Six months ago I joined Roark Women and while I am close to breaking into song about everything I’ve learned in those six months, I want to start at the core.

The most valuable wisdom I’ve ever gained is the notion that a body talks. Each system, cell, and atom within our bodies is in constant communication with each other, at all times. And it is all driven by the mind. The mind is everything. What you think, you become.

A few years ago I started researching the Chakra system. It stems from ancient Hindu metaphysical tradition, representing points in the human body that are considered centres of life force or vital energy. While each and every Chakra represents an essential part of the body for overall functioning, I have become most interested in the Solar Plexus Chakra. It is located between the naval and the base of the sternum and considered to be the key to power. It is our core and it is believed that getting in touch with this energy centre is one of the most empowering acts of self-definition and self-worth. The element associated with the Solar Plexus Chakra is fire and just as fire burns off old energy and generates new energy, so the Solar Plexus fuels our metabolism.

While this is a far deeper and intrinsic way of looking at the body, it ties so beautifully back to the development of core strength. And by core strength, I don’t mean a six pack, I mean the centre of the Universe, the nucleus from which everything else extends. At Roark Women, we do a considerable amount of work on our core strength, which is proving to have an even greater impact on our core beliefs. Why? Because a body talks.

And so the ancient wisdom goes, when we bring this Chakra into balance, we begin to experience a true inner strength, an authentic power, we move away from the unhealthy desire to gain power over others, creating a more relaxed and spontaneous life, powerful and free. This may sound awfully airy-fairy to some but if I look back over my time at Roark Women, I see how through the development of core strength I have burnt away so many preconceived ideas about exercise, about aesthetics, about what others may or may not think of me, about how strong or weak I may be when I compare myself to others, about where I am or where I should be in both my fitness and my life. I just am.

There was a time when I thought the greatest physical achievement for a woman was to be thin and all my exercise efforts were centered around this absurd belief I had about beauty. I have since learnt that a beautiful body is an earned body and nothing is more magnificent then the results that come from slow, steady, consistent, and willful work. These are the results that come from learning to function from the core of our being, both physically and metaphysically.

After six eye-opening months I’ve come to the end of what has technically been my honeymoon phase at Roark Women. It hasn’t been easy but I didn’t sign up for easy, I signed up for change. They’ve promised results and I am seeing the results every day. They’ve asked for my trust and have then endeavored to earn it. It’s a two way street called Commitment and I’m all in.

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