So you know how I was saying that settling in a new place is haaard, and making friends is haaard, and finding new activities is haaaard… ?
Remember one of my tricks for building a life is to take a class?
We found our class!
Also, remember how we are getting older, and how gravity is pulling a little harder on us than it used to? No? Have I forgotten to mention that? Ya, well. Brian is in his fifties, and I had a birthday a few days ago which put me on the downhill side of my forties. How the hell did that happen?
But guess what else?
We old people kicked some ass in our new class.
It’s been a long time since I was in a gym like this. I was a gymnast as a kid, and took an adult gymnastics class about twenty years ago. Both of those experiences left me with a grand love of all things acrobatic, so even though I was a little nervous showing up this morning for our first try, and Brian was entirely unsure he even wanted to be there, as soon as I walked in and saw all the equipment and the students in action I was ready to go!
We had a few minutes to watch the “tecido” class before we started (more to come on that later), then met our super talented and patient instructor, Dan.
The class we chose is for an art called “portagem” here in Brazil. You might know it better as acro-yoga.
It’s an acrobatic dance done with a partner, each using the other to support and balance your movements. Generally the taller partner is the base, the support, and the strength. The smaller partner is the climber, the stretcher, the balancer.
Dan and Luise showed us a few moves, and Dan explained exactly how to do each one. He was patient, and so good at making each detail clear that we were able to do some moves that I thought we wouldn’t even begin to try for a month or more. But look at us! Beginners, first timers, newbies, totally doing it.
Brian was awesome! I am not a tiny girl, and he was able to hoist me in the air six or seven different ways. We started with him on his feet and me climbing up his back and standing on his hips, balancing with no hands while his poor thighs had to hold me up in three different poses. When his legs had enough, we threw him on the floor and I got to fly.
His legs held me, his shoulders held me, his arms held me, and he didn’t drop me one single time!
My once-or-twice a week yoga at home helped me a bit, but I give total credit to Dan and Brian. They made it easy for me today.
We absolutely loved it, and had so much fun!
The staff were super nice, the instructors clearly know their stuff, and the other students were friendly and welcomed us with smiles.
I can’t wait for next week!