Work and Acroyoga
We have a sweet deal here, staying at Thaidaho Vista Resort in one of the guest rooms. In exchange, Erik and I scrape and pressure wash paint off the exterior walls, and paint layer after layer of latex and oil based paints over pillars and walls.
The only drawback of a working vacation is a find I want to do way too much each day, never getting to all of it…..
And the hammock lies empty.
My sister, Jahnavi, is at this very moment on a cycle tour in Mexico, headed to Central America and eventually to Brazil to immerse herself in Capoeira wisdom and community (Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art and dance form).
It’s a scary thing for her, a solo woman to be traveling by bicycle and bus through Mexico, and it’s more scary for me sometimes. So we check in on WhatsApp once a day, I get her coordinates, we discuss how many kilometers, bicycle breakdowns, how many tacos eaten, and how many crappy hotels booked. I am living a parallel life, cycling through Mexico, and simultaneously living on an island in Thailand.
Something I love…
Since I was 24 yrs old, I’ve aspired to be a circus performer. I even went to the San Fransisco Circus Center and New England Center for Circus Arts to train as a performer. While training, I incurred 3 serious knee injuries that required surgery on both knees over a 7 year period. With the time from injury to post-surgery healing, I wasn’t really able to seriously train for a full year from those 3 surgeries.
I can say that the third surgery has put an end to any aspirations I have of being a circus performer.
But I still love acrobatics! How to cope with this?
Enter Acro yoga.
Not for show, in fact, it can be boring to watch. It’s a fantastically fun body conversation between 2 people.
I am teaching acroyoga at Koh Mak to the island goers, the long termers and the one week visitors. I started teaching classes 3x a week for the past 3 weeks, and it’s been a great learning process for me, gauging where my students are at, challenging them, but keeping it within reason so that they feel safe and enjoy the progress they make.
(All acroyoga Photo credits: Erik Newquist)