God holds us accountable much differently than we do. God gives us so much more mercy, more time, more chances, and more tries than we allow ourselves. If you are feeling frustrated with your progress in life or in Warm Up, bring that frustration to God and ask for help.
“Dear God, I feel frustrated with the goals that I set for myself, please help me to show up in a way that is pleasing to You, Dear God.”
And allow all of the stress in your heart to be lifted.
When we pray and ask God for help a different kind of accountability shows up. The question changes from “did you show up on your mat?” to “did you show up on your mat with love?”. Often when we set goals for ourselves there are days we achieve those goals and days we miss it completely. We struggle. And that struggle is inherently human. It is normal and real. We celebrate the days we make it happen, there is a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment, a feeling of “I did it!”.
On the days we miss we tend to feel badly about ourselves, emotions like anger, frustration, even hatred can surface. The new challenge is “Can we learn to love ourselves in success and failure?”. Let the days you miss it motivate you even more for the next day to make it happen. Life is like a spiral, at times we spiral away from our intentions, and then we spiral back to fulfilling our dreams. Consistency is based off of what feels good, what works, and what makes us feel closer to God. Notice how you feel when you do practice Warm Up. Let that be a template in your heart that brings you back day after day to sign in, press play, Warm Up daily, and love yourself daily.
How to Pick the Right Warm Up for You?
Developing the Warm Up program I leaned deeply on intuition. Day after day I would flip out my mat and ask God, “What do You want me to know about movement, anatomy, and healing in Your Name, God?” Warm Up is the result of that exploration. For years I studied movement from different forms such as Pilates, Yoga, Self-Massage, Weight Training, Dance, Martial Arts, and Meditation. Warm Up is a combination of all of the understanding that I have gained as a result of study and practice. Knowing exercises without practicing them is knowledge lost. Warm Up is only beneficial to you when you put it into practice. Learn the movements, internalize them so you can do them on your own, and practice them. Simple movements like wrist circles and finger magic can be done anywhere and anytime. These movements release tension, increase awareness, and are a loving way to care for your body.
How do you choose the right movements for you? There are 3 suggestions I have for you.
- Pray at the beginning of each workout and ask God, “Dear God, You are the Guide, please lead me to the right Warm Up workouts that are the best for me.” Focus on your breathing and listen. Notice which videos pop off the screen or seem highlighted. And then check in with God again, “Dear God, is this the specific Warm Up workout You are showing me that You want me to practice?” Once again listen and breathe.
- Schedule a one on one session with me, either in person or on Skype. I will guide you through this process and help you to see, hear, and feel which movements would most benefit you.
- Start simple, follow the order of the exercises on the site. They have a mindful progression for you. If anything hurts or feels painful, leave it out. Make note of which movements cause discomfort should you visit a Physical Therapist or Doctor you can let them know and this will bring you closer to a diagnosis.
Warm Up has a balanced mixture of movements that have you lying down, seated, kneeling, standing, planking, and seated in a chair. Ask your body at the beginning of each workout, “what do you need and how can I serve you?” This becomes a two part process that is a great intention to set at the beginning of each workout and can be done quickly.
2 PART PROCESS TO KNOW WHICH WARM UP WORKOUTS TO PRACTICE:
- “Dear God, please guide me.”
- Speaking to yourself, “What do you need and how can I serve you?”
The more Warm Up workouts that you watch, practice and learn, the greater your movement vocabulary expands to answer these two questions.