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Body Appreciation – Awe, Wonder & Appreciation

Last post we talked about “The Disconnect” that can occur from the beautiful gift of our machines. It can happen for many reasons. But this disconnection is designed to never allow yourself to be satisfied or at home in your body.

And the messages from marketers are all around the superficial. Get thinner. Get stronger. Get whatever.

This can leave you chronically discontented with your physical body.

What if we stood back and looked at all your body DOES moment to moment? What is in that noticing, you could begin to stand in awe – wonder – and deep gratitude for the gift that is your body?

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Let me know what you think and how this shift goes for you.

Peace, Sarah

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Body Appreciation – The Disconnect

There is this thing that happens, for many reasons, that I call “The Disconnect.”

That moment when you disconnect from your beautiful body. All of a sudden you’re at odds with it. Frustrated with it. Disgusted by it.

Click here to watch a little about “The Disconnect” 

I watch my youngest running around and fully embodied in herself. It is a thing of beauty. I watch my oldest and remember the strange discomfort that happens when you’re a teenager – too tall, too thin, clutzy.

It is the human experience, but marketers take advantage of what is meant to be a stage. They prolong it so that a human never feels good and right in their skin.

  • Lose weight.
  • Boob implants.
  • Botox.
  • Tummy tucks.
  • Lipo
  • Photoshop

And this just scratches the surface.

The thing is – your body in whatever form is how you sense and feel and experience this life. We’re going to be talking more about appreciating your body in upcoming weeks. For now, start to notice the areas and spaces that you have a dislike, distaste, frustration with your body.

See where you hang out.

Peace, Sarah


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Spinal Mobility – Cat/Cow

One of the BEST GIFTS to give yourself is Spinal Mobility. It is the one practice I try and do every day. There are many practices that offer you spinal mobility and core stability. One fairly common one is moving from cat pose to cow pose.

It’s fun to watch people do cat/cow pose when I teach. Often I see the head leading the movement and the tail moving, but there isn’t any movement of the shoulder blades. Often people don’t move through this slowly, the slower you move – the more you’re asking your brain to get connected to the movement.

Feel jerky movements when you move slowly? GREAT that’s an indicator of sensory motor amnesia – or areas where your brain and muscles aren’t as connected as they could be. Every time you pass through, you’ll over yourself more and more connection.

This scapulothoracic area really gets sticky. Why? Because we use phones, computers, drive etc. A LOT. Our shoulders tend to round forward and we lose cortical awareness and control of our chest and upper back.

So let’s play with some spinal mobility. Let’s break apart cat/cow. You can break cat/cow into lots of pieces to feel more in the movement.

  1. Just move shoulder blades toward/away from spine.
  2. Just tilt tail up/down
  3. Do both. Notice your head doesn’t lead the movement, but naturally follows the undulation of your spine.
  4. Try rocking a little forward in your cow and a little back in your cat.
  5. Play with slowing down. Can you control the movement if you move slowly?

This video illustrates the above movements.
https://youtu.be/0m2bGxYpHf4

Other ways to play with it:

    • Try it seated in a chair.
    • Try it standing with hands on knees.

Enjoy! Sarah

 


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Inspired Mover – Irene Vuu

IreneThis is Irene. She is one of MANY women at my gym who inspire me. You’re going to see more of these amazing movers in the coming months.

Irene is just one of those people who seemed to latch on to CrossFit like a fish to water. I remember when she started – she seemed a little nervous, but more excited. Within a couple of months she was kicking some serious a##.

For me, it’s always about watching how someone moves. Irene moves really fluidly – she throws around a great deal of weight, but it’s like the barbells are an extension of her own body. It’s really fun to watch her move. She inspires me.

I think she’ll inspire you too. Here’s her story, in her own words:

Have you always been a mover?
Yes — maybe not always in a specific sport, but growing up, I’d much prefer doing Maker:S,Date:2017-1-17,Ver:6,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar02,E-Ysomething active (swimming, playing tag, etc) over watching TV or reading. I ran cross country and track in high school, and then continued running leisurely (with some 5k’s, half-marathons, and 2 marathons) since then.

What are your favorite ways to move your body?
Most sports that don’t require aiming, haha. In general, I’m not the best athlete when it comes to sports where there’s a target/goal involved, so that’s why I stuck with running for so long. Prior to joining CrossFit and outside of running, I occasionally enjoyed yoga, swimming, biking, and hiking.

How/When did you find CrossFit?
My classmate had really brought it to my attention about 2-3 years ago. Before she mvimg_20180502_110828.jpgmentioned it, I thought it just was for superstar athletes who are ripped. During the training for my most recent TC marathon, I got really bored of training/running by myself, and running in general. I knew I had endurance locked down, but I never thought of myself as being “strong.” The winter and spring after that marathon, I tried ClassPass, which allowed me to check out different gyms and workouts. I knew I had wanted to join a CrossFit gym then, but I couldn’t get over how much it would cost me. Finally, I was enticed by Timberwolf, and the rest is history.

What do you like about it?
I like that it’s constantly a new/different challenge. If it’s not a challenge with burpees today, then it’s a challenge with deadlifts or pull-ups or double-unders or etc. Because there are so many movements, there’s always something to improve on. I’m not sure I’d ever be able to master all of the things I’d like to (Rachel Shores is goals AF). Also, I really enjoy the TWCF community. Even though most of the workouts are done individually, I can count on other gym members to push me through it.

Is moving your body important to you? Why?
Definitely. Not only is it a stress reliever, but I have to be active in order to balance the sitting I do all day at school, haha. Not only that, but in my mind, it’s a privilege to be able to move my body. Maker:S,Date:2017-1-17,Ver:6,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar02,E-YOur bodies and the movements they can produce are gifts, and I consider myself lucky to be born relatively healthy and physically-able. I also think about how I don’t want to be sitting in my rocking chair 40 years from now thinking about how I wish I would’ve moved more when I was physically able to.

What have you learned?
I’ve learned so much about weights (in general) since joining CrossFit. I don’t feel as awkward walking into a weight room (there will always be awkwardness, haha). Also, I’ve learned more about my body and how it changes with the stresses I’m putting on it — how my shoulders take a lot of the hits that my hips aren’t helping with -_- (I really want to work on that).

What are your goals?
I want to be stronger – lift heavier (back squats and deadlifts), be able to a chest to bar, Maker:S,Date:2017-1-17,Ver:6,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar02,E-Ymuscle up, handstand walk, and 2 double-unders in a row, and maybe also work on overhead lifts (snatches kill me). Another goal is do more research on nutrition, and how it can supplement/complement my workouts.

How does moving your body support the all of you?
Gives me a time and space to focus on me — because when you’re gasping for air after your 16th burpee, you’re not thinking about what frustrated you at work today or the many responsibilities you have to deal with after.

What advice do you have for people around movement?
Move in the way that goes with your flow and makes you happy and present.

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Thanks Irene! You’re an amazing mover.

I hope we’ll get to work out together again soon.

Until then, know that you are an inspiration.
xo, Sarah


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Bravely Creating

There is something SURREAL about holding your book in your hands.

Something you made and put forth.
It is both out of body and wildly embodied experience.

The process of putting my poetry forth has been a combination of being brave, doing the work of regular writing, and shutting down my inner critic.

Sometimes this process felt like my full-time job…HA!

I talk about Bravely Creating in this week’s Pajama Talk – maybe it will be helpful to you. There are some ideas and resources that helped me.

Do you create? Do you share your creations? If not, why? If so, how does it feel? And have you felt that creating is a holy experience?

For me, it has been just that. Co-creating with the Divine and leaning into my edges of fear that try and keep me small.

In addition, it’s about letting go of any “results.” Just putting it forth as a gift…not worrying about how many people read/see it, how many people buy it, how it is received.

Detachment from the results. hooboy! Fertile ground.

Anyhow, I’d love to hear your process and how you till the garden of your creativity.

Also, if you want a copy of my book of poetry, you can order BY CLICKING HERE.

Much peace, S


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Self-Compassion – Tool #5

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The gift of Self-Compassion is a practice.

Like a string of pearls, each time you practice a moment of self-compassion, you string a pearl. And as you practice, you string another and another and another until you have a beautiful string.

And those pearls can help gird you when your inner critic pipes in to tell you you aren’t good enough.

And those pearls can help gird you in the face of a culture whose messages are designed to make you feel less than, not enough, always lacking.

And truly, like this quote says, this string can change your life.

Collect your pearls.

You are a gift.

xo


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Pajama Talks – “What I Will Be” by Amber Tamblyn

I don’t have much to say about this week. It was a challenging week. Because I couldn’t find my words, a friend shared this poem by Amber Tamblyn. It’s called, “What I Will Be” and though it’s specific to this week and dedicated to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, I think it will serve to support you whenever you get knocked down emotionally.

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CLICK HERE TO HEAR IT.

Peace, Sarah