1. How would you define your personal practice?
This may be the first time that I have officially answered this question. I suppose my personal practice has evolved organically over the years from sports and classes to gyms and parks. These days my gym is the ocean, but really a gym can be found anywhere, even my garden. My practice is never the same despite much repetition and practice. My tools are mostly wetsuits and surfboards. I find surfing much more than a recreational activity. It is also my church, connection to this planet and disconnection from the chaos all in one. It is the only playing-field that spectators and participants will watch and admire. It encompasses heavy breathwork and elevating my heart rate during the paddle out while providing space for meditation and lowering my heart rate beyond the breakers. I get to look out to the horizon and see what waves are coming my way, and it is the only wave on a human scale that we can see, hear and ride.
2. What turning points have you encountered on your movement journey?
Understanding breath and breathing technologies have been the greatest turning points in movement. First breathe well, then breathe often. 😉 Studying Gary Ward’s Flow Motion Model would be the other great turning point in understanding movement in my personal self exploration of movement and space, as well as, when working with other humans.
3. What role has injury played in cultivating your current niche?
Injury truly showed me how connected the entire body is connected, and the source of pain can come from anywhere. My personal experience was leaving a chunk of my chin on concrete while skateboarding. I have had “chronic” hip pain and knee pain that was fully resolved by working on my jaw and scar. It blew my mind.
4. Do you consider yourself a teacher? Why or why not?
I consider myself a lifelong student who likes to explain things to others. The better I know the material, the better I will be able to deliver that information to others. I love connecting dots, experiencing lightbulbs and sharing that with others. If I can stand upon the shoulders of others, I hope to share the view and be sturdy shoulders for others to stand upon as well.
5. What has been your experience with physical education, both in the schooling system and sought out knowledge/ know-how elsewhere?
Retrospectively, physical education in school was a joke, but still my favorite block of the day. I would so deeply love for their to be a deeper delving into our bodies earlier on in education- truly getting to know our limbs and bones and bodies from a movement and self care perspective. As for sought out knowledge… the world is full of so much and of that muchness, we can find whatever we want: the good and the bad. My path has always been to notice when the money is already out of my bank account and I am signed up for the course. If I am hemming and hawing, I don’t sign up.
6. How do you involve your mind/ emotions into your physical routines?
They are inseparable despite not always remembering such a thing. Surfing and breath work are one of the best ways for me to allow emotions to move through me. Mostly, when emotional, my physical routines are a form of release. I think being aware of this is important so that I am not literally and figuratively running away from my problems or transitioning extra tension into my jaw when lifting.
7. What are your personal aspirations regarding movement? How do you hope to find purpose and use in the skills you have built?
I personally aspire to surf better, stronger, faster and longer truly for the sheer satisfaction of watching myself progress. Honestly, to happily honor my regressions also. Other than that, I aspire to know my body physically and emotionally all the better day after day hopefully providing space to understand other human body experiences.
8. How can people find/ contact you? Do you have a site or social media handle to share?
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