STRETCH, WIGGLE & BREATHE for Health and Well-Being
In my 7 Daily Movement Tips for a Healthy Happy Body I share easy ways to incorporate actions you can take throughout each day to feel more energized, calm and comfortable in your body without using any fancy equipment or spending lots of time. This tip is all about getting your energy flowing from your core to your limbs and opening up to deeper, fuller breathing. Just imagine a cat or dog - they always take a long stretch when they stand up. And doggies often wgiggle from head to tail when they are happy... they just cannot stop the happiness from flowing into their whole body! Just lilke cats and dogs, when we stretch our limbs and our spine we are gently vitalizing our muscles and fascia. And isn't it such a satifying sensation when we allow ourselves to stretch? When we wiggle and gently shake our body we lubricate our joints through the movement of the synovial fluid. The older we get, the more important it is to keep our joints supple and fluid. And when we stretch and wiggle our body becomes able to expand and breathe more fully to oxygenate our blood and move chi (vital life force energy) throughout every cell in our body. The more our chi is flowing the greater our capacity for physical health, mental focus and overall agility. I INVITE YOU TO TAKE 3 MINUTES WITH ME TO WATCH THIS VIDEO AND TRY THIS OUT paying attention to how you feel when you finish compared to when you started. Are you more calm? More energized? Better able to focus? What if you took a few minutes at least once during each day to give this gift of health and well-being to yoursef? Better yet - what if you invited someone to take a break with you and join in doing this each day? My invitation to you is to take this loving action for self-care right now and every single day!read more
CREATE INNER CALM THROUGH ALTERNATE NOSTRIL BREATHING
In my Tools to Cultivate Calmness workshop we talk about the importance of conscious, full breathing as well as keeping our nervous system in a state that supports relaxation. Alternate Nostril Breathing has been used by yogis for millennia to create a sense of harmony and balance in the body/mind. In this video we practice consciously filling and emptying our lungs before beginning the breath technique in order to create a sense of movement and connectedness in our ribcage and belly. Then we practice all 3 approaches to alternate nostril breathing in order to build a greater capacity for right/left brain interace and balance. By warming up our lungs and ribcage first before beginning alternate nostril breathing techniques we are able to drop into our body more quickly and stay focused on the breath in a grounded way.read more
Chi Flow Seated Stretch to Energize Core and Limbs
This is a seated stretch to lengthen your body and connect the energy from your fingers and toes through your arms and legs to your navel center.read more
Chi Flow Standing Movement in the 3 Planes
Our body is designed to move in 3 Planes that connect right to left, front to back and top to bottom. This is a weight bearing breath and movement sequence to activate and harmonize the relationship between our shoulders and hips.read more
Kundalini Meditation for Stress Relief and to Resolve Past Relationship Issues
This breath meditation is very calming to our nervous system and balances our heart chakra as well as both hemispheres of our brain. By slowing down our breathing to 4 breaths per minute and focusing our eyes and hands to "jumper cable" the flow of energy through our fingers from our heart we become calm and resilient in our emotional center which allows space to process stuck relationship issues.read more
Star Moon Breath to Vitalize Your Navel Center
Our body is like a 6-pointed star with 6 limbs (2 arms, 2 legs, our head and tailbone) that all radiate from our navel center. This short, fun movement and breath series awakens our sun energy and encourages energy to flow to our fingertips and toes.read more
Solar Flares, Planetary Evolution and YOU! A Kundalini Yoga Meditation to Separate Thought from Emotions
Have you been curious about the increased levels of solar flares these past few years? Do you find yourself feeling particularly sensitive to solar flare activity?read more
How Long Does it Take to Change a Habit?
So – how long, exactly, do I need to practice a new habit before it "takes hold"?read more
Exercise as Therapy Session
Cold weather and lack of daylight can lead to a mild case of the winter blues or more serious seasonal depression. And while it’s common knowledge that exercise boosts mood, movement routines specifically designed to release negative energy and emotions may do even more to foster emotional well-being.read more
Magical Movement Without Moving: The Power of the Mind
I am a “wiggler”. It is not in my nature to be still. Like most kids, I took the ability to move around for granted when I was young. My body was a “thing” to be used to achieve the goals I had set and I was pretty hard on myself when it didn’t live up to my expectations.read more
why PRACTICE MINDFUL MOVEMENT?
Why is mindful movement such a Key Element to living a creative, healthy and authentically empowered life? Because ALL CHANGE comes from the movement of our mind directing the movement of our body.