A Note On Kindness and The Night Of No Sleep

Here is one of my favourite quotes:

Henry James said: “Three things in life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. The third is to be kind.”

I write this because, as I stare blearily at the screen, there is no doubt in my body or mind that I have had less than an hours sleep. This is not because I was up indulging in some all-night-long nookie (in which case I would not blog about – at most I would high-five someone) or catching up with yet another LSJ deadline. I had in fact actually put myself to bed before 11, desperate for a chance to catch up on some sleep and delighted at the opportunity to do so. Continue reading

Yoga Body, Monkey Mind

Bikram yoga makes you aware of your body (and the bodies around you) in both a wonderful and slightly terrifying way. I have spend most of the first week of my 30 day challenge trying ever so hard to focus on my own muscles in the mirror, but hopelessly distracted watching the more experienced yogis in the class.

My wobbles as I attempt to relax into Utkatasana (the aptly named Awkward pose) or suck in my belly during Garurasana (Eagle pose) are a stark contrast to the serene-faced contortionists around me. Continue reading