The Hooping Midriff and Bata Triad

I’ve been battling lately with an unsteadiness and anxiety after losing the rhythm I had with daily exercise.  Part of it that I got sick and was weak for a couple of weeks, some is not wanting to spend tons of money  and half the day going to yoga/spin/hooping or whatever classes, and part is that I am taking time to focus  on changing my life.

I weigh 185 and a half pounds this morning, and I still have my Kung-Fu panda belly, two tiers of blubbery-bloaty fat that I’ve had since my life became a stress nightmare in 98″.  Po and I have a lot in common, in that I know that fat is about protection and comfort. While I have spent a great deal of time and money working on it, I know it’s not going to leave  until I find a way to meet the needs of some deeply wounded instinct that  has been living in  there.

Last night I bellydanced with my teacher, which I haven’t done for months.  Since my belly hangs down  and protrudes out in front of me like a rolling hill, I expected to be grossed out by how I look.

When we lined up in front of the mirrors to do bellyrolls, there was a pleasant surprise.  Hooping has made my midriff, the area right under my ribs, more fluid, stronger, and taken away some fat pockets.  We could see this change because my upper abs rippled and I was doing the rools, despite the obvious fat tires hanging below it.

The other good surprise lately is that my cuban bata teacher has permitted me to play the Iya, Itotele, and okonkulo in the same class. Perseverance pays. I’m just beginning to learn how to enjoy it, to allow myself to feel something positive when the desired impossible happens and is no longer impossible.

About Shirley

I started this blog to expand and explore my rhythm horizons as a hand drummer. That exploration includes touching on the rest of my life and inner world as authentically and truthfully as possible.
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