Yin Yoga

Yesterday, after a week of 30th birthday shenanigans (hi I’m a grownup now), Harriet and I went to a three-hour Yin Yoga class at new studio The Yoga Space London, on the Royal Arsenal.  Added bonus; I got to test out my fancy Liforme yoga mat too. Ha.

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Three hours sounds like a lot of yoga, right? Wrong. Three hours of yoga is amazing.  Technically, I guess, it was two and a half hours of yoga, and then half an hour of a sound bath and savasana. I am so zen now.

The Yoga Space website explains Yin Yoga like this…
Yin Yoga is very much the practice of slowing down. We live in an increasingly, fast paced environment, how often do we really take time to connect with sensations in the physical and mental body?
Yin Yoga provides an opportunity to slow down and connect with ourselves. Postures are done mainly seated or lying down and are held for several minutes allowing the muscular system to relax and soften. Yin yoga encourages self-acceptance, space, inner enquiry and a state of peace.

Having three hours to practice it was a perfect amount of time, and went really quickly!  There were no standing poses, but the class definitely had parts that were pretty challenging – holding a pose for 5-10 minutes is harder than you might think (also, I’m apparently much bendier on one side than on the other…?!)

Lying under a nice fluffy blanket with an eye mask whilst Dolores worked her gong magic was a perfect end to the class.  There’s an hour and a half gong bath at the end of this month, and – work allowing – I’m definitely going to go.  It’s the most chilled I’ve felt for a really long time.

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I’ve borrowed this picture from The Yoga Space London’s facebook page – look how cute the little room is!

The Yoga Space only opened its doors last month, and this was the first class I’ve been to there, but I loved it.  The studio is such a nice little space, with a great big window at the front, and the classes are all really small.  There are going to be Yin Yoga workshop classes every month, as well as tons of daily classes in all different sorts of yoga – the class schedule is here.

Harriet and I followed up our super zen yoga class with a LOT of carbs and wine (first one v recommended, second one not so much – drink lots of water) at Con Gusto, and honestly I could eat the gnocchi in there forever.  As an end to my birthday week off work, it was pretty awesome.

I’d love to know if you’ve done a Yin Yoga class before, or if you’ve tried a gong bath (I was really intrigued, and it was so great) – what do you think?

 

 

(DISCLAIMER: I paid for my workshop place, and only decided I was even going to write about it after going – Dolores set up The Yoga Space London by herself and its incredible.  Go support her and the studio, and get your head decluttered at the same time.)

August & September Books

It’s a bumper two-in-one book post this time, because I didn’t have time to do August’s books at the end of August, and then I barely read anything in September because I was busy dying of the lurgy. Anyway, there are books now! Yay!

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David Mitchell, Ghostwritten –  Ghostwritten is David Mitchell’s first novel, and it’s sat in my bookcase for years, and I’ve no idea why I hadn’t read it yet.   I really enjoyed it, I like that his first novel is the last one I’ve read (so now can there be new David Mitchell to read please), because you can see how it works, how it’s building up to something like Cloud Atlas, how the characters and their stories are separate but overlapping, how the world is being built.  This was a good one.

Sloane Crosley, The Clasp – I’ve picked this up and put it down again in so many bookshops that I decided just to buy it.  I’ve not got far yet, but I’m liking it so far.

Kate Tempest, Hold Your Own – I saw Kate Tempest at the Edinburgh Book Festival in August, and she was phenomenal.  I basically walked out of the tent, over to the bookshop, and bought all of her books.  Hold Your Own is based around the story of Tiresias, and it’s very, very good.

Jack Kerouac, Lonesome Traveler – Just a little quick one, as I’d only read On The Road otherwise.  Kerouac is canon for a reason, and (sorry) it’s not really his masterful storytelling. This was fun, anyway, but… not anything overly exciting.

Margaret Atwood, Hag-Seed – This is Atwood’s retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, as part of Hogarth’s series.  I’m seeing her talk about it next week (YAY!), when the book is released.

Jessa Crisipin, The Dead Ladies Project – I loved this.  DLP was September’s book for #wlclub, and it was so so good.  Crispin travels to different cities in Europe, following the lives of particular women (and a couple of men) who’ve lived there.  I’ve now got a billion books I want to read about these women, and a billion pictures on my phone where I’ve taken pictures of paragraphs I want to remember.

Jorge Amado, Dona Flor and her Two Husbands – I picked this up because I was intrigued and I liked the cover, and it’s very good.  Dona Flor’s gambling, womanising husband dies suddenly at 31, and she remarries a man who’d very different: offering her stability, but not much passion.  NOT TO WORRY; hubs number one comes back as a sex-starved ghost, so its all ok.  Ha.

Margaret Atwood, Surfacing – I got halfway through this before I realised that I’ve actually bought it before, so now I have two copies.  Ah well, there are worse things.  I’ve got a nice Virago cover now.  Also, I took this picture in a coffee shop and a man laughed at me and asked what on earth I was doing, because instagramming flatlays looks a bit odd when you’re in a coffee shop on your own. Who knew.

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Scant on the magazine front this time around.  Don’t worry, October’ll pick back up 😉
Drift, Oh Comely, and Ladybeard.

As always, all my books are on instagram and goodreads, if you want to see more of them!

 

 

Weekend Reading

This Weekend Reading is brought to you by four days’ signed off of work, a billion packets of Soothers, and more Vicks vapour rub than one single person should ever need to cover themselves in.  On the plus side, it means lots of things for you to read/look at/listen to. Hooray!

On another note; I need some new blogs to read, because tons of the ones I like are now moved to Tinyletter, so I don’t really have much reading to click about on.  Leave me some recs for book blogs, and blogs where people have enviable houses, and blogs where I can read things that are interesting. Thanks!

Image from weheartit

Image from weheartit

How to be a writer: tips from Rebecca Solnit // What’s your Patronus? Mine is a RED SQUIRREL, ffs. // Comics & graphic novels to look forward to // This Paris Review interview with Lydia Davis was so good // … and the New Yorker with Hari Nef // Which Stranger Things character are you? (Yeah, still on that) // ROALD DAHL TAROT // This, on mindful relationships, is really interesting //