In medias res

I met a work colleague for lunch today — we see each other every quarter or so for a chat and something of a mutual check-in. She’s the only person with ME that I’ve ever really talked to. I’ve always avoided fellow-sufferers. Too ill or too painfully brave to be with easily. She’s been doing…

First and Last

One first time and one last time today — and I’m pretty happy with both. Maybe I’m getting the hang of this non-perfectionism thing. Or maybe the doubting voices in my head haven’t woken up yet! Whatever… So it was the first time teaching in my workplace gym. A lunchtime session which is now mine…

Rat catcher

The ethical dilemmas presented by my yoga practice never end. Recently it’s been the expected stuff about material choices and diet, with a bit of concern about cultural appropriation thrown in. It is the latest western yoga craze after all. 😉 And then a phone call today took me by surprise. It was one of…

Making room for yoga

This is how our dining table looks. On a good day! It’s pretty neat and organised, right? I mean you can see we have a table underneath the spread of books and laptop! Each evening I clear a thin slice free of books at one end so we can eat. Except, that is, on evenings…

Sore throat, big leap

I’ve had a sore throat for weeks now. It started when I was on holiday in Canada and has persisted. The accompanying cold disappeared weeks ago, but I’m still croaky. “It’s psychosomatic” one of my yogi friends told me rather brusquely. Yogis can be so annoying right?! My teacher joked (I think it was a…

Physiotherapy is no joke

I knew it wasn’t going to be a laugh-a-minute when the physio started off the session by insisting that I speak up when (not if) the discomfort got too much to take. Cue instant muscular tension in my whole body in anticipation! But I find I’ve learnt a thing or two from yoga practices about…

Vegan diet, vegan life

When I was in bi-lingual Montréal recently I quickly figured out the difference between végétarien (vegatarian) and végétalien (vegan) on menus. Except that I then realised it’s not quite that simple and there is also a French word végan. I think I’m right in saying that végan goes beyond diet and refers more to lifestyle, avoiding…

Hobson’s Choice

I visited my parents at the weekend. My mum, slightly freaked out by my new eating habits and unable to conceive of cooking a meal without meat or fish, booked us all in at a favourite local restaurant. There was much angsting over the menu, even on the internet before we left home. What would…

Keeping it in the family

I’m realising that when people know you’re a trained yoga teacher there are two reactions: they either expect you to ‘fix’ anything that’s ever been wrong with them and assume you live some kind of austere ascetic lifestyle, or there’s mistrust and cynicism, doubting that you know anything of any value. I don’t think I’m…

At whose convenience?

As well as adapting my yoga practice to travelling, I’m also adapting other behaviours. Diet is of course an area for compromise. In the city the veggie options were great, and I totally fell in love with one local restaurant in Vancouver. It had two versions of everything: one vegetarian, one full-on vegan. I’m hoping…