Asana, Pranayama, and Yoga Practice

Discussion of physical aspects of yoga (on and off the mat)

A Conversation (and Maitri)

This morning, after my morning beach walk, as usual, one of the men at the storefront for an adventure business that’s on the corner before the house I’m staying at called out his usual “hey beautiful lady” thing. I responded to him in Spanish, and we ended up talking for a while.

He asked about my Spanish, as most visitors here (even those who’ve bought condos) don’t seem to have much of the language. I said I’d started studying last year; I was spurred by the current political climate to become competent in Spanish to open opportunities for me to be of service.

In response, he told me that he’d lived in California for over 25 years; his three children were born in the United States. They are still in the US, but he, last year, was sent back to Mexico pursuant to the present administration’s policies.

Later in the day, when I was walking out with my yoga teacher and friends, he greeted us with friendliness, not just the typical marketing greeting.

When I get more capable, I hope to find a way to be of greater service, but expanding the opportunities for friendliness seems a decent start.

Below is a picture of what I’m pretty sure is a curlew (birding experts, please comment and advise) eating an immature crab that I watched in the morning.

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Walking Barefoot on the Beach

Walking on the beach is a wonderful way, not only to work your feet in a way that is not possible in the confinement of shoes, but also to witness the tendencies of your gait.

After years of paying attention, my feet are fairly straight, and my weight is reasonably distributed. I tend to turn out a bit, especially with my left foot and when walking is more challenging (here, in soft sand on an incline).

Do your feet turn in or out in a way that increases stress on all the joints above your feet?

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Down-regulating

It’s true that I’m still reading the news and signing petitions and sending comments on regulations, but otherwise, it’s good to have several days to take good care–and to practice my Spanish.

The daily routine for the week: meditation by myself, walk on the beach when it gets light with fellow yogis, breakfast, yoga practice (mostly functional movement exercises rather than traditional asana), lunch, quiet time, more practice, dinner, early to bed.

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