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The Generalist Method

The Generalist Method

When it comes to fitness I consider myself a generalist. I’m not sure that’s really a proper term but it kind of sums up my approach to my own physical health. I run but I’m not a runner. I do some CrossFit but I’m not a CrossFitter. I lift weights but I’m not a bodybuilder. I do yoga but I’m not a yogi.

So what am I and do I have to be anything at all?

Yoga - what it means to me.

Yoga - what it means to me.

Most people, me included, start yoga to get more flexible.  For me yoga isn’t really about that.  Flexibility is a beautiful side effect of regular yoga but it’s the journey towards improved movement that really connected with me.  It’s that journey that helped me figure out what yoga means to me.  It’s that journey that keeps me coming back to the mat and it’s that journey that I love and sometimes hate in equal measure. 

Make sense?  Nope, didn’t think so! It’s hard to explain but this blog is about what yoga means to me.

Welcome to Movement Rethought Blog!

Welcome to Movement Rethought!  A blog to look at all things movement related.

Life keeps moving and we keep moving with it, sometimes it does us good to rethink.

 

movement

/ˈmuːvm(ə)nt/

noun

noun: movement; plural noun: movements; noun: bowel movement; plural noun: bowel movements

1.

an act of moving.

"a slight movement of the body"

2.

a change or development.

"the movement towards greater sexual equality"

synonyms:

development, change, fluctuation, rise, fall, variation

 

The word movement means different things to different people.  It’s meaning is individual and likely to change as time passes and life changes.  When I use the term ‘movement’ I think of it in the context of life.  When the body moves an insane amount of tiny actions take place, cells move, neurons fire, blood pumps, muscles and bones and ligaments and tendons to all fire up and work together.  It’s a combination of things working together, small actions creating big movements.

Everyday life is like that as well.  We all have to co-exist with each other and the world around us.  We have to ebb and flow, give and take, adjust and push, just to get through each day. You can love and hate your family at the same time, relationships flow and grow or fall away, work colleagues have to find a balance and adjust to get things done, your own mental state has to stay fluid, to rise and fall to balance your body every second of every day and what you do to your body directly affects your mental state.

It’s all movement and when we view the world in terms of movement, we can apply it to everything and everyone.  This blog is just me exploring movement.  It might be in terms of the physical, the mental or the spiritual.  It might be profound, and it might be nonsense.  People might read it and they might not.  It’s a way for me to express myself that doesn’t directly relate to massage, body work and yoga.  It’s all just a collection of thoughts and it might give you a bit more of an idea about me and my approach.  It might not, and that’s cool too.  Have a read, keep an open mind and if you feel the need to let me know what you think then please do.