Lusaka in Zambia is the same amount of travelling time away from Johannesburg as it is to travel to Cape Town: a two hour flight away. That kinda blew my mind. Somehow, as a South African, the rest of Africa seems deep, dark, dirty, corrupt and far away. What’s up with that? I’ll pick ignorance and inexperience as the answers. My first trip into Lusaka was soul enriching and mind expanding. It came at just the right time too because I moved apartments and completed my Yoga teacher training in the same week. So I was ripe for a paradigm shift.
…when you’re busy making other plans! This is me Bow Pulling on a bridge on the South Bank in London. All sorts of psychological context embedded in that metaphor, if you are that way inclined! Which I am, but let’s not go there shall we?
London was amazing. London is amazing. I could live there. I want to live there. I never managed to get to any studios. I know I planned to, but there was so much life happening around, that all I got was this one photo to share with you. There were others but this one is the cherry.
So, the exciting thing about Bow Pulling which I’ve discovered along my yoga journey is this: Your leg is rooted to the ground, like a tree you need strength (roots) to keep you extended upwards while rooted to the earth. Your other leg is kicked back and pointing up towards God, almost like an antennae straight into communion (communication) with a power that is higher than yourself. And when you kick hard enough, you feel that energy coming down from above, and from below straight into your core strength (your authentic self). Your arm extends forward, like you’re reaching for your dreams and goals – but you can’t reach too far too soon or you’ll lose your balance. So the posture is three fold. Rooting down, extending up and reaching forward. The back bend happens naturally as your practice progresses – flexibility beats fear! But we’ll leave that for another post!
I will be exploring a few yoga studios in London at the end of September. I am jetting off for 10 days to get a feel for the place, visit some lovely people and start a whole new process for myself: personally and maybe professionally too. First on the list is Bikram Yoga UK. They have 4 studios across London, my local guide will have to be a darling and take me to as many studios as we can fit it. London is such a big city, and I don’t expect to only be doing yoga for all 10 days. There may be a ferry trip across to Paris but for now, it’s London Luvin’ baby!
Another studio Bikram Yoga London. Both these two studios look PACKED. I guess, in South Africa we are a lot more conservative with our space. Many teachers have said that overseas most people are half naked and very, very close to each other! That should be fun! Ha ha ha (only funny if you practise Bikram regularly, totally gross if you don’t!)
Exciting times up ahead! Travelling, practising yoga, blogging about it all where I can and living my life as full and honestly as I can because life is too short to not do the things you really want to do! This first trip is a litmus test to see if London is all it is hyped up to be and be a foundation block for me. 2012 will be my big travel year where I’m planning a month trip across Europe. There has been a lot going on in my life in the last 2 weeks. And I am eternally grateful for my regular practise that continues to be my life glue.
I cannot get enough of these videos! STA Travel Australia posted them about 2 weeks ago on YouTube and Vimeo and this “Move” video has got close to 500 000 hits already. Thanks to @russellism for sharing these with me.
I have a very clear vision of doing this very, very soon. These particular videos were shot over 6 weeks and compressed into these three 1 minute clips. If you’re in the TV biz, you know how phenomenal the editing and camerawork is, not to mention the creativity behind these videos. Nice man candy too, I won’t lie *chuckles*
I am inspired beyond words: as a yogi to Move, as a curious mind to Learn and as an adventurer at heart to Eat!