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Need I say any more. A day of heaven. 

Bought mangosteen and mangoes today.

All inspired.

I promised to write sooner I know – me bad. I really am wanting to write more frequently and I did plan on doing so, but my lovely Mac had a breakdown, so all I had planned to do while in between classes with my wonderful white machine came to a halt. Now I am back. Sadly my old Mac didn’t pull through, his time had come to drift off to mac heaven. I now have a new toy. Again white, with more features. A new relationship born, but the old will never be forgotten. Thanks for the good times old Mac.

Nashi pears are in season. Yummy! Eaten in green smoothies, with mango (I try everything with mango, just to live up to my mango whore reputation) and on their own. They are huge and I often am unable to eat a whole one myself. I cut them up into pieces, nashi soldiers I call them (like when your Mum would cut up toast and call them soldiers -maybe a British thing). I then wrap up the pieces and head out into the day.

Our ever so friendly fruit and veg guy still is selling durian, although we went through a durian drought for three weeks. We went to the store daily only to find an empty spot where the durian usually is. How sad! Imagine the look on my face when I went in last week to find the drought had come to an end. I paid the ¥3000 (cheap), the man smiled and made a comment about me loving durian (as he always does, I don’t mind though as he is my durian supplier), then headed home and waited for it to open. Took two days and now it is ready for breakfast. Had a piece this morning. Wanted more but I had to head on out.

I’m not getting any chance to play in the kitchen. My empty kitchen. I put away the griddle pan, the toaster, the oven – all in the back of a cupboard. Was a waste having them out as they were never used. Just there gathering dust. Felt good to put all away – kind of felt like I was deepening my commitment to the raw diet.

Anyway back to not being able to explore with food. I simply do not have the time. Seems I have adopted a 100% fruitarian diet, which I’m not complaining about – but I feel if I’m wanting to make a career out of raw food and speaking of it’s fantasticness (made up word I know) I need to have more knowledge of what works with what. I’m hoping the New Year break will allow me to do this.

Raw Yogini
This yogini is tired. I have to admit I am. The last few weeks have been amazing and given me plenty of opportunity to deepen my teaching and evolve. Teachers have been on vacation so I have subbed their classes. Then there was the David Swenson 40 hour Ashtanga Teacher Training. Seven days intensive: practicing, learning, adjusting, teaching and snoozing during lunch. Got to day seven and I was ready to get home and collapse on my futon and sleep for 100 years in hope that the dark circles under my eyes would have disappeared by then. Great training, hard work – yes. If any of you are interested in ashtanga then attend one of Mr Swenson’s workshops, retreats, classes. A motivating teacher, highly entertaining with a beautiful practice. He has you begging for more, and I do think at a later date I will attend one of his advanced trainings – but that is a while off yet.

My yoga teacher said to me that once you begin to teach your own practice suffers and as always she was right. Trying to fit in a daily 90 minute practice at present is far from easy. I’m needing to get back to my Mysore practice next week. I need to put time aside for meditation and pranayama. I do manage to do some daily, but my practice isn’t deepening, although I’m doing what my body feels like doing.

Ramblings
This brings me to question needs and wants. I’m trying to recognize my needs and deter from my wants. Is tough in such a society.

For example my new Mac, was a need as I had nothing to do my work on, but a want for purchasing the latest model. Could I have not purchased a cheaper one or even second hand?

I feel I need to deepen my practice, and will play with movement when time allows at home. I study yoga, teach yoga, practice yoga and then have moments when I want to download an episode of Coronation Street (very British), sit back, watch and enjoy. I enjoy my yoga too, even more than watching the comings and goings of the street ‘up North’. Is sitting back a need or a want? It’s 30 minutes of my time that could be spent breathing deeply, meditating, yin yoga-ing.

Am I being too harsh on myself?

Is wanting materialistic items, time wasting? Can needing and wanting overlap? Do we forever confuse the two?

Something to ponder….

They are finally coming down in price, so guess what I will be living on this summer?
(along with the durian, mangos and bananas…am also going thru a vine tomato frenzy).
xxxx

Am working on a website so watch this space

HI! Thank you all so much again for the lovely messages I have been receiving. Really is motivating and reassuring that my blog is read and means alot to people.

I apologize for the the ‘blog break’. I did so want to write about all that was happening, but simply didn’t have the time. Part of my TTC involved me writing a journal, and I put alot of time and effort into it. Really was a form of therapy for me and alot has changed in the last 8 weeks. There has been a big shift.

Let me give you a run down of my life as it currently stands. I want to be honest with you all as you send me so much love and warmth.

* Yes, am still raw and forever will be. Plan to spend more time in the kitchen playing, but am happy to spend the summer eating the fruits that are around and devouring green smoothies.
* LOTS of interest in my raw food venture here in Japan, so really need to start planning workshops and finishing my raw food course.
* I used to be bulimic and anorexic – still have anorexic thoughts here and there, but no longer live my the calorie ‘bible’ count book. My raw diet helps me find my balance and feel good about myself. I’m telling you this as I have a friend you is hurting – she is anorexic and wants me to help her. So I have decided to look into helping people with eating disorder with raw food and yoga. I will go into more detail about this at a later date.
* I graduated from my yoga course on Sunday (hip hip hooray).
* The last 8 weeks have been a self inquiry. Have cried and laughed and started to build bridges with those who have hurt me. Taking baby steps here, but it’s a start and there will be moments when I stumble, but I will pick myself up and carry on walking.
* Signed up for the Tokyo marathon (yeh yeh, I know I said I wouldn’t but I did – will see).
* Still eating lots of durian and mangos
* Thinking when I can get to India.
* Next yoga TTC starts soon.
* Am loving teaching yoga, have great students and have received positive feedback.
* I’m in Metropolis, a Tokyo magazine. Check the article HERE- you need to scroll down a little.

I am lucky, I know I am.
Will blog again very soon with my news and usual ramblings oh and photos.

love always

Hi there all. Thank you all for your lovely comments and your motivating words for me to keep blogging. I have no intention of giving it up, it’s just at present my life is very much ‘on the go’ I simply don’t have time to sit down and ramble on to you guys. This evening I have given myself a two hour break, so here I am to bring you all up to date with ‘Em’s world’. Sit back, grab a juice or smoothie, put your feet up and read!

Raw Munchings
It’s fruit, fruit and more fruit. Continue to eat out of my lunch box, grapes, cherries, strawberries. I have on occasion packed mangoes (smile) along with my funky mango peeler tool. Bananas, oh and avocados and good old fashioned tommies! To be honest I can’t wait to have a free day where I can spend time in the kitchen and play with the food processor and other toys, then sit down and eat a meal. As you guys know, I adore fruit but I just want a moment where I can enjoy a variety of flavors in one sitting and really savor every bite. Life isn’t allowing for that at the moment. I think I will start taking a couple of lettuce leaves with me too and make some fruit wraps.
We have another durian, just opening next to our living room window. The guy at the veggie store always waves and smiles as we walk past – he probably has a nickname for us ‘the durian duo’ or something like that. But, because we are buying durians from hime more or less on a weekly basis he has had to up his durian stock to 2, to give other people a chance to buy one. Yeah for thr extra durian!

Raw Yogini

I’ve always valued any class I can get to and any time I can get to do my own practice and now I’m trying to pass on these valued moments to others. I officially started teaching last week. My regular classes are Yin and Restorative and a Dance Vinyasa which fuses contemporary dance and yoga – something unique. The classes have been going well and I have received positive and encouraging feedback. I have also been subbing for teachers who are on vacation, so I have really thrown myself into teaching my passion. Each lesson I learn a little more, what should I be saying? How can I get the students to really feel the full potential of the asana? I have just applied to teach at another studio – awaiting a response.
I am back at my Mysore practice and will tell you more about this next week.

Leftover Ramblings

My friend who is writing about my Dance Vinyasa classes for the magazine she works at also wants to interview me about more my raw lifestyle and advertise some workshops. How wonderful is that? I have had to tell her that this won’t be possible for at least another 2-3 months due to my teacher training, teaching yoga and english. But wow, was I chuffed to pieces when she asked me. Dear hubby is hoping that I will soon be earning enough so he can become a kept man!!! In your dreams honey!!!
Teacher training is going well, we’re over half way through now. Sure is flying by. Last Saturday we learned about the chakras and I bought a beautiful chakra banner which is now hanging in our living room. I’m wanting to read more about them and incorporate them into my yoga classes. They can offer such beautiful internal visions.

I need to sign off for now.I plan to be back again VERY SOON.

keep reading guys and leaving messages. You are all such beautiful people.

Love to you all.
xxxx

Nihongo Lesson

grapes – budou

……and the ‘to do’ sticky list on my computer is getting longer. Why are there only 24 hours in a day?

So much going on I simply do not know where to start. How about the teacher training?

After six months of waiting my first yoga teacher training course started on Saturday. A lovely group of 18 students and 5 teachers came together in an opening circle to chant ‘Aum’ and share their yogic path experiences. When it came to me to share I nearly cried as I realized how and when this path started for me and where I am now – really very emotional. Wasn’t all doom and gloom, I managed some typical British irony as well!

The first session discussed the history of yoga and Sunday looked at anatomy – a fave of mine. I have always been fascinated with the body and what is can do. I was born standing on my head and continued dancing, gamboling and doing the splits as I grew that my parents finally set me to dance school and gymnastics (haha). When I studied dance professionally I hung onto every word my anatomy teacher said and even now love reading about muscles, joints and bones.

One thing that did arise, but there was little discussion of was nutrition. A couple of vegetarian/vegans said how difficult they found it eating in Japan and people constantly questioned their diet. My yoga teacher said ‘Em’s a raw vegan, that’s tough’. A short discussion started and it simply boils down to the old boring incorrect information;calcium can only be found in dairy and protein in meat…blah, blah, blah! Dairy is still relatively new in Japan. When I arrived seven years ago you could only really find cheese slices in the supermarket. Japan isn’t a a land of cows – beef being imported, so again this is new. Therefore to sell these products false information is being dished out left, right and center. The outcome of all the discussion iwas if people have questions about food while on the course I am only too happy to assist. Would be a great opportunity for me. One girl even asked me to put together some recipes to distribute amongst the group. How great is that?

I now have 2 sets of homework and all the notes to type up from both sessions added to my list of things to do. I love it really.

Someone also asked if they could interview me about my dance and yoga classes for a magazine in Tokyo. Am very excited about this. There’s not much contemporary dance in Japan still, so I’m hoping this will spread the word and also publicise my classes.

Let’s get talking about food. Really it’s been the same ole’, same ole’. Smoothies and fruit. I have some yellow watermelon in the fridge and another durian. Times when I’m busy I forget to eat, which is naughty I know. My lunchbox continues to go with me wherever I go packed with grapes and strawberries. I popped into the suppermarket yesterday and lychees are coming back in season. Full of vitamin C, it is said that if you eat three lychees a day you will have met a third of the recommended dose for an adult?!? I can easily demolish several lychees in one sitting as there isn’t much too them.

I will be water fasting again Wednesday through to Thursday, before that I have a durian to devour (will be thinking of you Harmony).

Blogging will be every two to three days over the next few weeks due to workload. I promise to answer your questions so please keep the comments and emails coming.

smiles

AUM.
x

Second entry today.

Just wanted to post a photo to see if you could guess what I was going to make.

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AND….look what’s for breakfast tomorrow.
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I am happy to report we have lots of lovely food. Spinach, rocket, lettuce, coriander, basil, peppers, mushrooms, tommies (yellow and red), avocados, mangos (after all I am the mango whore), papaya, strawberries, blueberries and grapes. Opening the fridge door is like a big adventure – what to have, what to make, how much…ahhhh good food overload!!

I am even happier to report that I have found a place selling coconuts, 580yen not cheap but really not too expensive. I’m going to have to get a couple. Sometimes adding some coconut water to a smoothie just gives it that little kick, you know the zing and voila…I’m back in Thailand.

Apparently coconut water contains a range of B vitamins (excluding 6 and 12). Also folic acid and Vitamin C.

I am not too happy that the durian wasn’t ready for brekkie this morning. Ah well, tomorrow it should be and I was lucky that hubby brought me breakfast in bed this morning (well not bed futon). He did his all time classic of freshly squeezed OJ, papaya, berries and flaxseed oil. He’s such a hon.

Back to the futon/bed thing. Do you think Japanese people say, ‘It’s futon time’. ‘Make sure you make your futon before you leave this house’. ‘daddy, can I have a futontime story please?’ ‘Son, I found your porn under the futon!’

Me just been stupid. Spring seems to have finally sprung here after rain, rain and more rain.

Last night I went to yoga and practiced the 5 Tibetan Rites.
Now, I had read about them in them past yet never tried/practiced them until last night. What a wonderful feeling of lightness, openness and strength. The bonus part is that at the beginning you get to spin round like a kid, without anyone telling you ‘Don’t do that, you’ll fall and hurt yourself’ (ah the memories). Once you get into the exercises they naturally start to flow and I felt like I was dancing.

I am therefore going to add them to my practice, means I will be getting up earlier, but hey anything that will aid health, keep me looking young and keep my spine juicy then I’m going to give it a go.

Off to the fridge now to go on another adventure. Yum!

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Where to start??

Well, I am MUCH better now, the nasty virus has finally left my body but has left my brain a little all over the place (and I am blond after all). You know when you have been ill and it throws your routine? I’m kind of wandering round aimlessly not knowing where to go, when to go – thank god I have lists. I am a girl who likes lists.

So what has been happening? Lots of wonderful things actually.

On Saturday and Sunday I ran my first contemporary dance workshops in Tokyo – such a blast. I had great students, none of whom knew anything about contemporary dance and they all gave 110% and more. I loved teaching and I loved dancing. I couldn’t have asked for the workshops to have gone any better. And my hubby gave me a huge bouquet of flowers to congratulate me.

I do have photos but they need sorting.

I had a chat with my yoga teacher/friend over the weekend as well (the workshops were held at her studio) and I am overly excited to say I will be a yoga teacher as of June. My dream come true. Although I have yet to complete some training courses my teacher has seen my practice develop over the last three years, has seen my dedication and has always known what teaching at her studio would mean to me.  This woman means so much to me. I love her dearly and can not wait to be working with her.

Somebody deleted me as one of their friends off Myspace (he wasn’t just a cyber friend). No big deal, he was being a jerk and had to take responsibility for his actions. Sometimes the  truth hurts, and we need to learn from our mistakes (our greatest teachers), but no he decided to play the victim and rather than discuss it cut me from his life. His loss, not mine.

I sent in my yoga teaching application so am now playing the waiting game. Please keep your fingers crossed for me.

So lets get onto the food thing, after all that is what this blog is meant to be about (with a little waffle here and there). I have no food in the house and honestly it’s all down to the lack of the routine issue.

I’m not that hungry and have been nibbling on dates and tomatoes here and there. Think it’s down to the virus. Due to the madness of the weekend and the workshops I was unable to get ‘before’ pictures of me, so will do so on Sunday. I’m not sure if I want to do measurements, ie. waist, hips, chest…etc…See how I feel on Sunday morning.

The plan will be to continue with the devouring of fruit but to add more greens and smoothies and start being a little more adventurous with food.

Off to the supermarket to look at all the over packed fruits and veggies and weep.

Oooh, forgot to share….I have a durian awaiting to be eaten. It’s just started to open so hopefully that will be breakfast tomorrow morning. It cost 2800yen and is quite a fair size. Kitty cat keeps going up and sniffing it and our living room smells of it, which may cause nausea to some, but for hubby and I – WE LOVE IT.


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