Pleasure Principles 1.4 Move
Deeper Teachings,  Pleasure Principles,  Sensuality,  Yoga/Embodiment

Pleasure Principles 1.4/Move

In the last session we talked about the importance of proper nourishment of the body. Now that you’re feeding yourself properly, breathing deeply, and drinking plenty of water, it’s time to get moving!

Week 4: Move Yo Ass!

Movement

Movement is required by the physical vehicle for the same reason that breath is required. Breath moves life force energy around the body on a more subtle level. Physical movement moves the energy around the body on a more gross level. Movement also assists in the detoxification and evacuation processes, as well as keep the body fit and flexible. Just as the body needs to take in energy and nourishment, there are wastes and toxins that need to be released as well. Physical movement moves the denser energy of the body as the breath moves the more subtle energy of the body. 

Physical energy, like subtle energy, can become stagnant if not allowed to move fluidly. Observe children. They are constantly in physical motion. They also rarely have the physical ailments that older humans acquire. It is not until they are taught to sit motionless for long periods of time that they begin to complain of such maladies. Bodies that do not move regularly become sticky and thick in this denser energy sometimes called qi. It coagulates and binds together creating its own version of ailments and sickness. If combined with lack of deep breathing, lack of proper nourishment or hydration, the toxic effects are exacerbated. 

One of the best things to do to move your body is yoga. Yoga combines movement, stretching, mindfulness, and breathing all in one. Of course, literally anything that gets your body going is going to work. You can walk, run, dance, swim, jump on a trampoline, whatever. Just move for at least 20 min 3-5 days a week and you will be doing all right. Try not to think of it as exercise, try to think of it as self-care. Just make sure that you are doing something you actually enjoy. It will be much harder to stay consistent if you hate it. Pick several things and alternate if you need to. Have a dance party in your undies. Turn you cleaning routine into a purposeful calisthenic or aerobic exercise. Mix it up if you get bored. Just move your body a little bit everyday. Even a 5 min stretch session is better than nothing. Like Nike says, “Just Do It!”.

Detox & Release

Evacuation, aka ‘peein’ and poopin’, requires free and natural movement. Disallowing the proper outflow accumulates toxins and stagnant energies that clog up the bodily functions. Over toxic organs, cells, and bodily systems cannot perform properly if they are not allowed to release what no longer serves them. Expansion, as in the inhalation of the breath, creates the space and brings into the body what it needs. Contraction as in exhalation, pushes out that which is used up, or is no longer needed in order to make space for more of what the body does need.

The idea of these “down-there” bodily functions has been made shameful by many who do not understand the beauty and necessity of releasing in order to allow new life in. It is required by the body to release all waste, lower vibrational energies and frequencies as they are not life giving but rather life depleting and must be let go of. If you are eating a healthful and balanced diet, hydrating and moving regularly, it is not often necessary to do specific detox diets or cleanses.

Unfortunately, we do typically overindulge or are not as mindful as we would like to be about what we are ingesting. If you notice signs like excess gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, rashes, sluggishness, mental fog, fatigue…etc. You may consider doing a gentle detox program. Now, I am not a nutritionist or a doctor, just from my personal experience here are some things that have really helped my system feel free and clear again.

  1. Take a Break, or Cut Back

Sometimes all your body needs is a break. If you drink alcohol regularly, take a break. If you know that you are lactose intolerant but love dairy, take a break. If you know that you are sensitive to gluten or tomatoes, or anything else, just take a break.

You don’t have to give it up for good, but your body might need a chance to rebuild and repair without having to constantly put out the fire caused by the exaggerated reactions to allergens or toxins.

  1. Take Proper Supplements

Again, I’m not a physician or a nutritionist, you will need to have some blood work or a consultation to decide what is best for your body. However, things that are typically safe and greatly assist the body are things like Vitamin C, Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin D, Zinc, Probiotics, and Trace Minerals. Make sure you are getting a good quality product. I’d recommend going to a natural health food store. They often have certified and/or highly knowledgable people who can help you find what you need.

  1. Go Raw

You don’t have to become a vegan or a vegetarian to see the benefits. All you have to do is ADD more raw fruits and vegetables into your diet. This can include juicing and smoothies as well. I have seen phenomenal results from celery juice to get my system moving again if it feels clogged or sluggish.

  1. Fast

Fasting is not my personal thing, but I know a ton of people who swear by them. Again, start slow and gentle. Do proper research or speak to a professional who can guide you on the best way to start and end your fast. It is incredibly important that you take away and re-introduce solid foods gradually and properly as to not shock your system.

  1. Hydrocolon Therapy

Not everyone’s cup of tea, but I used to get them regularly and felt fucking fantastic. Do make sure that whatever colon-hydrotherapist you go to is properly certified, well recommended, and uses a closed, gravity type machine. These are the most gentle as well as the safest. It is usually recommended that you get 3 treatments close together, especially if it is your first time. After that, you can go on a maintenance schedule that fits your goals and your budget.

  1. Pay Attention!

Digestive and bowel health are phenomenally important to the overall health of the body. All you have to do is start paying attention to the way you feel after you eat certain things to know if your body agrees with it or not. That language is actually so perfect for this. Does you body agree with what you are ingesting or not? If you two are not on the same page about something, you will have to negotiate.

The same thing goes for your movement practice. Does your body agree with the movement you have chosen? Does it like the frequency, the intensity or do you need to adjust your program to honor your body better?

The Practice:

♥ For the next 7 days you are going to design, implement, or revamp your movement practice! If you already have it down pat, then focus on implementing conscious and focused breathing during your practice time.

♥ Commit to moving your body for at least 20 min 3-5 days out of the week. If you are used to not moving at all whatsoever, start with 2-5 min 3 days a week and work your way up. You want to do something achievable and sustainable. If you burn yourself out by going too hard in the beginning, you are more likely to get discouraged.

♥ Remember, this is not an exercise or fitness program. This is not a diet. This is a lifestyle change. Lifestyle changes are best done in small, digestible, bite-sized pieces.

♥ If your digestion is a whole entire mess, don’t make any drastic changes. Just start by adding one new healthier choice every 1-2 weeks. When you have gotten used to adding in new things and your body has acclimated, then you can begin the process of taking things out. Do it SLOWLY! Don’t force yourself to give up wheat, dairy, meat and sugar all at once. You will feel like you are starving, and it’s because you will be.

♥ Set timers or reminders if you need. Get a buddy to meet you for a walk or at the yoga studio a few times a week. Hell, get a dog if you have to. Most dog owners naturally get there recommended movement in just by walking their furry friend everyday.

Pro Tip:

If you struggle, realize that there is a part, or several parts of you that are scared to make any changes. The way that you treat your body is often a reflection of certain coping mechanisms picked up during childhood. Your habits keep you safe as far as those parts are concerned. It is actually quite abusive to force or demand huge changes from yourself. Have compassion!

Treat yourself like a small child who is afraid of getting in the water. Would you just throw that terrified child into the pool? I hope you wouldn’t! You would want to understand their fear, and gently show them that its safe by gradually introducing them to more and more, little by little. Please do this with yourself as well.

Your body is highly adaptive. Even if how you’ve been treating it is not ideal, it is used to what it is used to. If it is used to eating junk food and being constipated, a raw food or master juice cleanse is going to devastate it. You will feel fucking terrible. You will blame this “healthy” way of being and you will be right. That failure will only reinforce any negative programs you have running.

Same thing goes with going from being a couch potato to training for a marathon. Your body will completely reject that program by becoming injured or otherwise incapacitated. Be gentle with your body as it gets used to something new. Gradual, baby-steps are almost always more successful than a complete and total overhaul overnight.

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