We often hear the term mind body and soul, but the body gets the shaft in this equation. We always have our mind going…from the sub-conscious, to conscious to the higher conscious, our thoughts are on 24/7. And as we walk through life, it’s our spirits that are always there, and hopefully we are always acting out of our truth and heart. But the body rarely gets its due. We can’t negate the body, it is a part of this trinity. How often do we place physical exercise at the bottom of our way too full To-Do lists? Or how often do we put off just having fun like skating, dancing, walking, swimming or even skipping or jump-roping with children to the bottom of the list, thinking we don’t really have the time?
Your body is equally important in the equation. It’s what houses your mind and spirit and places you on the physical plane. You are in physical form for spirit to experience itself.
One year ago, I made the decision that everyday, no matter what, my body would have its say on what physical fun it wants for the day. My body is equally on the list with all my to-dos aligning with my mind and spirit.
This is a challenge, because my busy mind could say, I’m so tired, I’ve got to many things to do, yadda yadda yadda. However, when my thoughts to go to my favorite way to move, dancing, I find I’m not as tired as I thought, my muscles wanted to move and dance, and I realized it was my mind that was tired and not letting my body have its way. My arms and legs would be happy that I brought myself to class. Somedays, my body wants a long walk by the lake or the stretchying of yoga, but I find most days, my body always says yes to dance.
If you are stuck in a problem a dance, or any movement, can free you and increase your creativity. A dance can let the full you that’s deep in your heart come out to play.
How does YOUR body want to move?
My guest on this show, originally aired 6/23/2011 is Rene Santos, a Certified Group Fitness Instructor who has been teaching dance and movement classes since 1995. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, he grew up listening to music from Mexico and Latin America. Rene has taught everything from Salsa to Disco; Country Western Line Dancing to kickboxing classes to name a few. He is the Health & Well-being Program Supervisor for the Dale Turner Family YMCA in Shoreline WA where he teaches a variety of classes including Zumba and Zumba Gold for active older adults. Rene is also a Certified Yoga Instructor and teaches yoga classes in Seattle.
In peace & health,