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Fascia + Movement - It Matters!

Lately, fascia is a hot topic when it comes to biomechanics and anatomy of the body, and with good reason! This interconnected and holistic system of connective tissue is informing, communicating, and holding the tension and integrity of our physical body structure.

Here are my top three reasons why fascia is so dope:

>> Fascia has changed the way we understand biomechanics and functional mobility.

Where once we understood the body as a compressive, stacked structure, separated into isolated parts, we now understand the body as a holistic, integrated, and interconnected tensegrity system.

In past concepts of body mechanics, we thought that the bones needed to be stacked for optimal alignment and to maintain proper structure and function. However, this is no longer accurate. Now we understand that the bones are essentially floating struts in a network of fascial connective tissues, tendons and ligaments. This changes the idea that our bones are stacking on top of each other and...

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Finding Balance and Cultivating Peace: The Importance of Rest + Relaxation & the Parasympathetic Nervous System

Finding Balance + Cultivating Peace & Tranquility

In our most healthy and balanced states, our autonomic nervous system is ebbing and flowing- oscillating between our sympathetic and parasympathetic states. The autonomic nervous system is part of the peripheral nervous system which regulates involuntary physiological processes like heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, digestion, and sexual arousal. Within the autonomic nervous system is held the sympathetic, parasympathetic, and enteric nervous systems. For this information bite- I will focus on the first two aspects: the sympathetic and parasympathetic. 

 

The Sympathetic Nervous System

Our sympathetic nervous system directs the body’s rapid and involuntary responses to stressful or potentially dangerous situations, causing a gush of hormones to flood the body. This gush of hormones prompts the body system to be alert and aware by increasing the heart rate and sending extra blood to the external...

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What Is It About Handstands?

Handstands are one of my favourite things to teach. Let me tell you why. 

I love handstands! So damn much. Being in a handstand is bliss. Every single day, I hop into one! There have been moments in my life where its possible that I was on my hands more than my feet! 

Landing your first handstand is pretty damn cool. For many, like me, it’s elusive… It’s challenging… It’s almost impossible! Until one day…

But anyways- this isn’t my point.

The coolest part about a handstand is not the handstand at all. The best part is actually the journey to the handstand! 

When we show up to our yoga mat… We sign up for a journey. It is often physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.

Sometimes the practice is a soft, gentle, and nourishing journey, and sometimes it’s a bit more intense, rigorous, and challenging.

Having soft, gentle practices to tap into are so important- especially these days when we are...

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Relaxation Rituals: Calm Body, Mind, & Soul

Relaxation Rituals

Practices to calm your body, mind and soul. 

 

We live in a world that is on high drive, all the time. We are always going, always doing, always ‘on.’ 

In fact, for many of us, it is quite challenging to wind down and decompress. 

We are over stimulated: electronically, mentally, emotionally, and physically. 

 

Living these high drive lives keeps our sympathetic nervous system turned on. This is the part of our nervous system that keeps us alert, engaged, and active. When we are stressed and in constant go-mode, our sympathetic nervous system is activated, which is not bad all the time, except that for many of us, it is activated all the time. 

 

Having practices to calm our hyper-stimulated system is so important. Sacred slow down rituals help us tap into the power of our parasympathetic nervous system. When we are calm and relaxed, our system has an opportunity to chill out. The parasympathetic nervous system...

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What is Holistic Nutrition - Eating for Your Mind, Body, and Soul

What is Holistic Nutrition - Eating for Your Mind, Body, and Soul

By Cecilia Mackie, CSNN Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Primal Movement Teacher

 

Holistic Nutrition is the concept of approaching both our bodies and our nourishment as a fully integrated and holistic system - understanding that everything we consume becomes us, thus affecting how our body operates as a whole.

 

When we understand our bodies in this holistic way, we can see how the quality of lifestyle, our nutrition, and the food we eat can either support our most vibrant and radiant health, or create a disharmonious state within us (i.e. inflammation, illness, or disease). When we choose to feed our bodies with food that is high vibe and filled with life, we inevitably begin to radiate that same state of aliveness, thus creating an internal environment that promotes self-healing and wholeness!

 

Holistic nutrition not only takes into consideration what we feed our bodies in terms of food, but...

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We Are One: A love story of unity consciousness, connection, and potential.

We Are One

A love story of unity consciousness, connection, and potential.

 

There is a story that says- we are sourcing from one, a reflection, a fragment, a piece of one truth, one whole. 

This story says: unity is the only place we come from, and the only place we go.

Through this conscious stream of connection and perception- we experience multiple dimensions of reality. Our mind-consciousness creates our thoughts… Which begin to create waves. These waves generate a vibration, a sound which manifests into our experience of time and space. 

 

Mind blown?

Isn’t it completely crazy that we actually create our reality through the power and potential of our thoughts- and we are each fragments of one- experiencing and perceiving reality through different lenses… All feeling and sensing different realities, but ultimately, all just one.

 

This story gives me hope. 

This story shows me a higher path of compassion, love, and empathy....

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Transitioning from Summer to Fall: Our Favourite Fall Rituals

It seems to happen so quickly… Our long, extended days begin to shorten bit by bit, the air catches a cool little drift, the leaves on the trees begin to shift and fall. It’s not long after the peak of August that we begin to feel those seasonal shifts, perhaps literally, and always energetically. 

August always seems to be packed with activity and summer fun… Leo brings us love and life and fiery movement! 

Virgo with September brings us back to a more grounded space- We begin to look forward, make plans, and slow down again. It’s the tipping point toward that inward journey. The light and sunshine are usually still there, but there tends to be a palpable energy that begins to whisper… Slow down… Time to check in. 

For many, it’s back to school… It’s organizing and reality checks and creating new intentions for what always feels like a new year. 

 

Rituals feel important during these seasonal...

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Why We Choose Live Online Classes

A few of our clients have asked us if we are willing to create a library of the recorded live classes we teach in case the live class times do not align with their schedule.

 

I want to dive into this a little bit! 

 

Our community is founded on the principle: connection is everything. Our initial intention was to cultivate real connections with real people through an online platform.

 

Daily Ritual was created based on the realization that online classes via zoom or other video conferencing were hugely successful in terms of delivery, accuracy, efficiency, and connection building. 

 

We know there are a lot of online studios whose primary offering is pre-recorded content. There is no shortage of information, content, and videos online. You can hop on YouTube- where any thing you could ever want to know is easily accessible- and at no cost. 

 

At Daily Ritual, we are dedicated to the success, alignment, and healthy growth of our students. We...

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How to Improve Posture Naturally with Primal Movement

By Tara Adkins, Primal Movement Teacher

Our current lifestyle doesn’t facilitate a healthy posture. It’s not something that’s really taught anymore. We know we should have better posture but don’t know how. We sit most of our day. We sit in chairs that don’t take the human form into consideration.

 

We’re told to strengthen our core but are given exercises that only shorten the stomach further, without any focus or awareness that the core is not just the stomach but instead something that’s 3 dimensional. It wraps all the way around and travels up through the center of the body. The placement of the ribs, hips, and even the head are all essential to unlocking this mystery of how to improve posture.

 

Exercises to Improve Posture

We don’t really teach specific exercises to improve posture. We focus more on functional movement. Personally, the key for me has been the practice of Primal Movement. Through this practice we learn...

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A Glossary of Meditation and Mindfulness Terms

If you practice meditation on a regular basis, you probably already know all of these terms, and may even have a different definition for some of them. This article is more for the person who  wants to learn more about meditation before diving in, so to speak. So let’s begin with some simple terms that you might hear in a class.

Asana

An asana is the pose, or position, you are in when you do formal meditation. Examples would be the full or half Lotus, kneeling, or sitting in a straight back chair. We’ve all seen the pictures of someone sitting in the lotus position, eyes closed, forefingers and thumbs touching, or hands positioned in the prayer mudra, with palms together at the center of the chest. 

Japa

In the Hindu and Bhuddist religions, japa is the repetition of a mantra or divine name (more on mantras below). You may chant it, whisper it, or speak it within your mind.

Mandala

More than a wall hanging pattern, the mandala is a sacred diagram used as an...

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