I love the "Walking Blues" and Corey Harris is a superb musician. Guess what, he is coming to Harvester Moon in August. Maybe I will see you there. We can request this song. What's that got to do with movement health you ask? Well I often listen to music when I'm out walking - and also, we dance at gigs, and people keep telling me I need to get out more - so all those boxes are now ticked.
A Free Taste of What We Do
Do you have friends and / or family who might like a taste of what we do? Then send them along to the KYO Yoga Wellness Hub's opening weekend. Times are yet to be confirmed, but it is likely that we will host sessions on Saturday and Sunday. Send me a quick email if you'd like to be kept up to date.
Last week I posted a photo of my quick quad stretch at the park. Here is the complementary hamstring stretch. Do them both regularly and take care of some of the most important optimal walking muscles.
Out in the Real World Practice
Remember that no matter whether our issue is at the ground level or all the way up at the neck and shoulders (including headaches, foggy brain and more) - it all comes back to Gait Basics. How we move is generally how we feel. So pull out your Gait Basics and Daily Movement Multivitamin sheets and revisit them regularly. If you do nothing else calf stretch as much as you can every day. This is your body equivalent of brushing your teeth - infact do it while you are brushing your teeth.
Take care and I look forward to seeing most of you in a few weeks, and for those of you heading off travelling to warmer places for the winter - be safe and have some wonderful adventures.
PS. If you are Calf Stretching, you could also add the Soleus Stretch. Katy Bowman demonstrates it here and explains the benefit of maintaining the external rotation of the thigh.
PPS. Here are two of my favourite Alignment Snacks for holiday home practice sessions. The delicious, lots of rolling around on the floor - "Let's Do The Twist" and a great one for balance and lateral hips "A Balanced Approach to Hip Strength". Just click on the photo for a link directly to the right section of the Nutritious Movement website.