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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

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

Sitting Cross-Legged For Months

 

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The possibility of sitting cross-legged without external support and for long periods of time is starting to emerge. If one can sit supported from the core enough than no extra pressure is put on the limbs, neck, shoulders, feet, etc. it is as if one is in a balanced state while seated. One step is getting into the position another step is maintaining the position without stress for extended periods of time. Pain free sitting has involved attention to many details. Extending the time is the continuing aim.

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Category: Balance, Fitness, Flexibility, Selfseeds, Stillness
Tag: balance, cross-legged, fitness, flexibility, meditation, Selfseeds, stillness

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

Running And Stride Length

 

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Part of rehabilitation has included a corrective lesson on running properly.  Ok, so I like the feeling of the “frolicking/slow motion running across the beach” style, but it is not supportive of much distance.  Running so my stride length and arm swing are related (horse’s front and hind legs move in proper timing through the entire torso) , my body has only enough angle to stay centered over my feet (sitting on one’s seat bones while riding), the anterior and posterior part of my body are more equally engaged (the smaller joints like knees, ankles and toes are much softer in landing, so more work is absorbed in the larger joints and muscles), no tension in the shoulders, neck, and head (everything swings in self-carriage similar to our conscious objective of the horse’s body in riding), and the mind becomes meditative (the horse becomes trusting, quiet, and receptive while comfortably connected.)   I have tried to follow this path of development with the horses, so it is fun to have it developed in my own body.  Maybe a marathon will be on the life list after all.

 

(Contains short videos of my running retraining and continued rehabilitation exercises. Making progress!  Dave is an awesome PT! )

Stable march. Slow. Pelvic floor and TA contraction. 20x each side.

 

Daily Selfeed #18 Balance

Running and Daily Selfseed #18 Balance were not planned, but it is a very appropriate meeting of the two ideas. How Dave has me landing and moving through my feet are much like ballroom dancing and balanced riding.  My experience of long distance running has been painful, so I have opted for other ways of exercising. Very curious to follow this evolution.  Selfseeds Balance started as a physical aspect of knowing one’s body state and how to move with it.  Over time, balance has moved to an aspect of living and discovering inner peace.
Nice to find this short and to the point read on balance from my balance archives, 2011. Still holds true–timeless truth on posture.

 

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Category: Balance, Selfseeds
Tag: balance, posture, running, Selfseeds, symmetry

Daily Selfseed #14 Caball (Integrative cable and stability b...

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Ok, I am one of those strange people who actually loves going to the gym.  I like the feel of moving, challenging my balance, and figuring out the interconnection of movement. Caball has been so fun to create. It involves balancing on the stability ball while exercising with cables.  There is no where to anchor or stabilize accept for your inner core.  People at the gym are asking me what I am doing and make comments about how hard it looks.  Hmmmm…not sure how difficult they are, since I haven’t had anyone to try them out on.  Next step.  There was some discussion about having people sign a release before taking a place on the ball….

 

One of the riding students has been practicing kneeling on the ball which is very cool.

An update on the main purpose of why I am in Northern California, helping a friend who is recovering from shoulder surgery.  It has been an amazing journey getting to school her horse and help her with her recovery exercises.  Just a little under 4 months and today she walked, trotted, and cantered on her horse.  The work going forward is to help integrate the new movement range, strength, and pattern with the horse’s new straightness, throughness, and self-carriage.  It has been invaluable to ride the horse and change his patterns, so when the owner got back on, I could see the patterns of the rider more clearly.  Normally it is the chicken or the egg about who is causing what. The corrective exercise course was timely with learning the phases of recovery: inhibition, lengthening, strength, and integration.  She is in part 3 moving to part 4.  Riding a horse is like balancing on a giant moving stability ball.  Two more months to go…. Our work together is helping me to create a sensing, balancing, and timing series off the horse. Thank you!!!

Please take a look at the assessment video for riding and let me know if it makes sense/inspires/clarifies or confuses/intimidates/doesn’t make sense.  There has been a suggestion of making a video with different disciplines and different riders.  Having fun creating, so all input is appreciated–the truth and nothing but.

 

#9 Assessment Riding (Selfseeds Virtual Riding Program)
A couple of items I want to share 1) this great article about fitness fanatics (you might surprise yourself and find that you have one or more of the traits) and 2) a fun video on a bull dog named Axel (and his bucket) that I met yesterday.

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Category: Balance, Fitness, Selfseeds, Weight Distribution
Tag: balance, caball, cable exercises, core integration, exercises, fitness, integrative exercises, Selfseeds, stability, stability ball

What is such a big deal about weight distribution?

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Do you think weight distribution is important?

What is the big deal about weight distribution?  Everything!!!!!  How we move, alignment, posture, joint symmetry, etc. are the keys to structural health. WE ALL WEIGH SOMETHING, but what and how we move that living vehicle is the awareness piece inward and outward.   Instead of struggling with it, have fun, and embrace your presence as a living form.  How cool is having a body!!! It isn’t always glamourous, but it is an adventure!

Looking at saddle fit a lot lately.  How we sit in the saddle, the balance of the saddle, how it is wearing, and the muscle development of the horse’s back and shoulders all play a roll in how weight is distributed. Poor fitting equipment can lead to muscle damage, poor performance, and an unwilling partner.
A short read to inspire and motivate posture.
Category: Selfseeds, Weight Distribution
Tag: balance, horse, saddle fit, Selfseeds, symmetry, weight distribution

Selfseeds Integrative “I” Band as a Feedback Mec...

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Photo note–I could not balance like this without understanding my core and how it helps with balance. Thank you Max, Hans, and Charlotte!!!

Ok,  I am going to have to be careful not to become an “I” band evangelist, since it is so remarkable.  It can be life changing.  How do we begin to understand our body use, mechanisms for motion, and patterns to alter when we live in them?  It is difficult to stand back and observe something you are inside of –the “skin” sack as a friend refers to it. Once you become familiar with the basics of how to work with the band, it can give great internal and external feedback.  Check out the Selfseeds Integrative Band videos and see if they can provide some insight into your posture and how to work with the band.  Let me know what I can do to clarify how to work with it and why.

(Just a note to say my laptop is going into the shop for 3-5 days, but I will still be able to answer questions on my phone.  Technology is so incredible!!)
The use of my core for integrating my body within myself (internal) has been critical in my seat connection (external) to the horse.  I could not change the action of my inner muscles that feed into the action of my pelvis which then sends messages to the horse without the integrative awareness and dexterity.
Category: Balance, Integrative Band, Selfseeds
Tag: balance, core engagement, creative fitness, integrative band, resistance band, Selfseeds

Weight Distribution, Posture, and Alignment

When do we need posture and alignment?  The better question would be when do we not need posture and alignment? Everything about the body design is focused on alignment and posture, so the joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones can operate with minimal distortion, pain, or injury.  For many  repetitive stress, accidents, genetic composition, and more can lead to postural challenges.  Seeking professional input and assessment, learning how to correct or improve old injuries, developing a program to strengthen and lengthen challenge areas, and attention to detail are all ways to start making changes.  How I walk, reach, and bend are all moments to sense into my body and work towards improved functional alignment.

 

 Practicing rotational movement with alignment for dancing, strengthening, and challenging range of motion.
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The young horses are progressing quickly. Interesting to observe them when they are led away from the group and start to know them as individuals.
Category: Balance, Fitness, Flexibility, Selfseeds, Weight Distribution
Tag: alignment, balance, core stabilization, flexibility, posture, Strength, weight distribution

Daily Selfseed #1 How Heavy Is Your Purse/Satchel?

Let’s start at the beginning… Daily Selfseed #1.  The Daily Selfseeds are short videos to inspire and motivate picking one of the 11 Selfseeds to plant in your personal garden.

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Small changes can make a big difference.  Working with alignment , posture, symmetry, balance, weight distribution, and flexibility are all physical realities we work with on a day to day basis, so why not make it easier by reducing the unnecessary items in your purse or satchel.
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Category: Balance, Flexibility, Selfseeds, Weight Distribution
Tag: alignment, balance, posture, Selfseeds short videos, weight distribution