Longest ten minutes of my life lol! Was dripping in sweat! Who says you can't have a great workout in ten minutes?
I was considering calling it Door of enlightenment, but I'm not there just yet lol!
I have printed out a whole load of my favourite encouraging and inspirational quotes from various kinds of people including some lovely Bible verses thrown in there too.
I took a photo of it because I thought it was lovely.
I've been struggling with sleep lately. As I write this I'm struggling to keep my eyes open and it's only 9:08pm.
I keep having nightmares about placement and other weird things that wake me up nearly every 2 or 3 hours each night.
So I've been reading to try and take my mind off the nightmares. I was reading a book that my friend got me for my birthday called "The Yoga Bible" by Christina Brown. Now normally I refer to it if I struggle with a pose or stance. But I thought I'd read from the begining to find out a bit more about the depth of yoga and just see if there was anything interesting to say.
In the introduction it says that "Yoga is about coming back to yourself, finding your limits, expanding your boundaries and being able to truly relax into who you are." I love this definition because this is exactly what I am about. Those of you who know me know me mostly as the boysterous noisy girl whose always having a laugh. And I love that side of me, but I do a lot of reflection on my behaviour and try to find new ways of improving myself. Granted it is trial and error. Some habits are hard to change, like being so, maybe too blunt with friends and family. But I'm getting there hehe.
This book goes on to state The Eight Limbs of Yoga, which I absolutely love;
1) YAMA the practice of moral restraint that not only controls our actions, but also our speech and thoughts.
(In this there are several sub sections, that in brief focus on; non-violence, truthfulness, non-stealing, celibacy or avoiding over indulgence of the sensual cravings and non-greediness)
2) NIYAMA meaning rule or law(again subsections; purity/cleanliness physically and environmentally, appreciation, enthusiasm for practice and life's work, self-reflection and all knowing principles existing)
3) ASANAS the physical postures of Hatha yoga
4) PRANAYAMA the control of breath
5) PRATHYAHARA the withdrawl of the senses, when the mind gains control of the senses, distraction from outseide lessen and teh mind can turn inward and focus on the other limbs of yoga
6) DHARANA this means concentration of the mind - the ability to direct the mind toward an object and keep it there.
7) DHYANA is meditation, where the mind has one-pointed focus
8) SAMADHI this is illuminated state of absorptoin with the absolute, gaining control over the mind and thoughts are stilled.
All of these limbs are to progress to the 8th stage, Samadhi
For the summer I'm trying to get into the way of doing Zumba again.
I have it on xbox kinnect which is awesome.
So I'm doing my cardio one day, then yoga and muscle toning on alternative days. To try and burn off a little fat and build up the muscle.
Also trying to eat healthier (again lol) so I've started cooking things that I see on pinterest, and I have to say they are delicious:) Go follow me on Pinterest to see what I'm pinning and what I love at the moment.
When I'm feeling a bit more adventurous and active I try and throw in another work out from my July 2014 pinboard.
I'm feeling a lot more awake and rejuvinated, ready for the summer heat wave that we have in the UK at the moment :)
Today I completed this work out from POPsugar fitness, at first I was like "meh" then I felt the burn and I was sweating like crazy haha! Try it, it's 10 minutes of your day, and works your abs.
This week has been full of weddings for me... Not literally for me, but I have been attending weddings.
My friend got married on Tuesday and I am still recovering from that. It was an all day thing and there were times where I couldn't handle being around so many people even though it was a relatively small wedding. (You can tell I don't come from a family that has many weddings, we're more the folk that has a lot of funerals as opposed to weddings haha! That was very sick) Don't get me wrong the wedding was beautiful and very enjoyable. I am just still very tired from the whole day of travelling and eating everything.
(Not even joking about that one. I sampled pretty much all the wee buns, 4 cups of tea, a tall glass of lemonade, a massive Christmas dinner, and TWO DESERTS!!! TWO!!!! What is wrong with me?)
My cousin is getting married tomorrow so it will probably take me another week to fully recover from that too haha!
Anyway, as a result I have been in a very tired mood, sleep pattern all out of whack but sleeping enough that I don't feel physically tired.
The boyfriend and I were talking on the phone and one conversation that stuck out in my mind was the ability of one to allow themselves to have bad days. I've found a lot of people seem to think that if we are in a bad mood, there has to be a reason. And so, we find a selection of nitty gritty things that annoy us and blame others for the way that we feel. When the truth is, we could just be in a bad mood because... Well just because. And that is ok, so long as you don't lash out at others for YOU feeling that way, or make others feel bad for us just feeling selfishly bad. It's not their fault, and we don't know what kind of day they might have had.
I have a pinboard on Pinterest that is dedicated to "things that make you think", and other philosophical sentences. I love my motivational posters that challenge the way I see things or go about my daily life. But sometimes we are of the illusion that we have to be motivated day in day out. We have to be inspired to be productive day in day out. No. We don't have to be proactive all the time. We are human beings, we're gonna have days where we struggle to get the motivation to wake up sometimes let alone get out of bed. Now I'm not condoning living in habit with poor motivation and little drive in life. But I am saying that if you ever see a picture on facebook from an expert yogi, or fitness instructor, or even a friend on facebook who is motivated and wants to inspire others to do the same by posting something I.N.S.P.I.R.A.T.I.O.N.A.L to be productive today. You can just scroll past it and say "Meh, not today love". You're allowed days off from being 110% driven. It's part of the "stages of change model" relapse is a bit component that can take place at any stage of the cycle. The big part is getting back onto the horse at some stage, and since everyone is different this can vary.
There was a lot more to the conversation than just this and I don't want to go too much into it otherwise I will be here all night, and like I said, I have a wedding in the morning. Have to be bright eyed and bushy tailed. Lol!
Good news! Today I passed my final nursing assessment EVER! and am being signed off so I can register to be a nurse! :) I am so excited but really exhausted as I have been awake since 5am and in work since 6:40am! So hitting the hay! My heart is filled with relief and anxiousness with anticipation for my first year being a staff nurse. It's gonna be difficult and I will not be able to fully appreciate how difficult and challenging it will be until I am in that blue uniform holding keys the the medicine trolley with 6 or 7 patients under my care. *Gulp*
I am a 25 year old nurse, who is trying to find herself. This blog will contain epiphanies I have, my yoga progress and other such things. Enjoy. :)