Being Still

I agree with the current wisdom that a whole food diet and regular exercise are essential to our good health and well being. What I'd add to that is spending some time everyday being quiet, still and relaxed. Being still and purposely relaxing our bodies allows us to connect with ourselves and creates an internal environment for healing and restoration. Time spent like this is an avenue away from disease causing stress,even when we are unable to make other changes to simplify our lives. So, want to be more fit? Stop what you're doing, close your eyes, settle down and let go of everything for a few minutes. You'll feel better and increase your fitness!

 

 
This routine takes the body into flexion and extension and strengthens the core, all in just a few minutes. It's a great way to squeeze in some movement when the day threatens to pass by without any. Use your breath during each movement, inhaling as you lower your thighs and open up and exhaling as you lift the thighs and close in. Work up to 20 repetitions.
 
Kirsten Bachmann, E-RYT 200, NCLMT #1293
  Kirsten has been teaching yoga since 2001 and a massage therapist since 1995.  She has helped countless individuals heal and restore themselves.