For many of us, we are in a time of quiet, solitude and isolation. Our paradigms are being shaken up and we have the opportunity to question and redefine our own truth. One of those truths for me is unchanged – to “keep it real” so to speak, and that is my personal viewpoint and what I consciously choose to put out there in my work in the wellness industry. The classes I present here might not be “advanced or revolutionary” and I certainly don’t promise you a six pack, the goal for me has never been about aesthetics, competition or any particular achievement. For me, just being able bodied is enough. You see, when you lose the simple things in life, even temporarily, you quickly develop an unwavering appreciation for them. How many of us right now would give anything to get back our freedom of daily movement, choice, travel, financial stability or our health. After once having a near death experience and being physically unable to function for a period of my life, I will always value the simple and profound blessing of being able bodied and pain-free. What I aim to provide with my classes are very simple tools for simply moving and I speak from experience when I say that movement heals, your daily dedication to your wellness is cumulative and your body can heal under the right circumstances, given half a chance. Moreover, your daily practice allows you a chance to be with your own mind and in doing so movement can also be your therapy.
Before exercising I always take a moment to centre and become humble. I know that if I push myself out of an ego based mind-set, I leave room for overworking my body, pushing, punishing, judging and creating an injury. And this has certainly happened before. Instead, I tune in and listen to the wisdom of my body and only push to the threshold that feels right at that moment and there I find the sweet spot. Some days my body has energy through the roof and others I just fit in a ten minute stretch.
I recently came across a concept called “class antagonism” – it is the political tension and economic antagonism that exists in society consequent to socio-economic competition among the social classes. Basically the premise that poorer people or people of other races are of lesser value than others or those with wealth. I think this concept also breeds within the wellness industry and the marketing world however relating to physical prowess and genetic superiority, and it is unfortunate that it can still affects our collective unconsciousness. Because of this false idea that we must “be flexible enough” before we’ve even tried incorporating daily stretches in a systematic way is precisely my point. Before we’ve even had the chance to decide whether we like something for ourselves, we automatically default to judging ourselves as to whether we “perform well” or not. Wouldn’t it be nice to turn that concept on it’s head?
My wish is for you all to find movement that you love if you haven’t already, whatever that may be. That you have the courage to try something new before immediately saying “I’m not flexible enough for that”. It doesn’t matter if you aren’t any good at any particular exercise, yoga asana, or sport, what matters is if you felt good or not doing it and how your body responds afterwards. Enjoyment, longevity and consistency are far more valuable than competitiveness.
So, in the end let’s keep it simple, keep it real.