Friday, February 19, 2010

Day 50: A Tight Muscle is a Light Muscle

Today was 5pm with Erika up at Summerlin. I've always thought Erika was a good teacher, but lately she's really been growing on me.....she's moved up into my "top 5" :). She's just got such great energy, dialog and compassion. I was in the front row to the left of the podium right next to her. I felt very strong starting off. After eagle I stood there looking into the mirror feeling like a gymnast that just warmed up and is ready to go do a bunch of flips or something. I was really amped. Standing head to knee I felt solid kicking out. Usually when I kick out I get tired and winded pretty quickly. Today I was squeezing those thigh muscles as tight as I could, breathing calmly and not feeling winded! "A tight muscle is a light muscle" popped into my head (in Drays voice, he says that all of the time). Erika said "good Michelle!" when she saw me kicking out, solid. Second set I almost got my forehead to my knee both times and I didn't fall out right away like usual. I was able to hold the posture steady while trying to get the forehead to the knee. I was really close on both sides! After class I accosted Erika in the hall "did you see that! I almost got my forehead to my knee!" She smiled and said "I did! I was going to tell you to go for it but then I saw how focused you were and I was like 'she's going to do it!'"
I grinned ear to ear, so tempted to give her a big sweaty bear hug and knock her over. I opted not to do that. Probably a good call on my part, she's pretty petite.

7 comments:

  1. YAY.. that's one i'm still workin on.. such a life long process. all those "a-ha" moments are so awesome!!

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  2. Compassionate, supportive teachers are the BEST. Yesterday it was extra hot and we were dropping like flies. Most of us probably had what we'd consider a crappy class. But a couple of times she reminded us that we all have off days, to not be hard on ourselves. I totally needed to hear that. So glad you made progress on head-to-knee!

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  3. Thanks Cat and Yolk E! I'm soooo excited still! It took me two years just to kick out, and kicking out wipes me out. But finally finally finally I am making progress on that sucker!

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  4. I'm still working on that one. Congratulations on the progress.

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  5. Awesome class my dear! Can't wait for that feeling again!!! Enjoy your practice :)

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