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Straightness

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While working, walking, sitting, riding, and more straightness is very important. In the morning, stand in front of a mirror and check your alignment. Close your eyes and memorize what straightness feels like. During the course of the day, try to recreate straightness from memory and then spot check it in a mirror as you can. Straightness isn’t just physical, but it allows the energy fields in the body to run without a kink in the flow too.

Movement based around a straight spine with good posture is very different then movement based on bent or crooked posture, since inappropriate muscles are used for stabilizing, balancing, and moving.

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Category: Fitness, Selfseeds
Tag: core strength Selfseeds fitness, fitness, posture

Repetitive Work And Counter-Actions

 

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Challenge of working in a repetitive work action.  The body is not a machine, so how to counteract the effects? Stretching, moving, and positional awareness are key.

Stepping out, sitting in nature, hearing something soothing, breathing fresh air, allowing time for one’s self are all personalized counter-actions.

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Category: Emotions, Flexibility, Selfseeds
Tag: ergonomics, meditating, posture, repetitive work, Selfseeds, stretching

Challenges of Sitting Cross-legged For Meditation

 

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Another range of flexibility…

If you didn’t grow up sitting cross-legged or don’t practice on a regular basis, it could be daunting.  Sitting with a straight spine is the most important, so if you have to sit on something, legs to the side, or some variation, the straight spine with the core connected should be the focus.  Since I am “sitting” on the floor for 4-6 hours a day, I am noticing there is a fitness with the process that one may take for granted.  Symmetry is a big piece too. If  I sit too much on one side, push down harder on one half, head too far forward, upper back not supporting my head, and the list goes on–the asymmetry puts undo tension on an area, so posture is key. Even when we are still, posture is important.

I have tried to ignore when my body is yelling that I need to change position, but that hasn’t worked out well, so I listen.  I don’t shift because I cannot concentrate, but I do shift if my leg is going numb or my hips/knees are tired of being folded.  After you build some fitness for sitting, you start to notice how awesome the position actually is and how it makes sense when you go deep.

Mentally and physically there is plenty to work with while touching into stillness.  Little by little, the desire to be distracted lessens and you find a tranquility in the stillness, but the bodies flexibility and fitness are undeniable components.  It is not to say that you cannot meditate if you don’t sit on the floor cross-legged either.  It is about the journey.

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Category: Flexibility, Selfseeds, Stillness, Weight Distribution
Tag: core, cross-legged, meditation, posture, Selfseeds, stillness, straight spine

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

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.

11 May 2013 1:05

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