Catch Up Time: Photo’s, Meditation and More

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It’s good to be busy. I always find that the really exciting things happen when you are working toward something; you don’t have great experiences by sitting and waiting for things to come along!

Knowing that there are lots of things to do in a day and the potential for something spontaneous to happen is how I like things. I  just like to be busy. But having said that, I am rather prone to planning, thinking and often worrying to the extreme at times (read: all of the time).

Because I am involved in some exciting stuff at work it has been mental lately and on top of that my weekends have been fun but not what I would call relaxing!

Too Much

We all know that being on the go constantly, working overtime and not getting a break at the weekends can have a terrible effect on our health if we let it. On Sunday I went for a 5 mile run and when I got near home I stopped at the traffic lights and felt my vision start to get fuzzy. I was on a footpath so I stepped back, away from the traffic and crouched beside a hedge for a few minutes. When my vision came back I  gave myself a bit more time and a sip of water before I got up to walk the rest of the way home. That was not a nice experience. I was very close to a faint. Needless to say, I got home, got the blanket out and made a cup of sugary tea for myself.

Listen

No matter how busy we are, we all need to listen to our body sometimes. It doesn’t matter what your fitness aims are, if you are over doing it your amazing body is going to let you down. I like to exercise when I have a lot on my mind but this week I have decided to take a slightly different approach.

I have only been doing 30 Days of Yoga videos which isn’t what I would call easy, but is definitely lower intensity than a run and more appropriate after working long working hours. A wonderful girl I work with has suggested trying the meditation app Headspace. I have been using it everyday this week doing their “Take 1o” programme. The app offers you guided meditation and the Take 10 programme is free and perfect if you are a beginner like me. Plus the meditations are just 10 minutes which is great for people who are short on time (so about 98% of the population).

In Other News

Despite the minor hiccup on Sunday, it’s been a great last few weeks. I had a lovely housewarming and was really delighted that so many people took the time to come along and wish us well in our little flat. My lovely friend Eily’s visit was just full of messing and chats and love as usual. We went to the Science Centre and also to the Planetarium which is something I have wanted to do for ages!

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Last week I went to see one of the best live bands I have ever seen for the second time – and a running playlist favorite – Nordic Giants.

I only got a photo of the support band Mountains Under Oceans who also brilliant in fairness. Look how cool the venue was!
I only got a photo of the support band Mountains Under Oceans who also brilliant in fairness. Look how cool the venue was!

At the weekend I went on a random camera tour of Glasgow City centre and took a bunch of pictures with Chris. My brother and his girlfriend are visiting at the weekend so it will be a full house for me again and I cannot wait!

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Smile! You’re Under a Bridge!
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The Window of Time
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Lines
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Water Colour
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Graffiti

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Thank you for reading!

If you have you got any stress busting tips for me or meditation recommendations do leave a comment 🙂

Go For It: Yoga

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Bring some colour into your day with Yoga!…Oh…

Generally met with enthusiasm, trepidation or some light eye-rolling, yoga is one of those activities that we have all had our preconceptions about. Western culture has embraced not only the physical teachings of the discipline but also it’s spirituality and lifestyle over the last 30 years or so. Everyone has heard of yoga, and I bet that, like me, a lot of people associate it with beautiful bohemian ladies displaying their awesome flexibility on a beach somewhere. Yoga is also associated with privilage, because folks; it ain’t cheap!

The truth is though, yoga is for everyone. You can be a blonde surfer in Cali or 50 year old accountant in Dundee, either way, if you have the go ahead from your doctor you can reap the benefits of yoga. Personally, I have practiced Hatha and Bikram over the years. I first came to Yoga when I was 21 and in the final year of my degree. I was feeling overwhelmed and wanted to do something to help me to relax and also improve my fitness. I found the physicality of Yoga to be challenging but soon began to notice the benefits including increased flexibility and higher energy levels. I also became increasingly more aware of my posture and this began to improve. But it was the relaxation and spirituality of yoga that has stuck with me. Concentrating the actions of your body rather than what happened in your day is something that you can get from any form of exercise; but Yoga also places the emphasis on your breath and on your relationship to the ground. It creates a direct bond between you as a person and the environment around you. The word Yoga is a translation from the Sanskrit to “Listen”. Listen to the world around you, listen to your body.

Yoga for me is like a favorite book, I can forget about is for a while and move on to other things, when I need it to go back to it’s teachings they’re right there. Only enriched by time and experience. Nothing can beat the attention of a trained yoga teacher in a class environment and I recommend it. However, if you are like me and want to come back to something that you already know, or would like a bit of a taster session, or just don’t fancy the classroom environment; our good friend the internet has provided some brilliant resources for Yoga training. Here are my favorites:

Morning Routine: The Yoga Solution with Tara Styles – this video is perfect for anyone who wants to wake up well in the morning but really doesn’t have time. I tried this out yesterday and today and found it energizing and relaxing too (if that is possible?!). It will be tough to pull myself out of bed, but I really am going to try to get this into my weekday morning routine a couple of times a week.

Yoga with Adrienne – I only became aware of Adrienne’s 30 days of Yoga through another blog, Style Sunrise (it’s awesome btw, link here) but it’s seems that I am rather late to the trend! How great is it that you can get a brilliant and completely free introduction to Yoga just by checking out these videos?

Jayne Becca Yoga – Jayne Becca provides both video content and a blog for Vinyasa Flow yoga. I found her on a random blog search and she is actually what is what got me thinking about getting back into yoga if truth be told. Well worth checking out.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and would love to hear your Yoga stories.

After all of this relaxation, I’m going to get out for a long run today; the 10 Mile Edinburgh Great Run is coming up next Sunday, not sure where that time went, but this week is going to involve some prep work! I’ll catch up with you soon and let you know how I’m getting on. I promise that I will also try to have less back to back Go For It Posts, the last couple of weeks have been quite demanding and I’m planning to get back to a better routine with writing and photographing too.

‘Till next time,

Jen