I want to share the truth as I know it from the ancient woman's knowledge about our movement practice. It is logical unless you are really into hard workouts. We have been trained to move hard and powerful as men which works for some. Most woman are to move in grace and ease. It is how we were set up biologically. I did not invent the body but have had great teachings on it and understand it quite well. I will try to walk you through the whole picture. Adrenal stress is killing woman. It is killing their bodies different than men. Our womb, our breasts, heart and thyroid are in great issue for the adrenal stress, cortisol in our body.
Why? We are in constant stress of production for it is a man's world and his way. Men thrive much better in this adrenal, production, systematic way. Our business world is set up for them, by them and we are recently new to their world. Our bodies thrive much differently and we were created for other ways of being. I think the hunter and gatherers dynamic speaks volumes to this. It is the way of creation and we were designed to move differently in the world.
Fast forward to now and we as woman have acclimated to their business world. We do things in systematic, production, efficient and effective ways. We all have this power but for woman it drains their physicality for they are the more creative, playful side of humanity. We grew life, children and food, were the healers, gatherers, nurturers. We were not about the competition or the intense drive for we were the community holders. So our bodies are not so excited to be in such stress all day or in mentality of the game. Yes ,we can enjoy it but not 24/7. It is killing our bodies.
Now lets talk work outs. Do you realize only in the last 20 years have studies in medicine been done on woman's bodies? Most all medical studies have been using men til quite recently. Recommendations for all physicality deals with facts, studies and advice based on men's bodies. We have very different organs, hormones and issues. Studies on health and exercise of woman's bodies are even fewer.
Scientifically what supports our systems, our hormones, our organs has barely been reviewed. Most movement advice is based on men. Sure we could do what they do, get lean and look muscular and amazing, even man like but what does that do to our body? Men are stronger, have more muscle mass, are centered in their hearts anatomically and we are centered in our hips. Are you getting the picture on how there is relatively little information that truly states that when woman do workouts as men they thrive in physicality. They may look good but often as they age, adrenal stress will take over and create health issues down the road. Often when woman workout hard they miss their periods, interrupt the natural cycle of their body. Maybe convenient, but does that sound like their body is thriving? More possibly an imbalance for it is not working properly?!
These are very important facts to be aware of as you gather your advice about how to care for your body. I learned woman's knowledge passed through ancient cultures regarding the health of my feminine body. In the East, China, India, Persia and Egypt, woman were reverred and medicine was different for their bodies than men. They also had strong woman cultures that knew more about the body than we have been taught and they shared it amongst themselves. It is easier to be healthy, move and feel good when we follow the nature of our bodies.
As you chose your movements forward to get in shape, stay on track or just keep the current shape you are, ask yourself these questions. Do I feel fueled, in pleasure of it as I do my workout? Do feel good about this movment? Does it bring me pleasure to be doing this or is it just another task in production? Do I feel better and more connected to my body in a positive way or is this another reason to be hard on myself?
We are in this competitive, adrenal stress to be doing business. That is all we can take. To use this way of being in our home life, our workouts, our downtime, in everything is the crisis. We love pleasure, moving slower, artistry, communication, flowing, nourishing and nurturing. When will we fit these in? This is our way of being. Not just a few minutes a week. This is how we are set up to be 90% of the time biologically. We are meant to be the more relaxed side of humanity, in oxytocin, in the parasympathetic nervous system, in balance.
We need to reclaim this way of being back into our daily living. Workouts, what I call movement practices, are a great time to get into this state and clear the cortisol in our body. If we are doing a cortisol creating activity, no matter how much weight we lose, we are magnifying the adrenal stress. It will catch up to us. So I encourage woman to do what feels good to their body. Certainly you must stretch yourself but flowing ways like dancing, tai chi, yoga, walking, stretching, these are ways that work to calm us down into this oxytocin. That is all we should be seeking in all our activities for we are overstressed physically. Not to mention mentally, emotionally and spiritually. We are not doing what works for us to get to relax and pleasure. Our body is different and it would be best to understand it.
When we move, we need to feel good in our body. Our body is where our intuitive power is and we need a positive feeling about our body, feeling good in it, getting pleasure. Workouts are a great way to reset and redefine this connect. It moves stress, clears emotions, releases toxins and gives a sparkle if movement is done in the right way. Flowing is the word for woman as flowers in the breeze. We need this state for health more than less.
For me, I am in stress in business and life so all the rest of the time, i am seeking practices to get to relax. I seek movements to support my destress and it is easier to stick to for I like it. It is better for my feminine body, balancing my hormones and systems, giving me a good feeling in my body no matter what shape it is in. Amazingly, I feel good in my body and move in ways delightful and it gets fit without all this effort. It can rebalance on its own with its own innate health system when it gets to rejuvenate, renew, recenter. That is only done in oxytocin, in the parasympathetic nervous system.
As you come up with your new routine this fall of how to find better physical expression. Keep these truths in your mind and consider dong something truly enjoyable for your body. Make sure your body likes it to. Forget the mind and the principles you think matter like no pain no gain. They are for men. For woman it is all about grace and ease! It works too for you body is happiest when it is in this playful, fun state as a woman.
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