Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Yoga Room is seven !

I can't believe it's August already and  we see another return to festival madness as the tourists descend on Edinburgh. There are lunch time festival classes running 3 days a week again at the Yoga Room.

Sadly, due to my crazy work/life balance I am unable to be part of the proceedings this year. Looking after a toddler, running a business and doing a commute whilst 23 weeks pregnant is all starting to take its toll and I'm trying to cut back and to do less.

I will be taking my mat leave at the end of this term and will be glad to have one less ball to juggle for the next year anyway.

I have been doing a very slow and lethargic practice most days, one that is a world away from my practice during my pregnancy with Molly. Primarily, this is because i am so busy and secondly because i rarely have the energy to do more than the 1st half of the primary series. I am also a lot bigger and heavier than I was with Molly and  of course I'm not using udiyana, Ashtanga just doesn't feel wholly appropriate.

Pregnancy really is a time of letting go, thankfully I am happy and safe in the knowledge that it will all return in time.

Thanks to all of you for continuing to come to my classes! I almost forget to mention that the Yoga Room is 7... What an amazing journey running this business has been. I have met some wonderful people through my love of yoga and I hope the studio continues to blossom and grow.

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Happy birthday Miss Molly

Molly is 2 today and we are taking her to Blairdrummond Safari park as the weather is glorious in here...

Other news:

We started this month by sharing our joyous news that I am pregnant and expecting in November.

I have been exhausted and have battled morning sickness, but am now over the worst of it at 15 weeks pregnant.

Although excited, I am also sad to be putting my Ashtanga practice on hold again for several months.

I know that some women continue with a dynamic practice throughout their pregnancy, but for me I feel that it's a wonderful opportunity to slow down, tune in to my body and to enjoy a different experience of yoga.

I know that this precious time of nurturing my unborn child will pass very quickly and before I know it I will be back flying through second series. So, patience is the key here.

I am now planning my maternity leave and have a host of exciting teachers set up to cover when I am away. I am yet to confirm a couple of them, so I won't spill the beans yet!

I can announce that Lucy Scott will be teaching a workshop on the 18th and 19th October. The workshop is almost full, so for anyone who wants to get the benefit of Lucy's vast experience of yoga, please book soon.

Sadly, Stacey has had to rush off to the states to look after her dad who is extremely ill. Hopefully she will return soon, she will be be sorely missed.
Jane will be covering her classes for the next few weeks. You can read more about her on my website...

The new summer term starts in 3 weeks and I know that we are all hoping that the sun will shine. Yoga in the heat is the best way to practice! Indian style....

Ro x

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Spreading the joy of Ashtanga!

It's been busy times for the Morris family! I have had the busiest term EVER seen at the Yoga Room and I have also started teaching a class in Dunblane. This class has been a wonderful experience... I had thought that starting out would be hard, but Dunblane seems to be a hive of fit mothers looking for a way to de -stress and keep in shape. A perfect target market for Ashtanga yoga!
I love sharing this practice, it is so rewarding watching people reconnect with their bodies. I have had some lovely feedback from this beginners class and I am hoping to develop my teaching practice here in due course.
Life never seems to sit still and I have been connecting with my practice dutifully every day to help combat the affects of stress. With my life as a busy working mother, I feel as though I need the practice more and more and I am grateful that Molly naps for two hours plus at the moment! Plenty of time to practice and to do the laundry... After the ecstasy comes the hum drum of daily life.
Thank you all for booking at the Yoga Room again and thanks to all the lovely ladies in my Dunblane class... Your commitment has brought the joy of teaching into my life. Thank you thank you xx

Monday, December 16, 2013

The autumn term at the Yoga Room is drawing to a close just in time! My batteries are low and I am in need of a recharge.
Molly and I are both going into hibernation mode as the temperature drops and the days get shorter. My regular yoga practice is suffering as i have less energy.

This is partly due to the fact that Molly is still getting up at 5.15am ready for action! I have also pulled something in my shoulder and neck. It is time for us to slow down methinks...

Molly let me know how she is feeling today as she fell asleep i the middle of the room whilst preparing for a Xmas party:

We will be staying at home today!

The Yoga Room is hosting charity classes this week, the schedule is:
Tuesday 19:00 Mysore style
Wednesday 19:45 Mysore style
Thursday 18:00 Led class
Hope to see you there!
Ro x

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

As the nights draw in.....

Ha, unbelievable that is has been 3 months since I last wrote in my blog. Life moves at such a rapid pace these days and I find myself forever chasing my tail.......

I have attempted to write this several times, but Molly has thwarted my efforts every time. She is tucked up in bed, meaning that I can catch up with all of my admin.
Molly is all consuming at the moment, but I am enjoying my time with her immeasurably. At 17 months old, she is turning into a wee person and her humour and personality are really starting to shine through.
We moved back to Dunblane 6 weeks ago and it has been a wonderful move for the family Morris. We are so enjoying being in the country and back in our wonderful house. We suddenly have so much space and Molly can run around and work off some of her endless energy.

So that the Yoga Room can continue to flourish, I spend 3 days a week in Edinburgh and love the contrast and buzz of city life. I am so blessed to have the best of both worlds.

We ran our 12th retreat in Loch Katrine at the start of this month:
 Thanks to all the lovely ladies who joined us, it was a wonderful group and  joy to be in Stronachlacher again.The sun shone for us on the Sunday allowing us to get out and about and to take in the awesome scenery of the Trossachs.

My students will be excited to hear that I am about to get a new heating system installed at the Yoga Room.. This will be a real treat for my regulars who have been through a number of cold winters in the Yoga Room. Thanks to everyone for bearing with me over the past 6 years (can you believe the YR has been going that long?!). The new heaters will be in by the weekend and we will all be able to all enjoy the luxury of a timer and thermostat!

I am going to make an effort to update my blog every month at least.. I have a reminder on my phone for mid December, so keep checking for updates!

Ro x

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Keeping it simple

Once again, there has been a huge gap since my last entry. Life has been so full that I rarely have any 'me' time these days and I if I get a moment on my computer, it's usually time spent catching up on admin.

I have been indulging in lots of festival events - most of them kiddie centred. I have also been teaching lunch - time Festival classes at the Yoga Room which has been an absolute joy.... The Edinburgh festival is an awesome event and I love the quirky and interesting people that it brings to the city.

It has been fantastic returning to this wonderful city and living directly opposite the Yoga Room has been great for my business. I often pop in to sweep the floor or do a practice ( when Molly allows this!) and I love the fact that I don't have to spend half the day travelling to get there.

Keeping it simple has been a valuable lesson for the Morris family and one that we are going to take forward... we now plan to move to the Edinburgh area, so that we can keep things easy. I didn't realise how much of a juggle it would be to run the business and be a mum and I am excited that we are going to take the step of having a permanent residence in this wonderful and diverse city. We just have to sell our house in Dunblane- easier said than done in the current market. Watch this space.

This summer has been a busy one for the YR and i am enjoying every second of teaching; it grounds me and and, gives me a bit of 'me' time. It is amazing how much of yourself can be lost when you become a mum. I embrace every joyful second on my mat now and appreciate the quiet space all the more since having Molly.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Yoga mama

Another period of change for the Morris family.

Sadly, our wonderful kitty cat was killed in a hit and run last month. It was a difficult time for us all and I still can't believe he is gone.
We moved house last week which has meant a new start for us all. Simba (our other cat) has had to quickly adapt to losing his brother and moving in a very short space of time. He is doing well considering and thankfully, he seems to be able to go with the flow. A lesson we could all learn....

Molly seems pretty out of sorts and has suddenly become very clingy. To the point where I can barely leave the room without her attached to my leg!..... She is now 10 months old which is apparently the age where babies experience separation anxiety. This, coupled with the move has been quite discombobulating for her.

On a brighter note, I have loved moving back to Edinburgh! I am excited about being closer to the Yoga Room and am looking forward to getting some day-time classes up and running in time.

My yoga practice has suffered with the move and I am now paying someone to look after Molly whilst I do a practice in the studio. An expensive practice, but so worth it!!

I will keep you all posted on the new classes afoot. I have just done a training in baby yoga, so I will be teaching that in due course. It is Molly's 1st birthday in June, so we have a party penciled in for the 8th June. Save the date!