Thursday, June 01, 2006


Today's Vocabulary Words:

Stretchypants = yoga bottoms
Slips = tank top

The Interweb place is slow and we practice at 5AM tomorrow (which means 4:45; the shala clock is notoriously fast) so this will be brief....

Yesterday (the day I lost the yoga mat and bag) ended on a good note; as I was walking from My Net to the Kaveri Lodge I ran into two of the Three Sisters; Go see Harini, they said. Of course I thought I was in trouble. Instead, she presented me with some yoga pants that were too small for her and too big for Shashikala, who is studying late mornings with Pattabhi Jois in Lakshmipuran (the old neighborhood).

There is a Muslim woman practicing at the Gokulam shala. She arrives near the tail end of things in full dark robe and headscarf, and emerges from the ladies changing room in a salwaar kameez (long top over baggy pants) with her hair wrapped in a tight scarf. Matrika's theory is that she comes when Saraswati is teaching (she's usually there long after Guruji and Sharath take their leave). Sharath is driving some kind of Honda his wee daughter looked at outside the shala me and said, "You have baby?" What? I replied "You have baby?" NO! Why? She pointed to my water bottle. Oh. Then I explained that westerners are a bunch of big babies. Later I was trying to choose an AYRI yoga mat bag and she said, "Blue!" so I got the blue one. From the mouths of babes and all that....

No adjustments today, and many open spots in the shala. My legs were in pain from yesterday's attempts to stand up from BB and I was weak and bounced and bounced but could not do it. It was more of a mental block than anything else. The whole time Saraswati was nearby but did nothing. After seven or eight attempts I went into a forward bend. Apparently this is something I have to do on my own. Since I bought a new mat today (Rs 325) I can work on it in my room; in fact I did some kapotasana and pasasana preps today. Not that I'll get that far....

Which reminds me; the former was on the recommendation of the blogger Matrika, whom I finally met today. She has some nasty bruises from her fall into the sewer. Still haven't formally met Joey though.

For those of you who've been asking: yes, Prashanth is Catholic (and da Da Vinci Code opens here tomorrow). Today I watched P's yoga practice at his behest and tried to correct some things; he's been studying with BNS Iyengar since I taught him a few things in 2002, and apparently Mr. Iyengar does not adjust him or tell him whether or not he's doing things incorrectly. But what is correct, anyway?

The Telugu film I saw was Pokiri and it stars Mahesh Babu. I didn't realize how fair he was til they did a very high-energy dance sequence wearing dhotis (sarong-type things) and I saw his thin white legs.

1 comment:

  1. Just when Prashanth thought the 'Code' movie was enough bad karma, how will he react to this stuff??

    Marketers hope 666 will be their lucky number

    It only comes once a century and it's sure to be a devil of a day: June 6, 2006 is the sixth day of the sixth month of the sixth year.

    As in 666, the "number of the beast" or Anti-christ in the Bible's Book of Revelations. But that link to the agent of Lucifer certainly isn't scaring marketers.

    It's the day 20th Century Fox picked to release its remake of the 1976 satanic horror flick The Omen, about a demonic boy Damien born with a 666 birthmark. Promos warn: "6+6+06 HEED THE OMEN."

    Studio executives saw the potential early in script development, says Fox Filmed Entertainment CEO Tom Rothman.

    "Suddenly the movie became cooler," he says. "We were being spoken to."

    It required, however, breaking the traditional Friday release pattern to go with a Tuesday.

    "It took months of work with exhibitors," says Rothman. But he thinks it'll heighten the horror. "When audiences go to scary movies, they want to get the chills. The date helps with that audience participation."

    The date brought out the devil in conservative author Ann Coulter. When asked in an interview on Fox's Your World with Neil Cavuto about the symbolism of June 6 for the release of her book Godless: The Church of Liberalism, she said, "It's my little tribute to liberals to have it come out on six, six, six."

    Also on Tuesday, thrash-metal band Slayer will release Eternal Pyre, a five-tune EP, through teen store Hot Topic. It seems like a hex was put on their more elaborate plans for the day: The plans to release the full album were thwarted when they couldn't secure studio time, and the scheduled launch on Tuesday of their "Unholy Alliance" tour was thwarted by a band member's unexpected gallbladder surgery.

    Disturbingly dark death metal group Deicide, led by a Satanist front man, will mark the day with two new songs on iTunes from its upcoming album The Stench of Redemption. It, too, had a devil of a time trying to get the whole album out on the day.

    "It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but in the end it didn't work out," says Zeena Koda, a spokeswoman for its label, Earache.

    Brooklyn-based brewer Sixpoint Craft Ales is teaming with Manhattan bar The Stoned Crow to host a "Shout at the Devil" promotion Tuesday: Burgers and fries will sell for $6.66, while six varieties of Sixpoint beer will flow from six taps.

    "Sixes are wild next week," says Sixpoint President Andy Bronstein.

    Biblical scholars, such as University of North Texas religion studies professor Joe Barnhart, say there's no religious significance to the date. But that's not stopping Christian businesses from marking it.

    Tyndale House on Tuesday will release The Rapture, the 15th title in the apocalyptic Left Behind series that has sold more than 43 million books. Web ads ask: "06.06.06 Will you be ready?"

    The Parable Group of Christian stores partnered with Tyndale for a June 6 offering of the earlier Left Behind books in paperback for $6.66.

    Yet, some marketers say they aren't trying to taunt the Anti-christ — or stir up a 666 controversy.

    Despite Coulter's gallows humor, her publisher, Crown Forum, said via e-mail that the release date for Godless was selected "before the book had a working title." It said it releases books on Tuesdays, and chose June 6 to be early in the summer reading season.

    Likewise, spokeswoman Elaine Schock insists CMH Records' release Tuesday of Strummin' With The Devil, a bluegrass album tribute to Van Halen from David Lee Roth and other artists, is purely coincidental.

    "It really wasn't a devil thing," says Schock.

    Some businesses, such as hospitals, may have fewer customers on Tuesday.

    Alisa Naceille was due to have her baby by cesarean section on Tuesday, but her husband, Peter Kuhn, had worried about the date. On her way to a checkup, she passed a billboard that read: "You Have Been Warned 6+6+06." She didn't realize it was an ad for The Omen; her first thought was, "This must be a sign."

    The surgery is now scheduled for June 7.