Name: Zahra Said
Age: 30
Height: 1.64
Current city: Johannesburg, South Africa
Occupation: Private trainer, Cofounder of Authentic Movement, Wellness Company

 

What are your most important tips to becoming more flexible?

Definitely stretch daily, especially if you are pushing weights, circuit training and/or an avid runner. Stretch every single day, stretch before your workout and immediately after your workout, every little bit counts.

If you are not very active and find that you sit more hours in the day than advised, make time to walk around and stretch your body, even simple extensions, standing and folding forward, drawing chest to thighs. If it feels tough on your hamstrings then you should consider doing it more often, there will come a time when you feel relief and comfort in the position.

There are no short cuts to creating flexibility, what you put in you get out. Dedicate 5-10 minutes a day to open, release and stretch your body, you will notice the comfort you’re creating in your body in time to come.

 

Authentic Movement Cofounder, Martial Artist And Yogi, Zahra Said Part 2

 

I have found myself saying “I didn’t know I could do that” a lot lately 🦋 I’m constantly reminded of the pure potential the body has… my life is taking me somewhere, and it’s special- I can feel it.. everything I do now is to prepare me for what’s to come ❤️ I used to be obsessed with what I look like, I’ve been all sizes big and small and in between, in every mirror I still told myself I wasn’t good enough (usually a few more harmful words than ‘not good enough’) a story so many of us know well.. 🌻 THIS TIME AROUND I’m doing everything different. I have the tools I need to to lead my best life and I’m applying these tools constantly.. it’s about the way I feel when I move… how I love, do I move? I now ask myself often, how do I feel? And I like the honesty, raw truth and vulnerability that oozes from my cells.. in my rawness I get to rebuild my strength, power and determination- I feel amazing ✨ . . . Follow our movement (business page): @authentic.movement . . In the infinity of life where I am, all is perfect, whole & complete #louisehay #healyourlifecoach -Alhamdulillah What I share is an expression of me. What you see is a reflection of you . . #mixedmovement #southafrica #warriorwoman #warriorwomen #fitspo #fitspiration

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These ladies give me all kinds of feels – how cool are we~synergy || #kickboxing 2018 with my favs in session today everyone created their own combination sequence.. from green belt onwards we shift our focus away from single basic techniques and begin to build series of combinations and drills to fine tune and polish form, technique & strategy 💪🏽 I’m so excited to dig even deeper this year OSU @sabeena27 @faaizamoolla @ruby1304 @authentic.movement @anisa1810 @gadijaw . . . Follow our movement (business page): @authentic.movement . . In the infinity of life where I am, all is perfect, whole & complete #louisehay #healyourlifecoach -Alhamdulillah What I share is an expression of me. What you see is a reflection of you . . #mixedmovement #southafrica #warriorwoman #warriorwomen #fitspo #fitspiration

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Would you say just including static stretching into your routine is enough to become flexible, or would you need to incorporate specific stretching mobility/movements as well?

Everything in the body is connected and I believe that we have to create space in the body to feel freedom as we move. My experience has been with many body types and no two people have exactly the same niggle or tension in the body.

Mobility is the ability to move freely and easily in and out of shapes and positions without incurring injury. Flexibility is the freedom to bend and stretch without hurting oneself. The two work hand in hand, and that is when one will feel the body adapting and morphing with comfort.

 

Authentic Movement Cofounder, Martial Artist And Yogi, Zahra Said Part 2

 

How often should a person stretch and for how long (when wanting to get to the splits)? How long should someone who is not so flexible dedicate to stretching each day?

I will start by saying if you have children get them moving and stretching right away and then keep encouraging your kids to stretch through their teens, they will thank you when they reach 30.

My experience has proven that what you put in you get out. I have observed stiff, tight and tense bodies open up and release in the space of 4-8 weeks with daily practice, even if the client spends only 10-15 minutes, the results are phenomenal. If the goal is to reach a full split then one must start with where they are and do a little more as often as possible.

Dedicating an hour twice a week to flexibility and a mobility routine could see you in a split in a matter of weeks.

 

Authentic Movement Cofounder, Martial Artist And Yogi, Zahra Said Part 2

 

Can anyone at any age start stretching in order to do the splits for instance or do you need to start when you are young?

A young body is generally supple and mobile and it certainly is easier to mold a child, however no one is too old to start to stretch not to reach a goal eg: the splits, instead stretch to release aches and pains and discover new potential and comfort in your body.

 

Authentic Movement Cofounder, Martial Artist And Yogi, Zahra Said Part 2

 

It’s been a minute .. the struggle is real, you may not see it buuut look at all the expressions on my face, they tell the real tale ☝️ truth is last year threw me off balance literally and figuratively- there wasn’t much I could do but take it in my stride. It’s almost a year since I had my crazy fall (punching bag ripped from its tabs and both bag and I slammed to the floor). Injuries come with a lot of wisdom, it’s how we venture in to learn more about what the body needs, deeper than that what Spirit needs. I thought I had healed until several weeks back I woke up one morning and couldn’t walk FRIGHT OF MY LIFE – “no, not me!! Not my body! How did this happen?!” I physically shut down. Emotionally distraught and physically detached. What an incredible opportunity to reassess. To stop. Breathe. Take it all in. I’m not 100’s yet, in Mozambique my injury flared up and I had to cut my yoga training short 😣there are messages in everything. Be gentle, be kind.. and love your body in all its forms. I’m grateful for my strength, for my CRAZY flexibility (hyper flexible is what it’s called) I’m grateful for my perseverance 🙏🏾 this year im going to smash it – proper and every step of the way I will remember that im delicate too 🌺 watch this S P A C E • • • Classes start in a couple of weeks I’ll be sharing details in a moment 🌈 follow @authentic.movement • • • In the infinity of life where I am, all is perfect, whole & complete #louisehay #healyourlifecoach -Alhamdulillah [email protected] www.senseizahra.com Co_Founder: @authentic.movement #blackbelt #karate #kickboxing #pilates #budokon #budokonyoga #budokonwarrior #yoga #hiit #trainer #jhb #southafrica #fighter #heal #love #selflove #warriorwoman #wwc #warriorwomen

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How would you typically teach a person or start someone off with stretching, who is not at all flexible and is very tight in their hips and hamstrings?

I believe in holistic all round movement, so if someone was coming to me specifically for stretching I would start them off in a yoga sequence as the benefits far surpass isolated muscle group stretching.

The client will also discover that the tension carried in the hips is connected to so many muscle groups that attending to the whole body offers efficient results and remedy discomfort effectively. Once the body is warmed up I will continue the practice with specific poses, positions or stances that target hips and hamstrings as well as counter exercises to release complimenting muscles that support hip and hamstrings.

 

Authentic Movement Cofounder, Martial Artist And Yogi, Zahra Said Part 2

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