Help for Upper Body Tension While You Drive

I can do a crazy amount of exercise in the car...when I'm in the passenger's seat. But in my 30+ hour solo drive this last week (#movetochange!), I had to get a little more innovative and work within the obvious limitations that come with being the driver.

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A Video Workout for Your Hunchback

We've all been there.

You know, hunched forward tending to something.

Computer time.
Tablet time.
Breastfeeding time. 
Writing time.
Cooking time.
Driving time.
Trying to stay warm time. 

And also hunched forward in a response to our emotional reality.

Crying time.
Sad time.
Grief time.
Protective time.
Anxious time.
Stressed time.

And also hunched forward because of what we HAVEN'T been doing.

Climbing time.
Hanging time.
Reaching overhead time.
Reaching behind us time.
Picking up heavy things and moving them time.
Letting our arms swing free while walking time.

The doing or not dong of these things contributes to that fetal position. It contributes to an imbalance that, with time, leaves us developing what is known as hyperkyphosis. Hunchback. A widow's hump.

If you're reading this, you probably have some amount of hyperkyphosis. It's hard not to with the technology you are using to read this, combined with the total lack of whole-body movement required for you to live (e.g., did you need to hunt or gather something this morning to eat?)

These last two weeks have definitely decreased my upper body range of motion. My body has adapted even further to the intense amounts of computer time I've offered it as I launch HeartBody Method.

In any event, I've got a workout for all of us to address this problem. Ready for it?

I'll be doing this workout later today and chatting about it over on the FB group. I'll be doing a livestream there at 2pm, too, if you wanna come ask questions or work on raising your game a little bit with these exercises.

I'd love to hear what it's like for you to move through this series, to know what opens up for you.

I also want to suggest something.

In many ways, we're working around the heart here. We need to expose the body to new movements, to continue to offer it something other than our chair position, our typing and texting positions. We simply cannot expect there to be much change if, MOST OF THE TIME, we are putting ourselves in literal positions that reinforce the alignment we are trying to correct. But very often, there's something else at play, something deeper. 

  • What is it that keeps you from opening your heart?
  • What is it that keeps you picking up your device every break you get when you could be opening up your chest, your back, your heart?
  • What is it that has you feeling closed and protective?
  • What is it that keeps you from climbing trees? 
  • What is it that keeps you from hanging within your ACTUAL, active range of motion, so you'll start to see change?
  • What is that has you avoiding this part?

What is it for me?

These are important questions. They may help you unlock your resistance to addressing this part of your body. 

Sending lots of love to you, and wishes for an upper back, chest and heart, yes heart, that is open. 

Enjoy the workout!

Breathing Tips

I am fascinated by the breath, by it's complexity and simplicity, by the way it mirrors our inner world and the way it can impact our entire nervous system.

Most of us, due the the lifestyle habits we have - anyone on a device right now?! ;) - have limitations in our shoulder girdles, chests and backs that alter our breathing mechanics. 

The good news is that we can start working on that immediately. I made you a quick video to help you get started:

I hope you enjoy the video and enjoy your expanded breath. :) 

Why I Stopped (& Then Re-Started) Climbing Trees

I'm the first person to say that we need to meet ourselves where we are and honor our inner state, be it grief over a miscarriage, fatigue from an illness or total overwhelm from parenting young ones. But when you are ready - and maybe even before you really think you are ready - there will be a tree waiting for you. I hope you give it a climb.

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