By Topic: training

Of Cacao and Keith, the Shaman

Imagine yourself in an outdoor yoga shala set on a lake surrounded by towering volcanoes. With three sides open to Guatemalan forest (looking more like jungle to the Western eye) and the lake changing its appearance on a whim every few hours, our first cacao ceremony with Keith, the shaman, reflected the exotic and whimsical […]

On new beginnings and harnessing nerves – a blogpost for new teachers

Beyond the sheer excitement of Body Mind Sol going live with a new website, I had a high hit of adrenaline rushing through my system today: first time teaching nerves. You’d think that with almost five-and-a-half years of full-time teaching, meaning thousands of client hours in classes and plenty of weekly private sessions as well […]

BLOG: 10km Fiji Swim Adventure

  Total calm and ease were the two dominant feelings in the 12 hours leading up to my first solo 10km ocean swim. There was nothing left to do other than last minute race preps like putting out all my gear, checking my gels, goggles, cossie, eating, hydrating and praying for better weather than the […]

Training: Embrace Resistance

“There is something terribly morbid in the modern sympathy with pain. One should sympathise with the colour, the beauty, the joy of life. The less said about life’s sores the better.” Oscar Wilde And while it’s easy to get caught up in talking about pain, injuries, reasons why your training session didn’t feel so good, […]

Question Answered: Pilates for Runners with Upper Body Tightness

If you do a lot of upper body work – exercises like boxing, lifting or rowing – you may find you struggle with tension through the neck and shoulders when running or perhaps you find you can’t open your chest well and get deep breaths in, exhausting more quickly. Here are a few Pilates exercises […]

Time For Play – Pilates Style

As you keep doing Pilates and improve your range of motion and core strength, there are only so many variations and repetitions of the Hundreds you want to do. Let’s face it, Joseph’s exercises are great and the various schools, such as Stott, Polestar, Classical and Romana’s have modified and developed them well. Their teachers are […]

Runner’s Knee

This blog post is a direct answer to a question i was asked on facebook… SO if you have any questions, fire away. If I don’t have the answer, I’ll interview those in the know for you. QUESTION: Have you ever had runner’s knee? And what can you recommend? ANSWER: Yes… See the bruised and […]

Extreme Ironman

Why anyone would enter an ironman would have been completely beyond me just two years ago. And yet, entries to popular Ironman events sell out in minutes. It looks like there are quite a few semi-crazy people out there who don’t mind the odd 3.8 km swim, 180 km bike ride and 42.2 km run. […]

Pilates, Homer and doughnuts

What Homer’s got to do with back pain This Pilates segment is all about doughnuts, jam and how to improve back and neck pain. As we get older and spend more and more of our time sitting down, beer in one hand, remote or mobile in the other, our bodies resemble Homer Simpson more and […]

Training Tips #1

From Women’s Running Australia’s Website Sol Walkling’s Training Tips #1 I signed up for my first Half Ironman – that’s a 1.8km swim, 90km bike ride and 21km run. The biggest event I’d done before this was the City to Surf, a measly little run up a hill in comparison to what I’d gotten myself […]