How do you balance physical fitness and mental wellbeing through your practice?
I’ve had to re-prioritise personal development, making it a boundary I uphold, as reconnecting to myself is vital to my capacity to show up authentically and vibrantly.
This currently looks like getting off social media, prioritising sleep and eating well. Sounds simple, but it does fall to the wayside without proper care.
For my own physical practice I attend guided sessions at The Cobalt Club in Eden Terrace. I get to train differently here. Lift heavy, move dynamically and, most importantly, be supported by other instructors.
In regards to mental wellbeing I think it’s important to develop a tool box of modalities, which you love, that support you - and to give yourself permission to access them when in need. My tool box looks like podcasts, documentaries, music, breath work, running, saunas or ice baths, family, friends and following the call to be in nature whenever possible. Nature's intimacy, beauty, wildness and power is draw-dropping. I love the challenge of long and, at times, arduous hikes - always rewarded with the experience of meeting myself anew amongst ever changing landscapes, and the healing of being reminded what a gift it is to be alive and call this Earth home.
I’m also currently undergoing the Awareness Insight Meditation Teacher Training Course, facilitated by Claire Robbie, founder of SOMM. Amongst the expanse of learning and discovery is also the expectation to commit to two 20 minute sessions of silent meditation a day. After some deeper understanding, and guidance from Claire, I now crave these moments in my day. It’s funny and humbling to watch how easy it becomes to instill this habit, to find 40 minutes in my day, with a simple shift in awareness and priority.