Category: Word of the Month
Word of the Month: Play

Yes, I’m late with this blog because I’m taking our August Word of the Month – Play- very seriously. I’m enjoying three different trips in three weeks, with work interspersed (cannot completely escape that!), but I’m definitely prioritizing Play!

I believe that summer is a time to relax and to be with our friends and families. It’s a time to travel and take time for ourselves. This is what I am embracing this month.

I’m currently on a trip in Toronto with my youngest son, Damian, who is 10 years old. Watching him – I witness that playing is something kids embrace SO easily and SO well. When you hang out with a 10 year old it’s clear that playing is a priority! We’ve taken tours, appreciated views, baseball games and ice cream together and yes- dropping the devices to stay present with where we are has been a welcomed and successful challenge. Makes ME feel like a kid again. This attitude and action of integrating PLAY in my day to day – could very well be the magical anti-aging technique. Next week I’m going to Lake Tahoe with all three of my kids. The Play will be priority but probably a bit more of a challenge with dropping the devices! But I’m up for it. I’ll post on instagram the horrified faces when they realize the threat of an entire 48 hours without devices is a real. Ha!

At the Dailey Method, we believe in balancing the mind, body and soul, fitness and fun, work and relaxation. And I’m firmly aligned with that belief (thank goodness!). We design our classes to incorporate balance between these factors and I’m thrilled that now, we are designing retreats to allow you to immerse yourself in this life practice. Don’t we all want to have childlike energy – forever?

When I can’t find the time or haven’t planned an extended vacation – or even when I need a day or two to simply escape – I head North to my favorite retreat spot at Indian Springs in Calistoga. And this is where we are holding our Fall retreat. I’m so excited!

I’d like to personally invite each of you to join me at this amazing place November 7- 9th, 2018.  We will definitely “Play” but with practical purpose! We’ve designed this Dailey Method Wellness Retreat to help you deeply relax, enjoy great food and experience fitness within a community of like-minded people. It’s also a great means to help you deepen your practice inside our studio and your life when you return to your regular routine.

You’ll experience multiple Dailey Method classes from myself and two other of our amazing Master Teacher trainers, healing hot springs, healthful meals and much, much more! There’s hiking, spa treatments, bikes, wine tasting and other adventures available for you to take advantage of outside of the curriculum we’ve created for you. And the best part – which I know doesn’t happen very often – is that we will take care of everything for you. Our goal is for you to relax, be present and Play.

Will you join me? I hope so!!

 

Word of the Month: Discover

WOM: Discover

Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew. Cicely Tyson

I love this picture of Master Teacher Trainer, Katina Griffin. It shows the power and capabilities we have to discover our own personal edge. There is so much thought and integration working throughout her entire body to hold this challenging position in phenomenal alignment. She’s focused and consistently discovering how she can align or engage deeper to reach her best potential – today.

Self discovery and experiencing new things are true passions of my own and I’m excited for our June word of the month: Discover. There’s so much in life to discover, to see and do and feel. I love to travel, be introduced to new cultures, experiences, sights, and to meet new people. I also love to play with movement. It allows me a chance to learn something new or experience something familiar in a very different way. So much of what we do at The Dailey Method is to help you discover what is inside of you. Our workout provides you opportunities in every class you take to uncover your best potential.  It calls on you to discover new challenges in a way that helps push you past your edge and onto greater achievements.

Here’s a few ways for you to “Discover” this month:

  1. Discover how your breath patterns can change the way an exercise feels. I tend to think generally the best technique is to inhale as you lengthen (move away from your center line) and exhale as you shorten (draw towards center line or the more exertive portion of the movement). But try it the other way and see if it changes the way you can engage. Or play with lengthening out your breath to see how that feels.
  2. Take different types of classes offered at your Studio or online this month. If you stick to Dailey Basics, try a Dailey Barre class. If you’re a Dailey Cyclist try a Dailey Interval class. If Dailey Interval or Dailey Fusion are generally you’re choice, try a Dailey Basics or Dailey Gentle instead. You may surprise yourself with what you discover which will inevitably help you gain even more out of the format you prefer.
  3. Challenge yourself to do something you’ve never done. This can be as simple as going to a movie by yourself or as big a challenge as skydiving!
  4. Stop and smell the flowers. (such old advice, I know!!)
  5. Discover a new body part to focus on today in a position where you tend to think of the exercise as only one-dimensional. An example: In Narrow V thigh work – work on engaging your gluteals and hamstrings more as you squeeze your heels together. This will allow you to feel how the back body and inner thighs can work as hard as  your quadriceps during thigh work. Especially on the upward part of the movement.
  6. Transform your Dailey Method practice by discovering  new ways to shape “your edge”. And “edge” doesn’t always refer to intensity. Today, maybe you opt to take a couple more resets versus pushing through a difficult part of class. Try it! You could discover a segue to inviting more allowance for recovery time in every class you take therefore opening the door to a 4-5 day a week TDM practice versus only 1-2.  

There are so many things out there to enjoy and discover.

Have fun exploring!!

Jill

 

 

 

WOM: Action

Word of the Month: Action

A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement. Bo Bennett

 

This week I’m integrating back into my business after the annual Dailey Method Owners Summit; which is possibly my favorite weekend of the year. I love to see and be in the same room with the amazing people who have chosen to be part of this community. Who have the passion and drive for all things Dailey. We learn, laugh, toast and workout together for 4 incredibly full days. As a result, we each return to our businesses feeling inspired, rejuvenated and excited for all that’s to come. Ready to continue to act in and on our businesses.

This year, so many amazing partners participated! Each of their contributions are paramount to our ability to inspire our TDM communities through action. It’s a constant evolution behind the scenes in the same way you watch incremental changes to our class content. Without these two elements working together, none of us would be able to continue to grow. 

When people think about The Dailey Method, the word “action” is prominent. It’s exercise, it’s based on our bodies in movement. But what I challenge you to think about this month is the intention behind the action. We all know, or have heard multiple times that “actions speak louder than words”. One of my consistent goals is to be the example I want to set. People learn from what we do so much more than what we say. If you have children this is probably already very clear to you. It’s much more effectual to demonstrate the behavior we desire, act on it, instead of just saying it. It’s similar when I lead a team of students, owners and teachers worldwide to be their best for the TDM company. I know I need to do my best to practice what I preach. I know that everyday it’s about the small actions I take that make the largest impact.

The TDM class is a consistent work in progress. Speaking of actions, I’m grateful and excited to continually innovate and expand the Method. I can’t give it away, but I’m certain you’ll be as thrilled as I am to see the exciting things we have to offer you over the next few months. Your workout, body, mind and overall experience at TDM will always continue to evolve and expand. 

I believe the act of postural awareness and alignment we teach in our classes is an amazing way for you to demonstrate and act how you want to be portrayed. It’s real. When you have better posture and feel better in your body, you demonstrate that through confidence and ease. And we can guide, lead, be an example so much more when we are physically comfortable.

And to end – one of my very favorite actions is the act of smiling. I know when I do that I make other people smile, other people feel better than they might have a moment before. I hope you take this month to think about how you act and how you can use that to impact.

Jill

 

 

 

WOM- Change

Change is a great word for April because it’s a time of year when we experience natural shifts around us that encourage us to change certain winter behaviors. The weather begins to move to warmer days and nights which instigates change in our activities. We move from indoor to more outdoor activities, we shift our diet from soups to salads, and change our wardrobes, since we no longer need the warm sweaters or jackets. Summer’s on the horizon, winter is on its way out. It’s an exciting time of year and usually welcomed because to most, the changes feel positive. In general, however, people tend to struggle with change in their lives or certain circumstances, especially if they feel the changes are happening to them or are outside of their control.  

Change is difficult: It’s easier to keep things as they are and to remain stagnant where things are comfortable, reliable, and predictable.

Change is scary: With change comes the unknown. The unknown presents, to many, situations that cause fear and trepidation. We have the tendency to avoid the unknown because it’s uncomfortable.

Change has potential to help one expand and grow: This is the transition in life where there is opportunity to shift us towards something greater than what we’re already doing. With change comes the power to do things differently, and ideally move us to a place where we end up doing better or at least learning from the experience and gaining a deeper understanding of our capabilities and strengths. To reject change versus embrace it, it is possible that we may never get the opportunity to grow and truly meet our greatest potential.

This is an all present word for me right now because we’ve recently had some changes inside corporate at The Dailey Method. The transitions with these changes have been difficult and at times very scary but I’m choosing to embrace changes potential! What remains consistent is my goal to continue to make The Dailey Method one of the best things you can incorporate into your life for your body, your mind and your community. My goal is for The Dailey Method to provide a place where your lifestyle, your friends, and your health all come together in one place. My commitment is to continue to offer the best classes, highest level of training and innovation with an intention to do the absolute best for people’s mind, body and soul. You may notice positive shifts occurring inside The Dailey Method because we believe that to remain stagnant is a hindrance on the ability and necessity to grow. We will continue to evolve and strengthen from the inside, out. That’s the kind of change that I believe we should all embrace.

In your practice: Notice transitions between variations and each exercise as your opportunity to embrace change. There is a shift from the focus of engagement either subtly (for example) from one part of your gluteal muscles to the next, as in seat work, or from one major muscle group to another, as in abdominal work into seat work. Don’t lose the prior engagement, utilize it to support you in the shift and refocus to the new one.  Another place you can change simply is the flow of your breath. I tend to cue inhalation on the lengthening component of the exercise and exhalation on the engagement. Try to mix it up to keep your mind present and see if it creates a difference in your ability to hold or relax into your practice.

In your life: Embrace change as something that’s happening WITH you, FOR you, not TO you. Don’t be afraid of things being different or not being certain of exactly what’s going to happen. Open your mind and heart to allowing things to be uncomfortable and seeing where you can personally shift along side that discomfort. To make a change in yourself and your life, be open to expanding yourself further in this world. Open yourself everyday to greater possibilities, opportunities and greatness.

We at the Dailey Method are embracing change this month. Join us!

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!!!

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