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Carrie Drapac
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Jul 21, 2022
In Hear ye, Hear ye!
Welcome, welcome, welcome - to Leo Season - dear audience! How will the Season of the Showman affect your movement this month? Let's explore. Leo loves to put on a show; the spotlight, the applause, and the accolades are fuel that keep this fire sign burning bright. Leo is associated with the 3rd chakra and digestive system - the center of our personal fire and will. If there's one sign that is meant to be throw off the cloak of humility and seek praise, it would be Leo. As it relates to our bodies, this can be a loaded energy to explore. In a culture of body shaming, with narrow definitions of which bodies are worthy of praise and attention, Leo Season offers us an opportunity to loosen the grip of those conditioned insecurities. So in the spirit of Leo Season, we invite you to be a little braggadocious! Stay for a moment after class and let us know what you were proud of - maybe you felt stronger in a plank than you ever have before or had an aha moment of sensing your body from within. Whatever it is, say it out loud so we can sing your praises! If you're doing video replays with no one to glow to, we've got a forum section for exactly this (and, TBH, it has far too few posts - there must not be many Leos among you). You can be a source of praise for others too - intentionally giving strangers and loved ones alike a little extra acknowledgement. Leo or not, we all benefit from having our unique flavor of being witnessed and admired aloud. At the end of the day, the approval and appreciation that is most important is your own. I've recently been working with the notion that to activate the ego in a good way, is to express it inwardly. To know our own worth, in our bones, ensures we don't get stuck in the tricky ego territory of "power over" or "power under". To exercise the ego into balanced strength and flexibility, write love notes to yourself and stick them around your space. Every time you run into one, take in your own acknowledgement, feel it in your body, and let that light shine through you this season. And obvi, you can always drop your shines in the comments below for all to see. I look forward to celebrating you all in classes this season!
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Carrie Drapac
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Jun 22, 2022
In Hear ye, Hear ye!
Happy Summer Solstice and Cancer Season, friends! How will Cancer Season affect your movement this month? So glad you asked! Cancer may just be the swooniest of all the signs - swimming with relative ease in the deep waters of emotional life. It is associated with the liquid-filled cauldron of our low belly, womb, prostate, and bladder. Cancer loves to feel, so this is a great time to focus on emotional connection and bonding - with your own body. The fitness industry largely promotes a superficial relationship with the body and even encourages disconnecting our physical body from our emotional self. "No pain, no gain," eh. We know you didn't become a Comfy Fitness member to experience more of that nonsense, but cultural conditioning is hard to shake. So for Cancer Season, we invite you to let yourself drop even deeper inside your body during class. Throughout the classes and replays you participate in, ask yourself regularly, "What am I feeling right now?" or "How does this make me feel?" And allow yourself to find a more emotional answer. It's not just about where you are feeling something in the body, but also what is coming up for you. Maybe anger, maybe sadness, maybe a movement taps you into a wellspring of joy you didn't realize was there. I remember taking a workshop with Caroline last year where she led self-massage of the feet and I could not stop smiling and gigging. It was as if all my joy had been trapped in the tight tissues of my feet and massaging into them released it like confetti for me to enjoy. Movement classes become way more fun and interesting when we allow them to move our emotions, intellect and spirit - not just our bodies. Cancer is also the most nurturing and caregiving sign of the zodiac. Turn that skill inward and make sure you are taking good, true care of yourself over the next month. It's easy to overextend ourselves as Summer is a naturally active time with longer days. So remember, the more you take time to fill your own cup, the more you have to share and give to others. See you in class!
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Carrie Drapac
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May 21, 2022
In Hear ye, Hear ye!
We just breezed our way into Gemini Szn, friends! What does that mean for your movement this month? Gemini is an infinitely curious sign that loves learning, exchanging ideas, and playfully communicating information as it swirls through. For these reasons, it is associated with speech and sound through the mouth, throat, and ears. Gemini can be tricky for embodied practices because it's an air sign. When we come out of the earth, water, and fire of our bodies, it means our energy is usually up in our heads. And embodiment is all about dropping down from the head and into the body. A great way to work with Gemini's intellectual strengths without abandoning your body is to feel first and then understand. When you take classes or do video replays this season, seek to drop into the body even more than you usually do. Use that Gemini curiosity to feel for interesting things happening. After class, journal about your experience, chat with someone about it, or stay a little later after the classes where extra time is given for questions and discussion. If you're not used to sharing about your experience, use the winds of Gemini under your wings to float forward and speak. By combining a deeper embodied approach to your classes with the mental processing power of Gemini, you're bound to discover something about yourself that might turn into a brilliant conversation and point of connection. Gemini Season runs May 21st - June 20th. What are you learning about yourself by way of your body this season? Comment below!
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Carrie Drapac
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May 13, 2022
In Hear ye, Hear ye!
Those of you who regularly come to class and do video replays have likely been seeing our Monthly Mover Badges added to your profile and noticed that instead of the badge being named for the month, it's named for the prior zodiac season. Yes, astrology is having a big moment breaking into the mainstream as of late (at the Starbucks within my local Target the baristas came up with drinks for each Zodiac sign ☕️♍️) but we're not just hopping on a trend. While I can't speak for everyone on our team, I know that astrology has been a beautiful and important system for several of us. Many many moons (about 84) ago, when @alexiskoran was a Team training client of mine and we would regularly dish about the inexplicable things we were discovering about ourselves through bodywork, energywork, etc, she turned me on to the now famous astrologer, Chani Nicholas. @Kira and I lived together at the time so we both would eagerly await Chani's weekly readings and often times read them to each other at the start of our meetings so we knew what to expect for and from each other 😂. Sometimes Chani's readings were so dead accurate it was hard to believe she wasn't spying on me big-tech style. Now I'm not here to say you should or shouldn't be into astrology, but for the sake of embodiment and movement, the zodiac offers rich soil for us to stick our feet in and see what we can feel. If I were to lead an embodiment exploration of the month of July, I'd struggle to have enough material to work with. However, if I were to lead an exploration of the zodiac sign of Cancer, there's a treasure trove of goods to unearth. Each zodiac sign has characteristics, themes, bodily and emotional associations, etc. And most importantly, the Zodiac is fun and playful. The quickest way to open up our nervous systems to exploration and self-discovery is through play. So the zodiac really seems like a perfect way for us to explore all aspects of who we are (we all have EVERY sign in our natal chart even if we don't have any placements (sun, moon, planets, etc) in certain signs). AND because each sign falls within a certain part of the year, paying some attention to where we are in the turn of the wheel is an easier way to come back into sync with the natural rhythms of nature/our bodies than, say, trying to revive our ancestors ancient earth-based celebrations (though I'm all for that too!). ANNNND this is all a long way to say that as well as the Zodiac mover badges y'all have been receiving for participating in classes, each movement guide will be leading at least one class each zodiac season inspired by the themes of that sign. And then because @alexiskoran is always coming up with cool ideas, we are going to take those classes and make Zodiac playlists that you can find in the Resource Library. That way if it's Leo Season and you are burning up from all the fire, you can cool off with an embodied dunk into a water sign by doing a class from, say, the Cancer Season playlist. Each sign holds plenty of medicine. We will be building this throughout the year as we go through the wheel and I hope you enjoy it as much as I know I'm going to! I'd love to hear in the comments, on a scale of Ba Humbug to Belieber, where do you fall when it comes to astrology? And if you know your Rising, Sun, and/or Moon sign, put it below! Enquiring minds want to know!
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Carrie Drapac
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Mar 02, 2022
In Carrie's Corner
I recently started reading Anna Halprin's "Making Dances that Matter - Resources for Community Creativity". I wish I had known about her work and had the opportunity to study with her while she was still alive. The first chapter of the book eloquently puts to words so much of what I hope Full Body Awakening is instigating in your bodies when you attend that class. It's a little uncanny reading what someone has written and have it so closely match what you are trying to do, having not been at all familiar with their work previously. It just goes to show how universal the body and the wisdom that can be found there is- and maybe even speaks to a universal desire that our bodies have to be known, deeply. I wanted to share a juicy tidbit of her writing as something to reflect on whenever you may read this and when you are engaging in any of the classes we offer. This is at the heart of all embodiment work we do at Comfy Fitness- not just my classes: "When we open ourselves up to all our senses and learn to listen to what our bodies are telling us, we often find ourselves at odds with dominant cultural injunctions against feeling and responding authentically. Reclaiming ordinary movement as something important and meaningful is a resistance to routine disregard of the body. Working with people using dance to express issues that are central to us brings us quickly to a place of commonality, empowerment, and the possibility of transformation. Activating the kinesthetic sense and experiencing our bodies as resources, rather than liabilities, can help move us across outdated social boundaries that limit our compassion and our love. We can reinhabit the whole body, and in so doing, gain a dimension of understanding, creativity, and connection to the mystery of the universe that is available to us when we try to understand our lives only through mental analysis." In what ways have you noticed yourself shifting away from the "cultural injunctions against feeling" and "routine disregard of the body"? What is opening up for you and what are you discovering as you enter into the unknown space beyond that conditioning? Please, share below! I would love to hear your insights 💞
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Carrie Drapac
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Feb 05, 2022
In Hear ye, Hear ye!
Hi hi LIVE Online members! I've scheduled this month's TRE Intro Workshop for this upcoming Thursday evening, Feb 10th, from 7-8:30 pm CST. For new members, this workshop is the prereq for my Sunday Group Shakes; once you take the workshop, you'll be ready to join in on the weekly fun! Of course, if you've taken the workshop before and want to again, you are more than welcome. It's nice to revisit things from time to time, as inevitably you may hear something you didn't catch the first time and things always register differently in our system at different times. The workshop is open to non-members, so invite friends or family who could use some nervous system support: https://www.comfyfitness.com/event-details/intro-to-tension-trauma-releasing-exercises-tre-r-workshop-10 See you there!
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Carrie Drapac
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Aug 23, 2021
In Hear ye, Hear ye!
Hi Friends! Kira and I are in the midst of creating some fab new content for the video library over the next couple of months. As part of this effort, I just tidied up the library of old class formats that we haven't offered in a while. If I took down one of your fave classes that you do on repeat, just message me which class and the date of the class video and I can send you the link for that class specifically so you still have access to it. And if there's anything in particular you would like to learn or that would make it easier for you to feel comfortable when taking the LIVE classes, let us know and we will certainly take it into consideration when creating our new video content for y'all :)
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Carrie Drapac
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Jun 07, 2021
In Carrie's Corner
We say we are a "conscious fitness and embodied movement" company, but I often wonder if anyone gets what that means and why it's different from the traditional fitness approach. To me, it's what sets us apart. But it's also hard to "sell" an idea that is dependent on experience to people who have not delighted in the experience of (or been conscious of experiencing) embodiment. If you're reading this, then you are conscious of experiencing embodiment - otherwise you wouldn't be here already. When we meet someone truly embodied, we can usually feel it. They carry a sense of being rooted in their being, rather than in concepts, a constructed identity, or what others may project upon them. A perfect example of this is Donald Williams, who testified in George Floyd's murder trial. When the defense lawyer tried to claim that he and the crowd that stood witness to Floyd's murder grew angrier and angrier and so had some part to play in its occurrence, Williams replied, "I grew professional and professional. I stayed in my body. You can't paint me out to be angry." I was floored when I first heard his articulation of this. But also shook my head, knowing that the defense lawyer probably had no idea what that means. One of my favorite teachers says embodiment isn't something you do. It is an orientation. I see it as a way of being. Certainly we can do embodiment exercises to have more lived-experiences of what embodiment feels like. But then to become embodied we must use our past felt-sense experience of embodiment as a north star - continuously guiding us back to embodied states (because modern culture is always pulling us out of embodiment) - so that the ratio of time spent in embodiment vs. disembodiment tilts in the other direction. Another favorite teaching-artist of mine says the more time we spend in disembodiment, the more room there is for ghosts to enter. Now, they don't just mean ghosts as energy of people who have died but are still hanging around to hijack human nervous systems in an attempt at satiating their hungers. Ghosts can be cultural values that we don't truly believe in, passed down through the generations. Ghosts can be habits and patterns that don't uphold who we truly want to be, but were once born out of a desire for safety/control/belonging/love/etc. Ghosts can be that thing we notice we are doing that our mother does that we can't stand and are shocked when we discover we do it too. Ultimately, embodiment is something you must enact yourself. No one can feel your body for you. Which then sets me into the inquiry of what actually constitutes "the body". Instead of opening that can of worms, I'll leave a couple of links - one to a small piece of my own writing on embodiment and one from my SourcePoint Therapy teacher on embodiment through the perspective of energy. I'll be subbing Caroline's Qigong and Yoga classes this week and using the time to lead SourcePoint Therapy-based meditations. Join me for those classes to experience embodiment from that point of view!
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Carrie Drapac
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Apr 03, 2021
In Carrie's Corner
Hey Movers & Shakers, Here's the playlist from the last 2 classes. I used the 30 minute chunk from somewhere near the front and center 2 weeks ago and then used the last half of the playlist for this morning's class. The playlist has the songs and artists listed underneath in case there were certain songs that grabbed you. See you next week! https://soundcloud.com/posterchild-art/lights-out-mix-8-11-19
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Carrie Drapac
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Mar 20, 2021
In Hear ye, Hear ye!
At Comfy Fitness, our definition of what it means to be fit encompasses our mental, emotional, and spiritual needs as well as our physical ones. Comfy Fitness co-founder Carrie Drapac and our yoga and Qigong instructor, Caroline, come together each month to host a Full Moon Gathering. They combine their backgrounds in movement, somatic practices, bodywork, energy work, and spiritual inquiry with the current astrological movements into a 2 hour ceremony to address the health of the whole self. This month's Full Moon in Libra invites us into a well-known but often hard to accept paradox: that true healing comes from accepting our wounds just as they are. Using the word "healing" is even tricky, as it infers there is something wrong, something to be fixed. This moon sits in the sky opposite Venus in Aries conjunct Chiron. Chiron, the wounded healer, represents the wound so deep that we do not ever rid ourselves of it. Instead, it becomes our greatest teacher and the source of our healing power. Conjunct Venus in Aries, we are given an expanded opportunity to work with Chiron through the power of self-love. Join us this month as we explore the winding road to self-love. From personal experience, Caroline and I both take issue with self-love as it is often addressed: spiritual-bypass your way there through mantras and positive thinking or stay mired in the cynicism that self-love is for the Pollyannas of the world. We know that self-love is a lifelong practice and acceptance is a necessary step along the way. From the preparatory journaling through to the ceremony itself, we will guide you into nervous system exploration, inner child witnessing, and creative-body engagement as ways to cultivate self-acceptance on the path to self-love. The Gathering requires participation from you beforehand - taking time to set the intentions you have for your life, work, relationships - and exploring on a deeper level what it is you need to shed in your life, environment, behaviors, beliefs, and patterning. You’ll be emailed journaling prompts and suggestions for reflection in the days leading up to the event. We’ll open with a guided circle-casting and calling-to-the-four-directions ceremony to create sacred space, set intention, and activate the energetic container for deep embodiment work. You're encouraged to incorporate any of your personal spiritual or religious practices in the experience - all practices and beliefs are welcome! The ceremony will include gentle movement, energetic practices, and intentional journaling. $33 - Saturday, March 27th, via Zoom - 10:30am-12:30pm PST - led by Caroline Cardino & Carrie Drapac Register here: https://www.schedulicity.com/scheduling/CCYHCT/classes **Journaling prompts will go out Wednesday, Thursday and Friday before the ceremony. So please register early to give yourself enough time to fully dive into the self-inquiry the journaling provides. Once you register, you’ll be emailed a Zoom link for the ceremony an hour before the event begins.
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Carrie Drapac
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Mar 13, 2021
In Carrie's Corner
For my fellow nerds out there, here's the video that was a big inspiration for today's class. This and "My Teacher the Octopus" on Netflix. As well as it being a New Moon in Pisces ;) Lots of water water water.
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Carrie Drapac
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Feb 22, 2021
In Hear ye, Hear ye!
Hey all! I forget to announce non-fitness things that I'm doing here, but seeing that many of you take both mine and Caroline's classes, you may be interested to know that we host Full Moon Gatherings once a month. We combine our backgrounds in movement, somatic practices, bodywork, energy work, and spiritual inquiry with the current astrological movements into a 2 hour ceremony. I've put more info about the themes of Saturday's gathering below with sign up info for anyone interested. We'd love to have your presence and energy included. This month, we'll use the full moon in Virgo to make practical changes in daily routines, living spaces, and energetic bodies - shoring up our internal energetic structures and organizing our external ones! February, just like life, is filled with opposing energies: Contraction/Expansion, Giving/Receiving, Pushing/Pulling. The grounded Earth energy of Virgo loves organization. And the ecstatic energy of the Full Moon loves a good purge. As these opposing energies come together at the end of February, they offer an opportunity to look at the ways we have set up our space, our days, our lives - and invite us to make new choices that allow energy to flow more freely without either running into walls or overtaking us. The Gathering requires participation from you beforehand - taking time to set the intentions you have for your life, work, relationships - and exploring on a deeper level what it is you need to shed or shore up in your environment, behaviors, beliefs, and patterning. You’ll be emailed journaling prompts to guide you through reflection in the days leading up to the event. We open with a guided circle-casting and calling-to-the-four-directions ceremony to create sacred space, set intention, and activate the energetic container for deep embodiment work. You're encouraged to incorporate any of your personal spiritual or religious practices in the experience - all practices and beliefs are welcome! The ceremony will include gentle movement, energetic practices, meditation, and intentional journaling. $33 - Saturday, February 27th, via Zoom - 12:30am-2:30pm CST - led by Caroline Cardino & Carrie Drapac Register here: https://www.schedulicity.com/scheduling/CCYHCT/classes You’ll be emailed a Zoom link an hour before the event begins.
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Carrie Drapac
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Feb 20, 2021
In Carrie's Corner
It was SO wonderful to dance with you all this morning! Here's today's playlist link: https://soundcloud.com/posterchild-art/yoga-playlist-7-1-2-2021 AND, here's an image of a Torus Field - the energetic movement structure/pattern I often reference during the warmup: "... it has recently been established scientifically that the human body, too, incorporates a toroidal energy field centering, interestingly enough, not in the brain, but in the heart (note: mystics have been saying this for millenia). As such, the toroid may be considered as a universal energy function and as a symbol of endless regeneration and recycling."
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Carrie Drapac
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Feb 13, 2021
In Carrie's Corner
Hey all! I had a request today to share my Full Body Awakening playlists cuz some of you are digging them so much. I use my friend Nadine's playlists over on SoundCloud. She is a rad artist, dancer, yoga instructor, bodyworker and is such a gem to put them up for public access. I started today's class at the 26:51 min timestamp of this playlist: https://soundcloud.com/posterchild-art/lights-out-mix-8-11-19 Enjoy!!
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Carrie Drapac
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Feb 01, 2021
In Carrie's Corner
Today is one of those days where time seems to be moving too fast. I can't get nearly enough done in the time available. I can track my body's response to this experience: slightly increased heart rate, light tightening in center of chest, fluttering at my solar plexus. These responses indicate my system is moving into Sympathetic nervous system activation. This is not a bad thing necessarily, but certainly can be if we are unaware, if we get stuck there, put the stress of this state onto others around us, etc. I'm grateful that in year 37 of this life, I've got enough tools in my toolbox to deeply sense and feel what's going on internally, to track sensation as it changes, to understand what I'm feeling (as much as we can ever understand anything within the lenses we have to look through), and to give my body what it needs to recover. We live in a world where so much of our "worth" has been determined by how much we can do, how quickly we can accomplish, how well we meet the demands of modern capitalist society. And it's baked in from such a young age that many kind-hearted, good, honest, competent, perfectly productive people never feel like they are measuring up (myself included). When I track where this lives in my body (heart and solar plexus), it makes total sense. Energetically speaking, solar plexus is a center from which we express who we are through action into the world; it's our center of personal power and will. And heart is our center of love and relationship (love of and relationship to self included). These two centers hold our sense of self-worth when it comes to doing and being. When I quickly took a bath today and was able to feel my body supported and surrounded by water, I could feel heart and solar plexus' need to slow down. And for that slowness to be enough. So tonight as I take on Kira's Monday night Somatics practice for the first week, I will guide us into a very slow exploration of these energy centers. I encourage you to really feel what comes up for you when you slow down. Is it a welcome relief that allows release? Do you get irritated at the pace of things? Do you feel like we are not doing enough in class? And then I invite you to breathe around all the sensations and feelings that come up. There is no judgement around them - just a noticing. And as you breathe, you create space for them to exist - a container of breath to hold the complexity of everything that lives within you as it relates to doing and being. And for anyone who needs to hear it today, you are enough. The mere fact of your beingness is proof enough of your worth. See some of you tonight. Much love, Carrie
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Carrie Drapac
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Feb 01, 2021
In Hear ye, Hear ye!
Hello everyone! I've scheduled this month's TRE Intro Workshop for Sunday Feb 7th, 1:30-3:15 pm CST. Some of you have emailed to ask about, so get yourself registered. You can find it on the Class Schedule. I'm limiting participation to 15 people, so claim your spot before we fill up. (I usually get about 20-25 sign ups even though only about half end up attending) This workshop is the prereq for my Saturday Group Shakes; once you take the workshop, you'll be ready to join in on the weekly fun! The workshop is open to non-members, so invite friends or family who could use some nervous system support. See you there!
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