movement

Do something you hate to look good. by Paluna Santamaria

"EXERCISE IS DAMN BORING"  

"INDUSTRY STANDARD SUGGESTS 30MIN 3 DAYS A WEEK. WHO HAS THAT TIME COMMITMENT?" 

Above are a few statements I read on an article few months ago. The piece showcased few exercises to be done at the park which got me excited right away, sadly I was soon disappointed. 

This article had so much potential. It could've promoted movement as a way to reduce stress, spend more time with your loved ones and generally live a happier life. Instead, the writing and choice of exercises suggested people should only exercise to look better or because the doctor says it's good for you. 

When I read it, I was so upset I went on a Facebook rant which I rarely do. This rant, ended up being a good thing so Im going to share it with you today: 

"There's room for all of us in this fitness world. The ones who exploit the industry by telling you you need to work out to look a certain way, the ones who practice something three times, take two certs, train a few friends and call themselves an expert and the ones who after years of training still view themselves as beginners, the ones who only teach what they've mastered, the ones who have such respect for their students and teachers that wouldn't dare to call themselves an expert or a master of anything. Working out and training are not the same thing. For all of you who get it, who get that moving is not a chore is a gift we've been given. All of you who are full of curiosity and understand that having control of your body goes way beyond pretty clothes and cute bums. Training has no end destination. It's the journey what makes it worth it. It is not a punishment for what you ate or something you do to "fix" your body. You are not broken, it's your mindset that needs work."

As someone who spent the majority of her teen years in a dysfunctional household. I can say that being active kept me sane and happy.  

You are bored because you are not paying attention. Because your mind is so narrow that you can only see what's right in front of you. 

I'm posting now because I'm no longer angry which seems like the best time to express my thoughts.  

I just hope one day you  realize that nothing magical happens when you get the cute bum or the shredded abs. Magic happens when you shift your focus and allow yourself to move. 

 

POWER AND GRACE: Misty Copeland by Paluna Santamaria

. ..AS AN ADULT, I WAS TOLD I DIDN'T HAVE THE RIGHT SKIN COLOUR, I WAS TOO MUSCULAR, I WAS TOO CURVY, MY BREASTS WERE TOO BIG, I WAS TOO SHORT...

...AS AN ADULT, I WAS TOLD I DIDN'T HAVE THE RIGHT SKIN COLOUR, I WAS TOO MUSCULAR, I WAS TOO CURVY, MY BREASTS WERE TOO BIG, I WAS TOO SHORT...

RELEVANT FACT ABOUT MISTY: 

Third african american female soloist and first in two decades, at the American Ballet Theatre.

WHY IS THIS AWESOME: 

Throughout its history, ballet has been known as an exclusive art form. High class predominantly white populations are accepted, and while other races are not openly rejected, they are also not encouraged to participate. 

The principal roles are offered to those who fit the standards established in the 15th century: white, small frame, long limbs, narrow hips, flat chests and head proportionate to the rest of the body (yes, this is a thing) amongst others. 

It is well known in the community that even though times have changed; there are some who believe black dancers are not suited for ballet simply because they don't have the "right body." 

Same goes for latin or asian descendant participants. 

Even though Misty didn't fit these physical requirements, her skills, talent and dedication ended up taking her where she is now today. 

This is the first post of the POWER AND GRACE series. A space where every week I will  honour my real life women superheroes. 

I strongly suggest you look them up. Watch Misty perform, listen to her interviews and read her books. I promise you will be forever inspired. 

 

I FOUND CONFIDENCE WHEN I ACCEPTED ME FOR ME...

I ACCEPTED I AM BEAUTIFUL...

IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOT LET OTHER PEOPLE'S WORDS DEFINE ME...

IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOT LET OTHER PEOPLE'S WORDS DEFINE ME...

MY FAVOURITE ARTISTS HAVE TAKEN WHAT THEY HAVE AND THEY'VE MADE IT INTO THIS INCREDIBLE THING. IT MAKES THEM A DANCER OVERALL AND IS NOT ABOUT THEIR BODY PARTS BECAUSE THAT'S SO EASY COME BY.     YOU CAN FIND A PRETTY BODY ANYWHERE AND PUT IT IN A POSITION...

MY FAVOURITE ARTISTS HAVE TAKEN WHAT THEY HAVE AND THEY'VE MADE IT INTO THIS INCREDIBLE THING. IT MAKES THEM A DANCER OVERALL AND IS NOT ABOUT THEIR BODY PARTS BECAUSE THAT'S SO EASY COME BY. YOU CAN FIND A PRETTY BODY ANYWHERE AND PUT IT IN A POSITION...

WHY I LOVE HER:

  • She represents achieving what it seems impossible. 

  • She represents living with a purpose.

  • She represents a step towards equality.

  • She represents opportunities based on ability, hard work and talent, rather than solely on looks or connections.

 

IT IS NOT ABOUT HOW PRETTY YOU ARE, HOW MUCH MONEY YOU HAVE OR WHO DO YOU KNOW. IT IS ABOUT PUTTING IN THE WORK AND SHUTTING THE WORLD'S MOUTH WITH POWER AND GRACE. 

Don't forget to come back next week to check on another badass athlete. 

An introduction to my new virtual home and the badasses who made it happen by Paluna Santamaria

Some of you may have never seen the old Paluna & Co website and now you never will, but don't worry, there was nothing exciting on there ;)

Welcome to PALUNAMOVES  My new virtual home. A place where all my projects, adventures and sometimes deepest thoughts will live so I can share them with you.

This project has taken longer than I wanted to come to fruition. Mostly, because I needed to work with the right people. One of my friends, said to me once: you are surrounded by amazing people, everyone you have ever introduced me too has been nice, talented and plain awesome.

Well, it's true and it's not luck, it has been my choice to surround myself with people I respect and admire in one way or another. This project is not the exception.

Sweet kindhearted people are easy to find. Sweet, kindhearted, hardworking, open minded, talented, badass, successful, admiring and available, are not. Slowly but surely the universe worked its magic and here there are: 

 

JACKIE BEALE and her chill spirit and beautiful images.

Jackie,

Thank you for bringing peace and calm to my days with your images. Thank you for sitting with me and truly listening to what I had to say. For understanding my point of view and making me feel like I wasn't crazy for wanting to use your images instead of photos of me posing or flexing.

Your images are a series of small magic worlds that thanks to your eyes become a universe I want to live in.

Check out Jackie  http://jackiebeale.com/

 

JOEL TELLIER and his simple and sophisticated designs.

Joel,

Thank you for taking the time to read my endless blabbing about the concept of this project. I still have no idea how you created what you created with the information I gave you.

Your work represents everything I wanted this to be. Clear, simple, clean, different, powerful, genderless, timeless.

I'm sorry I have to quote our last text here but in a period where it seems all I've been doing is fighting for what I believe in, these words have its place: “We're 100% right all the time and they're 100% wrong.”

Sorry folks, sometimes it has to be that way. We won't know if it was a mistake until we try it so Joel, once again, thank you for supporting me in doing the opposite of what 90% of people wanted me to do.

Check out Joel  http://joeltellier.com/

 

MARY RUTH YOUNG and her many talents.

Mary,

Thank you for caring, for listening, for going the extra mile, for teaching me so much without even trying. Seriously, how do you that? For being so cool, so easy going, so inspiring and so amazing.

I feel truly blessed to have met you and to have had the opportunity to work with you.

Check out Mary http://maryyoung.ca/

 

Im sure this project will continue to evolve as the crazy perfectionist person I can be. I'm already thinking of what needs to improve. For now, I hope you enjoy your time here as much as I do.