Happy Wednesday! I hope that you all are having a great day so far and are celebrating that we are halfway through the week! If you in the SF area, then you also have something else to celebrate… SUN! After a summer of staying inside with my space heater on, I’m so happy that sun has decided to make an appearance in the city! Fingers crossed that it stays here for a while!
Last night I was able to leave work on time and made it to my favorite class, Dance Works! Most of us were regulars tonight so the teacher definitely upped the difficulty level which I really enjoyed. The class was lovely as always, but tonight, there was one move I couldn’t master: the grapevine. Remember that simple, cross behind, cross in front move that you learned in elementary school?
(Edited to Add: If the above video won’t load for you, you can see it here.)
Have you ever thought of the grapevine as a hip hop move? Ya, me either. So here’s the thing, I usually consider myself a pretty good dancer, but for some reason when the teacher modified this very simple move with some complicated arms, sashays and spins, I could not seem to master the combination. Knowing that I was having trouble made me feel embarrassed as everyone in the room watched me attempt the routine across the floor. Finally, with some color in my cheeks, I remembered something that my yoga teacher said on Monday night:
“We call this a practice for a reason- there is no judgment here. Some days will be better than others and that is OK”
Hearing that really got me thinking about how often we hold ourselves to such high standards that we don’t give ourselves wiggle room- and let’s face it, some days you will wiggle in tree pose! Sometimes that workout will be harder than it was the day before and rather than question why that is the case, it’s better to just accept it. Tomorrow is a new day and a new opportunity to try again. And the best part? Once I stopped worrying about what everyone else thought of my continued screw ups, I began was able to complete the routine successfully! All of the stress I was putting into my own performance was making me trip up myself. Was it perfect? Hardly! But I’ll tomorrow is another day to try again!
-Do you get frustrated when a workout is harder than usual or you don’t meet performance goals?