FIT.HIP.MINDFUL (RACHEL DORE, PSY.D.) 10 Oct 2013
The beauty of Mindfulness, in my opinion, comes from its simplicity. It is about training the mind to pay attention to the present or the “here and now.” Mindfulness is the perfect antidote to our tendency to bring stress in with us to spaces that are meant to be “stress-free.” Below, you will find the three major tenants of Mindfulness (Intention, Attention, and Attitude) and my spin on how you can turn each principle into a guiding mantra to maximize your workout:
Fit.Hip. Mantra: “I Am Ready”
• Before class, take 30 seconds to state your intention: Why did you come today? What is the purpose of your visit? Most likely you came to burn some calories and kick some ass. Remind yourself of that.
• As you put your belongings into your locker, think about it symbolically: with every item that goes in, feel yourself become a little lighter and un-burdened with the worries of your day.
• Listen to the sound as you close your locker: it is the gong that commences your stress-free, clutter-free hour… leave it all safely behind and locked away.
Your intention is to be present for the entire class—from warm up to warm down. It’s your hour.
Fit.Hip. Mantra: “I Am Here”
• It’s natural for your mind to wander. Our attention naturally will wax and wane in an hour’s time. When you notice it, remember your intention. Just bring yourself back.
• Focus your attention on your senses:
o What does the mat feel like underneath your toes?
o Focus on the sound of your breath, or that of your instructor’s
o Make eye-contact with yourself in the mirror
o Listen to the beat of the music; feel the bass radiate through your body from head to toe
o Make eye-contact with the instructor
o What do your muscles feel like? Are they burning? Shaking?
Breathe. Let thoughts float into your mind. Your inhale symbolizes your acceptance of this thought; Your exhale symbolizes the release of this thought from your mind and body. Just blow it out.
Fit.Hip. Mantra: “I Am Strong”
• Be patient with yourself. No one goes from modifying to doing everything in full-plank and stiletto over night. No one sees a CCS sequence once and instantly knows it by heart.
• Accept yourself as you are. Accept your physical limitations and do not judge yourself for what you can or cannot do.
• Be open. Be open to corrections from your instructors. Be open to a new instructor or a last minute schedule change. Be open to version to 2.0 of your favorite class even though you didn’t realize that’s what you signed up for.
• Trust yourself. Trust your instructor. Trust your body and listen to it. You can do this.
You are powerful. You are flexible. You are Lithe.
Image of Lithe Instructor Kelly Wong wearing Lithe via Dom