Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The past couple of weeks have been a lot better, my mastitis has cleared and Molly has been sleeping better.  She is now eating some solids, though as you can see, most of it ends up on her face!
Her teeth are coming through and is teething on and off. Our wee baby is getting bigger and I can hardly believe that she will be 6 months old on Saturday! It truly has flown by, it's now just a blur of sleepless nights and hours spent on the sofa milking like a cow.

I am now feeling ready move out of the land of gaga gogo, and I am getting back into work mode now.
This began on Monday with the launch of my shiny new website: I am so thrilled to share this site with everyone and am so proud of my husband for creating it. Thank you Andy, you have given me two wonderful gifts this year!!!

The Yoga Room schedule is up and the room is super busy for 2013. We are investigating new methods of heating the space as well and hope to have a swanky new heating system by the New Year. Watch this space.

The booking page is now open on my soon and prepare to get healthy after the excess of Xmas and the New Year !

Ro x

Thursday, November 22, 2012


A tough week.... I was just starting to get my body back and was finding time to practice after tucking Molly into bed at night.

I was just starting to feel my way into second series again and to my delight, I accomplished Titibasana into Chataranga  ( as easily as it came to me in the days pre pregnancy!). I was also finding time to do Savasana - a vital pose that has been missed of late so that i can attend to my needy baby.

 Sadly, I have had a recurrent dose of mastitis and have now been ordered to rest fully. No more practice for me. Frustrating, but my body is telling me to surrender.

I am on my 3rd course of antibiotics and am utterly exhausted as Molly was awake every two hours last night needing a feed! Not exactly restful.....

This little being needs me and I have given my body to her so that she can grow healthy and strong. I understand now the sacrifices a mother has to make. 

I miss my teaching practice and my yoga and I miss Edinburgh .....

It will pass,

RO xx

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Winter retreat 2012

I have been trying to write this entry for a week now, however Molly has ensured that I don't have a second to spare for anything but her needs!

We were on our annual retreat in the Trossachs last weekend. The setting was the beautiful Lake of Menteith in a beautiful coach house. We awoke to this outlook on the Sunday morning:

As ever, Layla was on form with  her wonderful culinary delights. Cath wasn't present on this one as she was heavily pregnant and has now given birth to a wee boy ( a whopper at 9lb 8 oz!). I wish her well with her recovery from what sounded like an amazing, yet long and drawn out birth.

Mirium was on site in Cath's place doing massage. Sadly, we have had to say goodbye to Mirium as she is off exploring the world. I wish her all the best with her adventures. 

Molly was the star attraction on the retreat and everyone was bowled over with the sheer volume of smiles that she can produce on a daily basis!

It was a very happy weekend, thanks largely to the beautiful participants on the course.
I have now booked the big house in Stronachlachar for the spring retreat on the 8 - 10th March. All details will follow soon on my brand new website. Watch this space as it is currently under construction and in it's final phase.....................................

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Autumn comes

It's been a busy month for me!

Sadly, my Grandpa passed away early October. He was a ripe old age at 89 and had a full and happy life. My Grandma has been left on her own after 63 years of marriage and is totally devastated. I feel so sad for her and I just hope that she has the strength and courage to move forward in this new chapter of her life. He will be sadly missed by all.

The Yoga Room continues to grow and thrive. I am so busy with wee Molly, I am finding it increasingly difficult to get the time to do the admin and bits and pieces that need constant attention. I have my mum to thank for the fact that i have managed to do ANY and her support has been invaluable at this time.

I have now come down with a bout of mastitis and am feeling very run down with it. I am on antibiotics, so feel pretty rubbish. I had booked a weekend workshop with John Scott starting this Friday that I have had to cancel. I was hoping to get back into my practice, but have been thwarted once again! I have been doing an hour most days when Molly is napping, but was looking forward to some adjustments ... it's just not the same practising on your own. Ah well, it will all happen in time I am sure. I m only 19 weeks on from child birth, I still have a long way to go to get back to where I was.

We have been spending most weekends at the caravan and I am looking forward to another one there this Friday. Lots of rest is on the cards so I can get over this illness.

Molly climbs her 1st mountain in Argyll

Friday, September 21, 2012

Maternity leave

I was supposed to return to teaching last A fortnight ago, but couldn't countenance the wrench from my baby. She is only 15 weeks and although I miss teaching and all of my students, I made the decision to stay at home with my bubba for another 3 months. 

Stacey has stepped into the breech and is now teaching Tuesdays at the studio
I am eternally grateful to her for Allowing me to extend my maternity bubble. She has been a wonderful support and her teaching has been gratefully received by all. 

Thank you to all my wonderful clients as well for your support during this time. Apologies, I will return in January as Molly will be 7 months and hopefully I will feel more ready to be without her for 7 hours. 

Molly continues to get bigger and more beautiful as time goes by. Her smiles warm me to the soul and she has become more Alert and very active... I watched with pride as she rolled onto her belly yesterday. Only a mother could show such excitement at her babies small progress! 

Every days blurs into the next as my sister, mum and the babies Do lunch, movies, baby massage and trips to the pool. What fun maternity leave is! 
We have also been spending more time at the caravan and Argyll is such a beautiful part of the world, we are trying to get as many trips in as possible before it gets too cold.

I hope to touch base with all of you soon!
Love from the West
Ro x

Thursday, August 30, 2012

I really don't know where the past three months has gone! I have existed in a baby bubble for the duration and have loved every second. It has been challenging at times, but I really didn't realise that it would be so much fun....
We had our first family holiday in Argyll for a fortnight at our caravan. There is so much to see and do up there and some of the scenery is awesome.We were sad to leave, but have stored many happy memories of our time there........
I have spent this week catching up with my mum and sister, who's bub is now 7 weeks. We are spending our days at the movies, swimming, shopping and lunching. Maternity leave has been a very restful experience.

 I have also committed an hour a day getting back on the mat and I am now doing most of primary series. I have taken my time in getting back into it and I am now enjoying my practice more than ever. It has become a very important hour of 'me time'.......

I will be returning to teach at the Yoga Room on a Tuesday night from next week. I am apprehensive about leaving Molly, but she couldn't be in safer hands ( my mum and Andy will be looking after her). It will be wonderful to catch up with all of my wonderful clients, but part of me is scared of bursting the maternity 'bubble' that I have created. I will be fine once I get back into it. The 1st night will be the hardest I am sure.

Ro x

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

We have spent the past couple of weekends up at our caravan in Argyll. The weather has been appalling, but it is so lovely to get out of the city and to get some good quality family time.

 I have finally been able to do a full yoga practice! I am taking full advantage of Molly's long mid morning nap and I managed full primary series this morning. I loved second. It has been about 6 months since i did any Ashtanga and i was surprised at what my body remembers. My Mula Bandha requires a wee bit of work after giving birth, I have to say! Hopefully it is just a matter of time before I get that, and the rest of my practice back. 

I still plan to return to work one night a week from September. I have mixed feelings about this... I am excited to return to my wonderful business and to see all of my friends but I will be sad to leave my beautiful little girl.  I am glad it is only one night a week and that my mum and Andy will be doing the baby minding. I couldn't imagine leaving her with a stranger and pity women that are forced to do this early on in their babies life so that they can return to work.

Fingers crossed the sunshine of today will continue this week so that I can really enjoy some decent walks in the West End with my baby!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Molly is now 4.5 weeks old and the weeks really have flown in.  Every day is different on this journey and I have good and bad ones ( depending on how Molly is feeling ). In the main, I am loving spending time with my wee baby and watching her change and grow. 

The relentless rain has been difficult as we have been cooped up n the house some days. On my more intrepid days, we have been getting out to baby and mummy yoga, and baby cinema and the Grosvener in the West end. Getting out is more challenging in this weather, but more important to ensure that I don't go stir crazy!

We are being even more adventurous this weekend and are heading off to our caravan in Argyll. I am excited to be getting out of the city and getting some quality family time. Andy is off on Monday as well, so I have help wit the wee bub for the entire 3 days - luxury!

I am going to get back into my Ashtanga this week and hope to do some very gentle practice. A friend of mine said that her milk supply dried up as she started doing a strong Ashtanga practice 3 weeks after the birth of her child, so I am going to tread carefully... I am so enjoying breast feeding and would hate to jeopardize this.

I have attached lots of pictures of wee Molly. My dad was up from Wales last weekend, which was a real treat.I have added a shot of him, the proud Grandparent!

Exhausted after a night of wriggling 
Molly's 1st smoothie!
I surrender!
Ro x

Monday, June 18, 2012

It's a girl!

Our baby was born on the 9th June and weighed a perfect 6lb 13oz

She is now a week old and the past 7 days have been full of heightened emotion, utter exhaustion, complete elation, contentedness, sore nipples and of course, the one they warn you all about: no sleep!

Despite the sore nipples and the lack of sleep, I am in good health and healing well. 

Molly now weighs more than her birth weight and is eating vociferously. I am spending hours on the sofa feeding and enjoying this wonderful bonding experience with my wee one. It is exhausting though and I have barely left the house in the past 9 days. 

Andy has been strong support throughout the post natal part and also coached me through the 7 hours of labour and birth. We were lucky enough to have a natural birth; an amazing experience for all three of us.

I am looking forward to getting back to my yoga practice in a few weeks and am pleased to be back in my pre pregnancy jeans already! It would appear that the 13 years of yoga have paid off; my strong abdominals have helped to keep the bump nice and compact throughout my 10 months of pregnancy. No stretch marks as well, yipee! 

The Yoga Room continues to thrive without me. I am overjoyed to have left my business in such good hands - especially now when I need strong support around me. 

I have attached some pictures of my beautiful little one. More to follow!

Ro x 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Only 4 days to go!

It really is just a waiting game now. I am due in 4 days, but do not feel as though baby is ready! I expect every woman feels the same at this stage....large and very fed up!

I have been spending a lot of time with my family and have been as active as my ever expanding bump will allow. So, I have been as busy as possible.
We had a triple birthday celebration on Sunday for my two sisters and step dad ( see pic ).  I had a super hot curry as I hear that this can get things moving....... sadly, no luck!

All is well at the Yoga Room ( so I hear! ) and I am very happy with the way things are going with my cover teachers. It has been hard to take a step back and I am now missing my practice terribly. I have been doing preggie yoga classes, but the challenge just isn't there. I miss the amazing connection that one gets when practicing Ashtanga. I am a dynamic, active person and Ashtanga resonates well with my personality.

Ah well, everything is transitory and this phase will change and our bundle of fun will be here soon... bring it on!

Love to you all from a very rainy Glasgow
Ro x

Friday, May 11, 2012

Moving on......

A big week for me, with a house move and a driving test in the space of two days! We have moved to the West end of Glasgow after two years in the country. The move was hellish and the cats were very unsettled to start with - as was I!

Andy and I are, however already feeling the benefits of having family support on-hand and also a massively reduced commuting time for him. We are now trying to get the house shipshape in time for the arrival of our wee bub in a few weeks.

It was hard to say goodbye to my wonderful clients as well and I miss everyone terribly. I anticipate a return to teaching fairly soon do watch this space for updates on that front.
I am still managing the Yoga Room, so I can't put my feet up just yet. If you would like to book for next term, you can do so here :
Or, just drop me a line and let me know how you are dong.............
I look forward to hearing from you all.
Ro x

Friday, April 27, 2012

Maternity leave

This was my last week of teaching at the Yoga Room for a wee while. I am leaving with a mixture of emotions as I am sad to leave, but excited at the prospect of what the next 6 weeks will bring!
Morris minor will be here before we know it and there is much to be done in the interim.

 One major change for us is a move next week to the West end of Glasgow . We have found a flat in the perfect locale, with a private garden. Only thing is that the last time we viewed it, it was unfinished and in quite a state of disrepair! Fingers crossed that the landlord will get things sorted by Tuesday.

I will be sad to say goodbye to our house in Dunblane as well, but we have selected a tenant that we are sure will look after the place well. We have the option to return to Dunblane one day if we tire of City life. It makes sense to be close to my mum at this time and one of my sister's lives 3 minutes walk from our new place... she may regret our decision to move closer once the baby has arrived and we are calling on her for a regular baby sit!

So, to all of my wonderful clients... thank you so much for your daily inspiration, I will miss you all and look forward to seeing you again very soon. Enjoy your time with Yvonne, Jo and Stacey!

Ro x

Friday, March 30, 2012

Retreat in Stronachlacher

Another wonderful weekend in Stronachlachar. This weather was magnificent, as you can clearly see from these pictures.

I was sad to see everyone leave on the Sunday - the group was so well bonded.

All the yoga, good food and fresh air left me exhausted and I slept like a baby on the Sunday night. I expect the fact that I am now 30 weeks pregnant had some bearing on this as well!

Andy and I left on the Monday morning after another magical day on Loch Katrine. I am already looking forward to the November retreat....... I will have a new addition by then to add to the experience, which will make it even more special I am sure.

Thanks to all of you for coming and I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Ro x


Monday, February 13, 2012

Static caravan

Andy and I spent Sunday looking at static caravans in Argyll.

We looked at two sites; one was heavily populated and had all facilities, a pool, an ice skating rink, gym etc. To be honest, this is not our bag at all and we ran from this one screaming!
The other was a more remote and wild. The view over Loch Fyne sold it to us and although we haven't made our final decision on it yet, I think we are both pretty much set on the purchase.

We have decided to rent our house in Dunblane out as well, so that we can be closer to my mum in Glasgow. This move is really bourne out of practical reasons and though I am sad at the prospect of leaving Dunblane, it is a measure that will relieve a lot of stress for us. It will also mean that we are closer to our holiday home on Loch Fyne!

I have now sourced all my maternity cover at the Yoga Room and am very relieved to have found some amazing teachers to fill my shoes - more information to follow very soon.

I have also set up some workshops with a couple of amazing teachers over the summer : Luke Jordan and also the return of Edward Clark from Tripsichore yoga

More to follow on all this!
Love to you all,

Ro x

Saturday, January 28, 2012

We had another wee glimpse of our baby yesterday at our 2nd scan.
For anyone that doesn't know, I am now 21 weeks pregnant!

It was amazing to see him/her swallowing, sticking his/her tongue out and kicking his/her legs rapidly. Funny, because I haven't felt any kicks at all and she/he was very active. I was told that the stronger your abdominals are, the less likely you are to feel any activity. Seems all the Ashtanga has created abs of steel that have built a strong wall for baby to kick against.

As you can see, baby is lying on his/her side, so it is hard to see much. It was, however an amazing experience and was beautiful to check in and to see that everything is well so far. We have decided not to see the sex of baby and this decision was confirmed by baby, as he/she didn't want us to see anyway!

I have returned to doing some practice which has been wonderful. I have slowed everything down and am practicing in a very remedial fashion. It is a lovely way to connect with baby and to keep my body moving. My energy is good at the moment, so I hope to keep going with practice for a long while yet.

There are exciting times ahead for Andy and myself and I have now firmed up most of my maternity cover. I will let you know the latestt when all is confirmed.

Ro xx

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A very merry Xmas!

I have had a very relaxed 3 weeks off, but am looking forward to getting a sense of routine back into my life.

The weather may have been totally miserable, but we have had a very happy festive period in the Loaning surrounded by family and our kitties.

I am excited to be going back to my classes, but also slightly apprehensive about resuming the Dunblane to Edinburgh commute. The winds have been so wild lately and the trains have randomly been cancelled. I just hope things settle down by next week.

We are heading North for the weekend. We have booked a wee hotel in Aviemore and I am looking forward to some long walks and a wee break from cooking!

I look forward to welcoming you all next week!

Ro xx