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Theme Song

13 Oct

I was looking for a new theme for my blog and just really became stumped. Then I became side tracked on themes and began thinking about music. I love music.

Every good movie and character has a theme song. What if we all had our own theme song that played when we entered a room?!

I think everyone should have a theme song. Rocky had his, as did Shaft and Darth Vader. All the great Blaxploitation films had good theme music.  I would have this as mine:

The song is old but I LOVE IT!!! When I am teaching a class and I put this into the playlist, you better be ready, this means we are going to go full out!

I think I love it so because I am truly a 70’s child and this song captures that for me. When it plays, I can see myself being invincible. I run a faster, workout harder and sweep a little better ;). Music can make anything better, especially your own personal theme song.

Come on, admit it, you have that one song that you sing out loud and get your groove on to when  you are at home all alone or in the car when no one sees you.

What is your theme song?

Bakasana Family Love

20 Feb

The other night when my entire family decided to practice yoga together; I was very touched. It wasn’t a pre-planned event where I laid out mats and we had instructional time. It was spontaneous, challenging and fun. I felt love and warmth in my heart and soul for this bunch as they practiced Bakasasna (crow (crane) pose).

I have been teaching yoga, weekly, for about 6 years now.  I have really tried to not push yoga on anyone in the house. I do have my own practice, so, of course, throughout the years they have watched, participated and even inquired about it on their own. My two older boys have even taken classes that I have taught for kids. In yoga the boys giggle and enjoy it but are not serious yogis. My husband has back issues and visits the masseuse and chiropractor often. They always tell him to do more yoga and he tells, ‘them my wife teaches that”, and they just give him a crazy look and ask him why he doesn’t do more yoga. He then comes home and we will do some yoga. We do yoga every now and then, and I show show him things to do to help him out. We even do a little couple yoga now and then, but no consistent practice. So we aren’t the “yogi family”, or  so I thought. Being with three boys and a man-child has makes us a football and baseball family.

Now, don’t get me wrong my family knows the importance of a yoga practice especially with the type of sports they are engaged in but, they need a little prodding and I already nag about  enough stuff (chores, homework, etc.). So imagine my delight when it hit me that my family is a “yogi family”.

The reality hit me the other night when my oldest (11 yo) showed me he could do Bakasana. He struggled a bit and was getting frustrated so I then got on the floor and just talked him into being calm and focused and trying again.  He began to  look to me for more guidance so I then did Bakasana.  He tried again and then hubby wondered if he could do it so he got onto the floor with us. He was so surprised and excited that he had the strength to do it! My middle son happened to walk in on us and jumped right in with confidence and an attitude of  “let me show all of you how its done”. He dropped on the floor and did it with ease (he has always been able to do this). Now all four of us are on the floor practicing our Bakasana together and then trying to go into other asanas (postures) as well. The little one (5-year-old) even jumped in!

The entire J5 (our family nickname) is all into it. I sat back and just watched and it hit me, I do have a “yogi family”! Look at my little brood, practicing together, finding their strength, being challenged, laughing, goading each other on to just try again, and just having fun doing what Momma does all of the time. All these years I didn’t need to nag, or push them into it, it just happened. I guess I do have some influence over these bodies filled with testosterone and they do see the value in what I do and how valuable it will be for them in their own personal journeys as well.

Leaving a Leagacy of Health to our Kids – Love

19 Oct

I love kids.  Having three boys helps me realize that daily.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I have my moments when I am not the most kid friendly person (only when I need “adult time” or “me” time), but all in all I do love kids. I really like teaching kids because they ultimately teach me something each and every time. These past two Tuesdays have been an example of that.

The past two Tuesdays I have volunteered to teach the “Fitness Club” at the Elementary school my boys attend. Well, one is in Middle school now and the other in Preschool, so that leaves one at the Elementary school…as ususal I digress. As I was saying,  last week I taught Yoga, and then this week I taught a ZUMBA class. We had fun. Initially, I think the kids were a little apprehensive…a few were giving me a side eyed glance…especially a few of the boys but afterwards all were smiles and all was great.

What I loved most was how excited the kids were when they discovered how capable they were of doing stuff. I had the kids do different poses, in yoga, and those pipsqueaks were darn near wrapping their legs around their heads. I loved it! They became excited about yoga and ultimately excited about exercise. They taught me that if I just keeping trying and I let go, I can do it (anything challenging me) too. They taught me that I can laugh and have fun while exercising, even when I feel skeptical about what it is I am doing.

I heard from some of the parents that the kids went home and showed their parents some of the poses. That excited me more than anything!

We talk about how obese our kids are and how lazy they are and how bad they eat, etc. I tend to feel that it isn’t the kids. It is our responsibility to expose them to what exercise, good food and life has to offer them. We need to exercise more. We need to eat better. As a society, as parents, we need to share the joy and benefits of good health to our kids.

There is such a deep joy and pleasure to be had by us when we sow into our kids lives. Showing them how to live fulfilled, free and healthy is the legacy we should leave our kids. What legacy you  want to leave them?

Just Dance – love/peace/soul

6 Oct

Every Thursday I teach a Latin Fusion class. I LOVE my class. We have a BLAST every week. Me and usually 50-60+ students are grooving away.

Me on stage teaching a class

I have been teaching this particular class for about four years now. I love listening and choosing the music, I love choreographing the dances, and I love dancing.

That’s it! I LOVE TO DANCE. I have been dancing all of my life. Started out as a ballet dancer as a 5 year old and went on to college to dance, now I do it as an adult. It has always been the essence of who I am. No matter how tired I am, I get in there and something just takes over and I am a dancing machine. I forget about anything else going on and I am moving and grooving, yelling, throwing my hands up in the air and just going for it. It is such a relief.  I forget I am a wife, mother of three with dishes to do, laundry, housecleaning, errands, bills, pick-ups, practices, the list goes on and on. I forget that sadness of those who died, and the ails of  our country and world. I embrace the thing that connects all life music and dance.

What makes it even better is that I sweat like crazy and burn at least 500 calories each week. How sweet is that. Right afterwards I teach yoga and that completely calms me down. I just love Thursdays.

Me, in the center with my mic on, with some of my great students in the class

What do you like to do to relieve stress? Have you danced lately?