If you face your challenges with courage and gentleness, adversity can offer wisdom. This is the year I decided to finally slay the lap pool in my yard. It was too juicy and delicious not to use it for a workout. In the past I’d just use the excuse that I didn’t like traditional swimming but really that didn’t make sense because I love to swim just not on a competitive/training level - but why? Well in 30 min I figured it out… By experiencing discomfort for the first 20 minutes and instead of turning away from it I tuned into it. The more you study your body you begin to understand it. That discomfort felt familiar, so applied somatic wisdom gained from learning how to self-correct faulty movement patterns that triggered the same "this doesn’t feel right feeling?" when doing basic squats or core work and then it all clicked! Because swimming requires efficient movement patterns just like everything else and once I applied common cues I use when teaching : wrapping glutes, core engaged, upper ribs in, shoulder blades keeping their connection, lengthen the limbs to move, lead with your sternum, your head is an extension of your spine keep it in line - the magic happened…. my freestyle started to flow better, my breast stroke felt easier, I found comfort in these techniques and swimming for fitness has a new lens and I might be in love. Seriously….my joints are giddy with joy right now . My body needs more of this and I'm on it!