Is it odd that though I love a life filled with movement, I’ve never once considered myself in training?
Practice – yes. But training – never even thought about it.
Until the other day, when my friend invited me to join her for bootcamp class at her gym.
After spending an hour in drills and other conditioning kinds of exercises it became evident — I was way out of my element!
Towards the end of the session, the instructor (or was it a coach?) explained the purpose of the dynamic workout — it’s to raise our conditioning levels. He tied it in with elite athleticism. The goal is to perform better, faster, stronger.
This got me thinking about my workout, or practice. It’s not so goal oriented. On my best days — my practice is about the journey. It’s an internal experience that works its way out. And everyone in class contributes to this collective energy that (hopefully) fills the room.
My movement practice is my expression. It’s my opportunity to unite in mind, body and soul.
Perhaps athletes call this their state of flow. For me, it’s a presence that connects me deeper within.
And I am working to be better…from the inside out.
What’s your experience with training vs.practice?
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