(Nonlinear) Life as a Dance

October 25, 2010

Work It Out with me this week!

Monday 5:30pm at IOF.  Urban Dance/Strength Circuit

Tuesday 5:15pm at Hipline.   Shimmy Pop! (Dance)

Tuesday 6:30pm at Hipline.  POWER Pop (Strength)

Thursday 5:15pm at Hipline.   POWER Pop (Strength)

Thursday 6:30pm at Hipline.  Shimmy Pop! (Dance)

Friday 5:30pm at IOF.  Urban Dance/Strength Circuit

Sunday 8:30am at Hipline.  Subbing Power Shimmy

Sunday 9:45am at Hipline.  Shimmy Pop! (Dance)

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Mantra:  I am making loving choices for myself. *

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Fabulous Fitness Folks,

I hope this finds ya’ll well and staying dry.  SHOUTS OUT to those of you who’ve  made it out to work it out in spite of the crazy rain we’ve been having!

Last week, I spoke with some of ya’ll about thinking about life as nonlinear.  So often, we want to go through life with a desire to have things work out smoothly in a straight line.  If I do this, then, that happens; with one step forward to the next one, in a line, in a logical order.  But here’s the thing, folks:  as we travel down this path called life, there are times that we, indeed, moving forward.  There are also plenty of times that we take a step or two backwards, or completely jump off the path and create a new trail sideways from where we thought we were going.  Life is not as straightforward as we would have imagine.  It’s nonlinear, and that’s what makes it so juicy.  Sometimes, beautiful, sometimes challenging.  Most definitely juicy.

The challenge for us is to relax into it and enjoy this journey as much as possible.  Laugh at ourselves when we step sideways.  Smile in the face of fear as we step back.  Sing along the way or whistle a tune as we go forward again.

Going to a dance class can be a parallel process to our nonlinear lives.  Sometimes, you need to go left, other times right, forward, backward, turn around, sashay, shimmy pop!  If you are new, or if there is a new song/choreography, you can find yourself with your shoulders creeping up, you forget to breathe, you get flustered that you’re going a different way than your teacher.  My advice:  find ways to let your inhibitions go.  Smile.  Do whatever you are doing with gusto. This is your life, your class, and we want to make it as pleasurable an experience as possible.  And, friends, feel free to sing along the way (that way you are sure to be breathing!)

Thoughts? Ideas?  Please share with me!  Ya’ll are my heart!

In peace & joy for singing while you figure out the dance steps of life,

Heather

* Shout out to Deb Heyrara for contributing her words of wisdom!

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