Connection to Mind and Body

I would like to send all my love to my yoga instructor Lindsay for all she does for my mind and body. Never did I think my body could move the way it does. I always thought that yoga would be easy until I tried and realized how difficult it can be. It takes a lot of time and dedication. Even though I’m nowhere near where I want to be, I am definitely seeing a lot of progress and I know that sticking with Movement For You will get me there. Thank you Lindsay for all that you do for me. Your positive outlook on life is truly inspiring. You have helped my mind in more ways than one. I believe that people come into your life at the right moment and at this point in my life, it couldn’t have been more perfect. If anyone is dealing with aches, pains, anxiety, depression, etc., please do yourself a favor and check her out. You won’t regret it. Marianne Lohr

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I love when my dear clients share how Movement for You practice has helped them and guided them to a better understanding of mind and body connection.  I have had the pleasure of working with Marianne Lohr for the past seven months with Movement for You practice.  Seven months ago I placed a nurturing environment for Marianne to step into to discover the endless possibilities that can happen when you dedicate to movement.  When we first started out we would focus on deep stretching postures through MFY so she could see how her breath, stress level, and tension changed from the top of class, to the middle of class, and to the end of class.  With dedicating to MFY practice 2xs a week if not 3xs a week Marianne has learned to use her breath to move naturally through the MFY practice for mental and physical strength.  Seven months ago, Marianne had trouble rolling through her spine, stretching to touch her toes while in seated forward fold, and her endurance struggled with getting through five MFY postures for one sequence in her first two months of visiting me in the studio.  Her dedication to MFY and for multiple days a week has now given her body and mind a connected grace that can be seen in her daily carriage of posture, her MFY practice work while in the studio, and as she is carrying herself through life.  Marianne has embraced the MFY philosophy and has made it a Way of Life practice.  It warms my heart as a teacher and guider of MFY to see the incredible progress and life alternating changes that has happened mentally and physically to Marianne over just a short period of time. 

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I hope my Movement for You followers enjoy seeing Marianne in action with Movement for You practice.  The following postures that you will see performed by Marianne are wonderful additions to your daily life activities and the MFY postures will connect you deeply to your mind and physical body when performed up to 3xs a week.  The postures will release stress, ease anxiety and depression, and help women with the uncomfortable feelings they may feel during their monthly cycles.  These postures are regular staples in Marianne’s MFY practice work with me in the studio.  I hope you can take a few minutes to test them out yourself and if you are interested in visiting me in the studio with Movement for You practice feel free to reach out via email to book your session today!  lindsayschaefer@movementforyou.com

Congrats Marianne Lohr on all of your incredible progress and I thank you for your constant dedication and love towards Movement for You! I look forward to guiding you for many more years in the studio with Movement for You practice!

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Warrior III at the wall. Hold up to 30 seconds on the rt. side and then on the lf. side.  You can perform this sequence for 2-3 sets.

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Shoulder Stand posture.  Focus on holding this posture for 30 seconds.  To build your body up to longer lengths in time with holding this posture repeat the 30 second holding up to 3 sets.  When you recover to sitting in between each shoulder stand posture be sure to rest for at least 15 seconds to 30 seconds before repeating.  The goal is to eventually hold this posture with ease for 3 minutes in length.

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Downward dog with battement extension.  Hold this posture for 30 seconds on your rt. and lf. side.  You can repeat up to 2 to 3 sets.

 

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Baby’s craddle.  Hold this posture for up to 1 minute in length.  Deep breathing in this posture as you count backwards in your head from 20 to 1.  This will help you to focus on your breathing pattern, calming of the body, and help you to achieve the 1 minute goal of holding the posture.

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Open passe stretch.  Hold this posture for up to 30 seconds on the rt. and lf. side.

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Modified spiral twist is great to place in between the open pass stretch posture shown in the picture right above this one.

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Pigeon Stretch is the classic hip opener and works wonders on opening the pelvis especially during our cycling times as women.  Hold for up to 1 minute on rt. and lf. side.

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Pretzel stretch has varying levels.  You see Marianne performing the pretzel in the first level of this posture.  With time we work the body to trust the breath and allow our instrument to lean over the legs and the chin to hook on the knee of the top leg within the stretch.  Hold pretzel for up to 1 minute on each side.

This blog is written by Artistic Director of Artists in Unity and Creator and Founder of Movement for You Practice Lindsay Schaefer.  You can follow more of Lindsay’s work via the following sites-

www.artistsinunity.com

www.movementforyou.com

https://www.facebook.com/Movement-for-You-and-Artists-in-Unity-179731992111934/timeline/

http://www.amazon.com/Process~-Practice~-Artist-Lindsay-Schaefer/dp/1503352935/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1457642472&sr=8-1&keywords=lindsay+schaefer

 

 

 

 

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Sharing Movement for You Practice with Mary

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 Moving with Lindsay is truly what keeps me balanced and focused. Not only is she a delight to be around, she is dedicated and passionate about everything she does! Each session we have I learn something new about my body and self. I think it is extremely important to always make time for your mind and soul. It’s not a diet or a quick fix, it’s a lifestyle. Always invest in you! So much love to you Linds!!  Mary Ott #‎withlovemary

 As you all know I have kept Movement for You practice by my side through both of my pregnancies and through every life change that has faced me.  I truly believe in my heart that Movement for You practice is A Way of Life Practice and connects all my friends I share this practice with to the importance of self-care mentally and physically. 

Today, I am honored to share one of my dear client’s and friend with all of my Movement for You followers.  Mary Ott has been welcoming the Movement for You practice into her life for the past three years.  I started out training Mary in a group class (that was filled with much passion and incredible spirits….I still remember all those followers).  And then her training moved to a semi- private since my work has now shifted to more one on one work with MFY.  Since the birth of her beautiful baby boy Hendrix, Mary has now made a constant dedication to MFY privately. 

The private practice with MFY has allowed Mary to grow in strength both mentally and physically.  The personalized class work and education of MFY that I share with her at an elite level has given Mary much confidence to speak about MFY to her community because she feels so passionate about how the practice has changed her life and has filled her soul with Awareness.   Most importantly, what I love about passing the MFY practice onto Mary is that I have been able to teach Mary the importance of loving every ounce of her body from the start of her pregnancy with baby Hendrix to embracing post pregnancy class work and the changes the body goes through not only physically on the outside but also internally for the first year after giving birth.  I have been sharing MFY practice with Mary since before her pregnancy, to almost 1 month before Hendrix’s was born, to post pregnancy not even 8 weeks after giving birth, and now up to 2x’s to 3x’s a  week with the full MFY practice involving yoga, pilates, and dance conditioning.  I am proud to be training and educating Mary everyday she hits the studio with MFY. 

I am grateful for Mary’s dedication to Movement for You practice and it warms my heart to see the Movement for You practice working on another body and mind just like it did on mine.  MFY is changing lives because it can move with you, grow with you, and teaches you to always accept and love the ever changing body that is in front of you.  There is not one day that our body is the same.  How can it be?  Since our environments change and our bodies respond to every atmosphere it walks into.  MFY guides individuals to understand the importance of acceptance and dedicating to our mats and self-care check in 2x’s a week if not 3x’s a week.  And with time that dedication and acceptance leads MFY followers to wanting the practice sometimes up to 7 days a week. Your body and mind start to crave it!

I hope my MFY followers enjoy taking a glimpse into my private sessions with Mary Ott and baby Hendrix.  I truly am honored to be sharing MFY with Mary and I look forward to seeing her grow with MFY over the years.  Who knows maybe baby Hendrix will be my next face for Movement for You kids since I know he loves moving as much as Mary and I do. 

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Remember everyone to love the body that was given to you.  Dedication to practice can change your life in a matter of sessions with MFY.  And don’t ever underestimate the endless possibilities that are within all of us when movement and hard work are involved.  MFY changes lives because it is A Way of Life Practice.  You can visit the following pages to learn more about my work and I look forward to seeing more beautiful souls visiting my studio!

www.movementforyou.com and www.artistsinunity.com

https://www.facebook.com/Movement-for-You-and-Artists-in-Unity-179731992111934/

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My Voice Shared through the Native Society

Movement for You followers take a minute to check out my interview with the Native Society. I am grateful for this opportunity to share my voice on a global level.  I hope my followers enjoy reading more about me and all the passions that fuel me throughout life.  aDSC_0906

http://thenativesociety.com/nativeadmission/2016/2/26/lindsay-schaefer-artistic-director-of-artists-in-unity-found.html

My Words on Nutrition

Once I make the true connection with Movement for You practice with my studying clients whether dancers, athletes, everyday people, friends, family, or followers the asking about nutrition and my personal training always comes up.  I am happy to always share my love and passion for my movement training and for my natural real approach to food with others.  As you all know my life has revolved around physical fitness and professional dancing the majority of my young life.  And even at the vibrant age of 39, movement specialist, artist, wife, and mother of two I place the vibrancy of my life on the fact that awareness and mindfulness are present due to my Movement for You practice. 

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With Movement for You practice the Circle of Breath aspect and #1 key element with the physical and mental practice of MFY connects you to your deep abdominal core and allowing the breath to flow like a waterfall~ up and down into the lower abdominal core and then back up through the front of the body and out through the nose.  This continual Circle of Breath in through the nose, down the back of the spine to the lower abdominal core, and circle it back up and out the front of the body, and back out the nasal passage (waterfall imagery going down and going back up in reverse) is what brings our bodies awareness and mindfulness.  Awareness and Mindfulness is the connection we need to make in order to understand what our bodies need.  Awareness and Mindfulness will allow our minds never to judge food or what we are fueling our body with again.  We will begin to have respect with every element of substance that is placed in our bodies and nourishment and love will be the only focus. 

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I will take you back to around the rip age of 16 to 18 years of age.  I was studying as a pre professional in the world of dance and my body was not the typical body for ballet. I truly was built for the modern dance world naturally.  I fought this for years and heard many remarks about my physical build and strength even while growing up in the world of skating.  Weight was always the focus in a lot of respects and dieting was spoken of in a lot of ways.  This led me to an ugly road by the time I entered college years and as I was entering my main time training as a professional in the world of dance.  I was very lucky though that I met my husband Brian at this time and he truly taught me the importance of “loving life with food by my side.”  Yes, the dancer was won over by the awesome cooking and natural approach to food.  There was a whole new understanding of food that happened at this time and with my yoga training that was going on, dancer training, therapy work, and also my new found love for my boyfriend at this time (now husband of almost 18 years) awareness and mindfulness came right into my heart. 

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It was a life altering experience when I started to understand how my Circle of Breath connection helped guide me to all my decisions with food, preparing food, the importance of correct fueling for the body, and how this would help me with my everyday living and also my training as a professional dancer.  I will say right now I am not a registered dietician or nutritionist however with my training as a professional in the world of dance I have worked with many of those registered and trained individuals.  But, I will share my experiences with food, with my attitude towards it, how I help others with eating disorders, and other disorders that need the circle of breath connection, and truly how I have learned to love food and eating through every single stage of my life whether it be as a professional dancer and athlete, to going through two pregnancies and getting back to my natural body weight with both children, or as being a wife who is married to an incredible guy who is awesome in the kitchen and truly has won this dancer’s heart with food. 

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This brings me into our major food topic for today INFLAMMATION AND HOW IT IS HURTING OUR BODIES.  When our bodies are inflamed whether it be in our lungs (asthma and breathing issues), hormonal imbalances (PMS, pre-menopause, painful periods and cycling), injuries and flare ups with past injuries (pain in our joints or tendons that flares tendinitis issues), or overall autoimmune disorders (lupus, MS) Inflammation needs to be looked at in the face.  Take notice to all body parts such as around your wrists, your ankles, your lower abdominal area where bloating can happen, even behind your ears in your lymph nodes and under your eyes.  These are classic tell-tale signs that an imbalance is occurring in the body. Sometimes you will just feel puffy in the skin or when clothes are placed on the body when inflammation is present.  This will not necessarily mean weight gain but feel similar to water tension that has been placed on the body similar to how we may feel after getting off of an airplane when traveling for hours in length.  

I will share with you today a list of foods to start adding into your daily healthy eating plan that will help fuel your body to fight off inflammation and get you on track to thinking with awareness and mindfulness.  You will find by following this list you will become more mindful and aware while walking through the grocery store and selecting your foods to when you hit your kitchen to prepare your meals.  I shall list because if you only add in one to two of these elements of foods over the next month I promise you this~

You will become stronger, more aware, and be helping your body to fight off inflammation.  When inflammation can be placed in rest mode we are more aware of our natural state of body weight and how our bodies should feel on an everyday basis. 

Here is the list of foods I truly live by and they all fuel me for my everyday work with Movement for You and all my life adventures that come before me! Wishing you great success in the discovery of MFY Circle of Breath and making the first steps to discovering the importance of Awareness and Mindfulness in fueling and nourishing your body.  Keep following MFY and I promise to continue sharing my passion for movement and life with all of you!  Movement for You is truly A Way of Life practice on and off the mat.  http://www.movementforyou.com

Blueberries (2 servings a day especially in the morning) 

Highly recommend mixing this in with your cooked whole grain oatmeal (no packaged oatmeal; make from scratch).  And frozen blueberries in smoothies or in your water throughout the day is a great way to get the 2 servings in. 

Walnuts (2 servings a day morning and snack) 

Walnuts are a great source of energy food!  Walnuts have helped me to beat the inflammation with my past injuries such as tendonitis and past stress fractures.  I love to mix walnuts in with my oatmeal and in trail mix (walnuts, sunflower seeds, raisins, whole grain cereal, and dark chocolate pieces; make your own trail mix). 

Kale, Kale, and more Kale (2 servings at least)

Kale is a huge super food with helping with hormonal imbalances, mood booster, inflammation fighter, and with beating those sugar lows that some of us may feel in the afternoon hours.  I recommend Kale (lightly blanched) mixed into your eggs in the morning hours.  I have also placed lightly cooked Kale on top of a piece of whole grain toasted bread with hummus and a touch of Parmesan Cheese for an added flare.  This is an awesome high energy booster for those ballet dancers out there hitting technique class in the morning.  Kale is fantastic in all soups and a way to hide getting it in if you don’t like the taste or look of Kale.  You can cut the Kale up in shredded pieces very small and toss into your soups on the last 10 minutes of simmering.  Remember to not overcook the Kale.  In order for the nutrients in Kale to hit our systems and benefit us in the long run it’s best to eat it lightly cook or in raw state.  Live for the Kale!

Beets

Rock out the Beets this way in your Kitchen.  Simple, simple, simple and even better if you can grow them like we do and place them on your table to eat.  As I stated before I fell in love with my husband who loves food and naturally is a talented gardener.  You will all be hearing more about this over the next year since our dream plans for my businesses and more are in the making.  Stay tuned.  But, until then Roast those Beets in a 350 degree oven till tender wrap in aluminum foil with beets, a good olive oil of high quality, hot pepper flakes, sea salt, and pepper.  Even tossing some garlic in there to roast alongside the beets gives the beets an amazing smell and fuels all of your senses.  To Movement and Farm to Table attitude being passed to the Lehigh Valley and beyond in the near future.  Stay tuned!

Cinnamon

Cinnamon in morning and night helps to comfort and fill our bellies.  Great on toast, oatmeal, over fruit, in smoothies, and even mixed into our dark chocolate desserts and snacks.  Great dessert is Cinnamon Ice Cream make your own or sprinkle your Vanilla Ice Cream with Cinnamon.  Don’t stir clear of Milk Product with inflammation since the Vitamin D in Milk helps to beat off Asthma issues and even at times helps to regulate our womanly cycles when taken in moderation. 

Pineapple

For my fruit lovers out there Pineapple is the go to fruit for smoothies, on top of Pancakes/Waffles, or eating by itself for beating inflammation and getting you in touch with awareness and mindful fueling for the body.  Pineapple is even really lovely as an evening snack with some dark chocolate drizzled on top of it and a dash of cinnamon on top. Great mood booster and Mind Cleanser in my eyes before rehearsals and meetings too!

Some other great sources for the list are Fish, Fish Oil, and Coconut Oil. 

Grilled salmon is my go too and if I can’t hit that source of fuel then mixing fish oil or fish sauce into your stir fries or vegetable sautés will work also.  Coconut Oil can be used quite often as a substitute in your baking instead of using butter or other oils. 

Please visit all of Lindsay Schaefer’s work via the following sites.  A great way to learn more about Lindsay Schaefer and all her work with Movement for You Practice and Artists in Unity is by picking up a copy of Lindsay’s book The Process~ The Practice~ The Artist available on Amazon (See link below). Lindsay Schaefer is the creator and founder to Movement for You practice and Artistic Director of Artists in Unity.  www.movementforyou.com and www.artistsinunity.com

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Taking Inventory and Make Space for You

20151224_170933This week I headed back into my Movement for You teaching and sharing my love for the practice with others.  Some new friends have been visiting me this week along with dear friends that have been with the practice for years.  I always find though that the week after New Year’s is one of the hardest weeks for friends, family, my children, and even my own self to keep the motivation up.  I think it’s a bit of everything from being on a wonderful break where resting became a part of each day.  To heading back into the groove full force at the start of Monday without taking a breath.  To realization that the written intentions we all placed down on the New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day needs to be acted upon and not thrown under the covers till next year’s resolutions and wishes. 

My biggest reminder to all my Movement for You followers at the top of the year is “Take Inventory” and remember to always “Make Space for You.”  Taking inventory can be accounted for in many aspects of our lives from our finances, to our personal relationships, to our health.  Inventory is different than writing down a wish or resolution for the New Year.  With inventory we prepare ourselves to look back over the past year and write down what worked and what didn’t.  In taking inventory you may decide to write everything in two columns as simple as “I am Grateful for in 2015……..” and “I will leave these situations behind from 2015…….” When we decide to look at the stories of our lives whether positive or negative then we take inventory and this sets us free to experience more in life.  Remember we grow from every situation, person, opportunity, and yes, even missed opportunity that has come in front of us!

20151224_165802Now, onto the second reminder for my dear Movement for You followers “Make Space for You.”  In December I had about 10 different clients reach out to me to study and pursue MFY practice in the New Year.  From years of working independently as a freelancer in dance and fitness throughout the country I can hear immediately the individuals that are ready for commitment and the ones that are still in a fog.  When individuals call me to experience MFY I always say to them I will be your guide.  I will not be the one that is working all the magic to transform your body and mind.  I will give my clients the tools and motivation to guide them through the MFY practice and with time, dedication, and hard work their minds will become more centered and in return their bodies will become very aware of proper alignment and how the body needs to work in order for it to perform its best.  When friends call me and we speak for the first time about MFY, I either move them through the fog that is hiding them from “Making Space for Themselves” or they continue on a journey of trying multiple fitness regimes in the hopes of quick fixes instead of A Way of Life Movement Practice that will change their lives.  December was successful in lifting the fog and guiding new friends to “Making Space for Themselves” by signing 4 new friends to MFY.   I remind all my followers whether new or old to the MFY practice that continued dedication and commitment to “Making Space for You” in regards to your health and movement is a necessity as much as waking up in the morning and brushing your teeth.  We will all feel much better in this world and be more open when alternative practices of movement such as Movement for You practice are experienced. 

20151224_165832I wish you all the best in 2016 and look forward to sharing my passion and love for movement with each practice I give to my followers.  Continue to spread the word about Movement for You practice and you can check out some of my work via the following sites.  Don’t forget to “Take Inventory” and “Make Space for You” in the New Year.  I can already feel the magic and endless possibilities that are in store for 2016. 

Love and Good Health~

www.movementforyou.com

www.artistsinunity.com

https://www.facebook.com/Movement-for-You-and-Artists-in-Unity-179731992111934/

http://www.amazon.com/Process~-Practice~-Artist-Lindsay-Schaefer/dp/1503352935/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1452196035&sr=8-1&keywords=lindsay+schaefer

 

December Reflection

MFY fotor collageThe month of December has been filled with new friends visiting my home studio for Movement for You practice.  I am honored to pass my knowledge of Movement for You practice onto others and to open their heart to the endless possibilites that their body holds.  But, to get to the opening and peeling of the layers from one dear friend to the next (because each person is so unique) it takes time, dedication, and each class opening up with intention of passing my love of movement onto them.  

IMG_2050 (2)I have always loved the month of December since yes, it is the month that my parents brought me into this wonderful world many years ago.  But, moreso for the fact that December gives us permission to reflect on the time that has passed and all the accomplishments that we may or may not have hit over the course of the year.  I find if we truly embrace the month of December and season for what it is that our heart becomes renewed as if our soul is gearing up for a rebirth.  

Each new friend that has visited me so far in December is crying out for rebirth and newness.  I love guiding the new friends to the unpeeling of each layer that is masking their heart and true desires.  I find with each Movement for You practice that I pass along to my new friends in front of me is similar to a newborn baby taking in a new face of a loved one for its first time.  The curiousity for each new movement in front of them and the breath that goes with it stimulates the body and soul to awakening to something more.  

20151119_184135 (2)My friends visiting me sometimes dont realize how much they open me up and allow me to experience the rebirth they feel while diving into the unknown with movement.  I say to all my dear followers who are new and old to the Movement for You practice “You all inspire my curious spirit and awaken my soul as a guider each and everyday.  I become more as a Movement Specialist because of all of you and the hours that we spend together sharing Movement for You practice.”  

MFY fotor 2Keep reflecting dear friends over this month of December and into our season of winter.  I pass love and thanks to all of my current followers of Movement for You practice and look forward to new friends visiting my home studio in 2016.  In the meantime I hope you can take a minute to check out my work via the following sites~

http://www.movementforyou.com

http://www.artistsinunity.com

https://www.facebook.com/Movement-for-You-and-Artists-in-Unity-179731992111934/

http://www.amazon.com/Process~-Practice~-Artist-Lindsay-Schaefer/dp/1503352935/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1449681449&sr=8-1&keywords=lindsay+schaefer

 

Giving leads to Receiving

20151107_102647_resized_3I remember when teaching multiple group class work in New York City years back I found it extremely important to my soul to meet and greet every individual that would be sharing an hour of their day with me.   The majority of the time the classes were filled with thirty friends or more for movement based classes.  And these wonderful movement based classes with large groups led to many one on one clients booking time with me so they can be guided deeper with practice. 

The other day a dear client said to me that I have such a personal approach with learning about each client that is in front of me.  I find that the personal approach comes naturally since I am giving from my heart and soul to share my passion for movement.  I truly care about each friend that comes in front of me and is ready to make the dedication to movement to free their soul and lead them to more.  I don’t refer to myself as only a teacher when speaking of the practice work I pass with Movement for You.  I view myself as the guiding spirit that is in front of others to lead them to more.  More appreciation for their own bodies and all the endless possibilities it may have hidden within it.  The most beautiful element of this one on one interaction that I get to receive as a guiding spirit whether private or group work that is placed in front of me is the heart to heart connection that is received from all the beautiful souls that make the decision to dedicate to Movement for You. 

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My whole life I have been told “how do you give so much?”  I truly believe in my heart that the giving is a natural element and tendency within all of us if the heart to heart connection is found between good communication and setting of goals.  With each lovely friend that comes before me for Movement for You Practice I make it a point to find that heart to heart connection immediately.  I want each friend to feel the unleashing power that movement can provide for them on a daily basis.  I dig deep within my repertory of choreographed practices for each new friend that comes to share practice so they can feel each movement as if it is a gift to them.  With time I feel the gift come right back to me as if a hand written letter is received in my mailbox for me to personally read.  The specialness that is felt when friends make the breakthrough with movement invention warms my heart and still sometimes can bring tears to my eyes. 

When you see that struggling individual who kept saying I can’t do that movement and then they guide themselves with breath six weeks later with following your voice into the movements that felt so hard a couple weeks earlier it amazes not one soul but both.  The unleashing power of movement invention puts anxiety as ease, lifts depression even in its worst states, places individuals back on their feet when their physical and mental state is unfocused, and leads friends to a wonderful state of giving to themselves in order to receive more in life. 

Be sure to give yourself a special gift this holiday season with reaching out about Movement for You Practice.  The gifts you receive from taking the first steps towards lifestyle change and discovery with Movement for You Practice will be endless. 

This blog is written by Creator and Founder of Movement for You Practice and Artistic Director of Artists in Unity Lindsay Schaefer. 

20151107_111157_resized_1You can view more of Lindsay’s work via the following sites-

www.movementforyou.com

www.artistsinunity.com

https://www.facebook.com/Movement-for-You-and-Artists-in-Unity-179731992111934/

http://www.amazon.com/Process~-Practice~-Artist-Lindsay-Schaefer/dp/1503352935/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1447154478&sr=8-1&keywords=lindsay+schaefer

 

Inner Drive

How do I find my inner drive? 

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That has been the question I have been asked over the past month from clients and friends while they watch me juggle the intense schedule that I live for.  I do enjoy my down time and relaxation time to think, create, hit the outdoors, and spend time with my family.  But, my inner drive can truly be challenged on certain days when homework for both children stands in front of me, sharing my passion of movement with others and needing to get in 4 to 6 clients in a day, the endless creative and planning that my company Artists in Unity needs, and the everyday demands that a family of four deals with on a daily basis.   I have learned that taking in each situation, person, and event that stands in front of me with open eyes, ears, and breath allows me to be present for all the beautiful happenings that I may come to face in my daily schedule.  When my breath is aligned with my heart passion and goals then my inner drive is high and full. 

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In my Movement for You Practice I discuss the importance of Circle of Breath from the first exercise of the choreographed practice to the last inhale and exhale that is taken.  The awareness of Circle of Breath is what allows the body to tone more efficiently, gain mind control and release all negative thoughts, and prepares you for the outside world and the responsibilities that may be on your plate on any given day. 

Finding your inner drive is 100% connected to finding your breath.  I believe everyone can find their Circle of Breath within over time.  Some individuals may find Circle of Breath by walking and counting the number of seconds they can inhale and exhale.  For instance, inhale for four counts and exhale for 6 counts.  Then challenge the body to reverse the breathing sequence.  Six counts for the inhaling and four counts for the exhaling.  Others may find they need to stand still or sit still on a chair or on a mat and close their eyes to activate and tune into their breath. 

Circle of Breath awareness is the number one component of my teaching practice Movement for You and is activated with practice on a daily basis.  To activate the breath one will need to dedicate to this practice while exercising and also while doing other activities throughout your day.  When the breath is active through our bodies our inner drive to perform our best in life whether physically or mentally will be in high gear.   Active breath leads us to our highest degree of inner drive for all the activities that stand in front of us. 

IMG_1861Movement for You blog is written by creator and founder of Movement for You Practice Lindsay Schaefer.  You can visit DSC_6082Lindsay’s work via the following sites-

www.movementforyou.com

www.artistsinunity.com

https://www.facebook.com/Movement-for-You-and-Artists-in-Unity-179731992111934/

 

 

Private Clients and the Importance of Connection

As I taught in my home studio this morning and shared my Movement for You Practice with a special client of mine I realized the Importance of Connection.  My offering of Movement for You Practice from one special friend to another is different in many ways from the breathing I share, to the choreographed practice I place in front of them, and to the overall conversations that we have throughout the passing of practice so connection of mental and physical body can be found within.  

I always share with my clients that I am only a guide to lead you to the physical and then in return you will be led naturally to a calm, present, and graceful mental state.  The Movement for You Practice three components of Breath, Focus Point, and Dedication to Self comes with placing time aside for our special meetings of two to three times a week for the process of practice to work its magic.  I have seen over the past years with MFY many bodies physically and mentally be transformed to a more positive space once the dedication is made from my clients to block the time for practice and connect to my voice that is passing the message. 

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The Importance of Connection happens pretty quickly with my clients and me since four private sessions are usually achieved within a two week period if not sooner.  When I have the opportunity to work with clients on such a personal and intimate level with movement with this commitment of time to the MFY practice I see progress with their breath, overall posture, internal awareness of how they are physically and mentally feeling from the start of their day to the finishing point, and an openness of their heart that allows them to speak with a new found confidence of who they are and what they want from themselves in regards to good health and self-care.   

The Importance of Connection that I make with my clients allows me to react immediately to the practice I will set up for them at the start of our practice time together. Sometimes my special friends’ bodies are ready to start on the floor and on other days they are ready for standing work and more dance related work that involves conditioning and strength.  The mental and physical connection that I make with others is the key component in my private practice work with Movement for You since it allows me to constantly change and adapt the practice to the needs of my clients and what is best for their overall emotional and physical health.

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I am grateful for my days years back at Temple University, Point Park College, and Chelsea Piers where Movement for You Practice ideas first originated.  And for all the years of study from various teachers in the world of Pilates, Yoga, and Dance that has added to my developments for Movement for You Practice.  I feel in ways like all my past training in fitness and the arts has allowed me to be filled with drive, dedication, discipline, and most importantly compassion for every client that comes before me.  My passionate heart is on a mission each and every day to pass my beautiful practice of Movement for You onto others with The Importance of Connection standing right by my side so that my clients can leave my sacred studio space with more awareness and love for their bodies and minds. 

IMG_1483This blog was written by creator and founder of Movement for You Practice Lindsay Schaefer. 

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You can follow more of Lindsay’s work via the following sites-

www.movementforyou.com

www.artistsinunity.com

https://www.facebook.com/Movement-for-You-and-Artists-in-Unity-179731992111934/timeline/

 

 

 

I Awaken

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I awaken to my body craving a practice

The breath

The sweat

The focus

And wanting to forget all the pressures in society

 

I breathe three long inhales and exhales

To center the body, mind, spirit

The hands at my heart in pray

Celebrate the start of a spiritual journey

Sun Salutations move throughout the sacred space

With each rise and fall of the breath

I can feel negative toxins leaving me

And the sweat purifying the body to its natural state

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Practice builds to Warrior I, Warrior II, Half Moon, and Reverse Triangle

The practice is choreographed with each step linking to the next

Whether standing and presenting Yoga toe lock extension or Dancer pose or Chair

I feel free to be me

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Inversions allow the body to detox and cleanse the mind

To be open and pleasant

After inversions you’re connected more to your inner heart

And all the desires and dreams that are within

No more running~ Be free with who you are

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 Handstands, forearm stands, headstands

Allow the grace to appear within

Your heart, soul, and deep within your eyes

You are able to face everyone

Every fear

Every want

Wheel, shoulder stand

Bring closure to the spiritual choreographed journey

We refer to as Practice

The Process~ The Practice~ The Artist

That we all are

 

The intentions that were thought of in the beginning of practice

Are revisited with a very warm heart

The goodness, beauty, and love is passed

In the last fleeting moments

Within your sacred space

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I awaken to my body craving a practice

The breath

The sweat

The focus

So I can return

To me~

To you~

And give every ounce of love

That is in my heart

6-29This short excerpt of writing is from Lindsay Schaefer’s book The Process~ The Practice~ The Artist.  You can visit more of Lindsay’s work via the following sites http://www.movementforyou.com and http://www.artistsinunity.com  The Process~ The Practice~ The Artist will be available for purchase this coming December 2015.