Are You Taking Care of Yourself?

Are you taking care of yourself?

A client of mine asked me this question about two weeks ago. It stopped me in my tracks because that voice inside my head was an emphatic, No!

I was so grateful for that comment because it woke me up. I didn't beat myself up like I might have in the past. Instead I started to make small changes.

I focused on slowing down my pace, pausing before reacting. I called some body workers and scheduled appointments through January. I started using some ANF protocols to relieve anxiety and calm my nervous system.

I took more small movement breaks like this one. Here I am playing with how I experience weight--shifting and feeling the weight of my body change the sensations though my hips, caressing my arms so that I can better and more fully experience the weight of my arms as they hang, adding weight to my head so I can grow my neck longer.

If you start to follow me, you won't learn how to nail a handstand or how to achieve this pose or that movement. I've focused on that stuff in the past, and it has a ton of merit.

What I do now, what you'll see if you follow me is that there is so much depth to what you can feel in every moment if you know what to look for. If you slow down and get into the corners and dark places of your body where internal awareness might be weak.

My focus is feeling better inside this beautiful body. No matter the size, shape or ability. Feeling good is our birthright....the trick is remembering.

Are you taking care of yourself?

The Tricky Thing About Pain

Pain is a tricky thing to treat. Ask any doctor. If it was as simple as taking a pill or waiting until you recover and your cells repair, there would be no chronic pain: there would be no aches and pains. Aging would be a breeze!

The truth is pain and pain pathways in the body are felt and experienced differently depending on the person and their background. Your physical body is a manifestation of EVERYTHING you have ever experienced in your life!

Physical traumas are only PART of the story. Emotional traumas create the same pain pathways in the nervous system that physical traumas do.

Seeing a practitioner that understands this dynamic relationship is crucial! If this concept has grabbed your interest, here's an article by a spine surgeon. He explains the circumstances that led him to close his practice and focus on the whole person.

If you have more questions, send me an email. I'd be happy to discuss this with you

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Trust Your Body

Right around this time a year ago, I taught my last yoga class. Yoga has changed a lot from when I first started practicing 13 years ago. Many of the changes are good. Things naturally evolve.

As yoga crept further and further into the mainstream, I found myself struggling with finding where I fit into the perception people had of yoga. Students were desperate to know what was good for them, and what was bad. To draw a line on how it "should" feel. The ever-increasing expectation of what a yoga class should look like, how a yoga teacher should be to me was exhausting and alienating. The feeling, the experience of a pose or sensation became secondary to the science, to the mechanics, to the whatever is in fad. Science and mechanics are excellent and needed; however, they are simply tools to communicate more deeply with ourselves, not holy canon. Being present with the sensations of your body should not be outweighed by the perception of how it should be.

I have been teaching people in Lancaster through the Trager Approach and massage to feel their body and love the feeling, to anchor to that feeling of wholeness. I have been slowly getting back into my own yoga practice and loving the simplicity of just this--enjoying the moment to moment in movement. I find that no agenda beyond that is needed for me right now. It is good for the body.

This blog article below is just a portion of movement community that is right there with me. Yes to this! Yes, yes, yes!!!…/9/5/its-good-for-the-body