“Are you walking the dog, or is the dog walking you?”
I used to have a yoga teacher that would often ask us that question in class. Of course, he was really asking how our mind management was going.
Asking myself that question usually makes me laugh at myself a little, and then get back on track if I am getting into negative thought patterns or nasty self-talk.
What comes up?
There are lots of different ways to approach this topic, but I am going to try to break it down just like I would for myself (self-coaching) or with a life coaching client.
Mind management means that we are managing our thought patterns consciously, feeling our feelings, and working on re-training any old thought patterns that no longer serve us.
Our thoughts create our feelings, which drive our actions (or lack thereof.) Those actions determine our results, or next set of circumstances.
If we break that down a little or make it really practical, it is when we attach a thought or determination to anything that usually leads us into how we feel. For example, if I am back in that yoga class and I am finding balancing on one foot challenging that day I have a myriad of thoughts that could come along.
Do I unconsciously let the negative lead me into a nasty place I don’t want to be?
Do I get curious and/or kind with myself?
Do I find a way to be neutral if I can’t get to positive?
Do you see how this approach can be applied to most areas of our lives?
I suggest trying to be aware of your thought choices and their effects for a few days. You may even want to journal or take some quick notes about what you are noticing.
It can be really eye opening and life changing.
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Last month, I sent some info about a possible retreat in November. Due to construction at the resort, we have moved it to May 2019.
I am so excited to share this exciting opportunity with you!
This Biohacking & Nourishing Movement Retreat in May 2019 is a chance to rest, renew, and upgrade your life with me in paradise.
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Registration is now open! There’s even an early bird discount, payment plan available, and a special treat for the first 4 reservations. We only have room for 12 participants max, so act now if you’re interested….
Do you believe that there is no joy without gratitude?
Do you find joy terrifying?
Then you will love this video.
“When we lose our tolerance for vulnerability, joy becomes foreboding.”
Vulnerability is terrifying for most of us.
How do we soften into it so that we get to feel all the good stuff?
In the video, they suggest an active gratitude practice. (here’s a post on gratitude)
What have you tried? and what has worked for you?
Need some help getting into gratitude or vulnerability?
Bulletproof Life Coaching might help.
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We all know that warming up is a good idea before we engage in any big activity.
Have you ever considered adding in a quick warm up in the morning to prepare your body and mind for everyday life? Connecting to your body while moving and breathing with intention are powerful tools that can set you up for a successful, pain-free day. You don't have to have any fancy equipment or even do the same exact exercises every day to reap the benefits.
I get feedback from many clients that they feel stiff or are in pain when they first get out of bed. I invariably as them if they are doing some specific movements (that they already know) to get their body moving, increase circulation, and ease any pain. The answer is usually no for a variety of reasons. The underlying issue is often that they aren't aware of their control of the situation. They aren't accessing the tools they posses to feel better and/or haven't made the conscious choice to use them.
I recently went through a quick warm up sequence with a client who came in feeling terrible, uncomfortable, and frustrated with her body. We focused on breathing deeply, engaging her core, and included 3 or 4 really simple movements in a quadruped position. She was amazed at how much better she felt. She was even more amazed that she already knew all these movements and could have done them as soon as she started to feel stiff & achy. I didn't want her to memorize the sequence we did, I encouraged her to try to remember that she has skills and could use them as needed.
Now I'm not saying that a short warm up will fix or heal everything, but I can safely say that it will help you to feel better (on many levels.) Try it and see!
Not sure where to start or what to include in your warm up?
- come join us at Kiwanis for a group class (click here)
- book a private mat lesson with me (click here)
- check out my You Tube Channel (click here)
- buy a video (click here)
Did you know that actively practicing gratitude literally rewires your brain to default to positive thinking? There are are many ways to cultivate and express gratitude. A few of the simplest that come to my mind are:
- a gratitude jar
- sharing 3 reasons you are grateful with a loved one
- meditation (breathing and immersing yourself in feelings of gratitude for a few minutes)
You can also make up your own way to recognize and honor feelings of gratitude.
Can you pick one that you can commit to doing every day for 2 weeks? I encourage you to try it, as you begin to feel the positive feedback it will help keep you motivated. I would suggest that you keep it simple & practical, and to be really honest about what you can feasibly do every day in order to set yourself up for success rather than failure.
Want more info?
Check out this podcast with UJ Ramdas. (click here)
Read this post that suggest 11 ways to build gratitude . (click here)
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The bulletproof blog has a concise yet clear explanation of what red light therapy is, the science behind it, as well as why or how it works. Click here to read that post. To put it very simply, red light stimulates the mitochondria in your cells which helps your body function better overall but has been used specifically to speed up healing, reduce pain & inflammation from arthritis, slow down the aging process, and calm skin conditions. (just to name a few uses, there are many more)
I first learned about red light therapy at the Bulletproof Conference in 2016. Leanne Venier spoke and was also demonstrating her Redjuvenator lights. (To check out her presentation, scroll down and watch the video.) I loved the idea that she is a scientist that tapped into her creative side and ended up creating this useful, accessible tool. I was also very impressed by her ability to combine a variety of healing theories or modalities that are all based to working with the body's natural healing mechanism.
I have been using one of Leanne's universal REDjuvenator boxes for a little over a year. It has been really helpful in reducing pain and inflammation related to old dance injuries, as well as any new issues that pop up. I haven't been consistent in using it every day on my face for anti-aging, but it has helped with a cold sore, skin issues, and a cut on my hand. It is definitely one of my main at-home resources for self care!
There are some red light therapy facilities popping up, which is a great way to try it before you decide if it is something you want to invest in.
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When I was training to be a professional dancer, the focus on cardio outside the dance studio to stay lean was pretty intense. We were instructed to stay in the “fat burning zone” which translated to moderate intensity for longer workouts. As a result of my Bulletproof Life Coach training, I learned about a lot of new science which has helped inform some new strategies for myself as well as my clients. Everything I do for my cardio training seems more efficient, and my body feels better! At times, it still blows my mind that it can really be this effective in a relatively short duration.
Mark Sisson’s article “A Case Against Cardio (from a Former Mileage King)” is a great resource if you want to know a bit more of the science and delve a bit deeper. He sums up the effects of his approach, “Something “primal” was happening and it made total sense in the context of the DNA blueprint. I was training like my hunter-gatherer ancestors, building my aerobic capacity slowly and steadily without overstressing my adrenals or my immune system, training my body to derive more energy from fats (and not glucose), requiring far fewer carbohydrate calories from my diet, and building muscle with occasional quick bursts of speed and intensity. I was suddenly both fit AND healthy. My Primal Health system was kicking in and it all made perfect sense.”
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Set some resolutions but need some extra help and motivation?
Natural Grocers launches Resolution Reset DaySM on January 19 to help Americans stay on track with their New Year’s health and wellness resolutions. Click on the link to learn more about their events and big sale.
Anyone else hoping to develop or improve some healthy habits?
Here is an article you might find helpful...
"How to Change Your Habits for Good"
If you feel like you need some support or assistance, Bulletproof Coaching may be helpful.
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Here's an oldie, but a goodie....
An efficient and effective standing warm up series that focuses on coordination of breath and movement, core activation, and body awareness. It's a perfect start to getting back on track with your movement practice and self care as the holiday season winds down.
Wishing you a happy, healthy 2018!
Happy Holiday Season!
I hope that you had a wonderful 2017 and are feeling ready for the upcoming New Year!
This month’s You Tube video is part two of the Standing Hip Series. It is designed to follow "Standing Hip Hikes."
Improve your pelvic alignment, core activation, and overall balance in under 3 minutes with this simple yet effective video.
For some more quick fix videos, please click here.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need any more info.
Give the Gift of Wellness!
Know someone who would love an FST session, wants to try Pilates on the apparatus, or just needs some personalized guidance in their stretch or core workouts? Do you want to put any of those items on your wish list? Contact me for more details, gift certificates are available.
Wishing you a very happy & healthy holiday season!