Steps & Consciousness

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My training of today, Londrina, Paraná, Brazil.


A gap between my last writing and my return to the daydreams around the experience of running to beyond physical activity.

After a sabbatical year, recovering from a foot injury, I return to training for a new marathon, with a new body and a new focus.

I bring within me the foundations of the first texts, but with a march less in each step … slow pace, careful redoubled, to continue to run, without limits, step by step, in a mismatch of the frantic life of my day to day.

In the slowness of my movement, I still bring the practice of yoga, tai chi, conscious breaths. I perceive the environment around me more clearly, making my running become a rediscovery of life itself.

In an autobiographical sense, I retake my traces, replay the videos, silence and sounds of Chris Lynn and other inspirational sources as a way to extravasate what exists in a body with an affected sensitivity, that moves from one side to another, in a direction random, running adrift, discovering the path precisely … at every conscious step.

*I am training for my 6th Marathon, in June, Porto Alegre, Brazil. 

 

About Ana Villas Boas

Ana Villas Boas lives and works in Santo André, São Paulo, Brazil. She holds Master’s Degree in Sociology, focusing on sociability, daily life and urbanism. She works as sociologist, in the area of Urban Planning at the Municipality, and also as instructor of Kundalini Yoga. Since 2011 she is a long distance runner and became an athlete as a child, as a swimmer, besides practicing triathlon, rowing, and canoeing. However, in addition to physical activity, she has a more comprehensive view and is interested in relating this activity to various themes: body movement, landscapes, sounds and silence. Her attitude is inspired by oriental philosophies, and is focused on a poetic sensibility of the paths and also the imaginary. Departuring from her own body abilities, mind, environment and sensations she is able to express thoughts and emotions on writing, and more recently, on translucid experience with drawing and painting.
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