Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Detailing and Knowing We Don't Carry the Load Alone
Our desire to create in a technology driven world may wreck havoc on our bodies. Sitting is the new smoking. We've heard this catch phrase across the media. What does it mean for those of us that sit and work on computers? Not only does it mean tight hips, but also some grumbly complaints in in our neck and shoulders.  
To help alleviate tightness in the hip joint, change positions regularly. I often work while kneeling at my desk. I will either be on both knees or one knee down and the other leg in a lunge position. This seems to really help alleviate tension and strain. 

As well, a few simple stretches for the upper body throughout the day may help decrease tightness in the head, neck and shoulders. Here's an easy exercise to do right now.

Levator Scapula, the muscle that elevates our shoulder, is at play often when we work on our computers or hold our devices.  With this particular muscle, it's important to let go of what is no longer necessary - to literally stop carry the load and "holding it up." 
I find this concept of getting rid of what I don't need connects with our movement work. I find myself trying to create cleaner and cleaner movement that still achieves my desired results. It's all in the details. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Life is Good!

I felt this way before the t-shirts were emblazoned and trademarked with this phrase! Life is good!   It’s also one of the reasons I resonate with Anusara Yoga. At its philosophical root, Anusara espouses that everything is intrinsically good. And there is a deep benevolence to life. All life is sacred.    

We all long for connection. Sometimes, we find ourselves traveling the world in search of connection and meaning.

We don’t have to go very far for the journey to be worthwhile. St. Augustine said, People travel to wonder at the height of mountains and they pass by themselves without wondering.

Through the teachings and trainings I’ve enjoyed with Anusara Yoga, I have spent much time wondering - as we all do about fundamental life questions:

Who am I?
What/who is God, the universe, and the nature of things?
What is my purpose?

May we all sense the good.

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