In every yoga class, there is one pose that I always have ambivalent feelings, I can do it but I don’t particularly like it. It is the wheel pose (Urdhva Dhanurasana). I don’t exactly know how I look doing the pose. I probably don’t do it well because I am not flexible, I struggle with backbends. I use brute force of my upper hands to pull myself up and stay there for 5 breaths. There are times that I cannot do it when my biceps are hurting or when I don’t have that much energy.
Here is a Mind Body Green article (http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-11915/5-reasons-everyone-should-do-wheel-pose.html) that lists down 5 reasons to do the wheel pose. I know the pose is good for flexibility and strength but I did not know that it is good for the lungs nor that every muscle of your muscle is activated when you go into the pose. So this means I need to put my mind and never say no when we do the wheel pose.
Phote from Yoga Journal.
After a sweaty gentle core (be wary!) yoga class with Jaya, it was wonderful to hit the showers with Johnson’s baby milk bath. I use this a couple of times each week with scrubbing gloves when I need a little luxury and a change from my usual bath soap. Now I am ready for bed!
Thinking of cutting off my hair again (Arya Stark!) while listening to Lorde’s Bravado.
Hhhmm, the white hairs are not so obvious in this angle.
Whoa, Lorde just got Grammy Nominations for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Royals,” and Best Pop Vocal Album for Pure Heroine.
Fifteen years ago I would have tried to sport the same semi-goth look like Lorde. But I wouldn’t have lasted under the tropical heat, the makeup would melt in less than 5 minutes and I would be broiling under all that black. Also, I won’t have a smidgen of her talent.
Since I had to meet someone at Ayala before 9AM, I had to take a taxi from the gym and it cost me P100 more than the normal P10 jeepney ride. Then because it was too early and I wanted to use the toilet, I went inside Krispy Kreme only to find that the toilet was unavailable. I should have got out but I ended up choosing the Krispy Kreme Snowflake which seemed to be the safe choice among its holiday doughnuts but only to find it a calorific “ice crème-filled shell doughnut, dipped in white chocolate, and delicately coated with doughnut glaze“. Then for the life of me, I chose the expensive Silk Chocolate Soyamilk (P75), I should have asked for water instead.
This is a blimp in the grand scheme of things but I want to put my money and calories where I have the best bang for the buck.
I may have started my day complaining about people at work (non-attendance during meetings, not following the correct work shift), I don’t want it to be the defining point of my day. Instead I want to focus on the positive so I can survive the rest of the day.
- Today is the last day of the work week for me. Tomorrow I am on holiday to use up excess vacation leave credits.
- Today we will receive portion of our 13th month.
- A work colleague promised me lunch next month at Golden Cowrie.
- I made plans to take my nieces shopping on Sunday. Each of them will chose clothes that they will wear for their school Christmas party, these serves as my Christmas gifts to them.
- Tomorrow I will pick up a book from my financial advisor, it is his Christmas gift to me.
- Shared something with a confidante.
- Yoga plans for tonight, tomorrow and Saturday!
Since I do yoga, people expect me to be calm and kind. But I am not. I am a bitch at work, ask anyone there. Last Tuesday I was ready to hurl things at the walls. I was in a particularly bad mood with the people at work and with my own personal life. Then I got a late email saying there was a 6PM meeting with Japan and Spain. I tried to find a way to skip the meeting but my being professional at work reared its ugly head. By the time it was 6:30PM, it was pretty obvious I would not be able to go to yoga class. I went home tired and in a bad mood. I tried to surf the internet but I did not want to hurl my laptop at the wall. So I turned off the lights, lay down and opened my iPad mini. I ended up listening Placebo over and over again. There is something about Brian Molko’s singing that calmed me for a few minutes.
Yesterday, I managed to go to to the gym and yoga. I felt better than I did last Tuesday night. I got praise from Jeanne and told me that I need to move on to handstands.
Yoga does not make me calm nor kind. But it completes my day and gives me a sense of accomplishment. Barring calamities, dysmenorrhea and exhaustion, I try to make it a part of my every day life.
Mr. Awesome, sorry I had problem finding this. For now, this is what I can give you. Looking forward to the time when we will have steak, milk tea, pad thai and pancakes!
It is Dec 2, that means less than 3 weeks of work left. Actually Dec 19 would be the last day of work since Dec 20 will be the company Christmas party. I still have a few vacation leaves left so I have filed for leave this Friday. What will I do? Nothing much, maybe just early morning yoga. I need to buy something in the mall but I dread the crowds. Last Saturday on my way to Surya Nanda, I stopped by at Ayala but was turned off when I realized that there was a sale. I just needed one small thing but the thought of lining up at the cashier filled me with dread. Traffic was also horrible, the jeepney got stuck for 30 minutes in the road along Mabolo church and Persimmon, nothing was moving!
There are some things that I need to do, mostly about junk and financial matters. Then I can forget about work, Cebu and 2013! I am looking forward to no email, no internet and hopefully no work calls.