Day # 1 This is where I am.

You must take inventory of where you are, to know where you want to be.

If you wish to join me,  where are you?

As we age, its more important than ever before to get up and move the body.

If your work keeps your tushy in a chair, like mine, you will notice how achy, stiff and sore your body gets when you don’t incorporate movement in your daily routine.

The areas that are currently grabbing my attention are my shoulders, elbows, hips and knees.

Since our body works synergistically from head to toe, all movement will reap benefits, except the ones that cause you pain. Be mindful and don’t go where your body is not ready to go.

I am focusing on just a few postures for the purpose of monitoring change.  I have chosen some basic yoga poses, demonstrating that change doesn’t have to be complicated or extravagant. I am including one advance pose just to see if I can master it.

You can read my post on Dec. 31st.  (A New Resolution) explaining my challenge.

 

 

 

 

 

Thai Chi

Thai Chi is a form of martial arts known for its self-defense techniques, and it’s health benefits. It’s considered a “meditation in motion.”
It’s precise movements choreographed with the breath invite peace and harmony to those who practice this dance.

I started taking Thai Chi classes and my teacher is a Chinese Saint. He is very patient, very kind and very forgiving of a white girl who can’t dance.
I am just a sayin’ I am not a ballerina on the dance floor. I learned how to dance waiting for the bathroom.

We go over and over a few basic moves and then he decides to throw a cog in a less than well-oiled machine.
I have now added courageous to his attributes. He decides to lend me his antique sword from the Qing Dynasty and says, be mindful, yours has a tip! At least that’s what I think he is saying in Chinese, because he is pointing at the end of the sword, and when I look at everyone else’s, and no one has a sharp tip but mine. What? No, I say, I think I would be better suited for the Nerf edition. He just smiles and bows. He must have an ulterior motive.

You don’t believe this white girl can’t dance do you?

 

…and if you haven’t maimed or killed your classmates, you get to play with fans.