News - 2022
This exercise encourages you to find connections between thoughts, emotions and body sensations. Physical sensations may be directly reduced during this exercise. In the long term this exercise can help you with recognizing physical sensations that accompanies certain thoughts and emotions. Noticing these connections can help you change unwanted behaviour patterns.
Assigning category to your own thoughts interrupts your usual thought process and gives you an opportunity to change it. It is a great technique to prevent debilitating overthinking.
Experience your internal world using breath: try to notice the body sensations by the inhale and the exhale. Notice tension or relaxation within your body.
While learning non-judgemental observation it is much easier and clearer to start with observing an object outside of yourself. It is easier to use sight as a primary sense when at the beginning.
Forget everything you know about object and observe it like you see it for the first time.
Focus on each sense separately - what you see, smell, hear, taste and feel.
Teo s journey. Freestyle. Teo started to keep direction while swimming the freestyle but loses hand while breathing.
Teo s journey. In this video Teo is trying to swim as fast as possible. We can observe that his technique is getting worse if he focuses on speed.
Freestyle. Teo needed to adjust the armstroke in order to keep direction.
Teo s journey. Teo is trying a relaxed legpropulsion to release his very stiff ankels
A basic leg kicking exercise. Assisted propulsion through backstroke kicking
Teo s journey. Longitudinal rotation. Teo si focusing on the head initiating the rotation
Our morning meeting starting with former paralympic swimmer Valentin Velecico sharing his challenges as visually impaired swimmer.
[PRACTICAL WORKSHOP] How to prevent sports injuries?
Stretching exercises can improve the ability of muscles to contract and perform, but much too often we overforce our muscles.
Adi explained the importance of
slow stretches with a mindful focus on the muscle you are trying to stretch.
Is there any better way of ending the first day of our 4th transnational meeting?
At the workshop of Yin yoga, our coach Anja explained that the static nature of the poses provides a great playground for the practice of mindfulness.
While relaxing into a position many thoughts, emotions and sensations occur, which is why practice of mindfulness is benefical.
Is relation between EDUCATION and SPORT linear?
At this insightfull workshop participants have defined 5 fields in which this complex relation reflects:
Coach Fabio from Sfera 66 Italy has used this creative word play to help participants discover vast dimensions of sports and education.
Education FOR Sport
Education BY Sport
Education THROUGH Sport
On the second day of the meeting we shared some practical lessons learned from each country and applied them into practice. Each swimming coach shared their experience and we did all drills in the pool ourselves
[MORNING KAYAKING ON LAKE TARNITA]
Surrounded with Apuseni Mountain peaks we have been admiring lush green forest descending into the deep water.
[EVENING WALK AROUND CLUJ]
We were fascinated how vibrant, trendy city blends with medieval landmarks and architectural jewels.
We are thankful to our hosts for well organized meeting and are hoping to visit Cluj soon again.
Controlling the thoracic and cervical spine in lateral bending. Trying to expand the mobility of the upper trunk. Especially to the left side that is more affected.
Trying to experience flexion of the upper trunk. Ability severely deteriorated due to allignement of the cervical spine
On 26 and 27 may we participated at the ENIBB -Europen Network for Inclusion Beyond the Borders conference in Trieste, Italy and shared all of our great projects. One of the highlights of our presentation was the SWIM TO LIVE project.
We disseminated the project on May 7th during an international conference ASporty (also an Erasmus+ project). We talked about mindfulness and swimming for for non-normative population: presenting a development of a mindfulness training program for different target groups.
Check out this video to see if you are doing a proper gliding technique after each jump. This is very important if you want to make the most of your jumps - either during swimming competitions or just for training sessions.
We just couldn't resist. :-)
#UNESCO site of Pompeii began to flourish in the 2nd century BC when suddenly in 79 AD, Mount Vesuvius erupted and left Pompeii covered with toxic volcanic ash.
Did you know that in 1972, Pink Floyd recorded a live performance in Pompeii’s Roman Amphitheater.
We met in person for the third time during this project on this lovely weekend. We played some ice breakers, did some team building, listened to some really interesting lectures and did some workshops.
Today we held the #OpehHouseDay! We organized a training session and a 12-minutes Cooper's Test for our participants and their families together with the elite swimming group, 15 to 18-year-olds. They swim like fish, but our Swili ambassadors kept the pace!
It's so lovely to share our love of water with everyone. <3 <3 <3
Butterfly one arm extended combined with breaststroke. This is a great exercise for leaning the butterfly technique. Try it out!
The Breaststroke extended glide exercise. Gliding is very important in the breaststroke technique. This exercise focuses just on this aspect.
Our swimmers are working really hard!
The breaststroke pullout consists of three phases: the glide phase, the pull-down phase, and the recovery/kick phase.
Check it out!
Friends and family and some splash we love swimming!
Check out this next exercise for breaststroke - this is one of the most important breaststroke exercises, that is why we practice it very often. It is great for teaching long gliding and it enhances lung capacities as well.
Backstroke, not very popular with most swimmers, but I adore it! 🥰
What is not to like in a swimming technique, where your mouth is out of the water most of the time? 😁
This exercise is also a classic, one arm waits for the other arm. Do a pull untill you touch your other arm and only then continue with the pull on the other side. You can do this with arms meeting at the body or above the head. When you have mastered this try to do the exercise we call something like arm is trying to catch the other arm - just before the hands touch, the arm that is waiting in whichever position escapes and does the pull.
The superman exercise. My favourite.
You can use this during freestyle or backstroke. It is very effective in teaching proper gliding technique in beginners, but also excellent for advanced swimmers.
Do one pull, then leave your hand stretched out by your head and kick 6 times. During this breathe on the other side of your stretched arm. Then do a pull with your other arm and kick 6 times in this position. Repeat.
Enjoying swimming with family and friends!
This week we are showing you this exercise in the advanced section - freestyle combined with backstroke. Swim 3 pulls of freestyle and then turn on your back, and swim 3 pulls on your back. Combine this with strong kicks. You can try this with various number variations. I personally prefer combinations with different numbers like 3/4, so I don't spin in circles but switch sides. Let me know, which one you prefer.
This is probably one of the most important exercises in swimming - learning how to breathe properly in water.
Here we are, the second exercise for all of you, who are trying to improve your swimming technique. This one is a classic, but with a good reason - breaststroke two pulls one kick. Check out how strong your pull is, when you are not able to use your kicks.
Trying to improve your technique?
We will share some interesting advanced exercises in the following months, so stay tuned.
Here is the first one: try combining breaststroke kicks with freestyle pulls, one pull for one kick. Let us know how it went.
One of the most important exercises in freestyle.
Way to go! Our swimmers are progressing nicely!
We wish you all the best in the next year!