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Beauty and Movement

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Walking in Hungary

Making it a habit to find some way to exercise everyday has been very important for my balance, fitness, digestion, and mental well being.

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Category: Balance, Emotions, Fitness, Flexibility, Rhythm, Weight Distribution
Tag: balance, fitness, mental well being, movement, selfseeds fitness find your groove, travel

Feet

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Feet–foot strike, timing, action, horse’s feet, guru’s feet…  With the running, now my feet are front and center.   As a rider, I was always thinking about and feeling for the horse’s feet: rhythm, placement, length of stride, soundness, and so on.  As a dancer, I became aware of my feet as a matching and aligning point with my partners motion and what edge of my feet were contacting the ground. While studying in India, I became aware of the Guru’s feet, the respect and symbolism of the feet.  Now with running, I am having to examine my feet in a new way–foot strike.  Since I want to over stride by nature, landing on my heels going downhill is an apparent short coming  and great way to reactivate an old heel injury.  Now, I am working with a shorter stride, so I spread the impact over more of my foot surface.  My knees, hips, etc. are coming along without incident, but now I have a new opportunity to learn.  Below are a few articles to help guide you in your own efforts for foot strike.  As always, it is studying and discerning what makes sense for your individual needs.
  1. Footstrike 101: How Should Your Foot Hit The Ground? – Competitor 

    running.competitor.com/…/footstrike-101-how-should-your-foot-hit-the…

    Dec 13, 2012 – But, he concedes, runners who are heel-striking are most likely, but not always, overstriding. “By moving the footstrike closer to the body, a lot of 

  2. How Different Foot Strikes Affect Different Body Parts – Runner’s World

    www.runnersworld.com › … › Injury Prevention & Recovery

    Jun 10, 2013 – Runners with knee, Achilles injuries might be best candidates for switching.

  3. Facts on Foot Strike | Running Times – Runner’s World

    www.runnersworld.com › Training › Running Tips

    May 17, 2012 – Does it matter if you run with a heel or forefoot strike?

  4. The Footstrike Debate – usatriathlon.org

    www.usatriathlon.org/about…zone/…/footstrike-debate-022812.aspx

    The Footstrike Debate. By Bobby McGee. runners Which is a better way for me torun, midfoot or heel striking? The answer is a definite and resounding, yes to 

  5. How to Find Your Mid-Foot | ACTIVE

    www.active.com/running/articles/how-to-find-your-mid-foot

    For the last few years, more and more runners and training professionals have been of running with a mid-foot landing, rather than the more common heel- strikeRunners today are taking back their mid-foot and reaping the bene?ts with 

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Category: Fitness, Flexibility, Rhythm, Selfseeds, Weight Distribution
Tag: fitness, foot strike, length of stride, running, Selfseeds, timing, weight distribution

Rhythm of Running & Sitting

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Outer and inner rhythm

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Category: Rhythm, Selfseeds
Tag: breathing, heart beating, meditation, rhythm, running, Selfseeds, spiritual heart

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!

(Creative!)

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

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

Traveling In Australia With Selfseeds

Daily Selfseed #92 Walking Port Douglas, Australia

(video link below–just click)

Daily Selfseed #92 Walking Port Douglas, Australia

*All video links are in color below–have fun!)

Daily Selfseed #93 Port Douglas, Reflections

Daily Selfseed #93 Port Douglas Reflections

Daily Selfseed #94 Great Barrier Reef Swim

Daily Selfseed #94 Great Barrier Reef Swim

Daily Selfseed #95 Daintree Rainforest (Oldest rainforest in the world)

Daily Selfseed #95 Daintree Rainforest, Australia


Really enjoying the travels in Australia.  Fun to see how easy it is to take 5 minutes a day for Selfseeds!

Category: Balance, Emotions, Fitness, Partnering, Personalize 5, Rhythm, Selfseeds, Stillness, Weight Distribution
Tag: Australia, Daintree Rainforest, fitness, Great Barrier Reef, Kakadu National Park, personalize 5, personalize 5 minutes, Port Douglas, Selfseeds, stillness, travel, Wangi Falls

Running Cadence

 

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Couldn’t quite figure out how to get comfortable running at a slower pace, so I learned that I needed to quicken my pace to a particular footfall and the human movement system became efficient.  More reasons horses need to move in a particular way to allow proper core and supporting muscle development, so the risk of injury is reduced.  I was able to run 30 minutes without any stress from this new piece of information.  Maybe a marathon is in my future…  The form has a check mark now and the foot fall too.  Always remarkable what a knowledgeable, observant coach can do!  The use of a gym will drop away soon, so my intention is to add in a 30 min run (2-3 miles) 5-6 days a week as a fitness maintainer.  Recognizing rhythm supports steady footfall.

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Category: Fitness, Rhythm, Selfseeds
Tag: alignment, arm swing, footfall, rhythm, running, Selfseeds

Daily Selfseed #8 Tempo In Workout

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A super easy way to challenge yourself in your workout, is to go slow with the weight training.  By slowing down, you have to use the entire range of your muscle’s range:  eccentric (lengthening under tension), isometric (holding under tension), and concentric (contraction phase.) For functional strength, flexibility, and stability, we need our muscles to be on their “A” game in all phases.  Lots of  contractions create bulk in the muscle which is one aspect, but the ability to have strength while lengthening or holding reduces the likelihood of damaging or tearing a muscle, tendon, or ligament under use.  NASM recommends 4 seconds for the eccentric phase, 2 seconds for the isometric phase, and 1 second for the concentric phase (4/2/1). Try it!!!  Don’t be surprised if you have to lower the weight by 10-20 lbs, so you can control it safely.

Category: Fitness, Rhythm, Selfseeds
Tag: concentric, eccentric, fitness, functional fitness, isometric, muscle strength, Selfseeds Program, workout tempo

Next Generation of DVD’s

 

Hip Hop Abs

The DVD library is expanding. Just got the next generation of Hip Hop Abs–Rockin’Body. Part of the fun is experiencing the progression and seeing bits and pieces of the Inanity Program. Shaun T is the ringmaster and you see a lot of the same cast. They have cleverly created a fitness program out of the 7 workouts. If someone wanted to build up to the Insanity Program, this would be a good preparation for movement and endurance.

Having DVD’s at home is fantastic, because you can touch into the fitness aspect of your life as an integration. I may not be able to go to the gym everyday, but I can usually find 15, 30 minutes or an hour at home. No driving, set-up time, or changing room just slip in the DVD and go. I like the dance part, creativity with the body, and moving in ways most of us don’t move to make it fun.

I couldn’t resist the hard core series Tapout. It is marked extreme training! Sounds like fun!!!

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Category: Balance, Fitness, Rhythm, Weight Distribution
Tag: balance, exercise, exercise at home, fitness, Hip Hop Abs, RockinBody, Selfseeds, Shaun T, weight distribution

CPR/AED Training


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What an invaluable course for empowering one to have the tools to help someone effectively that is choking, heart problem, in an accident scene and more.  I haven’t taken a CPR class in 15 years, so A LOT has changed.  The teacher was very practical and hands on, so we had many opportunities to work with the mannequins and run through practice scenarios.  In the past, I left the class feeling like I new enough to be consciously aware that something could be done, but practically inept at attempting to step in.  With this course, I feel equipped to help and be effective.  Adding in the training with the AED machine is new, but with the advent of technology and increased awareness/higher health standards, it isn’t as unusual to have access to a defibrillator machine.

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Category: Balance, Emotions, Fitness, Flexibility, Integrative Band, Nutrition, Partnering, Personalize 5, Rhythm, Selfseeds, Stillness, Weight Distribution
Tag: AED, CPR, life training in an emergency, motivation inspiration cheerleading from Selfseeds, Red Cross