Yoga: Something to Crow about

Sometimes it can seem like we are just going through the motions. Week after week of Yoga with no discernible improvement, but every now and again something unexpected happens: you get better. It gives you pause for thought and makes you reflect that actually your practice is going pretty well. The Crow pose comes from…

Yoga: Year One

I’ve been practicing yoga for about a year now. A year is a reasonable amount of time. After a year, one would hope, you would start to see and feel the benefits. So what are these benefits? Well, it’s difficult to say. Am I more flexible? Well maybe, I don’t know. I would assume so, but…

Martial Arts: Show me the Money!

The Wi-Fi router looked good. Its four green glowing buttons declaring its clear proficiency – that’s a considerable number of buttons by anyone’s reckoning. I had been at loggerheads with my flatmate for some months over who should sign up for the broadband. I’d held off. It had been some time since we’d had working…

Running: Parkrun and the shadow of the Hog

I understand its perks. Running with others provides easy motivation, things become a bit spicier and competitive, and there’s that all important community spirit. Granted these are great pluses, but getting up early on a weekend to run around a racecourse just isn’t my deal. It becomes even less my deal in the rain. I’d…

Running: going the whole Hog

I was over halfway when I felt the twinge in my knee. It had a similar vibrational humming sensation to the strumming of a tort harp string. Though this particular tort string was a tendon – and it kind of hurt. The pace started to drop. While the pain was unpleasant, it was nevertheless tolerable….

Bouldering: Level up your training

Hanging upside-down, hands and feet engaged with coloured holds on the artificial rock surface, his bristling carefully sculpted moustache made him look more than a little ridiculous. But this was a dedicated climber, and different rules apply. Preposterous as his facial hair was, there was no denying his climbing prowess. None would dispute that he…

Bikram Yoga: Enter the Sauna

Picking my classes I felt pretty comfortable. “Who wants to mess around with the shorter classes when they offer a relaxing ninety minute steamy session of Bikram yoga?” I’d reasoned that the heat would make it easier, not harder, to contort myself into those tangled positions. Yoga is a deceptive activity at the best of…

My not Yoga body

I can’t touch my toes. In fact, I sometimes struggle to get much beyond my shins. This didn’t trouble me, I’ve never felt the need to ask any more of my hamstrings than they have previously provided. However, recently I met with a personal trainer to discuss my sorry abilities at Taekwondo. A series of…