Learning to Take Care of Yourself
In my classes I often talk about exercising and training gracefully to your own physical baseline.This phrase comes from my teacher Casey Kochmer, from Personal Tao. Read his article on baselines here.
We all have a unique health baseline, that changes with the ebb and flow of life. There is not one ‘cookie cutter’ formula for everyone to follow in exercise and health management. If you work against your baseline, this creates resistance, tension and force, which never ends well. Living to your baseline, gives you the chance to explore, pause and flex, to find balance and potential. By working with your baseline, as Casey says, “you become an expert on you”.
Casey has a short video which explores baselines in life:
When we exercise to our health baseline, we release resistance. Instead we work with the body kindly and with compassion. The absence of resistance gives us room to explore and helps to reframe our mindset from focusing on what we can’t do, to what we can do. No matter where the physical body is on any given day, it is possible to have a movement and/or stillness practice.
All of the Tai Chi and Qigong movements can be adapted to the individual. The most important point is that any movement is helpful, any stillness is helpful, it is not all or nothing. You create an exercise routine that supports you, giving you challenge and progress when the time is right, and applying rest and rejuvenation when the time is right. All guided by you, your natural self.
I created the ‘Hibernating Bear Tai Chi’ movement programme to support students with their unique baseline. Each of us is truly unique, and unique requires a new approach.