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People doing gymnastics

Gymnastics & Pilates: A Fantastic Friendship!

Gymnastic athletes are being groomed at younger and younger ages. Many factors play into this, and as the level of competition rises, trainers want to help their athletes excel while also preventing injuries. Regular Pilates practice is one way to reduce injuries, increase body awareness and enhance coordination, but I couldn’t help doing a little digging about the link between gymnastics and Pilates. Read more »

Bucket swing

The Bucket Swing: Using Mindful Movement in Everyday Life

My three year-old daughter, Grace, has really been into going on swings lately. I think she likes the chance to be able to kick me with both feet at the same time. We happen to live directly across the street from a park. The park has two swings, but they are both rubber bucket swings. You know, the type designed to prevent babies from falling. Read more »

Inner Teacher

Five Simple Mindfulness Meditations To Enhance Your Movement Practice
Part 5 – The Breath As a Wave

The “wave breath” is a further exploration of how breathing as a mindfulness practice can insight awareness and change how we use the body. In this case we are guiding the breath to facilitate the natural wave it creates in the spine from extension, or arching on each inhale to flexion or curling on each exhale. Read more »

Inner Teacher

Five Simple Mindfulness Meditations to Enhance Your Movement Practice
Part 3 – Revealing Your Subtle Body

There are many wisdom traditions that talk about the subtle body. This includes yoga, Tibetan Buddhism, Taoism, Sufism and others. However, we need not ascribe to a philosophy to understand, utilize and appreciate the subtle body, which can be simply described as your felt-sense of aliveness, the energy you feel that settles inside the boundaries of your physical form. Think of your subtle body as the field of awareness itself. Read more »