As you watch our Physical Arts System its logic is readily visible and is often captured, but not always consciously. Often times while watching the performed exercises or movements people are distracted by the powerful breathing they hear coming from Calasanz and cannot get past it. These are simple minded people without imagination who do not recognize the simple beauty and logical effectiveness of the movements themselves. Notice the movements. Notice their fluidity. Notice their synchronicity. Notice the flexibility. Notice the ability. Look at the anatomical correctness and the perfect balance and control of the entire body necessary, from start to finish, to perform them correctly and perfectly. The body is completely in synch with itself throughout the exercises as should the breathing be to boot.
Take a look at this video for example. The entire body goes into each movement starting from a neutral but active position. Then each movement goes into a structurally sound stance with the legs and extends the arms fully from the inside out to maximize gains and to keep the focus of the exercise centralized on the core to increase true power and results.
Listen now, young grasshopper, and read as we explicate why this is important and superior to traditional weights exercises and machines.
First and foremost, all exercises within the system the core is activated, this generates and develops true power which will radiate to the rest of your body through natural pathways. Second, by entering into a wider horse stance you are engaging the lower body into the movement to work the legs. This stance change works an individual's coordination and gets the upper and lower body working together in-synch to generate more power and maximize energy use and efficiency. Also, while different movements go in different directions each movement on its own requires the entire body to participate and gets everything working together to perform the movement instead of isolating a single muscle or muscle group to the benefit of one small particularity.
Physical Arts is what makes our system unique and what puts us a step up from any other workout program out there. The martial arts background of the system makes sure that the movements are efficient, effective, productive, and useful towards improving strength AND flexibility at the same time. The movements can even be perceived as fighting techniques with weighted resistance, so even in performing the lifts and exercises you are not only developing strength and flexibility, but also perfecting an anatomically strong and proper punch or kick.
Within the Physical Arts system the importance of breath synchronization along with the body movements is emphasized. If you perform these exercises and do not release the breath they are not being performed correctly. In the realm of yoga breathing properly is more important than the asanas (poses) themselves. In fact someone simply sitting in a chair with good posture and breathing properly is practicing better than one who is going through the poses without conscious awareness and control of their breath. Breathe deeply into the lower abdomen and allow the lungs to fill from the bottom up; it will greatly increase the oxygen input to the blood stream to produce greater results and increased focus. Release the breath naturally, do not fight to hold the breath or strain by holding onto an air column. If the breath does not feel natural it is not in synch with the movement or with the body.
The Physical Arts System is designed to get all components of the body working together. This is not something that comes quickly and takes time and practice to develop; but now with a bit of explication the learning curve is exponentially improved if you put the information into practice and experientially witness it and develop yourself.
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Written by Alan Wedell