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why PRACTICE MINDFUL MOVEMENT?

Catherine Liska
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Mar 27, 2017

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.

 

By the practice of noticing WHAT we are feeling, WHERE in our body we are feeling it and HOW

that feeling affects our sense of balance and identity  we become aware of our own patterns of

showing up in our lives. This awareness opens up the possibility of choosing different ways of

thinking and moving within our Body-Mind relationship that assist us in taking supportive,

loving action in the direction we choose to go. To successfully navigate in our lives we practice being aware of how our Mind is moving in relationship to our Body.

 

At first glance it appears that our physical bodies have continually forged ahead over the years replacing and regenerating cells without any conscious effort or intention on our part. But it is important to realize thatevery choice we make in our day-to-day life - how we move, what we eat, how we prioritize our thoughts, how we process our emotions – has been a constant influence on our ever-changing LIVING BODY – OUR SOMA. Even when we don’t make a conscious choice to move in a certain way we are, by default, acting and moving in a way that influences our body.

 

Thoughts and  feelings continually interact within our physical body. If our emotions and thought-forms are not allowed to flow, energy builds up with no outlet and gets “stuck” in the body causing congestion, imbalance and limiting “movement habits”. Often the original cause of the “stuck energy” is unconscious; however, we can release the pressure of the stuck energy through mind-body awareness, conscious breathing and mindful movement to repattern the neuropathways in our brain

 

In conclusion:

When we desire to make a change in our behavior it is important to support the process through the ACTION of our physical body. Just sitting and thinking about change can be somewhat helpful, but in itself this does not fully accomplish transitioning out of old behaviors into new ones. In order to change we must take action, we must “move. If we first identify how our past and current actions have been both supportive and unsupportive, we can then choose to use our body in new ways to expand the perception of our experience. We can choose to move mindfully in a new, more supportive way.

 

QUESTION:   WHAT LOVING ACTION  WILL SUPPORT ME IN THIS MOMENT?

 

 

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Catherine Liska
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STRETCH, WIGGLE & BREATHE for Health and Well-Being

Catherine Liska
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Jul 24, 2018

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!

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SEATED MOVEMENT TIP TO RELIEVE TENSION & STIFFNESS IN SHOULDERS AND HIPS

Catherine Liska
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Jul 31, 2018

If you sit for hours on end this short and simple movement and breath series will energize and revitalize you.The movement sequence will release tension and stiffness in your shoulders and hips by bringing energy into the entire torso using gentle contralateral (moving opposite arm and leg simultaneously) movement. Not only does it release tension but it also bridges the right and left hemispheres of your brain to increase mental clarity and focus. Your ribs gently open allowing deeper breathing which makes it easier to sit tall with a sense of energy. Plus- it you feel fantastic when you've finished! Give it a try and let me know what you think

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