While I'm not sure that I will be able to give you anything as good as last year's holiday/end of year 'zombie twinkie' blog ( http://blog.ideafit.com/blogs/ariadne-greenberg/the-requisite-holiday-survival-guide-because-of-course-we-will-be-running-from-hordes-of-zombie-twinkies ) I found a couple of handout s(while I was doing some end of year cleaning)
The idea of using pressure and friction on the human body for health and relaxation is not new. Massage was prevalant in the time of the Roman empire: if you went to the baths it would be common to have a body rub in addition to the hot and cold tubs. The Greeks as well had it, and before them the Egyptians and the Chinese, and the Indians. There are even some European cave paintings that suggest massage may date back thousands of years earlier. So the practices and the understanding of their benefits predate a lot of our modern medical science.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how I think about and use shavasana (http://blog.ideafit.com/blogs/ariadne-greenberg/shavasana-and-meditation ). Since then I find myself thinking about, and talking to my classes about the beginning of the class. If in part Shavasana is the transitional pathway out of the physical practice, into the meditative practice, and then out into our lives, it is balanced by what we do at the beginning of practice, when we step on the mat.
Everyone has those days that nothing is working out for them. Whether your late for work, late for an appointment or maybe rushing to get the kids to school. Being stressed while driving causes road rage most of the time and it becomes easy to take out that anger on other drivers. Everyone has witnessed someone swerving in and out of traffic, yelling at another driver or giving the middle finger. Over the years one thing that has helped me stay calm and relaxed was learning to become a master of my breathing.
Take care of your body it’s the only one you’ve got. I was recently in a car accident and it completely through off my journey to be healthier and happy. As a result of my injuries I had to stop exercising and I now rest the majority of each day. Additionally, because I can’t workout I’ve had to tighten up my diet and eat cleaner than before to prevent gaining weight from being sedentary. Being inactive is soooo unnatural for me!
We have been holding Taekwondo classes in the Meade Countly High School wrestling room for a month now, and what an awesome turnout! Fifteeen students regisered with the MAC and have been attending regularly since February 11. Four of these students attend the intermediate class and assist with instructing the beginners.
Over the years that I have spent since my life changing event of blowing out my knee, and realizing what it means to truly be hurt and know your weaknesses. This event in my life taught me how much of a challenge it is to get back on your feet after life has knocked you down and knocked you out. The big question is, "Do you want it bad enough?" As Rocky said, "...But it aint about how hard you're hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much can you take and keep moving forward?