After yoga class Saturday, I checked out a nearby farmers market and ran across this sculpture that recalled yoga’s downward-facing dog pose.
A few weeks ago, my yoga class was doing a supported headstand, where you stand on your head and elbows with your feet in the air. A gray-haired lady near me had trouble raising her feet up, which gives everyone trouble. I felt she was close. After class I suggested that she move her elbows closer together, clasping her elbows with her hands to start. I showed her the arm position and the headstand. After the next class, she came to me and said she had just done the headstand. I congratulated her. She had just achieved a personal best (PB)!
When we learn something new, which is all the time, we need to celebrate PBs and the hard work it takes. Some poses are hard, especially poses with balance or flexibility, and I feel I can never do the new pose. But seeing other students do the pose encourages me to keep working at it, and sometimes I eventually get it.
Reaching a PB, such as achieving a new pose or holding it longer or more steady, feels good . Helping another student achieve a PB also feels good. PBs help keep us going. Here’s to enjoying PBs by taking a moment to bask in the warmth they bring.
On our first day at Serengeti camp, we came upon a mother cheetah and cubs on the afternoon game drive. They were sleeping, as cats usually do. Our guide said there were four cheetah cubs. We couldn’t make out four cubs, but by now, we knew better than to doubt the guide on counting animals.
We kept our distance and watched. Occasionally a head would pop up for a moment and plop back down. After 40 minutes, several heads popped up at the same time. Now we can see three cubs. It’s getting dark.
Five minutes later the entire family is awake. A proud mother and her four cubs, posing for us.
They get up and stretch. My yoga instructor would be proud of these cats. The cheetah cub does a cat pose. The mother cheetah does a variation of the downward facing dog pose, a cat with its head up.
And then the rain started. They went for cover.
They played for a bit and then ran off, through the rain, into the night.
We had a great visit with the cheetah family. It was dark, and we had a long drive back to camp in the rain, on dirt roads.
On our first morning at the Serengeti Camp, we found a dozen lions in the grass under a large tree. We only saw female lions and cubs. Outside Serengeti National Park, we were able to drive off-road. Lions in the grass on a warm summer day.
Our guide let us spend a long time with the lions, so we had time to observe behaviors such as grooming, yawning, and sprawling.
Lions groom by licking. According to the Honolulu Zoo, the lion “tongue’s upper surface has small bumps on it which enables the lion to hold on to meat while eating and to remove parasites when grooming”.
In the above closeup, the lion’s tongue extends back past the tuft of hair under her mouth.
It was noon, and the lions sleep 20 hours a day.
We can see the lion’s teeth. The female lions do the hunting. When the teeth clamp onto the neck, the lion can suffocate the prey. We let sleeping cats lie.
For the yoga enthusiasts, this lion got up and did a cat pose, where you exhale and arch your back.
Finally, a lion walked up to one of our trucks for shade from the noonday sun.
Cats are cute to watch, when they’re not killing something or eating it before your eyes.