Friday, May 06, 2005

Yoga and/or gardening?

The squirrels have been busy over winter since I’ve pulled up three horse chestnut saplings, the strangest place was from behind a pile of wood against the garage at the back gate... They don’t waste any time getting started in life at about 30 cm high it’s still a battle to yank them out – and no, it’s nothing to do with my abilities since the Chaturanga Dandasana (Staff pose), Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Dog), Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward Dog) my yoga instructor has been torturing (oh, that should be teaching) us has improved the upper body strength no end!!

Of course it doesn’t help that our yoga instructor has decided to ‘time’ our core activities during the Saturday morning two hour class so that instead of relaxing into each posture you are straining to maintain Bhujangasana (Cobra) for two minutes, Salamba Sirsasana (Headstand) for ten minutes and perform the Virabhadrasana (Warrior) cycle as a continuous flow. Muscles ache at the end of each session and there’s just no energy left for the rest of the day. That limits gardening pursuits over the weekend to one day… Still it gives you the perfect excuse to just hang out and relax!!

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