050 Movement, Meditation and Mindfulness with Courtney Townley

February 4, 2016

Courtney Townley is a health and fitness expert with a strong background in dance. Through her business, Grace & Grit, she helps women be healthier, happier and more fit in three specific areas: food, movement & stress management. She has incredible energy and enjoys sharing her love of movement with her clients. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a BFA in dance. She iscertified as a coach and trainer in various aspects of health and fitness. Courtney is a strong advocate of mindfulness and uses mindfulness strategies on a daily basis. Courtney began working in the fitness industry nearly two decades ago. She is fully certified as a STOTT PILATES® instructor, NSCA personal trainer, ACE Health Coach, Genesis Transformation Health Coach and Precision Nutrition Health Coach. She is also a certified Booty Barre® instructor, TRX™ trainer, and is a very proud student of the Ido Portal Method. 

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Most Influential Person

  • My health coach, Sherri-Lynn. She talked a lot about the importance of meditation and mindfulness and fired me up more than I already was to dive deeper into it.

Effect on Emotions

  • Calmed me down, I'm a very excitable creature. It really just helped me to have more choice over my emotions rather than my emotions running me.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • It's the linchpin in the sense that there is no quicker way to get into a state of mindfulness than just by pausing and taking several deep breaths.

Suggested Resources

  • Book: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
  • App: A gratitude App (An alarm went off three times a day when I would stop and jot down what I was grateful for in that moment).

Advice for Newbie

The best way to start walking is by putting one foot in front of the other, so break down mindfulness into a digestible bite and even before you sit in a chair and build some sort of meditation practice, I would say just try practicing being fully present with one activity in your day for a set period of time. And be realistic on that time frame, like maybe five minutes. And be consistent, consistency is everything when it comes to building any kind of practice.