Today's Kai (tm) Report:
adjustments: Prasarita D, Marychiasana D
breath: could have been stronger
practiced next to Cobra Tamer and in front of Pinecone Sister
Sheered mirror on the wall said: head could have been lower in Prasaritas; lunge in Warrior 2 good.
i wanted to tell the story of something i experienced the other night. i don't know; it's one of those things that are curious and fascinating about the culture here. i was waiting at a light in my electric bike. in front, on my left, where, all in one electric bike, a man and two women seated in a row. the middle woman was extending her arms back, hugging the woman behind her. to their right was a man in another bike, with a child in his arms. the child screamed for his mommy. the mommy turned out to be the woman in the back of the first bike. she got off, walked to the other bike, took the kid in her arms and seated herself behind the man, her husband. in the other bike, the girl that was in the middle got off. her boyfriend moved back and she sat in front to drive, her boyfriend hugging her. all the chuffling between people related to each other on two different bikes was complicated to watch and endearing at the same time.
Globie is a dragon; it's his birthday month. So is Laruga's and Joy's... i am almost finished editing my pictures from my trip of four months ago. it's a good thing, since i have a new trip coming up and should finish posting the pictures of the last one. above is a dragon detail from a temple in PutuoShan.
among my receipts i found one for $313.55 spent at Torrey Pines Club in La Jolla, California. i wonder how that receipt ended in my box, given that on that date i was in San Francisco. that's a mystery; i don't golf.
Mellow Man practiced next to me. he probably thought we were crowded, because he faced the opposite way. that made Teacher laugh as he asked him to face the front. i didn't lose my dristhe, but because of his proximity i noticed a great Pasasana, an equally nice Kapotasana and an impressive Mayurasana. I'm not sure why he stopped before the Seven Deadlies. When doing Urdva Danurasana, he was so quick to come up to standing i thought i lost my mind momentarily. blessed flexibility. Tic Tocs? no problem.
my story in comparison is more humble. my left leg almost allowed me to bind in Marichyasana D on the right side by myself. i got a good lift in Urdva Danurasana. i keep looking for that day when coming to standing will be there. this evening Teacher texted that we'll be observing the moon day tomorrow. his website said Wednesday, but that was an error. i was wondering, because as he texted, i had seen a full moon outside.
today i practiced in between Jumping Beane and Purple Skiboat. whenever Purple Skiboat does her cobra hissing, my chest starts shaking from laughter that i suppress. let's say there is no stale air in her when she's done with that routine.
where was i? oh, practice. i said to myself as i did multiple mini dropbacks, "i surrender", as i think Claudia was talking about this week. in any case, i think that my droback practice is better on days that i do intermediate, where i feel more bending in the thoracic.
Gloria Estefan sings,
"Ayer encontre la flor que tu me diste
imagen del amor que me ofreciste.
aun guarda el aroma aquel tierno clavel.
Ayer encontre la flor que tu me diste.
Regresa por favor; lo pasado no importa.
De todo, nuestro orgullo es lo peor.
Renovemos la pasion, pues la vida es
muy corta. Llenemos de calor el corazon."
i forgot to charge the battery in the bike last night. i almost didn't make it to the office in the bike. i'm glad i wore a brown shirt. where i change in the shala is used as a janitor closet and the maid left a full pail of water used to mop the floor. when things were shifted around, my clothes fell into it. someone put the clothes to dry. the bycicle ride on a windy morning helped the drying process. i'll change the shirt at lunch.
i greeted Whale Whisperer in the morning again today. He's French. after class i am usually very thirsty. the half hour wait to get coffee in the office is agonizing in a way because the thirst is voracious. today i walked to the convenience store nearby and downed a gatorade. i suppose i should get small bottles of the stuff and carry it in my backpack. only more weight to carry and i already lug two big packs every morning, the back pack and the clothes/ practice rug pack.
so i'm asking myself what is going on. why am i moody and not my usual peppy self? high temperatures? check. you wake up and it's 33 celsius/91 fahrenheit. the heat index today is going to be 115 f. insufficient protein in my diet? check. i went ahead and added a lot of brewers yeast to my soup - the protein and b-12 should kick in the energy. i've been forgetting to supplement with my protein powders in the last week so i need to start doing that again.
but though the photo looks devoid of people, in reality there where many and sometimes caused situations like this, where someone innocently barged into the photo.
then, to get a perfect photo of a couple that had t-shirts that when they stood next to each other created a full heart and completed the word love
i had to ask other people to hold from walking in front.
on Sunday my tutor asked me if i would join her other students, my former colleagues, for a drink late on Wednesday. i don't usually go out at night in the middle of the week because it breaks my yoga routine. it was nice to see her and hear of her plans to go study in France for two years. earlier this year, i introduced her to one of my French former roommates who was in Shanghai for an internship. they became friends. he is back in Paris and is helping her find temporary housing before she gets settled in her university dorm. after our drink, it was difficult to find a taxi to get back home. when the metros close around 10:30pm in the city, the taxis are in great demand since it's the only remaining method of public transportation. i started walking back home and didn't find an available taxi until i had walked a mile away from the popular spot of Xintiandi, where we met for tea. arriving home near midnight, i was not able to wake up in time for yoga practice.
next to the temple is a famous vegetarian restaurant that I wrote about a year and a half ago. i just can't find the post. back then i never visited the restaurant despite being given a discount coupon. it seemed to serve too much food in buffet style. well, there where no surprises except for how fancy it was. you pay a lot for the meal and there is an incredible array of choices of foods - 15 types of drinks, 10 Japanese food choices, 15 types of salads, 30 Chinese vegetarian dishes including soups, stir fries, fake vegetarian frogs (I could not touch those), fake pork meat (i put it in my plate and did not touch it either.). There were 20 kinds of desserts and ice cream. did i enjoy it? yes, it impressed the heck out of me. but i still think it's too much food. my flatmate was treating me because of my birthday. i will invite her to Expo next week. (Edit: I found the post on the restaurant; I only posted pictures from their website.)
after lunch we bought pink bracelets and made an offering to Amitofo Buddha, as they call the Buddha here. the staff at the temple shops thought it was cute we were buying bracelets in the same color together - they probably thought we were a couple. we prayed we find love.
These beautiful images of wildflowers were taken by colleagues of mine who travel to remote areas of Yunnan Province, where they are helping to rebuild pedestrian bridges that have been swept by natural forces. This is the website of the cause.
i enjoy reading the calorie restriction newsgroup posts, even the technical ones. i don't worry that i'm not trained scientifically. after years of reading them, they actually made sense. but since i'm in a creative mode recently, i thought i would throw together a soup of words culled from some of these posts. this is not supposed to make sense. just think of it as poetic. so here goes such a construct:
life extension is achieved when the nematode elegans comes to the rescue of the mytochondrial. dietary shift to calorie restriction decreases bacterial toxity. disruption of insulin signaling helps the bionergetic competence of the mytochondria, counteracting dysfunctions by modulating metabolic fluxes, biosynthesis and autophagy. it leads to lifespan optimization and celular-nuclear epistasis. it lets you lotus your feet and bind your arms in marichyasana D and put your legs behind the head daily.