It amazes me to think that as a kid during the summer, I would wake up, be driven to Elite Gymnastics in Waldorf, MD, an hour away from Columbia, where I grew up and proceed to bend, flex, arch and curl in extreme ways as part of the warm-up that bodies go through when training in competitive gymnastics – and then spend another 6 hours practicing skills, 5 days a week. Or even that not that long ago I would wake up at 5:30 am and get my run on throughout the neighborhood, pounding the pavement in an effort to get my 5K under 20 minutes (which I finally did, once, thank you very much.)
Fast forward to the present, where I wake up, sit on the edge of my bed, and yawn and stretch and take deep breaths, before I take a moment or 2 to close my eyes and focus on my day. Then I get up, visit the bathroom, visit the kitchen and start the hot water as I drink a big glass of lemon water, maybe yawn some more, and eventually drink my tea, head to the studio to lay on the roller or do some arch and curl on the Gyrotonic tower or footwork on the Reformer. Only then do I feel ready to focus on my clients and the rest of my day. The older I get, the more value I place on warming up and waking up - inside and out. Plus, the kinder and gentler we can be to our bodies and minds and spirits is simply better, and here are a few reasons why:
out of a tube. If we gently lubricate our joints and especially our spinal joints by yawning and rolling and reaching, we allow for that fluid to in essence, "melt" a bit and help us to move more freely and comfortably.
I know, I know. But when we check our phone first thing in the morning we are bombarded with too much information. Work e-mails. Texts from last night. Missed messages. That sudoku game we forgot to shut down. And by doing this we begin the opposite process of focusing, and rather, we begin the process of SCATTERING. This literally follows us throughout the day, disrupting focus, flow, and even potentially damaging our memory. Just Say NO - to cell phones in the morning.
day - not liquid, actually WATER. But generally, if you're thirsty, you're body is telling you drink, so grab a glass of filtered water and go to town! If you workout and sweat a lot, drink even more. Squeeze half a lemon or add some herbs to help you get it down. But do it. For the good of your entire well-being.
i'm stephanie. my last names mean "hedgehog" in Czech and "pretty calf" in French. i have an MA from Oxford in English lit, and a MFA from Riverside in experimental choreography. i like to write. i have lots of thoughts on the body. and i want to help you understand your own better. oh, i'm also plant-based and love to bake with vegan ingredients.
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