Training a martial art has numerous advantages for the person involved, ranging from mental toughness to improved physical fitness, self-discipline, confidence, respect…the list goes on and on.
Take those benefits and instill them into a family that is experiencing them together and you get a very different and unique dynamic. Families bond through shared experiences, so what happens when those experiences test each other’s limits mentally and physically?
The bond is like iron. The family can share in the hardship and revel in the breakthroughs. They know each other’s weaknesses and strengths; because they have been through the same experiences, they are more apt to support each other instead of breaking each other down. This is something I have experienced on both sides of the coin.
One of the most important things I have learned on my yoga journey is to be selfish. That is really all you need to know but if your interest has piqued, then by all means continue reading. We have all probably heard the quote “You can’t fill from an empty vessel.” Well it’s true. If you are never depositing funds into your own “love bank” then how will you be able to afford giving, and receiving for that matter, the love your people deserve? “Learning to love yourself first brings more joy and peace than trying to love someone else.” -BPBEE
OK enough with the quotes, the seriousness of self-care is extraordinary. We are told and shown from a very young age to consider ourselves last. We are told to look out for others and be of service but that way of thinking leads to the idea that we are not that important and our needs can wait. But how can we be of service when we are empty inside? When we give ourselves to others all day and have nothing left to nurture ourselves, discover our passions, or even just enjoy OUR life?
I see this become a problem with teenage relationships and young married couples. After the relationship starts to change and perhaps becomes more serious each person stops doing what they love. They become so infatuated with the other that they literally stop doing the things that most likely attracted them to each other. I see it happen to women especially when love is new, they drop their friends or their hobbies. I see it more so in women once children are introduced to the equation. It is like they lose who they are.
As many of you have experienced, we offer several types of massage therapy at Balanced Bodies. You want deep tissue? We’ve got a therapist for that. You want to relax? We have one for that! You want a bit of both? We have a therapist for that too. But what about an Athlete specific massage? WE do that too! It’s called sports massage.
Many people don’t know what that even is much less feel like it is a service they can ask for. Well, here at Balanced Bodies, we specialize with athletes. We work with local gyms, CrossFit boxes, Jiu Jitsu academies, martial arts centers, running clubs, golfers, veterans, weight lifters, body builders, yoga teachers & students, dancers, etc. to not only work out their tension or help them relax but also to help them better perform with Sports Massage.
A sports massage is typically similar to a traditional combination of Swedish (relaxing) and deep tissue massage with a little bit faster pace, and a lot more attention to the bio-mechanics (body movement) of the client. In a sports massage session, we work to prevent injury by finding weak muscles, overworked muscles, and imbalanced muscles to create the most aligned, balanced, and injury-free body we can. By adding stretches, muscle resistance, and myofascial release we are able to change the mechanics of the body over time so that you can compete at your maximum capacity.
People have so many notions about Yoga; that it is way too hard for them to ever do, or way too easy. All the time I hear that Yoga is really just stretching, right? I’ll let you in on one of my FAVORITE things about Yoga…it can be WHATEVER you need it to be. And whatever you don’t like about it is mostly likely what you need. Having said that, let’s dive into today’s topic, the absolute best way to tap into the Yoga you need, to answer all your Yoga questions and feel the best you’ve ever felt: Yoga private lessons.
Lunch should be simple and effective, just like a well-executed grappling technique. I use a few key ingredients that have a lot of variety and versatility. I don’t want to get bored, but I still need to receive the same cornerstone nutrients no matter the organization of the meal.
My favorite meal to make for lunch is a salad. Now I know what you’re thinking; salads are for chicks and vegans, right? Well that’s true, but as performance athletes we need them too. The salads I make are are tasty, versatile, and full of all the nutrients I need.
The ability to defend oneself is everyone’s right. The problem is that not all of us are born with the same abilities or strengths. Luckily for us, information is the great equalizer. jiu jitsu is an excellent tool to utilize for self-defense because it’s as much science as it is an art.
There are thousands of self-defense styles, and I’m sure many of them are effective and useful in their own right. However, jiu jitsu answers the questions of “What if I’m smaller than my attacker?” or “What if I get knocked to the ground?" and "what do I do if the attacker gets on top of me?” These are the worst case scenarios that have been tested through jiu jitsu and have the track record to honor its merit.
There is a good chance one of our teachers or another student has invited you to Yoga class. At the very least you have heard of yoga before. Perhaps you are inspired to try but equally nervous or unsure about what to do, what to say, what to wear etc. Well, I am going to clear all of that up for you now, starting with the number one question I am asked and ending with the answers to questions no one wants to ask. Check it.
Yep. That is number one. Comfort is the most important thing in Yoga and in life in general. So wear clothes that you can comfortably move around in. Gym clothes or even lazy Saturday clothes will do just fine. I would stay away from anything too baggy because in Yoga we do go upside down to some extent and our shorts shouldn’t become thongs and our shirts shouldn’t smack us in the face. Maybe a pair of compression shorts for the men and spandex top or undershirt for the ladies. Also we get to set our feet free! That means NO shoes & NO socks. Ok wear socks if you must but eventually you will love your feet so much you will never want to wear socks. (Socks also make your feet a little extra slippery too.)
I started using dōTERRA essential oils about a year ago. It has completely changed my life for the better! I have not bought an OTC product since I started using dōTERRA. That is a really big deal. How many people can say that anymore? One of the greatest benefits of these certified pure therapeutic grade oils is body detoxification. There are lots of essential oils- so let me give you a place to start! Here are some of the best oils to use to detox your body from the inside out:
Are any of you having trouble focusing right now? Gah, I swear, all I have done today is look out the window of my office admiring the sun, bored to tears even though I have what seems like a mountain of work in front of me, and wishing I was eating a sno-cone in a bikini. I love the summer and totally appreciate the cool air conditioner but as I find myself daydreaming I can’t help but think of the people who do have to be inside and probably at a desk for 8 hours a day. I mean I have been at it for a total of 47 minutes so far and it is terrible. I was able to come up with some cool yoga tips and activities to make focusing easier and summer more fun. Get ready!
Move around already. Walk, stand, stretch… ANYTHING! Move as if you were outside. Step up on a chair (pretend you're climbing rocks, it's actually super fun.) Play hot lava on your way to the bathroom. You know, that game you played when you were a kid where you can’t touch the actual floor or you melt in the lava? Yeah, you remember. Stretch your arms way up in the air and see if you are still as tall as you used to me.
But seriously though, do that or if you are a super adult and that sounds terrible (there is nothing wrong with being a super adult) then try this quick little yoga routine: