A month of yoga: week 2

Monday: Vinyasa flow


Let’s talk about sweat, baby.

Slightly better at managing my frustration this week, and more handstand practice that went well. But oh my god, the sweating. The room was hot before the class started, and 30 minutes in I had to turn over my top mat as it was already getting slippery (if this is too much tmi, apologies, there’s more Sweat Talk coming).

You would think that after doing regular yoga for almost 9 months now I’d be sweating less, wouldn’t you? Well, you would be wrong. I have to take 2 towels to every class – one to put at the top of the mat so my hands don’t slip, the other to mop myself with at regular intervals. I’ve got wristbands too (I can’t get on with headbands, too uncomfortable). For a long time I really hated feeling sweaty, which is probably why I avoided doing any exercise for most of my life. Now, I’m trying to be very zen about the perspiration situation, but I do still find it enormously distracting – I’ll be trying to hold Warrior 3, focussing on my dristi point, when I’ll notice sweat dripping into my eye. Nice. Or I’ll be attempting to get into Crow but my arms and legs will be too slippery, so I end up in an undignified heap on the floor. AARGH.

*zen face*

Jillian Michaels of 30 Day Shred fame says that sweat is fear leaving your body (the highlight of my brief attempt at that torture was shouting SHUT UP, JILLIAN at that bit). I’ve no idea what it could be but I am clearly bloody TERRIFIED of something… 😉

Wednesday: Jivamukti followed by De-Stress & Yoga Nidra

I didn’t do any home practice on Tuesday – late home, had to catch up with the Great British Sewing Bee final (Heather? Really?), too lazy – and I woke up on Wednesday morning feeling very stiff. It didn’t ease off during the day – every time I got up from sitting down I felt like an old lady. Hmm, could my body be telling me something? Consequently I approached Jivamukti rather tentatively, but soon I could feel the benefit of all that lovely stretching. Don’t worry, I still took it gently – the last thing I want is a knackered back.

Minor epiphany during side plank – using my core to push my hips up made it much stronger (before, I was sagging at the hips and all my weight was going through the supporting arm, which made it really hard to hold).

Thursday: home practice

Spent a few minutes practising Tree, a pose I struggle with in classes. I have got much better at the physicality of the pose (I can rest my foot on my thigh now, instead of my calf) but holding it is challenging, I think because there are lots of things to be distracted by in class – other students wobbling, the flippin’ SWEATING. More forward bend practice and some twists and I was ready for sleep.

So that’s almost week 2 done. I’m doing a workshop on backbends tomorrow, which I’ll include in next week’s update. Namaste!



This week’s nails

Illamasqua in Fragile, for Spring.

Base coat of Orly Bonder, 2 coats of polish, another coat of Orly Bonder then sealed with a coat of Sally Hansen Diamond Flash (better than Seche Vite, IMO – doesn’t smell as strong and there’s very little shrinkage at the tips).

(Guest appearance by my lovely Rifle Paper Co telephone message pad – purchased in Paperchase but I’ve since spied them cheaper – grr – in Waterstones)


I went to a very woo-woo yoga class last night  – think crystals, chakras and lotus flower visualisations. I loved it and so I think maybe I am turning into one of those yoga people? But mainly I came here to record for posterity on the internet that I managed crow pose*.

*for like, 3 seconds, but STILL.

Trifles likes…

I’m over at Bea today yapping on about my skincare routine, but I forgot to mention in that post my latest thingAveeno Moisurising Cream.

I’ve never really got on with hand cream before, finding most of the ones I’ve tried too greasy or just not every effective. I’m also rubbish at remembering to use it, so no wonder my hands were in a bit of a sandpaper-y state. Since I started using this a few weeks ago, however, they are all smooth and soft. There’s something about the pump bottle that jogs my memory to use it after washing my hands/washing up/coming in from the cold/when I just feel like it, and it sinks in really quickly. This one isn’t specifically for hands – they do make a separate hand cream but I can’t really tell the difference. It’s not exactly cheap, but I only need to use a tiny bit at a time so a bottle should last a good while.

So, there you go. Aveeno Moisturising Cream gets the Trifles thumbs up.

Juniper Sling

I wandered into Heals at lunchtime, seduced by the sale signs and the lure of a bargain. I am an idiot. They’re selling Penhaligon’s in there now, and I made the mistake of spraying a little Juniper Sling on my wrists. CALAMITY! I don’t think I’ve ever loved a fragrance so much – I’ve been sniffing my wrists all afternoon (attracting some odd looks from my colleagues, no doubt), whilst despairing at the fact that I can’t afford it (it’s £78 ouch ouch ouch).

Just look at that packaging! It’s so beautiful. The description on the website makes me laugh a bit, but it does give you the gist:

“Introducing Juniper Sling, an intoxicating new fragrance inspired by the most iconic and atmospheric of spirits: London Dry Gin. 
For enigmatic boys and girls, Juniper Sling is a crisp cocktail shot of gin with the freshness of juniper, cool measures of angelica and brandy and a beating libertine heart of black pepper, cardamom, soft leather and orris. A gourmand base of brown sugar, black cherry and amber add sensuality to the scent. Apply liberally and drink in.”

I can’t bear the taste of gin but I’ve always liked the smell – both Mike* and my dad love a G&T, so it’s familiar and comforting. Juniper Sling doesn’t smell exactly like a glass of Gordon’s – it’s spicier (I guess that’s the pepper and cardamom), and softer (the leather?).

It smells exactly right on me. DAMN.

*Do you think if I tell Mike there’s a perfume that smells of gin he’ll buy it for me? 😉

happy friday: exciting things

1. Bea, a new online women’s ‘magazine’. If you hop on over there now you will find loads of interesting posts on all sorts of topics, including one from yours truly on what makes a house a home. Keris wrote a lovely post yesterday, remembering the awesome Nora Ephron. Go, check it out! I’ll wait.

2. I’m going to Paris! I’ve been once before, about 4 years ago, for a very hectic day-trip. This time around I’m going for 2 nights (19-21 July), staying in my boss’s brother’s apartment so I only have to pay for the Eurostar and spending money. I can’t wait! Please let me know if you have any recommendations for what I need to see there.

3. The Olympics! And the torch relay! I can’t quite believe that the torch will be coming to Carshalton, but it is, on Monday 23 July. I have booked the day off (which is ideal as I’ll probably need a bit of a rest after Paris), and I’m currently trying to decide where the best spot to watch the relay will be – by the Ponds, which is pretty, or at the end of my road, which is, y’know, at the end of my road…… I’m getting used to people looking at me blankly when I squeal about GETTING TO SEE THE OLYMPIC TORCH OMG FLAIL, but I don’t give a crap. I AM EXCITED, DAMMIT!

4. Mike and I finally started watching Friday Night Lights and I am really looking forward to watching episode 4 tonight. It’s so good! Not feeling the Riggins love, as yet – Coach Taylor is the one for me 😉