In keeping with this week‘s theme of breath: Check out Anatomy of Breathing by Blandine Calais-Germain. A wonderfully detailed and illustrated work on the body mechanics of breathing. Goodreads Link Note: I haven‘t read it‘s follow-up book yet, but it looks equally intriguing: Anatomy of Movement Exercises Tell me your thoughts if you happen to know it!
This strap was designed and created by Stacey Nemour. I got it at the beginning of this year, and I use it mostly as a gentle reminder to stay ‘open’ in my upper body while doing work around the house and/or at the computer. At times I wear the strap during flexibility practise as well,… Read More Posture Support Strap
Going all the way back to how I came to start writing this daily blog. The inspiration was.. movement. And inspiration itself. When I started taking Martial Arts classes a few years ago, the movement discoveries there inspired me to go deeper in ballet, which in turn motivated me to renew my bellydance practise, as… Read More Inspiration
Back to the roots! A few muddy impressions from this weekend‘s family walk in the place I was born – Waterschei, Limburg, Belgium. This was one day after Mr E and I took our TKD black belt test. It was a great way to rebalance again after all the preparations of the past weeks, and… Read More Braving the Elements
I’ve been thinking about dance – and my relation with it – a lot in the past few weeks. And my conclusion at the moment is that I am happiest when I’m actually doing it – when I am moving, practising and performing – rather than contemplating what dancing really means to me. That being… Read More Enjoying the Moment
As they say in Taekwondo: Achieving your first grade black belt means you are finally ready to start your ‘real’ training. You have survived the basics. Now the actual work begins. I love that. Let’s do dis.
Working towards specific goals (like surviving our Taekwondo black belt test!) is teaching me that everything builds in layers. Growth – Gaining strength, refining motor skills, deepening understanding, increasing ranges of motion, learning a new language, gaining maturity.. it all works iteratively. We learn in layers. Bit by bit. Rock upon rock. There can be leaps,… Read More Layers of Strength
This week‘s recommended book is one I am reading right now – The Secret of inner Strength by Chuck Norris. What I love about his story is that it shows how even Chuck had to work hard to ‘become Chuck‘ – it’s the struggles we overcome that will shape our character and bring us closer to… Read More The Secret of inner Strength
‘Throughout this whole program, it’s about letting go’ This is part 7 of a series on Stacey Nemours amazing Dance! online flexibility course pack. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Contents Stacey’s Dance! Flexibility Makeover Power Pack contains several courses. I will be working with/posting about them in the following order:… Read More Stretching with Stacey – Part 7
Last summer I have invested in tools to help me up my instructional video game – or in other words transitioning from camcorder recordings to mobile video. It was a bit of an adventure, but very much worth the effort and time spent researching, testing and investigating. The result has been inspiration and motivation for… Read More Capturing Motion