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….