Health, spine, Yoga

It’s just bones

To be exact – 24 freely moving bones with 23 intervertebral discs, as well as sacrum and tailbone. So why is everyone making such a big thing out of those tiny bones?
Because it’s the spine that allows us to stand upright.

“You are as old as your spine.” – Chinese proverb

and this proverb could not be more right. if our vertebrae or discs suffer, our whole being suffers, movement gets painful or impossible and even sitting and breathing can cause tremendous pain.
Not only the elderly are affected by those sicknesses – like slipped disks, pinched nerves, skoliosis, or “just” severe backpain caused by years of too little movement or wrong posture. More and more young people need to frequently visit their physiotherapist or use painkillers and this is alarming, especially as there is so much you can do to prevent to avoid or enhance your condition.

This is where Yoga got me first.
I’ve never recognised back pain, I seriously thought this tension is normal, feeling stiff is part of every-day-life and needing a massage therapist is not only popular but necessary.
It was maybe my fith time trying Yoga that I realised the lightness and difference after practising and I was astonished to feel relief where I didn’t know there was discomfort.

This is where Yoga really got me. It made me feel good on so so many levels. It made me feel young, energetic and gave me the freedom to move in any way wanted.
Yoga has evolved over hundreds and hundres of years and has gathered so much knowledge about the spine, what it needs and how to preserve the fountain of youth coming from it. All the stretches and motions into different directions, the circles the gentle stretching and squeezing (consiously with a lot of awareness) awakens what our spine is for, as we tend to lose all those abilities of it over our monotonous (non)movements.

If I had any advise for you to strengthen your health, it would be – strengthen your spine!
Get up, stretch, hop on your mat, draw circles with your body, get tiny, get big. Create seperate movements with the different parts of your spine – cervical , thoracic and lumbar spine. It’s like a wake-up call for the hidden magic inside of your vertebrae. You only need to give your spine 5 minutes after geting up and work in the 6 directions of

  • flexion
  • extension
  • lateral extension (right and left)
  • twisting /revolving (right and left)

and you will soon feel the benefits of this powerful practise.
Give it a try – your body will be thankful!

Mobility, Movement

Mobility

Too often, I see trainers, coaches, movement teachers of all kind (Yoga, Pilates,..) getting stuck in their used patters of moevement, stuck in their passive range of motiong, by repeating the same things over and over again.
By repetition of the same patterns, one will only see the same results.
Often people strengthen one muscle excessively, while they forget about the counterpart, which leads to problems in posture and can even result in chronic pain. (e.g. back and abs should be worked equally).
Same applies to active and passive stretches. It’s nice if you can pull so hard on your feet with your hands that you can make a ‘proper-looking’ forward fold (who even came up with how that should look like?!), but how about your joint flexibility and your stretch without you pulling hard on your bodyparts?

The ultimate goal of movement of any kind for me is to have fun, explore and get to know myself better, and most of all to keep my body healthy. So I don’t want to bend until it hurts, just for the sake of a good instagram picture, I don’t want to get into the deepest stretch of all students of yoga class just for the sake of my ego, and I for sure I don’t want to ruin my body, the home of my soul, just because someone told me how something has to look or feel like.
My body is different to yours, and your body is different to anyone elses. No one can tell you how a posture, a movement has to be done. Of course, you can get guidance and introduction to get a feeling for the bigger picture, to get some knowledge about staying safe during your movement practice and to support you on your journey to your movement, but don’t let anyone ever tell you to go deeper than you think, to stretch harder than you feel and to do movements your body tells you not to do, because they don’t feel right.

I invite you all to get explorative with yourself and to start moving a way you have never done before, to take movement classes you’ve never taken before and to encounter yourself in an unknown, new way, but always listen closely to what your body has to tell you and know your boundaries. (you will get better at it with practice ;))

If you are interested in this kind of explorative journey, feel free to join me in one of my ’embodied movement’ workshops all over Austria.
We will dance together, move like animals, have fun like kids and get to know ourselves in a different way, within a safe space of expedition.

First workshop – (Sunday) May 19th 10:00 – 13:00
Diefenbachgasse 54a, 1150 Vienna
Early bird 40,-