Friday, May 28, 2010

Level changes

Some of you might know that I have been trying to learn Belly Dance for the last 2 years.
After my car accident,  my Physio Therapist told me it would be one of the best ways to get my body working again.  She forgot to tell me that you need to learn Yoga side by side with it to have the body strength to do it.

I'm getting to the point of the post I am. 

Once I was given the okay by my doctor to try "low steam easy work outs"  (as in no weights, no running, no gym machines of any kind because of my lung)   I got a few Belly Dance instruction dvds, a Yoga mat and Yoga/Ti Chi  work out dvds.  

After two years, I am still on extreme beginner steps.  (the right side of my body was mangled in the accident and I can only "lead with my left" shoulder)  BUT today I had a break through.   Level changes.   

The Yoga is still really difficult for my constantly broken body, but I have been able to learn a few basic Yoga positions too. 

I have been having a hell of a time getting the level changes to look right, and today finally, it worked!

I don't care, I'm happy about it.  For anyone else, level changes would be simple, it's walking through your toes like when you wear heels.   But for me, because of the O.I. and the surgeries on my legs, I have never been able to wear heels, so weight through my toes -impossible. 
I was only able to keep the level changes going for a few seconds but for me that was a massive accomplishment. 

And you're thinking  why would all this matter?
The butt shake.   It's not really a butt shake, it's moving your hips while doing level changes.