April 30, 2008
Tonight, I feel much better and I have no problems with Montezuma anymore. As a result, and to stop having a post about diarrhea in the blog’s homepage, here is a post about something random (but really great) to compensate the previous post’s too much information. Girls, read this post from start to bottom.
Sometimes, I don’t have any specific thing I want to write about from the training. In those situations, like today, I will just write about whatever random stuff crosses my mind.
Several weeks ago, I discovered a group of people in the Internet that were trying to discover the best baby laugh in the world. They have posted a lot of different videos but there was not clear winner according to them.
After looking at some of the videos, here are my top 3 baby laughs. Please enjoy them!
3rd placed video: ” Please don’t forget to breathe”
2nd placed video: ” Who needs toys when you have a piece of paper”
1st placed video: ” Stereo/dolby surround always sounded better than mono”
April 29, 2008
I knew that sooner or later, I was going to face digestive challenges in Mexico like most of the people in the training. After over 3 weeks of resisting fiercely, my stomach has finally chosen today to complain and wake me up with an unconfortable diarrhea 😦
The legend says that any diarrhea problem caused to a Spaniard in Mexico is due to Montezuma’s spirit who is taking his revenge from the aztec defeat in the Spanish conquest of Mexico.
Anyway, I will spare nasty details. Just to be said, that I was lucky that Alison and others took care of me. Thanks to her, I am know taking (1) anti-diarrhea tablets to calm the stomach, (2) calcium tablets to prevent muscle cramp and (3) tons more of gatorade and electrolytes. Today, the yoga classes were a bit harder than normally to me (especially the ones that include some kind of compression to my stomach). As a funny note, I am now always trying to get my mat close to the door (in case a toilet emergency emerges during my practice of yoga):-)
Shoot!, I really can’t believe I just wrote a post about my diarrhea… this is sooo sad!!!!! Cute girls, don’t read this post please:-)
Anyway, I now feel much better. Let’s see how I wake up tomorrow.
April 29, 2008
On Saturday, I used my free night to get to Acapulco downtown (it’s around 20 minutes away from the Hotel by car) and go out to the movies. I really needed to get out of the Hotel and see some non-yogi people.
There are 2 things I loved from the Movie Theaters here in Mexico:
(1) They don’t dub the movies to Spanish (only subtitles) you can always watch the version in the original language (in Spain, we dub even the McChicken- called McPollo:-)
(2) There are VIP theaters (I went to one of those), where the seats are amazing confortable leather sofas that can be turned horizontal and with waiters that serve drinks and sushi. They cost like double the normal price but they are definitely worth it.
I watched a french movie called “La Vie en Rose” (it had been in my list for a long time). It tells the life of Edith Piaf, the great french singer from the 30s, 40s and 50s. I loved it. The actress that plays Piaf is amaaazing. I didn’t know Piaf was such a character and had such a sad life (I guess you have to go through hell to reach heaven).
Anyway, it was great to scape from the bootcamp for a couple of hours. Piaf’s music reminds me of Paris and my 2 years there so I got a bit melancholic (juerga friends, miss you all!!!). I have just downloaded 5 Piaf’s songs from i-tunes to continue on my parisian melancholy. In order of how much I like them (in case you want to try Piaf):
(1) La Foule
(2) Rien de Rien
(3) Non, je ne regrette rien
(4) La vie en rose
(5) Param, param
A toute a l’heure!!!
April 27, 2008
In the last couple of weeks, Bikram has been full time with us, giving us daily lectures and leading most of the evening yoga classes. That has given me the opportunity to getting to know him a bit better and creating an initial opinion of him. He has now left for a couple of weeks and will come back in May to stay with us until the end of the training. As a result, now it is a perfect moment to do balance of my experience with him.
Overall, I must confess that I was completely overblown by meeting him in person. As my good friend Nikos would say, I had my expectations really high but Bikram was able to exceeded them by far. He is a very unique person both in the good and bad sides. I have never had so much fun in a lecture as in some of his lectures. Given his extremely big mouth and his wild eccentricity, you either love him or hate him. I personally find him very endearing and one of the most interesting and inspirational people I have ever met. If you have time, please download and watch the video that CBS’ 60 minutes did about Bikram.
Anyway, as a good consultant, I will organize my opinion about Bikram in 3 parts (with 3 bullets each :-): Things I love from him, things I find funny and things I don’t like that much.
Things I love from Bikram…
(1) His vital energy and joie de vivre. I have never met a person with highest energy and joy in live than Bikram. He sleeps only 2-3 hours per day. He thinks that the greatest enemy of humankind is the waste of time and he seems to enjoy every single minute of his existence.
(2) His focus and sense of purpose. His purpose in life is to spread the message of yoga in the world to make it a better place to live. He always has this in mind in everything that he does. And he has been very successful: he has introduced yoga to millions of people, trained thousands of instructors and his franchise has more than 2,000 studios around the world, the largest yoga organization in the world. Not bad, don’t you think?
(3) His ability to say and do whatever he wants without thinking what people will say. He doesn’t give a shit about what people think and does whatever he wants with his life if he thinks is the right thing to do. Read the rest of this entry »
April 27, 2008
We have already started putting nicknames within the group of friends I am making in the training. I have helped creating some good ones like Ronaldinha, Spice Girl or TinkerBell. I am not extremely excited about the originality of mine: Elmo, the popular puppet from Sesame Street (although he was not present in the Spanish Version).
They chose it for two reasons: (1) some of them have problems pronouncing my beautiful name (and this sounds similar) and (2) I love to eat chocolate cookies with milk (in Spain we don’t have Elmo so I can’t verify that).
Anyway, this Elmo thing reminded me a beautiful video a friend showed me long time ago. In Youtube, there is a video trend of making nasty things to Elmo puppets. This one is a bit different than the rest of videos. It has a weird but touching combination of sadness, beauty and craziness (please play it with the music on).
Given that today is gloomy Sunday, here is the video-present from me to you!
April 27, 2008
Today I attended a Basic CPR Training. CPR (CardioPulmonary Resucitation) is an emergency medical procedure for a victim of cardiac arrest. If you watch ER, House MD or similar, you know what I am talking about… compressing the chest like crazy to pump blood to the body even if the heart is not working.
The training took a bit more than 3 hours and they showed us different techniques to use in case of chocking, unconcious choking and cardiopulmonar arrest. They also told us what to do in a number of emergencies (seizures, strokes, etc). I surely don’t remember all of them… but I have a nice book.
The thing that shocked me the most is the fact that a CPR procedure breaks all the ribs of the victim (in order to pump the heart effectively). Even more, if the chest compression don’t break the ribs, you are doing something wrong (creepy details, they said that in the first couple of compression you can hear the ribs cracking, then everything goes smoothly:-)
Anyway, I AM CPR CERTIFIED so next time your heart stops, I will be there to break your freaking ribs!!!
April 25, 2008
Hey guys! This week, things are a bit crazier than last week. Posture clinic has gone up to speed and this is taking all my time, sleep and happiness 😦 [just kidding, the happiness is still there]
Physically, I am very tired and sore (as the training progresses, the classes are getting tougher and hotter). However, I just set up an appointment for a 1-hour deep-tissue massage on Sunday so I should be recovered after that;-)
Mentally, I am also tired and looking for the weekend. However, the days are long but not that intense, so I feel less mentally tired than at work.
For those who don’t know yet the mechanics of the posture clinic (it must be most of you as I haven’t explained them yet):
- We are covering each of the 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises of the Bikram Series. For each posture, we have an initial lecture and Q&A with the senior teachers to discuss the key challenges of the posture
- Then we are divided in 8 groups (40 people each) where each of us has to perform the dialog verbatim (word by word), teaching the posture to a group of (mock) students, in front of the group
- Each posture has about a page of dialog that we have to learn by heart. It started taking me 4-5 hours per posture. After improving my memorizing method, now I am bringing the time down and my goal is to spend 2 hours per posture
- Since we are covering one posture per day at the current speed, this is bring my sleep time down (although my strategy is to advance as much as possible during the weekend so I can sleep a bit)
I am really looking forward to the weekend!!!!!
My schedule this week is pretty busy these days:
(1) Wake up at 7:15am (get up at 7:30am) Read the rest of this entry »