annual party and for my 10 minute turn
they've asked me to do yoga asanas.
i can't do power stuff that i could
not do well in front of 150 people.
it will have to be pretty tame stuff.
so what should i do? cybershalamates,
please offer suggestions. they also
asked for a costume. ha! so how
about just my long yoga pants and
tank top or a t-shirt? i can tell
you it will be cold in the place.
it's winter here and they don't
heat spaces. please make suggestions.
i can see me bring my space heater
and an extension cord!
i did yoga in long johns, sweater, yoga pants and socks this morning. need i say the room was cold? does a little heater have buddha nature? i don't know, but it was worthy of worship this morning. i did floorasanas tm of Primary. later, to get to the kitchen for breakfast, i donned a scarf, hat and a parka. i can't wait for spring.
and my aunt's Christmas tree
i have practiced a little while here; half primary and yin poses with a lot of faffing and interruptions from family members. i want to have strong practices in 2010. going to the shala on Sundays might help me get back on track with that goal. i think that one reason my practice has slowed down a bit, besides that i have been working long hours, is that i am a few pounds heavier now that i was last year. what happened is as follows. i arrived in China last February. i was unfamiliar with measuring everything in metric, so i did not know that during my first weeks, i gained about 6 pounds, or 3 kilograms. my weight, in metric became 63 kg and has stayed there all year. however, my best weight for yoga, i realize now, is 60kg, or about 132 lbs. i'm almost at 139lbs, ahem, i mean 140lbs. so i feel sluggish. also, i used to know how many calories where in the food i prepared and estimated for food eaten out. but with the metric system, i don't have full knowledge of calorie counting, so i have to rely on intuition. i also cannot read labels in Chinese. i also have been a bit slack on using Cron-O-Meter, so i will need to resume using it. a calorie restriction practice that has helped me in the year has been to eat very little at dinner time- just a snack, and make my breakfast and lunch bigger meals. okay, there, that's my yoga and nutrition testimonial for the day.
this is a view before the sunrise from my mom's house, and a photomerge of the panorama. i practiced standing sequence at the hotel during my transit to the Island. i lucked out that the bad weather in the East coast did not affect the Midwest. Tiffany wrote a while back poignant observations of differences between American and Asian airline carriers, things related to level of service, food offered and the age of planes. i won't repeat what she said, but i'll just add that i encountered my own problems...(edit) it was a wonderful coincidence that i sat next to a Mandarin speaking Chinese lady from Shanghai and her son. they live in Chicago. it was nice to see a lot of tourists in San Juan. that helps the economy.
my colleague gave me this beautiful card, which i scanned and am posting. she is from Beijing and she studied in England 2 years of high school and college. i love her accent. the card is a beauty; i like how it is fresh in design, saying, "happy". my first plane is delayed 4 hours. it's not a problem, given my 15 hour layover. i learned that when there are so many hours in between flights, it is labeled "overnight flight". that means to the airlines that you have to pick up your luggage at your first destination, then check it in for the next flight. i didn't know that and my bags are heavy because i'm bringing a lot of gifts. it is not a problem. i felt funny checking in for the flight because this is the first time when flying from here that i have seen so many Americans. we should have a reunion or something and share stories of our lives here. (Edit - i was misinformed in the airport at Shanghai. what i should have been told was that i needed to go through customs in Chicago, then take my suitcases to the airline baggage check counter to check it to its destination. in Shanghai they made it look like my destination was my first stop. you live and learn. Further Edit, if a connecting flight is later than 12 hours, the bags cannot be checked to the final destination. so you have to pick them up at the baggage carousel after your first flight, take them with you and not check them until 4 hours before your continuing flight. it is a good reason to travel light.)