Change with Mindfulness

Change with Mindfulness

The New Year is already flying by, and with spring right around the corner, March is a great time to take a deep breath and reflect on personal progress. Take a moment this month to honestly ask if your New Year resolutions have truly brought the change you are seeking.

Humans are creatures of habit and there is no question, changing habits are hard. Especially when it comes to changing your body physically and mentally. Answer the questions below to see if your workout habits are leading you to a path of positive change this year.

1. Do you enjoy your workout?
After working out do you feel good, like you have accomplished something, or are you more hard on yourself and judgmental?

2. Is your posture better?
Does the workout vary enough to combat repetitive every day movements? If you walk into the gym and do the same exercises haphazardly every time, the answer is “No.”

3. Are You Pain Free?
Don’t confuse pain with burn, soreness, or fatigue. Most people ignore pain, and keep pushing through. DON’T! If you experience true pain during or after a workout something is wrong. Never settle for pain.

If you answered “yes” to these questions, great you’re on the right track. But if “no” is the answer, your workout is not serving you and the change you seek may never come. Fear not, Align is here to help. The Pilates and yoga method is grounded in the concept of mindfulness, to help induce positive emotions, better posture, and be executed in a pain free way. With this philosophy change will be achieved.

“Mindfulness can be thought of as moment-to-moment, non- judgmental awareness, cultivated by paying attention in a specific way, that is, in the present moment, and as non-reactively, as non- judgmentally, and as openheartedly as possible,” says Mindfulness pioneer Jon Kabat-Zinn. “For mindfulness is none other than the capacity we all already have to know what is actually happening as it is happening.”

Being aware of the mind’s tendencies only strengthens our ability to choose how to respond to our workouts and life. This ability to be mindful is what makes the change you seek this year possible.

If you want to get in shape, better your life, or just need help with finding the best Pilates experience, connect with Nicole or Cara by calling (949) 481-3577, stop by the studio at 26850 Ortega Hwy., Suite K in San Juan Capistrano or visit www.alignpilatescenter.com