This, of course, goes for everything in life. One of the exercises shown in the Nerd Fitness article I linked to in last week’s post features a rubber band. It is used to strengthen the extensors – so an anti-grip exercise, of sorts. This is great to do in the ‘rest’ between your training sets… Read More Use what you have
To keep with the theme of hands and feet, check out What the Foot by the brilliant Gary Ward. His work has inspired great shifts(ha) in the realm of body mechanics. Gary’s way of looking at the body as a self-correcting system by employing gentle movement in combination with alignment awareness is brilliant as well as… Read More What the Foot – Gary Ward
This is part 2 of a 7-part series on Stacey Nemours fantastic online flexibility package for dancers. Click here for part 1 Note: If you are interested in trying Stacey’s online flexibility system – I highly recommend it! – be sure to use code ‘khalidadance’ for 10% off all purchases (courses, packs and straps!) at flexibilitymakeover.com… Read More Stretching with Stacey – Part 2
A small book filled to the brim with great advice. Essentialism by Greg McKeown Also check out this related Podcast Interview by Tim Ferris. Enjoy!
One of the greatest joys of traveling (even in, or perhaps even especially in the UK, as I’m not a native English speaker) are the unexpected expansions in vocabulary. Last year’s walking vacation in the UK lake district (where the rescued Alpacas play) taught us many things. Such as: Cairns, meres, waters, becks and tarns will be… Read More Tarns, Cairns and a Scramble
A while ago, I wrote a blog post on working with Silk Fan Veils (one of my favourite bellydance fantasy/fusion props!) for ZeOT magazine. One of the many movement arts where flexible fingers, adequate wrist mobility and grip strength come in hand(ha!)y. I will be teaching a fan veil choreography workshop in Belgium this January, as well as… Read More Fan (Veil) Wrangling
One of the unexpected side-effects of studying TaeKwonDo is that it has become nearly impossible to watch a Martial Arts scene in a film without shouting out the techniques that are being employed. And.. judging them. Even when – or, perhaps, especially when – the movements are ones I am still very much struggling with… Read More The Martial Matrix
Grip strength. What’s it for? Well, everything, apparently – as it translates into full body strength and overall health. It also relates to gentleness. Check out this great article by Nerd Fitness on improving grip strength, wrist mobility and hand flexibility. Interestingly, and partially relatedly, check out this Post by Bulletproof Musician on a simple grip-related trick… Read More Getting a Grip
A lovely book, deeply comforting, moving, and enlightening. Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach. PS: Check out this page for a treasure trove of free(!) guided meditations by Tara.
Because I’ve received a few questions about the new online flexibility program by the fantastic Stacey Nemour, and because the course package I have been working with since this November – the Dance Flexibility Makeover Power Pack – has now been expanded to include 7 (!) different courses, I will be dedicating the coming flexibility posts to… Read More Stretching with Stacey – Part 1