Salsa dancing and happiness project update


Street salsa by dance photographer / Flickr

I had my second salsa class yesterday.

I’m enjoying the classes tremendously and I have started thinking about sewing a salsa skirt. Not too short a skirt though, I don’t want to scare anyone with my cellulite. 🙂

I did a Google search for salsa skirts yesterday and it appears you can wear almost anything (or almost nothing) with it, especially if you do street salsa.

When I wrote in 2010 that I want to be able to salsa through the night when I turn 50 I might have been promising too much. I didn’t take into account the fact that salsa is a very fast-paced dance.

Yesterday, after 90 minutes of almost non-stop salsa I was so plastered I had difficulty executing the steps correctly. Luckily the class ended before I collapsed in a sweaty heap.

I think it’s safe to say there will never be salsa marathons.

My aerobic fitness level isn’t quite up to the task. Also, now I understand why people tout the wonders of Zumba (I mean it’s ability burn away body fat). It’s also very good exercise for the core – my abs were burning and vertebrates popping when we did isolations plus hip and shoulder gyrations during the warm up.

Yesterday we also had two males in our group. The looked like generic Finnish blokes (i.e. not very well coordinated) and I wonder what brought them to the class.


Today ends the second week of my happiness project. Overall, I’ve been in high spirits.  My Tuesday epiphany about breaking out of blah mood was a great victory to me because I’m so used to feeling helpless about how I feel.

This week I have done four Feldenkrais lessons on top of my exercise rehab and I’ve been almost pain free the whole week. I’ve tackled a thought distortion five times this week. An emergency session was needed today when I realized that the “stone” I found in the egg I was eating was a piece of my molar. Eek! My teeth are falling out next!

The interesting thing is that I’ve noticed I’ve started feeling a bit restless.  The more energetic I become the more I crave challenge in my life. How long am I going to be entertained by two weekly classes and my happiness project resolutions?

Of course nothing prevents me from setting myself a very demanding goal – Gretchen wrote a novel in a month (I think it was as part of NANOWRIMO or whatchamacallit) – but that may be too early for me.

Now I’m going to lie down on the floor and practice putting on my abdominal brace 10 times, activate my glutes plus my longus cervicis and longus capitis. The last one means I get to learn how to tuck my chin. 😉


  1. Marion says:

    Hi Satu! Wonderful that you are having fun at Salsa, pain-free, and learning how to turn those less-than-great days around for yourself. Have you introduced yourself to people in your Salsa class or in choir? It could be fun to go for coffee with someone afterward.

    I think the restless part for me is striving to meet my potential. So maybe it is that for you too. 😀

    • Satu says:

      Hi Marion! I think the restless part of me is doing just that. 🙂 Gretchen Rubin says you can’t really be happy unless you are in an “atmosphere of growth”.

  2. Linda says:

    Satu, you are really doing great! I am so happy your happiness project is going well and you are having a blast at Salsa. 🙂

    • Satu says:

      Thank you, Linda. I hope you’re doing fine too.

  3. Oh, I’m excited about your Salsa classes and you never know – an all-nighter may be possible in time!

    I hope you do make the skirt (or two) and I hope we can see a picture!

    Here in Oz, Latin dance has been a big thing off and on and men did classes and it was sometimes seen as a way to meet potential partners (in life, not just dance!).

    Can’t wait to hear more!


    • Satu says:

      Hi Deb. Two salsa skirts sounds even better than one. 🙂 And you will definitely get to see it if I make one. I thought about sewing it form a piece of green satin I have stashed somewhere, but then I thought the fabric should probably be stretchy…

      At least there is a good male/female ration on the class if men are looking for partner…

  4. Lori says:

    How awesome to be pain free! I really hope it continues for you.

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