Short on space, time, and equipment? No worries. You can still keep yourself grounded and moving well with these few exercises. The holidays, can be jam packed with activities and obligations, so all of these exercises can be done just about anywhere and the best part, no equipment is necessary. So even if you’re traveling, you’re only just a few minutes away from inner bliss and outer calm. Continue reading “Holiday Fitness…or for any time of year”
Are you in pain? Check out how you stand, sit, or walk.
Or better yet, have someone watch you do any of these things. While the body is a very complicated machine, sometimes the best answers are sometimes the simplest. Chances are, while you are awake and about in the world, you find yourself in one of these positions. So it makes sense that these activities would also lead to clues on where your imbalances are. Don’t have a friend handy. Do periodic check ins while you’re standing in the grocery line or towards the end of the day and do a mental body scan.
Are you standing evenly on both feet?
Look down. Are your feet both pointing in the same direction?
Does your weight feel like it’s more towards your toes or towards your heels?
Just answering these three questions can make you aware of habits that you’ve created in your body. Maybe just changing that habit can get you out of discomfort, or if not, it’s definitely a clue to what may be going on further up or down your body.
The toughest walls to break down are the ones we create for ourselves. They limit our potential in creating our best lives and our ability to connect to what is around us. My hope is always that in our physical practice of creating space and ease within our bodies, we teach our minds the ability to break past what we think of how things should be and open ourselves up to the infinite potential in all of us and in every situation.
Embarc is an organization that doing just that for children in the public schools of Chicago. They provide life changing experiences and events to children that would otherwise not have access, growing their world view exponentially. Join me this Wednesday for the first ever Embarc Variety Spectacular. That right, not just your average good time for a good cause. And if you can’t make it, please lend your support in creating a better future right here in Chicago. You don’t always have to go far to make a huge difference.
And now for the details…….
2401 N. Western Ave. (Western & Fullerton)
The talented gather to entertain, bemuse and perhaps make you just a little uncomfortable, all in the name of charity. EMBARC Chicago hosts a variety spectacles with special performances by world musicians L’Orchestre Super Vitesse, The Retar Crew, David Kovac, and surprise guests.
100 percent of the night’s proceeds benefit EMBARC, an Englewood-based nonprofit that provides culinary, cultural and nature-based experiences to at-risk high school students. Come out, have a drink and marvel at the entertainment while supporting a good cause.
Tickets are $20 and are available at the door. Doors open at 6:00 pm, show kicks off at 7:00
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” — Dalai Lama
[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color:#8c2626;”] E [/dropcap]specially in light of the current tragedy unfolding in Japan, I am reminded of the earthquake that hit Haiti over a year ago now. It is hard to think that a place will ever be the same after something so monumental occurs, but with hope and resiliency of the human spirit we prove that we are stronger than our circumstances.
Last year we held a fundraising event for the Earthship organization’s trip to Haiti. I was overwhelmed and personally touched with the generosity of everyone that participated. Your good works were not in vain. Earlier this year, the Earthship went back to Haiti and built another permanent structure that served as a teaching model for the Haitian crew and will eventually be a permanent place of residence. This structure included it’s own sewage and water reclamation system, a solar panel, and ability to grow food within the water filtration system. This is a step up from the basic structure built last year and a step towards building a better future for the people of Haiti.
For more information: http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/americas/02/24/haiti.earthship/