Two for You, Two for Us, Two All Around

29 05 2009

We can now officially call this a tradition!

Gym Jane’s been around now in the blogging ‘verse for two years. And to mark that time we stand with hand held to heart and raise our voices in song, the song we’ve adopted as our anthem;).

Thanks all for following along and for your responses and feedback. We hope sharing the journey continues to spark thought, reflection and inspiration, no matter how small.

s. & ae

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Crawling Into Baby-Flow

15 02 2009

copy-of-dscn3639Isn’t it great watching a baby, or young child, learn to move? It always seems to bring about such joy, laughter and amazement in those of us adults watching.

The other day, I was putting myself thru a session of training specific movements from Scott Sonnon’s Body-Flow: Freedom From Fear-Reactivity materials (for more info, see Body-Flow™ Package ).  This stuff is great! In a nutshell, overcoming our blockages due to fear of making mistakes or facing the unexpected, thru movement exploration. Most of these specific movements are also basic components for Prasara Yoga.

You might wonder how relevant doing some movement exercises are to emotional blockages. The next time you head out, go for a walk, to work,  shopping or social gathering, take a moment to be aware of how those around you are carrying themselves, physically. How they are standing, walking, reaching, sitting, standing. What you will most likely see is a wide array of variations. Then take a moment to reflect on the perceived state of mind those individuals are in. I know you can’t know for sure, this is just a little exercise. But you will most likely be able to infer quite a bit, just from the way people move. Even with friends and family, you can see the difference from day to day, depending on their mood. That’s because our body expresses physically our mental, emotional and  spiritual  states. Those states of being start to build habitual patterns of movement, which often develop into restrictive patterns of movement.  Then because we are limited in our movement and trigger pain when moving outside of that range (a positive survival mechanism from our body to help us identify what needs attending to), it starts to conversely affect our mental, emotional and spiritual states. Thus begins the cycle.copy-of-dsc_3594

So by going thru specific movements that challenge our range of motion and habituated movement patterns, in a space that is meant to allow for mistakes to be made and unexpected events to occur, we create a break in the cycle. Why start with movement? Take a moment to think about how many times you’ve said ” I’m going to change  (habit), now.”  Now think about how “easy” it was to start and follow thru. Or about the amazing, immediate “results” and “success”. Okay yes, I’m being cheeky. But really, it’s dang hard! We can all relate how often we go thru that, if not on a daily basis.

To start with movement; a physical, tangible practice that doesn’t take a whole lot of thinking, just a get down on the floor and start doing it, start playing, provides an opportunity to successfully release blockage, with tangible results. And although the movements may appear simple at first (and don’t make any mistake, they are), you will probably be very surprised at how bound up, tense and hesitant (read: afraid) you are to allow yourself to  perform them. There’s that fear thing. You’ve now just stepped out of merely performing physical exercise and stepped into the arena of unhinging, unblocking, unbinding….everything.

copy-of-dscn3655So there I was, doing my Body-Flow practice, with my sons Olee (3 yrs) and Will (6.5 mths) taking part. Olee immitating me and spontaneously creating his own movements, rolling all over the place. Will, army crawling around at surprising speeds, and learning to move forward once he’s gotten up on hands and knees, followed by subsequent face plants. And both are doing it with the biggest smiles on their faces. It reminds me this is supposed to be fun. It reflects that we are all in a similar stage of physical discovery. Wait a sec…..that means for me it’s re-discovery. I’ve had this already. And therein lies the difference. They are just going with the flow, allowing it to lead them thru the process of unlocking their innate gifts. I’m actually a step behind, as I’m having to first learn to get out of my own way, to remove the walls and obstacles damming up my natural gifts and abilities to just go for it.

“Body-Flow is not something to be acquired, but rather something you will learn to avoid interrupting.” -Scott Sonnon-

Go for it, start the crawl, get out of your own way. You may be surprised to find what has already been there all along.

s.





ICEing on the Cake

11 12 2008

Taking hold of an idea by Kettlebell Lifting Master Coach Catherine Imes to have a nontraditional cross-world kettlebell event, The Ice Chamber hosted an in-house meet that saw 50 of their members take part.

Huge companies with oodles of money and advertising power behind them spend loads trying to get you (subliminally convince you?) to buy their contraptions or go on their diets or take their supplements, promising the best body, greatest energy, vitality, changing your life for the better. And yet we see a continuing pattern of increasing obesity, depression and disease.

Although I’ll be the first to admit, lest I be a hypocrite, I do believe there are perhaps more effective tools out there than others;), there is something for everyone. But it is not about what you use or how you do it, rather it is about the spirit with which you do it. That is the key that will spark the change in peoples attitude towards their health and fitness, towards their respect for themselves and others, towards their noble selves and the immense capacities within.

And the Ice Chamber’s event really captured where that spirit comes from.  From you, me, our husbands and wives, our kids, our friends, our neighbors, from our creativity, our courage, our sense of play, our perseverance, our succeeding…….together.

Check out the event HERE.

Great job you guys! Keep it com’in!:)

s.