Improve Faster! Listen to what your BODY has to say :-)

Improve Faster! Listen to what your BODY has to say :-)

Are you tight, or sore?  Trying to get better at something that you do?

Here’s a tip:  if what your want to improve is something physical, ASK YOUR BODY what feels good and useful and like a good fit, as you “work on it”.

In this video, I use the example of a hockey player who came to see me, and we worked on a yoga move that was really hard for him – and he couldn’t figure out why.  (spoiler – it was easier for him after we checked out a few things for about 10 minutes….) 🙂

Here’s the thing.  NO-BODY knows better what feels like a good fit for you – than YOUR body.

I know, we are not taught to listen to our own bodies, our own experiences.  We are taught that that is “subjective” information, and that external “objective” expertise is more likely to be right and know what’s good for us.

But … your body is very smart.  And your nervous system is wired to do two Very Important survival things:  keep you safe/alive, and keep you going.

And a lot of what is happening within you, including what is now showing up as pain and tightness and limitations – was probably A Very Good Strategy at the time those patterns first started, as a way to keep you safe and/or keep you going.

And because it was soooooo useful then, your body kept on doing it, as a default thing to do.  And UNTIL your body EXPERIENCES something different that it determines is at least as safe, and even more useful – well, your body is likely to resist change and stick with what it knows.

So – when learning something – and especially if there is something that feels “not good” or like your body is resisting what you are doing – check in with your body.  Find out a bit about what your body is concerned about – and see if you can adjust what you are doing – and check:
– does this feel SAFE?
– does this feel REASONABLE to do?? and
– is this actually USEFUL, in my own experience, for ME??

I invite you to join me in this video to learn more about this… and find out what that hockey player and I explored that made his yoga easier 🙂

Happy Exploring!


About the Author:

Violet van Hees is a movement freedom specialist who works with people (and with horses) to release tightness and pain, and to transform body "stuckness" into something that you can work with. We then use what emerges to create new freedom and ease in your movement and in what you do, in ways that feel safe and reasonable - and that work - for you. Violet is a Feldenkrais® Practitioner, a Tellington TTouch® Equine Practitioner, and a BCRPA Trainer of Fitness Leaders. She works with a deep interest in and understanding of biomechanics, neuroplasticity, body response to trauma, energy work, and how we learn.

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