(not LIFE the cereal, but LIFE, your individual second-to-second experience on this planet)
There are so many directions in which one can take this subject; “pursuing new goals”, “how to maintain your motivation”, “why it’s important to use your gluteus muscles (and all of your other 600+ muscles)”, and even “why (Cinnamon) LIFE cereal may not be the best thing to eat”. But those blogs are for another day.
Heck, I’ve been so enamored with training for LIFE that I’m co-leading a workshop on June 14th at Ekam Yoga, titled “Pursuing Your Passion” (click for details). So if you get as giddy as I do talking about the athletic mindset, taking on new challenges, taking action and creating results, and of course the gluteus muscles (aka pirate’s booty), then I’ll see you at the studio! (by the way, the successful and ambitious CEO of QSC and Owner of Ekam Yoga, Joe Pham, will be co-leading this party…quite a unique duo, right?).
Back to training for LIFE.
One of the reasons I get hired by a team to teach our Olympian Yoga & Pilates program is because of their goal to reduce the likelihood of injuries and prolong each athlete’s career. Even if you no longer compete in sports, shouldn’t we still have the same mentality? To reduce the likelihood of injuries and prolong our ability to perform at our best? All in favor, say aye! And this is exactly why we should always be training for LIFE.
If you already skipped ahead (cheater), you might be exclaiming,”aren’t these the same core principles of Olympian Yoga & Pilates?” Why yes, they are! “Hmm, are you saying that OYP also culminates into a lifestyle?” Why yes, yes I am. Let’s enjoy our life, shall we?
From the billions of cells in our body, to the 600+ muscles in our body, to the one awesome brain we carry on top. Each of these hot items are at their peak performance when at an ideal balance. Not too stressed or tight, and not overstretched or loosey goosey (I was told by an orthopedic surgeon that my joints are loosey goosey…hmm, that doesn’t sound too healthy. No wonder why I do what I do).
So how do we find balance in our body and in our life? Great question. I’ve got 3 thoughts for you (such a tease, I’m only sharing one today)…
We’ve got to get all our ducks in one row, if you know what I mean.
1. Set your priorities straight. What is most important to you? I often hear clients say that they really wish they could spend more time doing yoga or pilates, but they just don’t have the time. Pure poppycock I say. If you really want something, you’ll do it. You make the time. If you don’t, there’s a reason. You may just not be ready to admit it (you’re not ready to give up your free time? Fine, just own your reason at least).
2. Your bones. By putting your bones in the right place (commonly thought of as your posture, yet there’s heaps than just standing up tall), this sets up the rest of your body (connective tissue and organs, anyone?) for activating in a more balanced climate. In other words, if you build ideal alignment with your bones, they (happily balanced cells, connective tissue like muscles) will come (with some serious activation – that’s what she said).
Well that’s exciting news!
Stay tuned for Number 2. Stop the toilet talk, folks.