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Mocean365 Pandemic Tips

This is what we train for. We train outside anyway, not because we have to, but because of the research and science of the benefits of outdoor exposure partnered with our dedication to outdoor programming for well over 2 decades. This might sound self serving and condescending and we apologize if you may think that. It’s more of a global awakening to the level of unhealthiness globally, not just of us, but our biospheres from soils to air quality to our microbiome, the source of life as we know it.

Many are moving to the outdoors only because they can’t train indoors and that is great, and we hope an eye opening experience. We have many partners and friends that operate indoors exclusively and this is no slight to them.

As we move forward in this modern age, we see a slew of issues with sedentary and indoor based living and have been on this tip from day one. We were built for adversity and to toil and to get cold, hot and keep our systems in tune so they can regulate and steer us towards the elusive homeostasis.

We have asserted from day one that we are guides on this journey and You are really steering the ship. We might just help with the navigation so you can have a smoother journey and we offer support along the way.

Connection, awareness and skill development remains the cornerstone of what we teach here at Mocean365 and we see our students coming out the other end of this very strongly. Boosted immunity, increased body and situational awareness and newfound movement aptitude.

One gift from this time may be a reassertion of priorities. For all of the turmoil and chaos we are also seeing the converse. We are noticing families bonding and spending quality time together for the first time in years. We are seeing a closer look at educational modalities and a more proactive level of teaching. We are seeing people enter health food stores for the first time and see how important immunity is. Outdoor sports are booming. Surfing participation is at a literal all time high. The mountain bike industry is seeing historic levels of demand and wait times for parts and bikes is months.

This is not to say we are not also seeing the opposite including loss of life and loved ones globally and for those in marginalized communities, a real tangible uphill battle. We will also soon be faced with moral dilemmas as a vaccine is rushed to market and likely be required to participate in travel, work, school. Loved ones not able to be close their families at their time of passing and our elderly forced to be alone in nursing homes. This is truly a test.

We are here to do our best. We are looking at the research and gaining perspectives and trying not to allow our biases to get in the way of others opinions or conflicting science. We are quick to not write off counter views as conspiracy theory as we can see via the political world, most anything is possible.

I have been traveling, teaching 5-7 days per week during this, and working in the building trades. Talking to people from many walks of life, with very differing views and backgrounds and leanings. I know there is more to this than the generic big three…”Sanitize with chemicals, wear a flimsy mask and stay away from fellow humans”.

Here are some ideas:

Breathe Consciously-Learn about the function of diaphragmatic breathing and it’s importance ranging from nervous system regulation to a range of performance benefits. Meditation can also be vital here and is now scientifically proven.

Move Dynamically-From joint health, to eye function, posture and much more, dynamic movement is a necessity. Occupations are moving further and further away from movement and now keep many locked up in a non dynamic position for hours. Think about the ratios…Are you inactive for 23 hours a day? That ratio may need some work. I have been an advocate for many years for active jobs and will continue to do so until my time is done here. The greatest impact you may have on your health is to change what you do day to day and your occupation is one big way to make changes. This pandemic has also exposed a level of uncertainty to certain occupations and i’ve talked to many who have decided they no longer want sedentary based work. Explore dynamic movement options and if you must stay in sedentary/home based work, look at implementing more movement into your day.

Connect More– We are part of this biosphere..all of it from our fellow humans to the animals, flora and fauna etc. Connect more deeply however you can. Human touch is vital and think of all those hugs you have been suppressing. Hugs those you are living with more, love more deeply. Listen, take time to be there, we need this!

Get outside– The science world has spoken and there is countless studies on the benefits of outdoor exposure, even just being able to see outside for hospital patients! Look into the benefits of grounding. Even the mainstream is seeing interest in this area with people like Wim Hof and others making outdoor exposure more popular.

Toil-This is a major lack that is more and more apparent. This applies to the physical aspect which in turn dramatically affects us mentally. Not talking about hammering away on the computer or desk. Get your hands dirty, lift heavy odd objects, get cold/hot, hungry and tired. Take up a new hard endeavor that requires hard physical work. Imagine the work that millions and millions of the worlds population must do just to have access to clean water or to get to work. Remind yourself what it is like to do physical work and struggle, even if just a bit.

Learn new skills– We can benefit greatly from skill work and extensive research in the world of neuroscience proves that the learning process is highly beneficial. Are you a one trick pony? Stop that! Put yourself out there and keep learning, like we do as kids. Keep progressing, it is NEVER too late.

Lift up others-Many are struggling as the world keeps changing. In the midst of a pandemic throw in wildfires, economic crisis, war, climate change, social uprising, political chaos. We will likely see unparraleled levels of mental illnesses and its after affects(suicide etc) as we move through this pandemic. A simple smile, offering a neighbor help or even honoring others beliefs even when they might not align with your own. No politician is worth losing a friend, loved one, neighbor or connection over.

Immune Boost-Our immune systems have historically been capable of great feats for those that do their best to build them, instead of suppressing them. Our connection with the food we eat, the water we drink, the nutrients we take in, the quality of the air we breathe, our connection with the sun and the importance of sleep and recovery are vital. As soils deplete and animals we eat are poisoned, we must now look at supplementing our nutrition.

Educate Yourself– We are in the age of too much information eh?! The struggle these days might be sifting through it all. Think about starting with the basics. Read a book, write a letter, journal, listen to a educational podcast. Be mindful of cognitive dissonance. Go on a journey and lose the story that you tell that “I’m not a reader”, “Can’t teach an old dog new tricks” etc..Think simplicity first then build from there. The news is not education.

Ninja MTB Performance and Mocean365/Mocean MTB

In 2019-2020, Skye partnered with Ninja MTB Performance and began teaching 2 day skills clinics via their program, throughout the West Coast. He taught in Bend(2 different times), Hood River, Oakridge, Mt Shasta, San Francisco(twice), Orange County, Santa Cruz as well as in Bandon, on the southern Oregon coast.

He just wrapped up the last clinic for his season the second week of November and is looking forward to even more clinics in 2020. At this point he will be at 14 clinics in 2021 throughout the PNW and California and will be adding some beyond.

The clinics offer participants a range of skill acquisition. During the two day clinics, there are specific focuses that riders can pick, or they can take the full two day curriculum. The clinics start with Fundamentals on Saturday morning. This portion of the clinic offer a focus on the needed and essential skills every rider should know to be safe and to have lots of fun on the trail whether they are just starting out or have been riding for years and needing a refresher. These can be taught in a gender specific setting(Women’s Fundamentals) or as a Co-Ed offering or even kids and all clinics are 6 to 1 student to coach ratio except kids which always have 2 instructors.

Moving from there, Saturday afternoon is dedicated to catching air, for the Mini-jumping Clinic. The focus here is setting a strong foundation and learning the concepts of airtime, including safely and systematically breaking down wheel lifts like the front and rear wheel lifts, manuals, bunnyhops and more.

Most often portable ramps are brought in or some venues offer natural jumping options. Participants are progressively taught right through the whole process until they are eventually learning how to first absorb jumps then moving into how to air jumps.

Sunday is dedicated to Intermediate/Advanced skills including drops, technical ascents/descents, navigating challenging terrain, strategies to increase speed and flow and a dedicated cornering clinic which for many is the highlight of the day. Cornering for many is the holy grail of bike handling and this portion sees pretty amazing progress as participants learn the art and flow and anatomy of cornering.

Skye is also stoked to partner with Ninja and offer private /individual/small group coaching. This is where people pick what they want to focus on and we meet at a venue and get instruction 100% geared towards your specific goals. Check out his instructor profile Here

Check out the full clinic offerings here and contact us if you are interested in either clinics or private coaching as we have discounts available to those of you reading this here.

Skye Interviewed for The Sapience Project

This spring Skye was honored to be featured on Frank Forencich’s new project, called The Sapience Project. Frank as you may or not know, is an internationally renowned expert on health and human adaptation and the author of numerous critically acclaimed books. He has been a featured speaker and presenter worldwide include Ted talks, Ancestral Health Symposium, Stanford University and many more. You may have heard of his extensive work as Exuberant Animal as well.

Franks books are required reading for Mocean365 coaches in training and highly recommended for everyone in these trying times. This interview was held in person in Bend Oregon at the onset of the CoronaVirus Pandemic and touches on a variety of topics and challenges we are currently facing.

Link to the interview Here

One Step=100% More

Lots of the work I do with students is to help them develop their own movement/lifestyle practice. A large amount of the population struggle greatly with just starting, following through or consistently practicing.

A large problem is the misconception often perpetuated that you need to do an hour of something to get benefits. So people start with that in mind and often go out too hard and either burn out, get hurt or quit if they cant find the time. Remember that you are embarking on a new path of learning so develop that mindset. Curiousity. And The Process. Here are some thoughts:

  • START SMALL. “It is better to do less than you hoped than nothing at all”-James Clear 1 rep is 100% more than zero. Do one pullup, 1 min of MTB practice, write one sentence. It is kind of a trick we are going for here with the brain. Just do one. This is the most important step..the FIRST ONE!!
  • Be consistent-” A little bit, alot” -Me. Even if that means consistently inconsistent. You don’t have to always do the same..just always do something moving you towards good habits,
  • Get creative-There is more than one way to do something and you do not have to follow a traditional path. Mix it up-If part of the challenge is you’re dreading what you are doing..mix it up! Don’t have equipment? Make it. etc
  • Ask for help-Being alone in this can trigger overwhelm. Grab a friend or tell others this is important to you and you need support. Community.

  • Stare are what you want to become“-Daniel Coyle said this and he is so right.-Spend time deeply observing other learners. Studies have shown the benefits of even brief exposure to a role model.

Mocean365 Movement System

We have many influences from our own life experience as well as constantly evolving research that we keep up with to continually develop curriculum. Despite all of the research and studies, we most often align with our ancestral and foundational roots. As Skye often says, “more than likely a monk in a cave did all of this before us”. Here are some of primary influences and elements you can expect to experience if you move with Mocean365.

Conscious Breathing-Modern living has created EXTREME living situations that are so beyond our grasp, that they are causing havoc and STRESS within our systems. One power we all have within us, is the ability to take control of our breathing and this is where we start at Mocean365. Diaphragmatic breathing shouldn’t even need to be called by name as the diaphragm IS our primary breathing muscle but it has become some sort of mystery to most. The diaphragm is so connected to our True Core and our Elemental Movers from the Psoas, spine, Transverse Abdominus, the liver and even our heart heart. Benefits of diaphragmatic breathing are immense and range from optimized nervous systems to increased O2 capacity, stress reduction, energy production, reduced neck and shoulder pain, sports performance and much more. It is a true antidote!

True Core Development-When many think of “the core”, they think of outdated moves like sit-ups, crunches or planks. Much of this approach was designed to focused on the superficial muscles versus the intrinsic. It also dismisses many far more important areas like the structure of our hips, pelvis/pelvic floor, glutes/posterior chain and much more. We start with mastering intrinsic control and utilizing the bodies onboard system of control and moving towards optimal joint centration.

Contact Point Development-Our hands and feet have created most of our world from day one. This fact has been lost on many as we have moved into a pedicured culture with no grip strength. There have been numerous studies linking grip strength with mortality rates so this means contact point development can mean survival!

Perception Systems- This is where we really work on our  ability to process sensory information and to be in terrain and to adapt to challenges. Coordination is often as much about how we process where  and how we fit into an environment.

Nature-Terrain, Elements, Climate-There are numerous studies linking the benefits of exposure to nature and we feel it has never been more important than right now. If we analyze a modern training facility, we see lots of smooth surfaces and very little variability. With no variability, we potentially lose our adaptability.

Skill-Based-Instead of mindless reps, we work on mindful attempts.

Laterality– We are wired in a way that determines our side dominance and how our limbs coordinate. It is easy to develop compensations due to this as well. We also work on lots of contralateral moves to reinforce our innate movement patterns.

“Do a little a lot”– Pavel T famously came up with the term, “Grease the Groove’. This concept is one we agree with on many levels. What good is telling someone the only way to reach their performance goals, is to do only a specified amount of time? Life doesn’t work that way for everyone and it is important to recognize. There is also some pretty compelling scientific evidence that shows short concentrated bouts of movement can be extremely effective and allows more time for the growth process which is recovery.

Play and Fun- Play equals survival. Look at how young animals like lions play and see how that gets carried over into their survival as they move into adulthood. Humans have always used this as well though we can argue today, that has changed dramatically from its organic origins.

Partner/Community- Ubuntu-“I am strong because we are strong”. This African based life philosophy is a large influence for us here at Mocean365 as well as with one of our great teachers and mentors, Frank Forencich of Exuberant Animal. The variablity of another human is just hard to replicate and offers a plethora of movement challenges. Joy should also never be discredited in a world that views movement as exercise/drudgery. Why would we have a poor mindset about something that can be so rad?!

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