I think our society puts a lot of emphasis on maximum effort and charging ahead. Whether it’s business, relationships, or sports—have you ever noticed that the more force something, the more difficult it can be to achieve? Clear thinking can’t possibly happen and good decisions can’t be made unless you—pause—and be present and mindful in that stillness. Much like golf, the most efficient way forward is to let go, release the tension, and stay calm.
It’s common to slip into a semi-conscious state when doing activities such as walking, driving or weightlifting—the body is moving but the mind is thinking about something different altogether. When this happens, you move away from the present moment, away from the direct experience of life.
Most people rarely think about how they hold their body. But the ability to tune into the way your body moves, will allow you to do everything with more grace, strength and balance.
The body is very wise: it often tells us how we are, even before it becomes obvious to us mentally. Unfortunately we’re so caught up in thought, that we hardly feel anything anymore. Our life takes place in the head.
Try this mindfulness exercise:
Take a deep breath in through the nose, and out through the mouth. As you breathe out, close your eyes. Notice how your body feels. Starting at the top of the head, gently scan down through the body, noticing what feels comfortable and what feels uncomfortable. Does that area feel relaxed or tense? Energetic or tired? Feel the weight of your body on the chair or standing on the ground.
Whether you pitch yourself over the bars, slip off a skinny or send yourself wayward on a wet root, if you ride a mountain bike you’re going to crash once in a while…but, I have a secret practice for landing on all fours.
I’ve had a number of crashes, close calls and tricky situations that I know Pilates has saved me from. Whether it’s addressing posture, breathing, strength, flexibility, coordination or awareness, for over 10 years Pilates has trained me to work with my body as whole to increase performance and resilience. If you think Pilates is only for women and ballerinas, you’re way wrong my friend. Continue Reading…
Your alarm clock beeps. You hit snooze a few times before rolling out of bed to swipe your self-worth feed, rush through a shower and skip breakfast before heading to work, already late…
If your morning resembles a hurricane, you might consider developing a Zesty Morning Routine. Each morning is an opportunity to start fresh and become fully awake in your life. There’s no need to design an overly complicated routine, but being a little more mindful will go a long way. It will also help you begin to wake up with purpose and energy from knowing what you want to do and why.
On March 3rd and 4th, we invite you to share an intimate weekend of self-growth, pilates, yoga, nutrition, sleep hygiene and the exploration & transformation of your life.
The Zesty Weekend will be held at Core Intentions Pilates Studio in Squamish, BC. At the studio you’ll experience a uniquely warm and intimate atmosphere where we’ll immerse ourselves in wellness. There will be fresh healthy snacks and meals, and exciting sponsor goodies from local business such as; Ryders Eyewear, SoundRunner, Nester’s Market, Hornby Energy Bars, Nootka & Sea, Ener-C, Mountain Squeeze, Counterpart Coffee, Euphoria Natural Health and Health Food Heaven. Continue Reading…
Last summer, Core Intentions opened its doors in Squamish’s industrial park and has quickly become the go-to pilates destination for those looking for something new and exciting. With only a few months under their belt, Core Intentions has a bustling crowd passing through its doors.