While I must admit I didn’t get to do as much Pilates in China as I hoped, I did get to do Tai Chi every morning while we were on the boat. It was a wonderful way to wake up, especially the morning when we were cruising through the Three Gorge Dam locks. Tai Chi is very methodical–something a pilates practitioner can appreciate.

I’d never done it before and we learned beginning poses. Our instructor didn’t speak any English and we didn’t speak any Chinese, but it was clear what we were supposed to do. A 90-year-old-man took the class with me. I found him to be an inspiration.