We now know that both 'going out' and 'going in' are essential to our holistic health.
Athletes such as professional snowboarder Terje Haakonsen are at the top of their game for many reasons, but when Terje was featured in the November 2013 issue of Yoga Journal where he stated he would not be the rider he is today without YOGA, we were nothing but stoked.
Sooo… it's 2017, have your rolled out your mat yet?
Yoga and snowboarding are the very foundations of so much of what we do, both personally and professionally. We are a collective of coaches who have found deep deep resolve as well as inspiration in every day yoga and/or meditation practices plus flow-finding action sports such as snowboarding, surfing, mountain biking, climbing and related.
We go in to go out. And go out to go in. Both are necessary and both allow us to find freedom, which is everything we are all about here at Aprés.
So, yeah, we back yoga 100% as there are a host of reasons it has been around for 5,000 years. We could really geek out on it extensively and shout out for all to hear that YAY! science is finally backing it, but how about a few basic truths. Connecting deep deep breath with movement allows for an integrative experience where the mind, body, gut (now known as the second brain), immune system, lymphatic system, limbic system, heart, all organs and sensory systems are involved. You will absolutely exude a better overall status post-practice. Even if it is just a little bit – take it! So much like riding bottomless pow… that shit-eating grin on your face at après-ski will actually shift your state – and we now know this can happen even without the ride! It has now been proven by science that the body shifts the mind more so than the mind shifts the body such as in thinking your way to a better state. So dig deep for the memory, feelings, sensations of that experience, of your favorite line from last year’s ski trip, embody it, embrace it, put that smile back on your face and put the next trip on your calendar. And in the meantime, get to yoga! We promise you will eventually find flow within your yoga practice, too.
Beyond all this going in via yoga and going out via outside action sports, both to access flow... While we do not always have to process everything first with the thinking mind and can utilize this physical body we live in to shift states, there is often still a little residue to process and clean up where many other holistic modalities, including coaching, can assist. We don’t claim yoga alone is a cure-all. But it is a tremendous start as well as a gracious gift to yourself and therefore those in your circles. Coaching is just another way to support yourself in rounding out your whole being, your whole experience, to find optimal performance in all realms from health to career to relationships, therefore creating holistic health and ultimately your own personal version of freedom. Whether you are a pro athlete or a desk jockey, it doesn’t matter. Yoga, yoga, yoga. #SessionIt
Photo courtesy of YogaToday.com, a super crew who go in to go out and go out to go in while keeping it tight and loose simultaneously... it’s all about the balance!