I feel like I’m rehabilitating. Or like I’m coming out of a really dark, unbalanced period and finding my bearings again. Or something. And I’ve made real progress this week, thank goodness. Here’s what’s going on:
-I’ve instituted a daily 10-minute movement routine in the mornings. It’s 4 minutes of the 13 Joint exercise from Nia followed by 6 (or more) minutes of yoga. Hey, I haven’t been moving at all since I *ping*ed my ankle last month, so this is a VAST improvement. I find I can get toddler-cooperation so long as a) I do NOT put on music (he’s currently VERY anti-Mummy-Dancing, which is not cool) and b) I set a timer and promise to play with/read to him afterward. It’s making a huge difference in how my body feels. Next week I’m upping my time to 15 minutes and we’ll see how that goes. And someday soon I’m going to re-institute a daily 5Rhythms practice, since that went out the window with the ouchy leg. I can’t wait!
(The kid used to dance with me! I don’t know what the problem is!)
-In keeping with my Lifechanging Discovery from last week, I am working very hard to keep my legs relaxed as much as I can (hehe…that sounds like an oxymoron, but I’m working mentally to remember to relax them). I’m also (and this is HUGE) making a point of standing and walking with my toes pointing forward instead of my usual automatic dancer-walk (yes, even after 10 mostly-ballet-free years). Oh. My. God. Dear readers, if you have a dancer walk I cannot urge you strongly enough to DITCH it. It feels amazing. My feet feel grounded, my legs feel powerful, and my hips don’t twinge when I walk any more. Such a huge difference from such a little thing. Try it.
(See? Toes pointed forward, knees soft. Xander’s got this down pat.)
-And, finally, I am THRILLED to announce that for the first time in 3 years I managed to go to a public dance class. I finally made it to a JourneyDance class with local teacher Michelle Maclean. Darlings, if you live in the Halifax area and you love to dance and you’re free from 6-7:15pm on Thursday evenings, you NEED to try this. It is beautiful.
It was a particularly meaningful class for me, because dancing outside of my own house with someone else in charge was something that I was really struggling with. I hadn’t done it in SO long. Like it or not, dancing in your living room and dancing in community aren’t the same thing. Even though I knew that JourneyDance has the same philosophy as DansKinetics (love and honour your body, you are perfect just as you are), I was, frankly, terrified. But I didn’t need to be. Taking this class, I remembered my dancing self. I remembered why I love to move. I remembered why I love to teach. I felt my energy expand until it felt like I was filling the entire studio. And a little fire reignited in my heart.
And a voice whispered, “Yes. This is the right path. Keep going.”
I’ll be going back.
So that’s my check-in for this week. Slowly coming back on-course. Eager for more moving. Looking for more opportunities. Introducing some additional self-care. And loving every toes-forward step.