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Pacing The Day

Happy 2017 as the New Year!

Experimenting with when to exercise, when to meditate, when to stretch, and so on. Meditating before exercising is working well. In India, I was exercising before sitting, because I would sit for longer periods of time. Exercising before or after work is okay. Exercising before and after work is a bonus. Hydration is very important. Eating regularly keeps me fueled for a long day of activity. Partnering is included in my normal day of work. Awareness of weight distribution is a must for staying centered on the horses. Selfseeds are easily a daily practice.

The journal is getting printed this week!

Category: Balance, Emotions, Fitness, Nutrition, Partnering, Rhythm, Selfseeds, Stillness
Tag: exercise, Happy New Year, Hydration, nutrition, partnering, Selfseeds in daily life, stillness, weight distribution

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

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

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

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

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

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

Detailed Video Production and CES

Having fun with the video production.  There is so much to share with 11 Selfseeds available. Lining up the people to interview, continuing to amass articles, and the information from the next leg of the personal training program, CES Corrective Exercises.  

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Tag: 5 minutes, 5 minutes to change, balance, emotions, fitness, flexibility, holistic, integrative band, life path, nutrition, partnering, personalize 5 minutes, rhythm, Selfseeds, stillness, weight distribution, wellness

Selfseeds Integrative Exercises: www.Selfseeds.com (short iM...

Photo Credit: Heather Marsh

Integrative exercises, why do I use that word combination so frequently in my blogs and exercise iMovies?  As a professional athlete who needed to move in coordination to another living body,  I constantly had to look at integrating strength, power, flexibility, balance, weight distribution, and rhythm to improve first my internal awareness and then my awareness and timing for responding with a partner.  While exercising at the gym, I would use these aspects for designing/choosing workout exercises, cardio plans, and stretching combinations, so the personalized focus on training enhanced the goal.  Overtime, I realized that the focus on integration was a key part of my everyday functionality–sitting, standing, walking, bending, etc.

Another big part of integrative exercises is the sensing involved.  The exercises require an inner sensing of tone/alignment, an outer sensing of limbs/torso in space, a timing/rhythmical sensing of how to coordinate/balance/distribute weight while in varying ranges of motion.  The awareness is the key to safe and effective training;  fitness building without injuries.  Learning a more intimate awareness of the vessel we all live in called the body during focused exercises periods will spill over into one’s day to day movement.  People would comment on what lovely posture I had, but it came as a result of awareness while dancing, riding, and exercising.  Overtime, it wasn’t comfortable to slouch, because my slouch muscles were out of practice.   Slouching allowed my back to hollow (lower back pain), my shoulders to round (shoulder pain), my neck/head to slump forward (neck pain), and left-right crookedness to creep in too.

I have been putting together these short iMovies focused on integrative exercises, (2 earlier blogs included Caball Integrative Exercises and the Integrative “I” Band on the stationary bicycle.)  Have fun and don’t hesitate to email if you have any questions.

Adding variety to the overhead, on your knees cable pull. Adding variety and creativity to the workout helps to shift stale thinking patterns and stale body parts. Pick the amount of weight that allows you to counter balance with your body weight and not risk over rotating any joints. Points of variation: 1) degree of trunk lowering, 2) twist right, and 3) twist left.
Adding variety to the overhead, on your knees cable pull. Adding variety and creativity to the workout helps to shift stale thinking patterns and stale body parts.
Integrative exercises involve lots of moving parts and how they must work together. I really like how they give you a whole body workout, coordination challenge, inner awareness, timing, fitness, flexibility, weight distribution, balance and presence. Making it all fun and functional. The cable allows for dynamic control of the core through the appendages from start to finish.
Selfseeds Integrative Exercises Sitting-Side-Pull
Integrative exercises require mind and body coordination, since there are multiple dynamics involved. Inner core engagement and control are the cornerstone to balance, stability, rhythm, weight distribution, and flexibility. The exercises are designed to be fun and engaging–the adult jungle gym while getting functionally fit!
Integrative exercises involve lots of moving parts and how they must work together. I really like how they give you a whole body workout, coordination challenge, inner awareness, timing, fitness, flexibility, weight distribution, balance and presence. Making it all fun and functional. The cable allows for dynamic control of the core through the appendages from start to finish. Rotate left and right. Standing or kneeling.
Adding variety to the overhead, on your feet cable pull. Adding variety and creativity to the workout helps to shift stale thinking patterns and stale body parts. Pick the amount of weight that allow you to counter balance with your body weight. 1. Start with flat feel through the exercise to get use to balance and mobility through the trunk muscles. 2. Move onto toe-heel-toe when you feel secure in your balance and want a challenge.
Integrative exercises require mind and body coordination, since there are multiple dynamics involved. Inner core engagement and control are the cornerstone to balance, stability, rhythm, weight distribution, and flexibility. The exercises are designed to be fun and engaging–the adult jungle gym while getting functionally fit!
Integrative exercises require mind and body coordination, since there are multiple dynamics involved. Inner core engagement and control are the cornerstone to balance, stability, rhythm, weight distribution, and flexibility. The exercises are designed to be fun and engaging–the adult jungle gym while getting functionally fit!
Integrative exercises involve lots of moving parts and how they must work together. I really like how they give you a whole body workout, coordination challenge, inner awareness, timing, fitness, flexibility, balance and presence. Making it all fun and functional. Demonstrating 3 different hand positions on the bar to provide diversity.
Integrative exercises involve lots of moving parts and how they must work together. I really like how they give you a whole body workout, coordination challenge, inner awareness, timing, fitness, flexibility, balance and presence. Making it all fun and functional.
Adding variety and creativity to the workout helps to shift stale thinking patterns and stale body parts. Pick the amount of weight that allows you to counter balance with your body weight while moving through space. Go slowly in the beginning to effectively manage weight, core engagement, and lowering in the lunge. The emphasis on the coordination, integration, movement, and weight distribution. Speed with improper form is never desirable.
Category: Balance, Fitness, Flexibility, Integrative Band, Personalize 5, Rhythm, Selfseeds, Weight Distribution
Tag: balance, fitness, flexibility, functional fitness, integrative exercises, practical living, rhythm, Selfseeds, weight distribution