Getting in the Swing

One of the things that I love most about Gyrotonic is it’s malleability.  The movements are organic and universal enough to translate to almost anything else that I am doing in my life.  I don’t “do Gyro” so that I can get really talented at “doing Gyro”.  For me, it is a useful tool on my journey of self knowledge, understanding, and breakthrough.  The physicality of the technique helps me to notice my movement habits, acknowledge where and when I hold tension, and ultimately to change, advance, evolve.  With the appearance of spring in Durango, my thoughts turn to how Gyro can help those pursuing the sport of golf, whether professionally, or in the spirit of good fun. 

Watching golfers is a bit deceiving in my opinion.  Their athleticism is not as immediately obvious as say a basketball or football player.  I mean hey, they get to ride in carts from hole to hole, pretty luxurious no?  On further inspection though there is a ton of coordination, strength, power, and flexibility necessary, particularly during the golf swing. These guys and gals can’t just hop onto the course on a balmy spring day and expect to play perfectly.  It becomes clear that some kind of cross training is needed in order to prepare the player for all they will face during a game.  Strength training is great for building muscle, keeping bones healthy, and creating a more powerful body with which to play.  Flexibility training is equally important to keep those strong muscles supple and responsive. However, isolating these two things is not the most ideal method.

Enter Gyrotonic exercise, which has strength and flexibility components built into every move!   Imagine being able to strengthen your muscles while you lengthen them, it’s like your work is cut in half! Genius! Take the spine for instance.  During an ideal golf swing you must keep the spine long and spiraling  around your center of gravity while at the same time  creating enough power to hit that ball as far as you’d like it to go.  Or the pelvis.  It must also be flexible enough to spiral easily on top of your legs, which need to be able to hold you up and shift your weight as you swing. The arms need to be able to rotate, and bend without restriction.  The wrists need to be strong and clear about how they guide the club through the air. Oh yeah, you should probably breathe a little bit too.  If one of these things is not in optimal working condition, it can lead to injuries that can take you out of the game for weeks, months, or worse, become a chronic issue.  Just watching someone with a tight, held pelvis, a hunched spine, and shoulders that are up to their ears as they move with rapid force sends sympathy pains coursing through my body!

Unfortunately, merely being strong and flexible does not automatically make you a superb golfer.  You must also learn how to coordinate all of the elements of a golf swing with your new, loose, supple and strong body.  Gyrotonic creator, Juliu Horvath, worked extensively with PGA tour instructor Dave Rasmussen to create a program specifically designed for golfers. This program predominantly addresses problems that players have with their swing.  I was fortunate enough to take this course with Dave five years ago,  and have since enjoyed analyzing players habitual movement patterns, and helping them make breakthroughs in their game. 

In my experience, Gyrotonic exercises coupled with private golf instruction is the perfect combination of form and technique.  Ultimately, golf is just a game, but what if you could play it with strength, ease, and confidence while minimizing pain and injury? Maybe then it would just be (gasp) fun?!

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Roots Grow Down, Trunk Grows Up

It was a gorgeous spring day today in Durango, and I celebrated by taking my first hike of the season.  I brought along my boyfriend’s Golden Retriever, Moose, and together we navigated the sometimes muddy, sometimes snow packed, but mostly dry piece of the Colorado trail that runs along Junction Creek. As Moose trotted along ahead of me, I began to sink fully into my body.  With each step, I became more grounded and from that grounding was able to feel the springiness of the earth reverberating right back through my skeleton.  I began to feel my spine decompressing, and my posture becoming more erect, but also still responsive.  I scanned the scene around me and noticed the trees which buffer the trail.  A comparison flew into my mind between these trees and the work that I do with Gyrotonic.  It’s the harmony between nature our bodies that reminds me again and again why I connect with Gyrotonic so much. 

I often observe people being told to “stand up straight.” The immediate reaction to this is usually a quick, jarring one in which the individual throws his or her chest out causing the lower back to hyperextend.  This upward movement most likely also causes the shoulders to lift, and the eyes to look up.  When our eyes look up too much, we are actually compressing the cervical vertebrae, rather then lengthening them.  Finally, I observe the person’s breath rising up into their chest rather then dropping down into their belly.  The end result looks stagnant, forced, and pretty darn uncomfortable. 

What if instead, we took a cue from the trees?  A tree starts off as a seed which is planted down into the ground. Then, it’s job is to first  produce roots.  These roots curiously search the soil for nutrients.  They expand and lengthen,  providing both  a sturdy base, as well as a  network with which to acquire the nourishment they need to grow.  From this base, a shoot can start to peak up out of the soil, gradually unfurling and seeking the sun.  The roots need to continue their reach down and out in order to supply more and more nutrients to the growing tree.  From this downward development, the upward development can increase over time, ultimately creating a strong erect trunk, with various branches and leaves sprouting from the center.  Now these leaves can also provide nourishment from the sun, directly sending that energy back to the source, in turn, receiving energy from the source once again.

This cycle is reflected in the entire Gyrotonic system. Imagine yourself sitting on a chair.  Your center of gravity, appropriately called your “seed center” in Gyrotonic is the source.  It is the place where all movement comes from and returns to.  In this way, you are always replenishing, renewing, regenerating your energy.  Nothing stagnates or blocks the constant flow of energy.  You can simply think of your “roots” as your legs pouring down away from your seed center, and your “trunk” being the very center of your spine elongating up towards the sky.  There is no up without the down , so if you lose the sense of grounding in your legs,  become aware of it once again.  In this way, we are providing our body with a gentle opposition.  This opposition helps us to feel strong and centered , while curiously seeking how far in each direction it is possible for us to reach. 

We can expand on this idea a little bit by sequencing up and down the entire body.  Still sitting on a chair, take a few breaths in through your nose and out your mouth.  As you breathe, notice the verticalness of your body.  Feel your breath moving from the crown of your head down towards the soles of your feet and back up again.  Feel the three dimensional quality of your body surrounding this breath.  On your next exhale, slowly glide your shoulder blades down your back. From this initiation, reach down through your arms and all the way to the tips of your fingers.  Continue this downward direction by funneling your ribcage down towards your pelvis.  From there, feel the sitting bones reach through the chair, your legs reaching down into your heels, and the soles of your feet spreading into the floor like those roots seeking water.  Take a few breath cycles concentrating only on this downward flow.  Move slowly and mindfully through each body part, allowing your body to feel heavy and grounded. It is OK if your body seems to slump or get shorter for now. Relax into it. 

When you are ready, we will start adding the upward direction. Find the downward connections on your next exhale.  Now, as you inhale, keep all of the downward reaching, but add an upward dimension. Start by inhaling up through your pelvic floor, feeling the decompression in your pelvis.   Like you are that tree sucking water up through it’s roots, feel your breath move up through each vertebrae, creating space between the discs.  Lift up through the soft palate at the roof of your mouth, and finally, let the inhale breath pass through your skull and continue upward to infinity.  Repeat, letting the descending energy root you down beyond the floor on your exhale, and on the inhale ascending up against that downward reach all the way into the sky. 

This might be very challenging at the beginning. You are asking your body to coordinate a ton of things! Stay with it, notice what your habits are, and with each breath, try to increase that sense of opposition.  Notice how you can get taller by getting more grounded.  Feel the internal tug of war that your body is creating, and the resulting sense of ease and space.  When you get this really coordinated, you can change the breath so that you relax on the inhale, and move both upwards and downwards on the exhale. It helps to give yourself a count.  For instance: inhale fully and exhale for 1, 2, 3. 

For those of you who are already avid Gyrotonic participants, you know how great this can make you feel! Tall, strong, and alive with decreased compression and a constant energetic flow throughout your whole body. If you aren’t in the know yet, I urge you to run, not walk to your nearest Gyrotonic studio and start helping yourself feel great from the inside out! If you are in Durango, come see us at Body of Work!

 

Gyrotonic?!

So what is this GYROTONIC thing anyway? Is it a refreshing happy hour drink? A delicious Greek sandwich comprised of lamb in a pita? Perhaps it has something to do with the elderly? These are just a few of the definitions that people come up with when asked to describe what they think GYROTONIC is.  In actuality, GYROTONIC is a relatively new, intelligent, and fun exercise system.  If we break the word down, we see that it incorporates the word gyro (circle or spiral) and tonic (invigorating, increasing or restoring the tone or health of the body).  That, in a nutshell, is exactly what GYROTONIC is designed to help you do. Using circular and spiral pattern movements, GYROTONIC increases and restores the tone and health of your body while invigorating your entire being.
I came to GYROTONIC by accident as a twenty-something dancer in NYC.  I’ll admit that I was skeptical at first. It sounded to me like a fad, a watered down hybrid of exercise methods that would never last. Then I tried it.  From my very first session, I knew intuitively that this was the type of movement that my body needed to do.  Even as a dancer I was not very flexible.  I was also injury prone, and not as strong as I thought I was.  This work illuminated my weaknesses, and gave me a support and structure with which to improve.  Plus, I just had fun doing it! I looked forward to my workouts, craved them even.  To me, that is the most important thing.  If you don’t like the way in which you choose to exercise, you are much less likely to stick with it and see results.
You might be wondering what a GYROTONIC session consists of.  The most common session lasts about an hour and involves the client working one on one with a trainer.  The majority of the hour is spent on the GYROTONIC equipment (called the tower), with some mat and prop work as well.  The trainer instructs, guides, and gives hands on to the client in order to correct form, encourage the creation of space in the body, and to reveal bad habits or imbalances.  Like we learned before, the movements performed are always in a circular or spiral pattern, and always stem from the spine.  We are three dimensional people.  In our daily lives, we do things that require us to twist our spine, forward bend, arch back, side bend, or any combination of these. The  GYROTONIC system takes this into account and works on helping you create the healthiest spine possible for you.  A healthy spine requires flexibility to move in all directions, and the strength of your muscles to support this movement.  It is about finding balance within your body.  Since our bodies were designed to work synergistically, a GYROTONIC workout stresses this importance.  Each exercise requires support from the core, and initiation from the spine. This can then radiate out into the limbs, where you can work on mobilizing and strengthening all of your joints and the surrounding muscles.  Integration is the goal.
Attention is also paid to breath and quality of movement.  The breath supports and guides the body, while in return, the movement of the body helps to unlock and free up the breath.  In this way, we can prevent stagnation and the impulse to grip or overuse our muscles in a non-useful way.  Do words like “short”,”tight”,”stiff”,”held”, and “weak” describe how you feel when you move? GYROTONIC  exercises help you to take your body from that place, to a place where you feel “supple”, “juicy”, “long”, “sensuous”, and “strong”.  You know how good it feels to yawn and stretch when you first wake up in the morning? That’s how every GYROTONIC exercise should feel.  Sounds great no?
Back to this piece of GYROTONIC equipment, the tower.  In all honesty, it looks kind of like a medieval torture device.  It has pulleys and weights, straps and rotating dials, a bench , and a tall structure that holds all of the weights and pulleys.  It’s job is to give you feedback for your movements in the form of weight, resistance, support for your skeleton, and awareness of where your body is in space.  When you use it correctly,  it helps each movement feel like a massage.  You can feel your hamstrings lengthen as you scissor your legs up and down.  You may get a few delicious adjustments between your vertebrae as you wring out your spine on one of the rotating dials.  You can feel your shoulders, which are accustomed to hunching over your computer all day, roll back and open as you push and pull the straps with an elastic-like resistance.
The types of exercises that you perform are often inspired by the movements of animals.  You move your legs through the air like a frog while the tower gives you resistance as if you were in water.  Your spine dives and resurfaces like a dolphin playing in the waves.  You reach your arms like a cat kneading into the floor.  All exercises are approached with a playful curiosity, like a child on a jungle gym.  We stay safe, but we explore, we play, we move beyond our limits.
So who is GYROTONIC for? In my 8 years of teaching, mostly in NYC, I had the pleasure to work with a variety of amazing people.  I taught professional dancers, actors, and athletes as well as weekend warriors.  I taught a married couple who worked out together as one of their date nights.  I taught mothers to be, new mothers, and women who had been mothers and grandmothers for a long time.  Men who played golf, or who needed to de-stress after a hard day at the office were my clients.  Teenagers who had scoliosis, or who were trying to gain strength.  Men and women who were recovering from cancer, injuries, and illnesses came to see me and heal.  I saw regular people aged 14-88 who just really loved the work and made the commitment to see me once a week.  Essentially, GYROTONIC exercise is great for anyone who wants to do it! The system can be molded and modified to fit anyone’s fitness or health related goals.  Whether you want a slow, calming, mellow workout, or a high energy stimulating one, GYROTONIC can work for you.
Now you know a little more then you did before about GYROTONIC! You are one of the informed, in the know about this fresh and modern way to exercise! GYROTONIC is internationally renowned, and now it is here in your own backyard at Body of Work in Durango! Come play!

Democracy Now!

This evening ended up where I never expected it to, the Community Concert Hall at Ft. Lewis College here in Durango.  I was there listening to Amy Goodman from Democracy Now speak.  I don’t regularly listen to Democracy Now, nor do I attend political gatherings, but tonight seemed like the perfect time to start new habits.

My companions were some new friends of mine and their moms.  We had spent the day together visiting a family grave in Silverton, and filming some dance sequences in the splendidly yellow Aspen groves behind Purgatory (Durango’s ski mountain). A most unexpected day all around! They are all fans of Amy’s and tickets were available and free, so it was simple for me to join them on the night’s excursion. 

Amy was an engaging and energetic speaker, even in the middle of a 100 city tour where she often speaks twice a day. She was there to promote her new book, and to speak to us about the importance of using the media to promote all opinions, not just the corporate ones.  She was preaching to the choir of course, but it was very inspiring to hear her stress the necessity of hearing the platforms of third party candidates.  She mentioned how the media should ideally be used to promote peace and understanding, but most often it is utilized to promote war.  Her anecdotes were factual, relevant, and poignant.  This is truly a woman who believes in independent news, and enjoys being a spokeswoman for the cause.  As one of my friends mentioned afterwards, she is awake. 

On a personal level, I was marveling at the fact that after 11 years of living in a city such as New York, it took moving to a small town in south west Colorado, to get me out to such an event.  I chalked it up to the fact that it was so easily accessible.  In New York, there are always a million amazing things happening at all times.  The trick there is to figure out what is important to you, and to do that.  Here, the events are fewer, but when they happen, they are well advertised, and everyone is talking about them.  There is a sense of group participation that feels nice and easy.  It was also exciting for me to see that this particular community is supportive of things like independent radio stations, book stores, public access TV and the like.  This is a town that is not content to be spoon fed political information.  It is very much a town that supports independent businesses.  Side bar: I learned today that Starbucks had to fight hard to open up a store downtown. When they finally opened, people threw bricks through the windows because they were so upset! I have no personal problem with Starbucks, but that is pretty awesome.  Plus, the Steaming Bean’s coffee is way better!

Next up for this little mountain town? Michelle Obama speaking at the college on Wednesday.  I don’t know if I can make it, but if I do, you will hear all about it! In the meantime, check out democracynow.org and see what you think…..

A River Runs Through It

I went hiking the other day near Vallecito Lake in Colorado.  My friend Emily was in town for a wedding, and since we never got the chance to hike together in NYC, we decided to make the dream a reality all the way out west! The trail we took started at Vallecito Campground and stretched north for miles.  A brochure we had pointed out a footbridge 3 miles in, so we decided to make that our turn around point.

The trail offered beautiful vistas, and interesting terrain, but my favorite part of the hike was the fact that it followed a river.  Sometimes we were high above it, and others teasingly close, but it’s presence was always felt.  As we walked, I meditated on the river and started to appreciate it as a metaphor for life.

Rivers start somewhere and end somewhere. They usually start from someplace pure and unmarred, often times high up in pristine mountain territory.  They then trickle, rush , or flow towards their inevitable end, which is not really an end at all, but a joining into a larger body of water.  Along the way, the water changes and is changed.  It carves out valleys and tunnels through rocks and mountains that have been there for ages.  In other words, it leaves it’s mark. Because of the water, the earth is forever changed.

We too have a beginning and an end.  Depending upon where your faith lies, you may believe that rather then end, we move on, whether to another life, to Heaven or Hell, or that we ascend into a higher consciousness.  Either way, we affect the world just by being who we are and doing what we do.  The people we come into contact with are altered by our presence, the landscape is enhanced or destroyed due to our respect or negligence.  We cannot deny that we make a difference in our short time in these particular physical bodies.

The water that you encounter in a river is constantly changing.  To look at it superficially, it appears to remain the same.  The general, outward appearance of the river is relatively constant.  However, if you think about it, you realize that the river is never the same as it was one hour, one minute, or one second ago.  New, fresh water is flowing past replacing what came before.  Our bodies are changing just as rapidly.  New cells are being formed to replace old, blood and lymph is being circulated throughout our system, food is being taken in, digested, and expelled.  We are never still, never stagnant.  Our brains too are continuously taking in and processing new information.  We know more then we knew yesterday, less then tomorrow.  We feel differently about people and situations from day to day.  Sometimes the glass is half empty, other times half full.  Our perspectives shift, we welcome or dismiss ideas.  While others may recognize us as the same person we were yesterday, on a biological and emotional level, we are not.

Then there are the outside influences, the small stones and large boulders that fix themselves in our paths and force us to change course.  Maybe the river is calmly flowing along, when it suddenly approaches a giant rock.  It can hit the rock, or go around it, right or left.  The path it chooses changes the river, whether in a big or small way, and affects what happens later downstream.  Now,water does not have free will.  It is affected by gravity and such, but we as humans certainly do.  So we can actually choose whether to keep banging our heads against the same rock, or to deal with the situation ahead of us.  There is often more then one choice, and the decision we make can have an impact on the rest of our journey.  The obstacles put in our path help us change, which inevitably helps us grow.  All the while, the flow of life never stops.  We may get stuck in a whirlpool from time to time.  There may be periods of stillness and depth, which quickly give way to churning and turbulence. We are nevertheless destined to travel on through, carving out our place and finding our perfect rhythm.

As well as meditating on the river, I also made sure to jump in and “baptize” myself into my new life in Colorado.  I felt the power of the mighty river pulling me in, letting me know that no matter how peaceful it may look or sound from afar,  there is no messing with the strength of Mother Nature!

Junk in the Trunk….

I am two days into a four day journey to my new home in Colorado.  After a sunset walk in the cornfields of Walnut, Iowa and a dip in the indoor pool of the Super 8 Motel (surprisingly better then you are imagining) I find myself reflecting on the last two days and about how much I have already learned.  Gather around the campfire kiddos, let me spin you a yarn!

Let’s say you have recently bought your first car in eleven years, perhaps a Subaru Forester. Let’s also say that you plan on driving said car across the country packed with all of your earthly belongings. You may in fact have a wonderful friend, let’s call him Kris, who is a genius at things like packing, and manages to fill your car to the brim, load the roof rack, and for good measure, strap your bike to the back. Then perhaps you, your dad, and your cat, we’ll call her Willy, stuff yourselves into the remaining space, wave goodbye to your house and your friends (definitely without crying) and putt off into the sunrise. Thank goodness your friends made you a cup of coffee that morning ‘cause it is early!2012-08-27 06.03.11

So, the air-conditioning is blasting and you find yourself eventually happy and free cruising faster then the speed limit, but not so fast that a cop would pull you over, in the Poconos.  The road goes up, the road goes down, the sun beats hotter, your foot becomes leaden.  You know how it goes.  Soon you are about an hour away from Grove City where you are not planning on Outlet shopping, but meeting your friend, let’s call him Jack,2012-08-27 14.23.34 for a quick bite at the Elephant and Castle.  All of a sudden, your Dad notices that the temperature gauge on the car is all the way hot, we’re talking in the red zone people.  So perhaps you start to panic and imagine scenarios where the car bursts into flames and you have to walk back to New York and resume your old life.  Instead, your sensible Dad pulls off at the next exit in BFE Pennsylvania, and you notice a sign for a mechanic.  The nice chaps check you out and thankfully find nothing wrong.  What they do mention to you, which of course you should have really thought about beforehand, is that you are pulling a heavy load, up hills, in the heat, for six hours straight. Maybe the problem is in the approach.

This, my friends, is exactly it.  I had my epiphany right then and there. So often, we treat our bodies and ourselves, like a maxed out Subaru Forester on it’s way from New York to Durango! How’s that for an analogy? We load ourselves up, sometimes with too much food until our bellies hurt and we can’t move. We become uncomfortable, and the worst part is, we knew it would happen, and could have avoided it altogether. We also extend ourselves to the breaking point with commitments, work and social, until we are so tired and stressed out that we never have fun, we get cranky easily, and we eventually make ourselves sick. It is even sometimes true that we fill ourselves to the brim emotionally. Maybe there is a challenging situation to deal with, and we don’t ask for help. Maybe we are dealing with loss or depression and won’t let anyone know. Certainly we sometimes think that we can and should do it all, that failure is not an option, that saying no is not acceptable.  Shame on us!

So what do we do? Well what I did, if indeed it was me in my hypothetical story, was to ease up.  The plan for day two of driving was to take more breaks, give the car a chance to rest and cool down.  We also decided that we had to do without the air-conditioning, a bit brutal on a mid-western day in August, but necessary.  There wasn’t really any way to lighten the load, but we could certainly listen to the car, check for the warning signs of over extension, and respond accordingly.  The result? Better mileage, a shorter day driving, and a happier car. 2012-08-28 09.12.57 The formula should be no different for ourselves right? If you find yourself working harder then you are capable of, ease up where you can.  Take a break. Meditate, do some Yoga or Gyro, go for a run, bake a cake, whatever helps you relax.  Decide what your goal is, what you are working for, and make thoughtful sacrifices in order to facilitate reaching it.   Finally, listen to your body!  It’s super intelligent and it’s usually telling you exactly what it needs, we just tend to ignore it.

Beyond that, I can’t believe that I am over halfway to my new life! I hope to take my own advice, starting now with a good night’s sleep!

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How Did I Get Here????

When I think about where I live and what I’m doing with my life I just have to laugh.  I laugh because never in a million years would I have guessed that I would be living and doing what I am living and doing.  I also laugh because at the same time, it’s all makes perfect sense. Somehow I stepped out of the way and let my life become what it is meant to be, which is different then I ever dreamed.

First off…NYC? I first visited the city when I was ten. My best friend Beth had moved to New Jersey with her family and to ease the blow of this loss, we decided to visit each other every summer.  I remember thinking on our first outing into New York, that this place was crazy! There were so many people barreling into you at crosswalks.  It was dirty, there was scary scaffolding that you had to walk under etc. Sure I enjoyed seeing “Tommy” on Broadway and eating lunch at Jekyll and Hyde.  We climbed to the top of the Statue of Liberty and paid tribute to “Don’t Eat the Pictures” at the Met.  (I could be blending a few trips into one, but you get the point.) Even with all that, I remember thinking that I could never, EVER live in a place like this.  Twelve years and one big cosmic joke later, I moved to Astoria and have been here ever since.

Secondly….Gyrotonic? Gyrokinesis? This career of mine barely existed when I was born.  It certainly never penetrated my world as a young dancer in Boca Raton.  Heck, I didn’t even do yoga until well into college, and Pilates was only introduced to me in NYC.  I remember seeing a Gyrokinesis class advertised at Peridance when I was searching for a ballet class to take.  I literally scoffed at the word, imagining that it was some lame fabrication under the guise of exercise for dancers.  Luckily, a few years later, I encountered the word again. This time, I took the class, taught by the lovely and amazing Chantal Deeble, and the rest is history.  It was the first time that I thought, “wow, this is exactly what my body should be doing.”  The work of course is amazing, but I am pretty positive that I would not be where I am today without Chantal.  She is truly an inspiration as a mover, a teacher, and just in general as a human being.  Everything she is passionate about, she embodies, and that is rare and compelling.  She is also a Pisces, so if she is reading this, she is most likely crying Winking smile.  Everything about my Gyrotonic career happened seamlessly, which is always a good indication for me that I am on the right path.  I wanted to get certified, and ended up in Boulder staying with the now owner of Gyrotonic Boulder, Clyde -Rae Jolie-Ashe. Sebastian Plettenberg was conducting the training, and Chantal was assisting him.  So, I got to be in my favorite state, embarking on a new career path, with amazing people.  It has been like that ever since. The community of trainers and clients that I have been lucky enough to know has made it more then worth it to have a job that many people have never heard of.

The next surprise…..dancing professionally in NYC.  It’s not so much a surprise that I would dance, it literally makes me happier then almost anything else and I have basically always done it.  It’s more the fact that when I was a kid, I thought that you could only be a ballerina.  I had no idea that one could also perform other styles, and be successful (I was clearly sheltered in that aspect!) What great news for a gal with a bone structure not quite suited for ballet and the flexibility of a 2×4.  I may not have danced for any of the bigger, better known companies, but I am so grateful for all of the opportunities that I had and all the many times I got to be my most true self.

And now….Durango, Colorado? Sure, I’ve heard of the town, but never would I have guessed that I would be moving there in 3 short weeks.  Unlike New York, when I first visited Colorado at age twelve, I fell in love.  My intuition told me that I belonged there, it spoke to my soul.  I tried to get there for college, UC Boulder, but finances wouldn’t allow it.  I’ve always had people from Colorado in my life, so in a way I was able to keep it close.  Almost as soon as I made the very hard decision to move away from the city and out west, I met Bridget, who basically said the perfect words to me.  Something along the lines of “I need to find someone who wants to move to Colorado and teach Gyrotonic at my studio.” Seriously? Talk about the universe presenting me with an opportunity! I accept the challenge universe, I accept the challenge!

So here I am moving from a city I never wanted to live in, with a career I never knew existed, to a tiny town I never dreamed I’d actually get to.  Life sure is a trip, ain’t it?