Technically this is my second blog, and if you followed me through the first one you would have got a bit of an insight into how it feels to train for and participate in the Blenheim triathlon.  If you kept reading after that – you would have got some further insight into how it feels to train for and participate in the London Marathon.

Novice-takes-on-ridiculous-challenge…becoming a bit of a theme.

My latest blog – The Escape, is about taking all the wonderful things I learnt through those previous experiences, and putting them to use when everything in my life, as I knew it, fell apart.

Somewhere along the line I picked up a bit of a hunger for yoga.  Initially, the physicality of it, and then through injury, and all sorts of other mishaps and emotional struggles…it suddenly became something much much more than that.

Two months in Bali, practicing mysore style Ashtanga yoga with Radha and Prem, followed by a month-long intensive in Thailand with the remarkable Matthew Sweeney, I think I’ve become an eternal novice….

The path to enlightenment is not an understanding of our own lives and deaths, but the lives and deaths of the stars

–  Brian Cox,   “Star Dust”, The  Wonders  of the Universe

How humbling it was, to discover that we are all such a ridiculously tiny part of something so massive.  How amazing it was to physically experience that within my own body in the Vipassana meditation course at the end of my trip.

I was meant to stop writing then – as if getting on the plane in Bangkok was the end of it.   But that’s not what it’s all about.  It’s how we incorporate what we’ve learnt on our great escapes into our everyday lives and how we change.

Metaphysical SymbolsSince returning to the UK I have retrained as an Ayurvedic Massage Therapist and am in the process of turning my life around and following what feels natural to me.

My website: http://www.ayurvedacorner.co.uk/

Useful Links:

Matthew Sweeney’s Website: http://www.yogatemple.com/

Radha and Prem’s Website: http://www.ashtangaworld.com/

Vipassana Meditation: http://www.dhamma.org/