Monthly Archives: March 2017

Stretching the Same Tension Over & Over?

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There is a reason for that and it may not be what you think!

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You may be stretching for flexibility and doing strengthening exercises for strength, yet does this keep you tension free on or of the mat? Or the same tension seems to come back endlessly?

Focusing on stretching and strengthening as two separate qualities is doing just that, focusing on “Separateness”! Learning to focus on these two qualities as the two sides of the same coin is the way to focus on “Unity” and its benefits which is to keep you tension free on or off the mat as you keep getting strong and flexible.

How can you do this when you think that mostly your muscles are your main pathway to strength and flexibility? How can you attend to both at the same time and know how to assess how much of which you need?

Maybe your true strength is not coming from your muscles as much as your skeletal structure and your mind working with your whole-body intelligence? Maybe your joints and muscles are more of a pathway to your flexibility as they keep everything together? And maybe, learning to release your joints is more key to your flexibility?

Releasing excess tension is neither going limp
nor decreasing how much strength you are building.
It is preventing building body stiffness while you are building strength!

In fact, if your bones were suddenly melting, no matter how strong your muscles, would you not turn into a puddle?

Flexible-strength as a skill where both strength and flexibility can be nurtured simultaneously is my personal and professional experience of what Patanjali recommends in his Sutras, namely that each yoga pose be practiced with “Steadiness & Ease”!

When you understand your body functioning in that way, you can build up muscle strength without building excess tension at the same time. When you learn to activate your postural mechanism, you can release excess tension while in a strengthening pose, as you build flexible-strength, prevent injury and reach your highest best without side effect like stiffness in your joints and muscles.

Interested in this way of thinking your movements and poses? Want to learn how to activate your whole-body intelligence via your postural mechanism, opt in my live offerings, local or online.

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The Danger of Hip Openers

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Because they can still feel good and yet damage your body, Hip Openers can be unknowingly dangerous when not practice with the approval of your Whole-Body Intelligence via your Postural Mechanism designed to handle your best posture, coordination and balance from an integrated perspective.

Anyone practicing yoga has done poses to open the hip joint sockets. However, do you really need your hip joints stretched out? Do you feel them tight in your daily movements or do you feel they are tight because you can’t do specific yoga poses to your liking?

Do you practice yoga with an idea that the more your joint or muscle are stretched the better? Not necessarily true! With that approach, you are likely to get in trouble sooner or later because you may be killing the natural balance needed in your muscle and joints between necessary tension and flexibility. Watch the video below from an experienced yoga teacher and her experience with this decades into her practice.


Diane Bruni’s Story

CHALLENGE: The thing is that your educated mind can’t assess where the limit is with utmost safety because it relies on what it has been told or on what “feels good”.

1) No teacher knows better than your inner teacher. And the inner teacher I am talking about is your whole-body intelligence, not just your stretch edge or your pain edge that represent only a small portion of your whole-body intelligence.

2) Yoga teachings warn you to not rely on your feelings alone because being subjective, they are not reliable!

3) Your body feelings are also corrupted by the unconscious habits of movements you have developed over time which need to be addressed so you can reclaim more accuracy in your sensory perception on and off the mat.

SOLUTION: Learning to activate your Whole-Body Intelligence by activating your Postural Mechanism is the best way I have found to date to always be guided to express any pose in the appropriate way and the appropriate amount because you approach your body as a coordinated self rather than the sum total of your body parts.

The B.I.A. Process teaches you to do just that. If you are interested in learning more about it, go to: https://offthematyogablog.com/ and sign up to my free email seminar, read my blog posts or sign up for a class or workshop locally or online.