Pole dancing, Tahiti Dance Classes, Flying Trapeze and Getting a Hug from a living saint

Monday, July 09, 2012

Pole dancing, Tahiti Dance classes, flying trapeze and getting a hug from a hugging saint are just a few fun, interesting and fulfilling things to do in New York this week!

A few months ago, my friends and I tried NY Pole dancing. We tried the Climb and Spin class, a beginner's pre-requisite to any other classes.

It really was a great exercise. It's not easy. It required concentration and remembering a dance routine. We learned a few dance techniques while building strength, control and muscle memory.

Last November, my friend and I ventured on an adventure that we both didn't think we could do: We conquered our fears and succeeded in spending the morning at New York Flying Trapeze. We did it indoors  during the Fall, but I bet it is more exciting outdoors at South Street Seaport.

This summer, there are a few Ori Tahiti Dance classes in Central Park. Tonight alone, July 9th, from 6:30-8:30pm, classes will be held at Central Park, Columbus Circle.

I love to dance. I was a member of Ramon Obusan Dance Group (which by the way has a show , "Ugat...Ugnayan...Obusan", in Manila on September 21-22 at the CCP) 

And I love Central Park. Sounds like a perfect combination, right?

(photo from Amma's website)

And for three days, from July 9 -11, Amma will be at Javit's Center.  Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma) is known as the hugging saint. Her embrace has a unique way of spreading comfort.

Here are her basic principles in life:
Love: Be like the honeybee who gathers only nectar wherever it goes. Seek the goodness that is found in everyone."
Serve: "Don't be discouraged by your incapacity to dispel darkness from the world. Light your candle and step forward."
ConserveWhere did we go wrong? The real mistake we commit lies in our inability to differentiate between requirements and luxuries."

I don't know if it's because I'm turning 48 and that I'm in Chapter Two of my life -- the next chapter. But there are still a lot of things, people and places to discover.

What about you? What's happening in your town?

Whatever it is, remember: KEEP SMILING!

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