Friday Five for November 29, 2019

Yuri Marmerstein

If you’re like me, after a day of excess, I am ready to move. Maybe this Friday Five rabbit hole will inspire you to get at it in a healthier way.

1. WatchingOptimizing Shoulder Position for Handstand by Yuri Marmerstein Yuri Marmerstein is a wealth of knowledge about handbalancing and acrobatics. He meets people where they are with regard to technique instead of dogmatically trying to uphold inflexible rules that don’t necessarily help the practitioner. In this video, Yuri discusses the shoulder position for handstand, which will help you better understand the details and factors that go into holding yourself upsidedown. 

2. WatchingAre You Taking A Scarcity Mindset With Your Body? by Kate Galliett In this video, Kate Galliett (@theunbreakablebody) discusses two kinds of mindsets you could deploy when it comes to your body. One–scarcity mindset–is highly common, but not very helpful. The other–abundance mindset–is the ticket to reaching your goals happily, maintaining your body’s capabilities for the long haul, and having as much fun with the process as possible. You can do all the best drills and follow the routine most diligently, but if you don’t address what’s happening in your mind, you’re going to struggle with longterm success.

3. ReadingYou’re Standing In Your Own Way by Kate Galliett Continuing on the Kate Galliett train, I am loving this article on how forcing yourself to tick all the boxes on your training checklist and using “high-tension movement strategies” can lead to overuse injuries, chronic muscle tightness, and lackluster results. She says the goal is to become someone capable of using varying degrees of tension based on the current situation you find yourself in. In other words, be adaptable.

4. ReadingThe Wisdom Your Body Knows by David Brooks In this NY Times opinion piece, David Brooks talks about the vagus nerve, which emerges from the brain stem and wanders across the heart, lungs, kidney and gut. The vagus nerve is one of the pathways through which the body and brain talk to each other in an unconscious conversation. Signals go up to the brain, which records the “autonomic state” you are in. It’s a good introduction to these concepts in lay terms.

5. ReadingCircus as a Healing Art: What Polyvagal Theory Teaches Us About Why Circus Works by Lacy Alana Lacy Alana bridges the gap between David Brooks’s article and circus. According to Lacy, circus provides patterned, repetitive, somatosensory, and relational activity that is regulating and healing for our lower brain. It provides us with a unique opportunity to expand our window of tolerance by providing us with safe  and progressive opportunities to practice shifting between states. And circus is fun, which makes this process of learning and growth satisfying and reinforcing in a way that isn’t always inherent when we’re doing work to move outside of our “nervous system comfort zone.” 

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