Hips don’t lie…seriously!

Let’s face it, after teenagehood and entering into the adult world, it is almost a given that tight hips are a way of life.

There are the few exceptions from the rule but most of us including myself struggle with that stiffness around the pelvic region, and it’s deeper than tight hip flexors and psoas muscle, which mind you is known as the muscle of the soul.

You could say it’s a mixed bag of things with not stretching enough as our bodies grow, sitting all day, running too much, wearing heels, bone structure, the list can go on, but one thing to add here is the element of EMOTIONS.

Our hips are one of the greatest emotional storage containers in our bodies and we can store some of our deepest vulnerabilities in them. We store memories, emotional pain and energy from our partners current and past, and childhood trauma in the fascia (connective tissue).

What tight hips can also mean:

  • Fearing the future – living up to our own expectations (front of hips)
  • Fear of relationships – romantic and work
  • Emotional and physical trauma – childbirth
  • Chakra imbalance (sacral) – connected to sexuality, desires, pleasure and procreation. Ability to let go
  • Inability to love yourself – to be fully open
  • Holding onto the past – back of the hips (lower back/ glutes)

Through my own experience of hip pain and having to go through surgery to heal the physical damage, the real healing and opening of my hips came through many hours of breath work, specific yoga postures (tree pose [pic above], pigeon pose, low lunge, spinal twists, dancers pose) and releasing my energetic blocks through healing work. I can assure you it wasn’t an overnight job, but I got back to walking and running free of hip pain, and back to competing at higher levels.

Learning to be OK with the tightness is in itself a way of healing as you become mindful and free of judgement and expectation on where you are and where you want to be.

The hips are also connected to the brain via the central nervous system, so what you think and believe in carries on into those areas.

Yoga + breath + mindfulness = happy hips 🙂

De-press-your-mind

Depression.

Yes, it’s real. And if you haven’t suffered from it, then you will know of someone who has/is.

Whilst there is a movement to see depression be recognized within our society as a mental health issue, as well as a leading cause for suicide in our youth, our men, and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) sufferers, it’s still under that taboo “don’t talk about it” banner.

Why do I say this?

Because last week on the way home from finishing a fitness class, I encountered 2 road blocks. One was a car accident that held up traffic for over an hour, and the other, while traffic was held to a complete standstill, got no mention in the press the following day. Why? because it was a suicide jump.

This surely should have been reported, but you rarely here of suicides in the press unless it’s suicide bomber or terrorist related.

Firstly let’s understand what depression actually is.

Depression is a low mood that lasts for a long time, and affects your everyday life.

In its mildest form, depression can mean just being in low spirits. It doesn’t stop you leading your normal life but makes everything harder to do and seem less worthwhile. At its most severe, depression can be life-threatening because it can make you feel suicidal or simply give up the will to live.” – Mind

Now this is an explanation of what depression is from a clinical perspective. Let’s look at this a little deeper.

Our bodies are filled with billions and billions of cells, each one of them carrying DNA, ancestral emotions, trauma, thoughts and genes.

Our cells make up who we are, and when we carry those traumas of our ancestors, we are influenced to think and feel by what is in our DNA. This can be changed with Epigenetics, but we will discuss this later on. (Dr Bruce Lipton speaks of this in his research of Biology of Belief)

Not only do we understand that our family history affects us, but we also live in an environment that is disconnecting us from our heart, from others, from nature and from our selves; what is really important to us.

We have a society that shuns expressing thoughts and emotions.
We have a system that does not support free thinking and creativity. If anything it condemns it.
We have a world that is driven by money, profit and greed.
We have younger generations communicating through technology and emoji’s.
We have instant gratification to please our wants and drugs to fix our needs.
We have highly evolved beings amongst us, and due to ignorance we medicate and institutionalize them.
We idolize celebrities and rich people for just being famous.
We look outside of us to fill voids within us.
We continuously remind ourselves of the past, rather than creating our future.

WE ARE DISCONNECTED but times are changing and we are being reconnected.

So, where do we begin to come up out of the darkness of depression.

  • Acknowledge that you need some help. We all get down and we all need some lifting up in our lives.
  • Realize that medication and anti- depressants are not long term fixes. Placebo effect does wonders.
  • Stop thinking and start feeling. The mind feeds on itself.
  • Get moving and get exercising.
  • Breathe more deeply, it helps you to become more mindful.
  • Do some healing work.
  • Eat cleaner, organic, fresher, more alive foods (cut out processed/toxic foods)
  • Change your environment.
  • Talk more with people, spend time with others, RE-connect without technology
  • Start loving yourself and forgive yourself
  • Remember that you are a spiritual being that feels, loves and is ultimately happy.

Men are by far the greatest to suffer from depression and suicide. 45-49 year olds are the most affected in all societies. In the U.K alone they take up 26.8% per 100,000 suicide deaths. (Samaritan 2014)

Men do have feelings, they do cry, they do feel just like women do. Men don’t have to be strong and “suck it up”. when life gets tough on them.

The pressure of life is real. There are work, bills, family, job deadlines and lifestyles to maintain, along with health issues and daily struggles.

But you can change your life. It wont happen overnight but it will happen. You just need to believe that and let go of what is not working for you.

The most powerful way to begin change of your DNA, is by changing the way you think. This is what epigenetics is all about. You can change your DNA and biology by simply changing the way you think. Yes you read that correctly.

Dr Bruce Lipton has made this his whole life’s work ever since he discovered that cells would change depending on their environment.

Your environment is paramount to your life. If you live in an unhealthy environment you get sick. The same is said for your cells. If you want happy, thriving and positive cells then you must supply that kind of environment for them. And you can do this by changing the quality of your thoughts as well as taking notes from the list above.

We all need healing. Our world is a beautiful reflection of where we need to heal.

I refuse to accept depression as something one has to suffer for the rest of their lives.
I refuse to accept that medication is the only accepted way forward for treatment.
I refuse to accept depression and suicide as a weakness in people.

If you or anyone you know suffers from depression, suicidal thoughts or have been in a low frame for some time, then reach out. There are many health professionals who have overcome their demons and now seek to help others do the same.

Heal your past. Heal your thoughts. Heal your cells. Heal yourcelf.

Reconnect with your heart, and allow it to guide you back to your light and to your magic of why you are here and what your purpose is.

You got this x