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Selfseeds for Kids

It was so much fun sharing Selfseeds with kids. Their enthusiasm, honesty, and insightfulness was inspiring. They all gave the journals a thumbs up! The teachers were supportive and creative adding the seeds into classroom teaching opportunities. Looking forward to more classes starting in the fall.

Category: Balance, Emotions, Fitness, Flexibility, Integrative Band, Nutrition, Partnering, Personalize 5, Rhythm, Selfseeds, Selfseeds Community, Stillness, Weight Distribution
Tag: Selfseeds for Kids

Planting Selfseeds In Indio, California

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Super fun to share Selfseeds with riders and friends in Indio, California. Enthusiastic and inquisitive group!

Cheers!

Sue

Tahquitz Equestrian Facility presents
Selfseeds Awareness Clinic
with Sue Eoff
Sunday January 10th at 1pm
WHAT: As aspiring, well intentioned riders we always need to look at our part of the horse and rider partnership. How can we become more sensitive, have better timing and coordination, as well as a developed sense of the horse? Selfseeds was originally created to help riders better understand their strengths and weaknesses through a comprehensive wellness/awareness practice. It has continued to develop and grow into an awareness opportunity for all two-leggeds. Selfseeds includes eleven selfseeds practices (stillness, emotions, weight distribution, fitness, etc.) that are based on five minute practices. A person can plant a few selfseeds regularly or all eleven as part of a personal garden to nurture, support, and grow. The interactive exploration of Selfseeds starts on the ground, so bring something to sit on, comfortable clothes, and an open mind. www.Selfseeds.com for more information.
WHEN: Sunday 1pm at Tahquitz
WHERE: Tahquitz Equestrian Facility (we will convene somewhere dry and flat. Bring a towel or blanket to sit on.)
WHO: YOU! Anyone and everyone all levels, any discipline. Spread the word! This is for riders and non riders alike. No horse needed.
THANKS: This clinic is being put on at no charge courtesy of Sue Eoff. We welcome her to Tahquitz as a new addition to our team. Sue’s passion is classical dressage. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience, an innate passion for the horse our partner, and the skills to teach, ride, and train horses and riders of all disciplines and levels. You can read more about Sue at www.waltzinghorses.com We hope you will come join us this Sunday!
QUESTIONS/CONTACT: Please contact Laurie Cunningham if you have and questions Laurie@tahquitzequestrian.com or 760-250-8418

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Category: Balance, Emotions, Fitness, Flexibility, Integrative Band, Nutrition, Partnering, Personalize 5, Rhythm, Selfseeds, Selfseeds Community, Stillness, Weight Distribution
Tag: awareness, California, Indio, learning, Selfseeds presentation, sharing, Tahquitz Equestrian Facility

One Of My Favorite Go-To Pieces Of Exercise Equipment

 

The Most Effective Ball Exercises Everyone Should Be Doing
by Jenny Sugar

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Don’t just walk by your stability ball! It’s one of the best fitness tools you can own, so put yours to good use with these incredibly effective moves. Get ready to target your arms, abs, butt, and legs — you’ll definitely be sore tomorrow. Remember, size does matter! It’s best to work with a ball appropriately sized for you, so check out this exercise ball chart to see which dimension best fits you.

Source: POPSUGAR Studios

12 Awesome Moves to Feel More Toned

Read More Exercise BallsArm ExercisesButt ExercisesAb ExercisesLeg ExercisesWorkoutsStrength Training

Go to Popsugar fitness and take a look!

 

Category: Balance, Fitness, Flexibility, Integrative Band, Selfseeds, Weight Distribution
Tag: balance, core, fitness, integration, Popsugar, Selfseeds balance, stability ball exercises, Strength

Pick A Job That Includes Fitness?

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One way to add fitness into your lifestyle is to select a job that requires exercise while on the job. Loading UPS trucks for four plus hours in the morning is turning out to be an awesome fitness booster–not to mention the aspects of balance, weight distribution, integrated movement, flexibility, and more.

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Category: Balance, Fitness, Flexibility, Integrative Band, Selfseeds
Tag: 5 minute practices, daily job, fitness, flexibility, Selfseeds, weight distribution

Not Just “No Man’s Zone”

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Constantly amazed by the subtlety of the core and its’ importance!  Not to be taken as just this “no man’s zone” if you want result, reduce injuries, and harmonize ever move from the inside out than get familiar with your core! Getting so inspired about creating and implementing core awareness and workout classes.

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Category: Integrative Band, Selfseeds
Tag: awareness, core, flexibility, inner connection, integrative band, Selfseeds, Strength

Selfseeds Template Applied In India

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An example of living with the Selfseeds Template while I am in India.  Create your own and get started on your Selfseeds garden!

1. Selfseeds Fitness:  Running an hour a day and adding 30 minutes to an hour with TapouT XT, P90X, ball, or Hip Hop Abs.  A big key to fitness is just doing something consistently.  I do a variety of programs to keep my mind and body engaged, but I carve out a regular amount of time, so I have a commitment to movement.  Noticing with the running that I need days not to run too.  Walking is a great substitute.  New muscles are being challenged and I am trying to be thoughtful instead of a warrior about developing the new program without injuries.  Listen to your body!

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(Selfseeds blog post below)

http://selfseeds.com/fitness-even-for-spiritual-masters/

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 2. Selfseeds Nutrition:  Enjoying eating homemade, fresh food, no preservatives, no sugar, and new flavors.  I often don’t know what I am eating, but it tastes incredible, wholesome, and vegetarian.  My body is so loving this meal plan!  My snacks are still fruits, vegetables, nuts, and dried fruit. And PLENTY of water!

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3. Selfseeds Stillness.  Exploring the inner world. Calm. Meditation as a daily practice in an ashram.

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(Selfseeds blog post below)

http://selfseeds.com/stillness-in-distraction/

(short video below)

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 4. Selfseeds Emotions: state of mind, reactions, feelings. Contemplating my environment and what I have contact to on a daily basis.

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(Selfseeds blog post below)

http://selfseeds.com/getting-to-know-the-elephants/

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 5. Selfseeds Weight Distribution: noticing the small details of how my feet strikes the ground, the symmetry of my arm swing, my alignment while sitting, and making tiny adjustments regularly.

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(Selfseeds blog post below)

http://selfseeds.com/challenges-of-sitting-cross-legged-for-meditation/

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 6. Selfseeds Balance: balance in life approach. Making time for fitness, flexibility, nutrition, stillness, personalize 5, and more.  Pick exercises to do with or on the physio-ball daily, so I have to find my physical inner balance.  Pick a few from the group below and have fun.

10 min with 9 exercises
http://youtu.be/ChRgTA2toC0

100 different exercises (Very awesome video)
http://youtu.be/JV_afunOqIY

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 7. Selfseeds Flexibility: stretching, range of motion, evenness, myofascial release.  The physical therapist gave me a lacrosse ball to roll on, so I could address knots and tight areas. A daily examination as new levels of fitness are added.  Meditating long hours  while sitting on the floor is increasing my range of flexibility–big time!

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Stretching is no longer a warmup, it’s the workoutNew York Daily News

Most people think of stretching like dessert — it might make you feel good, it’s optional, and it’s probably not worth it. But when we found ourselves strapped to a 

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8. Selfseeds Rhythm: breath, heart beat, footfall, music, temple bells,  and activities for the day.

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 9. Selfseeds Integrative Band: TapouT XT is the mega band program, core awareness, and integration for moving and sitting.

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(Selfseeds blog post below)

http://selfseeds.com/tapout-xt-master-band-program/

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10. Selfseeds Partnering: riding , standing with your elephant, walking your dog, sharing a conversation.

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11. Selfseeds Personalize 5 : walking in nature, watching the sunset, listening to a favorite song, be creative… it is for your soul.  I am enjoying taking photos.

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Category: Balance, Emotions, Fitness, Flexibility, Integrative Band, Nutrition, Partnering, Personalize 5, Rhythm, Selfseeds, Stillness, Weight Distribution
Tag: balance, emotions, fitness, flexibility, integrative band, nutrition, partnering, personalize 5, rhythm, Selfseeds, stillness, weight distribution

TapouT XT “Master Integrative Band Program”

 

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Got started on the Tapout XT program.  It is really fun and definitely an all body workout.  One of the cool parts is that it includes a resistance band for parts of the training system.  It could be a Master Plan for using the Selfseeds Integrative Band!  I keep recognizing how key core awareness is for every aspect of movement and the maximization of safe fitness building.  More and more fitness programs are getting on board with the awareness, but isolating the action of the core to the extremities is not always examined.  It is not an easy aspect to teach, because it is simple and subtle.

Three months left for my stay in India, so perfect for working with the program until my departure.  It is different than P90X, Hip-Hop-Abs, or some of the others, because the basics are built around striking and kicking.  I have taken some kickboxing classes and it is a remarkable workout.  With these more intense programs, they have really fit people who are part of the demonstration team which could be inspiring or intimidating.  I am reasonably fit, but I am still pacing myself.  You start to become aware of where you are fit and where you are not fit.  I have never been good at push-ups or pull-ups, but I can do crazy things on the balance ball.

The challenges of new body use and awareness are something I really enjoy, probably why I have enjoyed dancing and riding. I am three months ahead on a jogging goal by making it to the top of one of the three routes I mapped out.  I thought it was going to take me three months to reach that goal, so you just never know when you challenge yourself.  Trying to be smart about the challenges by examining each new addition and the effects.  Drinking plenty of water is key to the body staying healthy with the challenges. My goal has been to incrementally “grow” my fitness, stay uninjured, and not get too sore. Finding the balance has been important with sitting in meditation for 4-6 hours a day.  When I was dancing, it was important not to get so sore that I couldn’t dance and I find the same is with sitting on the floor for meditation.

TapouT XT: Extreme MMA Workout Program | 90 Day Fitness Program

www.tapoutxt.com/

TapouT XT is a true MMA style, extreme home fitness program. Lose weight, build lean muscle, and get ripped in 90 Days. Try our MMA dvd workout program  

Category: Fitness, Integrative Band, Selfseeds
Tag: fitness, integrative band, integrative fitness, Selfseeds, Tapout XT

Selfseeds Cruising

The Amazing Adventure continues now from Australia to New Zealand. Views off the top floor of the ship and out the gym windows.  Nothing like a cruising gym and someone cooking!

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Sydney, Australia

 

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Gym window onboard the cruise ship. Selfseeds Fitness

 

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Sydney Opera House (Amazing inside and outside!)

 

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No excuses not to exercise with these views. Nice parking spot!

 

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Sydney Harbor

 

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Solarium (Selfseeds Stillness)

 

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Sydney (view from the harbor.) (Personalize 5 Selfseeds)

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Home for 12 days, Sydney to Auckland. Selfseeds abundance!

 

No lack of Selfseed opportunities while cruising–fitness, stillness, nutrition, emotion, weight distribution, balance…  Hope you are discovering, planting, or nurturing one of your own selfseeds daily! The Selfeed community would love to have you add one of your favorites!  Send a newsletter or Daily Selfseed video to a friend, family member, significant other and inspire the start of a Selfseed garden.

The Selseeds travel collection continues… Selfseeds #101 through #108 (view videos below.)

 

Category: Balance, Emotions, Fitness, Flexibility, Integrative Band, Nutrition, Partnering, Personalize 5, Rhythm, Selfseeds, Selfseeds Community, Stillness, Weight Distribution
Tag: Cruising, emotions, fitness, motivation inspiration cheerleading from Selfseeds, nutrition, ocean, personalized 5, ship, stillness, travel

Collaboration On The Horizon

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www.RefinedPerformanceHorsemanship.com

Heading to Bozeman Montana to collaborate with Karen Osaski in creating a mini-2 day retreat for riders interested in “Equine Mindfulness and Awareness.”  October 5th and 6th.  Our plan is to spend 4 hours in the morning working with riders and interested people using Selfseeds as the base.  4 hours in the afternoon working with a few riders and interacting with the auditors, so they are included in the observations and discussions Karen and I will share in a collaborative approach to ground work and riding.  During the course of the 2 days, the riders will develop a Self-map of their inner/outer awareness based on the 11 Selfseeds, ground work with the horses, and riding.  The auditors will also have an opportunity to develop part of their Self-map and learn how it influences their partnership with the horse, self, and others.  The focus is on timing, feel, intuition, and refinement in sensing; all are important aspects of subtle communication and intention before taking action. Check out Karen and Sue’s websites to find out the backbone to the retreat.  What a treat to share from the view point of mind, body, and spirit!

Excited to see Yellowstone too!!

Tentative schedule:

8-12 Indoor work as two-leggeds

2-6 Outdoor work with the four-leggeds (horses)

Evening get together to share and discuss observations.

Selfseeds Integrative “I” Band will be in presence at the retreat.  As I continue to heal and work with the Physical Therapist, he is always noting my body awareness and speed for change–I give the work with the “I” band the credit. The feedback and integrative capabilities for inner to outer extremities is stellar!!  I could give workshops and be a crusader for just the “I” band and not even get into the other 10 Selfseeds and feel like people are learning key aspects to their inner/outer Self-map.

(short video clip below)

 

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Category: Integrative Band, Partnering, Selfseeds, Selfseeds Community
Tag: body, mind, Montanta, partnering, refined performance horsemanship, Selfseeds, Selfseeds Integrative "I" band, spirit

Pelvic Floor Lesson

 

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The Pelvic floor lesson usually starts and stops with the kegel exercises, so it was so cool to see how that relates to the origin of movement and moves up through the core stabilizers into dynamic action.  The physical therapist had an exterior way to check each level of engagement from the pelvic floor north into dynamic, integrative engagement.  The “drawing in maneuver” or “sucking in of the stomach” is a very uninformed version of correct inner engagement that stabilized movement instead of blocking it.  The band technique I learned from Max via Hans for dancing was the action in motion and now to understand the root of the movement. I found out one of my legs is slightly longer at the tibia and this may or may not have contributed to my rightward rotation, but I could experience the difference right and left of my pelvic floor-upward activation.  One side was easy and symmetrical and the other side I compensated by rotating as I engaged the leg.

The next step was lifting and lowering the legs and engaging the higher muscles which made it easier for me.  The PT said it would make it harder for most people with tight hip flexors.  I could feel the shift from an isolated strengthening exercise to a dynamic series and how easy it was to override the underlying weakness with other muscles–synergistic dominance is the result.  Once we have established the pattern for synergistic dominance, we have moved away form the correct design of the human movement system which can lead to postural distortion and injury.

Ok, I have to be a bit of a geek to get so excited about understanding the origin of movement, but it so totally motivates me to help people with their movement design–the ones who are interested.

The below post includes videos of my exercises.  The PT takes a video and sends it to me via an encrypted site.  Sounds perfect for the evolution of  Selfseeds Virtual Riding!!!  You can follow the progression of my rehabilitation and try the exercises too.

(Click on the link below to see the corrective exercise videos–Thank you Dave!)

 

Category: Fitness, Integrative Band, Selfseeds, Weight Distribution
Tag: corrective exercise, integrative exercises, isolated strengthening, physical therapy, Selfseeds