I learned a new part to the White Eyebrow form yesterday and was in the gym at 9 a.m. practicing it. It was the earliest I’ve ever been in the gym on a Sunday, and it was rocking like I couldn’t believe. Both squash courts were occupied, a spin class was rolling, the step-it folks were climbing and somebody was hitting the bags in the boxing room like they had a vendetta. So much for having the place to myself to work up an appetite for the brunch my young man was treating me to! But what it lacked in privacy and peace it made up for in ego boosting.
Three people stopped during different points in my practice to watch me spin myself nauseous. I’m used to people looking over through the yoga room windows as they walk by. I’m not used to folks actually stopping on their way to wherever to watch for more than a moment. That’s a testament to the form, mind you, not me. I’ve finally reached the point in it that led me to want to learn it in the first place. It’s the section where I must spin the staff and my body simultaneously.
It turns out that it’s easier than it looks, but that’s not saying much. It’s still quite the challenge to keep the staff moving straight up and down, the torso twisting a full 180 degrees at a time, and feet moving smoothly along a straight line, in a waltz-like rhythm, all at the same time. When well executed, it looks fantastic! But I wouldn’t recommend trying it at home without a chiropractor nearby.
I caught myself in the mirror somewhere around the tenth rotation of my practice and was pleasantly surprised that it looks better than I would have expected less than a day after learning it. Now, if I could just master the strike at the end of the section without looking like a completely uncoordinated dweeb, my Mother’s Day would be complete. The beauty of being obsessive in my kung fu love and going to the gym during the breakfast hour is that there’s more than enough time to nail the section ending before day’s end. After all, I haven’t sweat nearly enough yet today.
To all mothers out there, obsessive and mellow alike, I hope you’re having a nice relaxing day – something I clearly don’t know how to do! 🙂
Happy Mother’s Day!