Hopefully, this is the last wave of snow this winter for us New Englanders. In the meantime, many of us need to shovel snow. And the way you use your body shows up whether you are on or off your yoga mat, whether you shovel snow or dirt!
So if you tend to push yourself in your daily life,
you muscularly push yourself when doing yoga
and vice versa viewing it as a good thing.
However, pushing comes with building excess tension.
Eventually, it manifests with NECK, SHOULDER, BACK OR JOINTS TROUBLE.
Now, I am not saying that challenging yourself is not a good thing. What I am saying is that there are different ways to do so.
MUSCLING YOURSELF THROUGH SHOVELING IS THE BEST WAY TO GET HURT!
On the other end,
allow yourself to keep your muscles and joints relaxed while shoveling. Yet, don’t slouch into yourself as you release any excess tension (like the woman in the picture).
Keep loose in a state of expansion. It will help you function as an integrated whole. You will be guided into your movements naturally and efficiently. Use your body weight whenever possible and your body as a whole at all times, from head to toes.
You will discover that your strength comes from your mind and bones more than from tight muscles.
ALLOW YOUR BONES AND NECESSARY MUSCLE TENSION TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE INSTEAD.
They naturally assist you in your task which organically feels easier and safer. It will add a spring to your steps.
So good luck with your shoveling and your way to moving in general!
Cecile Raynor has been teaching the Alexander Technique for over 25 years out of which came her Body Intelligence Activation Process™ (B.I.A. Process) to assist yogis in enhancing their practice towards best performance with optimal safety. She is also a Thai Yoga Massage Therapist and a Reiki Practitioner. Faculty at Akasha Yoga Teacher Training, she runs a 12 months Mastermind for Yoga Teachers with a Vision, and a 90 Day Live Online Program for trainees, new teachers and committed yoga practitioners interested in using their body more efficiently on and off the mat in a way not taught in regular training courses. She is also the author of a June 2018 publication called THE WISE WAY TO YOGA which is available on Amazon or from Cecile if you are local to Boston!