Moving mindfully is simply connecting with your body in the here and now. It is about noticing how you move with awareness.
The benefits of exercise are far reaching for both mind and body. When you do so in a mindful manner, you can amplify the positive experience.
Here are four simple tips to start moving mindfully:
4. End the session with a body scan and take time to reflect. I like to finish my cool down, lying on the floor connecting with my breathing. I then complete a short body scan starting at my neck and working my way down to my toes. In doing so, I notice any extraneous muscle tension and let it go, coordinating with my out breath. On completion, I notice how my body is contacting the floor and with a sense of gratitude thank it for allowing me the opportunity to move.
Finally, try noticing how your body is feeling at the end of your workout and how this compares to your experience prior to commencing the session. This is a great way of becoming present to some of the benefits associated with regular movement. By doing so you develop your intrinsic motivation that creates a desire to move regularly and create a healthy habit that sticks!
This year I will be offering sessions to those who want to move more mindfully. If this is of interest to you, please contact me :) J
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