Monday, September 7, 2009

Writer's block, yoga lessons etc.

Really can't think of anything to write. What a bummer these writer's blocks are! Not that anyone's forcing me to write or anything. But as a card carrying MBA, it is shameful to be at a loss for words. (The missus points out here that I am not at a loss for words, my problem is that I am at a loss for ideas. She might be right there but it's nitpicking).

What to write? Ok, here's something. The other day, the missus thought it would be nice for me to learn yoga. Probably sick of hearing me whine about having to work out in the gym, she decided to set me up with a competent yoga instructor.

Well, I have nothing against this fine form of exercise, except of course for the tendency of the yoga instructor to try and make you hyperflexible.

I mean, I can see the utility of this. Let's say you have two full mugs of beer, one in each hand, and you want to scratch your ear. If you were good at yoga, you'd just use your toe, nonchalantly like, instead of having to find a table to keep one beer mug, scratch your ear with the free hand, and then pick the mug again. A most convenient talent. But the steps leading to the acquisition of this ability are punishing, to say the least.

After one session of this, I slunk back into the gym. Better to risk dropping the dumbbell on one's toe than chancing the painful possibility of accidentally biting your own nuts.


What else? Oh, we had a chilled out saturday. The younger son decided to prepare for a career in rock music, aided and abetted by yours truly, till his mom caught us  and bawled us out. Caught on video. Cheers




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23 comments:

gauri said...

//Let's say you have two full mugs of beer, one in each hand, and you want to scratch your ear. If you were good at yoga, you'd just use your toe, nonchalantly like, instead of having to find a table to keep one beer mug, scratch your ear with the free hand, and then pick the mug again.//

LOL. But see, with talent like that comes ambition. If you were indeed good at yoga, you'd use your toes to carry chicken wings or mozarella sticks, or perhaps another couple steins of beer. (Perhaps you should just ask for "a table for toe" ? :P)

Glad you're still writing; words are still a pleasure to read!

g

narendra shenoy said...

Thanks, g. You are such a mood elevator!

Chethana said...

Accidentally biting your own nuts? Seriosuly?! Thats an occupational hazard many yogi-sts must have not considered.

narendra shenoy said...

And table for toe is funny! As is the mental picture of carryng chicken wings in my toes.

narendra shenoy said...

@chethana - i don't think it is a coincidence that most yogis have a high threshold for pain

dkst45 said...

When guys use the phrase, I had my balls in my mouth, I guess they must be good at Yoga...

Idling in Top Gear said...

Aren't there aesthetic benefits to attending a yoga class, sirjee? :D (Or are you attending the early, early morning class with the elderly?)

Partho said...

The youngest Shenoy has talent.
IMHO Yoga should be better for osteoarthritis than gym, if you can keep your mouth closed while at critical postures, that is.
And I hear there are aesthetic incentives too, like Idling here inquires about.

Siddharth said...

I am waiting to read from you about the SRK episode in NY. You need to restart the investigative journalism from your early blogging days again :)

Chris Allin said...

I think you're forgetting about the possible implications of yoga for cooking. Imagine chopping the vegetables with your feet while you attend to whatever is cooking. And what about tidying? Or when you need to climb trees?

The possibilities are endless, in fact, I'm enlisting tomorrow.

ChUcK said...

Imagine if your son learnt yoga. He could play guitar with two hands, and keyboard with the feet.

Woah.

Satish Bhat said...

Yoga is injurious to a relaxed lifestyle, me thinks.

You might be asked to help out more often around the house,thanks to the super flexibility...like cleaning all the lofts every sunday -gah !

Arun Sundar said...

Read somewhere that Bipasha practices yoga regularly. But then, she has her benefits, not us!

maxdavinci said...

there is a big diff between showmanship and stupidity!

you training the kids to be jedi knights?

Talking bout jedis, you could use the force to scratch your ear!

Vikas said...

Ok... time to cross yoga off of my "things to try" list... especially after "Better to risk dropping the dumbbell on one's toe than chancing the painful possibility of accidentally biting your own nuts."

Juggler said...

Great! Now I cannot take the picture of you trying to scratch your ear with you toes out of my mind. A picture of beer-swigging flamingo performing an exotic one-legged penance!

ROFL...
t

le embrouille blogueur said...

Whatever you do Naren ... do not ever try Hot Yoga ... you will sweat and it is going to be nasty on others ....I love the asan ... where you "lie down and relax" .. I like to focus a lot of time on that one.

Bea Walker said...

The Kid is entertaining - he now needs some cool stage name :)...are you still you or pretzel shaped?

Ram said...

The kid falling down was funny:D Wondering how your other kid did not break out laughing. He is like Buddha. Stoic throughout the performance.

narendra shenoy said...

@dkst45 - :-)

@idling - At my age, the hardest thing in me is my arteries!

@partho - The elder guy is quite good too, but he doesn't fall for my honey traps

@siddharth - Coming right up! Well, whenever I find some inspiration at any rate

@chris - :-)

@chuck - :-) I'm lucky the thought hasn't occured to him.

@satishbhat - (Alarmed!) Shhhh!

@arun - Ahh! Sigh!

@max - LOL! Using the force to scratch my ear!

@vikas - There ought to be a statutory warning, no?

narendra shenoy said...

@juggler - LOL! "A picture of beer-swigging flamingo performing an exotic one-legged penance!" - Ouch!

@leb - yes, the breathing exercises! But even those are tough :(

@bea - :-D Nope, not pretzel shaped!

@ram - Yes, that falling off the chair was funny! The elder guy is immune to all this because he is witness to this kind of monkey business on a daily basis!

Coconut Chutney said...

I literally ROFL-ed at your "at my age, the hardest thing is in my body are my arteries!"

God bless you, Uncle S! :D

mentalie said...

it always amazes me that yoga was invented in india! i personally don't know a single person who can wrap his ankles around his ears the way iyengar does. it's a conspiracy, i say, by the yogis to terrorize the plebeians!