Since the start of quarantine our Oarbusters and Freedom Rows programs have come together via a virtual Zoom call every Thursday morning for an hour check in! During this time, members of our team lead the group in a guided meditation, Pilates instruction, and a yoga practice. We continue to explore each of these three practices through the lens of rowing and being on the water. At the end of every hour we are always so impressed by the synchronicities and collective energies resulting from the time spent together!
We just LOVE listening to the stories and updates from all of our rowers. And we KNOW we are all counting down the minutes until we can be back on the river where we find so much relaxation, peace, and a sense of community. We miss it, and we miss YOU! We will all be together on the Delta so soon!
Here are a few of the highlights that we spoke about about during our weekly virtual meetings with Oarbusters and Freedom Rows:
1. Meditation, led by Dorbea
Dorbea began meditation this week with a beautiful poem that had us truly visualizing our time together out on the water again, feeling that connection we yearn for every time we move out on the river:
2. Pilates, led by Karen C.
We spoke about the breath and focused on the Pilates foundation of contracting the transverse abdominals. When the transverse abs are held in, you can sit a little bit taller on the sit bones, the crown of the head reaching up towards the sky. The breath can then travel fluidly throughout the body. There is an energy lock that therefore allows the arms and upper body to feel lighter. We know we will be remembering this concept when we are out on the river next - it will definitely help us as we continue to develop our row stroke. Thank you, Karen!
3. Yoga, led by Jenna
We practiced the lotus mudra, or hand position that links to energy channels throughout the body. The lotus flower, strong in its roots, creates a beautiful bloom above water as the petals fan out, opening up to the sky.
By remaining steadfast in our focus and in our mission, we can continue to build upon a strong foundation and create something beautiful as we glide above the surface. Although we are far apart during this time, we know we will all return back to our sport and to the water with more strength, more confidence, and more gratitude.
We are continuously grateful for our weekly check in with the Oarbusters and Freedom Row athletes. Community is so important, especially during this time, and we feel exceptionally grateful for our growing one!
SO appreciative of all of our leaders and all of our athletes who continue to come together and share their positive energy each and every week! D-S-C!