Yogalicious

I’ve been doing a fair bit of yoga lately and it has genuinely been a revelation. It sounds incredibly wanky, but I feel so much lighter afterwards and I feel like it’s genuinely had a positive impact on my mental health. Even if I am still terrible at it.

Things I have noticed since starting to do yoga:

  • Breathing is better. I’m always sick/congested but find that it’s not impacting on my breathing as much as it used to (especially when I’m trying to sleep.)
  • I do a lot of strength training, and I’m not that great with the stretching afterwards, so my muscles can get super tight. Yoga is helping so much with that, and also helps with my recovery time.
  • I’m much more aware of my posture when I’m at my desk so I’m sitting a lot better (instead of twisting myself into a knot). Also, sitting cross-legged on the ground has become noticeably easier as it was actually becoming a bit of a bitch.
  •  I’m a pro-sloucher so awareness and practice has been invaluable to improving my posture. I’m already noticing a change in my body when I walk and I’ve only really been doing this consistently for three weeks.
  • I am seriously so chill afterwards, I feel like a whole different person. Even if I’m super stressed or wound up before class. I think it’s actually helping me not get so worked up about things in every day situations as well. I feel like I’m becoming better at letting go of things.

I must admit that I’ve tried yoga before but the classes I attended felt judge-y and more focussed on fitness/performance. I don’t do well with people looking over my shoulder and critiquing what I’m doing. I like doing things for fun, rather than the feeling like I’m going to be tested on it. So I’m very pleased that I’ve managed to find two teachers who really push the mindfulness aspect of it, as well as technique and working with your body. I’ve found it super valuable and genuinely look forward to the classes.

10/10 would recommend.

 

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Fashion Friday: Shoes

I’ve somehow made it through all of winter with no boots. Yeah, I know. Well, I have heeled boots that live under my desk at work but I mean boots I actually walk in outside. Madness. I also need brogues for work because of reasons. So, without further ado, here are some shoes I like the look of.

Blue

Blue Suede boots @ Clarke’s

Asos2

Chelsea boot @ Asos

Rollie

Derby tweed @ Rollie

Asos1

Metallic brogues @ Asos

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Lace up @ Shoe Connection

AllBirds

Runners @ Allbirds

August, where did you go?

Books:

August was kinda terrible in terms of getting anything done in my free time. I had these grand plans of reading three books while I was in Perth for a week, but I turned out to be too anxious and spent most of the time glued to my phone. So no books were read in August.

Music:

Movies:

Atomic Blonde: I wanted to enjoy this much more than I did. The trailer looked amazing so I was really looking forward to it, but it’s also one of those films where the best bits are in the trailer. It’s still a really solid action flick, and is a nice change of pace from the usual Cold War era spy flicks. Charlize Theron is amazing. AMAZING. Also a solid 80s soundtrack that includes George Michael’s ‘Father Figure’. Oh, and James McAvoy. What’s not to love?

That’s it. Pretty dull. Work was in overdrive with domestic Test season kicking off and Women’s Rugby World Cup in full swing, so I was pretty much wiped out when I got home. C’est la vie.