Author: Charlene Lim

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Yoga Training in Anatomy Weekend 1

Pillow propping myself up. Legs elevated. Hips low and relaxed. I’m pretty comfortable right now on my sofa as I write. I write after the first anatomy weekend with my teacher Karen of Avid Yogi. I write with more knowledge in my head about the Spine. I write with the slow fading buzz off the class I just shared with great people. I write with my eyelids drooping from getting off the plane this morning and heading straight to work. I write with excitement still going round in my body. I write with my belly feeling full from Chinese Lettuce, egg and soy sauce. I write with expanding feelings in my chest that I cannot describe. Pause here. What expanding feelings? Well you know when you breath a breath and fill up the base of the ribs, the sides, the back, and more and more and more. It feels like that but all the time. It may be the backbending session we did all day yesterday to open up the thoracic spine. It may be …

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5 signs that you need to take rest

When our bodies and minds are tired, they certainly let us know. Most of the times, it seems we don’t listen until we near the point of burning out, or, our bodies force rest by becoming ill. Often we are too busy to see the signs of tiredness; or maybe we ignore it, thinking we can keep on keeping on. These are 5 signs to look out for when you need to take rest. 1. Your concentration is wavering Be it work, in between chatting with your friends or in your activities, you find blips of wavering concentration happening. One minute you’re listening to your friend, the other minute your mind is off into an abyss. Sign 1 that your mind is getting tired to sustain concentration and that you need some rest in your life! 2. Coffee uptake increases MMf, just really suddenly needing that second coffee (or third, or fourth) that you don’t normally drink in a day. Feeling irritable, feeling tired, give me that coffee! Interestingly, I’ve found that this is an early warning …

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Glastonbury Tor

The Tor! The Tor! On a sleepy Sunday following from an also sleepy Saturday, Glastonbury beckoned. Abandoning our usual plans of multiple coffees and breakfast followed by the sleepy Saturday milling around routine, we picked Beth up and tropped to Glasto. A neighbour excitedly informed us all about the Tor’s magical powers – something about all the universe’s sine waves meeting at this point. A quick search on Google will also show you the mounds of articles about this site. The rain for once was kept at bay, the winds mild. We were greeted by yoga bells that you spin around to send off the sounds of peace into the Universe. And then up we trotted. Not to far above the Tor because visible through the mid morning mist. Much closer than I expected, it indeed is a lovely view from the top. Although, everything much smaller and much more scaled down than I imagine. Perhaps my expectation of scenic views from high up will forever be marred by the gorgeousness that we saw over the treetops in …

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Goals – How do they affect you?

Goals! I for one, naturally gravitate towards goals. Most often I don’t 100% set out my year with goals in order on a big yellow list to tick off, but in a general mind-pasteboard, I do have a handful of things I hope to achieve within the year. My goals for this year (ever changing, ever adding, ever subtracting) are: • Dedicate more of me (time, effort, mindfulness, thought, body) to learning more of Yoga • Up my climbing game, work on techniques that I don’t naturally gravitate towards, like climbing slabs, gaining more strength • Figuring out a work/yoga/life balance that allows my energies to be at a good level Just these three! Of course more will be added, and these might change as I chip away at them throughout the year. But yes these are the core three I am aiming at this year. In fact it has already changed since the beginning of the year. The 2nd goal has recently been added as upon working on my 1st goal, I’ve found that my …

Garbha pindasaouch

I have never known a practice like it. Everytime I am on my mat chanting the opening invocation of the Ashtanga practice followed by the Yoga Sutra’s that I’ve been reading the past couple of weeks, preparing my mind, focus and breath to begin the practice, I still find I have to take a deep moment to let my Self know that I am about to start. Sometimes when you guys see the yoga photos posted by me, or anyone else out there, there isn’t the backstory most often in the caption that lets you know the state of mind of the person in the picture before, when, or after it was taken. I get this in class sometimes with poses that you might think seem ‘easy’ for me to do. Be assured, my calm face, is for me, part of the discipline of the yoga practice- to practice with a smile and a light heart (and a calm face where possible ) but I too am focussing deeply in, say, lifting the quadricep muscles …

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My pilgrimage

So here I am sat back again where I was sat just in November gone, drinking a warm elixir, looking out at rainy Edinburgh. What has got me about this place? You ask me, I ask my reflection in the glass. Landing off the plane, walking the same route to the yoga studio, mm, a big smile on my face. The familiarity and also the same walk walked all those dark mornings in my YTT seems to have ingrained in me some kind of nerve/muscle/emotion memory  like my yoga practice. Who knows! I can’t explain it. Perhaps this is why yogis take the pilgrimage trips to India, where they have trained, the home of yoga must feel like a place they belong too. India for some, Edinburgh it seems, for others.. 😀 Before you think I’m some looney just coming to Edinburgh to walk the streets that I walked last month, I’m here catching up with yoga mates and shadowing classes in the studio I’m training with! A few things and some snippets of brain …