I'm grateful for long walks with my dad.
We started this ritual in January. Once a week we go look for some old tree or follow a river. Cross terrain. Bit by bit to its mouth or source.
Plenty of opportunity to balance, play and pluck herbs too.

While in the very beginning I'd have to lure my dad with some special location, its now mostly him who calls and suggests the next destination.

So glad. Also for that he joins in pretty much everything I practice and gradually picks his own challenges too -- thus gets more sure-footed week by week.

Are you able to share your passion with family members? If so, who are they? What are you playing or practicing together? Please share -- or tag me in your vids. :) .
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#play #naturalmovement #movementculture #seeanddo #positiveaging #movnat #evolvemoveplay #nature #spring #forest #rausundmachen #naturalparkour #methodenaturelle #hebertisme #family #monkeyfit #walks #river #movewiththeseasons #movetogether #movewithfamily #connection #belonging #whyItribe #playforhealth
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Around the forest river
One of our last joint sessions for a bit.

We dedicated it to moving in the Forest. Taking time to breathe, soothe our nervous system and improving kinetic chains. E.g. for better running.
However the exercises toned your nervous system and woke up your core in ways that made it easier to balance. .
Or that's what the girls assured and what I witnessed about them. I myself still struggle a bit. Also thanks to persistent dysfunctions around my right calf.

But yay, another highly useful approach which enables me to support my fellows -- and of which I learnt only thanks to researching on how to overcome my own struggles and dysfunctions. .
So in some respects, sometimes, I am grateful for even that which usually bugs me. ;) .
How about you -- which ails, hurts or dowfalls allowed you to learn which bits and pieces that you are now grateful for?
And, thinking of it, do you too feel reminded, of the tales of shamans?

#nature #forest #balance #naturalmovement #movnat #evolvemoveplay #spring #river #grateful #play #playforhealth #seeanddo #positiveaging #outdoor #rausundmachen #giftsofimperfection #movewiththeseasons #movementculture #run #whyItribe #nervoussystem #corona
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Greetings and farewells in times of corona: The buttshake

To all you fellow avid huggers und roughhousers: How are you greeting and parting these days?

#corona #nohands #nohugs #adapt #creative #connect #play #outdoors #team #community #joy #sun #solutions #seethepositive #slowdown #relax #spring
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Why anxiety soars and what you can do about it

As humans we are hardwired to crave connection.

When we feel we belong, we feel secure: free from care and anxiety.
We can shake off stress, regenerate, heal, communicate, open up, trust and love.

When we can not connect, or our fellow men turn away from us our nervous system signals alarm.
We go into fight, flight or freeze mode, which restricts our ability to communicate, trust or think rationally.

Feeling disconnected and left alone, anxiety soars –
rendering us continually tensed, mistrustful, aggressive or devastated, exhausted and hopeless.
At any rate hardly able to relax, recover or really enjoy anything.

Among earlier tribes, like the Celts, exclusion from tribal rites (which consolidate connection) used to be the ultimate punishment... Now look at what we currently do to each other:

We increasingly sort ourselves into factions. Flocking together with people whose views happen to fall in nicely with our current ideology. Unfriending / dehumanizing / excluding whoever holds a differing view.

Filtering this way, we lose our tolerance, civility and connection.

Why, these arbitrarily choosen factions do not offer genuine belonging.

It‘s not belonging if you band together against something
It‘s not belonging if its centered on insulting or dehumanizing others
It‘s not belonging -and our nervous systems will not be soothed- until we physically meet and support each other
Considering this, what do you think is won if you insult and turn your back on a fellow?

Or might we all profit more if we stood civil, in touch and focused on values we have in common or want to have more of – also with fellows who eat / pray / vote or train differently?

#connect #connection #belonging #nervoussystem #polyvagaltheory #politics #civility #humanity #tolerance #openness #communication #anxiety #depression #anxietyrelief #tribe #health #socialmedia #unfriended #stayopen #cbt #psychology #isolation #love #dare #grow #evolve #learn #different #thinkdifferent #rethink
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Will you get through? (game)

Imagine an overhead door spectacularly closing and you absulutely need to get through. .

How to play?
Adjust a cord or band around about knee height
Start with a gap you're comfortable with, roll under and adjust the band downwards as you play – until you want to roll over. ;) .

How low can you go?
Which other variants come to mind?
If you give it a go, please share, tag us and hashtag #monkeyrollunder
Look forward to what you'll come up with!

#game #parkour #parkourEdu #play #SeeAndDo #MoveMore #PlayMore #evolvemoveplay #goldmedalbodies #ThisGirlCan #parkourover40 #outdoor #naturalmovement #movnat #movementculture #borntoplay #monkeyfit #girlsgonestrong #positiveaging #playforhealth #parkourgirls #womeninmotion #WhyItribe #playtoheal #roll #mobility #nimble #ninja #emergency
@patkour__ @lichymarcel @neurowerkstatt
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Do you judge your worth based on (physical) performance?

I often teach or train with people who are stronger, faster or more powerful than I.
Even tho I know better, this still sometimes makes me feel insufficient and question my abilities as a coach.

Why, a part of me still operates out of the trappy belief that in order to be accepted (or accept myself?), I need to be -- stronger, faster, more knowledgable -- in short always better than everyone.

Which is deeply exhausting and of course bullshit.
I mean hey, for one we cannot all always surpass one another. It's logically impossible.
And then, just imagine a person who is always the best at everything.
Wouldn't that suck?

Really now, do you think you would actually like someone for that reason?

Nah.
The reason you like people is how they make you feel.
Accordingly, if someone just dominates you at everything, this alone won't make you like them one bit. :D

If a person however treats you well and allows you to grow in some way... So yep, no need to tense or continuously prove myself.

I can as well accept & be grateful for what is -- Appreciate that monsters chose to train with me, give what I can and enjoy these golden opportunities to become more aware of myself, open (aka vulnerable eek!), connect & grow! 🌱

Do you too tend to measure your worth based on (physical) performance?
Often compare yourself to others or your own previous achievements?
If so, which beliefs make you do so? Are they true?
What kind of thoughts / inner dialoge ensue?
Do they helps / advances you?
If no, are there other ways of looking at the situation?
Excited to read of your experiences!

#Parkour #play #SeeAndDo #movnat #naturalmovement #evolvemoveplay #gratitude #ParkourEdu #playMore #rethink #parkourgirls #thisgirlcan #girlsgonestrong #CBT #womeninmotion #MovementCulture #positiveaging #monkeyfit #parkourover40 #ArtDuDeplacement #ADD #WhyItribe #playtoheal #connect #freedom #growth #growthmindset #Iamenough #somatics #vulnerable
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5 Ballgames

Flying balls make you move. Whether it's for coordination or just to get going, here's a set of old and younger games, presented by our silverbacks (65+) 🎾 Three balls, two people
Figure out a good flow 🎾 Cross catch
toss / let drop from bottom hand
reach around empty forearm to catch
once catching works with a toss, go over to just dropping the ball
Make use of legs' motion to catch 🎾 Change positions while playing catch, e.g. going in circles or round a table 🎾 Incorporate wall 🎾 Juggle
Start on the side on which you got two balls in one hand, aim on tossing evenly, aiming e.g. on an area above your forehead

Use squat variations to pick up dropped balls. Once you get tired of them, your motivation rises to keep them balls up. ;) Just keep practicing! :) Lust mitzumachen?
https://www.monkeyfit.de/natuerlichfit

What games and variations do you enjoy?
Please describe, paste a link or tag me under your favorites.

#ballgame #game #allages #play #SeeAndDo #MoveMore #outdoor #naturalmovement #movnat #movementculture #PlayMore #MoveWithTheSeasons #borntoplay #monkeyfit #neurotrophic #coordination #cooperative #partnergames #juggling #ball #Winter #positiveaging #monkeyfit #fitfam #fitfamgermany #throw #catch #joy #together #WhyItribe
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How do you lower your expectations?

Parkour = shortest way? Let's be real -- often it's more like most obstacled way towards next obstacle. :D

But hey, you use what you find, right? And wow, how I pant if we go for a longer route. And how I'm sore the day after. ;) Some moves do get easier tho. Or, to put it correctly -- you do get better. Even if you train so diverse that you practice them but rarely.

The nice thang is that by staying playful and unbiased (free from botheringly high expectations) you spare yourself heaps of pressure and inner tension. Thus move more relaxed -- which makes it easier to manage some moves in face of which you'd usually balk.
What's your experience? Does it help you to keep expectations low?
If so, how do you go about? What helps you to free yourself from disruptively high expectations?

#Parkour #SeeAndDo #movnat #evolvemoveplay #vault #ParkourEdu #Addon #playMore #flow #pullingstrength #parkourgirls #thisgirlcan #girlgonestrong #womeninmotion #movewiththeseasons #MovementCulture #fitfam #fitfamgermany #lazyvault #thiefvault #positiveaging #neurotrophic #monkeyfit #outdoor #ninjogging #parkourover40 #ArtDuDeplacement #ADD #WhyItribe
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Imagine - you're viking youth dreaming of lands in the West.

Play gets richer with fantasy. A stick turns into a javelin or sword, a log into a ship's rail. You must run, row, haul, climb, fight -- and if you got no axe, for now a wooden club must do.

Do you enjoy roleplaying? Do you sometimes bring your favourite chars, settings or quests into your outdoor sessions? If so, what are they? Which settings do you most enjoy playing in? What's your fav quests? In your preferred settings, what do common objects turn into?

#play #roleplay #vikings #outdoor #naturalmovement #movementculture #movemore #playmore #seeanddo #evolvemoveplay #movnat #parkouredu #movewiththeseasons #imagination #vikings #outdoortraining #stickfight #clubswing #climb #popup #javelinthrow #winter #rausundmachen #fitfam #creativetraining #borntoplay #playforhealth #girlsgonestrong #whyItribe #positiveaging
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Knife defense
How would you react in sight of a real threat?

I love roughhousing, martial arts and all that stuff – yet once someone actually assaults you that‘s a whole other ballgame.
If an attacker is hell bent on stabbing you and absolutely won't do with just your money, it won't help to freeze.

So, if there's really no way out and no object you can throw or defend yourself with, you'd better act in a vigorous and purposeful manner.

Which becomes more likely if you familiarize yourself with the possibility, test stragies and have fun doing so.

Thinking of possible assaults -- how do you prepare? What are your favourite strategies?

https://www.monkeyfit.de/spielendfit

#play #outdoor #rubberknives #knifedefense #fightorflight #evolvemoveplay #combatives #kravmaga #parkour #movnat #neurotrophic #complexgames #parkourover40 #faceit #thisgirlcan #seeanddo #positiveaging #warriorintraining #ninjogging #martialarts #roughhousing #chase #parkouredu #movementculture #defense #playmore #newpatterns #learntolive #selfdefense #whyitribe
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Selfcare is doing what recreates you.

Be it a cold plunge, time in a sauna, singing or getting done what's necessary to really enjoy all else.
Prerequisite is listening closely -- to tell what old patterns might urge you to do from what actually strengthens you.

For me this currently means treading softly--eating warm meals, doing less intense stuff, breathing more, spending time with myself, family & friends and learning and exploring lots around healing.

What is your intention for this Winter?

Out to feel fantastic in 2020?
https://www.monkeyfit.de/wohlfuehlkoerper

#selfcare #coldswim #winter #reflection #lake #outdoor #breathe #movementculture #movnat #monkeyfit #wimhof #keepbreathing #feeltoheal #healing #movewiththeseasons #gratitude #bikini #turqoise #whyitribe #evolve #resilient #alive #fitover40 #grateful #intention #muscles #fitfam #fitfamgermany #playmore #playtoheal
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I love diversity.

It keeps us well-rounded, prevents overstrain and allows everyone to experience both:
Skills you're at home with and ones you may evolve in.

A wild mix also allows us to appreciate that every body has strengths as well as areas in which he feels less comfortable. Thus, playing together, we can all learn from each other and everyone wins.

Wish for more diversity in your own practice?

There's a number of worthwhile courses, even online.
I especially enjoy @amosrendao's Art of Falling as well as all courses by @ryanmford / @parkouredu
https://parkouredu.org/course/the-art-of-falling/

Other cool releases that might be to your taste:

Rafe Kelly (@rafekelley), Intro to Natural Parkour
https://evolvemoveplay.mykajabi.com/inp

Gold Medal Bodies, (@ryhurst), Mobius
https://gmb.io/in-between/

Or, you could pick up new ideas from a good MovNat @movnat, Parkour or (insert any interesting skill) Coach in your area.

And then of course, if you happen to live in the Rhein-Main-Area (Germany) or travel our way, you could come play with us.
https://www.monkeyfit.de/spielendfit

#parkour #parkourEdu #play #SeeAndDo #MoveMore #PlayMore #evolvemoveplay #goldmedalbodies #ThisGirlCan #parkourover40 #outdoor #naturalmovement #movnat #movementculture #courage #parkourukemi #borntoplay #monkeyfit #girlsgonestrong #team #together #community #ADD #neurotrophic #flow #movewiththeseasons #health #healing #positiveaging #playforhealth
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Slow down to evolve

Sparring hard and fast can quickly lead to fear, tension, aggression and injury.
Not the desired outcome in a playfight.

Starting slowly and gently on the other hand, extending attacks as questions and keeping the play soft enough to explore diverse answers allows you to test fresh possibilities, learn and expand your arsenal of skills and varieties.

Cheers @rafekelley for regularly reminding me to get back to this great practice!

#playfight #sparring #Taekwondo #WingChun #Budokon #Capoeira #roughhousing #evolvemoveplay #play #SeeAndDo #ThisGirlCan #MovementCulture #gentle #soft #playtolearn #learn #nervoussystem #MovNat #MMA #combatives #subtlety #slowdown #relax #team #MonkeyFit #playmore #movemore #naturalmovement #MoveIntoLive #Fitfam
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Joy. It's not performing superiorly that makes you happy but whether you're able to appreciate and share what you experience.

#parkour #joy #play #move #playmore #movemore #dance #laugh #sing #autumn #outdoor #movnat #naturalmovement #darmstadt #together #sunnyday #movementculture #WhyITribe #fitfam #share #emotions #tryawkwardstuff #daretogowhereyoucanfail #gratitude #beatperfectionism #breakfree #Monkeyfit #neurotrophic #learnon #graffity
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Do you also know patterns and beliefs that don't serve you well at all -- yet you still find them hard to break?
For me, one of them is: Do more, gain more

In the past, when I wanted to attain something, my ingrained reaction was -- okay, just practice & do more!
So you're exhausted? Don't be a wimp! Look how much everyone else manages!

Not completely wrong.

In the meantime though this pattern drove me to the wall and had me injure myself once too many. So by now I'm eventually open to alternate paths.
Like Somatics, in which you take time to explore tiny, gentle movements -- which helps normalize your nervous system, enhances proprioception and fine motor skills.
Awakened that way, you become abler at releasing undue tension, which enables you to move more efficiently.
In other words -- attain your goal with less effort. (Exactly what I wished for since back in competitive sports :D)
So after seeing a couple of great therapists, studying, exploring, slowing down and gradually resolving pains that simply wouldn't leave by just doing more -- lo an behold:
I suddenly experienced breakthroughs in moves I had not practiced in a while.
One of them the thief vault, which in the past I found damn difficult to coordinate. This Saturday though, seeing a friend at it, those mirror neurons fired.
And my mates too popped up the walls & flew boldly as if we'd practiced. But no -- sole preparation was a consciously playful, varied and aimless warmup.
PS.: Notice the happy dance? Yeah, I was that glad.
Also recently read how enthusiam fires the signal for our brain to deepen & preserve those just used / created pathways.
So, whenever you're relieved and happy for some new skill -- don't try to hide it! :D

#parkour #play #Movnat #Outleg #Thiefvault #vault #rails #somatics #nopainmuchgain #belief #challengeyourbeliefs #rethink #newways #parkourgirls #ThisGirlCan #SeeAndDo #MovementCulture #embodiment #ParkourEdu #ParkourStrength #wallrun #climbup #igDarmstadt #armstadt #Staatstheater #happydance
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Find a bench or similar
Step1 transit smoothly to a pointendly relaxed sitting position
Step2 reverse
Step3 wheel across

Find your own way and make it smoooth.

Join in, play with friends & share your flow!
Look forward to your vids under #monkeyssitinstyle

#game #Parkour #SeeAndDo #movnat #vault #bench #ParkourEdu #Addon #playMore #flow #MovementCulture #fitfam #fitfamgermany #getlazy #lazyvault #getcreative #neurotrophic #monkeyfit #autumn #outdoor #playgroundgames #ninjogging #parkourover40 #ArtDuDeplacement #ADD #funchallenge #relaxinstyle #whySoserious #WhyItribe
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Crossedleg balance & principles of motor learning

This is a goodie I brougfht along from the borntoplay festival, specifically Tomislav English (Ferus Animi / Terra Nova)

The guidelines are simple: Squat down, balance on one forefoot, cross your remaining leg over the bent knee, balance.
Do not touch your hands to the ground!
If you loose balance despite fighting, drop on and roll.

Why? Of course you want to 'succeed', as in maintain that balance, and that's way easier if you touch a hand to the ground.

But then using your hands as training wheels impedes learning the actual skill.
If you want to build the nervous connections necessary to balance in that position you must go to exactly where you begin to struggle and allow your body to test and figure out how this riddle can be solved.

So yes, the quickest way to being abler leads through a series of failed attempts. ;)
Cheers to Tom & Tina for ever again highlighting this encouraging fact.

More fun moves & encouraging facts at our upcoming workshop: https://www.monkeyfit.de/spielendfit

PS.: Once you're able to balance, uncross that crossed over leg, bring it to the front, then circle outwards all around your body and back to the original position. Hip hip Hooray!

#play #SeeAndDo #MoveMore #PlayMore #outdoor #naturalmovement #motorlearning #mobility #ferusanimiterranova #neuroscience #adultlearning #spielendfit #playtolearn #daretofail #movementculture #bdnf #borntoplay #monkeyfit #feet #hips #neurotrophic #fitfam #fitfamgermany #WhyITribe #movnat #game #movementkoan
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Life's like a seesaw --
if you're down for too long, something's gotta change. ;) Mehr Ideen für alle, die sich spielend fit halten möchten gibt's in unserem Workshop:
https://www.monkeyfit.de/spielendfit

#play #SeeAndDo #game #MoveMore #PlayMore #outdoor #naturalmovement #movnat #spielendfit #balance #neurotrophic #neuroplay #movementculture #borntoplay #monkeyfit #girlsgonestrong #team #together #WhyITribe #seesaw #catch #throw #physics #addcomplexity #spiel #bewegungsspiel #Wippe #Freude #workoutlessplaymore
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