23 May 2015

Goals 13 + 48. Go on a Yoga Retreat and Teach Yoga Abroad

How lovely that having come back to my little blog after a break that I have two goals to tick of the list. As part of my new job organising conferences I am teaching 2 early morning classes in Las Vegas, to encourage wellness in the workplace.

And I have put down my deposit for a yoga retreat in exotic...well, Arundel. A lovely place in the country and a fraction of the cost of some of the exotic retreats I found. A modest start, is after all, still a start.

I'll be teaching Yoga here at the Tropicana Terrace - usually used for weddings!

Retreat Centre in Arundel

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11 May 2015

May Day, May Day!

Wow, Guys, its May! I haven't written a blog post in a very long time. One reason being I've been writing lots of blog posts for work, some not so exciting but for some I get to write about some great stuff! like wellness and incorporating yoga into your office day

So, I've failed to meet some of my goal deadlines and I've made some big decisions, I have left Crossfit, this was a ridiculously hard decision to make - Crossfit has made me stronger and fitter than I have ever in my life, and really all my reasons not to do it (cost+distance) didn't really seem good enough. But really I think I'm just ready for a change - and spending out a little less each month is a bonus I will have to use wisely

So yet again, I've had to rethink my exercise schedule. With an aim of 3 cardio/weight classes, 2 yoga classes, 1 run a week. Lets see how I get on this time!

Monday -  Weights Class @YMCA
Tuesday - Cardio Class, then Yoga Class @YMCA
Wednesday - Teaching Park Yoga after work
Thursday - Teaching yoga before work and YMCA Class
Friday - YMCA Yoga Class, Run at lunchtime
Saturday - Rest Day/Catch up
Sunday - Teaching Yoga/Catch up

My 2015 resolutions, I have yet to complete: New Deadline is July and I am determined to meet it. Over halfway through the year is long enough!

  • Put money into an ISA
  • lose 7lbs
  • book a yoga retreat and holiday with D

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4 March 2015

March'in Forward


Its March! Blimey the year is marching along! So I better catch up before I get whisked along too quickly. I set March as a deadline for my 2015 Resolutions I am going to reschedule a few with a new May deadline.

  • Put money into an ISA - not done - the rental deposit for a lovely new flat knocked me off my intended goal - but will do it by May
  • Lose 7lbs - I have lost 4lbs, next 3 have to go by May!
  • Book a yoga retreat and holiday with D - Deposit for peak district holiday pending on Friday, yoga retreat...not yet, finances have taken a big hit. I will get to a yoga retreat one day!
  • Do yoga at the location of each conference trip I attend - I enjoyed 2 lovely classes in Manchester whilst visiting for a conference
  • Study 1 hour of yoga theory per week - can be class structure, history or anatomy - Lots of exciting yoga plans coming up, I've had fun planning new classes.
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28 January 2015

Exciting Lists

I'm delighted to have the opportunity to tick off some goals from my lists. (and add back in just as many new ones!)

Of my Yoga teaching goals I have 
  • Earnt back my training and registration costs (and extras like business cards and mats) approx. £600 
  • Have my own website - sentiayoga.com
  • All that remains is to teach at an Om Yoga show
  • almost saved the amount I want to put into an ISA
  • I have lost 4 lbs
  • Made plans to go on a yoga weekend in Las Vegas and go on holiday to Scotland with D
  • Went for coffee with CH and has a fabulous time catching up!
  • All set to meet up with E - in Manchester
  • A doing well to Study 1 hour of yoga theory per week - can be class structure, history or anatomy

Las Vegas To Dos
I'll be in Las Vegas at the end of May for an event I'm organising with work
i'm finally getting into the swing of my job and am going to celebrate by making the most of my time stateside :)

  • In Vegas May 30th - june 4th
  • Check out Forum shops and Malls
  • See a Show
  • I've found a retreat I'll attend for the weekend June 5th-7th, in Big Sur
  • Then I'll go explore San Francisco
  • Go to Yoga Tree San francisco, See the Japanese Garden and the Golden Gate Bridge

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29 December 2014

Monday Musings

Its Monday December 29th, a perfect time to have a restful contemplation of how things are going and how I want to tackle things anew in the new year. I'm snuggled up on a sofa as I type, christmas carols still going and christmas tree lights still on - I'm making the most of the last few days of my festive season.

Along with other things I have found infinitely more challenging and stressful than I imagined, my plans for Progress have really struggled and fallen apart (just like me!)

But one must go on, its all we can do. So I'll make some lists, because that always makes me feel better!




I had to rethink my ideas about going to Crossfit three times a week, it was unreasonable perhaps to think I could keep up that schedule. So here is version 2:


Monday -  Crossfit
Tuesday - Crossfit and Yoga @ YMCA
Wednesday - alternate weeks: Yoga with Bath School of Yoga or Rest day
Thursday - Rest day or Run
Friday - Yoga and/or Run
Saturday - Whatever comes up, be it shopping, walking, climbing or duvet day!
Sunday - Teaching Yoga and Climbing

My 2015 resolutions, with a deadline of March 2015

  • Put money into an ISA
  • lose 7lbs
  • book a yoga retreat and holiday with D
  • Go for coffee with CH
  • Meet up with E - in Manchester
  • Do yoga at the location of each conference trip I attend
  • Study 1 hour of yoga theory per week - can be class structure, history or anatomy



6 November 2014

Progress

I laid out some Autumn Goals, in late September, so lets have quick check-in:


  1. Lose weight. My goal is to lose a stone over the next 4 months or so (goal 22)
  2. Engage fully with my job for my 3 month probation, and beyond (related to goal 57)
  3. Now I will no longer be using the university gym - settle into new exercise regime inc. cross fit, yoga, running and Bath YMCA classes
1 - I joined a weight loss club with Nourish, and its involved a lot of slip ups and breaking the rules! but as of todays weigh in I have lost 4 lbs, this is going to be a slow steady process and I have a lot to learn (mainly about control!) 

2 - I am on week 3 of my new job, I am finding it infinitely more challenging than I imagined but am slowly but surely compiling new knowledge on the world of web and tech. Next week I am attending my second web conference so will hopefully absorb a little more knowledge with each day. Funnily both 1&2 involve a lot of the same traits - perseverance and patience.

3 -I am settling into a new regime:
Monday -  Crossfit
Tuesday - Yoga @ YMCA
Wednesday - Yoga with Bath School of Yoga
Thursday - Crossfit or Run
Friday - Crossfit or Run
Sunday - Yoga and/or Climbing

And of course my daily 7 minutes of Yoga which has proved a really useful tool for encouraging me to practice every day

Have you planned any goals for Autumn/Winter? How are they going?

I wish you every success!

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4 November 2014

Mind/Body

I refer to MindBodyGreen.com quite often for their advice on such things as healthy eating and dealing with depression. 

Most recently "6 ways to find motivation when you are depressed"
This article is on a similar vein, but seems to be more winter themed! 

5 ways to outshine depression

As before I will summarize the main points in bitesize points here (full article linked above): 

1. Get moving, even if it's just for 5 minutes. 
It only takes 5 minutes of physical activity to activate the ‘good mood’ chemicals in your brain. Those endorphins are our natural anti-depressant,
Often when you feel depressed, you don’t have the energy or desire to exercise, so be gentle with yourself and try to push yourself a little past your comfort zone with this. You will see that exercise will actually increase your energy and improve your mood.

2. Surround yourself with people, preferably positive people. 
Developing a support system is essential in promoting mental health for everyone.

3. Eat healthy foods. 
When you regularly eat unhealthy foods, it affects your mood and can also lead to guilt and shame for making poor choices. The guilt and shame can trigger feelings of depression, and when you are depressed, your brain craves foods high in fat, sugar, and carbs. 

4. Choose positive thoughts. 
Our thoughts are our experiences. So when you think positively, you have a better chance of experiencing positive things around you, negative thoughts can bring down our spirits, so it is important to avoid them as much as possible and to focus on the positive things around us that are happening.

5. Avoid booze. 

Alcohol is sometimes used as a coping mechanism, but is a poor choice for those who are drinking just as an escape or to numb the pain. 




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