A modern definition of equanimity: cool. This refers to one whose mind remains stable & calm in all situations-
Raise your hand if you have ever talked to yourself, or better yet, talked to yourself in the third person during a difficult or trying time in your life. Don’t be shy now – I have two hands waving in the air if that matters?!?
Breathing, positive self talk, calmness, evenness of mind – Chill. The gentle sway of a budding birch tree, daffodils and crocuses awaking underfoot, sharing a smile with a complete stranger as you spin or run on by … All the while talking to yourself, coaching yourself, through a difficult set of experiences.
When talking to myself in the third person I normally recite something like this: “Dude, keep cool, this equanimity stuff? Is pretty damn important! Chill … Breathe … Relax the back of your throat … Eyes forward, Heart Open! Take another deep breath … Breathe … Equanimity is key … Zip it up – You got this!.”
Here I am, some random dude on the inter-webz, openly telling you that I talk to myself – all of the damn time! And who cares if you do the very same! When we are unable to walk – spin – run calmly away from a “situation“? Remember: This equanimity stuff? Is pretty damn important!
Take care today!
… Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
“I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash and purple bumps.
My mouth is wet, my throat is dry.
I’m going blind in my right eye.
My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I’ve counted sixteen chicken pox.
And there’s one more – that’s seventeen,
And don’t you think my face looks green?
My leg is cut, my eyes are blue,
It might be the instamatic flu.
I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,
I’m sure that my left leg is broke.
My hip hurts when I move my chin,
My belly button’s caving in.
My back is wrenched, my ankle’s sprained,
My ‘pendix pains each time it rains.
My toes are cold, my toes are numb,
I have a sliver in my thumb.
My neck is stiff, my voice is weak,
I hardly whisper when I speak.
My tongue is filling up my mouth,
I think my hair is falling out.
My elbow’s bent, my spine ain’t straight,
My temperature is one-o-eight.
My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear,
There’s a hole inside my ear.
I have a hangnail, and my heart is …
What? What’s that? What’s that you say?
You say today is ………….. Saturday?
G’bye, I’m going out to play!”
Play, Is it really that hard?
The mind must learn that beyond the moving mind there is the background of awareness which does not change-
Today we want to spend some time with you exploring what we enjoy the most in life. We are doing this so we can distract ourselves from our negative thoughts and re-focus on what we enjoy the most!
The success of this post depends on you, our Dear Reader … We’ll get this started off on the right note:
—Yoga. Not the hot, sweaty Old Man Yoga. Certainly not the competitive, who has the best yoga-pants yoga (You know who you are!?!). What we enjoy the most is simple, peaceful, meditative, rejuvenating yoga.
—The days when we can sit back and not worry about doing anything. Its wonderful going for a walk in the morning not worrying about an appointment later in the day.
— Trail Running/MTB’ing and Cycling. The peace of being alone with Nature is fine although with the right Mate or Chica? Time well spent as long as they buy the first drink.
—Walking. Each and everyday. Yup, It’s not the manliest thing to do or the most ELITE. Who cares!
We now turn this over to you. Chime in with a pithy answer on what you enjoy the most!!!
Tools needed for today’s program: 1. A sweet stainless steel goniometer. 2. Look up the degree of motion in a non-weight bearing SI Joint (2.5 degrees) and a weight-bearing SI Joint (0.2 degrees for an average desk jockey peep). 3. The most important tool … You!
A keen attention to details will pay off handsomely, trust us. At the risk of making this really wordy and nauseating: We have really stripped this down to the bare minimum without showing pictures. If you suffer from a bad back, this program is a must if done correctly. For more specific directions and maybe pics? Please by all means email us. If you want to jack your self up on a lovely Tuesday morning? Pretend this is an AMRAP, High Intensity interval, Tababta program … You have been warned!
Lets start with a really nice, flowing Sun Salutation series. Followed by:
**Take a moment to measure three degrees of rotation using your handy-dandy tool, it’s not very much is it?**
While standing (Second toe, knee, hip, boney shoulder bit should all be in-line): Scissor kick <—Horrid exercise but we captured the visual for you, Forward, To the Side, To the Rear: 3 degrees only. This is a very slight movement: While standing. Work on this for a few minutes alternating legs.
**This is the only time you may use a wall for inversions! Do not do this program in a yoga pose head stand!!!**
Gracefully flow into a Handstand … Level and stacked hips, allow your breath to control tension. Perform 10 of our slight “kicks” — These are not “kicks” but you get the point. Front , Side and Rear for each leg. If you take your time you should be in a Handstand for One Minute. Flow back down to the earth beneath you and perform 10 Perfect Push Ups.
4 to 5 times through would be a good healthy start.
Torque, Force Closure, Pelvic Stability, Load Transfer … What does all this mean exactly? Feel the twinge in your back when you do crazy mindless movements?!?
Have a splendid day peeps … ENJOY!!!