As we come out the other side of this pandemic, let’s retake control of ourselves and our bodies, beginning with the essence of life, the breath. We begin this practice with calming the mind, using mindful breathing as a precursor for meditation.
In this video Richard La Plante uses examples of both isotonic and isometric exercises while performing a seated chest press. These principles can be applied to any exercise.
Do we want to spend our time in stress, or in a state of peace… in a condition of fight or flight, or in one of rest and rejuvenation?
Years ago, it was assumed that we had no control over our nervous system and the way it functions. Stress was outside our control. Fear and anxiety… outside of our control. The way we age was outside our control. Well, things have changed. Ancient wisdom about the breath has become a modern science, a means to control.
Pausing the breath is the key to strength, energy and endurance. It may be applied to any exercise, art or practice. That crucial breath pause will unlock the nervous system, that system that sends impulses to the heart, lungs and muscles, allowing us the means to create a more efficient and healthy body.
Conscious breath combined with conscious movement constitutes conscious exercise, and consciousness is awareness, or mindfulness. Used properly this combination creates a state of entering the ‘zone,’ that effortless state of flow which is, in itself, a moving meditation.
Are you aware that more than 80 percent of your body-fat is lost through exhalation. Combined with exercise, breathing patterns and oxygen efficiency account for most of your weight loss… or weight gain if you do not breathe properly.
There’s a sequence of these exercises all involved with your nervous system and taking control of it. Conscious breath with conscious movement is conscious control, and that is the essence of real strength now.
Real Strength Now works with the nervous system taking us from fight or flight to recovery, and allows us to gain conscious control through conscious breath and conscious movement.
I developed a method of training based on conscious breathing, as breath is life, and conscious movement, as movement is exercise.
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