FreeStyle Yoga Project Workshop April 12th 2015

APRIL 12TH 2015. MARK YOUR CALENDAR.

MOVEMENT & BACKBENDS
A FREESTYLE YOGA PROJECT WORKSHOP at VOODOO GYM, MACCLESFIELD
with MARK FREETH & ANNA ROBERTSHAW-FREETH

In the first session of this ‘shop, Mark will warm you up and then take you thru a series of locomotive drills that will bring out the best in your strength, stamina, agility & flexibility capabilities. When was the last time you jumped, crawled, spun and rolled in your yoga practice….?

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In the second session, Anna will prep you for backbends – perhaps one of the most challenging postures. After a lengthy warm-up including some innovative techniques, Anna will revisit some standard backbends and introduce you to some funky new material.

L60A2161Dynamic and challenging, The Freestyle Yoga Project is geared towards encouraging students to think for themselves and investigate what’s going on over the side of any particular yogic box. In fact, to also explore what’s going on outside of yoga too

This is intelligent yoga. One size does not fit all.

Equally, EVERYONE is welcome at FYP. ANYONE can do yoga. You don’t have to be fit, strong, flexible – we’ll make you those things. Just give us your time and we’ll help you reach your full potential. And we’d just like to point out that you don’t have to buy into anything to come and train with us – there’s no ideological-philosophical-religious standpoint to what we do. We’re not trying to sell you anything – other than health and well-being.

All are welcome to this workshop – no matter what yogic discipline you come from. Be prepared to work hard. Bring a sense of humour. Leave received wisdom about yoga behind.

This two-part workshop can be booked as one whole day (£65) or each part separate (£35 for just one part, morning or afternoon.)
There will be tea and biscuits, bring your own lunch to munch.

Don’t wait too long as this workshop will fill up fast! To book and pay contact Lucy Alves Yoga via PM on facebook or through mail.

CAM00192Mark & Anna run The Freestyle Yoga Project studio in Tunbridge Wells. They offer daily classes, teacher trainings, and retreats & workshops the world over. www.freestyleyogaproject.com / info@freestyleyogaproject.com

How To Write Live Like a Goblin on Awareness

Today the Goblin talks about what makes him write these paragraphs.

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the goblin was simple enough, saying “…well, much of what I write is based on the question what in my life is worth posting, where, if something is, I try to see if I can catch it in a text…”, and then the search was on to find some picture that would match whatever the text portrayed, saying “…well yes, rather like a clothes statement I suppose…”, and finally he would post it while keeping a copy to see who he was by it, simply his journey to self was this then, but he felt too, that his awareness of that self was growing with the ongoing practice now

 

Featured Author Laurie E. Boris

Today’s featured author is the lovely Laurie E. Boris.

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Hi Laurie, how nice of you to join me on my blog today and that you are willing to shed some light on what drives you to write these great books, but for that I need to ask you some questions. Brace yourself, for here they come …

Can you give me your best Whoop? Unless you have another one which works better for you?

If I’m in public, I keep it clean. “Woo hoo!” Yeah. That’s generally me.

Okay, sounds like a winner that one, but does it work all the time, even those times when the muse has gone and done a runner on you? And when did you first start with it?

Anything that gets the blood moving. I think I started using it when my husband introduced me to NASCAR and football. (Not sports I ever would have sat down to watch on my own.) And about the muse? I don’t muse much about my muse. I’m a writer. I sit down and write. The times it flows and the times it doesn’t, I attribute more to my physical and emotional state. For instance, when I can do little more than stare at the same sentence, it’s generally because I’m tired or need to eat or get some exercise.

Right, sounds like you are on the right track there. Let’s do a few of the yada yada questions before we move on to the fun.

What is the title of the book you would like to talk about?

Don’t Tell Anyone.

Is that a joke Laurie? Are you trying to wiggle your way out of this?

No, I’m not kidding. That’s the title. Yes, you can tell people.

Okay. 🙂 In that case, I’ll show the cover too.

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Did you have difficulty coming up with the title?

Yes and no. Actually, it was excruciating. The working title had been The C Word since I started the first draft, because among the older generations of my family, nobody said “cancer.” It was the C Word, or never mentioned. Jewish superstitions, I think. But when I prepped the manuscript for publishing, the title was in use on at least six cancer memoirs. [This is not one, by the way, although a character in the book has cancer.] So I immediately thought of Don’t Tell Anyone, because nearly all the characters in the book have a secret and at some point ask their confidantes not to tell. Idismissed it initially, brainstormed about 250 new titles, and came back to Don’t Tell Anyone because my writing group and my husband really liked it.

If you would have to change the genre, what would it be then?

Of this book, or in my writing in general? For this book, I toyed with making it a full-out, Coen brothers style dark comedy. But it didn’t work.

Just to confuse you we’ll take the alternative route now.

What don’t you like about writing, or whatever you need to do marketing wise?

I love writing. I love editing. Constructive criticism, bring it on. Marketing, not so much. I’m an introvert. We’d rather talk to one or two people at a time. I’m working on that.

Tell me, when your muse is visiting and you’re on a roll, what would seriously drive her/him away?

What drives the writing flow away for me is fatigue. Or if I’m doing something contrary to what my gut is telling me. That often means I’m off-track.

What does your muse look like?

The closest thing I’ve had to an actual muse is my late mother-in-law. She was one of my biggest fans. Sometimes she haunts my writing room and I can smell her perfume. I can almost hear her voice: “Finish that book already; I need something good to read.”

Do you ever speak to your characters and do you get along all the time?

I frequently speak with them. We usually get along. If there’s a disagreement, it’s usually because I’m trying to make them do something they wouldn’t really do, or because they’re not ready to spill their secrets yet. You can’t rush a recalcitrant character.

Can you name the food and drink that will surely get you started?

Coffee or tea. Holding a hot mug centers me and helps me drift into the writing.

Would you be able to come up with an excuse on why you haven’t written a whole day, and have me believe it too?

I don’t write every day. I mark my progress by the week. Some I write more, some I write less. My excuse? I was editing a client’s manuscript. Or there was a good episode of The Big Bang Theory on.

Hahaha, those are actually very good reasons to procrastinate.

But why would you ever want to live life behind a keyboard slaving over a manuscript?

Because I don’t really like doing anything else.

Okay now that we have the mandatory questions out of the way, shoot your mouth off. Tell me whatever you want the blab about. But please no cat’s, dogs, or children. Make me laugh, or cry, or even envious. Tell me something none has ever heard before from you. hehehe, love those little dirty secrets, real or make believe. 🙂

No problem, because I have no cats, dogs, or children. Although we have a lot of mice in our house, so one or more of the three would come in handy. I hear kids are really great at catching mice. Secrets? I always wanted to play second base for the New York Mets. Or be an umpire. I’m annoyed that I failed the height requirement to become a Radio City Hall Rockette. It took me five years to write my first novel (never published), and received 138 literary agent rejections, including one by an agent who also writes romance novels. In the book I make fun of romance novels. She was not amused.

Right, now let’s give out something about the writer. You know, some facts the fans would love to know.

Laurie Boris is a freelance writer, editor, proofreader, and former graphic designer. She is the author of three novels:

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and Don’t Tell Anyone, of which you’ve seen the cover above.

When not playing with the universe of imaginary people in her head, she enjoys baseball, cooking, reading, and helping aspiring novelists as a contributing writer and editor for IndiesUnlimited.com. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.

And finally we can we stalk, I mean follow, friend or find  Laurie on social media such as her websiteAmazon author pageFacebookTwitter, and Goodreads

How To Write Live Like A Goblin On Choice

Monday has come again and so has the Goblin. Today he muses about choice.

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the goblin felt awake now, as if all before had been a dream, and yet, he was once more faced a little white slot that said “…why not feed me to find yourself goblin, take that journey to self here…”, but the goblin knew that one’s journey to self was ever some point on the horizon that one never really reached until the end came, “…yes like “find the end of the rainbow” is what you really mean slot isn’t it, so you think I’m yet another donkey willing to follow your carrot once more…” whereupon the slot replied, “…well perhaps goblin, but in life there are only two carrots now, their’s and your’s, and surely you’ve followed their carrot long enough, haven’t you goblin, and besides there’s no rainbow’s end with their carrot either, there’s just “more” on offer, and how well you know that too, but if you know that now, then which carrot you choose shows you to yourself doesn’t it..”

 

Middlewich Literary Festival

Saturday morning and it’s grey outside, but I’m all geared up to head out and have a great day. Not because I’m going out on a hike or to a yoga day, but because I’ve been asked to attend the first Middlewich Literary Festival. 🙂

The Middlewich Literary Festival might not be a huge event yet, but to me it means a lot that the organising town council members thought me and my work good enough to be there as an author and do a little song and dance. i.e. talk about writing and my work in particular.

Upon arriving the very first thing I got was a very warm welcome, a cup of tea and cake. Then I was shown to my table (a sign with my name and that I would be signing my work that afternoon on the pure white tablecloth) where I spread out my books and before I knew it the event was well on its way.

Of course I wasn’t the only author there, Catherine Green author of The Redcliffe Pack, and The Darkness of LoveGill Hoffs author of The Sinking of RMS Tayleur (non-fiction), and Bernice Walmsley (non-fiction) author of the Numerical Reasoning Series were there too. They presented their work and gave away a few ‘secrets’ of the trade. And then there were Phillip Latham (author) and Ian Hill-Smith (illustrator) who entertained the crowd with a partial reading of a kids picture book in the making, Barney The Cowboy. p7&80002 copyI say reading, but it was more than just reading of the words. The author would read a part and then ask the audience what they thought the character, or whatever that particular part was about, would look like and the illustrator would draw that which we told him too. Hilarious!

And then there was that delightful young boy and a teen-aged girl who won both won an award for their entry in the short story competition that was held for this event. Both winning stories were read and very much enjoyed by yours truly. I loved seeing this display of talent in young people. To me it proved that reading/books have a future still, even in this age of Xbox and Playstation.

Anyway, I had a great day and I’m sure those who were there with me will agree with me when I tell you to keep your eye open next year for the second edition of the Middlewich Literary Festival.

(Pictures will follow later)