Be a movement teacher not movement police.When we suggest certain movements and positions (that human bodies can do) are bad, wrong, dangerous, or just less than in some way, we perpetuate fear of movement or an idea that some ways of being in our bodies are not as acceptable as others.Our words are powerful. We are highly influential people in our students’ lives. When students hear us imply that certain positions or movements (things their bodies can do/are built to be able to do) are “less than” part of what we communicate is “Don’t go there. Don’t learn about this part of yourself. Don’t explore it. It’s not safe in your body in this place. And, you need me (the teacher) to help you find the good places and avoid the bad places.”This fosters fear and dependence in our students rather than curiosity and agency.Effective teachers make themselves obsolete. Rather than teaching students *what* to think, they teach students *how* to make the best choices for themselves.What if instead of putting movements and positions against each other we implied BOTH have value, and then organized learning the difference between them.In other words, what if we created a space for inquiry for our students to become more comfortable in their bodies *more of the time* by befriending all of themselves, all of the ways they can move?What if we fostered inquiry around those ways that feel better, worse, more/less interesting, more/less useful. What if we asked our students more questions and let *them* decide?This is, I feel, at least in part where modern movement science is headed. It’s fostering inquiry, curiosity, courage, and playfulness in learning about how our bodies move, in addition to fostering acceptance of our bodies and other bodies’ existence, value, and right to be here.It’s teaching choice rather than obedience.
5k RACE DAY! I’m not gonna be humble about this.I wanted to run faster than a 8:20 min/mile pace and instead I ran a 7:34 min/mile pace.My 50-year-old husband @nathan_a_blom didn’t have a goal. I told him he’d run sub 9:30 min/mile pace. We’re not sure what his official race time was but I suspect it was sub 9 min/mile pace, and he took 3rd in his age group. Nathan started running 2 months ago in earnest. 🤯I definitely did not presume I’d win best masters female overall. I know for sure that many Huntsvillian women my age or older (and much faster than me ) did not run this race today so results seem impressive.I brag because I fucking CRUSHED my personal goal.At a certain point my goals may have to adjust for the natural effects of aging, but right now, I’m gonna keep pulling on this thread to see where it takes me.I started running regularly and training in an organized way this past September 2023. As far as I’m (currently) concerned, at age 43, I’m just getting started.Goals are it. They are in style. They are not the same as unhealthy striving. They are a direction in which to direct your efforts.Any reasonable, measurable goal is your friend when it comes to exercise. Get one (or a few!)#runnerswholiftheavy #runnersover40
Stability is not strength, yet strength enhances stability.Stability is also not necessarily neutral. Neutral and stability are different concepts in that you do not need to be in neutral to be stable. Nor do you need to be neutral to balance.You DO need to be stable to balance (e.g., when you balance in crow pose your spine is not neutral but if you are balancing, technically you have acheived enough stability to do so ).Bracing your core all day long and never moving it outside of neutral, or doing isometric holds of an exercise to enhance core “stability” is not the same thing as having a core that can return to balance after be thrown off balance (perturbed).This would be a core that can move freely and be strong in all the ways. It’s also a core that practices experiencing perturbation and returning to equilibrium. (Balance is a skill that needs to be trained. Capacities like strength and mobility enhance this skill!)We can be stable way outside of neutral. Just as we can be strong way outside of neutral.Life often asks us to be both strong and stable way outside of neutral.There are two main ways to train stability in the context of strength training.Training on an unstable surface — like a bosu ball or a Swiss ball.Training with unstable loads — pretty much anytime you hold a weight (including bodyweight!) and then move it around.Here I’m showing a way to work on stability for my ankles to my wrists using an unstable, perturbing load.Kettlebells are absolutely some of the best unstable loads to work with. Their offset center of mass, coupled with how easy they are to swing around, makes them ideal for BOTH strength and stability work.So the next time your brain wants to connect stability with neutral, remember that these are different concepts.If neutral is a position, stability is a state. You can have relative stability in any position depending! You can also have instability in neutral!
I’m thinking that probably my best teaching quality is the quality of teachers I attract. 😍 This weekend was a blast! Thank you to the 25 in-person + online students who signed up. And thank you @domini_anne for your kind words 👇💜#Repost @domini_anne
Lo-res but worth it!Transitions are Yoga too.One of the many delightful projects that @laurelbeversdorf had us do in her Yoga With Resistance Bands training this weekend at @practicehuman.I can’t even decide what was the best part of this training. The material is phenomenal, the way that Laurel put it together, was even better, and the quality of humans that she attracts are absolutely stellar.Many thanks to @kent.emily for capturing this brief moment of me trying to explain “what I was doing”( do we ever truly know?😂)I can’t wait to see what grows out of this trip and training in every way🥰
I remember this place. I made so many memories here. This weekend I’m making more. 💜I was lucky to live here for 19 years. I still feel at home and comfortable in this wild city. I think I always will. It’s the people mostly—the friends, the acquaintances, and even the strangers that make NYC extraoridinary.It’s people like @practicehuman 🏃♀️ 🏃♀️New York City is a big part of who I am. I grew up here, professionally-speaking. I met my husband @nathan_a_blom here and had my daughter here.I found my voice here. I figured out who I was and who I wanted to become.I did what most people do here—I worked hard to create meaningful opportunities and relationships. I worked hard to create.It’s coming full circle because tomorrow’s the day! The space is ready for my Yoga with Resistance Bands Teacher Training.And so am I. 😊
NYC is as good as I remember it, except for that fountain in the middle of LaGuardia airport. That’s a new lewk. 😮 ⛲️My belly is full of Thai food and my heart is full from great conversation with old friends @jocelyn_cw @practicehuman (and a few I only knew for years from Instagram until now @domini_anne and @wholecore 💜 💜 ).Tomorrow is dancing at 9:30am at 5rhythms (which is about as NYC awesome as it gets) and then maybe a Central Park run followed by lunch with @practicehuman and set up for Saturday and Sunday Yoga with Resistance Bands Teacher Training.I can’t wait to resistance band JAM session with 25 folks who are ready to stretch bodies, bands, and imaginations together.#yogawithresistancebandsteachertraining #newyorkcity
This was last May in New Jersey. Flash forward to T-minus 24 hours before I hop flight ✈️ to New York City 🏙️ to teach my Yoga with Resistance Bands Teacher Training again.I’ve poured my heart into honing this training over the past 5 years and continuously making it better.The bands just never get old. I’m continuously hearing from past trainees whose students love the bands and have since made bands a staple prop of their practice.I’m looking forward to sharing my ideas, strategies, and intentions for bringing resistance bands into the yoga practice with everyone in NYC and online from all over the world 🌎See you live in-person or online starting 9am ET this Saturday for our first of 4 3-hour workshops.@practicehuman
The boundaries of a yoga or any movement teacher’s scope of practice can be crossed in subtle and not so subtle ways. We hear stories of gross overreach, and it’s obvious. But what are the subtle ways boundaries are breached?Here’s one:Anything that suggests that a movement teacher can know which movements are safe or unsafe for someone they’ve never worked with one-on-one for any amount of time, or talked to in any depth (AKA they know nothing or very little about movement history, history of injury/conditions or movement goals.)This one might sound a little bit like, “You are going to hurt yourself doing the pose that way.” Or “X or Y pose is dangerous or risky.” What’s implied is that if you do the pose the way I think is right, or you do the poses I think are safe, you won’t hurt yourself.Neither are solid predictions based on the context of the student who is moving. Instead, they are false demonizations and idealizations of movement in general.As movement teachers, we should get to know our students through dialogue and working with them in order to accumulate information.This way we can help them find more movement options, resiliency, capacity, and skill.And we can avoid instilling fear of movement, fear of their body, and distrust in their bodies ability to adapt and gain capacity through a movement practice.Let students teach YOU what they need more or less of, and let what and how you teach be guided by what you learn.No pose or movement is inherently dangerous or safe, functional or non-functional. It’s about context and dosage.If you think about it, there is no pose or movement. There’s only the person doing it, and the context that person’s individuality creates for what movement and what dosage would be beneficial or not.
When that analysis paralysis gets inside a perfectionist’s head sometimes inaction feels like the safe choice.If I do nothing, at least I won’t get it wrong.I see you. 👀And I know what it’s like.I started off that way with lots of things—yoga, teaching, strength.My best advice for anything that doesn’t require a permit or licensure of some kind is START DOING IT BEFORE YOU “KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING.”If you want to build strength, start doing it.If you know you need a coach, external accountability, and an individualized approach, but you’re not sure where to start, you might like to know that I recently updated my personal training page on my website to reflect 3 different ways to work with me one-on-one. You can set up a 20-minute discovery call to get your questions answered and connect with me to see if it’s a good fit.I’m confident I can help get you started with strength + help you build momentum to get stronger than you ever thought possible. You will be obviously stronger as a result of the work we do together. Best yet, you’ll feel it in as little as a few weeks or less.That’s what you’d be signing up for among other benefits, like learning about strength training (a science, a language, a skillset). You’ll also learn a ton about your body. 😊Let’s let the health-hack, optimizing bro-dudes wrestle with their “optimal ideal” while we’re over here actually moving the needle and getting you strong AF.What I provide: Simple, smart, do-able weekly strength programming tailored to your individual goals, equipment, and interests.What you bring to the table: a weekly commitment of at least 45 total minutes and an openness to changing what you THINK you are capable of by ACTUALLY CHANGING what you are capable of. 😃 💪Click the link in my bio to learn more about ways to build strength with me. 👀Or go here https://laurelbeversdorf.com/personal-training