Wholehearted Living

Wholehearted Living

Simple practices for more authenticity, happiness, love and Truth.


The Practice

Trust Yourself


It's easy to lose confidence in ourselves.  Others can be critical, dismissive, oblivious - or worse - and the takeaway is, "Oh, there must be something wrong with me. I better hold back, edit myself, play it safe"
We can put on mask and manage our performance with a well crafted persona while at our core we hold stress, bottled up truths and disconnection from our core self.  I know I've done it. 

We start to distrust that the  authentic me is not good enough, loveable enough - and I have to be perfect.  In my experience this only created more separation and alienation from my deeper self and a restless unsettled itch that I could not scratch.

How
SO...How do we begin to find confidence in our own depths, the core of ourselves,  that already is  goodness, truth, and love?

With gentleness and self-compassion, take a look at yourself. Is there self-doubt, holding back, fear of looking bad or failing? If you imagine being your full self out loud, is there an expectation of rejection, misunderstanding, or a shaming attack?
Maybe you've internalised the criticism of others, and have been hugely exaggerating what is wrong about you.  This type of self inquiry and self honesty is key.  Journalling may help.

When you lighten up and tap into your own core, when you are in touch with your body and your feelings in your experience as you express it - what's that like? How do others respond?  How would this impact your relationships at work and home?

Imperfection is what is real and normal. Nobody is perfect. You don't need to be perfect to relax, say what you really feel, and take your full shot at life.
When you trust your own deep self, you will find so much that's right inside: so much knowing of what's true and what matters, so much life and heart, strength is what you find in your vulnerability - this is what guides you every day in the choices you make and leads to a happier more authentic you. 


Begin this week to trust your whole self, see what happens to be yourself, what it feels like to back yourself and show up without fear and trust if you fall you will fall into your own arms. 


 

Get your CORE on!

Now that I have your attention......

When many people think about a strong core, they picture someone with six pack abs ( like our model above)  but our functional core is a little more complex than this six pack set of muscles and in actual fact, super defined abs says NOTHING about how strong your overall core truly is.

Some Anatomy....YOUR ABDOMINALS

 THE SIX-PACK MUSCLE IS THE RECTUS ABDOMINUS AND IS ACTUALLY JUST THE MOST SUPERFICIAL (CLOSEST TO THE SKIN) OF OUR FOUR ABDOMINAL MUSCLES.  IT RUNS VERTICALLY ALONG THE FRONT OF THE ABDOMEN AND WHEN IT CONTRACTS, IT PULLS THE RIB CAGE AND PELVIS TOWARD EACH OTHER, USUALLY RESULTING IN A ROUNDED SPINE (SPINAL FLEXION) AND/OR A TUCKED PELVIS (POSTERIOR TILT).  THINK OF BIRD POSE -  RECTUS HELPS TO CREATE THE ROUNDING ACTION NEEDED

THE SIX-PACK MUSCLE IS THE RECTUS ABDOMINUS AND IS ACTUALLY JUST THE MOST SUPERFICIAL (CLOSEST TO THE SKIN) OF OUR FOUR ABDOMINAL MUSCLES.  IT RUNS VERTICALLY ALONG THE FRONT OF THE ABDOMEN AND WHEN IT CONTRACTS, IT PULLS THE RIB CAGE AND PELVIS TOWARD EACH OTHER, USUALLY RESULTING IN A ROUNDED SPINE (SPINAL FLEXION) AND/OR A TUCKED PELVIS (POSTERIOR TILT).  THINK OF BIRD POSE -  RECTUS HELPS TO CREATE THE ROUNDING ACTION NEEDED

 

WAIT!  AREN'T MY ABDOMINALS MY CORE?

No, your abdominal muscles are actually not your core - at least, not in and of themselves.  Your functional “core” is actually made up of all of the muscles which stabilise your spine as you move - also often referred to as your “core stabilisers” There are lots of them and they include the superficial muscles like the 6 pack and the multi-layered muscles of your spine, your pelvic floor musculature, your back muscles, and the muscles that stabilise your shoulder blades, and your respiratory diaphragm AND your deep core line which runs closest the bone on the front body starts from the arches of your feet through to the base of tongue – really! 

When all of these muscles are functioning well, they will successfully keep your spine and pelvis stable and protected as you twist, squat, climb, bend over, lift heavy objects, and generally move your way through life.   integrating the whole core gives you stability without rigidity and mobility without instability.

Our sense of ‘the core’ can be narrowly defined due to media portrayal of 6 pack or fitness programs that place too much emphasis on working the superficial 6 pack core resulting in many people who have visibly defined abs but weak and tight cores.

Understanding the interconnected role that this large group muscles, bones, fascia and organs play in stabilising our spine and pelvis allows us to understand our bodies and move our bodies in the way they were designed to move.  

HOW YOGA HELPS

Because of the integrative, total body involvement of Core Vinyasa Yoga and the unique positions and transitions the body is taken exposed to the core body is recruited functional whole.   Basically, come to you Yoga and you are sorted!

 

Core Vinyasa Yoga 101

Core Vinyasa Yoga 101

Core Vinyasa Yoga in a nutshell. Core Vinyasa Yoga is the culmination of 25 years of being a fitness/yoga teacher and educator. This style of yoga includes and trancends traditional teaching methodology to provide the student with a way of moving and breathing that supports the interconnection and intercommunication of the 'whole' body & mind for stability, mobility, detoxification, energy, strength, balance, mental calmness , clarity and joy