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With the holidays behind us and the beginning of a new year in full swing, the inevitable review of the year’s past behaviors is bound to creep up…and one of those behaviors is usually our health. It’s a well-known fact that diets don’t work and yet so many people struggle with those extra pounds. With this reality sinking in, experts are emerging with new research that suggest a different path. Erin Stutland is one of those people and has a unique and more meaningful approach to making change not only in your physique but in your life. I sat down with her to discuss her new book Mantras in Motion. It launches today Jan 8th and if you’re wanting a new approach to shifting your thoughts and your waistline, you need to get it now.
Laura Garnett: I love that you say, “movement in your body creates movement in your life.” Your book so beautifully walks someone through the process of creating real change in their life. Can you share a few examples of the most profound shifts that you have witnessed?
Erin Stutland: Recently, one of the members of my program mentioned that she was having trouble believing the mantras, or positive affirmations she was working on. After doing a workout; however, while saying the mantras to herself, she started to experience a profound opening. A shift. She finished the workout in tears. She realized she hadn’t spoken that kindly to herself in ages. Through that experience, she started to believe. We have to learn to embody empowering thoughts and beliefs. We can read all the books and intellectualize day in and day out, but this is the only way change will occur.
Garnett: It has been said that sitting is the new smoking. What do you suggest for people who work in an office and have to sit most of the day? Do you have any office friendly movement advice?
Stutland: Go for a walk. Ten minutes is all you need. Get up, throw on your coat, walk around the block and get some fresh air. Research shows that this alone can reduce stress and increase levels of focus and happiness.
Garnett: Clearly you are a mantras in movement expert. Where do you personally get tripped up when it comes to your own journey and process of change, and with your movement practice?
Stutland: Newtons first law of motion says that a body at rest stays at rest, and a body in motion, stays in motion. I get stuck in a resting position, regularly. Especially with having a young baby, you are just so tired all the time. But, I know that movement in my body creates movement in my mindset and my life, so I just sort of have to make myself get up and move. It’s really that simple.
Garnett: How would you describe the difference when using the mantras with working out and not? What is the impact that the mantras provide specifically in the moment?
Stutland: I’ve come to understand that so many of our efforts don’t create a lasting impact because they don’t include all of who we are. The power and energy of these glorious bodies we were given aren’t used nearly enough.
Writing down affirmations is an excellent exercise and a great place to start, as it begins to engage and change the mind. Chanting mantras is also wonderful because your physical voice is involved in the process. Meditation is powerful, because it reduces stress and improves concentration. Now imagine if you could take the benefits of all of these practices and roll them into one full body experience! This is what happens when you take a focused, powerful mindset and put it into motion.
Garnett: I love how the exercises are all ones that anyone can do anywhere. Was that intentional? If so, who would you say this program is ideally for?
Stutland: Yes, you can literally do these movements anywhere. I made them simple, so there are few barriers of entry. Even time is on your side here. It takes 5 minutes to create a profound shift. Everyone has 5 minutes. This is for anyone who feels stuck and is ready to make some real change.
Garnett: What would you say to someone that feels like the process of talking while working out seems odd?
Stutland: First, I would say you’re right it, does. It’s a bit weird. But I invite people to give it a try anyway. Some of the best things in life happen when we move out of what is comfortable for us. Pay attention to what mantras you have where you have resistance to and which ones feel really good to say. This can shed a lot of light on where you are feeling blocked. And remember, you can always whisper them or simply think them to yourself. This is a game of concentration. Can you move and think positively at the same time? Give it a try.
Garnett: What is next for you and your work? Now that the book is out, how do you envision your work evolving?
Stutland: I am looking forward to gearing my work towards working moms. I think they need a respite from their work life and their mom life. They need it to be nourishing, but also quick. I think I have the recipe for giving them what they need. I’m looking forward to this path.
Garnett: Lastly, what is your own current mantras in moving practice?
Stutland: My favorite mantra I use to start any workout is: “I am tuned in, I step into the flow, I have all that I need, the rest I let go.” This helps me get focused on the present moment and in tune with my body right away. From here, I feel pretty grounded in my body and am ready for a great workout!
The conversation has been edited and condensed for clarity.
January 8, 2019 at 06:13AM
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