Category: Other
Word of the Month: Transcend

The purpose of life is not to transcend the body, but to embody the transcendent.

-H.H. Dalai Lama

The word Transcend is a little esoteric, I know, but when it is embraced it has the potential to be transforming. Life is beautiful and amazing, but it also can be difficult and overwhelming. To be able to transcend is to be able to overcome; to triumph over the negative or restrictive aspects in our lives. To transcend is to be able to rise above and go beyond limits – further than we could ever imagine possible.

This is a very relevant word for The Dailey Method right now because we have been incorporating Dailey Meditations into our practice to help ourselves and our Students continue to find more balance in our day to day lives. And meditation is an amazing tool to help us transcend the circumstances in our lives. Our teacher, Lorna Bennett, has years of experience with teaching meditation as well as being a Life Coach. She’s recorded albums for us to use in class and at home and now has recorded videos for our online streaming platform that will be available to view and practice this month.

Lorna says: “For me, meditation is a tool for both Transcendence (recognizing I am bigger than this body, this age, this experience) and Embodiment (feeling grateful I get to be alive IN this body, this moment, this sensual experience right now!) Being in meditation is like a delicious dance between those two realms (Consciousness & Embodiment) — being-with everything that’s happening, and at the same time recognizing I am the witness not the experience. I love the way meditation lets me feel unconditionally peaceful and ecstatically alive —Both at once.”“Meditation can be sensual — a way of turning ourselves ON mentally, physically, sexually, spiritually — every day.  And, meditation can be transcendent — a way of connecting with the part of us that is bigger than our body, the part of us that is the eternal witness not the human experience of embodiment.”

There are other ways to work on incorporating the power of Transcendence outside of meditation.

A practice that I have recently incorporated in my life is the act of future journaling. I was inspired to do this while attending The Brunch Series with Danika Brysha: (Which I highly recommend by the way!) This is one of my favorite evening routines. By writing about how I envision and imagine my future, I am able to Transcend past where I am right now and focus and direct my energy towards the positive direction I want my life to take. It also helps me stay focused on continual self care during the process.

Here are some ways to Transcend in your Dailey Method practice life:

1) MUSIC: When a song comes on in class that you love – allow the melody to carry you to a place that transcends your workout. When the music softens, have your movement match that energy – when the music reaches a crescendo, see if you can feel yourself on that heightened journey with respect to how many more repetitions you can carry out in an exercise. Build and Transcend on the intensity of the experience.

2) INTENTIONALITY: Welcome  a positive belief or a comment into your practice–a belief or meaningful phrase that lifted you up in some way once in your life. Allow this thought or idea to become an action by saying it to yourself several times in class during challenging sections. I promise you that your mindful focus will allow you to Transcend a potentially mundane practice or class into an AMAZING journey! Let’s go!

3) ATTITUDE: Transcend what you believe to be possible by tackling every challenge we give you in class today with an “I CAN DO” attitude. Take that self-empowerment with you as you walk out of here!

Happy 2019! I hope this year allows us all to transcend towards all the beauty we deserve in life!

Jill Dailey

There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try to do. Anais Nin

 

Word of the Month: Connect

WOM Connect

We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.  Herman Melville

One of the things that I appreciate the most about The Dailey Method is that it’s an environment that invites and nurtures connection in a number of different ways. We all desire and crave connection. Connecting with our students and our communities is something that we value and is at the core of our training. Here are different ways we train our teachers and staff to connect, and can help you to focus on connecting with others and yourself this month.

  1. Connect with someone through eye contact. With a store clerk, the local barista and definitely with people that are important in your life. This is my absolute favorite way to connect with people. It lets them know I’m present with them, I see them, and that I am truly listening to what they’re saying. It’s even better if a smile accompanies it!
  2. Connect to what it takes you to get to class in light of your busy life. Notice the steps you took to be here 1, 2, 3, 4  or 5 times a week. Thank and appreciate yourself for taking those steps.
  3. Connect to one to two steps you can take in class to deepen your practice versus doing an exercise the same way you’ve always done it. Try holding the depth in thigh work a little longer than you normally would, resetting plank by going onto your knees to find deeper engagement, or self adjusting in back dancing with your hands on your hips to sense the squareness of your pelvis and achieve better alignment.
  4. Connect to your breath. Only by leaning into challenge or adversity do we ever see it through. Breathe and lean in so that you can meet physical challenges in class today in a new way. Let it help you find length and depth of engagement or push you through a difficult section of class. Take this breath and connection with you into the remainder of your day.
  5. Connect internally with your mind and your body. At The Dailey Method we work on cuing micro adjustments so you can achieve better alignment and get deeper into a position. This focus can also translate to a much needed meditative focus on your body and breath. Connection to oneself requires that we carve out the space to be present with ourselves and get out of our head. It can feel overwhelming, I know, but it’s as important in creating a more balanced and peaceful life. Just think how your might be affected by this small shift!
  6. Commit to connect with or to say hi to someone in the studio today, before or after class. It could be a person you’ve seen in passing, have always thought was interesting, or that you just happen to be standing next to. We spend so much of life with our heads down and on our to-do list and while you may not know this person, it’s possible you could be missing opportunities to meet amazing people you were meant to become connected to in this lifetime. The more we can connect with our communities the more potential support we can both give and receive in our lives.

 

With eye contact and a smile!  Jill

 

The Dailey Method Fit Tip/ Parallel Squat

Fit tip/Parallel Squat

Knowledge is power! At The Dailey Method we understand that the more knowledge we can give you, the more power you each have to continually evolve within and deepen your practice. Education is a primary key to changing the way we all move for the better.

Take Parallel Squat as an example:

This is an exercise that has been around for a long time and it is highlighted in many different types of fitness classes because of its effectiveness. It’s primarily thought of as a thigh exercise but at TDM we consider it one of our “thigh/seat” combos because there is tremendous strength to be gained in your gluteals and hamstrings on the upward part of the movement. These muscles live at the base of your spine and help you stabilize in all movement. They assist you in achieving better balance and do a huge job with respect to supporting a healthier spine as you move through life.  

Like all of the exercises we teach, Parallel Squat is a functional exercise. While aligning and maintaining neutral spine during the movement you are training your body to bend and lift in its most supported state. This translates in so many practical ways and applies to your everyday activities in life. Picking up your kids when they need you, or sitting down and getting up off of a chair are only a few notable and integral ways to understand the importance of the health and strength of these muscles. Your mind and body will work together to create this movement safely and efficiently because you’ve already practiced the training in our classes, online videos or on your own.

Parallel squat is also an exercise that provides you with the tremendous benefits of strengthening your knee joint. This can help offset or rehabilitate knee problems, especially the more common ones that are medial or lateral to the joint.

It’s pertinent to know that there are subtle differences in the location of the acetabulum (the socket of your pelvis where your femur inserts) and the length of the femur (thigh bone). This results in making different squat variations more or less challenging in different bodies. Always prioritize alignment and active muscular engagement over depth and range of motion. Your neighbor may be lower but you’re both doing what’s ideal for your own body type.

Here’s how to do the perfect Parallel Squat.

  1. Feet are parallel and hip distance apart. This can be visualized by lining up the center of your foot with the bony protuberance in the front of your pelvis (ASIS).
  2. Feel your weight distribution evenly through all four corners of your feet, bend your knees as deeply as you can. Your knees will come forward of your ankle joint but must stay behind your toes.
  3. Lift your torso as upright as you can, maintaining neutral spine. It will be a parallel angle with your shins but the more you focus on lifting your torso upright the more capacity you have to
  4. While extending your legs focus on the energy of pressing upright from your gluteals and the energy of dragging your heels behind you to engage your hamstrings. On the lowering position envision the elongation of your quadriceps. This will keep them engaged throughout and help encourage a longer, stronger muscle.
  5. As you bend your knees, keeping them aligned over the centerline of the foot gives you the support of both the inner thighs and the outer thighs. Pay attention to hugging your inner shins towards one another while pressing your inner thighs away from each other at the same time throughout the bending and lengthening. This action is referred to as “shins in, thighs out’ and helps you maintain engagement of both inner and outer thighs so you’re hugging muscle to bone and optimizing stability and power – front to back, side to side. 
  6. Stay present in your movement. Use your mind to focus on how your body feels and your teacher’s words to help you achieve optimal alignment in order to get deeper into your position.

In future fit tips I’ll visit a wider squat stance in a turned-out squat so that you can note the difference and determine what feels best in your body!

Happy aligned and engaged squatting!

Jill

September Word of the Month : Conviction

“Strong convictions precede great actions.”
-James Freeman Clarke

Belief. It can oftentimes be more powerful than reality. It can even change, shift and influence reality. Though it is intangible, we can never underestimate what belief can do.

That is why in September at The Dailey Method we will focus on a more deeply-held belief – Conviction. When you start to do things with conviction and treat yourself as the remarkably capable being you are, you become just that…the remarkably capable being that you are.

Here are four simple ways to succeed with conviction this month:

Set Goals & Visualize What Success Feels Like. Yes, what success physically feels like. If you want to come out of September stronger, meditate on how you feel when you work hard, when you stay on track and when you give it your all…reminding yourself of that feeling is an extremely powerful visual tool.

Did you say Goals? Yes, that’s right. Not only set goals, but write them down, keep them front and center and rely on everything and everyone necessary to keep your beliefs strong. Re-confirm these goals with someone who will hold you accountable (which might happen to be the most blunt person you know. #toughlove.)

Self Compassion is More Helpful than Self Esteem  – A study at Berkeley conducted by Serena Chen suggests that those with self-compassion achieve better results than those who simply have a high self-esteem (though you should have both.) One of the reasons for the difference is that people with higher self-compassion tend to see their actions or weaknesses as something to be changed. In short – meet your missteps with the same determination as your goals – acknowledge them, learn from them and then power on with conviction.

Prepare for the Month AheadYes this requires conviction too! Be determined to set yourself up for success. This can mean a solid meal prep plan or mapping out your schedule so that your resolve is not tested. We have all been in that “How-am-I-going-to-squeeze-in-my-workout-today?” panic. Get ahead of the game, be strong and stick to the scheduling and structures that will make life easier.

Speaking of preparation, check out our next post as Align & Shine is just around the corner!!!

A New Method Move That Will Change Your Life Forever

We’ve all heard of the infamous Waterski… and we get our glorious glutes from the Fold-over… but have you ever heard of the “Lean In?”

This is the most important exercise yet.

The “Lean In” move is a practice in vulnerability which helps create deep and meaningful relationships. I know, I know – “But that sounds harder than Waterski!!!”

And just like Waterski, it may be hard in the moment, but it creates lasting results.

I’m sure it’s pretty safe to assume that one of the reasons you joined The Dailey Method was because of community. TDM is not just known for it’s effective workouts. It’s also known for it’s awesome events, continued education and retreats – all geared around community. In fact, most of the owners I know lovingly refer to their members as their tribe!

You plank together, back-dance together… and you may even drink wine together on occasion! But how well do you really know Sara in your 8:30am class?

Have you shared your fears?

Does she know your mantra?

Does she know what makes you LOL?

That is where The 30 Clean comes in. You see, it’s not really about food. It’s about being vulnerable. It’s about “Leaning In.”

So, while TDM has provided you with this amazing community of like-minded members, The 30 Clean is going to give you a chance to get to know everyone on a whole new level.

HOW DOES THE 30 CLEAN TAKE YOU TO YOU TO THAT NEXT LEVEL?

  • You and all of your TDM besties, friends, instructors and acquaintances are going to be grouped together in a private Facebook group. (Non-Facebook group options available via our Simple Start Program.)
  • We will be recipe sharing and photo journaling our meals. (And no… You don’t have to be a professional food stylist! #FiltersNotRequired)
  • Each day TDM and T30C will be posting Non-Food Challenges (NFC’s) that will have you putting yourself first, thinking deep about your life goals, laughing, crying and getting to know each other.
  • Between TDM’s team and our team you are going to get epic amounts of support and compassion. Remember, it’s about progress not perfection.

Now, who is ready to “Lean In?”

Want to learn more about The 30 Clean? Click HERE!

-Heather & Molly

Top