It is Golden week in Japan, which means that most people take a series of days off for vacation. Being an independent worker, however, there is no such thing as public holidays unless we decide so ourselves. This year is the first time I have actually taken a few days off to get away from Tokyo.
I took my GYROKINESIS® Final Certification together with Madoka Maruyama, and have since become friends with her. Madoka is a former ballet dancer, and is now teaching both ballet, GYROKINESIS®, and GYROTONIC® methods. She has her own GYROTONIC® tower at her family’s second house in Nagano, and we have been talking about visiting there since the Final Certification course last September. I was so happy that I could finally make it a reality for Golden week!:) Coming from a really small place in Norway where there are mountains and ocean everywhere, one of the things I really miss by being in Tokyo is being able to go outside in nature whenever I want. I like the mountains especially, and would go hiking by myself from time to time when I lived in Norway. For some reason, this has been my “holy time” if you will, where I can be by myself, or just get away from the noise in daily life. In Nagano, our plan was to go skiing, but since the weather has been been warm there, we instead went on a hike both around a lake, and then the next day on a mountain quite far out in the countryside of Nagano. It was so wonderful to see stars again, feel the fresh air, and to drink clear water from the mountain river. I just love it! I hope to go there again!:)
Today I also had the chance to attend a GYROKINESIS® class by another teacher who I took almost the whole certification with, except for the first part, the pre-training course. Kana Yamane teaches both yoga and GYROKINESIS®, and I have been wanting to take her class for some time now. To be honest, when I first met Kana during the foundation course, I was more than a little intimidated by the way she moves. If you have a chance to take her class, you will know what I mean;) She literally seems to be able to bend and twist in any direction! Although I know it will take years for me to get there (if I ever will), she is a great person to look up to and aspire to. Since last year, Kana has started collaborating with a local cafe called Kukoro (くころ), and today was the 3rd time to have the event there. After the GYROKINESIS® class, we had a great lunch together with all the other attendees, and the owner of the cafe. It felt great to follow somebody else’s instruction to move, and although I didn’t know any other of the attendees (except my husband), we laughed a lot and had an overall great time!
I guess taking time to refresh and do something different is really important, right? (Although we know this is true, we don’t really get it until we try it)
Enjoy the rest of your Golden week!
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