Archive for April, 2013

April 2013

Friday, April 26th, 2013

2013 has been such an interesting year so far.  Interesting work, and interesting adventures.  I have very happily come back to doing a lot of yoga and the benefits i have been getting from that have been amazing.  I have also been teaching and teaching lots of children the joys of going upsidedown.

So what is planned for the rest of the summer… well quite a few wonderful gigs, and a few exciting photoshoots in the next few weeks. And I must mention June because it is going to be AMAZING.  My duo ‘Kurve’ are very very lucky to be travelling to Myanmar to perform with Incandescence, i am very very much looking forward to that.  And then I must also mention Glastonbury, because I have two new acts I am performing there, I will update my blog at a later date with more info, but I am going to be very very very sparkling, and omg it is going to be AMAZING !!!

UK Yoga Asana Championships

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

beginning group picture asana champs 2013

 

Yesterday I took part in the UK Yoga Asana Championships.

5 weeks ago i stood at the reception of Bikram Highbury and Islington, I was asked what optional postures i was going to put into my routine, my reply was along the lines of woah what i’m not even nearly ready to take part this year but i am super wanting to take part next year.

Anyone that knows me knows that when I first did yoga at Bikram Bristol I had this distant aim of one day when i was good enough then participating in the championships.  That was back in 2009/10.  Then I moved to London and due to having an intense theatre schedule where my body was always knackered and also suffering from a back injury from the theatre i was continuously backbending through… then my Bikram Yoga practice took a bit of a landslide.  Fast forward to the end of February 2013, no longer working in the theatre, and a new studio opening near my house, and i excitedly returned to practice.  I had bilateral knee surgery this January and at first the standing series was so so hard for me, the heat was also very hard, but it all came back and my practice was soon back to being strong.   I hid behind the mirror pillar one session and after pranyama breathing Sindy told me to move to the only available spot which was on the front row.  From there was a whirlwind of being encouraged to do the championships, finally entering, and then 5 weeks of solid hard dedication and hard work, combined with my performing and teaching, a big house move, and my dad in hospital.

Going into the championships i had a slightly added pressure of being someone a lot of people thought was going to do very well, but different from them my personal aim was solely to get through my routine.  Particularly the first two postures, they are still very fresh to me.

Yesterday was an amazing experience and although my routine didn’t go quite as I planned it to then I took a lot from it.  I was so so proud of my five compulsory postures – standing head to knee, standing bow, floor bow, rabbit, stretching pose – when i watch the video of my performance i am a bit like woah i can’t believe how good i did them!  I never used to get my head anywhere near my toes in stretching pose but somehow it is now there.  Sadly my penultimate posture didn’t go quite as planned, and then my last posture which i did beautifully got zero points as I was over the 3 minute time limit.  I have so so much learning still to do and unlike my five week whirlwind I now have a whole year to do it in.  I am so excited not only for next years championships but for having a whole year of training in which i can learn to do so many wonderful new things.

Ayesha who won the ladies section, and Michael who won the mens section were both worthy winners.  Ayesha did a wonderful routine and has the most inspirational story about her journey to becoming UK champion, and Michael inspires me in every class  as he has a beautiful practice.  Infact everyone there yesterday was inspirational – from those that overcame their nerves to get up on that stage at all, to those that struck such beautiful postures.  Everyone had their own journey and own reason for being there.

Next year I will take part again.  And I will complete my routine within 3 minutes and have every posture count!  I have a whole year now to kick my body and mind into mighty fine shape.  One year be it next year or in the years that follow I’d like to go to LA, that would be really special for me, because it would mean my practice will be so so much better than it is today.  I have so much learning to do in my yoga journey, i will be forever learning i think, I am so excited though, as this is the beginning of my journey 🙂

Special thanks to Kai for teaching me and preparing me for championships, to Sindy for plucking me from behind the pillar mirror in beginners that time in March, to Carl and Georgina who if they hadn’t opened Bikram Bristol and also Bikram H&I I wouldn’t have even discovered this path, and to everyone else that has encouraged, inspired, and taught me.

The two pictures below are me performing full wheel and standing head to knee.

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spam

Friday, April 19th, 2013

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At yoga this afternoon :-)

Friday, April 19th, 2013

peacock on spider me and peter mac

Yoga

Friday, April 19th, 2013

I love going to Bikram Yoga, I am also taking part in a yoga championships tomorrow.

The style of yoga i choose to practice and the fact i am participating in a championships goes against a few people’s ‘views’ of yoga, and because i am getting bored of explaining to a few people then I thought i’d do a blog post instead 🙂

If people don’t agree with anything i do then that is up to them, i am not making them participate in my journey, I do not mind if they don’t fully understand it, and everyone is entitled to their opinions, all i want is for people to understand and respect that this is my wonderful journey and i am learning, achieving and enjoying it all so much along the way.

I tried several different types of yoga classes.  I went to Bikram yoga because a new studio opened in my city and i was interested in trying a different type of yoga.  I believe there are no wrong or right yogas, and that if someone gets a benefit from and/or enjoys whatever type of yoga then that is great 🙂  For me then I went to Bikram yoga and found it was the right yoga for me, so I stick with it.  I am always still open to trying any other types of yoga alongside Bikram yoga, I don’t see any other yogas as inferior, i just get along with Bikram yoga very well.  The heat helps me, and no it hasn’t caused me to overstretch and get injured, infact quite the opposite, not only is it healing my shoddy knees but it is helping me to get more flexible and is absolutely great for strengthening especially my back muscles and my leg muscles.

The championships tomorrow has judges, and scores, and medals and placings.  I understand yoga isn’t about being competitive with others.  And in essence although it sounds like a really competitive thing to do as there are judges and medals then actually it is the least competitive competition i think i have ever done.  I have done plenty of competitions in my time in many different things, although mainly gymnastics.  The yoga championships feels different.  It is about showing all i have learnt and achieved, and aiming to do it all as technically correct as i can in this moment in my life.  And for me i really like it because to be honest I work really hard and dedicate a lot of time to my practice, and it is like the icing to be able to demonstrate what i have learnt and achieved.  I have no idea what will happen on saturday, i may get nervous and fall out of everything, or i may do like i have done in practice and do a good routine of my asanas.  What i do know is that only i can control my own routine, and what everyone else does is out of my control, but i hope that everyone else also does their routine well, because i know how much time they will have put into their practice.  I will be happy if i complete my routine to the best of my current ability, wherever i place i place.  And next year i also want to do the competition and i want to surpass my current abilities, because i have SO much still to learn in my practice, and i am so eager to dedicate time to learning and understanding it.  I have also met and made friends with so many wonderful and inspiring people along my journey to taking part in the championships, and for that i am very grateful.

I am also so incredibly inspired right now, by the people i practice alongside, the people i have had the privilege to witness their practice, and from people i have seen on the internet.  I have so so much to learn, this is the beginning of my journey and i look forward to the rest of it.  Namaste

Sally M at Portland Bill yes i am really on the rock, i’m a nutter 🙂