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As a child and teenage gymnast I remember many tears. Ankle weighted toe shoe walks, bouncing splits pushed from above, hollow back pulses. And then I’d go home and try and replicate them each day until next practice, each time with the same tears.

Funnily enough I’m not that into pain anymore ha. But I am into the notion my body is telling me stuff thru symptoms and trying to listening to those. Which can be really difficult for most of us living in such highly inflamed bodies, where inflammation becomes a barrier to our ability to feel. And not just from physical overuse or poor food choices or even the best food choices we can from poorly nourished soil. We just live in so much stress, which alone is enough to inflame us all.

So if we can’t hear what our body’s saying to us how do we learn to listen to it?

One of the simplest ways is to turn your attention to the way your body is feeling right now. Take a few deep breaths and relax each part of your body starting from the top of your head and working your way down to the bottom of your feet. Once you’ve checked into your physical state, take stock of your surroundings using all your senses. Notice the breeze on your skin. The beauty of a nearby tree or flower. Your kid’s sweet voice echoing from his play room. And say a silent prayer of gratitude for all that’s happening around you that you can experience by simply being still.

We spend so much time swapping from one activity to the next we seldom stop to ‘live’ in our bodies. Frequent check-ins help me relax and in turn applied to movement help me improve. Try it. Be bodyful!

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