Day 59/365: Top Guitarist, Eric Clapton

Day 59/365: Top Guitarist, Eric Clapton

February 28, 2011

A tribute to one of the Top Guitarist of the World of Music – Mr Eric Clapton

Real Name: Eric Patrick Clapton

Date of Birth: March 30, 1945

Place of Birth: Ripley, England, U.K.

Sign: Sun in Aries, Moon in Scorpio

Eric reading the BeanoIN the late 1960s, one of the most prominent pieces of graffiti seen in London and New York was “Clapton is God.” Thirty years later, the stalwart guitarist and singer continues to hold the initiated enthralled, and a fair share of his present-day fans weren’t even born when those words of worship were emblazoned on public edifices. Clapton’s meandering and groundbreaking musical career has been punctuated by extreme personal hardship and tragedy. Through the emotional truth of his music, he has sought refuge and release from the suffering of drug and alcohol addiction, personal relationships gone awry, and the deaths of several loved ones.

Eric Patrick Clapton was born on March 30, 1945, in his grandparent’s house at 1, The Green, Ripley, Surrey, England. He was the illegitimate son of Patricia Molly Clapton and Edward Fryer, a Canadian soldier stationed in England. After W.W.II Fryer returned to his wife in Canada, Patricia left Eric in the custody of his grandparents, Rose and Jack Clapp. (The surname Clapton is from Rose’s first husband, Reginald Cecil Clapton.) Patricia moved to Germany where she eventually married another Canadian soldier, Frank McDonald.

Young Ricky (that’s what his grandparent’s called him) was a quiet and polite child, an above average student with an aptitude for art. He was raised believing that his grandparents were his parents and his mother was his sister, to shield him the stigma that illegitimacy carried with it. The truth was eventually revealed to him, at the age of nine by his grandmother. Later, when Eric would visit his mother, they would still pretend to be brother and sister.

As an adolescent, Clapton glimpsed the future when he tuned in to a Jerry Lee Lewis appearance on British television. Lewis’s explosive performance, coupled with young Eric’s emerging love of the blues and American R&B, was powerful enough to ignite a desire to learn to play guitar. He commenced studies at the Kingston College of Art, but his intended career path in stained-glass design ended permanently when the blues-obsessed Clapton was expelled at seventeen for playing guitar in class. He took a job as a manual laborer and spent most of his free time playing the electric guitar he persuaded his grandparents to purchase for him. In time, Clapton joined a number of British blues bands, including the Roosters and Casey Jones, and eventually rose to prominence as a member of the Yardbirds, whose lineup would eventually include all three British guitar heroes of the sixties: Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck. The group became a sensation for their blues-tinged rock, as did the budding guitar virtuoso Clapton, who earned the nickname “Slowhand” because his forceful string-bending often resulted in broken guitar strings, which he would replace onstage while the crowd engaged in a slow hand-clapping.

Despite the popularity of the band’s first two albums, Five Live Yardbirds and For Your Love, Clapton left in 1965, because he felt the band was veering away from its bluesy bent in favor of a more commercially viable pop focus. He joined John Mayell’s Bluesbreakers almost immediately, and in the ferment of that band’s purist blues sensibilities, his talent blossomed at an accelerated rate–he quickly became the defining musical force of the group. “Clapton is God” was the hue and cry of a fanatic following that propelled the band’s Bluesbreakers album to No. 6 on the English pop charts. Clapton parted company with the Bluesbreakers in mid-1966 to form his own band, Cream, with bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker. With this lineup, Clapton sought “to start a revolution in musical thought . . . to change the world, to upset people, and to shock them.” His vision was more than met as Cream quickly became the preeminent rock trio of the late sixties. On the strength of their first three albums (Fresh Cream, Disraeli Gears, and Wheels of Fire) and extensive touring, the band achieved a level of international fame approaching that of the Rolling Stones and the Beatles, and Clapton became even more almighty in the minds of his fans. In fact, the “Clapton is God” gospel contributed largely to Cream’s disintegration–the band had always been a three-headed beast of warring egos, and their intense chemistry, exacerbated by the drug abuse of all three, inevitably led to a farewell tour in 1968 and the release of the Goodbye album in 1969. Early in 1969, Clapton united with Baker, bassist Rick Grech, and Traffic’s Steve Winwood to record one album as Blind Faith, rock’s first “supergroup.” In support of their self-titled album, Blind Faith commenced a sold-out, twenty-four-city American tour, the stress of which resulted in the demise of the band less than a year after its inception.

Clapton kept busy for a time as an occasional guest player with Delaney & Bonnie, the husband-and-wife team that had been Blind Faith’s opening act during their tour. A disappointing live album from that collaboration was released in 1970, as was Clapton’s self-titled solo debut. That album featured three other musicians–bassist Carl Radle, keyboardist Bobby Whitlock, and drummer Jim Gordon–from Delaney’s band, and yielded a modest pop hit with Clapton’s version of J.J. Cale’s “After Midnight.” The collective proceeded to baptize themselves Derek and the Dominos, and commenced recording Clapton’s landmark double album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, with the added contribution of slide guitarist Duane Allman. An anguished lament of unrequited love, “Layla” was inspired by a difficult love triangle between Clapton, his close friend George Harrison, and Harrison’s wife Pattie (she and Clapton eventually married in 1979 and divorced in 1988). Unfortunately, personal struggles and career pressure on the guitarist led to a major heroin addiction. Derek and the Dominos crumbled during the course of an American tour and an aborted attempt to record a second album.

Clapton withdrew from the spotlight in the early seventies, wallowing in his addiction and then struggling to conquer it. Following the advice of the Who’s Pete Townsend, he underwent a controversial but effective electro-acupuncture treatment and was fully rehabilitated. He rebounded creatively with a role in the film version of Townsend’s rock opera, Tommy, and with a string of albums, including the reggae-influenced 461 Ocean Boulevard, which yielded a chart-topping single cover of Bob Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff.” Some critics and fans were disappointed by Clapton’s post-rehab efforts, feeling that he had abandoned his former guitar-heavy approach in favor of a more laid-back and vocal-conscious one.

Just One Night, Clapton’s galvanizing 1980 live album, reminded devotees just exactly who their guitar hero was, but unfortunately, this period marked Clapton’s critical slide into a serious drinking problem that eventually hospitalized him for a time in 1981. He experienced a creative resurgence after reining in his alcoholism, releasing a string of consistently successful albums–Another Ticket (1981), Money and Cigarettes (1983), Behind the Sun (1985), August (1986), Journeyman (1989)–and turning his personal life around. Though some say Clapton never regained the musical heights of his heroin days, his legend nevertheless continued to grow. That he was a paragon of rock became more than apparent when Polygram released a rich four-CD retrospective of his career, Crossroads, in 1988; the set scored Grammy awards for Best Historical Album and Best Liner Notes.

In late 1990, the fates delivered Clapton a terrible blow when guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan and Clapton road crew members Colin Smythe and Nigel Browne–all close friends of Clapton’s–were killed in a helicopter crash. A few months later, he was dealt another cruel blow when Conor, his son by Italian model Lori Del Santo, fell forty-nine stories from Del Santo’s Manhattan high-rise apartment to his death. Clapton channeled his shattering grief into writing the heart-wrenching 1992 Grammy-winning tribute to his son, “Tears in Heaven.” (Clapton received a total of six Grammys that year for the single and for the album Unplugged.)

In 1994, he began once again to play traditional blues; the album, From the Cradle, marked a return to raw blues standards, and it hit with critics and fans. The fifty-one-year-old Clapton shows no signs of slowing down: in February of 1997 he picked up Record of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance Grammys for “Change the World,” from the soundtrack of the John Travolta movie Phenomenon.

Already a double inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream, a third nod as a solo artist is an inevitable honor for the legendary guitarist. Until Clapton springs his next album on a waiting world, fans can content themselves with his latest side project, TDF. The band’s techno-pedigreed 1997 release, Retail Therapy, represents a marked musical departure from Clapton’s blues-rock roots, and he appears on the album with the correspondingly off-the-wall pseudonym “X-Sample.”

Next came the acclaimed Pilgrim, which captured the Grammy nomination for Best Pop Album in ‘98. In 1999 he won a Grammy for his performance on “The Calling” from Santana’s Supernatural. Clapton revisited the blues with friend and musical legend BB King in 2000’s Riding With The King, garnering the artist more platinum and a Grammy nomination in a career full of chartbusters and precious metal.

The only triple inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of both The Yardbirds and Cream and as a solo artist), Eric Clapton continues to astonish and delight a vast spectrum of music lovers. It’s a legacy that continues with the release of Reptile, the latest journey in the lifelong musical odyssey of an authentic musical genius.

by Gareth Davies

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Day 58/365: My Macbook Pro Experience

Day 58/365: My Macbook Pro Experience

February 27, 2011

Since the launch of Windows, it became my way of life. And since technology is my profession, there is no single day that i missed the Microsoft windows logo. Macbook was just previously a dream and ideal toy for me, until I decided to finally switch my finger and allocate some budget to own a Macbook Pro.

Day 1 is really overwhelming, I dont even know how to use its pads and shortcut keys. And to date I am still amazed on the Apple Mac colors and friendly functions.

Why I switched to Macbook Pro?

– The Apple is Cool, the windows get boring maybe
– I am Artist, so its a must to have a Mac.
– Photography is my world, It is only Mac that makes my virtual world bright and colorful
– The sleek style and friendly features makes my user experience so easy
– Think of Entertainment
– Think of the Technology Wonders
– Makes magical day for my photo output
– Mac now is my bestfriend 🙂

It is not anymore a way of life. My Mac gives life to my photography world now.

Love the Mac!

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The 2nd Philippine International PyroMusical Competition 2011 – France

The 2nd Philippine International PyroMusical Competition 2011 – France

February 26, 2011

The Sixth Entry – France.

Lacroix-Ruggieri is a powerhouse of international fireworks, being born out of two of Europe’s oldest fireworks companies; Ruggieri from Italy and Ettiene Lacroix from France. The combination of these two forces has created one of Europe’s leading pyrotechnic specialists, with over 250 years of experience in the field. Having dazzled the crowds with their fireworks for the likes of King Louis XIV of France in the 1700’s, Lacroix-Ruggieri now provide the firework displays for such rock royalty as U2, Pink Floyd and The Rolling Stones.

With its own famous research laboratory, Lacroix-Ruggieri are always looking to astonish the crowds with their innovative displays. They are last year winner of World Fireworks Championship 2010, held for the first time in Muscat as part of Oman’s 40th National Day anniversary celebrations.

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Day 57/365: Rio Go for Gold Olympics 2016!

Day 57/365: Rio Go for Gold Olympics 2016!

February 26, 2011

He is the icon now of Philippines Marathon and considered as the most successful runner-entrepreneur who made the roads of Manila as the running circuit fad for the past 3 years now. Coach Rio is indeed a running legend! Good luck to your 2016 Olympics Goal!

About Coach Rio:

Running coach Rio dela Cruz has, indeed, covered a long, long distance.

His is a classic rags to riches story, fit even for an episode of Maalala Mo Kaya, as he claims.

First finding joy in traditional Pinoy street games where he had his first encounter with the sport that has made a great impact in his life, Rio today is the local running god, being looked up to by every runnier worth his trainers. He’s even dubbed as the country’s maestro of running events, his events company the most sought after in organizing world-class races in the country.

A native of Bato, Camarines Sur, Rio is the youngest of 14 children – seven full-blooded siblings, while the rest are half siblings. At nine months old, his mother left them and it was his father who raised the brood. Young Rio and his family moved to Manila where he continued his studies. He had to endure the daily two- to three-kilometer walk from their house in the slums to the school with only a one peso allowance and an occasional two peso bonus for every star he got from his teachers.

At 12 years old, Rio showed that he was a child running prodigy when he beat everyone in the school tryout running barefoot on his first spur-of-the-moment attempt at joining his school’s track team. Realizing his potential, the coach signed Rio up for several events including the 50-meter and 100-meter sprint, long jump and high jump. He bagged first place and was hailed the champion in all his events.

A neighbor took pity on this barefoot runner and gave him a pair of Mighty Kids a tad too small. “I had to cut the toe end open so I could use it,’’ Rio recalls. From his eventual winnings in different marathons, Rio was able to save up for a pair of Chuck Taylors.

Many years and kilometers later, Coach Rio is now known as the running guru, sharing his science-based approach to training, backed by two decades worth of experience as a competitive athlete. He also offers one-on-one coaching sessions and organizes run clinics.

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More stories of him @

The Running Man

Day 56/365: Dampa’s Best is Aling Tonyas

Day 56/365: Dampa's Best is Aling Tonyas

February 25, 2011

I was raised and live nearby a Public Market in Malabon City. We are fortunate that we can have fresh seafoods at low prices any day we want, and since I moved to the Urban living, I can only have seafoods at restaurants or cook it at home. Nowadays, if I crave for fresh seafoods. I only think of Dampa.

More than 10 years ago, I remember that we need to drive all the way to Paranaque just to have a feast of seafoods for a cheaper food trip. And now, Dampa is everywhere, In Macapagal Ave, in Mall of Asia by The Bay, In Ortigas Home Depot Pasig City, and Cubao Farmers.

My favorite will always be the Shrimp in Butter and Garlic. Crabs sometimes and Adobong Pusit. And my recommended place to have your sumptuous seafood extravagance will be Aling Tonyas! The taste never change in every branch or location which carries their name. For me, if its Dampa it will be Aling Tonyas!

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Day 55/365: Tapsi ni Vivian, The Best Tapsilog and Chicharon Bulaklak in the City

Day 55/365: Tapsi ni Vivian, The Best Tapsilog and Chicharon Bulaklak in the City

February 24, 2011

Looking for the Best Tapsilog in the City? Check out Tapsi ni Vivian and Bulaluhan in Marikina City!

I am fortunate that I live in the nearby city and it is just a 20 minutes drive away from my place. It is a 24 hours Fast Food Chain located at 132 G Fernando Ave, Bgy San Roque Marikina City. The road is right across the Felix Ave and nearby Mcdonalds Marcos Hi-Way.

What makes it the best Tapsi for me? The beef is really cooked and it has a twist of sweetness and pepper taste. The beef tips is soft and the garlic rice serving is fair enough, not to forget the nicely done sunny side egg. They got a free bulalo soup too and its unlimited. You bet!

They do serve other variety of pinoy foods and never miss out to order their Chicharon Bulaklak. It is crunchy, not too salty and doesnt have that “after” taste. Sinful indeed!

I have tried most of the Tapsihan nearby but will always recommends Tapsi ni Vivian!

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Day 54/365: Angels

Day 54/365: Angels

February 23, 2011

Our angels play a very important role in our lives.

They’re assigned to us at birth and stay by our side, loving and guiding us, until we return home. There are many different types of angels, each with their own unique role to play in our lives.

Everyone loves angels and for good reason. They signify love, courage, strength and guidance. It’s no wonder that people get angel tattoos, adorn their homes with Christmas angels during the holidays and make snow angels in winter. Some people think that angels only exist in heaven and don’t interact with us at all.

Well, I’m here to tell you that they sure do!

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First of all, did you know an angel’s wings aren’t used to fly, but rather to denote which phylum, or level, they’re from? Each phylum has a different color wing tip. So you can always tell which angel is present by the color of their wing tips.

There are ten different phylum of angels, all with their own personality and area of specialty. You can call upon them at any time, depending on your needs. They all exist to help you while you’re here.

Guardian Angels

The Guardians are the first phylum. They radiate with love and glory and appear with a beautiful white light surrounding them. The color of their wing tips is silver. The guardians are our protectors and are here to keep us safe. They assist us with our fears and phobias.

The Archangels

The Archangels are the second phylum. The four main archangels are:

1. Archangel Michael (Archangel of the South, Essence: Fire)
2. Archangel Raphael (Archangel of the East, Essence: Air)
3. Archangel Uriel (Archangel of the North: Essence: Earth)
4. Archangel Gabriel (Archangel of the West: Essence: Water)

Archangels have white wings with blue tips. Their primary purpose is healing and they’re also messengers of hope.

The Archangels use a scepter to heal by touching us with it in the area of our body that needs healing.

Their totem is the wolf and their element is rain. Their stone is aquamarine.  

The Cherubim and Seraphim

The third and fourth level of angels are the Cherubim and Seraphim. They’re known for their beautiful singing abilities. The difference between the two is that the Cherubim have beautiful singing voice and the Seraphim possess a vibrational/tonal ability.

Together their music is indescribable and beyond words.

They are truly the most joyous phylum of angels. They have white wings with rose colored tips.

Their totem is the canary.

The Powers

The fifth phylum of angels are The Powers. Their primary purpose is healing. While the Archangels use a scepter to heal, the Powers use their wings by sheltering you within them.

The Powers use their energy to heal. The electrical force that comes from them enters your body and heals you cell by cell. They’re quite large in size.

Their totem is the falcon, known for swiftness and perseverance. Their element is the moon. Their stone is the emerald, which possesses the healing color of green.

Their wings are white with greenish white tips.

The Carrions

The sixth phylum of angels are The Carrions. Their primary purpose is to escort away dark entities when they die. Their sole mission is to stand back until a dark entity passes into death.

The Carrions protect our world and The Other Side from darkness. They are the reason dead dark entities don’t exist on earth.

Their totem is the raven and their element is the wind. Their stone is the opal.

The Virtues

The seventh phylum of angels are The Virtues.

The Virtues assist us with our life charts. They help us to make changes to our charts whenever needed. They also help us with our life and charts on The Other Side before we come here to Earth to live another life. They’re an incredible phylum of angels that help to guide us before we begin our journeys here on earth.

Their totem is the dove, the symbol of peace. Their stone is silver and their element is water.

They have white wings with pale blue tips and a silvery blue luminescence.

The Dominions

The eighth phylum of angels are The Dominions. They watch over us and permanently record our actions and good deeds in the Akaschic Records. They typically don’t assist us on the earth plane but do their work for us on The Other Side.

When we need assistance, our spirit guides will sometimes go to The Dominions instead of The Council because of The Dominions’ thorough knowledge of our charts

Their totem is the cougar, which represents strength and dignity. Their element is earth, which signifies grounding and the lives they record. Their stone is the bloodstone.

They have white wings with maroon tips.

The Thrones and Principalities

The ninth and tenth phylum are The Thrones and Principalities and are considered the highest phylum of angels. They represent Mother and Father God’s armies.

The Thrones and Principalities come to us when we’re in any type of danger. The Thrones are Mother God’s army and The Principalities are Father God’s army.

You can call upon these phylums of angels to protect you or your loved ones when in a difficult or troublesome situation.

The Thrones are more active than The Principalities, who act more as guardians-at-the-gate. The Principalities are in charge of cities and nations and are the protectors of spirituality and religion. They have incredible power and grace and are the highest phylum of all angels.

Angels encompass every area of our lives and you I’ll be happy to show you how you can harness their gifts. Take one more step toward changing your life in wonderfully profound ways.

Day 53/365: EDSA People Power Revolution 25th Anniversary – Is it worth to remember?

Day 53/365: EDSA People Power Revolution 25th Anniversary – Is it worth to remember?

February 22, 2011

So many statements about EDSA has been told. It is known as the most traffic road in Manila where there is no rules on drive speed. A road that heavily commercialized by millions of billboards and signage. And EDSA was placed in the Philippines history last 1986 when millions of people flocked to rally and show a unified force to oust the Marcos 20 Years of dictatorship.

Is it worth to remember EDSA? Where are these people who claimed to be the heroes of EDSA? Let me recall according how they affect me for the last 25 years.

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Cory Aquino, my respect will always be there for her. She is the most strongest mother figure I have ever known, who run the entire nation without any political will but a good heart to defend democracy and hope that God’s mercy and prayer is the key to Filipinos to survive. She is the mother of the current President Noynoy. The only son who then became famous after her death last 2009. Her death became an awakening moment for the Filipinos to realize where are we as a nation, as known heroine of EDSA, a mother of the nation, who by her humble life shows that there’s no perfect mother having Kris Aquino as a daughter, but a proud mother now having a son who follows her step to a presidential seat.

Fidel Ramos (FVR), the Tobacco President as I labeled his famous pictures and being a general who loves to smoke tobacco. He became the 12th President of the Philippines and was Cory’s bet to continue the claimed democracy and freedom. He won over Miriam Defensor Santiago by a very minimal margin who filed an electoral protest and was dismissed due to technicalities, and there are claimed evidences from the report of “Operation Dagdag Bawas” shows she does really won the presidential election. However, FVR made his move to strategically control the media news, and use his army followers to threatened Miriam’s life. I myself rooted for Miriam to win, how would it be if she’s our dear President?

I would say, 6 years is too short for Cory to give her torch right away to FVR who’s on the first week of 1992 Presidential counts to tweak the “voice of the people” and just relaunched a Marcos known strategy on ballot switching, massive brownouts during election counts, and if i remember it right, that’s the same accusation he did to Marcos which lead him to EDSA. And with the current Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) controversy on graft and corruption which has been told as an “old practice” by this noble man who ends his life (Sec Angie Reyes) just to prove a clear conscience of He was just there serving the system. I never heard any comment from FVR if he started the system? or also served the system? FVR presidential term is the Asian Crisis and massive brownouts, where it is too difficult to find a job and the start of the Overseas Employee Workers mania. An escape for the Filipinos to look for a greener pastures.

Juan Ponce Enrile, currently seated as the Senate President to date and also run for a Presidential Seat last 1998. He is from the Province of Cagayan, and did you know how Cagayan Province looks like? And where all the smuggle cars is coming from? Illegal loggers? and how the longest river in the Philippines is being scrounged by the Taiwanese vessels for mining even placed a Chinese Facilities in Port Irene? And when you travel the Luzon route via Cagayan to Ilocos Region, by its roads, facilities, ways of life, the provincial economy itself. It is very revealing and an eye opener how Enrile rules about his own province and how the Marcoses protected their region as a heritage tourist destination in the country. There might be important issues in the country that Manong Enrile needs to address, like the sms messaging vats, and the meralco over-billing. But I always believe that your own roots will benefit further, as your own town will praise your worth and put even a museum for you in respect to your contributions.

FVR, Manong Enrile and Cory Aquino, 25 years ago. In Cory’s death his son Noynoy became the most possible ruler to continue what she has been left as a Hope for every Filipino. As Noynoy continue to speak and rant against the Macapagal and claiming a victorious government towards a nation building- Landas na Tuwid at Pagbabago. Where is Noynoy then during EDSA? Any proof that he participated in his mothers quest for democracy? How come his presidential speech still have the ever famous Imelda’s shoes collection upto now? I don’t see the significance to relate how the Filipinos is suffering from hunger over the number of shoes of Imelda while he also got a pricey luxury car? PNoy need to do some calculations of the shoe cost over his car collection? There are so many national issues he needs to attend to and he should lessen his interviews about his romance and his arrogance commentaries. Foremost, ask his sister Kris for an exile so the Filipino can breath from her national TV high pitch hosting style. Or this is Kris preparation for her Senatorial Candidacy soon?

The spirit of EDSA will always remain as part of my youth and opportunity loss too. I remember any parties, JS Prom, School Competition and other important youth activities were all canceled due to that revolt. And all we can say then is No Thanks to Edsa!

EDSA, a roudy place, cause of peoples death, bombings, commercially decorated by false advertisement and totally congested – smug and traffic. Who would like to be in EDSA now?

My Day 53/365 picture shows where it may lead me after 25 years.

Day 52/365: Water Yoga Exercises

Day 52/365: Water Yoga Exercises

February 21, 2011

Water yoga is low impact and gentle on the muscles and joints, making it perfect for the elderly, pregnant women and people with injuries or chronic conditions. Additionally, the buoyancy of the water cushions falls and makes certain postures, like handstands, safer than on land. With a little creativity, almost any land asana will translate to water. However, there are some poses that lend themselves to water already.
Floating Forward Bend

In shallow water, hold on to the edge of the pool and place the soles of the feet against the side of the pool, with your knees bent. Slowly straighten your legs and rest your torso on your thighs. Hold the pose for 10 seconds. Repeat three times.

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Floating Forward Bend

In shallow water, hold on to the edge of the pool and place the soles of the feet against the side of the pool, with your knees bent. Slowly straighten your legs and rest your torso on your thighs. Hold the pose for 10 seconds. Repeat three times.

Wall Cobra

Stand in chest-deep water approximately one foot from the edge of the pool. Lean forward until your navel touches the wall of the pool. Arch your back and hold the pose for 10 seconds. Repeat three times.

Floating Boat Pose

Float on your back in the shallow end of the pool. Engage your abs, point your toes and hinge at the hips so that your toes and head are both out of the water. Extend your arms toward your toes and hold the pose for 10 seconds. Repeat three times.

Floating Half Bow Pose

Float on your back in the shallow end of the pool. Extend your right arm overhead and bend your left leg into the water. Grab your left ankle with your left hand, engage your abs and open your chest. If you begin to roll to the right, extend your right arm sideways to stabilize. Hold the pose for 10 seconds and alternate to the other leg. Repeat three times on each leg.

Water Handstand

Float on your stomach in chest-deep water. Draw in your knees and dive, placing your palms flat on the bottom of the pool. Straighten your arms and extend your legs into a handstand. Hold the pose for as long as you can, or five seconds, whichever comes first. The water may pull you over, and that is perfectly alright. Just be sure to do this pose away from other people and from the edge of the pool.

Chair Pose

Stand in waist-deep water with your feet hip-width apart. Bring your hands to your chest in prayer position, bend your knees and lower your upper body until your thighs are parallel to the bottom of the pool. Extend your hands overhead and hold the pose for 10 seconds.

Corpse Pose

Alert the lifeguard before performing this pose. Float on your back in the water with your arms relaxed at your sides. Hold this pose for as long as you want.