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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.

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).

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.

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.



Second entry today.

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


AND….look what’s for breakfast tomorrow.

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