Category: Word of the Month
May Word of the Month : Heart

“Every single day, do something that makes your heart sing.”

-Marcia Wieder

There were many voices that sang last weekend at The Dailey Method’s 9th annual Owners’ Retreat. Besides being a place where amazing connections take place, the event serves as a forum where some very special friends in my life – the TDM owners – can learn, grow, and make meaningful contributions to TDM. The heart of the Dailey Method is what makes it the amazingly special, supportive and beautiful community that continues to soar.

So, the Owners’ Retreat perfectly embodies May’s Word of the Month – Heart. Our hearts are our innermost part and we could not survive without it. Not only ARE these individuals the Hearts of their home communities, but they GIVE their hearts to their practice, their studios and to the people who walk in their doors every day. I know for myself that the love I have for my studios and to The Dailey Method is so personally meaningful. I am always in awe at the passion and dedication that the other owners show in making their studios the best (and the most fun!) they can be. While still maintaining The Dailey Method’s core principles of Align, Engage, Move.
 
The owners came from far reaches of the US, and beyond (Paris, Mexico and Canada)! I am reminded each year that there is an incredible level of diversity that makes up the Dailey Method. And by giving their all to create a welcoming and productive space to find alignment they are also able to create a space that is open to everyone.

There were so many, but here are some of the my personal highlights of the weekend:

  • The one-on-one introductions. I am fortunate to know them all but when they come together there can be electric synergy when they get to connect personally. The weekend began with that connection.
  • The small group breakouts that allowed us to collaborate together to learn, grow, and expand communally. And to brainstorm together to continually be able to offer you, our community, an ever-evolving product.
  • The amazing expo (1st picture above) where we had some incredible talent. Local and far reaching companies attended, people who can collaborate with our businesses in ways that help support us all as business owners and allow our communities simpler processes.
  • The dinners we had together, where we could unwind, laugh and celebrate together.
  • The hike on the last day through the headlands of Marin. Gorgeous perfect day.

The celebration of my new Dailey Cycle studio in Fairfax. It wasn’t even open to the public yet and I got to have the best of the best across the world to come and teach there and show us their talents.

I want to SHOUT from the bottom of my heart a huge THANK YOU to each and every Dailey Method owner for believing in the product and showing up each day to share that with their community. And for the amazing corporate staff (you know who you are) that discussed, created and worked tireless hours to make it the most informative and fun retreat ever.

 

-Jill

April Word of the Month : Spine

“The spine is the tree of life. Respect it.”

-Martha Graham

I know, kind of an odd Word of the Month. Generally we encourage you to set an intention around the word and focus on what you can learn from it. This WOM, we are able to take it literally and focus on its actual structure. Our spine is the very center of us. It is our axis and thus deserves our attention. To concentrate on your spine is the basis of The Dailey Method. It’s our first alignment principle and the root of every exercise we teach. Align.   

There are three components involved in taking the best care of your spine:

  1. Space: with ease, breathe as much space as possible from head to toe, head to tailbone – based on your position. This creates an ease in your structure. Creating space also helps encourage disc health. It helps the bones to be able to settle into the joints most optimally.
  2. Find your neutral: We work in neutral spine in 75% of class. This is the healthiest position in our bodies. We should move through life primarily in this position. It’s still important to work the body in other positions because we need mobility and the ability to move multi-dimensionally. But if we focus on strengthening our bodies in their most functional position, it will translate to many facets of our lives.
  3. Support: This is the act of keeping the space, keeping the alignment and hugging in and engaging muscular support for that optimal structure. It’s an inside out, supportive and easeful balance. Ease and effort.

Give yourself the gift in April of listening to the positions of your spine. Pay attention to whether you are capable of creating a little more space, a little better alignment and then, and only then, layer on the muscular energy that we all love so much at The Dailey Method. Your spine will thank you.

 

“You are only as old as your spine.”

-Joseph Pilates (my first inspiration to truly delve into training bodies.)

 

Love,

Jill

 

March Word of the Month: Soul

Quiet the mind and the Soul will speak.”

  – Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

 

I chose Soul for the Word of the Month because of the depth it represents. It’s akin to February’s WOM Passion and the fire within but brings to mind an even deeper sense of self. A powerful notion, it is often thought of as our life force, our vitality or our true essence.

I love the phrase “Let Your Soul Shine” which may have been coined by Spiritual Gangster – the masters of making us exclaim our soul’s intent on our tank tops. But if our soul is shining it results in a true inside-out radiance, a raw bare-it-all of who we are.

The simple act of nurturing our soul should be a priority for full contentment. Do what you love and what speaks to the inner you and it will show.

 

“The authentic self is the Soul made visible.”

-Sarah Ban Breathnach

 

Let Your Soul Shine this month!

Jill

 

February Word of the Month: Passion

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I chose Passion as the WOM for February. Passion is a big word! It is generally related to desire, affection, love and devotion. But I feel that so many aspects of our lives can relate to passion – if we live fully. It can be the way we feel about a cause that is important to us, a hobby, or a job. It can be for anything or anyone that really turns us on and lights us up.

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style

          – Maya Angelou (One of my personal favorites!)

Passion doesn’t have to feel intense or singularly-focused. I picture it as something that feels like it’s shining or glittering, drawing me in; something that I know incorporating in my life just might encourage greater happiness. It can be something grand (like the love of your life) or something small (the book you’re reading that you can’t put down!)

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

          -Harriet Tubman (Another incredible inspiration. I love strong women!)

I thought about it and came up with the list of what I’m feeling passionate about it my life right now:

  • The evolution of the Dailey Method practice: I love every aspect of the training, teaching, development and growth of the curriculum.
  • The ability to always be a student. I am currently becoming Dailey Cycle trained. Even though I’ve been strongly involved in the development of this product I haven’t taught it nor owned it. I am in the process of building my own Dailey Cycle studio in Fairfax and am so excited to become stronger and more knowledgeable in a new direction.
  • I’m very passionate about raising my kids well.
  • I also experience passion personally in the studio. As a student being in the moment and feeling strong, or allowing compassion for myself and being okay with the need to back off. We want everyone to be their most authentic selves. Don’t compete unless you WANT to.
  • OMG as a teacher. I can wake up tired. My kids can be a pain in the &#% getting off to school. I “expect” to arrive a minimum of 15 minutes before class. Kids don’t always cooperate. The moment I turn on my mic and warm up song, however, I’m good. I’m happy and I’m present.
  • Traveling and expansion. Talk about PASSION. I love to travel. There’s so much I want to see and experience. It is true that travel is the only thing you spend money on that makes you richer.
  • I know, should have been 1, but if you really know me you understand. You know where I stand. I support it because it’s right. Not because I know it. Right?
  • Being supportive and supporting to people, especially women.

What turns you on the most? Or what are the things you crave for in your life in order to make you thrive.

Take a bit of time to think about what you’re the most passionate about. Or what you’d like to be passionate about. Don’t hesitate. Reach for it. Let yourself be your most expansive self.

 

January Word of the Month : Authentic

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“You were born to be real, not to be perfect.”

– Claire Baker

 

As we move out of 2016 and into 2017, I chose “Authentic” as the word of the month because I want to practice evolving myself, not changing who I am. January is typically a month where we chastise ourselves for past actions and set intentions for the things we want to change. But instead of trying to be something we’re not or do things differently, why not embrace exactly who we are first and then from that place of self honesty discover how to be that best version?

To be authentic is to aspire to be real, genuine, pure, truthful and original. We should still be accountable for our vulnerabilities and imperfections, but do so with self compassion. That is when authenticity makes us truly beautiful.

In a world full of the artificial and unreal we yearn for what’s real. And what could be more real than facing and embracing what’s already inside of us? That takes courage and honesty.

 

“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we really are.”

-Brené Brown

 

How to thread your authentic self into your Dailey practice?

  • Be real with yourself, leave all judgement at the door – for yourself and for others
  • Avoid excuse and denial and instead recognize and develop
  • Work on yourself from the inside out- not the outside in
  • Accept your abilities and push yourself, find how deep you can go
  • But also accept that sometimes you need to back off
  • Love your body and what it is capable of every day
  • Say thank you to yourself before you go to bed at night

 

The best way I can be authentic is to practice self recognition and through that – self love. I know this isn’t always easy. Of course there will be times when we say or do things that are counter to who we are. We’re human and we’re on a journey to find the proper balance. We can aspire to recognize and not deny our failings, but rather than dwelling on them or insisting we’ll never do that again (a quick set-up for a blame and shame cycle), look inside and see who you truly are and see the beauty that is there. We all have that inner light within us and if we can focus on that we will be the true beautiful kind and loving soul that resides within us. Authentically. And then that beauty can be passed on to others.

 

“When you show up authentic, you create space for others to do the same.”

– Author Unknown

 

Authentically yours,

Jill Dailey