Wednesday, November 27, 2013
December is coming, with all the challenges of Christmas, New Year, and the holiday period in general.
This often means:
- lots of food to eat
- party and drinking
- cold weather, less motivation to move outside
- lots of sitting in the sofa, watching tv, talking to friends
I want to prepare for this, so I have fun, and still live healthy.
What are the challenges for you during the holiday period?
How do you deal with it?
Tips, ideas, suggestions welcome!
Friday, November 08, 2013
I already have been to many dance classes in my life, and many coaching and training settings. I enjoyed both a lot, I was and am comfortable with both settings.
However, when I first heard about an AUTHENTIC MOVEMENT workshop in Budapest in 2010, I was both attracted to it, and also felt a great deal of resistance. It had combined the two elements with a twist: training, but not sitting in a circle, dance, but not following a choreography or series of movements. It took me several weeks to overcome my inner resistance to get into a workshop where there are no chairs, and we move around the room in jogging wear. To my surprise, I enjoyed that workshop totally. Maybe because it was something I never did before, and I enjoy a lot to try new things.
This is the welcome area. Shoes off at the door!
To take it a step further, I went to a workshop “ELEMENTS OF DANCE” in Vienna in 2011, where different scores were taught for improvisative and contemporary dance. I enjoyed it even more! I found it’s so easy to move around space, not think about much on “how perfectly” I move, just move, and have fun.
Then, I subscribed to a “TEACHERS TRAINING in Holistic Dance and Movement Pedagogy” in Frochtenstein in 2012, where we learn about all sorts of dance and movement that can be used in a training and coaching setting. We have Contact Dance Improvisation, Feldenkreis, Body-mind centering, and Authentic Movement in the program. None of them in a way that I could teach them, but with small blocks that I can use in any kind of movement workshop, and with a lot of focus on my own development. We had a module last weekend, you can check my previous blog.
The program - full-full-full of things, all of them involves movement in a way! :-)
Stage four was the CONTACT DANCE FESTIVAL in Vienna in 2013, last weekend, for four days, with senior teachers and dancers. Deep water! I gained so many new friends, experiences, learning, it’s hard to describe. I was on the dance floor from 10am to 01am, with some lunch and dinner breaks between. I was eating well, and still my weight was 1.5kg less when I arrived home. And was so tired, that I’ve spent two full days to recover.
I wanted to write orignally more about the festival, but I discovered it was so much about "body" that I have difficulty to make "words" about it.
As I was dancing all the time, I don't really have pictures of dances itself, but here you are three pics to catch the ambiance.
This was the main room. We were about 100 dancers at the festival, from many places around the World! And as for contact dance, it's great to become an anti-couchpotato, as there are not many chairs around in general...
Stage five was a CLASS in Contact Dance in Graz, Austria, this Wednesday. I was invited, to participate and to give feedback, by a friend whom I met at the Festival. I felt so honored. The 90 minutes of movement passed by so easily, I was surprised it's over when the class (for me) suddenly ended.
At the same time, I noticed that although I see myself still as a beginner in Contact Dance, there are people who are more beginners than me, so I am already at the middle part of the beginning.
I also decided to go and take part of this class as much as possible, to learn more about this form of movement.
So, this was my short journey to contact dance. Something unexpected altogether, but when I look back, it seems to be a straight line.
that I would like to share with my Sparkpeople friends: we spend so much energy to “do a workout”, to finally start it, and work-out.
When I enjoy something, I don’t even notice that I move, I’m just there, and enjoy the time, and the workout is part of my day without extra effort.
When I started my journey to live a healthy life, my exercise really felt as a workout. However, this shifted to enjoyment over the past three years. First, most of the workout turned out to be a "funout", as I gradually started to enjoy them. Also in parallel, when I have several choices, now I intentionally do activities that I enjoy, in a way that it involves movement.
If you have the same issue, workout is something that feels to be done, this can help:
Does workout feel me like work?
What activities do I enjoy then?
From all these, what would be something that I enjoy, and involves movement?
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Here I'm again on my dance training weekend. I am still thankful for myself that I decided for this strategy. I year ago, I was hesitating to do this training or not, and one of the decision factors was that I would be moving all weekend long when I'm on this training.
This way, I have 10 weekends guaranteed fun movement from Friday afternoons to Sunday afternoons. It's around four topics, contact dance improvisation, authentic movement, Feldenkreis, bodywork. All these are new to me in a way, so in fact I do stretch my boundaries when I participate in a group where everybody is dancer or mover somehow.
But I have so much fun, it doesn't feel exercise, just exploration, engagement.
This weekend we play with four elements of dance, body, shape, time, force, and explore all the possibilities within.
I learned that this topic worth a full semester in a graduate dancing program, we just have a weekend for it. Still, I didn't know before I can move my body in so many ways. So many unexplored possibilities of me.
Now, it's Saturday evening.
I'm sitting on the floor, listening to the last music CD still playing.
I notice I sit on the "diagonal" - our last score involved movement through the diagonal of the room, and it moved a lot in me. Somehow, unconsciously, I came back to sit on this line again.
I see something like this while typing.
I wanted to add something to the exercise tracker, and to count the minutes for the team in the 5% challenge. Hard to estimate, as I don't have Endomondo with me to track my movement with GPS and calculate the calories.
If I really want to count it, I've been moving for about six hours today, slow and fast, small and big, around and along a line, alone and with others, with touch and without touch.
But it doesn't feel I've been exercising.
It feels just it was fun.
Not work, like when I re-started my healthy life a few years ago, and I couldn't imagine how exercise could be really fun. I understood, it's good for me, but it was so much energy even to start it.
And now, I just can't get enough.
Tomorrow, we continue exploring these four qualities, I'm very curious.
Next week, as I decided to stretch even a bit more, I will participate to the contact dance festival in Vienna. That will be really a stretch, with the totally experienced dancers, for four days. See the program and pictures from last year here.
Another experience from today. One of the group members told me that she usually moves for 6 hours a day. I couldn't get how she does it. But then I learned she's a dance teacher, classes, training, performance. I asked how much she eats... the response was a short "A LOT".
I think I will make that standing desk project happen soon, so I can join this "six hours a day movers' club".
Otherwise, we are in Frochtenstein, Austria. A small town South from Vienna, in the mountains' forest near the border of Austria and Hungary.
Today, a couple of time during the dance, I just stopped and enjoyed the sunset.
Then I continued moving.
How much do you move during your work?
Do you do some activity, which involves a lot of movement, but in fact the main purpose is not "exercise"?
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
This Sunday, we went for a powerwalk with my wife for our daily exercise. Walking together is not so high in calories, but high in communication! :-) This is one of my favourite tracks nearby, and we just realized that the last time we had been here was during Spring, when it was still covered with snow. There were a couple of showers the days before, so everything was wet, muddy, and the air was full of moisture.
Moss carpet everywhere
Abundant vegetation everywhere
Leaves were turning into yellow, white, brown
Trees start small, get big, get sliced up
Sometimes we had to get muddy to go on
I had no clue what type of mushrooms are these
Looking at the pictures, I was surprized that the colours I associate with Autumn are usually yellow and brown, but these pictures are totally green!
Do you like to walk?
What possibilities do you have for a powerwalk near you?
Next time you go, show us some pictures! :-)
Thursday, September 26, 2013
This morning I companied my wife to the train station (06:50 am), and as I was on my bike, I decided to do a little bike touring in some new directions.
This is because since I wrote here, that route (WZ11) is not new anymore, I did that a couple of times already, once even with my wife.
I fired up the bicycle map on my mobile phone, and looked up a route that I haven't cycled yet, called R21.
It started well, but then. I see why I never went in the direction before. It was a continuous uphill for 30 minutes! Good for me, extra training. My bike has only 8 gears (hub gear), so the hills are often a problem. But somehow, I get more and more training, and I can climb up more hills.
The landscape was not particularly beautiful in that area, but I just realized that the sun came up at 06:50 am, too, so I was following the whole sunrise. I have seen all the colours, clouds, fog, hills during the whole ride.
Thank back at home, it felt so easy to start with my creative working. I think I'll do this more often! :-)
Full size images here (Dropbox):
My take away today?
If a destination is called 'Sommerberg', I better be suspicious about the altitude (literally "summermountain"...
How often do you try new routes for your running/walking/cycling?
How do you choose new routes - just by impulse, or you look it up ahead?
Any tips, suggestions?
Have a great day full of exercise and keep on sparking!
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