FINALLY OWNING IT: STEPPING INTO MY FLOW

I am so excited about the upcoming teaching engagements I have because it wasn't too long ago that I was so afraid to step into this space. Don't get me wrong, fear still shows up a lot for me but I move through it with a sense of ease now instead of letting fear hold me back (thank you, meditation).

In all honesty, creating a class takes so much more work than I ever imagined. I really need to be in the right headspace to build a foundation for the core of the class. I want to guide people to move in a way that moves me. Every detail matters. I went to the beach by myself on Memorial Day Weekend (it was freezing), I sat there in a towel and listened to my playlist that I have dissected about twenty times over by now. If something doesn't feel right to me, I have to keep working it until it flows. Although I am a new teacher, I am forever a student. I am constantly learning from all the teachers in my life and drawing inspiration from those who are always inspiring me. For example, I completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training at Strala Yoga with Tara Stiles and Mike Taylor. I feel so fortunate to have learned through Strala that when we soften and breathe deeply we can move through everything with ease (a little side note, Tara and I were with the same modeling agency about ten years ago and it's been amazing to watch her journey). The concept of softening and connecting to your breath has stuck with me and is helping me through the process of finishing up my Pilates Mat training at kinected (or let's just say with more ease than it would have been without it as anyone following me on Instagram can attest) -- and in many other aspects of my life.

I have a real love for both yoga and Pilates and when I take one or the other, I always wish there was a way I could get the benefits of both in one class. When I'm at home doing my own workouts I always do a combination of both and this has made me more confident in my body than ever (I credit this style of workout to helping me get my body back post baby). What is this style? It's a slow controlled movement that helps you connect deeper to your breath, body and to the muscles you are using. I created this class in hopes for others to feel the same.

Movement truly fuels my soul and I cannot recommend enough finding the right style of movement that works best for you -- not only your body, but also your mind.

So to sum it up with a few "steps"/advice on how to get into your own flow:

1. Don't let fear hold you back. How do you do that? Meditate.

2. No matter how advanced you are in life, don't forget that you're always a student.

3. Find something that works and speaks to you and overall inspires you to move. 

RSVP to my "In The Flow" class for Hamptons Wellness Week at Topping Rose House- June 17, 2017 at 9:00am. Email mwh@melissawoodhealth.com to reserve your spot.

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