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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.

Gentle Seated Hip Flexor Release to Relieve Pain and Discomfort

Catherine Liska
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May 24, 2020

If you have ever experienced a sense of aching hip joints or pain in your buttocks you may have an imbalance in your hip flexors. This often happens from sitting too long or from a lack of strength on one side of your body. ‍Our hip flexors are very easily affected by stressful situations and the body is designed to flex us forward into a fetal position as a protective response. We often don't even realize our body is doing this flexion pattern as it is hardwired into our mind-body connection by the nervous system. THIS VIDEO IS A SEATED PRACTICE TO FIND MORE SENSE OF SPACIOUSNESS AND EASE IN THE HIP FLEXORS.

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Self-Love: 3 Minute Heart Chakra Breath Meditation to Relieve Stress

Catherine Liska
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Mar 18, 2020

Self Love begins with taking time to nurture oneself and connect with our heart, breath and entire body. This 2-part video gives instructions for a simple and relaxing breath centered mediation that activates the magnetic field around the heart while using all 5 fingers to balance the 2 hemispheres of the brain and providing a breath pattern and eye focus that focus the mind to calm the nervous system. Part 1 is a short, step-by-step description of how to do the meditation. Part 2 begins at the 5 minute marker and provides voice instruction and soothing music with a background video of water lapping on a sandy shore taken while I was visiting Belize. The meditation in part 2 is practiced for 3 minutes, but can be practiced for up to 11 minutes if you choose. I highly recommend watching the description of how to do the meditation in part 1 before doing the practice in part 2 for the first time. Part 1 (instructions) is 5 minutes long and Part 2 (meditation practice) is 7 minutes long. My intention in sharing this video is for each and every person who views it to experience a sense of his/her connection to unconditional love and light that interconnects All of Creation. May this practice assist in letting go of self-judgment and open you to remembering your own divinity as a spark of the light of Source. I also acknowledge, with gratitude, that this meditation is from the tradition of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan.

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Exercise as Therapy Session

Catherine Liska
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Jul 25, 2017

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.

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