November 2014 Inspiration of the Month – Karen Rosa
Love, Laughter, Dance – my three favorite food groups.
I have danced all of my life and it’s a good thing too,
because I am basically a klutz. From falling on my butt during a high school musical to falling on my face in the middle of 42nd Street in New York, it has proven that staying somewhat agile can actually get you through physical challenges and a modicum of humiliation. Couple that with a good laugh at yourself with those you love and the spirit is nourished and prepared to fight on.
Over the years I have tried everything from dance classes to gyms to Tae Bo to Tai Chi and even Bikram Yoga – a drenchingly short-lived experience – but I kept coming back to the music. Before discovering Zumba, I would take a brief five week tap class from a good friend who is a wonderful choreographer, but realized I needed to sweat on a more consistent basis during the rest of the year. But the procrastination demon was powerful.
Then, in 2007 during a rainy evening in New York City, I was at one moment crossing the street and in a flash found myself flat on my face. Good thing I was not doing my naughty NY jaywalking and instead crossing with the light. This led to shoulder surgery – a lovely piece of inserted bling held together with ten screws – months out of work and a most brutal rehabilitation. For the first time in my life, I became personally awakened to the fragile nature of human being and that life can really change profoundly in an instant. I obsessively worked through the rehab, determined to get back the use of my arm. It worked, but recuperation and menopause took a toll on my body. Pork belly, back fat and muffin tops were not just about Southern cuisine anymore.
Lucky for me I have a BFF who is a physical fitness proselytizer and all-round gym rat. I took a road trip to visit JR in New Mexico and she took me to a Silver Sneakers Zumba class in her new-found home of Truth or Consequences. With laughter and love she encouraged me to face the truth or suffer the consequences of getting older. We commiserated on the need to be physically prepared for the slings and arrows of a random universe. I vowed to find a Zumba class in my own backyard.
Boy, did I ever! I discovered SC Fitness online and thought I would give it a try. No Silver Sneakers workout here – Sandy is a force of nature, talented, encouraging and just plain FUN! I fell in love with sweating and the general upbeat atmosphere in the classes. So a year and half later I am still at it and loving it even more – now it’s not just a class, it’s a community. The women I have met are terrific and I can’t say enough about the warmth and inspiration from every instructor as well as every fellow Zumba Goddess who deserves to Bow Down To Her Fabulous Self. I am starting to do some core work too and that may just help to keep gravity at bay – firm back fat trumps saggy back fat any day!
Life happens, but I managed to hit the restart button, look age in the eye, feel stronger and spiritually nourished. I am so grateful I have found this community of encouragement and laughter where I can dance into life and a size four skinny jeans! This is what 65 looks like – Booyah!
Thanks Sandy and All the Goddesses at SC Fitness.
I am so honored you’re a part of the SCF Community. Your sweet smiling face inspires me so much in class. I’m so incredibly proud of how well you know the routines and how you just allow yourself to have fun! And now that you are adding Body Sculpt to your schedule, I’m so impressed that you’re even pulling double classes. Bravo, Karen Rosa!