Early morning exercises

I was up bright and early this morning.

I think my body-clock is a bit confused by the time-zone difference: Reggie told me that Cape Town is 6 hours ahead of Halifax, so I expected to sleep in quite late, but – no. As soon as the sun peeked through the wooden blinds, I was up and ready to do my yoga stretches on the lawn.

The irrigation system had just finished spraying, though, and the grass was completely soaked, so Reggie (who was also up surprisingly early) very thoughtfully spread out a towel for me on the paving stones next to the pool. She said she did not want me to get my feet or my tummy wet. She is so kind.

I did my yoga by the poolside this morning
I did my yoga by the poolside this morning

My body feels a bit stiff from the long journey. I struggled to do my usual postures, like the cobra backbend and the downward dog with one leg up, and the upside-down swan with its head between its knees.

Meanwhile, Reggie was practising her Qi Gong routine on the damp grass. I noticed her eyeing me nervously whenever there was a gust of wind; perhaps she feared I might be blown into the pool! She told me afterwards that she was astounded at how supple and agile I was! And then she asked me to teach her my Salute to the Sun routine, so we will get started on that on Monday!

Needless to say, her praise went down well. It feels good to be acknowledged for one’s accomplishments and personal assets.

By mid-morning, we were ready for a snack, so we had some tea and biscuits, and discussed our plans for the rest of the day.

We enjoy a mid-morning snack of tea and biscuits
We enjoy a mid-morning snack of tea and biscuits

4 thoughts on “Early morning exercises

  1. To think that FK does yoga, too! Oh how I would love to be doing yoga by your pool watching you do that Qi Gong routine. Would you be nervously watching me, too? I would promise not to fall in your pool–at least not by mistake.


    1. Yes, Kathy, I love my yoga.

      It’s primarily mental/visualisation yoga, of course – my walking stick isn’t all that supple – but you’d be surprised how much of a sweat you can work up by doing all these complicated poses in your head!

      Please don’t fall into the pool, not even on purpose – that water is quite cold. If it happens and I’m around, you can always grab hold of my stick, though.


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