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Note: Background images in December 2002 and January 2003 journal entries are selected from Frances Ku's collection of her original watercolours.

Bon Journal

Substitute yoga teacher

My Friday morning yoga class has a therapeutic effect to end the week. My teacher's soothing voice calms me down, and after one hour 15 minutes, I always feel rejuvenated.

Our teacher has gone to Goa on a yoga retreat for a few weeks. The room was cold. The substitute was late. She didn't bother to introduce herself but asked us to warm up right away.

The room was so cold that she had to ask the gym staff to turn on the heater. Unfortunately the heater kept blowing out cold air.

After we warmed up, the substitute asked us to lie down. Who knows why? The purpose of warming up is to get into poses. It's not to lie down and let all the heat dissipate. Instead of a smooth, continuous series of related exercises, we felt distracted and disjointed with the instructions given.

Later in the sauna, I exchanged my views about the inadequate yoga class with others. We had gotten so used to our teacher that we couldn't accept anyone else. It was the same way with our pilates teacher whose maternity leave had left us to experience several substitutes, all of which were inadequate.

Moral of the story? I think I shall skip the next few classes to avoid risking another bad yoga practice.

17 January 2003 Friday

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Anne Ku
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