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Humans First, Titles Second

I believe: All conflict in this world happens because people stop treating each other like humans first, and titles second. This statement applies not just on a global scale with regards to political and military affairs but even on a day to day level when mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, friends, lovers, colleagues and strangers fight. One of my favourite words is the sanskrit or yogic “namaste”. Namaste means “the light (or the divine) in me, bows to the light (or the divine) in you”. I love this word because it so succinctly encapsulates how I feel about myself, about you, and about us all. We are the same thing, really. And by saying namaste I am letting you know that I recognise that, that I recognise you, and I recognise the “us” in all of “them”. After that, fine, you can start placing your titles and labels on people. That seems to be the way society and civilisation can operate. But don’t be naive to think that the name you place on people and things …

Day 361: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Padma Mayurasana Jumpbacks and Learning to breathe…

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World – one of the best films I’ve seen this year. And you know it’s good when you leave the cinema going, “…wow. i loved that.” And you stand at the bus stop thinking, “yea, that was really good…” And you get on the bus thinking “man, i’d love to watch that again.” And the entire bus ride you cannot help but feel the world outside is like a continuation of your thoughts and that wonderful film you’ve just seen. And then you get home screaming “Kaaaat [or replace this name with whichever is relevant to you!!] the film was soooo good!”.  So good I am still thinking about it… and am right now blogging about it. Highly recommended. Very much grateful! / Andres, good seeing you tonight. Quality catch-up indeed! =)  It’s all about the Orange Wednesdays 😉 Batman next! / Today, I realised separating my hands a little bit made my Padma Mayurasana jump backs so much better. Grateful for the eureka moment! Practice, practice, …

Day 357: Dharma Thai Workshop, The Art of War, Witnessing Mo Farah beat The Cube, Vita Coco and Gange-a-Midi…

The formula for a perfect, balanced, chilled-out Saturday is pretty simple: Embrace the summer monsoon with this Gange-a-Midi track. / Practice 90 mins of yoga with Jessica, followed by 90 mins of Thai massage basics with Rob and Casi. / Purchase 1 serving of cold, refrigerated Vita Coco and thank god you finally love coconut water and thus, feel normal. / Come up to the Stricklands, home away from home away from home… / Show Gracie some tricks of the trade… I have to say, it is friggin awesome and inspiring seeing a 7-yr-old do half of the Dharma II stuff I would normally teach in class! Crow to headstand included! Honestly, if I’d started this young… … I would’ve probably been taken off the planet by now. / Witnessing Mo Farah beat The Cube… WITH 6 LIVES LEFT! What a legend. Really, truly, made of gold! / Master Sun said: ‘Know the enemy, Know yourself, And victory Is never in doubt, Not in a hundred battles.’ He who knows self But not the enemy Will suffer one defeat For every victory. He who knows Neither self Nor …

Day 355: 10 more days of appreciation, Walking in the rain, This meme, When a Marley kid meets Erykah Badu and Cheese Mushroom Croissants…

10 more days of appreciation! Grateful! / This meme – so true! Unfortunately! – Grateful I’m not the only one! / When Stephen Marley meets Miss Erykah… it’s all just a bit easygoin’… know what i’m sayin’? 😉 / Cheese and mushroom croissants… YUM! My latest lunch time craves! / Walking in the rain… while listening to this song… post-yoga. Get my drift? =) You see the rain isn’t problem as long as you accept that you’re going to get wet. If you can make peace with that, well hey… don’t just walk in the rain… DANCE in it =) x

Day 353: Lianne La Havas, Ziggy Marley, This reggae version of Katy Perry, Ashtanga with Sophie, These reminders, The day I receive my Yoga Alliance certification and The day #futureplanning is officially incorporated…

Surprisingly, quite a lot to be grateful for today! 😉 Here we go: Today, grateful I managed to catch Lianne La Havas‘ interview on BBC Breakfast. This chic is awesome. / Think Jamaica. Hear Jamaica. Do Jamaica in our meeting room all day. Awesome. I love working in here! / Especially when I’ve got Ziggy Marley singing about yoga, and Perfect singing about gangja with their reggae version of Katy Perry, blasting all day =D C-h-i-l-l-e-d… is what I am. / Ashtanga class with Sophie and learning to drop back and lift up completely evenly for a change, no hands and all on the breath. Awesome! / Today, is a very special day. And it wasn’t even meant to be. Or at least, I had no idea it would turn out this way. But remember this day. Because today, two very special things happened: 1) I got my official Yoga Alliance RYT 200 accreditation. 2) I found out #futureplanning has been officially incorporated. =D / It all just goes to show that 1) When you do work …

Day 349: Hangin’ with Tim, Seeing Andrew, Speaking to Badge, This Friday picture and Registering for Self-Employment…

Don’t know where everyone was today but grateful to have Tim’s company at least =p Thanks buddy! x / Grateful I got to see Andrew today and that he seems to be doing well enough, all things considered! Sincerely hope the leg heals as best as it can… I really do! / Badge, thanks for the chat as I know you were driving!! Hope Tash feels better! And glad she has you to take care of her! x Love to you both, as always! x / Grateful I managed to sort out my self-employment status so I can finally get my UTR number. Who knew there was so much paperwork involved with teaching yoga! Oh well, nearly there… nearly there! =) / Hey wassup dawg? – It’s Friday bitch! … sigh… Sometimes I wonder about my sense of humour. Other days… I just accept I am the way I am and pictures like this make me laugh like there’s no tomorrow. I’m sorry about the language. But I’m not sorry about the way it makes …

Day 347: Hanging with Sue at the American Club, Finding spare earphones at home, Nabbing the one spare table at Starbuck’s, Green Naked smoothies, The day my printer cable arrived and TriYoga!

Ok, so technically I wasn’t exactly with Sue at the American Club in Singapore… But I might as well have been! 😉 Grateful! Thanks for the time, chica! Miss you! / Grateful I found this spare set of earphones lying on the floor of our living room. My last ones are busted! / You know that feeling when you spot the last spare table at a really busy restaurant or cafe… and your heart starts to race as you look around really quickly to see if anyone has noticed… and then absolutely running for it to claim what is now rightfully yours…? Yea. That. I love that! 😉 / Naked’s super green antioxidant smoothies. I love! Iron in a bottle. Hurray! / Well whatdya know! My printer cable actually arrived! Wehey! / TriYoga… possibly couldn’t get any more different in terms of look, feel, space, mood from Indaba… But there is something characteristically charming about this place. Look at it! =) Just signed up for a 2 week tester to take a whole bunch of …

Day 345: Camden Parkway… and My handstand workshop with an ex-professional acrobat… from Mongolia… in a church!

Today, I went to a handstand workshop… with an ex-professional Acrobat… from Mongolia… in a church… … … I don’t think you can get any more random than that! It was a killer. But the conditioning was great! Thanks Sainna! And thanks for the head’s up, Maria. If this doesn’t do it, I don’t know what will! =p / Tonight, this street provided the canvas I needed to step into a world that used to be mine. For a few hours, I indulged a younger version of myself. It was nice. It was what it was. Nothing more. Nothing less. And for that I am grateful. / This screenshot of my crazy familia made me smile today. And was a nice reminder of the people and things that matter. I love you! xxx

Day 343: Finishing my yoga demo, London Pleasure Gardens, Indian curries at Brick Lane, The Five-Year Engagement and Hanging out with Andres and Shaun!

Glad I got to do my yoga demo today… and that it didn’t turn out like this! =p / London Pleasure Gardens – perfect weather for it! What an awesome way to spend the day with the boys =) / Shaun, what can I say. It was sooo nice seeing you today! It has been way too long. And honestly… I cannot wait til you take me up on a plane!! Super excited and super chuffed! Oh man, this takes road trips to a whole new level! =O =D / Andres… you’re not too bad yourself! =p Especially when you’re knackered! haha / Brick Lane curries = YUM! / The Five-Year Engagement… so long, you actually feel their pain! On purpose? I hope so! At least the ending and intermittent laughter made up for it! 😉 x

Day 342: Brain scans, Catch-up with DJ, Jamaican economics, Sorting out my yoga insurance, Zoo Lates and Getting paid!

Grateful for my catch-up with DJ today… This photo was taken way back in 2006 when we were just finishing high school. Can’t remember what I said, but it must have been something along the lines of: “Hey Deej… guess what? One day, we gonna make it BIG!” 😉 What’s that you say? Oh. Oh yea… #futureplanning! 😉 / Been thinking a lot about Jamaica economics recently. Don’t ask me why. Just know that I’m grateful for the opportunity to learn about something other than chicken for a change! =p / Grateful for Yoga-Link and being able to sort out my insurance today =) Good to see #futureplanning Project #3 out of 4 is well under way =) / Nothing like hanging out at the Zoo (and watching a man stuff a condom up his nose!! =S) on a friday night 😉 Thanks Illy! =p x / I love pay day as much as I love chocolate. Hurray!!! Honestly, that felt like eternity! =/ =D / Today, I saw the first concrete part of my dream …