A quick introduction to a fitness practice that we have so much fun with. That’s really one of our top motivating factors here: how much fun can we have in a way that directly improves fitness, wellness and embodiment?
The FlowPhase was born from this ambitious goal, out on the porch during a spacious day off (the same porch as in the video below!). As I started to move through a spontaneous fitness practice, I realized that on that day my body didn’t want to be confined to any one modality; that any one practice felt too small, too limiting.
So I started with exploring simple movement, which led to balancing, which led to a squat rep, which led to some animal movement, which led to some stillness and breathing, which led to taking in my environment and feeling gratitude and camaraderie, which led to running, which led to slow motion running, which led to balancing, which led to falling to the ground, which led to an asymmetrical push-up rep… You get the picture.
My physical exuberance wanted it all, from yoga to interval circuits to improv. As I moved through each phrase of physicality, I could feel my intuition seeking for specific experiences: stillness, then strength, then agility, then connection, then intensity, then range of motion, then slowing down, then detail, then messiness, then primalness…
After about 8 minutes I found myself standing in a state of utter satisfaction and pleasure, like a really good massage where the therapist intuitively knows just how to work with your kind of body. And that’s when I got really excited, with visions of others doing this, by themselves and together.
There are many revolutions currently occurring in the arena of fitness (did you know?), and my mind came alive with emotionally charged scenes. I saw the FlowPhase as one among many ways to innovate our understanding of fitness, wellness and embodiment. I saw it contributing something unique, as it emphasizes dis-identifying with the conceptual personality, which guides its fitness routine primarily through generic mental models and personal preferences (‘This is what I should do; this is what I have to do; this is what that other guy did’), and instead identifying with the body experience.
The FlowPhase encourages one’s fitness routine to be guided by somatic information and improvisation (the body’s felt-sense of itself), such that any moment would come directly out of a physical impulse or longing to explore that movement.