Alexander Averin

Friday, 26 October 2012

I Hope You'll Dance

Dance till the stars come down from the rafters
Dance, Dance, Dance, till you drop.
W H Auden.

Dear Diary,

I start most of my days with a yoga session – after I have showered I put my Music Library on the computer - which you can find in the right hand column of this blog – just click on Playlist in the top right hand corner – then dismiss the little window that comes up and click on My Library Radio – I have saved a lot of my favourite records on there – there will be some ‘foreign’ ones in there but you can skip those.  Have a listen yourself.  I know a few people who enjoy working  along to my music.

I learned yoga when  I was in my thirties when my children were small.  I’ve been practising it  ever since ( yes I am getting  a bit tired now!).
Anyway, I do my daily yoga routine to the first three songs which come up randomly on the computer, they are always a surprise as I never know what will play but I know I will like the tunes.  If I don’t fancy a particular one I can always skip it.   My routine consists  mainly of Prayers to the Sun, also known as Salutes to the Sun.  I prefer Prayers as they  sound a bit less ‘military’ to me. 

This sequence of poses uses all the body bits – my old yoga teacher said that we could get away with only doing half a dozen of these every day and it would be enough – along with the Corpse posture which is very relaxing.  I often do that in the evening or when I felt the need!   I also do daily neck and shoulder poses as I have had a very serious neck injury in the past.  I try and do yoga every day unless I am feeling  very tired or unwell.  My teacher advised us not to practise it on Sundays, she said we should have one day off a week.  Wise woman.    Even if I am a little tired beforehand  I always feel energised after doing my yoga,’ looser’ too and ‘brighter’.  I recommend it.

This morning the fourth song this morning happened to be Staying Alive by the Bee Gees so I just had to dance; how could anyone NOT dance to that song?   

Another song which is inspiring is Time of My Life from the wonderful film Dirty Dancing.   I usually end my routine with a bit of dancing as I love it so -  it’s quite safe, no-one can see me upstairs in the little study.;  well only the dog and she seems to approve of everything I do, bless her.

I am into Strictly Come Dancing at the moment, nowhere near as obsessed as I was at this time last year but I was poorly then while waiting too long for a gall bladder op.  (another story).   I really love dancing and envy the celebrities who are being trained to dance by such professional people.

Anyway I hope you will enjoy my music and I hope  you will dance.

Which takes me nicely back to the beginning.

Have a nice day,
Go mbeannai Dia duit,



Teresa Evangeline said...

It sounds nice. I keep saying I will start a yoga routine, but haven't. Perhaps this is the prompt I needed. Thank you!

Vee said... mysterious to me...I think, though, that it must be excellent for improved flexibility. You've been doing it for so long, you could probably teach. A few years ago, I gave it a try following an instructor on our educational channel. She allowed a chair as I recall, which made me think I could do it. Ha! I couldn't.

I, too, am into the American version of your program. In fact, it may be my guilty pleasure. I also have a favorite dance this year, which happens to be on a 3 minute video. If you'd be interested, I'd send you the link. Do you have a favorite dance thus far?

Chris Stovell said...

What a delightful post! I'm a dreadful dancer, but I really enjoy watching others and, yes, Strictly's got me hooked this year too! I start the day with an exercise routine too - not usually anything so graceful as yoga, but working out to music really does set you up for the day, I agree.

Cait O'Connor said...

Yes do please send me your link Vee. I don't have a favourite dance so far, sadly, not one that has moved me emotionally - when I do I will let you know.

Fennie said...

I tried to do Yoga for a time but I found that it made me depressed, so I had to give it up. I remember the Salute to the Sun.

Anonymous said...

Well I can't do yoga properly, but I love the Ronan Keating song!

Marion Williams-Bennett said...

no one puts baby in the corpse pose! Loved hearing about both your practise and your music. Just looking at that chart of positions made my muscles yearn for a good stretch!

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

I keep promising myself to begin a daily yoga practice. I took lessons for several years and it really helped me in all the ways you mention. And that scene from Dirty husband's absolute favorite!

Kay G. said...

I took a yoga class once and loved it. Our relaxing music at the end was "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" by Roberta Flack. Now, when I hear that song, I am conditioned so, that I want to just stretch out upon the floor. Good thing I restrain myself from doing so when I hear it in the bank or grocery store!

The bike shed said...

Like the music, but dancing..mmmm I'll pass

Dave King said...

Fascinating. Yoga has a strong pull for me, yet for some reason I have never got into it in any serious manner. Thanks for this.