Old Dogs, New Tricks

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.

Circus 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.

Dan at Art no Ar

Hello, Super Teacher 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!

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A Scotsman and his American photographer wife traveling the world and writing about it. Tales, reviews, photos, interviews and crazy goings on. Because you never know what's going to happen.

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8 Responses to Old Dogs, New Tricks

  1. Natasha October 27, 2013 at 12:21 am #

    That is AWESOME!!! You two look like professionals already! I have seen those classes, but I´ve always thought they were a little over my ability (and the strength of my stomach muscles) so I´ve never tried – just going with basic yoga first. It looks like so much fun though!!!

    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      October 27, 2013 at 12:31 am #

      Natasha, you should try it! If we can do it, you can too. I don’t feel like it took any kind of extraordinary athletic skill to do the moves we did today, only a willingness to try and some trust in your teacher and partner. The stomach muscles will come as we learn harder things, I’m sure. :)

      If you try it, I’d love to hear back from you and know how it went!

  2. Lorelei October 27, 2013 at 12:41 am #

    Love, love, love that last photo. The smile on your face says it all.

    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      October 27, 2013 at 12:45 am #

      Thanks, Lorelei! I’m glad she caught that photo because we were smiling like that almost the whole time. :)

  3. Angela C
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    October 27, 2013 at 1:40 am #

    I actually have tears in my eyes lol
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    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      October 27, 2013 at 1:46 am #

      Obviously because you are laughing at us while imagining Brian doing acrobatics, lmao! :D
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  4. TheBoyandMe October 31, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

    I am so impressed, that is incredible how flexible you are, and so very strong with your core muscles! And of course he didn’t drop you, he’s your guy!
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    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      November 1, 2013 at 12:00 am #

      Thanks! My occasional yoga days at home have helped a lot more than I expected. Now I have a good reason to be more motivated about it!

      And yes, he’s most definitely my guy. Lucky, lucky me!
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