How often is it that you are supposed to do nothing? I’m not talking
about do nothing like watching TV, sitting on the couch, zoning out on
a computer, not that kind of doing nothing, I’m talking about doing
even less. Doing nothing is something worth doing at the end of your
yoga practice and it’s called Savasana (pronounced “Shaa-vaa-sana”
also known as corpse pose). Savasana might be the most important pose
Here’s how Savasana works: you lie down, close your eyes, get
comfortable, and do nothing. In yoga we twist, bend, and stretch. What
Savasana does is it allows all the movement that happened within
practice to settle into the body, letting it reap the benefits of all
Do a scan of the body and notice where you’re holding onto tension.
Most of the time we don’t even realize we’re holding on. This tension
could be mental, it could be a wrinkle in the forehead, a clenching in
the hands, the chest etc. Let go! Sounds easy enough, but you’d be
surprised how difficult this can be and how important it is, to just
lay, release all tension, close the eyes, and do nothing. The breath
should be natural versus the ocean like ujayi that we work with
Coming out of Savasana it is important to start by rolling off to one
side and slowly pushing yourself up with your hands for support. The
eyes are still closed throughout. A solid yoga practice is not
complete until you have done nothing for a few minutes. Allow the mind
to be blank here and keep the eyes closed, no peeking!
*** TRACK DAY IS STILL ON BUT IT WILL BE INDOORS BEHIND HARVARD STADIUM ***
Energy is one of my favorite topics. I don't think we spend enough time talking about how important energy is. When we discuss energy, we think of people who HAVE energy. Folks who can go, go, go non-stop. They talk fast, never seem tired, and we might even think of somebody with lots of energy as 'intense, over whelming, or as moving a million miles per second.' This is a kind of energy, but it is not applicable to my discussion.
The power inside of us to make a difference
Energy is like force- a force that we generate within ourselves. This energy (or force) can be applied and distributed in a multitude of ways. There are times where we use energy to keep working during a 15-20 minute ass kick of a workout. And there are times where we lose some because of 'mental walls' that we hit. Goats, weaknesses, the rude awakenings, and the reminders that we have things that beat us from time to time. And sometimes force can be sucked away by certain people that intrude our space. Look at it this way- each day we start with about 100 points of energy/force. This amount can go up or down throughout the day depending on circumstances and events that happen. Your WOD, your attitude, everything can contribute or take away from your force and other peoples'.
Think how easily your energy is transmitted to another person. It's about as simply done as a high five or smile. And this energy can increase/decrease just looking at somebody the wrong way or saying the wrong thing. Our decision making becomes skewed and confidence of ourselves goes down when energy levels are low. Sure we use force to drive with our hips, and we transfer energy from our hips to our shoulders by staying tight in the middle. That's all the physical executions of force happening. The real energy transfers happen on a completely different level, a level of sheer authenticity and awesomeness.
I'd like to suggest taking it a step further. You see, energy is something that you can give to one another. Whether you're aware of it or not, you can actually dispense energy to another person, you can give them some of your force to help get them stronger or get through difficult times. When we cheer one another on, watching every person in class finish- that's all of us giving them part of our energy. Every cheer, every clap, every yell represents acts of you giving a little bit of yourself to that person. (as in life, when we choose to share our energy to show the ones we care about most that we care).
Energy gets us places that seem out of reach
And this makes a significant impact on that individual, that person. In life- all facets of our lives, we can share our force to those who might benefit from it. It isn't the easiest concept to wrap your head around, but you can give somebody energy just by looking at them in their eyes. Just by standing at their side or by holding them close. You can help them transform away from their negative places, their places they get stuck internally, by looking at them deeply. Humane eyes can be the most comforting of all. This type of connection might seem primitive, subtle and nonsensical, but let me assure you it is immensely effective and very real.
When you look at someone, ANYone- actually look at them. When you begin to understand them and see things from their perspective- that's you letting them know you care. This is the budding of mindfulness for that person developing. And at the end of a gut-wrenching workout like Friday's...that's what we need to encourage more of. Authentic consideration for one another, where we aren't watching 'just to watch', but we are watching because we're rooting for that individual from the deepest depths of our stomachs. Because we see ourselves in them, we've been through their struggle, we've experienced their pain. We see them for what they are and they are perfect the way they are.
Our energy helps guide us to take that next step inside us
When we surround each other with this praise and effort, this helps spread each other's energy around. And this energy that spreads- this positive juice pumping through our veins. It gets shared again and again, not just in the box, but outside the box in our daily routine. When we can understand energy and force and the IMPACT it carries, we can start to connect with everybody. And you're the same way, you get something out of people sharing their energy with you, whether you realize it or not.
Everyday when you all come into my classes- a big part of what I try to do is give you some of my energy, some of my force. I have a lot to go around, and it is important to me that you leave here having increased your internal energy (NOT LOSE ANY)! My job is to help all of you see something that you might not know is there, and when we keep the positive energy consistent...well that's when the beautiful stuff happens. That's when transformation of the heart, mind, and body begins. Possibilities that were once never there appear at every step you take. We know the competition with yourself is one-on-one, but we promise you will accelerate faster if you open up and let those around you in.
The hurdles in life and in your training are something we all share and will appear larger and scarier than they actually are. Don't forget that it always seems impossible until it is done. And when progress starts to happen and the right kinds of forces get spread around, that's when the impossible happens and growth, change, and strength begins. The next thing you know- impossible becomes nothing but a word that was once part of your self-limiting vocabulary.
Your presence alone transmits energy to your friends
The greatest glory in living lies not in ever falling, but in rising every time we fall. About accepting the feelings we have, making the right choices and listening to our real selves. Have you ever fallen before? We all have, and that's really important to remember. Let us not be sad or upset we fell, but happy that we had the right kinds of people to fall around. You can always feel safe falling at Rugged, because we're a team, a family, a group of people who care so much.
At Rugged- in your Rugged living, be sure to know who robs you of your energy and who contributes to it. We need to surround ourselves with circles who want the best for us- otherwise their negative energy can actually suck energy from us. Same with at the box- negative nancys will take away from your positive pete attitudes. So remember the article , 'Don't Be A Dick', and just be kind to everybody and don't hold any grudges. We're all human, on this planet together, all trying to figure it out. Each one of us wants the best for one another's health and growth.
I look forward to telling you more about physics related energy in weightlifting / gymnastics next week. But for now, lets focus on developing positive energy inside. Lets work on recognizing the ways that our presence and attitudes can help others in times of need who might benefit from some of our force. It's a really special thing to do- just look in their eyes and see them. Let them know you accept them as they are and that you've been there before. Nothing like DNF-ing a workout, being pissed off, and then somebody pats you on the back and says, "boy, I've DNF'd before, it's pretty humbling isn't it?"
Show each other you care and be part of something bigger
Let your voice, body language, and facial expressions show them that they're a rock star crushing this workout, and only has 10 thrusters/pullups/hand stand pushups/whatever left. Remember how much you thrive off of certain people's vibes- think of the people and times in your life where somebody's presence has evoked an enormous sensation in your heart.
Until next time- share the energy, share the good vibrations, share the journey of the constant pursuit of excellence. There's no ceiling above you and absolutely no limits! Let go of control and trust that the person standing above you is on your side- they want the best for you, they want you to do and be the best you that you're capable of being. Just keep your head up...keep your head up. Otherwise you'll miss all the amazing people rooting for you to win.
Next week we'll discuss energy from HIP EXTENSION (notice Coach Jamie's)
10 minute Death By Split Jerk / Front Rack Reverse Lunges
1st minute, perform one split jerk and 2 reverse lunges while in the front rack position
2nd minute, perform 2 split jerks and 4 reverse lunges while in the front rack position
10th minute finishes
rest 1 minute
100 abMat situps for time
We're having a SECRET SNOWFLAKE this year! For those of you who don't know, it's a secular secret Santa. We'll have a hat/bucket/receptacle out on the desk tomorrow, if you're interested put your name into it. We'll draw names out of it next week and from there it's your mission to learn everything you can about your own special snowflake and get them the best holiday gift you can. $30 max. No minimum... but as the blog said- DON'T BE A DICK! Details on the gift exchange to come. Hint hint if anybody draws me I love homemade arts and crafts. Seriously.
Stay Rugged + Jolly,
3 Rounds For Time:
40 Air Squats
20 Box Jumps
Workout of the Day
3 Rounds For Time:
40 Air Squats
20 Box Jumps (24/20)