September 2014 Inspiration of the Month: Tia Morita
I grew up as an anomaly in my family. I was the only one who loved sports and playing hard, was a complete tomboy, and even well into my late 20s, preferred spending my days outdoorsrock climbing, backpacking, open water swimming… You name it, I went for it. I think back on those days and remember how fearless I was – leaping from handhold to handhold because my small frame did not allow me the same reach as my climbing partners, hanging thousands of feet seemingly near the clouds and mountain tops, swimming half iron distances in the ocean having fine-tuned a long stroke since my legs didn’t give me the same propulsion as others. I was, and will always be, petite and muscular – but I never thought of it as a hindrance. Instead, I thrived on the body that allowed me to feel free in the outdoors and in nature.
As I came into my mid (and now late) 30s, something happened to that sense of freedom and fearlessness to conquer obstacles and challenges. Between work and an endlessly crazy commute, family, keeping up my home, etc, etc… I quite honestly had abandoned myself. I stopped swimming, gained weight, and felt very low. While a regular practice in Iyengar yoga helped to keep me sane, physically my body was changing and so was I. I didn’t know how to cope with an increasingly adult life with adult responsibilities in a hectic city like LA – the nature girl was trapped and needed an outlet!
Welcome to Zumba at SC Fitness! I first started taking Christine’s beginner Zumba classes, which were the perfect way to break into Zumba and learn to let go of one’s inhibitions. I remember sometimes arriving before Sandy’s regular Zumba class ended thinking to myself, “OMG it’s so fast! I wonder when I’ll be able to join that class?” Well, I’ve graduated to Sandy’s class and the Body Sculpt classes! I look forward to classes where I can let go and say “I don’t give a [your expletive word here],” and just give every booty shake or walking lunge my 100%. I’ve found my after work outlet, which has not only provided a small opportunity each week to let go, but in the letting go, to reintegrate with myself and gain back the physical strength I personally need to feel as though I am thriving and present in life.
Thank you Sandy and the SC Fitness gang for creating such a wonderful and open space that allows us all to rediscover ourselves.
What an inspiration you are! I love that you always give 100% in class and that you walk into class with a smile on your face. Thank you for sharing your story and light with SC Fitness.