What Injury Has Taught Me

My injury story:
Last year I began practicing yoga. I have always been intrigued by yoga and I finally just said “what the hell”, signed up for a beginners course and fell totally in love with it!  The trouble is I didn’t understand what yoga could do to my body. Sure, it made me stronger, leaner, helped my back pain and headaches, centred and grounded me, but it also caused me great agony. I am hyper-mobile, which basically means my joints are very fluid and can often move further than my muscles, tendons, and ligaments, making me prone to injury and pain. However, it can also make me look super capable and flexible on the mat – I could seemingly go further and deeper into postures that only way more experienced yogis could. It also fills me with a false sense of capability and even superiority – “look how far...
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Remember That Night When You Were Sober?

A couple of days ago I was sitting in Doha International Airport for a six hour layover on my way home from Greece. Flipping mindlessly through Facebook, my eye was caught by this vlog post (see above) by Alice Nicholls, creator of one of my favourite blogs, The Whole Daily. It took me about an hour to watch the whole video as my wifi connection meant I had to stop, wait for buffering, start again, wait for wifi to reconnect, buffer, stop, start....but I was determined! I was immediately struck by Alice's authenticity and excitement and you can really see the emotions she was feeling both at the moment of her experience and in the rushed, unedited creation of her retelling. I wrote this post in "notes" on my phone as my computer was dead, so I couldn't upload this until now:  

Remember that...
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Destination: Paradise In Mykonos

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I am now in my final days of my three week stay in Mykonos in the Greek Islands. I've lost count of how many friends and friends-of-friends have flitted on and off the island so far, but I think the count is now close to around 40-50! Hmm...there are just a few of us Melbournians invading this speck of paradise to escape to blustery southern winter down under. I first came to Mykonos (and Greece for that matter) last year for 12 days of a five-week Eurotrip that also included Italy, Croatia and the Czech Republic. We came here mainly to hang out with Jase's globetrotting DJ brother whom we rarely get to see due to his aforementioned globetrotting. He, his girlfriend and DJ partner seem to end up on this island every year (I know...tough life being...
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Operation: Heal My Body

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If you have been reading my blog in the past couple of months, you will know that my body and I haven't been seeing eye-to-eye lately. In fact, we have been stuck in a bit of a cold war; "stuck" being the operative word. On 28th April, I woke up feeling not-quite-right. I had a raging headache for the previous three or so weeks, and that morning it was particularly bad. My neck seized up, I couldn't focus my eyes properly, and the pain continued and developed across my whole back and then into my limbs. I was in a full blown "flare up". I called in sick to work and set about my regular routine of trying to alleviate the pain so that it would hopefully get better within a...
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What to eat when you don’t want to eat

What to eat when you don't know what to eat

It's been almost three weeks since the beginning of my pain flare-up. I am battling not only with constant pain, but also with debilitating exhaustion. I am in a constant mind-fog which makes it really difficult to do any work and I find it difficult to look at screens (computer, phone, TV) for longer than about an hour. Although movement is important to my recovery, I have barely had the energy to go for a walk to the shops. Yesterday a 15 minute walk to run some errands led to stomach pains, dizziness and weakening fatigue!

During this time I also haven’t had much appetite during the day, which doesn’t really help when I am...

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