Yoga Boy

The first time I saw him, I thought he was dead.

I was in full flight, at 6 a.m. before coming to a full stop.

When I approached him, we both jumped.

“Oh, you’re okay,” I say, grateful I didn’t have to call 911 to report a body since, dammit it all, talk about being late. Hey, I’m a New Yorker after all, we think in practical terms, plus what’s a body first thing in the morning (I’m joking).

“Buenos dias,” he says, as if he were expecting me.

“And to you too, and if you don’t mind me asking, what are doing in the dark lying on the ground. Are you sick?”

And he says, “No, I do you-ga.”

Turns out this small, squat built like a bullet Latino, all of 20, was merely in corpse pose. That’s when you lie flat on your back, arms at your side, but in his case, still breathing.

“Okay then,” I say, taking off.

He has now become a fixture on my morning run. Sometimes he’s in tree pose, sometimes on his head. It just goes to show, where there’s a will there’s a way.

Turns out he’s a porter at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, and it’s the only time he has to do his…

YOU-GA, before his morning shift.     

I’ll tell ya.  🙂


About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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30 Responses to Yoga Boy

  1. skinnyuz2b says:

    That’s a false alarm you don’t mind. No one wants to find a body, especially to start the day. You probably have more friends and acquaintances than anyone else in NYC.

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  2. What a relief to find the young man not dead and not ill! Are you ever likely to walk by the Ritz Carlton while he is on duty? I wonder if you would recognize each other, and if you did, would you both look the other way?

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  3. Sorryless says:

    Gotta love the early bird yoga sessions. No excuses not to fit in a regimen after reading this.

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  4. That’s some dedication, to get out and do that. You gotta do what you gotta do. Considering all the heavy suitcases he probably lifts all day, it’s probably extra necessary to keep that up.

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  5. People encourage me to be more flexible. This guy seems to have gotten there.

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  6. Dale says:

    That must have been quite the surprise indeed!
    Sure gives me the motivation to get a program of something on!

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