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We had led class on Monday to make up for the Sunday moon day, and today was the first day back to mysore-style. My led class yesterday was pretty tough. I had two days off and I felt heavy and stiff. It was insanely packed in the shala and I knocked my head a couple of times on the wall during garbha pindasana. I was happy to get a safe wall spot and the woman beside me was super sweet.

Led primary in Mysore. When I think about how to describe it, it really sounds like the opposite of something a sane person would ever want to do. I show up at the shala at 5am, 45 minutes early, and to sit on the stairs to get a spot when the doors open. When the 4:30am class finishes and the narrow doorway opens, there is a rush of people, elbowing and pushing their way to get in. It is terrifically yogic. Once inside, you set your mat down and wait for someone to come and put their mat basically on top of yours. For the rest of the class, you go through a series of complex geometric calculations, “If I put my leg here, where will he put his leg?/If the person to the right of me moves forward , but the person to the left of me moves back – where can I put my head?” Sometimes, you luck out and the people next to you are small and careful. Sometimes, you are next to a tall, careful person. And sometimes you end up next to someone who feels it is his way or Afghanistan and you spend the next 90 minutes trying to avoid being hit or crushed. David said the led classes are more like a sport than anything else. Australian rugby, cage fighting, led primary at KPJAYI – it is all the same thing.

Anyway, there was none of that on Monday. But I was happy to get back to my practice today.  I think tomorrow will feel even better.

Today we had lunch with Mikko and Helena from Ashtanga Yoga Studio in Copenhagen. David is planning to teach there in September. They are both so lovely, I am really excited to visit. Here is a picture of the good looking Scandinavians.

Helena taught me how to pronounce Copenhagen, which sounds to me a little like Coop-en-haown – with the final “n” acting as more of an idea than a letter in the name. I have to practice.  And of course, Helena said Toronto like a native right away – Ta-ron-oo.

On a different note, this will probably shock and amaze all my dear readers, but did you know if you google “cockroach vampires”, this site is the first to come up? Totally unexpected. I might be a pioneer in the field. I thought briefly about making a Stephanie Meyers-esque series with teeanage cockroach vampires. Not sure if it is as appealing an idea as sparkly, brooding, vampire boyfriends. I guess some people like them.

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And you just know that everyone featured in that video has read the Twilight books at least twice. Crossover potential!

Exhibit A: Small red bites on my knees and calves. (photo not available at this time)

Exhibit B: Before Sanskrit class, sitting calmly – in broad daylight – by my shoes. He is almost big enough to start wearing them.

Exhibit C: Gross!

I’m calling him Bruno. We kicked him out of the apartment, but when we returned he was waiting for us in the same spot – all kinda like, “Where’ve you been? You know I don’t have a key.”

Maybe Bruno was forced to watch this movie, entitled VAMPIRE”S KISS, at an early age, and now takes out his undead rage on humans. Don’t press play. Don’t!

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There is a lesson in all of this: Tip and shake out your shoes before putting them on.

This morning I woke up with two little bites on my wrist. I went about my morning, made tea and prepared myself for led primary with Saraswathi. Just as I was leaving, I saw my first cockroach of the trip. A big, fat brown thing shuffling sleepily out of our bedroom and into the next room.

I posited that it might be a Cockroach Vampire, hence the two little fang marks on my wrist. David told me that the cockroach would have to be dead to get undead, and that would be unlikely because they are notoriously hard to kill.

But think about it. They don’t like sunlight, they live in a nest, and they can live through a nuclear disaster. Plus when I googled “Cockroach Vampires”, I found this colouring page for kids:

Pure evil!

Vikram and Vanessa from AYCT arrived today after spending the week in Delhi.

I’m totally giving them the Pug-in-a-Basket-I’m-all-hooked-up crown. They got an apartment, negotiated their rent down by 3,000 rupees, and signed up at the shala AND Vikram got a discount there. Unheard of! Bastards. They totally deserve it.

We took them shopping for toilet paper, and we took a picture of lovely Vanessa.

But we forgot to take a picture of Vikram too, so here is a picture of a cute dog we met instead!

But let’s get back to the Cockroach Vampire thing. Let me know what you think: