Creating a posture of “stillness” as you move.
My motivation for movement, or exercise, was previously driven by outside goals. I wanted to be at a certain level, or even look a certain way. I left out an important part—tuning in. If I was sick, or completely exhausted, I would still push myself hard in order to achieve my goals.
While there is nothing wrong with goals, it’s important not to neglect listening to your body and paying attention to how you feel while moving. This practice has been transformational for me. It changes how I approach movement and overflows into how I approach my life. Whether I’m doing gentle stretching, or a more challenging resistance workout with weights, I’ve learned to be more in tune to my body which honors my health, replenishes my energy, and helps me respect what my body does for me every day. Instead of causing stress, it calms me down.
This overflows into how I approach my life. God is teaching me—He is always teaching me—how to be “still” while moving. Rather than just setting my mind on a goal and moving full speed ahead, which is so easy to do, God invites me to “rest” in Him as I move. It means staying in tune to His presence with me, and following His gentle nudges. Just as you pay attention to your body and your breath while moving in a yoga or movement practice, God invites us to stay in tune to Him as we move throughout our lives. This brings a calm, or peace, in the midst of our daily, usually busy, lives.
As many of you know, last year I completed the instructor training through Holy Yoga, a form of “experiential worship” that utilizes movement and breath (yoga). As part of my practice at “Whole Self Care” in Mobile, AL, I am offering personalized yoga-inspired movement sessions catered to you—no matter what level you are at or what you may need in the moment. This may range from moving in a chair to utilizing weights. My goal is to support you in taking care of yourself, whether you need support balancing what you eat, moving in a way that feels good to you (never as “punishment”), connecting to and feeling gratitude for your body, managing stress, or all of the above. Feel free to reach out to me for more information.
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