Sunday, 09 October 2011 05:32

Yoga at the Beach, Life is Wonderful

Written by  Ken Ku
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The weather here on Tenerife is starting to cool down but only in the mornings and at nights.  By cooling down, I mean 18C.  Still when the wind picks up it is enough to put on a long sleeve shirt.  This morning, after breakfast the sun wasn't too hot yet, Lucia, Luigi, and I went down to the closest beach to the hostel and did our morning yoga.  It was definitely a new experience for me since all the yoga I've done has been in the studios.  Doing sun salutes outside is very refreshing and it definitely connects you with the nature.  Also it adds an extra level of difficulty as the sand continually falls away.  Balancing poses are particularly changeling.

We started off with just six rounds of sun salutations before moving on to some balancing poses and then into another style of yoga: ashtanga.  This is a more fast paced form of yoga and involves a different type of breathing as well.  Since Luigi has just begun we only one pose, Virabhadrasana I (warrior I).  Finally we ended with Utthita Parsvakonasana (extended side angle pose) and Parivrtta Parsvakonasana (revolved side angle pose).  Before leaving we wanted to try to see if we could do Bakasana (crane pose) but the sand just didn't provide enough support for the arm balance and there was also a little mishap with Luigi's shorts...it ripped.  So at that point, we called it a day.

We came back to the hostel and I help with cleaning up the kitchen area and finally decided what I was going to make for dinner.  I had some eggplants, tomatoes, and a zucchini so I thought I'd make ratatouille.  There was oregano and some rosemary in the kitchen and I just needed to pick up a few things.  A quick trip to Los Abrigos would do the trick.

Since I wasn't sure when dinner would be, I took my time and headed out to Los Abrigos around 1:30 in the afternoon after I had prepped the eggplant and zucchini.  I got some more tomatoes and a can of olives as well as some other things for tomorrow.  The supermarkets aren't open on Sundays.  This is something to remember when going to Europe.  Many places don't open on Sunday, even supermarkets!

I started cooking around the time I got back to the hostel and then just waited.  Since most of the people had left to do errands for the hostel, I had my siesta and worked on my tan.  Things here can't be any more relaxing than that!  What else can someone ask for?

I was a bit intimidated at first to be cooking for everyone because everyone can cook so well, but now that I've done it and everyone enjoyed the meal, I can't wait to make more!  Thanksgiving is only a few days away and I still can't decide what I'm going to make!  I was thinking of making vegetarian stuffing, mashed potatoes, and maybe a pie?  We'll see I guess.

Last modified on Sunday, 09 October 2011 06:02
Ken Ku

Ken Ku

A photographer/printmaker/perpetual wanderer going on a backpacking adventure around the world.  Follow my journey as I discover new places and meet new people!

Website: www.kenkuphotography.ca

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