I have an announcement – I think I was meant to be a dancer. ……..Yes, let us all get up after rolling on the floor laughing. But let’s think about it, why else would the movement principles that they recommend for a well-balanced, responsive and graceful body resonate so much with me? Rarely do I embrace the whole philosophy of an exercise system. Yoga: exercise, breathing, and meditation – zzzzzz. Pilates: “The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning develops the body uniformly, corrects posture, restores vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit.” “A body free from nervous tension and fatigue is the ideal shelter provided by nature for housing a well balanced mind, fully capable of successfully meeting all the complex problems of modern living.” “The acquirement and enjoyment of physical well-being, mental calm and spiritual peace are priceless to their possessors…, and it is only through Contrology that this unique trinity of a balanced body, mind and spirit can ever be attained.” – cheeeeem.
So when I came across the book Bodywise by the Australian Ballet and saw the principles: ALIGNMENT, DYNAMIC STABILITY, REBALANCING, AWARENESS and HOLISTIC BALANCE – they all made sense to me. And most importantly, it was not confusing nor boring :P. This was the latest jigsaw piece in my quest for an ache free body. Anyone who knows me would know that I have had these complaints for years! And I’ve done Clinical Pilates, back care classes, physiotherapy, osteopathy, …. apathy. So now, I have to be my own guru, know my own body, and apply these principles to me. Do what works for you.
However, to make it even more personal to me, I will take it one step further and expand on these principles more.
ALIGNMENT – of your thoughts, words and actions. Of your values and how you live your life.
DYNAMIC STABILITY – to move through life all the time. Especially not staying in a rut but getting out, moving on, and moving well.
REBALANCING – we all have different outlook and priorities at different stages in our lives. We need to rebalance them so that we are not out there farting and burping when we are 50. Hhmmm, not a good example.
AWARENESS – awareness of our thought, words and actions, awareness of how people react to us and how we react to others and our environment, and deciding what to do with that awareness.
HOLISTIC BALANCE – not just balance in the physical sense, but also in the spiritual, emotional, mental, nutritional sense.
But the guru point of this post is: Have a look at this http://www.harpercollins.com.au/books/Bodywise-Discover-New-Connection-With-Your-Body-Australian-Ballet/?isbn=9780733313851
N.B. No offence with the comments on Pilates and Yoga 🙂