Fearless Act #28: The Next Nadia Comaneci.

After watching the most amazing 80’s TV-movie ever made in the history of the world, Nadia…My dream at eight-years old was to be Nadia Comaneci. I know…I had a lot of dreams, as a kid…but didn’t we all? So, the other day, as I walked in the giant, blue gymnasium at Chelsea Piers, I was instantly taken back to when I was that little girl. And the crazy part was…all the memories of being a kid were flashing back. And what a gift it was to be running, jumping, and SKIPPING (yep, you read that right) along side my eight-year old self. I was giddy with excitement! We started as a pretty big group and after the warm-up, we were then split into smaller groups: beginners and advanced. Although I have a strong yoga practice, I certainly wasn’t confident going to the “advanced” group. I needed to ease my way back in. After all, the memories may be back but I’m still in a 40-year old body! The first thing we did was handstands into somersaults. Truth: I am usually afraid to kick up into a handstand in a yoga class out of fear I may hit someone or fall over onto the hardwood floor. But on this floor, I felt safe. There were springs underneath and plenty of space if I did happen to fall. Awesome, I thought. I am conquering two fears. The next thing on the agenda was a handstand and fall onto two blue mats (prep for handsprings). As soon as I did my hop, skip and flip onto the mats… I instantly relived all the times I used to do this onto my mothers big, king-sized WATERBED!!! And I started giggling. And that’s pretty much how the night went: another awesome trick; another memory, another giggle, and so on. Occasionally I would peek at what the “advanced” crew was up to and actually started thinking, maybe I can do that! After the 90-minute time travel session, I made my way to the exit doors when I heard a male announcer’s voice in my head…”And introducing, one of the oldest athletes to be competing as a Gymnast in the Olympics… Charlene Lite!!!!!” Applause, applause, applause!!! Hey… You never know!

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