Posture

Put your back, ever so lovingly, into it.

urdvhamuka.jpg

Aaah.. How are you? Its been ages! What month is it?

I completely missed September and October in the madness of getting, heartcentrebcn co.working and my bespoke but amazing heartcorebody  classes off the ground. I am only now coming up for the cool, crisp autumn air reminding myself to smell the roses.  Oh to be in the glorious Now... and then the Now. So aware of time, but sometimes I forget the moment.

Do you forget to remember the Now?

“Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.” 
― Ekhart Tolle: The Power of Now

But November? Already? Now? Yikkes!

I have been hunched over my computer for months and, now that the weather has turned colder this week in Barcelona, I already feel my shoulders rounding as I pull in my coat.

Hunching and rolling our shoulders foward is so habitual for a lot of us, whatever the weather.  

The more time we spend in front of the computer, tablets and phones and the more we are sitting in the office, or whenever our work entails slumping, the muscles on the upper back weaken. They become elongated, and the muscles on the pectorals become shortened and tightened, pulling us forward so our upper back, if not kept in check, gradually curves over. Also, everyday tension and stress manifests in the back and shoulders, so they travel up to our ears creating a super stressed upper back.

So keep the shoulders back and down, head held high, open the chest. Walk tall my friend.... (and get a comfortable handbag)... This helps confidence as well (walking talk, not the handbag haha) 

How is your upper back? Do you default to slouch? Do you spend hours in front of the computer? Here is a short video focused on the upper back muscles. Strengthening the muscles on your upper back, and lengthening the muscles in your chest, we can slowly train the spine into more natural curves and so the posture improves. 

Go on..put your back into it, and give this little set a whirl for an upright posture..

Natalie Portman Black Swan Legs?  Oh, Yes Please!

Image from Pininterest

Image from Pininterest

Get ready to plié your way to super lithe, dancer toned elegance in just a few minutes.

The Barre technique is responsible for honing and shaping Natalie Portman's pins into those of a prima ballerina, long and lean, super toned and strong.

Madonna, Katie Holmes and Charlize Theron are all advocates and even..... ...Ryan Gosling, no less

Of course, in order to be an actual prima ballerina you have to train 25 hours a day (I imagine) and requires a lot more than a few pulses to get you in form for split jumping through the air... But we aren't going for that... not today, anyway!

Here, in a few minutes a day you can sculpt yourself a good, shapely pair that can get you about your life and feel good in jeans.  

Not only the domain of dancers, actresses and models the Barre technique can bring strength, balance into the legs of even the most rhythmically challenged among us, anywhere. No need to be scared if you are un-coordinated and feel a dancing inspired method won't be your cup of tea... No split jumps involved: It's low impact, but high intensity and results are fast - You get in and you get out!

How effective can tiny, little movements actually be?... Answer... Very!

It uses small, controlled, pulsing movements, static holds and beautiful stretching to shape long and lean muscles instead creating bulky muscle. Its super efficient and effective, hence why Natalie Portman trained this way to get legs that usually require a lifetime of dance to achieve. Challenging but totally achievable, don't worry.

Not only great for shape and tone these exercises create good postural alignment, core strength and are great for mobility around the joints. All the good stuff!

In the video below I show you the first of a series of leg exercises, with a focus on the quads, inner thigh and calf.. plus a bit of bum.. A bit of trembling is normal and means the muscle is working, although listen to your body, make sure you stay in your limits and make sure you are hydrated. 

Grab a chair and give it a whirl!