My sons were playing hard the other day, they were running, jumping and dancing around the house. The shirts are off and one says, “we are really sweating mom.” I began to wonder, “when did playing hard become working out?” For the past 9 years, I have been fortunate to train clients in Pilates and teach group yoga classes. It always amazes me to see the transformation in the students’ posture, face and energy in just a few moments of conscious motion. Could this really be play? Everyone always seems to feel better after shifting the shape of the body from being still to dynamic. Just remember how great a simple twist feels after a long car ride. I decided to include this lesson/message into my next group yoga class and with private clients. As we sat in meditation I invited the students to recall a time when they were having fun in space, letting go and freeing their bodies. Immediately, I observed a shift in the majority of the faces. They quickly softened, relaxed and some smiled. The entire class focused on a strong flow with reiteration of each new asana, pose, as a new part of playing on the mat. The questioned I posed for the students was, “are you playing hard or working out?” How does one feel? Rejuvenated, depleted, excited, energized or exhausted? My final words were, “perhaps we most often think of exercise as a workout. Is it possible to remember, we really might just be playing?” Several students came directly up to me with enthusiasm and said, “I feel amazing. Wow, my body feels great. Moving is wonderful.” Before your next, “workout” I really encourage you to remember, is it possible that you are just making time for PLAYing hard.
AUTHOR: Bex Urban
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