On my recent long flights, my feet and ankles got super swollen, despite walking around the plane and stretching (whilst other passengers mistook me for waiting in line for the bathroom, um no, I'm just stretching thanks!)
With another 8 hour flight ahead of me, of course I used my layover time to find a quiet spot at the airport to do my stretches.
Here are my top 3 go to feet, toes and ankles stretches and mobilisations:
- Kneeling with your toes tucked under and gradually shifting more body weight on top of the feet. Feel free to keep your hands on the floor and lean forward more if your toes aren't loving it.
- Also kneeling, but toes untucked. You can lift one knee up at a time to stretch the tops of your feet too.
- Interlace your fingers with your toes and move it around in all directions to get everything moving.
I'll share what I do to relieve sitting-related back pain next time too. Do you have any hot tips to help make travel (or sitting in general) less uncomfortable?
Fiona is one of Australia’s leading specialists in Mindful Eating and the NonDiet Approach & supports eating in an individually tailored way that supports every person’s unique needs, in alignment with the HAES (Health At Every Size) (R) paradigm. I have a long working relationship with her business partner from Body Positive Australia, Sarah Harry, and to say I love what these ladies are about is an UNDERSTATEMENT.
But here's the weird thing: Fiona didn't know I'd been working with Sarah when she applied to this training! The world works in strange ways sometimes.
Did you see over on instagram that I tidied my yoga corner? And yes, I do sometimes wonder if I'm the only one with a spine, a skeleton, and Buddha sitting side by side.
Which summarises what I am craving when I go to yoga class: I want to feel embodied in movement but also learn something new. It might be a big ask. Maybe I'm fantasising about it more now than usual because I was in a car accident over the weekend.
Events like this do make you stop and think about life and your priorities.
In this next 'meet the graduate' interview, I talk to Dr. Sarah Jane Perri, chiropractor extraordinaire (I see her for treatments actually) and yoga teacher. Sarah undertook teacher training with us during her last year of chiropractic study which was truly impressive, as if a difficult degree at uni wasn't enough! Here she shares what she found tough but also what she found rewarding about our course.
Like I mentioned last week, it's SO GREAT when I run across people - like Lucy - who believe as I do that yoga is for everybody. It's also great when they can put their belief into practice by modifying the practice for people's needs. It's a skill that comes from knowing how human bodies work, I believe.
Lucy Hayward is an architect, a rainbow-coloured bright spark, world traveller, yoga teacher, and a graduate of our teacher training course! In this 'meet the graduate' interview, she shares what is was like for her and why she wants to teach as she does.
Have you experienced a number of teacher trainings? Have you thought about what you’d want in your first one? I'd love to know!
I know that back when I was doing my first teacher training, it was very evident to me how BAD THAT TRAINING WAS, EVEN while I was doing it.
And no, I do not mean that you have a soul in a jar somewhere. That would be weird. And gross.
What I DO mean is that some people are natural born teachers.
They love helping other people learn. A passion for and knowledge of the subject matter is helpful to teaching of course, but the skills - and dare I say talents - that make someone a good teacher don't have much to do with what they are teaching.
Um, wait what? How’d it get to be Australia Day already? Guess that means the Summer Holidays are well and truly over and 2018 is really here.
Did you make new year’s resolutions this year? I never do.
Instead, I reflect...
This time of year though. It's ALWAYS so stressful and busy, with trying to juggle the end of year parties and concerts and events and deadlines. Argh.
I like to have a few things up my sleeve to help me cope (although of course it's probably going to be too hot to wear sleeves)
My top holiday season survival tips:
Specifically, the cost of our teacher training course.
I’ve had people ask why this training costs so much because there are trainings are around Melbourne around the $3000 price point. Nobody has asked why were are so much cheaper than a lot of trainings though!