my oh my did she ever kick my ass tonight! (which is EXACTLY what I have been needing, sad to say.)
the yoga is challenging to me - because I so well remember when I could just *do* something like 90% of whatever the teacher came up with - and now my poor body is so tight and out of shape. also I can't really do downward dog for any length of time at all since my wrists are wrecked... I need to come up with alternatives for the things it works. I've rarely been to a yoga class that didn't do WAY too many of those! so might set up a private class to figure out that stuff.
anyway, I think I'm going to keep going to this class on Tuesdays. it's far away but worthwhile... need to figure out how to get there on bart because I always seem to get lost and stuck in those *%!^%$(&^!%$ blocked-off streets in Berkeley (resulting in being half an hour late tonight, dammit.)
another thing I liked about the class was that even when we are drilling, she mentions ways we can personalize the moves, different options for arms or layering. tribal style is so lovely, I love dancing together, but I've been spoiled for pure tribal ever since going to those retreats with Delilah (and some truly astounding guest teachers! wish I'd gone to more when I could.) now I want to *just dance* and not have to hew to a particular format.
in fact, I'm really all about Turkish style lately! Elizabeth Artemis Mourat started it. I took both of her classes at Tribal Fest and totally fell in love with Turkish style dance. then saw some sock-rockin' Turkish style dancing at the Sulyman benefit (which I am SO grateful to have been able to attend, and which I will be posting about soon.) I just love the energy, the earthy quality (as compared to the fluff and coyness and little tinky ballet-influenced moves of Egyptian style - I know, I know, those are fighting words in some quarters.)
interestingly enough, Ariellah happened to mention in passing the name of the instructor whose classes I took a couple of years ago, which resulted in a really painful pulled muscle (and a really deep one at that, it took forEVAR to stop hurting and I still feel it occasionally.) then later on in the class, she went into a move that was the same move that messed me up!
I was instantly nervous about trying it, but she started us off with a total breakdown of what muscle does what when, and that part was ok, so I just kept going and eventually was doing the smooth version, at full speed, with the rest of the class! this is HUGE for me! I didn't quite catch all the variations but considering that it was not only a new move (since you know I dropped it like a hot rock after getting injured and have not gone near it since.) well, I guess I just needed it explained properly, so I could understand how to do it safely!
sometimes I feel like my body is turning into a bundle of broken messed-upness, and getting to actually do this move (especially in just one class!) was really healing for me on a psychological level. it was also one of those "right place/right time" markers for me.
I'm really liking the mix of new and familiar moves too. it's exciting to try new things, but a whole class of new stuff can get frustrating. so I'm challenged by some of it, and then the next thing we do I can magically just do, and work on form (and endurance, heh - drill drill drill!)
I want to start going to the gym regularly again too. it's tough because the heat just drains the motivation right out of me, so I guess I need to go in the evenings. if I keep going to this class though, I am going to need to do some outside conditioning so that my poor ass doesn't get kicked so hard every time! so there's a bit of extra motivation for me. :-)
Ariellah is a really good teacher (and I've experienced a lot of bellydance teachers - just being a good dancer is NOT enough.) she explains things well, understands the musculature, genuinely cares about us getting it, knows a lot, works really hard and expects the same of us. so, it looks like my Tuesday evenings are spoken for for the foreseeable future. I might also continue with ATS classes but I don't know - I do love it (and it is where I got my start with the dance) but the restrictions of the form kinda drive me crazy, so I have to come and go.