Share more about the significance of the interdisciplinary approach that weaves movement and exercises science principles.
I am, by nature, a synthesizer and am interested in the connections between things. Having always been fascinated by the science of human movement, I decided to let myself explore the questions I had by looking outside of the system as opposed to seeking answers from an authority figure from within the tradition. And I like to practice and teach in a way that encourages curiosity and inquiry rather than dogma or orthodoxy.
I research and apply what I learn from many modalities, among them:
1) Modern pain science–especially the bio-psychosocial approach as well as the exercise science principles like how the body adapts to applied loads. Principles like SAID (Specific Adaptations to Imposed Demands)
2) Progressive Overload is very helpful. So are my studies in motor learning, and functional neurology.
I am a movement optimist. I feel that people are better off moving than not moving and that what we can do as teachers is help people do the activities that they love without fear. Help them realize how robust and resilient they are, and how yoga and movement practice can build their capacity to do and keep doing the things that they love.
You have been featured in Yoga International, Prevention Magazine, The New York Times, and other publications. How successful have you been in extending your knowledge to women worldwide?
The message I spread of movement optimism and the importance of a playful approach has resonated around the globe. My presence in the publications you mentioned has definitely helped spread this message and fill the in-person workshops I taught all over the world pre-pandemic, and has aided in the memberships to my extensive online library of classes. Social media has helped spread the message as well.
You founded The Playground, a virtual studio, and library where you impart your intelligent, playful, and evolving approach to yoga and movement to students globally. How far has it benefited women in their 50s and above?
The Playground, my On Demand library has members of all ages. We are especially grateful for the many women (and men) who are well over 50 years old. They are active people who also want to keep doing what they love regardless of age. They are trailblazers and amazing people with inspiring stories and a lot of wisdom. I am so grateful for this community. We support each other and support is a powerful thing.
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