My Week at Uni – Opportunities

An unexpectedly busy and exciting week!

Monday was a wonderful day off with my boyfriend celebrating his 30th birthday! Climbing, exploring London and free cocktails meant we had a really fun time.

Since then, some unexpected, last-minute yoga class covers meant I was working quite a bit this week as well as finishing an assessment for Uni and attending normal lectures and lab sessions. I’m feeling it now at the end of the week having neglected my personal yoga asana practice and meditation practice. I also didn’t manage to get to any workout classes, I had one planned for this morning but woke up with an achy body, blocked nose and what feels like 1000 razors in my throat. I listened to my body and did a bit of stretchy, flowy yoga and some juicy yin stretches. I’m feeling rotten but happy in myself and am very much looking forward to a week off Uni next week and having some time to look after myself and give my yoga practice and body a bit more love.

Aside from the unexpected covers I also had some news about some exciting yoga things coming up this Summer as well as some Yin yoga stuff coming next month! Eek! Can’t wait to teach more Yin =]

And for those wondering…my toe is doing ok now!

Personal learning from this week: It’s ok to have a week away from normal self-care routines but when you notice a need for it…it’s important to make the time for it.

Interesting things I’ve learnt this week:

  1. Your gastrointestinal tract is longer when you’re dead! – The gastrointestinal tract in a human being runs from the mouth through the stomach to the small and large intestines and ends at the anus. This tract is 5 metres long in a human (which is already incredible) but when in a dead person this increases to 9 metres when the muscle relaxes! What an incredible system in and super-efficient fitting into such a small space!
  2. Kiwis help you sleep – I’m talking about the food not a New Zealander! Kiwis contain a lot of serotonin which is a chemical the body normally synthesises from the amino acid tryptophan. Serotonin helps us feel happy, relaxed and sleepy. Due to the way amino acids are absorbed by the brain when we eat proteins more tyrosine in comparison to tryptophan is released producing dopamine and norepinephrine. This means that protein makes us more alert and motivated. Carbohydrates allow for a greater absorption of serotonin making us sleepier.
  3. Risk perception is the catalyst for change – my personal tutor said this and it really hit a chord. It makes so much sense and should be the way we try to bring about change. For example: a person bites their nails and you say to them ‘you should stop that, there’s bacteria under your nails it could make you ill’ the risk perceived by the person is likely to be low – ‘I feel fine, I’m not going to get ill’. If you show the same person a sample of what’s underneath their nails under a microscope and the person sees bacteria moving around, the person is likely to feel there is a higher risk to their health if they eat that bacteria. With that perceived higher risk, the person may stop biting their nails (even if just for a few days)!

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