When I was supposed to be concentrating on my breathing and clearing my thoughts in yoga class, I started thinking about my performance or lack there of, at my last Zumba class. I was thinking about Zumba class partially because it was on my mind and partially because I don’t dare totally relax in the breathing exercise for fear of falling asleep. Mitch swears that I snore and even though I know I don’t snore, God forbid some fluke accident and I did maybe snore, I would be mortified. And that would be the end of yoga. Yoga classes twice a week and Zumba class once a week are my most recent attempt to get back in some semblance of shape. I really love yoga class and the way I feel since starting the class last summer. I can do a tripod again, something I hadn’t been able to do for decades. I can’t remember the yoga name for it, but we called it a tripod in school. A tripod is where you are on your hands and knees. You lower your head to the mat between your hands, with your arms bent at a right angle, then bring your knees up and place them on your bent arms and balance yourself on your head and hands. When you get really good, you can move up to a headstand, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon. Since I’ve had such great success doing yoga, I figured I’d branch out and take more challenging classes, like Zumba. Yeah right.
I’ve had two classes so far, the first with two other women and the second was just me alone with the instructor. I really like my instructor. She is the sweetest person. Young in shape and she says positive things to me. I stood behind her off to the side so that I could watch her and myself in the mirror. Big mistake! I should have just watched her and not me. Her moves were fluid and in perfect rhythm to the music, while I was stiff, graceless and behind on every move. She would signal the upcoming move but half the time I was going the wrong direction, doing the move backwards, sideways or not at all. Basically I suck at Zumba. Maybe I was wearing the wrong clothes. A baggy t-shirt and sweats are not especially sexy or hot looking when trying to dance to sultry Latin tunes. Even the creepy old guy that came to gawk in the doorway took one look at me and ran screaming into the street.
Halfway through the class, as I was sucking air, sweating like a racehorse and becoming even more wooden in my moves, it dawned on me, maybe I should take up kickboxing. I don’t have to be able to sway my hips in a sexy manner when doing a roundhouse kick. I think I can do tough, because fluid and rhythm are definitely not in my body’s vocabulary.