How YTT took away the fun from my practice. 

When I first started practicing yoga it was due to curiosity to help with body weight training. 
The more I began to practice the more I enjoyed it. I didn’t know the names of any of the poses, I didn’t know the correct alignments and I didn’t care.
If I was holding a pose correctly I just didn’t care, I move my body to the positions I wanted and didn’t care if it was wrong. I lost myself in my breath and my movement. 
Then I learned the alignment needed to hold poses “correctly” I learned the importance of pelvis alignment and correct positioning for the spine. 
Yes the more I learned the more I realised the importance of correct alignment for my own safety, but I’ve become to much in my head and not enough in my heart. 
So for now my practice is more on my own internal struggle, to balance knowledge and passion. To find my “Sthira & Sukha” 

Stop dividing yourself. 

Think of all the energy inside yourself as a percentage. That energy is yours and how you choose to use that energy should be a bit more conservative than you think. 
Because of the modern world we live in we can spend so much time and energy on just keeping ourselves informed about other people’s lives. Ask yourself how does this really benefit yourself?? 
Just gaze your minds eye forwards to a time when your soon to pass from this world. Would you not look back and wish you’d spent all that time and energy on yourself and not on others?? Just think what you’d give to have that time back.
Through technology were constantly able to keep In touch with anyone anywhere in the world. But sometimes we put to much of our own energy just trying to keep in touch with people. If they are your true friends and if they add value to your life, then you should be able to go days, weeks, months even years without talking and they’ll still be there.
Next time you look at whatsapp/Facebook/Instagram/twitter maybe put your phone down and pick up that book you’ve never finished. Walk along a road you’ve never been down, stop and admire the world around you.
When we control how we spend our energy we can grow personally stronger than we ever thought we could before. We can build relationships that’s will stand the test of time. An we can be true to ourselves knowing we haven’t wasted our most precious gift…..time. 

Dragonman oh man oh man

So here I sit in a hostel in the capital of Ecuador. Our tour finished last night and now Jac and I are on our own again to explore. The tour was great, It was a complete holiday from travelling. Every morning we got up at the pre agreed time for breakfast then sat on the truck and watched the never ending breath taking scenery of Colombia pass by the window. We didn’t have to plan where and what we were going to do or how to get there, we simply sat back and got to experience and see the country around us. Yes after a period of time you have no interest in walking around or seeing churches. Anyone who has been to Asai will be able to relate after seeing all the temples!! But the trip was great. We were taken to quite remote villages normally untravelled by backpackers and saw all the country had to offer. My photos really don’t do it justice, Especially as my DSLR is broken and all the photos are from my iPhone. So from here we head back to Colombia and to Bogota for 10 days. We’ve rented an apartment and were going to enjoy not being surrounded by 20 people all the time!!

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Medellin, food and sangria 

From Mompox we headed to another town 5 hours drive away. It was a nothing town with a stop just to break up the drive to Medellin. Still we enjoyed walking around the square in the evening smiling at all the locals who pointed towards the group of “gringos” in there town.
The next day we had our longest drive yet, a 420km 12 hour trip to Medellin. We knew nothing of the city ahead except that it was a mutual friends favourite city in the world so our hopes were high.
The drive took us over mountains and through valleys with breath taking scenery. Once we finally got to our hotel after battling through traffic and random police stops we headed for the main square.
It was surrounded with bars and restaurants but it was late we just wanted to stuff our face and sleep!! 
The next day we had a city tour with a local guide. We visited statutes in parks and hoped on the cable cars to find panoramic views of the city below. 

   
    
    
 After the tour we grabbed some lunch and rested before a Pablo Escobar tour in the afternoon. We had no real idea what to expect especially at the prospect of meeting his brother at the end of the tour.
We visited one of his former buildings and listened intently to a tour guide who flamboyantly told us stories. We then headed to a cemetery and weaved our way through funeral ceremonies to visit his grave.

   
 From there we went to house which had been turned into a museum. After a tour around Roberto, one of pablos brothers and former book keeper chatted with us and posed for photos. It was odd to be in front of a man who was witnessed to such boffin crimes poss for selfies. I declined the chance for a photo with him but still enjoyed listening to stories.

  

The next day Jac and I and 2 others from our tour jumped onto the metro and headed for the botanical gardens. It was so nice and quite and fun to just stroll through the gardens and butterfly parks. We bought souvenirs and ate ice creams then headed back for the bus ride to Guatape 
   
    
 

The drive to Guatape was only 3 hours. Once again the road winded along mountain sides revealing more breath taking views of Colombia. Once at our hotel we were greater by Sam. Originally from India he had tracked and worked around the world. The extended a level of gratitude and friendly mess that instantly made everyone like him. We were invited to his restaurant for a meal that evening and little did we know we were about to enjoy the best meal of our lives!! 
He brought us all a mix of foods to try, buttered chicken and masalas and others I couldn’t name. The food was simply amazing!! 

   
 
The next day we had a boat tour across the lakes learning about the history of the artifice lakes. They had been created only 20 years ago and now supply 70% of Colombia power and well as power for surrounding countries. We visited another of Pablo esobars houses although this one was in ruins after being bombed.
In the afternoon we were taken to a local land mark. A rock that had been pushed from the ground centuries ago that you could climb to reveal views as far as the eye could seek
   
    
   

After the days hiking Jac and I went back to SAMs for dinner. Once again we gorged ourselfves with food and chilian wine and sangria. The rest of the night was a drunken mess in a Spanish disco with laughing that brought tears and pain to our faces smiling so much. 
There are videos of that night but they will remain safely tucked away on my phone no doubt to be used as bribery in the future 😉 
For now I’m sat in a cafe as Jac sleeps of her hangover watching a festival walk bye and looking forward to the next few days. After a stop in a. Town were spending 3 nights camping in a coffee plantation and have a night eating a Argentinian bbq!! Yum 

Cartagena

We dropped anchor at 1am In the port city of Cartagena. The crossing from Sandblas Islands has only taken 32 hours, a record time for our captain. After waking when we arrived and seeing the city lights I headed back to sleep.
We spent the morning on the boat eating and packing and saying goodbye to our new friends. We had a hotel to check into and a new city to explore!!! 
The hotel was he starting point for our over landing tour. Since neither of us had planned to come to Colombia we had no idea about the country at all. I’d found a tour that would take us through the country and into equidor and make the trip as simple as possible. 
After checking into the hotel we enjoyed our first showers for 5 days and put clean fresh clothes on. You have no idea how nice it felt!! 
We headed off to lunch in a near bye Italian then went off to explore the city of Cartagena! 

We found ourselves in the old town, filled with shops and restaurants we enjoyed wondering the streets and enjoying the city. We headed back to the hotel then went out for dinner before the day of travelling ahead.
The next day we met the other 18 people who are on our tour, people from all around the globe and all ages. The first stop for the tour was a town called Mompox, the town that Colombia gained its independence.
The city hasn’t changed in the last 60+ years, we spent an evening walking the streets and eat dinner in a square surrounded by locals enjoying there Sunday evening. 
Today we enjoyed a walking tour around the town then sat inside enjoying even more our air conditioned room!! 
Tomorrow we head off to our next town!! 
   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
 

Panama in a nut shell

so despite me promising to keep this up to date it quickly fell at the way side. It’s amazing how fast the days go and how little time you seam to have to write an what not even when you don’t have a job!!! 
So how the hell do I update from my last post just after my birthday! Since then we travelled across Panama twice, went hiking on mountain trails for treasure, rode horses to tranquil villages in the middle of nowhere, got ourselves to a deserted town to scuba dive in a national park with dozens of sharks, explored the Capitol of Panama and enjoyed old towns and crashed roof top pools, spent 5 days sailing in paradise on deserted islands gorging ourselves on fresh lobster and fish and arrived in Colombia in time to join a trip that will take us through the country and into Ecuador!! Bloody hell there’s no way I can sum all that up except it was amazing. How do you pick a favourite when every day is unforgettable. Il just dump a load of photos beneath.
   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
 
Coiba diving

When every day is a sunday

I’ve woken up in our hostel in our private room and like almost every other day I forgotten what day it is. I lie in bed next to Jac and make a few stupid jokes and we chat about what do with the day ahead.

 

We know where were we’ve got to be on which dates this month but we have days with nothing planned. Do we go scuba diving, snorkelling, surfing, to the beach, or just sit around and watch episodes of suits on netflix? the beauty of it is, we could do them all.

 

So quickly I’ve fallen into this magical lifestyle free from any care or responsibility or stress. So many times we catch ourselves walking down new streets laughing because our minds are completely blank.

 

We literally have removed all day to day stress from our lives! I remember the amount of time back home that my mind was constantly busy trying to juggle all the day to day realities of life. How I thought I was happy because I could do it all and stay in control. It’s crazy to think back now just how much time and effort I spent on just living life day to day.

 

With my mind constantly active on day to day things I was always to busy to let my mind go free. Now my mind is free I notice so much more about the world around me. I appreciate the women beside me, I notice the small animals scurrying back into the holes as we walk by. I’m free to let the lessons I’ve learned soak in and actually learn from them instead of just living them.

 

Who knows how long I will be able to keep this going, for now I know I’m happier and at piece more so then any time of my life. Past gremlins that haunted me my whole life have been put to bed and I’m ready for the future ahead!