I love this video. He puts it so simply. Take 5 minutes to watch and listen to this, you’ll be glad you did.
This is my favorite new tool at the studio. It’s literally a 5 gallon bucket filled with about 25lbs of rice. I’ve been using it to help with all kinds of issues that are really common in people; hand pain, wrist issues, tennis/shooters elbow, and shoulder/rotator cuff issues.
All across the board; everybody’s mobility, range of motion, and/or strength has increased after using it correctly. Check out the video and try it yourself. This is an ancient exercise, used first by shaolin monks to strengthen their hands for combat!
And don’t forget about Yoga Class tomorrow morning from 9:30am-10:30am with Emily! #VinyasaFlow
We are creatures of repeated patterns, some are good and some are bad. Patterns of behavior, patterns of feeling, patterns we usually wear, patterns of the people we usually see, and so on and so forth. But it is the Pattern of Feeling that is the most powerful, because it’s tied to our emotions.
Most of us are used to feeling a certain way and whatever that feeling is, that is our normal. Whether you are normally happy, sad, tired, angry, whatever it is that you typically feel throughout each day, that is your normal Pattern of Feeling.
Most people that I’ve talked to want to be happier than they currently are. They want to change their Pattern of Feeling into a happier Pattern of Feeling consistently. However, changing and improving upon that pattern requires some type of action. And A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL TAKE ACTION, but only for a short while…. Why?
It’s because of their Pattern of Feeling!!! When people make these changes, they start to feel better! They start to feel differently. And feeling different, whether good, bad, positive, or negative; makes the body uncomfortable. And we (people living in modern society) don’t like being uncomfortable at all!!! So what do most of us do? Go back to our old patterns of behavior, so that we can get back to our normal Pattern of Feeling!
I want to say that again: Most people will resort back to old habits and old ways of being, even if they have made improvements and are happier, due to the fact that they are not used to feeling this way. It’s a new pattern, and new patterns make us uncomfortable, even good ones. So in order for us to relieve our discomfort, most of us will go back to our old habits, in order to get back to the normal Pattern of Feeling we are used too.
We need to remember that when we act different, make different decisions, and progress toward that best version of ourselves that we’re trying to be; it’s going to come with new feelings, emotions, and new patterns that we aren’t used to. If we want to keep progressing, we have to embrace this new Pattern of Feeling, along with all the others. Our body will be wanting to go back to whatever it is it used to do, even if we were less happy doing it.
Start with embracing discomfort. The fact that you are uncomfortable should let you know that you’re on the right path! That is the step that separates those that progress toward a goal and then stop themselves short, and those that continue to progress daily. Embracing Discomfort and Accepting their NEW Pattern of Feeling.
The ones that accept this new Pattern of Feeling which they have cultivated for themselves, are much more likely to keep going and accomplish whatever goals they set.
Why? Because accepting a new Pattern of Feeling, means that this is your new norm, your new way of being, and your new comfort zone. Which also means that those old habits you used to have, are now unappealing to you because they would take you out of our comfort zone!
The point is this; once you start making changes, you’ll start to feel different. Know that is a good thing! Know that means you’ve started establishing new patterns! Patterns that you have chosen and are currently working at daily. After a few weeks of being uncomfortable, where you have felt discomfort will begin to feel comfortable. And that is the beginning of the new you.
I’ve been re-evaluating and making new goals for myself lately. But this time, I feel like I’m doing a much better job of it. One of my goals is to own a home. But simply just writing down “Buy a Big House” as a goal isn’t very motivating. I have to remember why I want that house, really take the time to visualize it in my mind in detail, and then write that stuff down!
This time when I wrote out my goals, instead of just writing “Buy a Big House,” here what I did:
Wrote down the Goal:
BUY A BIG HOUSE
Then I wrote down all the things I wanted in the house:
*a huge backyard with big grassy area and a pool
*a big kitchen with an island in the middle and lots of counter space
*really tall ceilings, tall doorways, tall walkways, at least 10 feet tall
*at least a 2 car garage
*Big walk-in closet with some built in shelving
*3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms or more
Then I wrote down why I want all those things, what I’ll be able to do with those things, and the things I’ll enjoy about them:
-I’ll have a place to have friends and family over. I can have BBQ’s, pool parties, game nights, or whatever else I want!
-I’ll have a place to move freely in my backyard, swim, meditate, slackline, and play around with my dog Jack 🙂
-I can do more woodworking and craft projects in my garage!
-I’ll have a DISHWASHER!!!!!!!!!!! I haven’t had a dishwasher in at least 4 years now….. the thought of having a dishwasher alone makes me ecstatic
-Jack will have a place to run around and play whenever he wants, I don’t have to go somewhere to get his energy out.
-I’ll have way more space when I cook. I can have friends and family over for dinners and potlucks 🙂
-I’ll have a room to put my office in!
-and lots more!
I wrote down a lot more about the house and some other goals on my whiteboards at home. But even as I was re-writing down all this, I was literally getting excited again. So it’s not the goal that motivates us, it’s the REASONS WHY we want to achieve those goals!!! That’s what we need to be writing down and reminding ourselves of on a daily basis. Reading your goals everyday is definitely better than nothing, but reading the reasons WHY you want to achieve those goals carries much more weight because it can trigger an emotional response!
Emotion and memory are tied together very closely. You’re more likely to remember and think about something that makes you emotional than something that doesn’t. Try starting out with just one goal, don’t overwhelm yourself with doing this for 8 or 10 goals in one day. This shouldn’t be something where you’re working hard or trying to rush through it. It probably took me at least a half an hour to completely write out everything about my future house. Take your time, write out all the details of what you want, enjoy envisioning your achievement of those goals and what that achievement will do for your life and your loved ones. Tie EMOTION and your GOALS together!!!
*Yoga class is going down with Emily tomorrow from 9:30am to 10:30am! Come get your yogi on and come flow with us tomorrow morning*
“Power is the rate at which what you say will happen, actually happens in the World.” – Werner Erhard
This quote has been stuck in my head for weeks now. It made me realize that all the things in my life that I’ve allowed to hold me back, are doing a lot more than I thought. They are taking my POWER away! If I cannot make a change I want to make in my life, that means I have no Power in that aspect of my life. I think most people, like myself, want to believe that we are in full control of our lives at all times. But to be in control, you have to be in a position of Power. The Power to control yourself. And if you cannot control yourself, your decisions, and your actions; then how Powerful are you really?……. Something to Ponder. I hope this quote helps to alter your perspective in a positive way and motivates you to take your Power back!!! Like it has done for me.
Yoga class is going down tomorrow from 9:30am to 10:30am! This time Bethany will be leading us through this age old movement practice! Can’t wait to see everybody there!
You’ve probably heard the study about rats and addiction. In this study, a rat is placed in a completely empty cage. The rat only has access to two containers which he can drink from; one container is filled with water, the other container is filled with what is basically liquid cocaine. This study proved repeatedly, 100% of the time, that the rat will always choose cocaine over water. And 100% of the time, the rats would choose the cocaine to the point that they would overdose and die. The scientists who performed this study concluded that all mammals (including people) will also always choose drugs over what they actually need given the choice.
Pretty simple right? But there’s another study that was done that completely disproves this conclusion that I find absolutely fascinating. It’s called the Ratopia Study. In this study, the scientists basically created a Rat Heaven which they call Ratopia. In Ratopia, a rat has everything it could possibly want; lots of rats to hang out with and mate with, plenty of space, unlimited food, colorful balls to play with, yarn, little tunnels, and so on. In the center of Ratopia are those same two liquid containers, one is filled with the liquid cocaine, and the other is filled with water. Now this is what’s fascinating, no rat has ever overdosed on cocaine in Ratopia. In fact, the rats barely drink from it at all, and even when they do, it’s never to the point of inebriation. The rats only drink from the water container on most days. I would compare it to a human that only has a few drinks every once in awhile (yes I know cocaine is worse than alcohol).
So why is that? Why do the rats overdose in the first study but live happy, overdose free lives in Ratopia??? It’s because of how the rats feel about their cage. In the first study, the rat is all alone and has literally nothing else to do besides sit, sleep, and drink. In Ratopia, its’ the complete opposite. The rats LOVE their cage because it isn’t a cage at all; all their needs of love, sex, friendship, play, exercise, mental stimulation, etc. are all at their disposal all the time!
We all are addicted to something; whether it be cocaine, alcohol, tobacco, or even things we don’t think of like watching TV or checking your cell phone. Ask yourself if this is an addiction that you want to keep. If it’s not, then focus less on quitting and more on creating. If you make a few changes to your cage, the addiction can get rid of itself.
I discovered that I really love swimming outside after my recent Mexico trip. So one small change I have made is gaining access to an outdoor pool so I can spend some time everyday doing something that I enjoy. This hasn’t gotten rid of my TV addiction, but it does take time away from it. Now it’s your turn to figure out what is missing from your cage and find a way to change it! You’ll enjoy your life more, be present more, and you won’t feel like you live in a cage anymore.
Our first Yoga Class is going down tomorrow morning from 9:30AM-10:30AM! I’m super excited to have Emily teach and I’ll for sure be there getting my Yogi on. Classes are $20 for drop-ins or $15 per class when you buy a pack of 4 or more! I’ll see y’all in the morning!
TIP: If you plan on sleeping in till an hour before class or less, still make sure you eat something healthy before you get to class and drink at least a glass of water. A serving or two of fruit is perfect for a pre-workout snack. If you’re a bigger guy like myself who eats more than the average guy, add in an egg or a couple slices of bacon.
We are officially cancelling Saturday Calisthenics Classes and replacing them with Yoga Class every Saturday morning starting July 28th! Classes will be a little bit earlier, 9:30AM-10:30AM. Yoga is priced the same as the Calisthenics Classes were; $20 per class for drop-ins and $15 per class when you buy a pack of 4 or more. So there are no weekend classes for the next couple weeks, but make sure you put Saturday the 28th in your calendar so you can make the first Yoga Class with Emily! Emily is a good friend of mine who I met through the AcroYoga community. She has a loving heart, is an awesome Yogi, and has an amazing energy about her. I’ll definitely be attending, hope to see y’all there!
Saturday Calisthenics Class is going down tomorrow from 10:00 am to 11:00 am with Jonathan! Classes are $20 each for drop-ins and $15 per class when you buy a pack 4 or more. Get your weekend started off right with some movement!
Annnnnnnd….. tentatively, we will be having our first Yoga Class the last Saturday of this month! Get excited!!!
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