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Donated House weekend

I feel it’s positive to share this little project and when I say little I mean huge, fabulous and nuts.

If you fancy visiting, seeing the project or exploring a brilliant part of the country, Grace now has a wendy house in the woods that you can rent on air bnb. check it out HERE

Another weekend of learning building skills, eating excellent food, card games and friendship without the trappings of phones, internet and hurry.

I also had a go at cooking plantain for the first time, it’s amazing! Great discovery

Please check put the project below

http://donatedhouse.org.uk/?p=3086

Midyear Resolutions…advice needed

So a couple of weeks ago I put up on Facebook that I was going to make some mid year resolutions and there were quite a few.

  • Eat more vegetarian
  • Give up caffeine
  • Practice yoga more out of class
  • Eat a little more consciously and a lot more vegetarian.
  • Be more mindful
  • Try and sleep better or at least get into a better routine.
  • Walk around barefoot more
  • Not beat myself up if I don’t achieve these

So a few weeks in an in thought I’d have a little reflection. As for eating myself and Nat had a vegan week which was good, cheaper although put a bodies went through a grim detox. We got into tofu and we’ve kept vegetarian dishes in the diet a little more.

Sleepwise I’ve had a few nights where I’ve slept 8hrs which for me is huge. I’m trying to put my phone down at 9.30pm and read a little more. This has been aided by me cutting coffee. I’m down to one in a morning which I now enjoy rather than it being necessary

The mindfulness hasn’t been as successful. At the moment work is piled up and my personal life is hectic. I’m struggling to find a place to be mindful. I would love to meditate but cannot find the headspace.

Yoga has also been a struggle with my teacher off for a few weeks and mynrushing around I haven’t done as planned but this can be remedied. I have also booked a yoga retreat which I’m nervous about but looking forward to trying.

Time to find space xx

Snowdon via crib goch

Ok ok ok I know many people climb Snowdon and a fair few go via Crib Goch bit this was a fabulous walk with friends, an ecvellentbstag do in fact. I’d be warned that Crib Goch was scary and given my issues with drops and high places I was more than a little nervous but it was absolutely fine. The weather was a little misty but cleared as we climbed.

It was great to head out with some people who had never done a ridge before and the entire party made it with mild whimpering

We even got the stag to the top which was fabulous. 3hrs 45 up. And we them ran off from the top back to the car park in around 45minutes.

The best thing my knees held together with no pain which gives me hope for more walking. On the list: national three peaks, blencathra via sharp edge and schiehallion.

Some reflections on yoga. 6 months in

I guess that this post is a little premature on the fact I haven’t posted Fontainebleau yet but I’ve had a little time over the weekend to reflect on yoga and my practice. 

I am still a total novice and I believe I will continue to be forever and I’m ok with this, for me to accept I will never be good at something is significant!  I am good at two things plank style asanas and shoulder stands. Because this is where my strength lies.

I have learnt that my hips are inflexible, my hamstrings are tighter than anyone’s I know and that I have a terrible arched back posture which means I struggle with a lot of movements and asanas. These are things to be improved however and they are goals. 

I have seen huge gains in my climbing through better core strength and flexibility. I have lost some bulk and don’t look as much if a gym bunny (not sure if this is good or bad) and I am more mindful about how I move through the world.

I have learnt much from my teacher. Often silly things. I need to give and accept more hugs, especially from men. I need to connect with the world more even just by being barefoot and feeling nature, I need to meditate more and simply do more yoga. I feel the need to make my life cleaner, eating a little less meat, drinking less caffeine and doing more exercise. 

Yoga has been good for me. I wish more men would overcome the fear of a heavily female targeted activity as I think it would make us better people.

Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu

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