Movement + Breathing
Finding balance and connecting the mind + body comes in no better form than focusing on your breath.
As a dancer, I am very passionate about the healing energy of movement on not only the body but the mind as well.
I use the combination of intentional breath and movement to find grounding energy, reduce anxiety, and improve respiratory + immune health.
Anxiety is the physical, mental and emotional reaction to stress. Both can be calmed through the practice of yoga breathing also called pranayama.
When anxiety gets out of control, it can disrupt your daily life and your sleep. Breathing can help you regain control.
Finding Balance | Mind + Body Connection | Setting Intentions
A step into my practice...
Now that we have the breathes down, I like to incorporate these practices into my movement flow. I start with the meditative breath which starts in stillness and progressively adds arm circles. Reaching up to the sky and through the center of my body creating an energy flow through my body. I like to incorporate contact with my skin as I work from my root chakra up through the crown chakra. Play around with this and have fun. Don't forget to show some love to your feet, legs and hips as well.
I then move through a child’s pose series taking time to listen to my body. I like to incorporate skin contact here as well. This can include rubbing my neck and shoulders, moving from the right to the left sides. Really taking the time to stretch my back during this moment. Here I am using the pursed lips breathing as well as the deep meditative breathing to connect with my spine. Visualizing the air traveling up through the root chakra and out through the crown chakra can help create a flow of energy through the spine.
Moving through a sun salutation flow allows the energy and the breath to become more active. From here I find a comfortable seated position with my essential oil for this practice (today was Bergamont to alleviate stress + anxiety) and begin the alternate nostril breathing. This I do in stillness really focusing on the scent and the connection of right and left side body. After completing three breathes on each side I move on to a Cat Cow series to get my center engaged and to reintroduce movement to the breath rhythm I have just found. Take your time here and move how your body is leading you. I like to do some circular movements to get the hips and the shoulders engaged here as well. Moving through a few twisted downward dogs – right hand to left ankle and visa versa – breathing deeply for three breathes each.
From here I begin my flow for the day incorporating pranayama throughout. Being intentional to continue the flow of breath through movement.
Let the breath lead you. The mind + body connection you have just made is powerful and has engaged your intuition.
Follow it! And have fun!