Archive for Mindfulness

Where’s my chocolate gone?!?!

Have you ever sat in front of the TV chomping away on a bar of chocolate…only to realise you have eaten the whole bar?

Did you enjoy the whole bar? Or maybe you only remember eating the first chunk!

Here’s a little test for you to awaken your taste buds.

Visualisation – you have the power

Before you start your journey

Visualise your goal   

Isn’t it amazing how motivated and inspired you feel when you achieve something? It affects your whole outlook on what you are capable of doing.

I achieved my first full back bridge in Ashtanga Yoga today after practicing…and previously not feeling strong enough to do it.

When I was 8 I was doing back bends all the time, and so easily without thinking about it. I remember just ‘playing’ with my sister and getting into a crab position as we called it.

So what happened between the age of 8 and 40 plus? I stopped practicing…and stopped seeing myself doing it.

Visualisation is a powerful tool. pennygetfit2 visualisation

Today, with guidance from David the Ashtanga yoga teacher at Whitespace Yoga , I was not only guided in how to achieve the position, I was preparing myself through paired practice and in so doing visualising myself in that position…and I gave myself the confidence to try it
without assistance.

For me it wasn’t about strength, it was about positioning and confidence in my ability. So thank you David for helping me with that.

Yes I need some more practice, maybe weight in my shoulders more rather than my legs. But I know I will get that right with practice.

So set yourself a goal, visualise your goal and the journey you make towards achieving it…ask for help when you need it…but be confident that you will achieve it.

 

Practice Does Make Perfect

Practice makes perfect…what exercise do you want to do but find you have a block to achieving?

Maybe it’s a press-up. I have heard many times from clients ‘I can’t do press-ups’. I love to help them prove themselves wrong.

…and they do in a matter of a few weeks!
Set yourself a timetable to practice every morning before you brush your teach to practice the exercise you want to improve.

Decide how many you will practice…or for how long. 5 press-ups/2 minutes…it doesn’t have to be long.

Set yourself a progression, start off easy and when that is achievable move to the next progression.

If it is press-ups then start with a wall press, then move down to a using the bed to press your hands on, then a table press – each time moving down a little lower – then move down to the floor.

You may not be able to get your chest down to the floor but half way is better than nothing. Keep practicing every day and within a month check out your progress.

It isn’t a press-up I want to achieve, it’s the Bakasana Crane Pose. I managed 5 seconds today. Needs some tidying up but I managed to hold my body weight. So i’ll keep practicing, after all…practice makes perfect.
Penny Getfit2 practice makes perfect
I would love to see what you have achieved. Post your practice pictures to my GetFit2 Facebook page and be proud of what you have achieved.