Mindful Monday no. 34: Mindful Movement

All that is important is this one moment in movement. Make the moment important, vital, and worth living. Do not let it slip away unnoticed and unused.” – Martha Graham, dancer and choreographer

Take a minute out of your day to get your body moving. Mindful movement exercises draw your focus to the flow of your body’s movements and your breath. We calm ourselves, relax, and bring our focus back to the current moment.

This mindful movement exercise was adapted from Thich Nhat Hanh’s book “Happiness: Essential Mindfulness Practices,” a easy-to-read book with many ideas and ways to develop mindfulness rituals.

How to do the mindful movement, Touch the Sky, Touch the Earth:

  1. Stand with your feet hip distance apart.
  2. As you inhale, raise your hands above your head with you palms facing forward.
  3. Stretch up to touch the sky.
  4. As you exhale, bend at the waist as you bring your arms down.
  5. As you touch the earth, release any tension in your neck and shoulders.
  6. As you exhale, keep your back straight as you come back up.
  7. Adapt to suit and repeat as necessary.

How was this exercise for you? Let us know in the comment section.

Lindsay

 

 

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