A complete Practice

Hi every­one, this is the third part of the three part series on the phys­i­cal body!
it is now time to look at the final ele­ment in get­ting an intel­li­gent and effec­tive work to your body. So far we have seen the results of this process as well as the rules by which this needs to be done. 
Now we can delve deep­er into what needs to be done 😀
A few impor­tant things to note…. If you are unsure please ask before try­ing any­thing. More­over, ALWAYS fol­low the rules from the pre­vi­ous post, espe­cial­ly safe­ty: It is FOR your safe­ty! This rule says: give your best effort, but respect your lim­its. In any­thing phys­i­cal that you do there can be some impact… so, while it may look easy, the dif­fi­cul­ty can quick­ly ramp up. You should always push your­self, train your men­tal resilience, train your strength, sta­mi­na and pow­er. But, going beyond your lim­its can result in unde­sired out­comes…. so keep this always in mind! Respect your limits.
For this rea­son I am going to refer to this Dia­gram which has been re-drawn from a book by Rodri­go DeBona. 
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How do we read this diagram?

There are 2 dimen­sions and a lot of free­dom with­in… The first dimen­sion, on the ver­ti­cal plane, refers to your spine and back move­ment. The sec­ond dimen­sion, on the hor­i­zon­tal plane, refers to the posi­tion of your body in rela­tion to the ground. 
Let us being by explor­ing the move­ment of your spine. Undoubt­ed­ly your spine is impor­tant. Its flex­i­bil­i­ty, strength and health define well being and youth. If we are going to max­i­mize its per­for­mance then we need to move it each and every way: achiev­ing a per­fect align­ment (sta­bil­i­ty), mov­ing side­ways (lat­er­al move­ment), for­wards and back­wards as well twist­ing. If you fol­low this range of motion your spine, and by con­se­quence YOU, will stay healthy and youthful. 
On the oth­er dimen­sion we have dif­fer­ent effects of grav­i­ty on your body depend­ing on your posi­tion. As we stand up our organs and sys­tems are impact­ed by grav­i­ty exert­ing a force towards the feet — com­pare that to when you lay down and you can eas­i­ly see how the force is so rad­i­cal­ly dif­fer­ent. Sim­i­lar­ly, when you sit down and your hips are on the ground, the effect o grav­i­ty on your all your sys­tems will be dif­fer­ent. Final­ly, if you are able to invert your posi­tion, feet in the air and head towards the ground grav­i­ty will have the exact oppo­site effect on your body as to when you stand. This is impor­tant as your organs, glands, tis­sues, sys­tems, etc. will cope with dif­fer­ent forces and thus devel­op dif­fer­ent­ly than if you spent all your day say sitting… 

We achieve a complete and balanced practice when we combine the two dimensions!

This com­bi­na­tion is very flex­i­ble, the only rule is that you must have all move­ments of the spine and all angles of force on your body and least once. In oth­er words, you can have a com­plete and bal­anced prac­tice if you have a sta­bil­i­ty posi­tion stand­ing, a lat­er­al flex­ion, a for­wards and a back­wards posi­tions sit­ting, twist­ing while lay­ing down and then invert­ed. Just as you could have an invert­ed posi­tion, a twist­ing posi­tion sit­ting, a for­wards posi­tion stand­ing and every­thing else lay­ing down… the pos­si­ble vari­a­tions are enough to keep you busy for years!
Final­ly, it is impor­tant to remem­ber that there are oth­er phys­i­cal tech­niques you can do, to improve the flex­i­bil­i­ty of your hips, or the strength of your arms and legs etc. But all these would be sec­ondary to the table above. 
All in all this approach is so com­plete because it is work­ing strength, flex­i­bil­i­ty and endurance all at once. Admit­ted­ly there is no men­tion of car­dio-type work… but I assure you that to exe­cute the posi­tions on the video in the first post you must have a good heart!


When I start­ed this series of arti­cles I recalled a sto­ry of my very first teacher…. How could she out­per­form me then?
Ok! So I was the typ­i­cal “healthy” per­son, going to the gym dai­ly and exer­cis­ing A LOT in the con­ven­tion­al way. My car­dio rate was good, i could cycle for a long time at a high rate, I could run an entire Ulti­mate game… But I suf­fered many of the issues which result from the con­ven­tion­al approach…
I had injuries… MANY… I also had acci­dents where I would have to move sud­den­ly and this caused oth­er types of injuries (imag­ine me slip­ping on some black ice…)
While I had strength, flex­i­bil­i­ty was absent… More­over, I am a lit­tle lazy and I nev­er real­ly did prop­er warm ups before any exer­cise which result­ed in…. you guessed it?….. more injuries…
My first teacher, and today me, can out­per­form peo­ple who fol­low the com­mon approach and even those who take it to the extreme such as pro­fes­sion­al and Olympic ath­letes because the above approach increase effi­cien­cy sig­nif­i­cant­ly, it improves per­for­mance per pound and com­bines effec­tive strength with great flex­i­bil­i­ty! The hid­den fac­tor here is also that as you remain in a posi­tion you increase your phys­i­cal aware­ness allow­ing you to become not only mus­cu­lar­ly more effi­cien­cy but more aware so you can use the dis­tri­b­u­tion of weight of your to your advantage!
If you want to learn more con­tact me and we can cer­tain­ly talk about how we could work this out!



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