Body Work Part 2: Yoga

Dr Deborah Quinn

Wellbeing is a genuine aspiration. In our opinion the real work in life – developing a deeper understanding that enables you to become more true to yourself, not compelled with ideas about yourself programmed in by painful reactions to experiences or ‘shoulds’ coming from all your self appointed authorities. These ‘ideas’ (conscious or subconscious) lead you down pathways devoid of true emotional fulfillment.

Through our series we explore the potential of popular tools used to enhance wellbeing, and yoga is one that appears across the board – relaxation, body work, adventure…

But how exactly do we use yoga as a tool for wellbeing?

 


 

Aiming for refinement of body movement

This practice enables you to place and move your body more carefully, with greater awareness. This in turn trains your nervous system to be more considered with every dynamic movement of your body.

In mastering movement you consciously work on releasing the tensions that hold your body in bad postures and prevent or limit graceful dynamic movement. This enables you to feel more comfortable in your body and more fluid in your movement, which in time develops your physical capabilities.

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Photo by Christopher Campbell

Starting your practice with a different perspective

Observe your body
You can feel for yourself on a simple/gentle level where it is stuck, where there is no or less freedom of movement resulting in limitation of capability and perhaps pain/discomfort. This practice helps you gently release these limitations over time, leading you to:

  • Reduce discomfort – Freer movement can diminish friction, one cause of inflammation in the musculoskeletal system.
  • Improve your capability – Climbers, athletes, gymnasts etc become excellent by developing strength, flexibility and refining their movement to achieve peak performance. Whatever your goal, however small, offer yourself greater capability.

 


 

Consider

What are you thinking about, what pops into your head when you feel a limitation in a yoga pose or activity? Don’t ignore the mind in this case, register the images and wandering thoughts as guidance to what you could observe about yourself.

These are the things that want to be released. If there is tightness physically and these thoughts are the thoughts generating these physical tensions, it follows that these are the attitudes, values and repetitive thoughts that betray your expansiveness, lightness, purpose, and love in your life. The causal base for some of the anxiety and apathy we all hold as human beings lies hidden here.

These are the things that once understood can be released or relieved to make you feel better – more relaxed, more creative, more energised… more fluid.

 

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Photo by Tim Marshall

What we can offer

Watching someone move and identifying the subtle individual limitations to powerful free movement, reveals attitudes, values, insecurities and the limiting patterns holding that person back from the life that would bring them more fulfillment.

These overlooked and misunderstood indicators are invaluable to someone who can pick up and translate this information. A great tool to help every individual to develop their wellbeing and understand what is trying to be released (let go of).

Give us a call or email if you want a diagnostic session to help you. Guidance to enhance your understanding about yourself and help direct your individual wellbeing journey.


This Week’s Recipe – fuel the stretch!

Important: While we hope to inspire you, you MUST make sure that all ingredients you use are compatible with your own individual medical conditions, medication, allergies and goals.

APRICOT & CHIA PROTEIN BALLS

From Honestly Healthy Food

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Organic Ingredients

130g unsulfured dried apricots
2 tbsp. cashew butter
2 tbsp. melted coconut oil
3 tbsp. chia seeds (plus more for rolling)
80g ground almonds

 

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, pulse together the apricots, cashew butter and coconut oil until it turns to a rough paste. Next add the ground almonds and chia seeds and pulse again until combined.
  2. Roll the mixture into balls about the size of a ping pong ball. You can then roll them in the additional chia seeds to coat them. Place them into the fridge for 1-2 hours to set, keeping them there until you want to eat them.

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