At the beginning of each new year I choose a word to guide my actions and choices. This year my word was curiosity. With that word guiding me, I’ve been exploring different types of movement practices like Functional Range Conditioning, and natural movement, as well as strength training classes at my local YMCA - things that have piqued my curiosity. I love moving my body and seeing how new ways of movement challenge my body and brain. It’s not only fun and engaging to move in new ways, but also refreshing. While some of the movements seem similar to yoga poses, they feel different because I’m engaging my muscles differently.
I also took an online course in corrective exercise - something else I've been curious about for a while. It was super interesting, but at first I felt a little in-over-my-head and intimidated as the course was mostly for folks who were personal trainers. Many of the exercises that were being taught were ones you would incorporate into a personal training session, so I felt like I had to translate much of what I was learning into my yoga language. After a few months, however, I realized that I already knew a lot of the information from my anatomy studies, and that in the end, we were looking at the same body, just through a slightly different lens.
Now that I’ve completed the course, I realize the discomfort and confusion I felt was actually good for me:
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