After a long period of being stuck and kinda scared, I am coming out of my funk. Or maybe I should say I’m getting into my funk and Franti ~ through movement.
During our brutal winter, the couch became my little desert island of safety and warmth. I knew joining a gym because I “should” was not going to work to get me moving, so I began to make just the tiniest of movements to get back in the groove.
Inspired by Nia’s Five Stages, I started this practice of very basic moves each morning: stretching, creeping, crawling, squatting and up to standing and walking. The movements were small and slow to start. I creeped and crawled out of my way. Then onto swaying, stretching, shifting feet, swinging arms, gentle rebounding and dancing. The more I moved, the more I wanted to move.
Amazingly a flow movement space recently opened in little old Sussex Boro, NJ. They offer hooping and many movement classes. One teacher hosts a monthly ecstatic dance class at the new Whirled Revolution . The beauty of this Gabrielle Roth inspired practice is the full spectrum of movement to stillness is all good. I am still shy in my dance and movement. There is a level of freedom in free dance that can be a bit overwhelming. Each month I move a little deeper inward and outward.
I am thankful Whirled Revolution has created a safe space to try on different types of movement for every body. I have dabbled in their tai chi and hooping classes and I am feeling drawn to try more movement adventures.
I am so glad that rather then dive into a gym membership, I let my movement or groovement practice unfold. As I continue my practice of tiny movements into larger ones, I am feeling better and life is starting to flow with more ease too.