If our students gather any wisdom from what we teach here at Balanced Bodies, I hope they understand that our intention here is less is more. The majority of people are overstimulated, overstressed, and overworked. The philosophy of what we do here – in the massage room, in Yoga, in Jiu Jitsu, on and off the mat – is that when we exert less, we get more out of our experience.
Sitting has been deemed the new smoking.
That may seem like a heavy accusation but let’s address where we currently are. Modern society encourages inactivity, and sitting for extended periods of time. We are sedentary, of course not evolutionary, just socially. We sit to eat, poop, work, drive, travel...and even exercise...I’m talking to you, cyclists. Sitting is not only linked to chronic disease but it wreaks havoc on your spine. Raise your hand if you work at a computer! That’s what I thought. We can clearly see that there is an imbalance here.
Legs up the wall pose as we call it in Yoga land is a restorative yoga posture that not only allows the mind and the body to relax but its stress and tension relieving benefits can affect you more than you might think. It is a very simple yoga poses, so simple even my dad does it, because it doesn’t require much flexibility or strength. The hard work here is honestly just being still and silent long enough to let this inversion work it’s magic.
The purpose of this pose is to invert the body in the safest and easiest ways to elicit a relaxation effect on the body. When the body is relaxed the mind can relax and stress and anxiety can decrease significantly. Slow and controlled breathing can help to lower the heart rate which is typically higher in those who suffer from stress.
“Work work work work work work…” We all know those people that willingly admit that Rihanna’s hit “Work” is … “like totally their theme song”.
Either way, lyrically, "Work" is "about working for a paycheck no matter what else is going on in your life. Additionally, it focuses on "a fragile relationship" which seems to be a common factor when our work life and our personal life are out of balance.
Whether hip hop is your scene or not, I think most of us can relate to the fact of work being unenjoyable.
Even if you are lucky enough to own your own business, be self-employed, or have your dream job, work can still consume you. It can consume the majority of your time and thoughts.
I am a massage therapist and Yoga teacher.
Many of my friends and clients assume that because of my line of work and my interests that I don’t really suffer from stress.
That couldn’t be more wrong.
I struggle with sitting still, patience, saying no, and balance. When I say “balance” I mean all things balance. Sleep/work, Food/sweets, Money/time. I really have to work on these things consistently and patiently. Patience, also a struggle. Realizing I am a busy body has led me on my journey to a balanced body.