FAQ: What's the Difference Between Modifications + Variations?

In a mindful movement practice, it's essential to understand the difference between modifications and variations.

Modifications refer to making adjustments to the movements or poses to suit your individual needs, while variations involve exploring different expressions or options within that pose or overall practice. Both modifications and variations are valuable tools that empower you to listen to your body, prevent injuries, and cultivate long-term strength and endurance.

Many people resist the idea of modifying or varying their movements because they perceive it as a limitation or a sign of weakness. However, the truth is that modifying or varying your practice is an opportunity to honor your body's unique needs and capabilities in the present moment - which again, leads to longevity of your body + practice!!

By learning to listen to your body and making modifications when necessary, you can protect yourself from overexertion or strain. This allows you to build strength and endurance in a much more sustainable way, while avoiding potential injuries. It's important to remember that everyone's body is different, and what works for one person may not work for you. Embracing modifications and variations helps you cultivate a deeper connection with your body, promoting self-awareness, and supporting your overall well-being - which is what we're all about here at SCC!

Moreover, incorporating modifications and variations in your practice has a profound impact on your nervous system adaptability. By challenging yourself in different ways and exploring new movements, you stimulate your nervous system to adapt and become more resilient. This adaptability extends beyond your movement practice and positively influences your everyday life, enhancing your body's ability to navigate different situations with ease and grace (how cool is that?!).

So, rather than viewing modifications and variations as limitations, embrace them as tools for self-discovery, self-care, and growth. Listen to your body, honor its needs, and remember that the journey towards strength, endurance, and overall well-being is unique to you.

You can also see this how-to video for using props and accessing child's pose from the SCC founder, Courtney!

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