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Walking Backwards for Christmas
The title of a crazy song by The Goons and now a suggestion to improve balance, knee function and brain health. Who would have thought? people who are interested in functional movement, I would proffer. We have spent this last term using, talking about, massaging and generally focusing upon feet. The stability of the outer [...]
Photo by Jeff Nissen on Pexels.com - to stop something .... having a sensible and realistic attitude to life..., stepping back to observe your mind; calming down stress and upsets; take in the good of positive experiences; self- compassion; exercising restraint........ We have "stopped/paused" aspects of our lives over the past year. We have been [...]
So how do I improve my balance?
In our Intelligent approach to movement we devote much time to feet and toes. Look at the numerous blogs on this site : TfHP12. Mobilization and Modification – feet TfHP8 – walking TfHP7 – Feet and psoas Gravity, balance and those big toes There are many more, just type feet into the search box and [...]
Helping Hands – fingers crossed.
In our summer yoga classes we have been investigating contact of our hands to the floor, especially in weight bearing poses such as plank and side plank. The aim is to create load through the hands and arm bones in order to switch on deep postural muscles (those closest to the bones) - such as [...]
Mindfulness Online – where to start
So many resources. A brief addition to Summits of the Mind post as I notice that Coursera, an online learning platform founded by Stanford University in 2012, recommends the Demystifying Mindfulness Course run by The University of Leiden that I listed: https://www.coursera.org/search?query=mindfulness& Coursera has had much success with The Science of Well-Being Course taught by [...]
Summits in Mind
...It's not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.... Sir Edmund Hilary is attributed with these words but they seem to be a combination of his thoughts in a 1998 interview and George Mallory's words in an article for Alpine Journal (1918). Words can become obscured with the mists of time but it is true that [...]
Arches high and Low 2
More than three months since the posting in which I pictured the quaking aspen (pando). Having read "The Hidden Life of Trees" as "lockdown" took grip here in the UK I was struck by learning that trees thrive in communities and within these communities they help each other: ".....it is not in a forest's interests [...]
TfHP 14. Capturing Your Moments
The title of today's post is taken from Jon Kabat Zinn's book Wherever you Go There You Are. I have written about Jon Kabat Zinn in Mindful of Apps. The Young Kabat Zinn, with a Phd in Molecular Biology from MIT and an early interest in meditation, went on to found The Stress Reduction Clinic at [...]
TfHP13 – Functional mobility
Functional movement is the ability to move around freely to perform everyday tasks. It partners moblity, stability and flexibility. In dynamic movement like walking, running the changes from stability to mobility between adjacent joints occur quickly. Flexibility helps to improve the range of movement appropriate to the everyday task. Sprinters - in one "package" , [...]
TfHP12. Mobilization and Modification – feet
The big difference between being physically present in a yoga class and practising remotely is that it's not so easy to check things with a teacher and you can't take your teacher to task. After writing: ....Recognizing tension is the simplest way to substitute for a teacher in your home practice...... I could "hear" some [...]
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