Beautiful rainy season is upon us in Belize, and along with the arrival of citrus fruits, we are expecting some cooler temperatures, heavier rain falls, and lots of busyness as more visitors flow through San Ignacio and the surrounding area.
We jump at the opportunity to teach a yoga class at Mystic River Resort! On their yoga deck, surrounded by some pretty old-growth canopy, there is little to distract you from experiencing the raw power of a vinyassa flow yoga class.
Intense focus and concentration, deep, regular breathing, a flexible body, and a positive mental attitude will be the fruits of your efforts.
This week, one of our students was no less than 86 years of age! It was an intense experience for Laine, as a teacher, and for some of the other students as well, but this student “Jackie” took it all in stride. I asked her the secret to her longevity, and she replied, that if there was a secret, it was moderation. Remember that in your yoga class, as well as your adventures. Moderation may be putting it mildly. Jackie did some amazing things this week, including being the oldest person to navigate Actun Tunich Miknal, ATM, the famous cave, and to complete a 15 platform zip line!
It was an exciting day for Laine, she taught five hours of yoga that day; Ka’ana, Chaya Garden Ashram, Xunantunich, and Mystic River. Congratulations! It was fun for me too, I did a lot of driving, saw some amazing places, enjoyed great weather and practiced two yoga classes of my own!
Anyways, have fun out there!!
Katie Stevens’ book, “Jungle Walk”, gives some information on this wild animal unique to Mexico and Central America, called Bushdog in Belize. Here are some facts about the elusive Tayra, (Eire barbara), from Katie’s sweetly illustrated book about Belize wildlife.
These territorial creatures live in family groups. Their bodies are designed for climbing, being longer in the hind legs, and thus taller at the hip with lower shoulders. Climbing down from a tree, they will come head first, with the rear feet being curiously turned out and backward, and being assisted by their large blunt claws. The Bushdog is quick and stealthy both on land and in the river, having slightly webbed feet to facilitate swimming.
Tayras forage day and night, exploring in holes and crevices for small mammals, birds and eggs, fruit or honey, or even some carrion. Bushdogs are rarely seen as they keep to the deeper parts of the Belize jungle, preferring to avoid the habitation of humans.
When nesting, usually within a hollow log or tree lined with soft bark and leaves, they produce two to four pups which open their eyes at two weeks, and by four weeks are beginning to leave the nest to accompany the female tayra, learning to find food for themselves. They apparently have a life span of about twelve years as observed in captivity.
By my reckoning, kind of like a giant river-weasel, or maybe more like a big tree-otter…interesting mix, and quite a sight to see!
We spotted this Belize Bushdog during our afternoon yoga session at the ashram. He may have been pushed from his territory by increased wildfires. He must have felt that the vibes were safe for him to snack on one of our slowly growing pineapples. This is the first bushdog we’ve seen in Belize. Yoga had to take a backseat to snapping some pictures of him.