The one with a snowy Sydney and yoga catharsis

Let’s start with the important stuff okay?

The toffee apple was every bit as glorious and fulfilling as I knew it would be, started at uni and finished after a long shift at work.imageSydney has realised that compared to the rest of the world, the winter here is pathetic and not really all that cold. The solution: a space where they blow fake soap snow into the air and people take selfies in the winter wonderland. Having spent winter in Canada in -30 degrees Celsius I find this somewhat hilarious. image

A giant fake iceberg has also been placed in the middle of Darling Harbour, just to make the snow world amongst the palm trees a little more authentic. I am eating candy floss in this photo (for some reason bestie is set on giving me fairground foods randomly and I am definitely not complaining) and as you can see from this photo, sugar highs are for realsies. imageA work party on Sunday meant that 1) I was tortured beyond what I thought was possible by a bunch of minions SO CLOSE and yet so far, and 2) I played the worst bowling game of my life. I am now questioning my main skill in life, rolling a bowling ball down a lane to knock over a bunch of pins…. let’s not talk about it anymore, I will cry. image

 

So group therapy was really big for me yesterday (I am doing group therapy as one of my core subjects for my course, it’s real therapy and not just a class in the subject though if that makes sense… It is INTENSE). It was so big that the only thing I wanted to do when I got home was run run run it off, and then run it off some more. But, partially because I have a cold right now and partially because it is 10pm by the time I get home after the group, running was not an option.

And I’m so glad it wasn’t.

It made me get on my yoga mat. Get on my mat when I was feeling a bunch of stuff that I didn’t know what to do with.

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And out of that came the most beautiful practice. A practice where somehow questions from my group therapy experiences were transferred into my yoga practice- what would it feel like to try something different? To create a space for myself to try new ways of being? And surprisingly to me in my funky emotional state, there came a strength in my yoga practice that I wasn’t expecting. I started to feel powerful. I let go of something with each exhale and eased deeper into poses than usual. I found a sense of strength that translated itself into strong, centred poses: crow pose, plank pose, three legged dog, triangle, chair. My body knew that I needed strength to be able to let go and where to give that to me.

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I don’t really know how yoga does this. But in a way I feel like the magic of yoga is about just letting it do its work without my necessarily needing to understand its power.image

I don’t really know if any of that made sense but I guess the point of the story is that yoga continues to amaze me and give me what I need even when I don’t exactly know what that is.

What is your go-to solution when you feel emotionally funky? – My first impulse is always to go running but I’m realising more and more that while that can be helpful, yoga is so powerful aswell and is sometimes what I need even more.

 

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26 Responses to The one with a snowy Sydney and yoga catharsis

  1. Sally says:

    Wow really good post esp bout Yoga..love it! Yoga really helps me a lot..Not only physically but also it changes the way I think and I act.. 🙂
    We should do Yoga sesh again!!!!! Long time since last time huh? Mybe we can do indoor yoga in this kinda weather and be ready for summer!! Yoga sesh at the beach baby! 😉

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    • You are such a sweetheart 😍 we should definitely do yoga again! I think indoors is definitely best for now! 😜 we were so good at doing it twice a day together earlier in the year, even on skype! Skype from your place to mine for yoga sesh tonight? xxxx

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  2. Vanessa says:

    THINGS:
    1) Love your shirt in that first pic and also I’m jealous because that apple looks delicious
    2) Fair food is awesome
    3) MINIONS
    4) I also had a need-to-run-it-out moment yesterday. I actually went for the run – in the sun, humidity at 90%, nearly died. That’s my automatic response to pretty much everything, my go-to in times of emotional crisis. I’ve actually been in a big yoga funk, I’ve only done about one session in the past week or so. Should really try to get back into it.

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    • Aw love all those things Vanessa! I’m glad to hear you like my shirt- it’s actually my waitressing shirt so because I wear it almost 24/7 I forget to appreciate it haha. Fair food is soo good! My poor teeth though- a toffee apple and candy floss within days of one another- oops! Aww I’m sorry to hear you needed a run it out moment, did it help though? Hope you’re feeling better! Sometimes I am just not in the mood for yoga either- for me it usually works best to just roll with it and do something else and then without fail I start craving it again 😊

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      • Vanessa says:

        Shhh, it doesn’t count because an apple a day keeps the doctor away, remember?
        I’m not entirely sure, to be honest! I went for another one this morning, but sadly there’s a limited amount to how much you can run, even when you’d rather run for 24 hours! Thank you, dear 🙂 I hope I get yoga-cravings soon!! I think I’m going to have to force myself back into it, last time I did it I already felt how much progress I’d lost.

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      • That is totally what I was thinking- it’s still fruit even when it’s coated in sugar 😉 yeah that is definitely the problem with running- it can only do so much and realistically we can’t always run when we have an issue! Maybe just start with a tiny ten minute sesh of yoga and just see where to go from there? Or try some new yoga music? That often helps me! 😘 good luck! xx

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      • Vanessa says:

        I think I’ll try doing just that, thank you Jessica! 🙂

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      • I’ll be stalking to see how it goes, good luck girl! 🙂

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  3. I love that you have a fake winter wonderland. I LOVE winter and I would struggle to live somewhere that didn’t have a proper one.

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    • I actually loved winter in Canada too! All the Canadians thought I was a little crazy with how obsessed with the snow I was 😊 I feel like our winter is still cold but we don’t have the beautiful snow- might as well have the snow in my opinion!

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  4. I need that toffee apple. Haha. Great stuff here – love the yoga inspiration. I am going to get on my mat TODAY thanks to you!!!

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  5. TechChick says:

    I had to Google “candy floss”… ah, cotton candy! I enjoying learning new versions of words – I share them with my kids and we’re all getting so worldly 🙂 That is funny about the snowy wonderland. I too would miss my real snow, so even though the rest of my city is complaining when we get hit with snow, I love it!

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    • That is soo funny, I never even thought about that! So cute that you googled it! I totally get a kick out of word differences like that too, it’s a constant source of amusement for me and Curtis (he’s on your side btw, he thinks it’s cotton candy too 🙂 ). Snow is so beautiful and there are so many fun things to do in the snow! I never got the change to build a snowman or go snowmobiling or have a snowball fight until the ripe old age of 24 when I went to Canada! 🙂

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    • P.s LOVE your new (gravatar?) pic! Gorgeous blonde locks! 🙂

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  6. Daniil says:

    Worst bowling game in your life? How many points was that? And your best result is in 200s, isn’t it? 🙂

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    • Eeeee I was thinking of you when I wrote this post Daniil!! 🙂 It sure was, and I still have that photo of our famous game where the number of strikes was off the charts (don’t pretend like you weren’t trying not to cry 😉 ). This game my score was 60 something I think! Ouch!! 😮 So lovely to see your comment, hope you are having an awesome day!

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      • Daniil says:

        Ha-ha, you got me, Jess! Can’t blame me — I was beaten by a girl by a large margin! One day I’ll get my revenge! 🙂

        Just to check — you still use your iCloud email, right?

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      • I’m sure you will, take me to a maths competition or a pull-ups competition and I will definitely be the one crying haha. I sure do (the kiwiyogirunner one I usually just use for blog emails) and I am emailing you right now! Get excited! 🙂

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  7. Jessica @ VEGGIE RUNNING MOMMA says:

    That’s so cool that you’re doing group therapy for school. Idk if this makes me weird, but I’ve always wanted to go to some kind of counseling / therapy kind of thing. It would be cool to talk to a professional who is an absolute bi stander and get their opinion on things / overall life. That sounds like fun to me for some reason.! lol
    oh and I’m sure all of your psychology / school stuff really helps contribute to your yoga.! (that’s what it sounds like anyways. lol ) Lots’ of thinking / sole searching

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    • Jessica @ VEGGIE RUNNING MOMMA says:

      ignore all my annoying “slash / ” haha

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    • I “liked” this but I wanted to LOVE it!!! I don’t think that makes you weird at all! Actually all therapists do their own personal therapy too, and I really think it is one of the most valuable things we can do for ourselves!! I really think every person in the world would benefit from therapy! And you’re right, talking to someone completely unbiased in your life, not to mention trained in listening and empathy and different psychological techniques, is an absolutely incredible experience. Its not always easy to look into the depths of who you are but it’s soo worth it! And group therapy is incredibly valuable too- not only do you interact with the therapist but also with your own peers which makes it a very rich environment for learning. If you do go to counselling or therapy I would just say that it’s important you find the right therapist for YOU! if you go for a few sessions and it’s not a good fit, move on, cos it’s so important that you feel safe in the room so you can get the best support possible 🙂 anyway sorry for the huge rant, I am a teensy bit passionate about this haha 😉

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      • Jessica @ VEGGIE RUNNING MOMMA says:

        omg.!! you totally sound like my best friend.!! want to be my best friend.? haha 😀 that’s funny you say that, because my best friend who also has a bachelors in Psychology. (what you have right.?) said the SAME exact thing to me, that she thinks everyone would benefit from therapy. and although I’ve never tried it, I can definitely see how it would be soo beneficial.! but group therapy would make me super nervous.! I hate talking in groups. lol

        and I love how passionate you are about it 😉 you definitely chose the right career path for you.

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      • Yeah my bachelors is in Psychology (and Linguistics, good times 😉 ). I DO want to be your best friend! It’s a deal 😉 Group therapy definitely makes me (and everyone else I think) nervous, but it’s pretty incredible what you can get out of it! It’s all about analyzing why you feel nervous and what in the here-and-now of the group in particular brings that out and stuff like that 🙂 And your best friend sounds awesome, wish we could all hang out and sing the praises of therapy together haha

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