20150504 – Monday

MOBILITY – open up that spine with some cat-cows!

MINDFULNESS – think about whether you really find time or make time

Today’s mobilization is a basic yoga flow between two postures– cat and cow.

This is analogous to the arch body and hollow body positions and is useful for discussing and bringing awareness to global spinal positions.

Why is that important? Because that’s what you do when you kip!

I see many athletes utilizing only their hips rather than their whole spine to generate force for the kip. Bringing some body awareness to all three aspects of the spine (lumbar, thoracic, and cervical) is key to developing the most powerful kip possible.

So get your flow on! This is a great warm up before any gymnastics work and will wake you right up!

Ten very, very slow cat-cows linking your breath to movement is way better than fifty mindless postures.

Today’s mindfulness work is to consider the difference between finding time and making time.

It’s so easy and common to say that you can’t find time to do X, or that you would love to start this new habit but you can’t find the time.

Unless you are a child, you are not going to simply find time. And even kids are terribly busy these days with homework!

Find is not found, it is carved from your day with care and attention. You will spend your time on what is important to you, whether you realize it or not.

If you realize that you’re four episodes deep into a Netflix binge, but you haven’t started that food prep on a lazy Sunday, then that tells you where your priority lies. You can even do both at the same time! Multitasking is great– and so are podcasts 🙂

Don’t look for time. If you want to do something, time will not appear out of the clouds to grant you permission to start that new routine or hobby.

Take time. Grab that time and run away like you stole it. You will never find it.

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