I recently had to drive back to Edinburgh from a long holiday weekend in Ullapool (great little town – highy recomended). What should have taken about 3 hours took close to 5 with caravans, tractors and some roadworks on the A9.
By the time I got back home my back was like a washboard and my neck was stiff as…
Things got a little better after a hot bath and a glass of wine, but when I woke the next morning my neck and left shoulder were really painful. After a day at my desk typing on a keyboard I was struggling big-time.
So I decided to go online and searched good chiropractor edinburgh – I needed someone who could work their magic – and quick!
On that site I found out about Discover Chiropractic in the west of the city. A few cracks of my neck and I had instant relief, although a bit tender, and I was sent home with some exercises to do on my own.
I had been a bit wary of a chiropractor, convinced it would hurt, but it’s just a quick adjustment, maybe with some clicks and you’re on your way. Honest, your head won’t fall off.
So, all in all, highly recommended if you want to get yourself balanced and your spine back in a straight line.
OK, tea break over – back to work!
Leith has many fine places to eat
One of the great things about living in Edinburgh is the variety of options we have when it comes to eating out – as well as the normal Chines, Indian and Thai food, we have Mexican, Armenian, Argentinian, Spanish - the list goes on.
Check out EdinburghRestaurantGuide.com which is a good place to start, then you can go to The List magazine where they have a good selection of reviews.
Personally I like to try different things and some of my favourites are Hendersons vegetarian restaurant in the City Centre, Pancho Villas on the Royal Mile and (my vote for best takeaway) The Delta Indian in Roseburn (near Murrayfield Stadium).
Price-wise Edinburgh can be a bit costly, but that’s what you’d expect from a capital city. But in these tough economic times, having a little splash once-per-month can help lift the gloom.
A friend of mine (who used to work as a chef) recommended a little eating-out game. Find a good Edinburgh restaurant, the try and reverse-engineer the dishes. Figure out what they are made of and then try and recreate it when you are cooking at home.
This is a bit like what they do in the latest series of Master Chef. It’s amazing now you can spot flavours when you are very attentive and are actually looking for them. Give it a try, you might surprise yourself.
I love yoga and one of the (many) great things about living in Edinburgh is the abundance of yoga classes.
For many years the city was the home to the emerging astanga yoga scene, as can be witnessed even today with some of the dedicated astanga studios. The most notable of these is Union Yoga in Canonmills which also does yoga teacher training.
I enjoy a vigorous stretch as much as the next girl, but personally prefer to have a longer time to luxuriate in a yoga pose. I tried Yin Yoga when they had the classes at Aditi Yoga (when it used to be in Alva Street) and really enjoyed it. That class has since gone, so I had a bit of investigating to do.
A friend who lives in Bruntsfield told me about the Iyengar yoga school near Holy Corner. It has been around since the 1960s and is probably the oldest yoga venue in the Capital. As nice as the teachers were I found it a bit of a faff having to go and collect and return various props (like chairs) at different points in the class. Somehow the momentum was broken by having to do this.
In the same area are classes in Newbattle Terrace. I saw the poster when going to the funky Dominion Cinema, as the venue is right next door. The class strikes a good balance between long hatha yoga streches but also getting your heart pumping a little bit too.
If you’re looking for beginners yoga Edinburgh classes then it’s worth checking them out as the pace is good, and there were people at all levels in the class. There was also a nice, friendly vibe, and I was made to feel welcome. Check them out at http://enjoyableyoga.com