From a favorite Warrior blog....
From a traditional perspective, anxiety could be defined as the physiological reaction to imagined fear. In other words, the fear of what has not yet happened. From a spiritual perspective, anxiety can be classified as a form of resistance. When you are anxious, you are resisting the unknown elements outside of your control—circumstances that might be brought about by the Universe. Perhaps more significantly, however, anxiety is the resistance to your own feelings and to your innate power to handle whatever may come.
So upon anxiety, it is important to notice what feelings you are resisting—i.e., ignoring, stuffing, burying, or judging. Is it sadness, anger, or fear that you are not allowing yourself to feel? The non-allowance or resistance of your feelings manifests as nervous, anxious energy. Here is a 3x3 step process that may help: it’s called GAOxLCP.
G is for gratitude. Instead of hating the anxiety, be grateful to the anxiety for pointing you to the feelings you are resisting. Next is A for Allowing those feelings to be there—Accept them, give them a space to exist and let them move through your body. Remember, it’s okay to feel! Feeling is not bad or wrong, and feelings cannot hurt you or kill you. And finally O—recognize that you are Okay, right here, right now. How do you know you are Okay? Recognize your LCP—love, care, and protection of yourself, now and in the future.
Perhaps this seems like a lengthy process, but if you get it down, it should help tremendously with the anxiety. Here’s how it might sound: “Thank you, anxiety, for showing me what I need to feel. (Then feel!) It’s okay to feel, it’s okay to be afraid/sad/angry/etc. I love myself; I’m caring for myself; I’m protecting myself. I am okay, right here, right now. I will love me; I will always care for me; I will always protect me. I’m going to be okay. I’m going to be okay. I am going to be okay”
And repeat as many times as necessary. Next time you feel anxious, stop resisting how you feel! Thank your anxiety, feel your feelings, and realize you will be okay by accepting your inherent power to love, care, and protect yourself, unconditionally, no matter what.
- Coach Jeremy
Change your body position, change your brain chemistry, and your ability to succeed at any challenge before you! The message of Amy Cuddy's TED talk is; Stand in the Victory Pose and feel the power! Learn this empowering technique; https://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are. What does it feel like to soar across the finish line, to succeed at a challenging new goal? Body posture is an expression of our psychological state; but did you know you can also consciously change your psychological state, confidence and ability to succeed at new challenges by changing your posture? Stand tall, feel the power within, and soar to new heights! Practice your power with beach pilates every Saturday in May, 8am (check www.Empowerpilatesmalibu.com for locations and updates), and equipment classes at Malibu Fitness. Take a 15 min test drive on the reformer and learn what all the excitement is about. Do what makes you come alive; the world needs more vitality!
A wonderful post from ChiRunning;
Kudos to Clarys, a vibrant young dancer who is making her dreams come true. Training with me once a week to enhance her flexibility and core strength, she is determined to achieve her goals and realize her dreams. She just put together this music video; catch her in the forefront with her dynamic dancing;.
Congratulations, Clarys on your incredible work!
Congratulations, Clarys on your incredible work!
Saturday March 8, 12:15
In this series of workshops, I teach self care techniques to release deep tension, realign, and reprogram healthy movement patterns. On March 8, we will focus on releasing tension in the back, ribs and chest, rebalancing the shoulder, and feeling the effects through the torso, shoulders and neck.
Do you have aching tension in your neck, shoulders or back? Are you frustrated by limited mobility or instability in these areas? Come learn to;
*release deep tension and rehydrate connective tissue using soft balls
*wake up inactive muscles and supportive tissues
*learn to align and rebalance
*integrate new range of motion into function
Where: Malibu Fitness
When: Saturday March, 12:15-1:30pm
Who: led by Jennifer Beamer
Cost: $30 (Payment in advance is requested to secure your spot).
Balls may be available for purchase during the workshop
Please direct questions to Jennifer at Jenniferlfd@gmail.com, or by phone at 310-498-4859.
Where: Malibu Fitness
When: Saturday Feb 1 and 8 , 12:15-1:45pm
Who: led by Jennifer Beamer, 8 person maximum (reserve your spot!)
Learn to release chronic tension in the body through the use of soft balls (techniques derived from studies in the Melt Method, Miracle Ball Method, Yamuna Ball Rolling) rehydrate connective tissue in the body, and integrate new range of motion into function through upright movement techniques developed by the Gray Institute.
Are you stressed, fatigued, in pain, healing from injury, or seeking to optimize your athletic performance? Come learn a few simple techniques you can do daily to enhance your health. We will focus on the feet and hips in this workshop--as these are key areas in unlocking tension throughout the body-- and address any specific questions/concerns as time allows.
Jennifer Beamer has a lifetime of experience in movement conditioning and is eager to share this with her clients; her career as a professional dancer in Europe and San Francisco, has been a prime laboratory for her to optimize biomechanics and athletic performance. Prior to her dance career, Jennifer attended UCSF Medical School, learning comprehensive information about the human body and modern medicine. She chose to alter her path towards one of guiding people to health and wellness from within-- through movement, based upon sound principles of science and her multidisciplinary life experience. Jennifer is certified through Balanced Body as a Comprehensive Pilates Instructor, and has trained with key figures in the field of pilates, athletic conditioning and rehabilitation. She is currently working towards her Certification of Applied Functional Science with the Gray Institute
Jennifer's classes are founded upon classical pilates technique, infused with functional strength and conditioning exercises tailored to each client--from beginners to elite athletes. By focusing on full body engagement, precise form, breathing, spinal and pelvic alignment, Jennifer guides clients to identify their deep core power, and to perform fluid, energizing movements, maximizing results while minimizing tension. Jennifer's empowering attitude leaves clients feeling strong, lifted and energized. She integrates her experience in the art and science of human movement to educate clients to move in safe, efficient ways, optimizing athletic performance, injury prevention/rehabilitation, and daily living.
To register, please contact Jennifer at Jenniferlfd@gmail.com, or by phone at 310-498-4859.
As the holidays approach, stress levels soar; it is a key time to harness the power of positive attitudes towards stress and actually use it to our advantage!. After all, it is our attitude towards stress which determines how it affects our health. One can choose to constructively observe that the body's stress response (elevated heart rate, blood pressure, etc) is evolution's way of preparing us for challenge (increased oxygen and nutrients to the brain and muscles). In so doing, one can use stress as an empowering experience, achieving new goals, becoming more resilient, and enjoying the excitement and the social bonds created through the stressful experience. I was recently inspired by this TED talk encouraging us to "create the biology of courage" by going after our goals and trusting we have the strength to handle stress that follows. May you find ways to make stress empowering this season and always, Health and happiness to all,
Happy autumn to all!
With the changing of seasons, and as routines amplify with the return to school and work, it is an opportune time to stop and ask oneself, "What am I doing right now, and how does it connect me to my higher goals and vision?". A great exercise to try a couple of times a day, this question can help prevent us from getting caught up in stressful patterns of routine, filter out what is not essential or purposeful to our lives, and bring us closer to the things that are.
Last month I was honored to study with Gary Gray, the "Father of Function", in San Diego, before traveling to Paris, France to learn more about movement techniques such as Feldenkreis, Floor Barre, and Pilates. I look forward to sharing the information with the community and bringing it to life in my October classes.
Community classes this month; Saturdays 8am on Malibu Beach, 9:15am at Malibu Fitness, and many pilates/alignment classes at Naam Yoga in Santa Monica. Hope to see you soon!
Health and happiness to all.