What if we took the body as a template for life and learned our lessons by understanding and intentionally using the laws and mechanics of nature that govern the body and life? What if process looked simply like a fun sport or play? A painting of motion on the canvas of space? What if our bodies were the real reflection of what is happening on the inside?
What if body and being were in symmetry?
I haven’t been able to bring myself to write to you because, quite honestly, I have not known what to say. I am sure you’re feeling it- the weird space COVID-19 has created, between the eerie tension of apprehension and disbelief. It is truly surreal.
I find myself now more than ever leaning on many life lessons GST and fascia have taught me. I believe these are important to how we will process the next few weeks and months so I wanted to share them with you.
For 2020, we’re celebrating evolutions, not resolutions (if you missed Anna’s letter yesterday, check it out here). As part of that, we’re proud to bring you a brand new way to get started with GST at home with our GST Introductory Programs!
I was always the girl who committed fully to New Years resolutions. It made me feel new, fresh, hopeful, inspired for the future and most of all different.
We all have an impulse to be different, somehow MORE. It’s part of our nature.
We often allow ourselves to listen to other peoples voices, to society’s secularism and materialism, we are drawn outward away from ourselves risking inauthentic lives. “I need to be thinner, prettier, more successful. I am not and my dissatisfaction confirms I’m not “attracting” the life I want, not “aligned” to the universe.” So we resolve each new year to be different.
How long does this last? Until February…maybe.
Resolution wasn’t the right term for me anymore. After my 2019, which was arguably the hardest year of my life, I have decided to set New Years Evolutions – active steps to become better at struggling. Rather than letting the flames of life burn me, I am choosing to allow them to separate my dross and refine me.
Resolution sees struggle as a negative sign that we are not living up to the “ideal” and so we resolve ourselves and begrudge additional effort for change. Evolution embraces struggle as the essential element for a better, more improved self.
New Years Evolutions allows for ultimate confidence in the human – you are sturdy, you are strong, you can handle life. Evolution says let your struggle and hardship make you more: more full, mindful, hopeful, respectful, joyful as well as more kind, compassionate, and focused on caring for others.
If we learn to listen deeply to the presence in us and cultivate a deep personal truth, the impulse that drives us toward change and becoming something different will direct us into more of who we are meant to be.
My prayers and meditations for 2020 are strength, courage and assurance for whatever life brings. May we all hope and strive for the ability to cultivate deep joy despite our struggles and evolve into higher ways of living.
I am looking forward to sharing more of this beautiful journey with you this year.
Love and light,
Good posture is essential for the body to look good and function optimally. But the current ideas of posture need to be evolved. A few things to consider:
- Posture: comes from the word “position”. The human body is never and should never be statically posed (i.e. chest out, shoulders back, neck long, hips just so). Good posture by this definition is impossible to achieve and is actually bad for your body.
- Solid Core: has been associated (incorrectly) with good posture. Solid core principles and practices compromise human physiology and do the opposite, damaging the physiological benefits of good alignment.
- Alignment: is a term for the organization of parts for efficiency of use. Alignment in the body is so very important to efficiency of body systems. Better alignment of a mechanical device improves the ease of operation, simultaneously decreasing wear and tear. The better aligned your body is, the less wear and tear (effects of aging) on the body systems that are keeping you alive and making your life vital. There are many ways to organize things in your body…keep reading!
- Fluid Dynamics: The body is not a solid, it’s 55-70% water. The material that builds the body and holds it together, fascia, is 70% water! Additionally, when fascia is exposed to the effects of gravity, it behaves and moves like a fluid!! Fascia is dynamic and uses different principles for organizing body alignment.
- Tensegrity: is a principle of organization based on dynamic tension in a structure. Since the body is always moving- cell, tissue, organ, system, and organism- fascia creates dynamic alignment through tensegrity, the integrity of tensions in motion.
Come and join us for a revolutionary eye opening experience of exploring the new paradigm of GST Body’s Fluid Core Dynamics™ and how to create vital alignment through fascia tensegrity, to support the whole body- form and function.
This 3 hour workshop will teach you:
- Your true dynamic core- the entire spine and not just your abdominals!
- How to recondition current core tensions that are affecting your body and are negatively experienced as symptoms of neck and shoulder, low back and fibromyalgic type pains and other systemic issues including digestive complaints.
- How to use and power the lever of your spine correctly with continuum mechanics.
- How to move your spine and strengthen it dynamically through full body motion.
- How to find open space and freedom inside your body which feels so good and is so good for you.
Join Anna Rahe on Sunday, June 9 from 9 am-12 pm for this special workshop! $120, at GST Body, 7562 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 90046.
Make sure to sign up here in advance to reserve your spot!
Atomistic: adjective. at·om·is·tic | \ ˌa-tə-ˈmis-tik \. Definition: composed of many simple elements; also : characterized by or resulting from division into unconnected or antagonistic fragments.
The human body is complicated, seriously complicated. So complicated in fact, that professionals and doctors have had to specialize in specific areas of focus. And we are grateful that we have specialists. We need them. But as with everything, there is a liability in relying on specialists. They have taken such a narrow scope of study that “they” or the field they are in becomes isolated and unable to give context back to the larger, more holistic perspective.
Our lifestyles pose a constant threat to our bodies. We are surrounded by forces that apply stress on us. From physical forces like gravity to the cellular stresses of environmental toxins, and even to the emotional strain of careers and other responsibilities, our bodies are working hard for our survival. Often we feel that we are victim to these stresses rather than being in charge of them. The goal of body care is to find options and create choices in order to balance the effects that these lifestyle liabilities place on us.
Body care must first and foremost be a lifestyle. It cannot be a fad or a new year’s resolution. It can’t be a drudge and a responsibility that has to be taken care of . It has to be a desire, a delight. Whatever the initial motivation, body care becomes a relationship and a kind of passion- that’s right; not obsession, but passion.
We always love seeing what we talk about and practice in GST being reinforced with other research and study. So it was great to stumble upon this short reflection on some of Tom Myers’ work recently on a Yoga website.
This has been a studio favorite for a while and we recently spruced it up with a few new selections so we thought we’d share it here too!