11/18/11 09:37- ID#55540
The Emperor's Waltz
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08/23/11 02:45- ID#55005
Calling Matthew to be AndrÃ© Rieu's photographer!!!
Sign up on Rieu's site.
DO it now!!
Think of all the glory if you are picked!!
Last Modified: 08/23/11 02:54
08/08/11 08:38- ID#54907
Back from ballet
I was soaking wet by the time we were done and far away from anything resembling graceful but I had a bunch of fun.
They have a African Movement Workshop on Wednesday. I know it conflicts with yoga, but is anyone interested in going with me? It's $12.50 for the evening if we turn up to the class together.
Last Modified: 08/08/11 08:42
07/28/11 11:15- ID#54807
Break a leg. The keith way.
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07/14/11 11:22- ID#54700
I wasn't expecting to reach the pose at all. But my head was suddenly suspended in mid air and I was looking at (e:Paul) on the nearby mat upside down. It was a very happy moment. Erin's wonderful practice at Hand to Heart yoga has finally started making a positive difference to my upper body strength.
And now for the next yoga frontier...
Check back in a year. ;-)
Last Modified: 07/14/11 11:22
06/01/11 11:35- ID#54395
Also has this nifty basic stretches diagram:
What if you used every small timespan of just twiddling your thumbs to stretch a muscle instead? How many stretches could you accumulate in a day? How much fitness would you gain? What if you stretched whenever you remembered to throughout the week, throughout the month, pretty much whenever it was feasible? Would it make a difference to your body?
I am going to find out!! Mid-year resolution #1!
Last Modified: 06/01/11 11:35
05/13/11 09:40- ID#54274
Ballet Class with Olga
In particular, I loved this sequence from the documentary.
It showcases an intense ballet lesson that Sokvannara "Sy" Sar, a Cambodian who came to NYC to learn ballet, takes with Olga Kostritzky, simply the best beginner ballet teacher there can be.
Notice Sy's perfect form and the controlled leg lifts. I wonder if I will ever get there.
I had no idea Google put whole documentaries online on Youtube. You can watch the entire film here:
Last Modified: 05/13/11 09:40
05/12/11 12:16- ID#54269
Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana
In class, Erin gave us the option of trying the Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana (compass or sundial pose) or leg splits. I was secretly interested in going the splits way because of my not-so-secret obsession with ballet. But the sundial/compass pose looked pretty cool so most of the class that had an opinion at that point voted in favour of trying it out. I decided to abandon my secret agenda and went with the class.
And, wow! The Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana was totally worth going with the class chorus.
That doesn't mean I reached the full expression of the pose. Far from it. But I ALMOST got there with a yogi's choice scaled-down version. (e:Paul)-Super-Yogi later told me that this pose was tough, even for him. He has a theory that he is only good at asanas that involve upper body strength (but we all know it's just a theory and a flawed one at that, because I did watch him out of the corner of my eyes, and he totally reached the asana!)
After yoga, (e:Paul) and I hung out for dinner. We cooked palak paneer (which, I thought was a slight disaster because our most-probable guess purchase of a "paneer"-like-Italian-basket cheese pulled a meltdown in the frying pan). I should have known better than to have trusted an Italian cheese to behave like paneer or at least have tested it before throwing it all in or just used the most-probably-fry-able Goya Queso Blanco, instead. But I didn't do any of these things.
I guess there is always next time but If you will excuse me, I need to go and bask in my yoga mediocrity and palak-paneer miscalculation now.
Last Modified: 05/12/11 12:17
05/11/11 06:38- ID#54259
Who was Martha Graham?
I am absolutely fascinated with the Google doodle today! It just keeps getting better and better. I followed links and read so much about Martha Graham because of that awesome doodle.
And now, the inevitable. I want to try out Modern dance!!
Last Modified: 05/11/11 12:14
05/10/11 11:42- ID#54257
Missed yoga so much...
That makes zero sense, but welcome to my life. The genre-defying deviation was because of some eleventh hour "planning" and last-minute dashing - which didn't produce much results except for a big sign outside the yoga studio which said something to the effect of:
Class is lamentably very full today. You are welcome to join us some other day for yoga, but NOT TODAY, you tardy little rat.
I almost retraced my steps back home when I remembered the zumba poster at my ballet/salsa studio and decided to check it out instead. It was an interesting experience. Zumba is like dancing an alternate-universe crazy version of salsa mixed in liberally with aerobics and strange disco-like moves which defy categorization. I was drenched in sweat by the end of the class but didn't really feel like I learned anything new. Who knows, I might even have unlearnt some salsa steps that took me ages to get...
I really really REALLY miss Erin's yoga class. I am 99% going to the Vinyasa session tomorrow and planning on getting to class early. I hope the 1% doesn't show its evil petty face at 4:00 PM.
Last Modified: 05/10/11 11:44
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