As seen on the March 16th Daily Zen Calendar:
A man seeking help went to see the Buddha. He told him that he was a farmer. “I like farming,” the man said, “but sometimes it doesn’t rain enough, and sometimes it rains too much. One year we nearly starved.” The Buddha listened.
“I like my wife,” the man said, “but sometimes she nags too much, then I get tired of her…..We have kids too.
Good kids, but sometimes they don’t show enough respect, and …..” the man went on like this.
After the man finished, the Buddha sat, thought, then said, “I’m sorry, I can’t help you.” “What? Why not?” said the man, astonished. The Buddha went on to explain that everyone has problems. In fact, he said, we all have eighty-three problems, and he enumerated them from birth to death, but as he talked the man grew more and more furious until he questioned the very premise of the Buddha’s teaching.
“Well,” the Buddha finally said, “I may be able to help you with the eighty-fourth problem.”
“The eighty-fourth problem? What’s that?”
“The problem of not wanting to have any problems.”
Need inspiration? We all do from time to time. I don’t consider myself a runner, and I probably never will be, but there really is something completely freeing about hitting the pavement and feeling your body move through the wind.
Last year I couldn’t even run a mile… true story. I grabbed a running partner (much more experienced than myself) and hit the pavement once a week. By the end of summer I was running 10 miles at a time. I couldn’t believe it. It was the motivation and determination that inspired me to keep going, because our mind is much more powerful than our body; there is that mind/body connection again. Each time I wanted to lay down on the sidewalk for a nap, I would tell myself that I could do it and that pain didn’t exist anywhere else but in my mind. I had the power to change that.
A good friend of mine and my chiropractor, Marc was the very same way. He couldn’t even run a mile last year! And now, he is running this year’s 2011 Boston Marathon. Please join me in supporting Marc as he prepares for this exciting event. You can visit his donation page here. All donations will help support the following causes: Suicide Prevention, Volunteers Services to Seniors and After-School Programming for Youth.
Remember that we are the only people who put limitations on ourselves, often out of fear. You can replace that with love and positive affirmation: I am fully supported and ready to take the next step. Take one step closer today to overcoming whatever obstacle is holding you back, and go ahead, laugh in the face of fear!
If you have been taking Mind.Body.Barre, you know about the importance of stretching and the reasons the body will benefit from flexibility. It offers more than just a few benefits; decreased risk of injury, improved posture, reduced muscle soreness, and a decreased risk of lower back pain. And BONUS- a stretched & flexible muscle is exceptionally stronger than a tight muscle. Plus, the intervals of raising the heart rate and slowing it down through stretch and breath-work allow the body to raise its metabolic rate! What does that mean? You burn calories while your sleeping (Yeah, we’re that good!)
We work the muscles to the point of fatigue, shaking and trembling (sounds great right!? Just kidding, we know it burns like you know what!). But it is that very “shaking” that allows us to sculpt, tone, firm and reveal the beautiful and strong, sleeker, leaner YOU!
To understand why Mind.Body.Barre will sculpt your physique we must first understand the scientific reasoning of how it works…the “stuff”. If you have taken class, you begin to notice that your muscles will first lift up and seem to be fuller. Did you know your muscles are mostly composed of water? That’s right! And your muscles absorb the water as your body becomes more active. Through using the method your muscles become denser and over a period of three-to-five months, those muscles begin to compact themselves (Lengthening, Strengthening, Tightening, and Toning!). Over this period of time your muscles will firm up around the underlying bones, and the inter-muscular fat will burn away, revealing a trimmed down shape. (Who said Physiology of Anatomy wasn’t fun!?)
But what is it that makes all this SO effective? Is it really the elements of strength training, of “pumping” the muscles? If you know our class and our method, you know that the mind affects the body and the body affects the mind. Yes it’s true! We work through the physical aspect of whole body wellness through connecting the mind, body and spirit. The power of visualization, creating what it is we want creates the existence of what we have.
When the workout is burning, your heart rate is pumping and breath work becomes vital. Learning to slow down the breath, even while doing high intensity workouts, can help you gain a better and more effective workout. Why? Because you are getting oxygen to those muscle fibers! Allowing yourself to become "breathless" at any point during your workout undermines your breathing coordination and you burn sugar instead of fat for fuel. You can also become tight and tense (which can promote injury), and, in general, undermine your endurance and stamina.
And if you haven’t tried any of our classes yet, while we can’t give away all our secrets, we can tell you that as a person choosing an identity of total body wellness, you are already in an elite percentile.
Here at Mind.Body.Barre we encourage you to ask questions, to do research on your own, try to new things and challenge ideas and belief systems. The INTEGRITY of our teachings is most important.
Here is a tid-bit of advice for choosing a workout regimen, instructor or a new idea- always check the credibility of source. Where is the information coming from? Are the instructors knowledgeable, credible or certified? Is the company, class or corporation an example and true representation of total body fitness? Where does the research come from? We like to read up on scientific studies, but make sure your resources aren’t skewed! We like Discovery Health.
Here are some examples; there are many certifications out there. Using Yoga as an example, there are some programs that can be done in one day and online believe it or not. Unfortunately the Yoga Alliance approves those certifications as RYTs. Other trainings can take up to 2 years of practical theorem and research, learning the anatomy of the body and insertion points of the muscles. There are classes you can take in a gym that solely focus on stretching and breathing, while others focus on a more Eastern philosophy of yoga, quieting the mind. Which would you choose?
It’s up to YOU to learn the connection between mind, body and spirit. It’s up to YOU to learn the tools to create the beautiful and strong, sleeker, leaner YOU; not the person you strive to be, but the person you already are, waiting to be freed.
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