At precisely 2:48 last Sunday afternoon, I was sitting in front of the television, clapping and crying with glee like a total dork when the SpaceX crew splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico. I was glued for hours – watching a ship recover the parachutes, the recovery ship hoist the capsule up on the deck, the crew purge any toxic gases from around the hatch door, and finally the two astronauts carefully exit, safe and sound. The entire thing went off exactly as they had planned. I listened to the announcer talk about how they had practiced each step of this whole event many, many times. I can’t remember exactly the words she used, but it reminded me of why we practice anything – why we practice somatics – over and over.
The astronauts, crew, and engineers all practiced in very safe, controlled environments; over the course of months, and with changing variables. They try to account for anything that could come up during the one try that really counts. And as a result, they splashed down in exactly the spot they’d planned for, at the exact time, and everyone on the team worked together with the knowledge that they’d done each step before.
Sometimes, that practice can seem boring and mindless. Our brains kind of want something to change, to give us something novel to shake things up. But that’s a part of the practice too, right? Our own inner work is slow, it’s ideally SAFE, and it’s exploratory, so that when we need to act quickly, it’s been right there with us all along. Last week, I talked about the dinosaurs that are lurking around every corner. The SpaceX landing gave me so much inspiration that we can find safety, even when there is a LOT of pressure on us. And on top of that, accomplish greatness. It is truly a practice.
In this week’s class, you’ll learn about how your back muscles help you to stand up safely. Flexible, supportive back muscles help us confidently face the world with curiosity. This class will be mostly on the belly, with a couple breaks to flip over & rest.
Here is the link for this week’s Somatics Restart class – tomorrow, Thursday at 12pm noon eastern time.
Meeting ID: 920 9198 5888
Classes run 35-45 minutes. Make sure you have a yoga mat sized space for the practice. Your video and audio will be off when you first get in the “room”, you have the option to turn both on. I’d love to *see* you, but feel free to remain off if you’re more comfortable that way 🙂
Class fee is by donation. Feel free to join anytime, and if you’d like to support my teaching (THANK YOU), you can click here to do so.
Curious if a one-with-one online session would work for you? I offer free 15 minute consults via Zoom or by phone.