I’m writing this on my phone so I’ll be brief.
My second capoeira class was a much better experience. It’s not that I improved, but I went in with a very different mindset.
In an unrelated class at uni, the topic for the week was mindfulness and I decided to apply it to capoeira.
Mindfulness is the act of focusing your thoughts on the present moment. Our natural tendency seems to be to think a hundred different thoughts per minute, so this can actually be quite challenging.
It was pretty obvious that during the first capoeira class I was 100% focused on my inner critic and riddled with self doubt, so this time I decided to ignore that voice. It was harder than it sounds, but I kept my attention entirely on doing the moves correctly. By the end of the class, I found I was really happy with my progress and had managed to keep up fairly easily with the others.
I’m going to give this a go again next class, fingers crossed it works. 🙂