washington not only chopped down his father's cherry tree, but also admitted it. Now, Louie, do you know why his father didn't punish him?
LOUIS: Because George still had the axe in his hand.
TEACHER: Now, Simon, tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating?
SIMON: No sir, I don't have to, my Mom is a good cook.
TEACHER: Clyde , your composition on 'My Dog' is exactly the same as your brother's. Did you copy his?
CLYDE : No, sir. It's the same dog.
TEACHER: Harold, what do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no longer interested?
HAROLD: A teacher
Thursday, September 04, 2008
I've been so busy here - I've literally left my house early in the morning each day and not returned til nearly 10pm each evening. Last night I finished teaching around 8:30pm and walked the hour it takes to get home without my bike (went on foot yesterday) - well I cannot begin to describe the stunning view to which I had the pleasure to witness during my walk home - the castle in the center of the city, the breathtaking architecture all around, the old fashioned shops, the lights, cobbled streets....simply gorgeous!
Now that I'm getting a little more adjusted I will be blogging more often - and many of you have begged for photos - I promise I'll have some to you by the end of the weekend!!! I have weekends off and I'll spend this weekend exploring the city with my camera! So hold your britches a bit longer - it'll be well worth the wait I promise!
So the yoga....each day I've practiced in a different 'venue' - each time uber grateful for the space to roll out my mat. Tuesday was Marchmont yoga, a space inside a church rented out by some yogis to teach classes (just a group of seven teachers squeezing time from their busy day to get together and do their practice). Yesterday was in Karen's kitchen ;-) not the ideal setting but it worked and I was grateful she had the space in her kitchen, cause I certainly don't in mine! Today Karen and I met up with Yogi Chris at Union Yoga to do a delicious practice. The space is gorgeous and practice was amazing! Tomorrow I'll meet up with Chris to practice at the Yoga Room - looking forward to rolling out my mat in another new space.
The Yoga and the Climate: Well, that is taking a bit of adjustment on my part - it is certainly colder here than it is in Florida or India - and it does change your practice to some degree. It is running somewhere in the 50's each day and the mornings are a bit more chilly. Each place I've practiced thus far has heat running, but it just doesn't warm up that much. Tons and tons of practitioners do their yoga in this type of environment all year long - and I give you all major PROPS! It is a whole 'nother dynamic to work around in your practice - but one I'm excited to tackle. The cold climate enables practitioners to work more with connective tissue and a bit less with muscle - and I think this change will be really good for me over the next few months - already feels like it is helping my rotten left ac joint somewhat...
Classes: Some of my classes don't begin til the 15th, and still others not til the 22nd...so I won't be able to give you 'the scoop' on my classes at Dance Base, the British Geological Society, the University of Edinburgh and others associated with the University for a bit longer. But my classes at St. Mary's are AWESOME! I do three classes back to back on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. My first class at Virgin is tomorrow evening and I'm looking forward to it -checked out the space yesterday and I was FLOORED! NEVER in my ENTIRE life have I seen a more beautiful club/gym - it is out of this world phenomenal!
Wherever you are in the world, I wish you a gorgeous day ahead!