Raw Girl in Japan

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So, let me be blatantly honest here, today has been a tough day. I’m not feeling hungry. In fact trying to get all this juice inside me is proving to be a struggle. I awoke with a headache, despite having a blissful sleep. Throughout the day I started to feel weak and the usual ‘zest for life’ that I usually have was amiss. Tight, tight shoulders. Painful neck. I wanted my hot water and to hibernate. I wasn’t expecting to feel so…what’s the word I’m looking for?….mmmmm….CRAP!!!! Then at 6.00pm while teaching, low and behold, TURN AWAY BOYS – I got my period. I think the combination of the start of the feast and this so-called ‘ladies holiday’, had stunned my body somewhat.

Questions have started to come my way as to why am I doing this? Why so long? What can and can not be consumed?  I ask that you read in the coming days to get the answers in full. I intend to cover as much as possible in the days to come.

What I will add here is trying to fit all in in the morning is a challenge. I’m out most of the day, so everything needs to be prepared in the morning. This morning I didn’t get my pranayama or asana practice in at all, as one, I felt so grotty and two, I simply don’t have the routine down in the morning. But hey, it’s just my second day. What I have learned is the need to plan my juices and buy the ingredients the day before.  Doing this has given me the idea to also note how much this is costing (starting tomorrow).

So today’s menu:

  • MsM and water (this will be a regular)
  • 2 quarts kale, apple and ginger with hemp oil
  • 1 quart celery and cucumber
  • Copious amounts of water
  • one tea

I drank all the celery and cucumber which was most refreshing and will be making regular appearances, but I just couldn’t get through all the juice. It’s not a case of my body rebelling, I simply am not hungry. Hopefully things will shift in the next couple of days.

The most shocking thing is though, I had no coconut!!!! Although, I did give a lesson on how to open a young coconut with a not so good knife. I have a friend who ‘slaughters’ these wonderful nuts and he really needed to learn how to control his frustration….

Oh, and to end with I had a regular bowel movement. I said I would be honest and share. You can expect this info daily. I can highlight it in a certain color if you wish not to read about it, so you know to skip to the next heading. Or write a heading ‘Poop talk’, as a warning? Which one?

I’m going to end on that note.

See you on Saturday

xxx

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Yes, I am loving the lemony potion, but as I write that hubby is eating spinach and tomato next to me and the tomato smells LU-VER-LY. Ah well, this time tomorrow he’ll be cleansing his gut too.

Had a lovely sleep and woke up with lots of energy. I haven’t felt this good in the mornings for a long time. Usually, I’m not wanting to shift from the pit but today the sun was shining, and I was raring to glug down the salt water. I had been advised from my yoga friend to try and drink more salt water than recommended and wait till I felt full. This morning I struggled finishing the regular four cups. After filling my belly I started doing some yogic twists to help shift all through the colon. I did Uddiyana Bandha and massaged by stomach and……..yes there was movement. Several, short, but today I can actually say I actually went to the loo within the hour. Round of applause for me.

Eliminations were watery with brown bits. 

Hubby and I were out for the day – movie theater. The last 45 minutes I was crossing my legs as I was desperately needing to pee. I’d taken my potion out with me and was drinking water. I was eliminating throughout the day. Nothing traumatic. Nothing embarrassing in the public toilets. Phew!!

My legs started to feel a little heavy throughout the day, and now I am ready for bed. Not exhausted, but ready to lie down and await day 5 to dawn. 

love, love

Have  found a space to host regular raw food classes.

Later this year will be hosting yoga and raw food days.

The raw food restaurant in Tokyo is closing (for a second time in a few months). Am on a quest to get more raw food, in more restaurants.

Am gonna make RAW BIG in Japan. Let’s put them greens to good use, and spice up the daikon dishes…

Please leave comments about what you would like to see in this blog and on my upcoming website…yes, yes…I know more recipes are in the pipeline.

Love and gratitude

EM

x

Feels strange. Doesn’t really feel like Christmas, which is kind of nice. If we were in Japan, hubby and I would be working. Yet, there is a little sadness that I’m not with family in the UK. 

We headed out to the mountains to see some waterfalls. There were elephants treks there. Obviously, we didn’t take one as it is cruel. I did see one of the handlers hit one of the elephants with a stick for wandering off track slightly and I nearly burst into tears. The elephants look very sad. I hoped my face spoke to them as they sauntered passed me. I just wanted to set them free amongst the trees. 

Animals are not here for our entertainment. 

Animals are not here to be eaten.

Daily Munchings

The usual – spiralina and coconut, banana

After our climb to the waterfall, we happily drank coconut water and then munched on the meat

Green salad for dinner.

Really not that hungry today. 

My Practice

Was raining this morning, so the heat was different in the shala. More humid and my practice was great. Absolutely loved being on the mat. The pranayama session, just before the asana practice felt more connected. My breath was reaching places it didn’t normally reach. My concentration was deeper -and it continued right into the asana flow. 

Always reaching a new level in a pose, and enjoying the opening of the body. How slow can I take the breath? How far can the body open? How much can I lift my heart?

Learning as always.

Am lucky to have such great teachers.

 

Will download photos tomorrow. Share some of the magic I am surrounded by.

Am reading The Secret – perfect way to lead into 2009.

Colonic tomorrow.

Enjoy your Christmas everyone.

Hugs to Suvine (you sexy raw girl).

xxxxx

Everyday I choose an angel card. Have been doing so for over a year now. When I travel I take them with me. They speak to me. I learn from them. I like to flick through the pack sometimes and just look at the messages and focus on the pictures. I have a particular way of choosing my daily angel – the way I wish to keep secret, but there is one card that seems to come to me more often than the others and this really has helped me decide on my next venture. A venture essential to yoga, without it there is no yoga. More will be told in my New Year post.

Daily Munchings (wheatgrass and spirulina had run out this morning)

Before practice – 6.00am – MSM in water

Breakfast (10-ish) – Coconut (straight after my practice), 1 banana, Pineapple, ginger and coriander juice (amazing)

Lunch – (2.30-ih) – Apple, celery, carrot and parsley juice – perfect 

Dinner (6.00- ish) green salad and avocado

Am finishing eating before 7, making sure my body has time to digest prior to sleep.

My practice

I felt strong, connected. really flowed with the breath today. Hadn’t felt this strong for a long time. Yes, I have asanas to keep working deeper in, but the natural heat here really helps the body organically melt into a pose, while the muscles stay alive. 

I try and spend more than five breaths in poses where my body needs to open. Sometimes if I’m loving a pose I will spend longer in it. The mysore practice is a self practice. Work with where your body is at. I have never understood why people zoom their way through. Surely they are missing the beauty of the practice. As a teacher, I also listen to my body so I know how to explain deeper details of sensations arising to my students.

Every time I come to my mat I fall in love with yoga a little bit more.

Other things

The food at Yoga Thailand is vegetarian and 98% vegan. Low sugar, low fat. Healthy, organic produce. The first year I came here I was toying with becoming vegan (having been vegetarian for 20 years). The next time I was here I was more or less raw, so the staff would allow me to use the kitchen and use the fruit and veggies to make whatever I wanted. Now with the new place, (and because I am frequently here I think), the chef is playing with some raw recipes, which I have been asked to sample – of course I am happy to oblige. I have already sampled a soup, which was lovely just recommended adding a little bit of tumeric to add a bit of ZING. 

So if anyone fancies a yoga retreat, but are worried about food, please know that Yoga Thailand will accommodate your needs.

I need to sleep now. Up early to meditate and listen to my angel before practice.

xxx 


Is impossible for me to blog at daily. There is so much going on, so much to write but my schedule really doesn’t allow the time. Maybe I should just blog what I have consumed on a daily basis and write more when I can? Maybe that is what I will do.

So, yes day 7. Body brushing. Cold(ish) showers. Daily salt water purging. MSM taken every morning. Arm healed, so back on the mat. Lots of greens, Vita-mix and juicer always on the go. Tomorrow is my water cleanse again.

Any detox symptoms? A few headaches, but I’m not sure if this is due to the cleanse or because of the humidity and the fabulous storms we have been having here. I have natural tiger balm, so I use that when I feel a headache coming on. I’m tired, more so then usual – but again it is HOT and I’m teaching nearly double the amount of classes. Urine is clear. My period lasted just three days (usually four).

Of late there have been a couple of people in my life making me unhappy. making me doubt myself. Not saying it is bad to question yourself from time to time – where you are going, your actions – but these people were just full of negativity. I found it draining. I would let these people get to me. Then all of of a sudden something happened. The one person, sent me an email last week- rather rude, no not rather – VERY RUDE. So, I thought no more, this is too tiring, I don’t need this and all of a sudden I had dettached myself from negativity that pours from this person. I just let it go. The second person, well lets just say they made a decision to step away and leave my hubby and I to live our lives the way we wish (after years of criticism). I feel amazing, fabulous. So appropriate that this all happened while I am cleansing too…..

I started to read David Wolfe’s The Sunfood Diet Success System (again – how times is that now?) and appreciated the first three lessons of the books so much more. That tends to happen anyway when you re-read something, something shifts, you find another level.

Hosted my first yoga workshop on Saturday. A huge success – can’t believe how well it went. Have received some lovely feedback and there may be a chance for me to present it again.

I am simply shining.

Am on a high.

Raw Munchings

  • water with a spoonful of MSM
  • cucumber and nashi juice (yeah nashi season is nearly here)
  • water melon juice
  • later – spinach, parsley and banana (maybe with spirulina)

Have a great day.

smile

Mx

Back on track. Started with a 24 hour water cleanse. Considering the hectic day I was full of energy at 10pm last night.

During the first week I’m starting each day with Vaman Dhauti a yoga cleansing technique for the stomach. Not the most pleasant of things, but over time you get used to it and it becomes easier. It is basically vomiting salt water. A LOT of water. You should feel great after. Removes any nastiness in the stomach. If would read up on it before trying and speak to someone who practices this technique before trying it yourself.

So following the ‘purge’ I allowed my stomach to rest for a while.

The rest of the day follows like this.

  • Water with MSM
  • water
  • water
  • water
  • water
  • water

I kind of lost count of how much water I drank as I was subbing two extra classes yesterday and was sipping here and there through class.

I didn’t get to do my own practice as my shoulder hurts and I was doing a lot when teaching and adjusting. My body is wanting to heal, so I will let it do just that.

xx