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Yoga – A New Path?

For years, I had no interest in yoga.

Then, around four and a half years ago, I gave up smoking.  Shortly after, I heard about abdominal breathing and practised it on and off.

More recently, I learnt about Coherent Breathing, a breathing technique that centres around a person taking equal breaths (inhale, exhale) at around 6 or 5 breaths a minute, ideally 5. About a month later, I started Resistance Breathing (sometimes known as Ocean Breath).

Finally, three weeks ago, I began practising simple yoga moves.

Three weeks on, I’ve noticed a substantial improvement in lower back stiffness, left shoulder stiffness and a throbbing Achilles Tendon.

Impressive.

I look forward to learning new postures and movements and seeing further improvements in health.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I haven’t posted for a while.  Like a lot of people in the UK, I’ve succumbed to a recurrent winter virus – a cross between a lingering cold and ongoing fatigue.  I’ve continued editing my current novel, though, and practising the piano when one is available.

Recently, I heard of a new opportunity for writers – Amazon’s KDP Paperback Print on Demand Service.  I think the service is still in the beta testing stage, but it does sound like promising idea and I believe it is/will be free (printing costs deducted from royalties).

Anyway, something to think about.

I haven’t posted anything for a while. The cold continues, along with the grey and the general malaise associated with this time of year. The British public longs for spring. I certainly do.

I’ve continued reworking the draft of my novel, a psychological thriller set in the north of the country. As I’ve said in previous posts, tightening sections of the story can improve the narrative; however, it can also create issues. Perhaps in the rewriting, some of the original spirit of the story vanishes.

A common problem.

The solution, then, is to take a break of a few weeks, read the amended sections, place asterisks by the sections that require further attention, then consider adding some of the original writing by these asterisks sentences.

Worth a try, anyway, in my opinion.

Just a few of my thoughts.

Moonlight Sonata, Piano

Here is the complete sonata, with me as soloist. 

Social media has changed our lives a lot.

So has blogging and Content Management Systems, opening up countless opportunities, often free of charge.

As a classically trained musician, I’m particularly interested in sharing my piano playing over the internet and beyond.  Using a good quality phone and recording app, I’ve made several videos recently, including the one below – Schubert’s 3rd impromptu op 90, no 3.

Enjoy.

 

Chopin Prelude in C Minor op 28, no 20: http://youtu.be/lXqOIAWY_7g