What does yoga, surfing and Adventure PT all have in common?
There of course is the obvious health reasons, that all have these activities require movement and therefore are benefiting your heart, and prevention of many health related risks.
Letâ€™s start with yoga. Why should we practice yoga? Yoga is about slowing down enough to notice your breath, your body even your thoughts, you become fully aware of these things that you can then manipulate them. Being able to manipulate your breath for instance can be very handy especially when exercising to be able to calm your breath and to get as much oxygen into your system possible to be fully efficient. Yoga allows you to have strength within and physically, to notice what each body segment is capable of. The stretch allows the body clear away any stress and tension it may be holding on to. Yoga will open up your body, heart and mind to possibility.
for benefits of surfing and the ocean.
In the case of this blog Surfing was allowing for again the word possibility. When we are children we are given boundaries and rules, we are told that we canâ€™t do things because weâ€™re too young too old, itâ€™s too dangerous, thereâ€™s not enough time, and the list goes on. Are all these rules sounding familiar at the age you are now? Whoâ€™s making the rules this time? We were supposed to grow up and be free to live by our own rulesâ€¦ Hmm yes work we may have bosses but Iâ€™m pretty sure those rules listed earlier weâ€™re enforcing them a lot on ourselves as well.
Surfing is one of the sports I hear a lot of these rules coming into action, â€œIâ€™m too old for that,â€ â€œI donâ€™t have time,â€ itâ€™s too dangerous.â€ Well believe it or not our bodies are designed to move and surfing is just another type of movement which happens to be ridiculously fun and something EVERYONE is capable of doing (refer to link above to read more)
This was demonstrated at my recent Surf Yoga Adventure retreat we had a group of people aged 30+ out in the ocean all standing up and having an absolute blast. There was of course a lot of fear, questions and those rules around but in the end everyone was able to let go and just enjoy the freedom and enjoy the ride.
Weâ€™re getting somewhere now letâ€™s do a checklist:
- Â Health
- Connection to oneâ€™s self
- Connection with your surrounding environment and awareness
That all sounds pretty good I think, well Adventure Personal Training will connect all of these. Itâ€™s about being aware of your body to use all your senses, all your muscles and your mind through movement. Different environments are used to inspire and appreciation of where we live, and to test the body for functional movement, using all of our muscle groups and teaching it how to move efficiently and effectively. Itâ€™s about having fun, to never be too old to play and enjoy what youâ€™re doing, take away the stress and analysis and just be, whilst still getting a great work out and reducing any of those health risks.
Movement should be about adventure, getting your heart pumping because what your body is doing is remarkable. Step outside of your comfort zone to experience new things and explore what is possible within yourself and the hidden secrets of nature.
So my final message is this do what makes you feel great and what brings the best out of you, to elaborate, what brings you ultimate joy? Find this and bring into your life as much as possible. Be aware of your emotions, what brings stress? What makes you angry? What makes you tired? Then be aware of what counters these things. Whether it be deep full breaths, yoga, a run, a surf, a play with your kids, friends, dog, cooking.
â€œMake a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a manâ€™s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.â€ â€• Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild