So, what happens in a Movement class? This is a question that I've heard a few times now. If you google MovNat you'll see so many videos of the higher level coaches doing some amazing things. First thought you'd likely have is 'Holy Cow! I can't do any of that!' No worries, I start at the beginning, all you need to be able to do is lay down on the ground and breathe. Some of my classes are more active, while a few of my classes are much more of the restorative/rehab level.
Saturday mornings at the playground we play around... some ground movement to warm up, maybe some balancing, maybe some running, and maybe some jumping, crawling, lifting, throwing; always with some hanging involved because we have the play structures. The last 10-15 minutes of the hour we put all the skills together into a mini circuit where you can work as hard or as gently as you want. I always encourage everyone to listen to their bodies so they practice the awareness of building strength and mobility. Sometimes we even play 'Follow the Leader' with the kids! It is a way to get outside, get some movement, and sometimes challenge yourself to something you thought only the kids could do!
My two classes at Yoga Therapy & Bodywork are a little more chill. Being indoors gives us the chance to add in a little more rehab style with Critical Alignment. Sometimes this is one exercise, sometimes it is 2. We always take it into ground movement, working into the hips/torso/shoulders, then move around the space that we have. We do more balancing work and crawling in these classes as we have a great padded floor and no rig to hang off of. We still try and challenge the body and mind; if you've seen my last video on jumping and then semi diving into a roll you'll get the idea.
I totally understand that when you read about these classes you likely had one of two reactions. 1. That looks awesome! I want to try that but it looks too hard (or I'm too old). 2. That looks too simple, I can already do that, why should I bother taking a class like that.
My answer to those thoughts... You are not too old (see the photo of the older woman vaulting over the log?) and even if you can do something as basic as running, the benefits of training with Natural Movement are so vast and truly do help in all areas of your life. Reflexes slow? MovNat can help that. Have lots of things to lift at your job? MovNat can help make you stronger. Feel stiff in the morning when you wake up? MovNat can help you find your mobility.
Maybe... just maybe you are doing yoga right now. I used to. It made me stronger, it certainly taught me to move and it made me a more patient person. I am so glad that I had yoga in my life when I did. I'll be honest thought. These days I have no desire to practice asana (yoga postures) anymore. I still love the other 7 limbs that are traditionally taught in yoga, but doing trikonasana (triangle pose) never really helped me be a more capable human. Now I am much more likely to try something physical, to get over my mind block about jumping to something or lifting and carrying a practical item. I intend to move into my later years with stability and mobility; MovNat trains me for that.
Full disclosure... I also go to Lagree. I love it; I call it 'Pilates on steroids'. This slow, full range of motion, resistance training helps my MovNat and my back. The blending of these two modalities has helped me to understand and manage my back pain caused from osteoarthritis. Lagree gives me the strong stable base to work from (and my downhill skiing has never been better), while the MovNat offers me the challenge of getting low, jumping high, climbing, crawling and being able to work the balance of mobility and stability with very little props/machines/time.
So, try a class! Think you can do it all? I always offer suggestions that will challenge you. Think you can't do any of it? All you have to do is start at the beginning... walk, breathe, then start moving.
Questions? Feel free to ask!