Transition, Integration and The Importance of Mindful Movement

Catherine Liska
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Oct 26, 2018

Transition, Integration and The Importance of Mindful Movement

Autumn is here in Minnesota with it’s intense colors and every changing weather – a time of transition where we experience the slowing down of nature around us as plants prepare for the winter months of shorter days and longer nights. This is a time to pause and breathe – opening space in our bodies and minds to reflect and fully integrate the invitation to balance and reset that occurs with each September Equinox.

In August my travels continued taking me to the beauty of Normandy and Brittany in northwestern France to connect with the waters of the coastline, the ancient sacred stone structures around Carnac and the historic towns and villages. It was a trip that literally “fed my soul”. When I travel I love to connect with my inner-explorer…. with that sense of curiosity and openness that allow me to let go of expectations and be more fully in each moment than I typically experience in my everyday life.

Sometimes obstacles are actually opportunities.


On this last trip, for instance, when using Google Maps on our phones to navigate from one location to another we lost cell phone connectivity - ughhh!!! My husband and I consciously decided NOT to be frustrated. We each took a deep breath and then traveled for a bit on an unknown road in hope that we were going in the general direction toward our destination for the day. Along the way we relaxed and ended up seeing some gorgeous countryside and buildings. As we confronted the “obstacle” of losing our cell phone service and surrendered to the situation we recognized it as an opportunity to practice breathing and being present in the moment.

Letting go of the resistance to “what is” and allowing yourself and your body to “flow in each moment” is the key to finding more ease and balance in each day.
My 4 KEYS TO MINDFUL MOVEMENT are a great way to slow down, go deep within and honor the creative spirit that dwells in your heart:
  1. Be Open and Curious  Mindset: I Explore & Play
  2. Slow Down and Breathe Mindset: I Savor My Experience
  3. Pay Attention to Your Body Mindset: I Notice Relationships & Discern Differences
  4. Visualize and Imagination Mindset: I Direct My Mind and Energy Flows As I Desire

With each transition, our body is called upon to move us in the direction that we choose to go. But before we can move forward there is always a process of letting go of the old and integrating the new. By slowing down and being present in the moment we allow our body and mind to relax and connect with our unique gifts and creativity.

As we transition into a new season I invite you to: 

- Take a minute at least once each day to take a deep breath, open to your sense of curiosity, slow down your body and mind so that you notice your ribs and belly move as your breathe.

- Become aware your feet and hands, your head and tailbone. Pay Attention to your Body.

- Visualize your breath filling your body from head to toe, exhaling tension and inhaling exactly what you need in this moment to support you.

- Imagination yourself moving with a sense of ease and joy as you tackle your next task for the day.  

ASK YOURSELF:  “How can I move with more ease and less tension/resistance?”

REMEMBER - YOU ARE AN AMAZING SOUL HAVING A HUMAN EXPERIENCE AND YOUR UNIQUE GIFTS ARE NEEDED IN THE WORLD MORE THAN EVER.

Transition, Integration and The Importance of Mindful Movement

Catherine Liska
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Oct 26, 2018

4 Keys to Moving With More Ease Each Day

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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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