Monthly Archives: September 2014

BABY STEPS

Lately, I have been feeling a bit stuck as a result of being overwhelmed. Sometimes I think I have bitten off more than I can chew. I am a full time flight attendant, a part time yoga instructor and a student taking two separate courses at the same time to feed my inner body nerd’s quest for knowledge all while trying to keep up with my movement practices to keep me healthy and happy.

When I feel overwhelmed I love to walk. Not only does it get my whole body moving, the fresh air instantly changes my mood. I am currently working on my gait. I am always working on something with my body whether it be external rotation of my femurs or a new aerial move. Today I was attempting a posterior push off as I walked. (WAY more on this in future posts) In a nutshell most of us (me included) lift our leg in front of us and fall to walk instead of pushing back with the standing leg to move forward. Our culture is constantly in hip flexion (sit much?) and we have very underused glute and hamstring muscles which are the muscles that are activated by the posterior push off. I don’t know about you but I would much rather hear nice ass than feel back pain and pelvic floor disorders which can result from shortened psoas muscles which are over fried in today’s movement patterns. It is going to take some time but I am starting with baby steps.

I have decided to take my baby step approach to the other things in my life that I am currently working on. If I just start small I will get there. What are you working on? Have you started yet? Could you take a baby step or two to get started? If we all start somewhere with baby steps we might just get some stuff done!

In wellness,
Macala
Flight attendant, teacher and student
(Oh, and now blogger)

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