Moving my body has always been a part of my life—from gymnastics to basketball, running, gym, Pilates and dancing my heart out in my living room. In whichever form, it has in some way landed itself into my day or week.
But, it hasn’t’ always felt good and to be completely honest, for many years it was a constant battle between my head and my heart, with my head winning each time. Today we are all bombarded with the latest exercise routine that, will shred, tone and give you those perky buns you so desire—but what if it doesn’t feel good? Do you persevere and push through even though your body is telling you to stop. I put my hand up and say I got caught up in this trap—doing exercise that would get me the ‘results’ that I thought would make me happy. I pushed and forced my body to move in way it quite simply didn’t for the most part, enjoy. Soon this became a habit—a ritual that formed as a tool of coping when life got tough, it was a form of self-punishment and a way to get out of feeling what needed to be felt. If I could give advice to my former 20 something self it would be to do what feels good, energizes and revitalizes your mind and body and always ask yourself how you want to feel during and even after the movement you do.
Our intention behind how we choose to move our body is so deeply important—intention speaks volumes and lets us know whether we are choosing to move from a place of love and appreciation for our body and the goodness it fills us with. Or, whether we are coming from a place of ‘should’ mentality, which often carries with it fear, force and at times even self-punishment. When we force our body to do anything I believe we need to ask ourselves, why. Where are you not being honest within yourself? What are you not trusting within yourself and why?
Now days, you can find me most of the time on my yoga mat, walking in nature, or doing a short weights session, oh and of course dancing in my lounge room is still lighting me up.
If I have one ‘take-away’ for you it would be—don’t be afraid to experiment and be different from those around you. Try new forms of movement and really get to know what FEELS good and not so good—when you need a little more of a challenge and when your body calls for a more gentle practice. Don’t be scared to own what works for you! This is all part of getting to know YOU better and moving away from the noise of outside influences and back into your body and heart.
Our bodies are magical—they hold the key to our knowing, our wisdom and above all that, which serves us at our most highest in order to feel healthy, happy and whole within ourselves.
P.S- Share below what your movement journey has looked like and what you find best serves your body and mind.