Updated: Dec 27, 2020
Introduction to MindBody Wellness
I wanted to share an overview of my journey and introduce you to some of the mindbody practices that saved my life.
The cool part is that even if you feel your life isn’t in danger, this community and the practices that you will learn can help you to live the life you REALLY want in a way that can bring you and the ones you love happiness, health, and peace.
We will be going into all the major components of MindBody Health and Fitness. These include Tai Chi, Nutrition, Yoga, Meditation, Physical Therapy, Fitness, and Mindfulness.
This blog and the programs associated with it are like no other. You can find all the resources you need for complete MindBody Healing and Fitness all in one place.
You can pick and choose which practices work for you or follow the whole system to heal yourself physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
I wanted to begin with the mindbody practice that I started with and still do everyday.
Here is why Meditation is so important to me:
Although my drinking was a problem for me in the Marines it got even worse when I got out. It got to the point that I had to go to rehab!
I was really open to change at that point because I had hit rock bottom. I wanted SO much in life and wanted to change but I didn’t have the tools I needed to make those changes.
I felt really down on myself and helpless. I felt like I let everyone down including myself!
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Then something happened that changed my life forever…
While I was in the treatment program, one of the counselors was offering a meditation session for anyone who was interested, as long as we weren’t just planning on going there to sleep.
I had read about meditation and thought that it might help me.
That day was my first meditation session and I haven’t missed a day since… and also haven’t had a drink since! Now, sometimes I only have time to sit and take a few breaths… other days I have 20 minutes to meditate.
A great resource to learn meditation is the “Insight Timer App”. You can download it on your phone and bring it with you wherever go. There’s tons of free guided meditations and other programs to get you started.
For more info on Insight Timer: CLICK HERE
2. TAI CHI
Tai Chi has become one of my favorite mindbody practices. It allows me to share my message with the world while providing a valuable service that can heal body, mind, and spirit.
Here is why Tai Chi is so important to me:
Tai Chi is a martial art but also a method of mindful movement that helps heal both mind and body.
The style I practice and teach is called TaijiFit (Tai Chi Fit). The beauty about this style is that you don’t have to get it “right” or “perfect.” You just follow along and do what you see.
To learn how to start a daily Tai Chi practice at home, CLICK HERE.
Here is a description of TaijiFit directly from the TaijiFit.net website:
“David-Dorian Ross is the creator of TaijiFit. It’s the most unique work out to come along in decades. TaijiFit is a mind/body “exercise” that combines the best of traditional Taiji (Tai Chi) with modern Western fitness. It’s a workout appropriate for any age or fitness level – and has you experiencing the FLOW of Taiji whether it’s your first class or 100th. There are no routines to learn, or set choreography to remember. Instead, class members follow an instructor trained in a method known as “Qi Cueing” – designed to bring your muscular, cardiovascular, and nervous systems into perfect synergy―along with your mind and Spirit. TaijiFit is a special kind of movement experience that meets all your fitness needs… and more. It’s more than just an exercise. It is also a moving meditation, a shield against disease, and a beautiful sensual dance! Research studies show that this dance has the power to help cure cancer; and this meditation is also a workout that can make you sweat and smile at the same time.”
Try out some of my free tai chi videos on my YouTube channel: CLICK HERE
My first experience with MindBody Health practices was actually with yoga. I was working out all the time and wanted to get more flexible.
I had mentioned to my sister that I was interested in yoga and that it might help with my flexibility. I didn’t know it at the time but it would become the foundation of my whole adult life!
Anyways, my sister ended up giving me a power yoga dvd for Christmas that year. It was Rodney Yee’s Power Yoga for Strength and Flexibility.
I started to feel inner peace during the first session! It was actually really hard and I couldn’t even get through the whole video but I felt amazing after.
I became so enthusiastic about yoga that I went to Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts and took the month-long yoga teacher training immersion! This changed my life forever in so many ways. The best thing was that I actually met the woman there that would later become my wife!
For more info about Kripalu, visit their website: CLICK HERE
4. PHYSICAL THERAPY
I always wanted to help people in some way but had no idea what I wanted to do with my life as it got closer to graduation from high school. As I mentioned above, I decided to join the Marines.
While I was in the service, I got kind of obsessed with weight lifting. I wanted to get big and strong but I was also very interested in the science of exercise and nutrition. I started to read every magazine I could on health and fitness.
Later, as I went through the exercise physiology program at UMass Lowell, I began reading more peer reviewed journals with info that was backed up with evidence.
Anyways, I did really well as an undergrad and got right into the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at UMass Lowell. This was a very tough program.
I felt like I weathered it pretty well but even with my experience with the Marines and being in a combat zone, it still was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life!
In future posts, I will share a lot of the knowledge I learned so far from being a PT (physical therapist) and provide insights and programs that can help you heal your pain and your suffering.
Although I will always recommend seeing a PT to get an evaluation, there are a lot of things you can do to feel self-empowered, especially if you do not have access to a good PT.
You can now schedule a FREE call with me to see if telehealth physical therapy is right for you. Schedule your call with me now: CLICK HERE
While I was an undergrad at UMass Lowell, I got to intern with the Div. I and Div. II athletes. Here is where I got experience training as a strength and conditioning coach.
I worked with the volleyball, soccer, field hockey, basketball, and baseball teams. I learned how to work with groups of motivated athletes. I also got to work one on one with many of them. It was amazing to see the hard work and dedication they put into their training. They were determined to excel. It wasn’t too long before the whole UMass Lowell Athletic Program was elevated to Div. I status!
Within these posts, I will be providing the latest information on how to incorporate western exercise science with eastern mindbody practices to help you reach your goals in the most efficient way possible.
I will include future posts about how to safely start a fitness routine to maximize your strength, lose weight, improve your cardiovascular health, and prevent injuries!
Another program I studied at UMass Lowell was nutrition. I actually minored in it and completed the certificate program from the university in nutrition.
I always had a passion for nutrition ever since my dad died. He was 59 years old. I was convinced that the main reason he died was from “lifestyle diseases.” Its what actually propelled me in to the health and wellness field. I was determined to make it past 5